AZUSA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2013) – In its first road match in almost a month the No. 4 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team defeated Azusa Pacific 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 27-25) on Thursday night.
BYU-Hawaii (21-1, 16-1) had Shih Ting (Stella) Chen leading the way with 20 kills on a .386 hitting percentage. She added 14 digs. Lacy Miyahira and Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu added in nine kills apiece. Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen posted 44 assists in a great night of distribution.
The Seasiders fell behind early in the first set 6-3 but came back for a 10-8 lead. The duo of Stella Chen and Ariel Hsu were dominant, posting five kills in the first set to carry BYU-Hawaii through a close opening set to a 25-22 victory.
Another quick start from APU put the Seasiders behind 3-0 early. Not to be phased by anything, BYU-Hawaii continued to keep to the gameplan and kept it within two points until it could tie things up at 11-11. From there on it was back-and-forth until the Seasiders broke loose for an 8-1 run to beat the home team 25-17 in set No. 2.
Close the entire set, BYU-Hawaii looked to be in control. The Seasiders led 17-14 but Azusa Pacific crept back in to tie it at 18-18. Down the stretch tied at 25-25, kills from Lacy Miyahira and Huafa Saulala finished off the set 27-25 and the match 3-0.
Next up, BYU plays Cal Baptist on Friday at 7 p.m. PT.