Chen and Willes lead No. 5 BYU-Hawaii over Hilo in four sets

Chen and Willes lead No. 5 BYU-Hawaii over Hilo in four sets

HILO, Hawaii (Oct. 12, 2013) - The No. 5 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team downed Hilo 3-1 (25-10, 25-19, 19-25, 25-11 ) on Saturday night.

The Seasiders (13-1, 8-1) hit at .273 clip but limited the Vulcans to just a .099 hitting percentage with solid defense. Shih Ting Chen led the match with 19 kills on a .386 hitting percentage. She also posted 19 digs. Erica Willes gave the offense another big punch with 12 kills. Ying Chun Chen added 46 assists while Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo posted 25 digs.

Set No. 1 was all BYU-Hawaii after the Seasiders fell behind 2-0 on a quick start from the Vulcans. Runs of 10-1 and 11-3 boosted BYU-Hawaii early and often. The Seasiders took set one in dominating fashion, 25-10.

The Vulcans were determined in the second set as they took a 4-2 lead to start the set. BYU-Hawaii answered and regained the lead and continued to build it to an 18-11 advantage. Hilo got as close as within five points before the Seasiders shut the door again with a 25-19 win to take a 2-0 match lead.

Using the third set as a springboard, the Vulcans battled back from an early 6-1 Seasider lead to come back to take a 14-11 edge. Then it was BYU-Hawaii's turn to rally as they tied up the score 15-15. Hilo got some momentum and seperation and took the third set 25-19 to force a fourth set.

BYU-Hawaii was against a fierce effort from the Vulcans in set four behind 8-6 but reacted in a big way. The Seasiders went on a 9-1 run to take control and the lead 15-9. BYU-Hawaii never looked back, cruising to a 25-11 win and a 3-1 match victory.

After seven matches on the road BYU-Hawaii returns to the Cannon Activities Center on Friday, Oct. 18 to face Point Loma.

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