SEATTLE – (Oct. 28) Behind its best hitting performance of the season, Seattle University volleyball took down visiting CSU Bakersfield in four sets, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, in Western Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon in the Connolly Complex.
The Redhawks (9-14, 5-5 WAC) hit a season-high .321 for the match, finishing with 57 kills on 131 swings and just 15 errors. SU also turned in a strong blocking performance, finishing with 13 team blocks as the ‘Runners (14-12, 7-4 WAC) hit just .154 for the match.
Katarina Marinkovic paced Seattle U with 16 kills and nine digs. Katarina Glavinic finished with 13 kills and five block assists, Anna Palmer had 12 kills and Maja Stojanovic and seven kills and six block assists. Shae Harris totaled 44 assists and 15 digs and Tijana Milojevic had 13 digs.
CSUB was led by Sydney Haynes’ 12 kills, while two others added nine apiece.
After Seattle U hit .406 on its way to a 25-18 win in the first set, the ‘Runners answered back with a 25-22 win in the second set.
Coming out of the 10-minute break The Redhawks built a 17-11 lead in the third set as a five-point run was capped by three straight service aces from Marinkovic. Seattle U would lead by as many as eight, 20-12, before staving off a late CSUB rally and holding on for the 25-21 win.
A pair of Seattle U runs in the fourth set would put the match away. With the score tied 5-5, the Redhawks ran off five straight points, a run that included kills from Glavinic and Marinkovic. Late in the set with the score sitting at 17-14, another 5-0 run with Milojevic on serve, would make it 22-14. The Redhawks would earn match point on a CSUB attack error.
WAC play continues next week as Seattle U embarks on its final road trip of the regular-season, traveling to face UTRGV and New Mexico State.