Seattle U Volleyball Opens 2013 With Sweep of Texas Tech

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Jason Behenna

August 31, 2013, OGDEN, Utah (ISN) – The Seattle University volleyball team opened the 2013 season with one of the biggest victories in program history, sweeping Big 12 member Texas Tech, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-22) Friday morning in the Wildcat Weekend Tournament hosted by Weber State at Swenson Gym.

Texas Tech (0-1) took a three-point lead early in the first set, but Seattle U responded with a 7-1 run thanks in part to kills by Alec Goodrie (Springfield, Ore.) and Allison Farley (Happy Valley, Ore.), a service ace from Iris Ivanis (Pozega, Croatia), and a block by Goodrie and Farley. The Red Raiders pulled to within one at 14-13, but the Redhawks pulled away and closed out the opening set with a kill by Martina Samadan (Split, Croatia).

The two teams exchanged points early in the second set before Seattle U rattled off seven straight points to take a 13-5 lead. Texas Tech rallied back with five unanswered points to cut the Redhawk lead to three, but kills by Samadan and Sarah Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) helped Seattle U extend its lead back to six at 18-12. The Redhawks were able to take a 2-0 match lead thanks to errors by the Red Raiders late in the second set.

After a kill by Samadan opened the third set, Texas Tech scored five straight points and eventually held a 7-3 lead, but Samadan picked up a solo block and a service ace to pull the Redhawks into a 7-7 tie. The Red Raiders went on an 8-1 scoring run to pull ahead, 15-8, thanks in part to three blocks at the net.

Down by five at 17-12, Seattle U started working its way back into the set, with two kills by Jaeckel along with one from Samadan as well as a combined block from the two outside hitters closing the Redhawk deficit to 17-16. After Texas Tech scored the next two points, Seattle U would go on a 7-1 scoring run, with Karli Pedone (Granite Bay, Calif.) contributing three kills along the way. Texas Tech pulled to within one at 23-22, but a solo block by Farley and a combined block from Farley and Goodrie completed the Redhawk victory.

Samadan led the Redhawks with 12 kills, a .455 hitting percentage, and two service aces, plus she collected three total blocks. Farley finished with nine kills, a .368 hitting percentage, and four total blocks, Goodrie earned four kills and three block assists, and Jaeckel led the team with 10 digs to go along with six kills. Kerry Lane (Tucson, Ariz.), starting at setter in her first career collegiate match, notched 32 assists, seven digs, and one service ace.

“Our hitters, especially Martina, Allison, and Alec, were awesome today, and Kerry handled the pressure well in her first college match as the setter,” Seattle U head volleyball coach James Finley said. “I am proud of the way the team fought back in the third set, as they could have easily given up on the set when they fell behind by a significant margin, but they put together an incredible rally to close out the match.”

Breeann David led Texas Tech with 11 kills, while Meghan Stacy collected nine kills, seven digs, and three total blocks, and Rachel Brummitt led all players with 16 defensive digs. As a team, the Red Raiders hit .143, while Seattle U posted a .242 hitting percentage as a team.

Seattle University (1-0) will face the host school Weber State Friday evening at 7 p.m. local time (6 p.m. Pacific time). A video stream of the match will be available for free on Weber State’s website (www.weberstatesports.com), while live stats will be accessible through both the Weber State athletics webpage and GoSeattleU.com.

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