LAIE, Hawaii – Senior Shih Ting (Stella) Chen led No. 4 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to an opening match sweep (25-16, 25-13, 25-9) over Daemen Friday night in the George Q. Cannon Activities Center.
"The girls just needed to settle down," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah hoy said. "We were a little shaky in the beginning, but we ended really well. I'm proud of our performance."
Chen led the Seasiders (1-0) with 15 kills and five blocks. Transfer Kalistina Takau showed well in her first match at BYU-Hawaii leading the team with a .636 hitting percentage on her seven kills. Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu added seven kills of her own and five total blocks. As a team the Seasiders finished with a .375 hitting percentage while holding the Wildcats (0-4) to a .000 percentage.
In the first set, the Seasiders jumped ahead quickly to a 6-1 run with Chen providing a spark with a kill and a block assist on the first two points of the set. The teams would trade points and runs, until BYU-Hawaii capitalized on several Daemen errors to extend their lead to eight at 16-8. The Seasiders would not relinquish control cruising to win the set 25-16.
Chen recorded the first three kills of set two to help BYU-Hawaii to an early 5-2 advantage. With the Seasiders leading 8-4, a great defensive stand led by Hsu and Noel Pauga Wolman helped spark a 5-0 run. The Wildcats would get no closer than six with Hsu and Chen leading a 5-0 run to close out a 25-13 set victory.
Daemen didn't allow BYU-Hawaii any big runs to start the third set, but a steady dose of Chen, Hsu and Takau built a 12-6 lead. After a quick 3-0 run led by Takau and Wolman's defense, the Wildcats called a timeout to try and slow the Seasiders momentum. BYU-Hawaii wouldn't be stopped, extending the run to 13-1 to close out the match.
The Seasiders returnth the court tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. HST to take on Florida Tech at the George Q. Cannon Center.