SEATTLE — The Seattle U volleyball team struggled on the final day of the Redhawk Invitational dropping 3-0 decisions to New Mexico (25-22, 25-17, 25-18) and Oregon State (25-16, 25-21, 29-27). As a result, the Redhawks slipped to 6-4 on the year as they head to into the final week of non-conference with dates against Montana State on Tuesday before closing out at the UC Riverside Classic on Friday and Saturday.
In spite the tough final results, one of the bright spots for Seattle U was Kailee Kurokawa’s inclusion on the all-tournament team.
New Mexico 3, Seattle U 0
A sluggish start saw the Redhawks trail 7-4 early in the first. A service error by the Lobos and an ace from Eve Kerschenbaum tied the opening frame at 10-all. New Mexico though strung together five-straight to push ahead and Seattle U was never able to recover.
The Redhawks continued to play from behind in the second as New Mexico ran out to a 5-2 lead to open. Back-to-back aces from Tijana Milojevic and a kill from Lauren McCabe cut the SU deficit to 10-9. UNM though accounted five of the next seven points to take a 15-11 lead en route to a 25-17 tally.
Overwhelmed in the third, Seattle U trailed 15-6 midway through before a 5-1 run by the Lobos made it 20-9. Down 22-10, the Redhawks showed some life late piecing together four-straight, trimming the deficit to eight. SU continued to battle will consecutive kills from Julia Queiroz, Sofia Sanchez and Rachel Stark to make it 24-18, but the rally was cut short by a UNM kill secure the set and match.
Oregon State 3, Seattle U 0
Sluggish play to open doomed the Redhawks as Oregon State rolled out to an 8-3 lead in the first. Seattle U pulled within three, 13-10, midway through but the effort fell short as the Beavers used a 5-0 to so after en route to claiming the opening frame, 25-16.
A much more competitive second set saw the Redhawks batting through 14 ties, forcing a level score on eight occasions. Seattle U held a slim, 6-5, margin early before possession ping-ponged until it was again tied at 20-all. During the stretch, neither side scored more than two consecutive points nor held a lead larger than one. OSU then crept out to a 22-20 lead late as part of a 5-1 run to close.
Seattle U looked rejuvenated early in the third as it jumped out to a 10-7 lead. The Redhawks, which led the frame from the outset, then took a 19-17 lead on a late kill from Queiroz, who finished with match with 10. Amaris Carter, who also had 10 kills, and Stark, who finished a team-high 11, then followed suit pushing the margin to 21-17. Leading 24-21, the SU offense struggled to keep its rhythm surrendering a pair of errors, allowing the Beavers to draw level at 24. The Redhawks faced OSU’s match-point twice but were saved by Carter at 25 and Sanchez at 26-all. Kerschenbaum’s ace made it 27-26 but a forth set was not in the cards for the Redhawks as OSU end the match with a 3-0 run.