HONOLULU (Sept. 26, 2013) - No. 4 BYU-Hawaii dropped its first match of the season in a five-set thriller (24-26, 25-16, 25-18, 26-28, 13-15) Thursday night to Hawaii Pacific in Honolulu.
The Seasiders (7-1, 2-1) and Sea Warriors (9-2, 3-0) didn't hit particularly well with BYU-Hawaii logging the better percentage at .263 to .197. Shih Ting Chen led the match with 22 kills while Erh Fang Hsu and Noel Pauga added 12 kills apiece and Kathleen Collette put in 10 kills.
The first set was close contested as neither team got up by more than three points. HPU took an 8-5 lead but the Seasiders battled back to regain the lead 15-14. From there to the end of the set it was point-for-point before the Sea Warriors got back-to-back kills to sneak away with a first-set victory 26-24. Collette put in five early kills to keep BYU-Hawaii in it.
BYU-Hawaii cruised in both the second and third sets, getting 25-16 and 25-18 wins and looked to be in control. HPU wouldn't let the Seasiders off the hook just yet. Chen helped the team out with kills in both the second and third sets.
The fourth set looked to start the same way as sets two and three with a 7-1 lead but the Seasiders couldn't hold off a surge from the Sea Warriors. HPU came back to tie it at 10-10 and both teams took their punches down the stretch but BYU-Hawaii eventually dropped the fourth set 28-26, allowing HPU to force the fifth set.
The Sea Warriors came out strong in a nail-biting final set with a 10-7 lead but the Seasiders wouldn't go down without a fight. Kills from Chen and Pauga brought BYU-Hawaii into a tie and then back-to-back errors gave the Seasiders a slight 12-10 edge.
HPU came right back. Trailing just 13-12, the Sea Warriors scored the final three points to down BYU-Hawaii.
The Seasiders will look to get back to their winning ways on Saturday at Chaminade at 7 p.m.