The fifth-ranked Washington Huskies used a team effort to defeat Seattle University, 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-15), Tuesday night in a non-conference volleyball match at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Redhawks were led by Stephanie Stoll (Bellevue, Wash.) and Allison Farley (Happy Valley, Ore.), who each earned seven kills. Kerry Lane (Tucson, Ariz.) collected 22 assists and four digs, while libero Lani Beadle (Seattle, Wash.) led the Seattle U defense with eight digs.
“Our middles (Stephanie and Allison) played well tonight, but overall this was a learning experience for the team,” Seattle U head coach James Finley said. “We will use tonight’s match as a tool to move forward into this weekend’s competition at Gonzaga’s tournament.”
Seattle U scored the first two points of the match, but Washington came right back with an 8-3 scoring run, led by three kills from Melanie Wade and two kills by Krista Vansant. Kills by Lianna Sybeldon sandwiched around a service ace from Jenni Nogueras extended the Husky lead to 13-7, and then the home team closed out the first set on a 10-3 run, punctuated by a kill from Gabbi Parker.
Washington (4-0) jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the second set, thanks in part to a kill and consecutive service aces by Kaleigh Nelson. The Redhawks closed to within four at 11-7, but the Huskies responded by outscoring their opponents, 14-3, to finish the second set, taking advantage of five Redhawk errors within the final six points of the set.
Washington started the third set by scoring five of the first six points, and then the Huskies extended their lead to 13-4 with six unanswered points, featuring back-to-back kills by Kylin Munoz. The Huskies ended the set and the match with a kill by Wade.
Six different Washington players finished with at least five kills, led by Vansant and Munoz with seven kills apiece. Wade accumulated six kills, four service aces, and three block assists, while Nogueras also had four service aces to go along with 20 assists and five digs. As a team, the Huskies earned 13 service aces, 36 kills, and 7.5 team blocks, while the Redhawks did not pick up a service ace in the match and were held to one team block.
Seattle University (2-3) heads to Spokane, Wash., this weekend for the Gonzaga Invitational, starting Friday, Sept. 6, with a match against another Pac-12 school, Arizona State, at 4 p.m. The Redhawks will face the host Bulldogs Saturday, Sept. 7, at 12 noon before wrapping up the weekend against UNLV later Saturday at 4 p.m.