SEATTLE — The Seattle University volleyball team snapped a four-game skid as it topped Western Athletic Conference foe Chicago State, 3-1 (25-21, 15-25, 25-23, 25-17), on Thursday evening at the Redhawk Center.
Rachel Stark led the Redhawks (10-9, 1-4 WAC) with a match-best 17 kills on a .350 hitting, while also registered nine digs and five blocks. Eve Kerschenbaum meanwhile had 14 kills and nine digs to go along with four aces, tying a career-best. Julia Queiroz also notched doubled-figure kills with 10 on .316 hitting in addition to six blocks.
Kailee Kurokawa recorded her second-career double-double with 38 assists and 13 digs. Johnasia Carr also put up big numbers on defense with six blocks. Seattle U out-blocked Chicago State, 12.0 to 6.0. SU also had a .203 to .177 hitting advantage, but was edged out in digs 56-51.
The Redhawks will continue their three-match home stand on Saturday when they host Kansas City at 1 pm. Single-match tickets are still available being visiting GoSeattleU.com/tix or by call 206-398-GOSU.
Tight early Seattle U slipped out to slim 10-9 lead in the first, which quickly turned to a 14-10 deficit after a 4-0 spurt by the Cougars. The Redhawks though responded with a 6-1 rally with an ace and kill from Kerschenbaum during the run. Chicago State battled back down the stretch leveling the score at 16, 18 and 19. SU then took control with a 3-0 spurt to lead 22-19. A Queiroz ace gave the Redhawks into set point before Kerschenbaum found a seam to hammer home the final point, giving SU the set, 25-21.
A Seattle U stumble resulted in a Chicago State 7-4 lead to open the second. A pair of kills from Queiroz helped the Redhawks pull even at 7-7. The Cougars however worked quickly to create space as they used a 4-0 spurt and a couple of 3-0 runs to take a 17-10 lead. A pair of SU timeouts late did little to slow the Chicago State attack which lead 20-11. A pair of Cougar errors helped Seattle U make it 22-14 late but the effort fell short as Chicago State won the set 25-15 to even the match.
Kerschenbaum wired a couple aces early in the third as the Redhawks pieced together a 5-0 run and jumped out to 6-2 advantage. After the Cougars narrowed the margin to three, Seattle U responded with a 4-0 spurt thanks a kill from Stark and consecutive block assists from Queiroz to help push the Redhawks out front, 12-5. Back-to-back kills from Stark and Sofia Sanchez midway through gave Seattle U an 18-12 lead, but Chicago State comeback with a 3-0 spurt of its own trimming the margin the to 18-15. Leading 22-17 after consecutive tallies from Queiroz and Kerschenbaum, the Redhawk advantage disappeared late as the Cougars drew even at 23-all, thanks in part to a 6-1 run. Kerschebnbaum though came up big with a kill to give SU set point, 24-23. Stark and Carr then stopped a Cougar strike for the final point, as took a 2-1 match lead.
Kills from Sanchez and Kerschenbaum saw the Redhawks tally a 4-0 spurt en route to a 6-3 lead to open the fourth. SU though then committed a trio of errors, allowing the Cougars to draw even at 6-6. The Redhawk though fell back in-sync and sprinted past as they accounted for eight of the next nine points for a 15-7 lead. Kerschenabum led the charge as she recorded an assisted block, kill and ace during the run. Chicago State tied to battled back down the stretch with a series of back-to-back points continued to be held at arm-length as it trailed, 19-14. Kills from Carr and Kerschenbaum extended the SU difference to 21-14, before a pair of Cougar service errors made it 23-16. Stark’s heavy-handed strike then gave the Redhawks set point, 24-16. The Cougars landed a late kill but would end the match with their seventh service error of the night.