SEATTLE --- After a dominating performance last Sunday that saw Seattle U tally its second sweep of the 2019 campaign, the Redhawks will look to extend their 2019 season on Thursday against Kansas City in WAC Tournament play. In a repeat of last season's tournament match-up, the Redhawks enter as the No. 6-seed, while the 'Roos are the No. 3-seed.
WAC Tournament: First Round
(6) Seattle U vs (3) Kansas City
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 | 2:30 pm PT / 3:30 pm MT
WATCH: ESPN+ (US only) | WAC Digital (International)
STATS: Live Stats
MATCH NOTES: Seattle U (PDF) | Kansas City (PDF)
A SEATTLE U WIN WOULD
• ...give the Redhawks 14 wins on the season, for the first time since 2015.
• ...be better than a loss.
• ...be career win number 245 for James Finley.
• ...put the Seattle U in the semifinals for the first time since 2014.
• Seattle U has appeared in every WAC Tournament since 2013.
• Seattle U is 1-4 as the No. 6-seed.
THEY GOT HISTORY
Thursday’s appearance with Kansas City will be the third meeting of the season for Seattle U. The Redhawks dropped the first match in five at home (10/12), before falling in four in the City of Fountains (11/9). Seattle U trails the all-time series 10-6, and is 1-2 when facing the ‘Roos in WAC Tournament play.
SCOUTIN’ THE ‘ROOS
Kansas City finished the regular season with a 16-10 record, securing the No. 3-seed in the tournament with a 12-4 tally.
• The ‘Roos went 4-1 in their last five matches of the regular season.
• Kansas City is 2-2 this season in neutral site matches, and 1-0 in Orem.
• In the two previous matches this season, UMKC averaged 16.3 kills per set with .240 hitting.
• Seattle U began the week listed third on the WAC leaderboard in aces and fifth in aces per set (1.37).
• In the last five matches of the regular season, Seattle U has registered 32 service aces. Eve Kerschenbaum has notched a team-best 10. Ezgi Ozkan and Tijana Milojevic each follow with seven and five, respectively.
• The Redhawks’ 159 aces this season is tied with last season’s total for fourth-best in the program’s Division Isingle-season record book.
• This season’s high for aces in a match is 12 (9/7 vs Holy Cross).
• Tijana Milojevic is 536 digs shy of the program’s all-time career record, currently held by Maggie Safranski (2002-05) with 2,008 ... her 40 acces this season has Milojevic tied with Cristin Richards for fourth-overall among the Redhawks’ Division I record book and four shy of Katarina Marinkovic’s 2016 mark of 44.
• Eve Kerschenbaum’s 386 kills this season is a career-best and third-best among the prograsm’s Division I single totals and 33 shy of second on the list, currently held by Kaytlyn Dill’s 419 kills in 2012.
WHERE WE RANK
Per NCAA Stats, the Seattle U began the week ranked 46th in team blocks (249.5), while leading the WAC in assists (1,298). Among the league, the Redhawks were also listed second in total kills (1,383) and fourth in aces per set (1.37) and blocks per set (2.15).
• Per NCAA Stats, sophomore Eve Kerschenbaum began the week second among WAC leaders in kills (386) and points (436.5), while listed third in aces (38) and fourth in kills per set (3.43).
• Kerschenbaum is riding a six-match streak with double-digits kills, pushing her season total to 22 performances, to go with eight double-doubles this season.
• The Wellington, Fla., native averaged 4.86 kills per set on .397 hitting during the last week of the regular season.
• Redshirt-junior Rachel Stark began the week listed eight among WAC leaders with 312 kills and ninth in kills per set (2.86).
• Stark has 15 matches this season with 10+ kills and nine matches with double-digit digs, for seven double-doubles along the way.
• In her last three matches, Stark is averaging 3.38 kills and 2.00 digs per sets.
• Freshman Ezgi Ozkan has been on a tear since returning to the lineup amassing 216 assists in the last five appearances, including a four consecutive outings of 40+ assists.
• In the last three matches, Ozkan is averaging 26 assists a match to go along with 27 digs, six blocks and eight kills.
• The freshman from Istanbul, Turkey is averaged 9.92 assists per set during WAC play, second-most among league leaders.
• She has record 30 or more assists 14 times and breached 40+ on nine occasions, including a career-best 55 on Nov. 2.
• Junior libero Tijana Milojevic began the WAC Tournament ranked second among league leaders in service aces (40) and third in digs (475).
• Milojevic’s 88 career aces is sixth-best in Seattle U history since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 2008, and three shy of Cristin Richards for fifth (91).
• Milojevic finished the regular season with 87 digs during the final five matches, averaging 4.35 per set.