LAIE, Hawaii – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen led No. 4 BYU-Hawaii to its second sweep (25-13, 25-19, 25-12) of the East-West Challenge defeating Florida Tech on Saturday night in the George Q. Cannon Center.
Chen led all players with a double-double of 17 kills and 19 digs to go with a .500 hitting percentage. Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu added 6 kills and Kalistina Takau led all players with four blocks. The Seasiders (2-0) defense held Florida Tech (2-2) to a negative hitting percentage in the match.
After conceding the first two points of the match to the Panthers, the Seasiders went on an 8-1 run to grab control of the set. Florida Tech used a 5-1 run to close the gap back to one at 9-8. BYU-Hawaii answered with a 7-1 run to reestablish their lead. Takau propelled a 6-1 lead to close out the set and give BYU-Hawaii the 25-13 victory.
After the teams traded points to start second set, the Panthers used a 5-0 run to build a four point lead. Trailing 13-9, the Seasiders used a timeout to rally the troops and go on a 7-0 run and take the lead and control of the set. Kathleen Collette helped extend BYU-Hawaii's lead to 21-16 with two service aces giving the Seasiders all the room they would need to take a 2-0 set lead.
Stella Chen led BYU-Hawaii to an early lead in the third set at 4-1, but Florida Tech kept battling. The Seasiders kept the pressure up using small runs to build a 14-7 lead midway through the set. A 6-0 run, led by Takau's strong presence in the middle, gave BYU-Hawaii a commanding 21-9 lead as it coasted to victory.
The Seasiders will travel to the mainland to play in the Colorado Premier Challenge Sept. 12-13 in Denver, Colo.