Team effort drops Dixie State in three sets

Team effort drops Dixie State in three sets

LAIE, Hawaii (Oct. 26, 2013) - The No. 5 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team dominated the Dixie State Red Storm Saturday in three sets (25-19, 25-17, 25-20).

The Seasiders (18-1, 13-1) hit a .331 clip and Shih Ting (Stella) Chen had 19 kills with a .364 hitting percentage on her own. Erica Willes had 11 kills on an efficient .611 hitting night, Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu added six kills and Lacy Miyahira chipped in five kills.

With the win, BYU-Hawaii has won 11 consecutive matches and improves to 12-0 at home.

The first set started off as a battle between BYU-Hawaii and Dixie State (13-8, 10-5) but the Seasiders fought hard and gained an early 12-7 lead on the Red Storm.  With the help of Chen and Willes' kills, the Seasiders were able to win the first set 25-19. 

In the second set BYU-Hawaii and Dixie State were tied point for point until the Seasiders broke the streak and took the lead at 11-9. Willes had a hitting percentage of .667 in this set and Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen setup the BYU-Hawaii win with consistent setting and some big blocks down the stretch to a 25-17 victory to take a 2-0 match lead.

The Seasiders had the lead after a 3-3 tie in the third set. With some well-placed kills by Huafa Saulala, Stella Chen and Willes, BYU-Hawaii stretched an early 9-6 lead all the way to 19-10.  Even with a series of long rallies and a push from the Red Storm toward the end of the set, the Seasiders cruised to a 25-20 win and a three-set sweep.

The Seasiders will next play in Laie on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. against Dominican.

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