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OREM, Utah — The 2019 Seattle U volleyball season came to a bitter end on Thursday as it fell to third-seeded Kansas City, 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 15-25, 19-25), during the First Round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Orem, Utah. The Redhawks finished the season 13-18 and qualified for the WAC Tournament for the seventh-consecutive season.
Eve Kerschenbaum paced the Seattle U attack with a team-best 15 kills for her 24th double-figure outing of the year. Rachel Stark meanwhile notched her eighth double-double of the season as she finished with 10 kills and 11 digs. Ezgi Ozkan surpassed the 30-assist mark for the 15th time as she recorded 34 in the season finale.
Tijana Milojevic had a match-best 16 digs, finishing the season with 491 on the season, for third-best single-season mark in the program’s Division I-history. Julia Queiroz also contributed for the Redhawks finishing the match with nine kills and two blocks.
Trailing 6-1 early, Seattle U battled back with kills from Stark and Queiroz as part of a 5-2 run, trimming the deficit to 8-6. Queiroz then capped a 3-0 spurt with an ace, bringing the Redhawks within one, 10-9. Seattle U then pulled level at 13-all with back-to-back scores. The ‘Roos however answered back with a 5-0 run regaining the lead with 5-0 run for an 18-13 lead. Seattle U continued fight down the stretch, closing the margin to two on a 4-1 run, before consecutive tallies closed the deficit to 20-19. The effort though fell short as Kansas City closed the first on a 5-1 spurt.
The Redhawks sprinted to a 8-4 lead as Stark tallied a kill and block. KC responded with a 4-1 run, cutting the SU margin to 9-8. Stark, Queiroz and Kerschenbaum then responded for the Redhawks as they pushed the advantage to 13-9. The ‘Roos threatened midway through pulling within one, 13-12, but a Kerschenbaum kill and ace saw SU to a 17-13 lead. KC continued to linger down the stretch, tying the set at 19-19 but that was the closest it came as Seattle U again responded with a 3-0 spurt. Kerschenbaum then hammered a swing through the Kansas City block securing the set point, 25-22, and tying the match at 1-1.
Milojevic tallied an ace early in the third, giving Seattle U a 4-3 lead. The ‘Roos though then took control as they responded with a 10-1 run. The Redhawks trailed by as much as 12, 20-8, down the stretch. Kerschenbaum cut the deficit with back-to-back scores including an ace pushing her season total to 40. Johnasia Carr and Queiroz contributed late tallies for the Redhawks but the effort was not enough as KC took the third and a 2-1 match led.
Trailing 6-3 in the fourth, Seattle U forced a tie behind a 3-0 spurt which included an ace from Milojevic, which pushed her season total to a career-best 42. The Redhawks continued to battle, pulling even at 10 and 11 before piecing together a 4-1 spurt for 15-14 lead. Carter fueled the rally with three kills en route to finishing the match with seven. After possession bounced back-and-forth the Redhawks took a 18-17 lead thanks in part to miscues by the KC offense. Seattle U however was unable to build on its late advantage as the ‘Roos went on an 8-1 run to close the match and subsequently ending the Redhawks season.
The 2019 team finished the year ranked among the program's top five in single-season totals including second in total kills (1,429) and digs (1,619), while being listed fourth-overall in blocks (254.5) and aces (165).