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Martina Samadan earned 12 kills and five blocks Saturday night at Utah Valley
Courtesy: Eric Badeau (http://www.ewbphotography.com/)
Seattle U Volleyball Loses at Utah Valley
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  10/26/2013

The Seattle University volleyball team lost to Utah Valley University, 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-9), Saturday night in a Western Athletic Conference contest at the PE Building.

Utah Valley (14-12, 8-3 WAC) scored six of the first seven points of the match, led by Cassie Wahlin with a block assist, a kill, and a service ace. The Wolverines would extend their lead with a 9-2 scoring run, including two kills and another block assist from Wahlin. Seattle U would close its deficit to four at 18-14 on a block by Martina Samadan (Split, Croatia) and Kerry Lane (Tucson, Ariz.), but Utah Valley would hold off the Redhawks, winning the set on a kill by Wahlin.

Seattle U scored three of the first four points of the second set, but consecutive kills from Nakisha Willden would help Utah Valley pull ahead, 7-4. The two teams would exchange 4-0 scoring runs, and then they would exchange points with the Wolverines maintaining a small advantage. Down 24-20, the Redhawks would rally thanks to kills by Samadan and Iris Ivanis (Pozega, Croatia) as well as a service ace from Matea Mamic (Split, Croatia), but Wahlin would once again clinch the set for Utah Valley, giving the home team a 2-0 match lead.

In the third set, Wahlin would earn two kills and three service aces as Utah Valley roared out to an 11-1 lead, and then Lauren Stringham and Brookelyn Hall would take over, combining on two blocks and two kills to extend the Wolverine lead to 17-2. Utah Valley would close out the set and the match with a kill from Katie Fritzler and a Seattle U attack error.

Samadan led Seattle U with 12 kills and five total blocks, while Ivanis contributed seven kills and eight digs. Lane notched her second double-double of the season with 23 assists and 12 digs, and Lani Beadle (Seattle, Wash.) added nine digs, three assists, and two service aces.

"We showed some promise in the first two sets, but overall we did not play well tonight. Martina had a good match, but no one stepped in to help her out," Seattle U head coach James Finley said. "It will be good to get back home, but we need to take care of business and start playing the way we were before this weekend."

Willden led the Wolverine offense with 12 kills, plus she collected seven digs, while Wahlin accumulated 10 kills, four service aces, five digs, and four total blocks. Hall ran a solid offense, helping Utah Valley to a .293 hitting percentage with 31 assists and three kills to go along with eight digs and seven block assists, Stringham led all players with eight total blocks, and UVU libero McKenna Tait finished with 12 digs and four assists.

Seattle University (10-16, 7-4 WAC) will play its final two home matches of the regular season next weekend, starting Thursday, Oct. 31, against Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m. at the Connolly Center. The Redhawks will then host WAC-leading New Mexico State next Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Connolly Center, also beginning at 7 p.m.

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