Kansas City, Mo. — Despite have three with double-digit kills, Seattle U volleyball fell on Saturday to Kansas City, 3-1 (21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 21-25), as the Swinney Center in Western Athletic Conference action.
Eve Kerschenbaum paced the attack hitting .244 for a team-best 16 kills to go along with 11 digs for her eight double-double of the season. Rachel Stark followed with 15 kills, while Amaris Carter tallied 10 in the effort. The Redhawks (12-16, 3-11 WAC) were out hit, .261 to .152, while notching a season-high 68 kills. Seattle U held favorable margins in service aces, 6-2, as well as digs, 64-59.
Ezgi Ozkan steered the offense with 43 assists, while tallying 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season and second of the week. Ozkan also finished the afternoon with a career-high four kills.
Seattle U will finish its home schedule on Thursday, Nov. 14 when it hosts Utah Valley, before visiting California Baptist in the regular-season finale on Sunday, Nov. 19. First serve for Thursday’s match is slated for 6 pm.
The Redhawks trailed early in the first as Kansas City used a 5-0 run to claim a 8-2 advantage. Seattle U then used began to chip away at the deficit with kills from Queiroz and Kerschenbaum to make it 10-6. Trailing 13-7, the Redhawks used a 4-0 spurt to pull within two, 13-11, thanks to consecutive kills from Stark and Carter while Kerschenbaum landed an ace. Carter and Stark then tallied back-to-back scores during a 3-0 spurt, forcing a tie at 14-all. The ‘Roos though answered with 4-1 run regaining the lead at 18-15. From there, the Redhawks played from behind, twice pulling within one but were unable to push past Kansas City as the ‘Roos took the opener, 25-21.
Kerschenbaum opened the second with back-to-back kills, giving Seattle U a 8-6 lead. The ‘Roos however battled back forcing ties at 8-8 before a 4-1 spurt moved them out to a 12-10 advantage. The Redhawks stayed close midway through forcing Kansas City into consecutive errors, leveling the set at 15. Ozkan and Kerschenbaum then notched kills nudging Seattle U to a 17-15 lead. The side then battled to three ties down the set, pushing the score to 20-all. Kansas City then scored three-straight for a 23-20 lead. The Redhawks continued to push back with late strikes from Stark and Carter, but the effort fell short as UMKC took the second, 25-22.
Seattle U thrived in the third as it soared to a 9-1 advantage to open, which included back-to-back aces from Kailee Kurokawa. Leading 12-3, the SU margin was then narrowed to four, 12-8, as the ‘Roos scored five unanswered. The Redhawks maintained their advantage midway through as Carter added to the cause to make it 16-11. Kansas City however continued to threaten, using a 3-0 spurt to cut the margin to two, 16-14, before capitalizing on back-to-back tallies to draw within one, 17-16. With SU leading 20-16, the ‘Roo pressure finally paid off as they pieced together a 5-0 run and moved out to a 21-20 lead. Back-to-back aces from Stark, in addition to a pair of Kerschenbaum kills helped Seattle U slam the door, winning the set, 25-21.
A slow start to the fourth saw Seattle U stumble to a 5-1 deficit early, before Kansas City pushed the margin 17-9. The Redhawks responded late with a 4-1 spurt, slicing the ‘Roo margin to four, 17-13, behind kills form Queiroz and Kerschenbaum. Following a UMKC timeout, Seattle U struck twice more closing the gap to 17-15. The Redhawks continued to apply pressure as back-to-back tallies, including am assisted block from Ozkan and Lauren McCabe, pulled SU within one, 18-17. That however was the closest SU got, as Kansas City benefitted from short 2-0 spurts down the stretch, securing the match with a 25-21 decision.