A LOT ON THE LINE: After snapping a seven-match losing streak with back-to-back five-set victories last weekend, Seattle University remains in a must-win situation heading into the regular season finale against the Denver Pioneers Thursday night. The Redhawks must defeat the Pioneers and Louisiana Tech must defeat UT Arlington in order for Seattle U to claim the eighth and final spot in next week's WAC Tournament. The match is significant to Denver in terms of seeding for the tournament, as the Pioneers can be the fifth, sixth, or seventh seed depending on the results of everyone's season finales.
LIVE STATS/VIDEO: Live stats and live video will be available for the Denver match Thursday night. Links to all online offerings are available from the volleyball schedule page on GoSeattleU.com.
LAST WEEKEND: Knowing that a victory was essential to remaining in contention for a berth in the WAC Tournament, Seattle University rallied from an 0-2 deficit to defeat UT Arlington, 3-2 (17-25, 15-25, 25-19, 25-13, 17-15), last Thursday night at the Connolly Center. Kaytlyn Dill notched her 10th double-double of the season with 18 kills and 12 digs, plus she earned four service aces. Allison Farley and Karli Pedone finished with 10 kills apiece, with Farley also picking up five total blocks, as did Karina Miastkowska to go along with seven kills. Jacquie Brice collected 50 assists, eight digs, and two block assists, and Lani Beadle continued her solid play in the back, finishing with a match-high 29 digs, with defensive support of 17 digs from McKenzie Daniels. In yet another five-set thriller Saturday night at the Connolly Center, Seattle University came together when it counted most, holding off a Louisiana Tech for a 3-2 victory (25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 21-25, 15-10) over the Lady Techsters. Dill paced the Redhawks with 20 kills, plus she earned three service aces, seven digs, and two block assists. Pedone once again came off the bench and contributed 11 kills, while Sarah Jaeckel contributed eight kills, two service aces, and nine digs. Brice notched her seventh double-double of the season with 46 assists and 11 digs, plus she led the team with four service aces. Miastkowska and Farley picked up seven kills and three total blocks apiece. Defensively, Beadle led the Redhawks with 18 digs, with Daniels contributing 17 digs to the winning effort.
SCOUTING DENVER: The Pioneers come into Thursday's match with a 16-12 overall record, including a 7-2 record at home. In WAC play, Denver is currently tied for fifth in the conference with a 9-8 mark. The Pioneers are coming off a split last weekend, losing at UTSA in four sets before coming back to defeat Texas State in five sets in San Marcos, Texas. Faimie Kingsley leads the WAC and is seventh in Division I in blocks per set with 1.62, plus she is second in the league and 31st in the country in hitting percentage at .378 as well as eighth in the league in points per set (3.46). Colleen King is seventh in the WAC in kills per set (3.15), seventh in points per set (3.64), and 10th in hitting percentage (.272). Frances Carroll is seventh in the WAC in assists per set (7.13) and ninth in service aces per set (0.23).
FIRST MEETING: Seattle U picked up its first Western Athletic Conference victory with a come-from-behind 3-2 win (19-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-12, 15-13) over Denver Sept. 15 at the Connolly Center. Sarah Jaeckel led the Redhawks with 14 kills, plus she earned two service aces, while Karina Miastkowska contributed 10 kills. Kaytlyn Dill finished with eight kills, three service aces, and 15 defensive digs. Jacquie Brice notched a double-double with 40 assists and 12 digs, plus she collected three service aces, and Lani Beadle led the Redhawks with 18 digs. Colleen King led the Pioneers with 18 kills, plus she earned seven total blocks, and Faimie Kingsley finished with 10 kills and 13 block assists. Frances Carroll accumulated 32 assists, three service aces, and eight digs, and Lyndi Johnson led all players with 19 digs. Denver took the early lead in the fifth set before Seattle U went on a 7-1 scoring run to pull ahead, 11-7. The Pioneers held off three Redhawk match points before Jaeckel finally closed out the set and the match with a kill.