The Eastern Kentucky Colonels Volleyball team played in their home-opener Tuesday night in McBrayer Arena against the Seattle University Redhawks. The Colonels lost the match in four sets by scores of 13-25, 16-25, 25-19 and 17-25.
Seattle started out hot and took control of the game in the first set. Eastern struggled early and committed eight errors in the first set.
The second set was much of the same, but Eastern began to find their footing. The Redhawks tallied 13 kills on their way to winning the set. Seattle looked to carry their momentum into the third set and aimed to close out the game, but the Colonels wouldn’t go down without a fight.
The third set was by far the most successful of the night for the Colonels. Eastern nearly doubled their highest kill total of the game with 14 in that set. It was not only a great set offensively, but defensively Eastern held their opponents to just 10 kills and 9 errors. After five ties and two lead changes the Colonels won the third set 25-19 forcing a fourth.
The Redhawks opened the fourth set with an 8-2 run and never looked back. Seattle had 17 kills in the fourth and did not relinquish the lead, ultimately winning the set and match by a score of 25-17. EKU finished the set with 8 team kills and 5 total errors.
Cassie Knuston, Celina Sanks and Ciera Koons finished the game with seven kills apiece.
Rachel Woody totaled 18 assists for the match and Knuston added 11 of her own.
Chloe Rojas led the team with 14 total digs.
The Colonels will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend to play in the Panther Challenge against Cleveland State University on September 15 at 4:30 p.m., the University of Pittsburgh on September 16 at 10 a.m. and the University of California Santa Barbara on September 16 at 5 p.m.