SEATTLE — Seattle U volleyball closed the 2019 home schedule on a sour note Thursday, falling to Utah Valley in four sets, 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 17-25, 19-25) in Western Athletic Conference play. 

Eve Kerschenbaum led the Redhawk (12-16, 3-12 WAC) with 19 kills behind an efficient .353 hitting. Sofia Sanchez also notched double-figure kills finishing with 11 kills to go along with three blocks. 

Ezgi Ozkan registered a match-best 44 assists, while Tijana Milojevic’s 11 digs went for a team-high. Lauren McCabe also had a solid night with a match-high seven blocks.

Seattle U led the Wolverines in blocks, 10-9, but trailed in kills, 59-49. The Redhawks were also out hit .193 to .276. 

The Redhawks will now travel south to take on California Baptist on Sunday in the regular-season finale. First set from Riverside is slated for 2 pm.

Back-to-back aces from Milojevic helped Seattle U open the match on 5-2. Utah Valley then pulled even on 4-1 forcing a 6-6 tie. A 3-0 spurt saw the Redhawks regain the advantage at 9-6. Leading 11-10, Seattle U pieced together a 5-0 run with aces from Kerschenbaum extending the margin to 16-10. The Wolverines threatened with a 4-1 spurt but it was all Redhawks used spurts of 4-0 and 3-0 to win the opener, 25-17.

Trailing 7-3 in the second, the Redhawks trimmed the deficit to two, 8-6, with a 3-1 spurt as McCabe contributed with a block and kill. The sides then exchanged scoring possessions until back-to-back kills from Johnasia Carr tied the frame at 12. Utah Valley responded with a 6-1 rally, pushing its advantage to 18-13. Seattle U then battled back twice pulling within one as a 5-1 rally made it 19-18, before a a 3-1 spurt made it 23-22. Down 24-22, the Redhawks recorded back-to-back tallies forcing a 24-all tie. The effort fell short though as the Wolverines tied the match with a 27-25 decision.

Down 14-9 midway through the third, the Redhawks registered back-to-back scores to trim the deficit to three. Utah Valley though then went on a 6-2 run to take a commanding 20-13 advantage. Amaris Carter and Kerschenbaum notched kills from the cause late, but it was not enough as Utah Valley took the frame, 25-17, after hitting .538.

A sluggish start to the fourth saw the Redhawks fall into a 6-1 hole early. A pair of Sanchez kills helped reduced the deficit to 7-4. The Wolverines though answered with a 5-0 spurt pushing the score to 12-4. The Redhawks continued to battle notching back-to-back scores but were unable to maintain momentum as they trailed 17-9 midway through. Rachel Stark provided a spark of the bench late with a consecutive kills to make it 22-16, but Seattle U was unable to recover as the Wolverines closed the match with a 25-19 decision.