LAIE, Hawaii (Oct. 19, 2013) – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen recorded 22 kills and helped lead the No. 5 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team to victory in three sets over California Baptist (25-20, 25-18, 25-21).
With the win over Cal Baptist (14-7, 11-2) the Seasiders (15-1, 10-1) knocked off the Pacific West Conference's No. 2 team on the heels of Friday night's 3-1 victory over the first-place team No. 25 Point Loma.
Chen's 22 kills were a match high to go along with 13 digs. Teammate Erica Willes added 11 kills on a night when BYU-Hawaii seemed in control in each set.
The match started out in the Seasiders' favor as they closed out the first set 25-20 after taking the lead at 6-5 and never looking back. Chen had seven kills and Willies recorded six of her own.
At one point in the second set the Seasiders led things 16-7, but Cal Baptist didn't shy away from the heavy attack of BYU-Hawaii. The Lancers kept things fairly even after that until the Seasiders closed things out 25-18 to take a 2-0 lead.
Set three proved to be the most exciting of the night with both teams working hard for every point.
Cal Baptist came from behind tying things up 17-17 late in the set. Grueling efforts to keep the ball in play helped the home team come away with the win as the Seasiders finished off the third set 25-21.
BYU-Hawaii hopes to keep the ball rolling as they welcome Fresno Pacific to Laie on Wednesday the Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the George Q. Cannon Activities Center. The match will be televised live on BYUtv.