HONOLULU – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen and Kalistina Takau helped No. 6 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball avenge their only loss of the 2013 regular season defeating Hawaii Pacific in five sets (25-12, 20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12) Saturday night at St. Andrew's Priory.
"We always have a tough time in that gym," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah Hoy said. "I'm really happy that we competed until the end of the fifth set and came out with a win."
Chen led all players with 21 kills, 14 digs and five blocks. Takau wasn't far behind with 18 kills and four blocks. Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu led the team with a .474 hitting percentage on her 12 kills.
The Seasiders (5-3, 2-0 PacWest) overcame 18 service errors with strong defense holding the Sharks (2-6, 0-2 PacWest) to a .104 hitting percentage and totaling 11 blocks on the night.
In the first set, Hsu helped BYU-Hawaii with three kills to power a 5-1 run to start the match. Leading 9-6, the Seasiders used a quick 3-0 run to extend their lead to six. Another short burst after an HPU timeout gave BYU-Hawaii the 19-11 lead. It was then able to take advantage of several attack errors to close out the set on a 5-0 run.
The second set started out as the teams traded points and small runs. With the score tied 8-8, the Sharks used a 4-0 run to take the lead. The Seasiders responded on a 6-1 run to take an 18-17 lead, but it was short lived after a 3-0 run gave the Sharks the lead back. It was all the room they needed and they closed the set on a 4-0 run to even things up at a set a piece.
BYU-Hawaii got off to a hot start using two separate 3-0 runs to build a 6-2 run. HPU responded quickly with a 5-0 run to take the lead. Another 3-0 run helped give the Seasiders a 14-11 lead, but the Sharks answered with a 3-0 run of their own to tie things up again. After BYU-Hawaii had built up a small 21-19 lead, a 3-0 run gave HPU the lead. Chen came through in the clutch for the Seasiders with two kills to give BYU-Hawaii the 25-23 set victory.
The fourth set continued the tight contest between the two teams. HPU was the first to gain more than one point separation in the set with back-to-back kills to make it 17-15. The Seasiders responded to tie the game up, but the Sharks used another small 3-0 run to take a 21-18 lead and force BYU-Hawaii to take a timeout. It was all the room they needed as they held off the Seasiders to force a fifth set.
With HPU leading 3-2 early in the fifth, Chen recorded two kills to lead a 3-0 charge to give BYU-Hawaii the lead. The Sharks responded to tie things up again, but Takau went off on an individual 3-0 run to force an HPU timeout. A 3-0 run by the Sharks made it 11-10 in favor of the Seasiders, but strong blocking by Chen and Hsu led a 3-0 run to give BYU-Hawaii the space they needed to close out the match.
The Seasiders return home Sept. 26 to take on Hilo at 7:30 p.m. HST in the Cannon Activities Center. The match will be streamed live by the BYU-Hawaii Media Production Center.