SEATTLE — The Seattle U volleyball team was dealt a tough five-set decision, falling to Kansas City, 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-17, 16-25, 10-15) on Saturday in Western Athletic Conference action.
Eve Kerschenabaum and Rachel Stark each finished with a team-best 17 kills. Stark also paced the Redhawks (10-10, 1-5 WAC) with .311 hitting, while adding seven digs and an ace in the effort. Sofia Sanchez also tallied double-figures as she had 13 kills on .235 hitting, to accompany her three blocks.
Seattle U edged out a 58 to 57 advantage in kills and a 60-55 margin in digs, but hit .215 for the match compared to .219 by the ‘Roos.
Lauren McCabe posted a team-best five blocks to go with five kills and a .250 hitting mark. Julia Queiroz tallied six kills and two blocks. Aly Borje-Bonkowski had a season-high 10 digs. Tijana Milojevic meanwhile recorded a pair of match-bests, notching 23 digs and two aces.
Kailee Kurokawa had a career-best 52 assists, while also finishing with 13 digs for her third consecutive double-double.
The Redhawks will conclude their three-game home stand on Monday, Oct. 14 when they host California Baptist. First serve from the Redhawks Center is slated for 6 pm. Single-match tickets are available either by visiting GoSeattleU.com/tix or by calling 206-398-GOSU.
Kills from McCabe and Stark helped the Redhawks take 7-4 lead in the first as part of a SU 3-0 spurt. Consecutive kills helped KC trim the margin to 9-8, but was short lived as Kerschenbaum and Sanchez scored for SU, pushing the lead to 11-8. The Redhawks then claimed a four-point margin as Stark’s serve found open space to make it 17-13. The ‘Roos battled back though down the stretch as they responded with a 7-1 run for a 20-18 lead, before closed the set on a 4-1 rally.
Seattle U used a 3-0 spurt early in the second to take a 6-4 lead as Kerschenbaum and Queiroz landed back-to-back kills to open. UMKC though responded with three-straight of its own, slipping out front 7-6. A Kangaroo error and Kerschenbaum-kill then nudged Seattle U back in front, 8-7. The ‘Roos then played from behind forcing ties at 8-8, 9-9. Tied at 12, Sanchez then tallied a pair of kills as part of 5-1 Redhawk run for 17-13 advantage. Kansas City though promptly responded with a 7-2 rally pushing itself out to a narrow 20-19 lead. Stark then tallied a kills to force ties at 20 and 21 before Sanchez and McCabe tallied a block to make it 22-21 SU. The ‘Roos then came back, leveling the score at 22. Sanchez powered a strike to break the tie, 23-22, before swinging through again to end the frame as the Redhawks, won 25-23.
The Redhawks used a 4-0 spurt to open the third en route to running out to an 8-3 advantage. Sanchez and Queiroz sparked the rally with an assisted block, before Queiroz tallied twice more adding a solo stop and kill as part of surge. Kerschenbaum-kills sandwiched an ace by Milojevic giving the Redhawks a 15-8 advantage. Leading 16-11, Seattle U then extended the difference to nine, 21-12, behind a 5-1 rally as Kerschenbaum and Queiroz tallied aces while McCabe added a solo stop. Kansas City rallied late matching the SU 5-1 surge narrowing the gap to 22-17. The door though then closed on the Kangaroo effort as they committed a pair of offensive errors late, giving Seattle U a 2-1 match lead as it won the set, 25-17.
Kerschenbaum opened the fourth with a pair of kills helping Seattle U to a 6-4 lead early. Kansas City though erased the advantage with a 4-1 rally as it led 9-7. Stark notched back-to-back kills to force a 9-9 tie. However, the ‘Roos worked quickly to create space pushing the score to 18-12, using a couple of 3-0 tallies along the way. Queiroz, Stark and Sanchez struck for the Redhawks late before the effort was not enough as KC tied the match with a 25-16 decision.
Kansas City used a 5-0 run in the fifth to sprint out to a 7-2 advantage to open. Trailing 8-3 at the turn, a Kerschenbaum-kill cut the deficit in half, 8-4. A pair of miscues from the ‘Roos and heavy strike by Stark saw the Redhawks narrow the deficit to 10-7. Stark and Kerschenbaum added another kill apiece late making it 12-9, but the SU effort fell short as Kansas City closed on 3-1 spurt.