The Seattle University volleyball team opened the 2013 season with one of the biggest victories in program history, sweeping Big 12 member Texas Tech, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-22) Friday morning in the Wildcat Weekend Tournament hosted by Weber State at Swenson Gym.
However, the Redhawks could not carry that momentum into the Friday evening match, as the host Weber State Wildcats defeated Seattle U, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-21).
Seattle U 3, Texas Tech 0
Texas Tech (0-1) took a three-point lead early in the first set, but Seattle U responded with a 7-1 run thanks in part to kills by Alec Goodrie (Springfield, Ore.) and Allison Farley (Happy Valley, Ore.), a service ace from Iris Ivanis (Pozega, Croatia), and a block by Goodrie and Farley. The Red Raiders pulled to within one at 14-13, but the Redhawks pulled away and closed out the opening set with a kill by Martina Samadan (Split, Croatia).
The two teams exchanged points early in the second set before Seattle U rattled off seven straight points to take a 13-5 lead. Texas Tech rallied back with five unanswered points to cut the Redhawk lead to three, but kills by Samadan and Sarah Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) helped Seattle U extend its lead back to six at 18-12. The Redhawks were able to take a 2-0 match lead thanks to errors by the Red Raiders late in the second set.
After a kill by Samadan opened the third set, Texas Tech scored five straight points and eventually held a 7-3 lead, but Samadan picked up a solo block and a service ace to pull the Redhawks into a 7-7 tie. The Red Raiders went on an 8-1 scoring run to pull ahead, 15-8, thanks in part to three blocks at the net.
Down by five at 17-12, Seattle U started working its way back into the set, with two kills by Jaeckel along with one from Samadan as well as a combined block from the two outside hitters closing the Redhawk deficit to 17-16. After Texas Tech scored the next two points, Seattle U would go on a 7-1 scoring run, with Karli Pedone (Granite Bay, Calif.) contributing three kills along the way. Texas Tech pulled to within one at 23-22, but a solo block by Farley and a combined block from Farley and Goodrie completed the Redhawk victory.
Samadan led the Redhawks with 12 kills, a .455 hitting percentage, and two service aces, plus she collected three total blocks. Farley finished with nine kills, a .368 hitting percentage, and four total blocks, Goodrie earned four kills and three block assists, and Jaeckel led the team with 10 digs to go along with six kills. Kerry Lane (Tucson, Ariz.), starting at setter in her first career collegiate match, notched 32 assists, seven digs, and one service ace.
“Our hitters, especially Martina, Allison, and Alec, were awesome today, and Kerry handled the pressure well in her first college match as the setter,” Seattle U head volleyball coach James Finley said. “I am proud of the way the team fought back in the third set, as they could have easily given up on the set when they fell behind by a significant margin, but they put together an incredible rally to close out the match.”
Weber State 3, Seattle U 0
Weber State (2-0) scored three straight points midway through the first set to take a lead it would not relinquish. The Wildcats pulled away late with four unanswered points thanks to kills by Megan Bean and Audrey Biggs as well as two service aces from Rebecca Fuchs. The Redhawks fought back with a kill from Goodrie and consecutive kills by Samadan, but Biggs closed out the set with a kill.
The second set went back and forth, with Seattle U scoring four unanswered points midway through the set to take a short-lived lead. The Wildcats responded with five straight points as Bean earned two kills and Samantha Staker picked up a service ace. Two kills by Ivanis helped the Redhawks pull into a 19-19 tie, but Weber State scored six of the final seven points of the set, punctuated by a kill from Fuchs.
The Wildcats took a three-point lead early in the third set and maintained that advantage throughout the remainder of the match. The Redhawks held off match point twice thanks to a kill by Ivanis and a block from Farley and Goodrie, but Weber State finally ended the night with a kill by Katie Harvey.
“Tonight we showed the inconsistency that a young team tends to display, as we made lots of errors and struggled defensively in the second match,” said Finley. “We created some offense, especially in the third set, but we gave up more chances than we created, and in the end that is not good enough.”
Ivanis led the Redhawk offense with 11 kills and a .364 hitting percentage, while Samadan collected 10 kills. Farley once again led the defense at the net with five block assists, followed by Goodrie with four total blocks.
Seattle University (1-1) will conclude its participation in the Wildcat Weekend Tournament Saturday, Aug. 31, by facing UC Riverside at 1 p.m. local time (12 p.m. Pacific time). Links to live stats and live video will be available from the volleyball schedule page on GoSeattleU.com.