SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seattle University volleyball closed out play at the Sacramento State Invitational Saturday with a thrilling 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the host Hornets, finishing the round robin tournament with a 2-1 record.
The Redhawks move to 5-4 on the season as they wrap up a season-opening nine-match road trip. The day began with a 18-25, 18-25, 19-25 defeat to Nevada.
Senior setter Shae Harris and sophomore libber Tijana Milojevic were named to the All-Tournament Team for their play over the three matches. Harris saved her best for last, collecting a 45-assist, 18-dig double-double in the win over Sacramento State. She also added four kills and four blocks. Milojevic had 22 digs for the Redhawks while also contributing nine assists.
Seattle U won the first set of the night behind a .317 hitting percentage. Sac State would answer by taking a pair of close sets, 25-21 and 25-23, to go ahead two sets to one.
The Redhawks would battle to force a tie-breaker set, clinching the fourth-set victory on a kill by freshman Sofia Sanchez. Sanchez was key in the fifth set as well as the freshman put down two kills during a 3-0 run that opened up a 12-9 advantage.
"What a nice match to pull off a win and beat the home team," said Head Coach James Finley. "Maja play great and Sofia had a consistent night. We also put Mahra on the right side and got a great performance out of her. All in all, we made some good adjustments in new positions."
Sanchez finished with a career-high 17 kills to go along with five digs. Also finishing with double-figure kills were McLeod (13), Stojanovic (11) and Rachel Stark (10).
Seattle U returns to the friendly confines of the Redhawk Center next week, hosting Tennessee Tech, Idaho State and Montana State in the Redhawk Invitational on Sept. 14-15.