SEATTLE – Seattle University volleyball dropped the final match of its Redhawk Invitational Saturday afternoon in the Redhawk Center as Montana State claimed a 25-22, 18-25, 25-18, 25-23 decision.
The Redhawks concluded tournament play with a 2-1 record and moved to 7-5 on the season while the Bobcats improved to 5-6 overall.
Maja Stojanovic led SU with 12 kills while hitting at a .308 average. Freshman Sofia Sanchez and sophomore Mahra McLeod added 10 kills apiece. Stojanovic and Sanchez were also both named to the All-Tournament Team.
"What we take from today is how important our mental toughness and mental preparation is," said Head Coach James Finley. "We talked after the match about being responsible as individuals for our own mentality and what we are going to bring, as well as helping the person beside you. We did a really great job of that yesterday and it created success. Today we didn't and we saw the result. If we learn from that, we will move forward."
A tightly battled first set saw the Bobcats take the early advantage with a 25-22 final as they closed with back-to-back kills from McKayla Landreth.
Seattle U responded in form, starting set two with an ace from Shae Harris. The Redhawks never trailed in the 25-18 victory.
But the momentum shifted back to Montana State in the third set. The Redhawks would take an early 8-5 lead, but the Bobcats rolled off five straight points to tie the score at 9-9. The teams would go back and forth and sit knotted at 16-all before a final surge saw the Bobcats tally nine of the final 10 points in the set.
Seattle U would again hold an early lead in the fourth set, but let it slip away down the stretch. Montana State put things away on back-to-back kills from Hailey Merkes for the 25-23 win and match victory.
Seattle U concludes non-conference action on Tuesday at Oregon State before opening Western Athletic Conference play versus Chicago State on Saturday, Sept. 22.