OREM, Utah — Seattle U volleyball dropped a three-set decision against Utah Valley, 25-21, 25-20, 25-17, in Western Athletic Conference action.
The Redhawks (10-12, 1-7 WAC) held a narrow 37-35 margin in kills, and a 31-28 edge in digs. Utah Valley however posted 11.5 blocks and out hit Seattle U .364 to .121.
Seattle U returns to action on the road next week when it visits UT Rio Grande Valley.
Trailing 5-10 in the first, the Redhawks battled back to draw even as 10-all. Sofia Sanchez and Queiroz opened the 5-0 run with back-to-back kills while Eve Kerschenbaum also went back-to-back with aces. UVU though tallied four of the next five, pulling out to a 14-11 lead. Amaris Carter and Carr tallied an assisted block trimming the deficit to 14-13, but the Wolverines again responded with a 3-0 run. Down 23-18 late, Queiroz, Stark and Kerschenbaum helped Seattle U to within three but the fell short as UVU took the opener, 25-21.
Queiroz registered a kill and ace to open the second, helping the Redhawks to a 5-0 run and a 10-8 lead. The advantage though quickly disappeared as Utah Valley scored four straight, moving out 12-10. From there, Seattle U played from behind twice narrowing the deficit to one, including a late tally from Stark to make it 19-18. The Wolverines though accounted for six of the final eight points en route to a 2-0 match lead.
A sluggish start to the third saw the Redhawks take an 11-5 deficit early. However SU surged midway though, scoring five-straight points, cutting the difference to 14-11. Sanchez landed consecutive kills during the run while Carr and Carter added to the cause. Seattle U though would be unable to reduce the deficit and more as UVU pulled away late using a 4-0 spurt to assume a 20-13 lead. The Wolverines won the third, 25-17.