DENVER, Colo. —Seattle U volleyball wrapped up its trip to the Mile High CIty on Saturday on a sour note, falling to Denver (3-0) in straight sets, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22, as it slipped to 2-1 on the season.
“We felt good coming into the match and thought we would be able to get a win,” said Seattle U head coach James Finley. “ We had an opportunity to win each set but offensively I think we ran out of gas and it showed in the final numbers.”
An overall sloppy affair, fatigue from the weekend was a factor as neither side hit above .100 for the match and combined for 49 attack errors. The Redhawks trailed Pioneers in hitting, .097 to .057 and blocks, 20-17 but edged out Denver in digs, 31-29.
The Redhawks 7-4 in the first before tallying kills from Stark, Carter and Kerschenbaum to rally to a 9-8 advantage. The narrow lead quickly disappeared with a 6-2 run by the Pioneers. After forcing ties at 14 and 15 a block assist from Carter, Queiroz and Lauren McCabe nudged SU out front, 16-15. Denver rattled off three quick points to reassume control and would not look back en route to a 25-20 tally.
Seattle U fell behind early as Denver sprinted to a 6-3 advantage to open the second. The Redhawks pushed back forcing a tie at 10-10 before Stark notched a solo block for an 11-10 margin. Denver yet again benefitted by an extended run as it accounted six of the next seven points to pull out to a 16-12 lead. Following a SU timeout, Stark cut the Redhawk deficit to one as she dropped in back-to-back aces to make it 16-15. With momentum slowly building Seattle U again evened the score forcing ties at 19, 21, and 22. The effort came up short as DU won the second set, 25-23.
Trailing the match by two sets, SU pieced together a 4-0 spurt to lead 7-4 in the third. DU responded with three-straight points but a trio of Pioneer errors in addition to a Carter kill saw the Redhawks take a 11-7 advantage. DU however did not go away as it eventually forced a 14-14 tie. The Redhawks then fell behind 16-14 following a timeout. They stayed in reach maintaining no more than a two-point deficit, but unable to recover as miscues compounded allowing Denver to complete the sweep, 25-22.
“Overall though, despite the loss, I think we had a great weekend,” said Finley. “We had moments were looked really good and some not so good, but I felt like we improved and are leaving better than we began. The season is still young, we’ll get back in the gym and make some our adjustments as we prep for next weekend.”
The Redhawks will have a quick turnaround to get ready before visiting the Granite State as they participate in the Holly Young Invitational and will open play on Thursday, Sept. 5 against host New Hampshire. For times and a complete schedule be sure to visit the Seattle U volleyball schedule page or check the team’s Twitter (@SeattleUVB) and Facebook pages for details.