No. 6 Seasiders overpower Silverswords

No. 6 Seasiders overpower Silverswords

LAIE, Hawaii – Kathleen Collette and Malary Reid gave No. 6 BYU-Hawaii a boost off the bench to sweep Chaminade (25-15, 25-13, 25-16) Thursday evening at the Cannon Activity Center.

"We started a little slow tonight," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah Hoy said.  "It was nice to be able to come back, finish strong and rest some of our injured starters."

Shih Ting (Stella) Chen led all players with 15 kills in the match and finished with a .519 hitting percentage. Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu added nine kills and three block assists, while Kalistina Takau had six kills and two solo blocks.

The Seasiders (4-3. 1-0 PacWest) finished with a .356 team hitting percentage and six blocks. They held the Silverswords (7-4, 0-1 PacWest) to three service aces well below their average coming in of eight per match.

In the first set, Chaminade prevented BYU-Hawaii any big runs early, but the Seasiders used several small runs to build up a 15-10 lead. Takau had her second solo block of the set to spark a 5-0 BYU-Hawaii run to extend the lead to 20-11. It was all the room the Seasiders needed with Chen and Hsu combining to close out the set with three powerful kills.

With BYU-Hawaii leading 5-3 early in the second set, Chaminade went on a 4-0 run to take the lead. The Seasiders answered immediately with a 12-0 run beginning with an ace from Takau and led by three kills from Lacy Miyahira Lange. The lead was too much for the Silverswords to overcome as the Seasiders took a 2-0 set lead.

The third set remained close until Chaminade used a 5-0 run to build a 14-11 lead. Ah Hoy called a timeout to rally her team and the Seasiders responded with 3-0 run to tie the set up. With the score still tied at 16-16, Chen led BYU-Hawaii with four kills to end the match on a 9-0 run.

The Seasiders will hit the hardwood again Saturday at 6 p.m. to take on conference rival Hawaii Pacific in Honolulu.

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