SEATTLE – Seattle U volleyball rallied from a two-set deficit to nearly force a fifth and deciding fifth set, but fell just short in a 17-25, 18-25, 25-13, 24-26 final against California Baptist Thursday night in the Redhawk Center.
The Redhawks dropped to 8-11 overall and 1-5 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Lancers improved to 14-5 on the season and 5-2 in the WAC.
Senior setter Shae Harris was a big bright spot for the Redhawks as she dished 42 assists to go along with a career-high 21 digs for her sixth double-double of the season, and fifth in the last six matches. Freshmen Eve Kerschenbaum and Julia Queiroz had 11 kills apiece while senior middle blocker Maja Stojanovic added nine kills and four blocks.
The Redhawks lacked offensive rhythm in the first two sets, hitting at a negative percentage in the set-one loss and just .143 in the second set. But they turned things around in the third set, hitting .379 and closing on an 8-0 run for a big 25-13 win.
Set four featured 12 tie scores and four lead changes as neither side led by more than three points. A kill by Mila Duarte and a big block by Sofia Sanchez and Queiroz gave the Redhawks a 24-23 advantage late. But CBU's Megan Sester came up with back-to-back kills to give the Lancers a 25-24 advantage and a Summer Avery ace closed out the match.
Seattle U concludes the weekend WAC homestand on Saturday, hosting Kansas City in a 1 p.m. first serve in the Redhawk Center.