EDINBURG, Texas --- Seattle University volleyball fell in straight sets to UT Rio Grande Valley, 3-0 (25-8, 25-22, 25-20) in Western Athletic Conference play.
Overwhelmed during the first set, the Redhawks (10-13, 1-8 WAC) battled in the second and third frame to no avail, as they were out hit .073 to .221 in the match. UTRGV also held a 6-1 advantage in aces, 6-1 and claimed a 10-7 margin in blocking.
Sofia Sanchez led the Redhawk attack on Thursday night hitting .263 with eight kills. Amaris Carter and Eve Kerschenbaum followed chipping in with five apiece, while Julia Queiroz and Johnasia Carr each finished with four.
Kailee Kurokawa was credited with a match-best 23 assists. Also notching a match-best was Tijana Milojevic who finished with 21 digs. In addition to the standout performance, Milojevic became the career dig leader in the program’s Division I history, surpassing the previous mark of 1,337 set by Emily Deleissegues. Milojevic now heads into Saturday’s contest with 1,351 career digs.
The Redhawks tallied just five kills in the opening frame and was held to a below zero hitting mark. Carr tallied the first kill for Seattle U. SU however was met with an onslaught attack from UTRGV as the sprinted to a 12-2 margin, thanks in part in a 10-1 run. The Redhawks were unable to slow the potent Vaqueros they won the first set, 25-8.
Seattle U rebounded in the second keeping step with UTRGV and forcing a pair of ties early. Tied at 12 following a kill from Sanchez, the Redhawks briefly benefitted from a Vaquero miscue to take a 13-12 lead. UTRGV though responded with a 4-0 spurt. From there SU continued to trail but pulled within one as Carter and Kerschenbaum registered back-to-back kills to make it 17-16. The Redhawks however come undone late as it committed three service errors late allowing UTRGV to win the set, 25-22.
In the third, UTRGV sprinted to a 5-1 lead early The Redhawks however responded with a 7-2 swing as they claimed their largest lead of the match, 9-7. Carter had a kill during the rally while Sanchez tallied an ace. The advantage though quickly disappeared as UTRGV made it 15-11. Down the stretch Sanchez tallied consecutive strikes narrowing the SU deficit to three, 19-16. The Redhawk effort though fell short as the Vaqueros keep completed the sweep with a 25-20 decision.
Seattle U will return to action on Saturday in Las Cruces when it takes on league leader NM State. First serve is slated for 1 pm.