LAIE, Hawaii (Aug. 30, 2013) – For the second night in a row the No. 5 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team won 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16) over an Alaskan team, the Nanooks of Alaska Fairbanks this time, to open the first weekend of the season.
BYU-Hawaii (2-0) started out each set close but relied on big runs to pull away in each contest for the victory. The duo of Shih Ting Chen and Noel Pauga were a force with a combined 24 kills, including 14 from Chen to lead the match over Alaska (0-2).
After starting out neck-and-neck, the Seasiders pulled away to a 17-10 lead with the help of a 7-1 run. BYU-Hawaii cruised from there, getting a 25-17 win in the first set. The Seasiders hit at a solid .600 percentage for the first set, led by four kills from Pauga.
Set No. 2 resembled the start of the first with a close game before BYU-Hawaii started to stretch its lead to 11-6 with another kill from Pauga. The Nanooks cut the lead back down to one point at 20-19 with a 4-0 run. A back-to-back errors from Alaska gave BYU-Hawaii some breathing room at 24-21 and the Seasiders downed the Nanooks with another point in the second set.
Alaska took an 11-10 lead in the third set and looked to be building momentum. BYU-Hawaii put together an 11-3 run to regain control at 21-14. To close the match, two kills from Chen and a Nanook error sealed the deal for the Seasiders with a 25-16 victory in set three and a 3-0 win for the second straight night.
BYU-Hawaii is home again for three nights Thursday through Saturday next week, welcoming three mainland teams as part of the Hawaii Invitational.