The Seattle University volleyball team lost to the UT Arlington Mavericks Saturday afternoon, 3-0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-19), in a Western Athletic Conference match at the College Park Center.
Sarah Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) led the Redhawks offensively with 13 kills, plus she collected nine defensive digs. Jacquie Brice (Fullerton, Calif.) dished out 34 assists, and Lani Beadle (Seattle, Wash.) led all players with 16 defensive digs in the match.
An ace by Shelby Dickson and consecutive kills from Charmaine Whitmore allowed UT Arlington to take a 10-4 lead in the first set, but the Redhawks battled back, going on a 6-2 scoring run to close the deficit to two at 12-10. The Mavericks closed out the set on a 13-1 scoring run, led by two kills and two block assists by Dickson.
UT Arlington (7-14, 3-6 WAC) would score four straight points early in the second set to take a 9-6 lead, but again Seattle U would fight back, eventually tying the set at 16-16 thanks to two kills by Kaytlyn Dill (Bothell, Wash.) and one kill from Jaeckel. Three kills by Ashley Bennett and three Redhawk attack errors keyed a 6-0 Maverick scoring run, and the home team would close out the second set with two kills by Taylor Gross and one from Bennett.
UT Arlington scored the first six points of the third set, but Seattle U responded with five unanswered points of its own. After a kill by Dill tied the set at 8-8, the Mavericks went on a 7-2 scoring run to open a five-point advantage. Seattle U could not get any closer than three points behind, as a block by Bennett and Dickson clinched the set and the match for UT Arlington.
Gross led the Mavericks with 13 kills and a .600 hitting percentage, leading her team to a .333 overall hitting percentage in the match. Bennett contributed seven kills and six total blocks, and Amanda Welsh ran a solid offense, finishing with 31 assists to go along with seven digs.
Seattle University (7-12, 2-7 WAC) begins the second half of the conference season next Thursday, Oct. 18, against the San Jose State Spartans at the Connolly Center starting at 7 p.m. It is the annual Pink Game for the volleyball program, as awareness and money will be raised for breast cancer research.