October 5, 2013, EDINBURG, Texas – Another team effort by the Seattle University volleyball team led to the Redhawks’ third consecutive victory, a 3-1 win (28-26, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21) over the UT Pan American Broncs Friday night in a Western Athletic Conference contest at the UTPA Fieldhouse.
Seattle U broke away in the first set to take a 9-6 lead thanks in part to two kills by Stephanie Stoll (Bellevue, Wash.), but UTPA answered with three unanswered points of its own. A kill by Iris Ivanis (Pozega, Croatia) extended the Redhawks’ lead to 20-14, but the Broncs would put together a 9-2 scoring run before Matea Mamic (Split, Croatia) notched back-to-back kills. Haley Durham earned consecutive kills to give the Broncs a chance to win the set, but two kills by Ivanis down the stretch clinched the set for Seattle U.
In the second set, Seattle U went on a 9-1 scoring run, with Allison Farley (Happy Valley, Ore.) notching two kills and a block assist, to pull ahead, 12-4. The Redhawks maintained a significant lead until late in the set, when the Broncs scored five unanswered points to close their deficit to three at 23-20. Farley finished off the second set with two kills, putting Seattle U ahead two sets to zero in the match.
UT Pan American (10-10, 0-4 WAC) went on a 7-1 scoring run early in the third set to take an 11-5 advantage, led by two kills apiece by Maria Kliefoth and Krysta Freitas. Four kills in the set by Martina Samadan (Split, Croatia) kept the Redhawks close, but the Broncs won the final four points of the set, capped by a kill by Durham, to extend the match.
The Broncs maintained their momentum early in the fourth set, scoring four of the first five points, but the Redhawks responded with a 7-1 scoring run, punctuated by two kills from Stoll, to pull ahead, 10-7. During a 10-5 Seattle U scoring run midway through the set, Ivanis collected four kills and a service ace, but UTPA scored three straight points to close its deficit to two at 23-21. Seattle U clinched the set and the match with a kill by Stoll and another ace from Ivanis.
“We didn’t play our best tonight, but I am proud of the team for finding a way to win,” Seattle U head coach James Finley said. “Our middles, Stephanie and Allison, both played well throughout the night, and after struggling in the third set, Iris took over during crunch time in the fourth set to help us win the match. I am looking forward to an interesting matchup Sunday at New Mexico State.”
Ivanis notched her second consecutive double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs, while Stoll earned a career-high 12 kills and Mamic contributed eight kills and 12 digs. Kerry Lane (Tucson, Ariz.) accumulated 44 assists to go along with four kills and six digs, Lani Beadle (Seattle, Wash.) continued to lead the backcourt defense with 22 digs, and Mackenzie Daniels (Edmonds, Wash.) added 11 digs to the winning effort.
Freitas earned her own double-double for the Broncs with a team-high 12 kills to go along with 12 digs, with Kasey Sanchez collecting 11 kills and eight digs and Kliefoth adding 10 kills and three total blocks. Setter Nycole Masaki led UTPA with 45 assists and three service aces, and libero Shanice Faison paced the Bronc defense with 23 digs.
As a team, UTPA notched a higher hitting percentage (.243) than Seattle U (.233), plus the Broncs won the battle in service aces (6-3) and team blocks (7-4). However, the Broncs hurt their own cause with 17 service errors, and the Redhawks kept the ball in play more often with 67 digs versus UTPA’s 60 digs.
Seattle University (6-13, 3-1 WAC) heads to Las Cruces, N.M., for the final contest of the week-long road trip, facing New Mexico State Sunday, Oct. 6, at 12 noon local time (11 a.m. Pacific time). The Redhawks will return home to start a four-match homestand next Friday, Oct. 11, against Idaho beginning at 7 p.m. at the Connolly Center.