SEATTLE — The Seattle U volleyball team suffered a tough setback, falling in straight sets, 3-0 (22-25, 26-28, 24-26) to Grand Canyon in Western Athletic Conference on Thursday evening at the Redhawk Center.
Junior Julia Queiroz paced the Seattle U (10-15, 1-10 WAC) effort as she notched a match-high .389 hitting with nine kills and four blocks. Sophomore Eve Kerschenbaum finished with a match 13 kills, while freshman Amaris Carter followed with seven.
The Redhawks and Lopes finished the match with 40 kills, while GCU held a narrow .148 to .129 advantage in hitting percentage. Seattle U however controlled the dig category, 52-45.
The Redhawks will action at home on Saturday, Nov. 2 when they host CSU Bakersfield. First serve from the Redhawk Center is slated for 1 pm with Senior Day festivities scheduled to proceed the match.
Kerschenbaum opened the match with a trio of kills as Seattle U began the first set on a 5-3 run. GCU trimmed the margin to 9-8, but a pair of Queiroz kills sandwiched Lope miscues to push the score to 13-11. Seattle U then extended the advantage to four, 16-12, behind a 3-0 spurt with kills from Kerschenbaum and Johnasia Carr. Back-to-back tallies for GCU cut the margin to two but the Redhawks responded with a 4-0 spurt for their largest lead of the frame, 20-14. The Lopes however knocked SU off-balance late answering with a 10-1 run late to win the first, 25-22.
A back-and-forth set early in the second, the Redhawks broke through for a 17-10 advantage, behind a season-best 8-0 run. Kerschenbaum fueled the push accounting for a kill and a pair of assisted blocks, while Queiroz also tallied a couple of stops. Grand Canyon then began to chip away at the SU margin as it pulled within one, 18-17, thanks in part to a 6-1 run, before forcing a tie at 19-all. The Redhawks registered consecutive tallies to claim a slim 21-19 lead. GCU though continued to linger late into the frame, forcing ties at 22 and 25. Queiroz buried a strike to make it 26-25. GCU though would again pulled level late before striking twice more, taking the second set, 28-26.
Trailing 7-4 to start the third, Seattle U began to battle back with back-to-back kills from Rachel Stark and Carter to trim the deficit to one. The Redhawks then pulled level at 7-7 with a timely assisted block from Queiroz and Stark. A GCU attack error added to the Seattle U cause before Carter added to the effort, pushing the lead to 9-7. The Lopes however responded with a 3-0 spurt to force a 10-all tie. The sides then exchanged rallies with Seattle U forcing tie at 14, 16, 17 and 18 before Grand Canyon used a 4-1 spurt to pull out to a 22-19 lead. Kerschenbaum and Stark recorded consecutive kills to pull SU within one, before Stark and Carr assisted on a blocks, tying the third at 22. The Redhawks continued to battle late again forcing ties at 23 and 24 but were unable to build on the effort at GCU completed the sweep with a 26-24 decision.