LONG BEACH, Calif. – Overcoming a slow start, Seattle University volleyball battled its way out of a 2-0 deficit and nearly forced a fifth set against Long Beach State. But the Beach would pull away down the stretch in the fourth set to claim a 25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 25-18 final over the Redhawks Tuesday night at Walter Pyramid.
Seattle U drops to 1-2 on the season while LBSU improves to 2-2 overall.
Freshman Eve Kerschenbaum led the Redhawk attack for the second time in three matches, finishing with a team-high 14 kills on 28 swings and five errors for a .321 hitting percentage.
A 10-0 hole to open the first set was too much to overcome in a 25-17 LBSU win. A similarly slow start plagued the Redhawks in the second set as the Beach went ahead 2-0.
But Seattle U found its stride in the third set, breaking away from three lead changes and five tie scores to claim a 25-19 win. After the Redhawks held LBSU to a .167 hitting percentage in the third set, the Beach found their mark again in the fourth, hitting a match-high .412 on their way to clinching the set and match.
The Redhawks continue a nine-match road swing this week, heading to Brookings, S.D., to take part in the South Dakota State Jackrabbits Invitational. Seattle U opens play Thursday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. PT against host SDSU.