LAIE, Hawaii (Oct. 23, 2013) – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen's 16 kills helped lead the No. 5 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team over the No. 23 Fresno Pacific Sunbirds in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) victory on Wednesday night.
The first set was tightly contested early on at 11-11, however once the Seasiders (16-1, 11-1) found their groove there was no turning back. BYU-Hawaii went on to close out the first set 25-18.
BYU-Hawaii found itself in trouble in the second set down 17-11, but managed to fight back erasing the deficit down to just one point. The Seasiders took the lead for the first time in the set at 21-20 and then put the pedal to the metal closing out the second set 25-22.
The Sunbirds (10-7, 5-5) fought hard all through the third set to avoid the sweep but could not seem break away from the home team. Despite taking a 12-9 lead, every time Fresno Pacific slugged the Seasiders, BYU-Hawaii was able to punch right back and retake control. The Seasiders tied it up a 21-21 and finished strong winning the third set 25-22.
The Seasiders won't get much rest before their next match as they face off with Academy of Art Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Cannon Activities Center. Friday's contest will be a special "Pink Out" game for breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink attire and the team will wear special pink jerseys.