BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Maja Stojanovic recorded a career-high 16 kills Monday night in the Icardo Center, but Seattle University volleyball could not pull out a win at defending Western Athletic Conference champion CSU Bakersfield, falling 25-23, 22-25, 25-15, 25-27, 12-15.
The senior middle blocker could not be stopped, finishing with 16 kills on 25 swings with just two errors for a .560 hitting percentage. She added nine blocks, three aces and four digs to her line. Stojanovic was one of four Redhawks to tally double-figure kills. Rachel Stark added 12 kills while Sofia Sanchez and Julia Queiroz had 11 apiece. Stark added 13 digs for her second straight double-double performance.
"We played good defense and blocked exceptionally well tonight," said Head Coach James Finley. "But we made some errors at the wrong time in sets four and five and that's something we have to get better at."
"Individually, Maja was pretty unstoppable and Julia really came on strong late in the match," Finley added.
The Redhawks (8-10, 1-4 WAC) came from behind in the first set to take a 25-23 win. The 'Runners (11-7, 4-1 WAC) rallied back to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-22 win in the second set.
Seattle U hit .444 in the third set to run away with a 25-15 win. But CSUB answered again, rallying for a 27-25 win in the fourth set.
The Redhawks jumped out to a 4-1 in the fifth, but CSUB would eventually even the score at 11-all. The 'Runners then scored four of the final five points of the match to remain perfect at home this season.
Seattle U returns home to the Redhawk Center to host California Baptist on Thursday, Oct. 11. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. The match will stream live on the WAC Digital Network.