PHOENIX – Senior Mila Duarte collected her second straight 15-kill effort, freshman Julia Queiroz added 14 kills and senior Shae Harris became the program's third player ever to surpass 2,500 career assists as Seattle University volleyball earned a come-from-behind, 3-1 victory at Grand Canyon Saturday afternoon.
The Redhawks snapped an eight-match skid with the 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-20 victory, moving to 9-14 on the season and 2-8 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Lopes dropped to 10-12 overall and 3-7 in WAC play.
The shorthanded Redhawks, who have been battling an injury bug, hit .268 for the match, served up six aces and out-blocked GCU, 9-4.
"The team played well all around and this was a much-needed win for us," said Head Coach James Finley. "After the first set, we really settled down, stayed focused and played well together."
"Mila had another phenomenal match and both her and Julia did such a good job today," Finley said. "Michelle also did well in the libero role, Sofia was great on defense and Mahra came in and really gave us some stability in the middle."
Harris finished the match with 40 assists, bringing her career total to 2,512. She joins Jamie Mellies (2007-10), who holds the all-time record at 4,137 and Erika Brunson (2001-04, 3,904) as the only players in program history to surpass 2,500 assists.
Seattle U got off to a slow start, hitting just 0.56 in the first set as GCU took a nearly 1-0 lead. But the Redhawks responded with an extremely efficient second set, hitting .433 with 15 kills on 30 swings with just two errors, evening the match at one set apiece.
They went on to battle from behind in both the third and fourth sets and back-to-back kills by Rachel Stark put the fourth set, and the match, away.
The Redhawks return home to the Redhawk Center next week, hosting New Mexico State on Thursday, Nov. 1 and UTRGV on Saturday, Nov. 3.