SEATTLE – Seattle University and Utah Valley went to battle in a thrilling five-set Western Athletic Conference showdown that featured 26 tie scores and 13 lead changes Thursday night at the Redhawk Center. Despite earning a huge 25-13 win in the fourth set to tie the match at two sets apiece, the Redhawks would falter down the stretch as the Wolverines slipped away with the 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 13-25, 15-8 final.
"The team competed really hard and improved upon some things we've been working on over the last week, but we got a bit rattled late and we have to be able to function better under pressure," said Head Coach James Finley.
Four Redhawks finished with double-figure kills, led by freshman Even Kerschenbaum's 13. Julia Queiroz added 12 kills, while Rachel Stark and Maja Stojanovic had 11 apiece. Stark added 13 digs for a double-double, while Harris nearly collected a triple-double, adding 13 digs and seven blocks to her stat line.
UVU was paced by Kristen Allred's 17 kills. Kazna Tarawhiti added 16 kills and 11 digs.
A back-and-forth first set saw the Redhawks (8-9, 1-3 WAC) come out on top, 26-24, on back-to-back kills from Queiroz and Kerschenbaum. The Wolverines (9-9, 1-4 WAC) battled from behind in both the second and third sets to take a 2-1 lead.
Seattle U was not finished, hitting a match-high .290 in the fourth set, cruising to a 25-13 win. The Redhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fifth set, but UVU would take control quickly on their way to a 15-8 win.
"We started off with momentum and coming back in the fourth set after losing two in a row really showed what we could do when not making unforced errors," Finley said. "Overall we competed well, but we have some things to work on before Monday."
The Redhawks continue WAC play on the road, traveling to CSU Bakersfield for a 7 p.m. first serve Monday, Oct. 8 in the Icardo Center.