CHICAGO – Sophomore Rachel Stark collected a career-high 15 kills, but it was not quite enough as Seattle university volleyball fell, 14-25, 27-29, 24-26, at Western Athletic Conference rival Chicago State Thursday night.
Seattle U (9-17, 2-11 WAC) shook off a sluggish first set and jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the second. The Cougars () would inch closer and eventually tie the set at 18-18 - the first of eight tie scores in the frame.
The Cougars took their first lead at 26-25 and were able to hold off the Redhawks in a 29-27 final.
The third set featured 11 tie scores and three lead changes as Seattle U battled to force a fourth set. But after tying the score at 24-24, Chicago State would claim the final two points of the match on a kill by Gabby Pearl and a block by Lauryn Dela Cruz.
Stark's 15 kills came on 35 attempts with just three errors for a .343 percentage. She also added nine digs on the night. Shae Harris collected 27 assists and 15 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Tijana Milojevic added 13 digs and Sofia Sanchez collected 12.
The Redhawks close out their final regular-season road swing on Saturday, traveling to face Kansas City. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central Time, 11 a.m. Pacific. The match will stream live on the WAC Digital Network.