SEATTLE — The offense struggled and was unable never find its rhythm on Saturday as Seattle U volleyball (9-7, 0-2 WAC) fell in three-straight sets, 25-15, 25-19, 25-13, to NM State (11-3, 2-0 WAC) at the Redhawk Center.
The Redhawks finished the match with 33 offensive errors including 23 attack errors on 102 swings while being held to sub-.100 hitting.
The Redhawks slipped into a 7-4 hole early into first and were unable to recover as NM State used a pair of 5-0 runs midway through to pull away en route to a 25-15 frame.
Seattle U showed a bit more fight in the second as it claimed a pair of early leads before the Aggies strung together four unanswered for an 8-4 lead. The Redhawks stayed closed holding a two-point margin midway through. NM State then began to pull away with 4-0 and a pair of 3-0 run to lead 21-16. SU narrowed the deficit with a late 3-0 rally but the effort fell short as NMSU claimed a 2-0 lead.
Back-to-back aces from from Rachel Stark helped SU to being the third with a 5-3 advantage. The Aggies however forced ties at 7-7 and 8-8 before notching four straight for a 12-9 lead. The Redhawk attack then struggled regain its earlier form as several miscues allowed NM State to cruise to a 25-13 decision.
Seattle U resume Western Athletic Conference action on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Grand Canyon before visiting CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Oct. 5.