OREM, Utah – (Oct. 21) Seattle University volleyball concluded a three-match Western Athletic Conference road swing with a thrilling 3-2 win at Utah Valley Saturday afternoon at the Lockhart Arena in Orem, Utah.
The 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10 win marked the Redhawks’ first-ever road victory over the Wolverines, evening the season series to 1-1. Seattle U moved to 8-13 overall and 4-4 in WAC play, while UVU dropped to 10-13 overall and 5-3 in league matches.
Knotted at two sets apiece after the home team rallied for a 25-20 win in the fourth set, the Redhawks used a key 6-0 run late to secure the fifth-set victory. Holding a slim 7-6 lead, the run began with a kill from junior setter Shae Harris. A block by Katarina Glavinic and Mila Duarte made it 9-6, Seattle U.
Freshman Anna Palmer would put down back-to-back kills, stretching the lead to 11-6. Continuing on Harris’ serve, Glavinic put down a kill and Palmer added a third in the run as the Redhawks took a commanding 13-6 lead.
UVU would halt the streak on a kill by Megan Bourdreaux, but the damage was done. Duarte scored SU’s 14th point on a kill and Katarina Marinkovic capped off a brilliant match with her 23rd kill of the day to seal the 15-10 win.
Marinkovic’s 23 kills matched the sophomore’s season high and marked her fourth 20+ kill output of the year. She would add 15 digs on the day for her seventh double-double.
Also reaching double-figure kills were Maja Stojanovic (14), Glavinic (12) and Palmer (12). Palmer added 12 digs for a double-double, while Stojanovic and Glavinic had six block assists apiece.
Harris matched her own Seattle U single-match record of 62 assists, while also adding eight kills, four digs and five block assists. Tijana Milojevic collected a match-high 30 digs.
The Redhawks hit .235 for the match, besting the Wolverines’ .181 clip. Seattle U managed just three service aces on the day, but also served up just three errors while UVU collected 15 service errors.
Seattle U returns home to the Connolly Complex next week, hosting Grand Canyon on Thursday and CSU Bakersfield on Saturday in a pair of key WAC matches.