LAIE, Hawaii (Sept. 7, 2013) – Behind Shih Ting (Stella) Chen's career-high 26 kills, the No. 5 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team took down Chico State 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-11, 25-22) on Saturday night.
Stella Chen's 26 kills came in addition to her 11 digs and four assists. Erh Fang Hsu (Ariel) added 12 kills, five digs, four assisted blocks and one solo block while Erica Willes and Lacy Miyahira added seven kills apiece.
Melanie Manutai, Ho'onani Apo added 15 digs each to lead BYU-Hawaii (5-0) while Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo added 14 of her own. The Wildcats (1-2) were limited to just a .109 hitting percentage for the match.
With Chico State coming out ready to give the Seasiders a game, the first set was close right down to the wire. Both teams were tied at 15-15 and the Wildcats took a 19-17 lead. BYU-Hawaii battled back with a 5-0 run to seize control. The Seasiders ground out the last few points and took the first set 25-22.
Set No. 2 didn't go BYU-Hawaii's way a lot of the time as Chico State controlled most of the way, leading by as many as four points. The Seasiders went down 18-14 but responded with a run to tie it up at 18 all and kept it close down the stretch. Despite the effort, BYU-Hawaii dropped its first set of the year after four matches 26-24 to even the score at 1-1.
After tasting a set defeat for the first time the Seasiders quickly got the taste out of their mouths with a dominating third-set performance. The home team ran out to a big 21-7 lead with the help of a 14-1 run. The Wildcats had no answer for BYU-Hawaii and the Seasiders cruised to a 25-11 win to take a 2-1 edge in the match.
Chico State came back in the fourth set ready to give BYU-Hawaii another close set. Both teams traded scores lead changes until both teams were stuck at 21 apiece. Talia Barnes had a crucial block to swing the set and the Seasiders got back-to-back points and some breathing room edging the Wildcats 25-22 to take the set and the match 3-1.
Up next, BYU-Hawaii takes the next weekend off and returns to the Cannon Activities Center on Sept. 20 to host Chaminade. The game is expected to be broadcast live on BYUtv.