LAIE, Hawaii (Nov. 21, 2013) – The No. 4 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team shook off a slow start and beat Hawaii Pacific 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-16) on Thursday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
BYU-Hawaii finishes the regular season 24-1, winning 17 matches in a row as they enter the postseason and took the Pacific West Conference title along with a perfect 15-0 record at home.
Between sets two and three, BYU-Hawaii honored 27-year coach of the Seasiders, Wilfred Navalta and his wife for their contributions to the program. Navalta led BYU-Hawaii to eight NAIA national titles, two NCAA Division II championships and was the national coach of the year in 1996 and 1999 along with AVCA Coach of the Year his final season in 2012.
BYU-Hawaii was led by Shih Ting (Stella) Chen, Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu and Lacy Miyahira notching 14, 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen added 48 assists while Noel Pauga posted nine kills and two solo blocks.
The Seasiders started slow, surrendering a 6-0 run to HPU before getting on the board with a kill from Michelle Chen. BYU-Hawaii got down 16-6 but a 6-0 run cut it to 16-12 midway through the first set. Back-to-back errors from HPU made it 20-16 and the Seasiders even got within three but lost the first set to HPU 25-20.
BYU-Hawaii responded with a 6-1 run to start set No. 2. The Seasiders continued to get into the groove, taking a 16-9 lead. HPU made a run to cut the lead to 20-14 but BYU-Hawaii would recover from a set-one disappointment to take the second set 25-20 to even things up at 1-1.
Picking up where they left off, the Seasiders took a 9-5 lead to start the third set. Kills from Ariel Hsu and Stella Chen made it 19-11. A quick 3-0 spurt later gave BYU-Hawaii 23-13 lead and a kill from Miyahira finished off HPU in a 25-14 win for the Seasiders.
Set four started with another BYU-Hawaii lead at 11-5 but HPU responded with a run of its own to trim the lead to 12-10. The Seasiders answered with a 9-2 run to stretch their lead to 21-14. The home team cruised to victory 25-16 and in the match 3-1.
BYU-Hawaii now waits to see when and where it will be playing in the NCAA West Regional Tournament. The NCAA Division II Selection show airs online on Monday, Nov. 25 at 2:30 p.m. HT (7:30 p.m. ET). Click here to watch.