LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A furious rally capped by a pair of big blocks positioned Seattle University volleyball with a thrilling 33-31 set one win at New Mexico State Thursday night. But despite solid defensive play by the Redhawks throughout, the Aggies would break away to win the ensuing three sets and the match, 3-1.
"The team fought really hard in that first set and found a way to win," said Head Coach James Finley. "We continued to play good defense, but could not generate enough offense the rest of the night."
Seattle U (8-7, 1-1 WAC) hit just .011 for the match, including at a negative percentage in sets two and three. Sofia Sanchez was the lone Redhawk in double figures, finishing with 12 kills. Shae Harris collected a double-double of 31 assists and 19 digs, while Tijana Milojevic led all players with 26 digs.
The Redhawks held a 10-5 lead early in the first set, but would eventually find themselves in a back-and-forth affair. After the Aggies (11-5, 1-2 WAC) tied the score at 13-13, neither team would lead by more than two points.
Seattle U eventually strung together two points to take the set as Maja Stojanovic picked up back-to-back blocks.
Despite the momentum to clinch the set, the Redhawks found themselves in an early hole in the second. They would never recover as NM State rallied to take three straight set wins.
Western Athletic Conference play continues Saturday as Seattle U travels to face UTRGV in Edinburg, Texas. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT, 11 a.m. PT and will stream on the WAC Digital Network.