Takau and Chen's strong effort not enough in battle of top five teams

Takau and Chen's strong effort not enough in battle of top five teams

DENVER – Kalistina Takau led BYU Hawaii women's volleyball on day two of the Colorado Premier Challenge as the Seasiders dropped contests to No. 1 Concordia St. Paul (22-25, 17-25, 22-25) and No. 2 Tampa (21-25, 12-25, 27-25, 15-25).

Takau finished the day with 21 kills and nine blocks and led with a .333 hitting percentage. Shih Ting (Stella) Chen led BYU-Hawaii (3-3) with 28 kills on the day to go with 18 digs.

In the first match of the day, the Golden Bears (7-1) got out to a quick 4-0 lead, but the Seasiders closed it to one with a 3-0 run of their own. The teams continued to trade 3-0 runs for the majority of the match. BYU-Hawaii put themselves in good position with a 4-1 run to take a 20-18 lead, but Concordia St. Paul answered with a 5-0 run to close the set and take the 1-0 lead in the match.

The Seasiders struggled in the second set with a .147 hitting percentage giving the Golden Bears the opportunity to take advantage and build a 16-8 lead. BYU-Hawaii went on a 4-0 run to close the gap, but they would get no closer as Concordia St. Paul used small runs to close out a 25-17 set victory.

The teams traded points on the way to a 13-13 start to the third set. The Golden Bears went on a short 3-0 spurt to give themselves a cushion, but the Seasiders answered with a sustained push to tie the game at 21. Another 3-0 Concordia St. Paul run ended any hopes to keep the match going.

In the second match, BYU-Hawaii used an early 4-0 run to take a 6-3 lead early in the first set. Tampa (7-1) answered with a 4-1 run to retake the lead at 8-7. The lead seesawed back and forth until a 3-0 run gave the Seasiders the 16-13 lead. Trailing 19-15, the Spartans went on an 8-1 run to take back the lead and take a first set victory.

After the worst set of the season for the Seasiders put them in a 2-0 set hole, Chen had seven of her 15 kills to lead BYU in the third set and starting of the 3-0 run that gave BYU-Hawaii its only set victory of the day.

The Seasiders return home Sept. 18 to open conference play against Chaminade at 7:30 p.m. HST at the George Q. Cannon Center. 

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