LAS CRUCES, N.M. - (Nov. 17) For a second straight match, Seattle University volleyball found itself in a 2-0 hole and in need of a big rally. For a second straight match, the rally came and the Redhawks would force a fifth and deciding fifth set. But this time, they could not complete the comeback in the fifth as Seattle U bowed out of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with a 15-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 5-15 setback to CSU Bakersfield Thursday night at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M.
Seattle U, the sixth seed, fell to 13-15 overall while the ‘Runners, the third seed, improved to 14-14 on the year, advancing to face second-seeded Utah Valley on Friday.
The Redhawks struggled to get much going offensively in the first two sets, managing just nine kills with nine errors in the the opener and seven kills with eight errors in the second.
They began to get things going a bit in the third set, jumping out to an early 5-0 lead and never trailing in the 25-23 win. Momentum carried into the fourth set as they took advantage of a string of ‘Runner errors to build a 12-6 lead. Sloppy play on both sides closed out the set as four of the final five points were scored on errors. A ball handling error by CSUB’s Sydney Wicks gave SU set point.
CSUB would go on to score the first three points in the fifth set and moment quickly shifted back in favor of the ‘Runners as they cruised for a 15-5 win.
Katarina Marinkovic, named the WAC Freshman of the Year Wednesday, led Seattle U with 15 kills and 10 digs. Matea Mamic added nine kills and Shae Harris had eight. Harris added 20 assists and 18 digs for a near triple double. Iris Ivanis led SU with 22 digs.