The Seattle University volleyball team hung with Eastern Washington in the Redhawks’ home opener, but numerous mistakes, especially in the service game, helped the Eagles pick up a 3-0 victory (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) Monday night in a non-conference match at the Connolly Center.
“I give Eastern Washington credit for playing a good match, but as a team we need to learn that making as many mistakes as we did tonight will have consequences,” Seattle U head coach James Finley said. “Hopefully our players will cut down on their errors as we move forward this season.”
A kill and a service ace by Iris Ivanis (Pozega, Croatia) gave Seattle U an early 3-1 lead in the first set, but Eastern Washington rallied back, as back-to-back kills by Allie Schumacher helped put the Eagles on top, 9-6. The Redhawks pulled to within one at 17-16, but Eastern Washington went on an 8-2 run to close out the first set, led by two kills and a block assist from Melissa Waelter.
Eastern Washington (2-2) took the early lead in the second set before Seattle U answered back, pulling ahead 15-12 thanks in part to two block assists from Stephanie Stoll (Bellevue, Wash.). Errors would once again stifle the Redhawks’ momentum, as the Eagles worked their way back into the lead, finishing off the set with a kill by Talia Fermantez.
Three kills by Schumacher and two blocks from Allison Doerpinghaus helped Eastern Washington take a 6-3 lead in the third set, but Seattle U rallied, eventually causing four ties, the last one at 15-15 on a kill by Ivanis. A block by Fermantez and Kelsey Julian, followed by a service ace from Sophie Miller, gave the Eagles the lead for good, and they closed out the set and the match with a kill by Julian.
Ivanis and Martina Samadan (Split, Croatia) each finished with 13 kills to lead the Redhawks, with Samadan posting a .370 hitting percentage. Setter Kerry Lane (Tucson, Ariz.) collected 30 assists, three kills, three block assists, and six digs, while Stoll also had three block assists in the match and Lani Beadle (Seattle, Wash.) contributed seven digs.
In total, Seattle U made 41 errors during the match: 19 attack errors, 15 service errors, four block errors, and three reception errors. The Redhawks collected more kills than Eastern Washington (40-38), but the Eagles were able to win the match thanks in part to 10.5 team blocks and a .333 hitting percentage.
Schumacher led the Eagles with 10 kills and a .500 hitting percentage, with Fermantez and Waelter contributing seven kills apiece. Doerpinghaus was a perfect 5-for-5 in attack attempts to go along with five total blocks, and libero Ryann Ensrud led all players with 14 defensive digs.
Seattle University (2-2) heads to Montlake Tuesday, Sept. 3, for a matchup against fifth-ranked Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena starting at 7 p.m., followed by a weekend trip to Spokane, Wash., for the Gonzaga Invitational. The Redhawks will not return to the Connolly Center for a home match until the start of the conference season against Bakersfield Thursday, Sept. 26.