LAIE, Hawaii – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen led all players with 24 kills against University of Hawaii at Hilo to win in straight sets (25-19, 25-17, 25-14) on Friday evening in the Canon Activity Center.
"It was a slow start again," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah Hoy said. "I didn't like how we started, but I liked how we ended and it's always nice to play everybody."
Chen added 14 digs on the night to record her fourth consecutive double-double. Kalistina Takau had another solid outing recording nine kills and three blocks with a .429 hitting percentage.
As a team BYU-Hawaii (6-3, 3-0 PacWest) finished with a .240 hitting percentage to neutralize UH Hilo's (3-3, 2-1 PacWest) solid middle blocking.
The Seasiders drew first blood with a 5-1 run to begin the match, but faced a resilient Vulcan team who matched them almost point to point. With the set tied 10-10, BYU- Hawaii pulled ahead for good in the set with an 8-2 run led by four kills from Chen.
"We have become stronger," says a humble Stella Chen. "I'm happy that I could help the team get points today."
The second set was similar to the first with the Seasiders using a 7-1 run to break open a close set. Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu applied pressure and defense during the run recording two blocks and two kills.
With three straight kills by Chen to start the third set on a 5-0 run, BYU-Hawaii's spirit soared as they quickly closed out the match and gave the Seasiders another win at home. Chen finished the set with a season high 10 kills.
BYU-Hawaii's hits the road to take on Fresno Pacific on Oct. 1 at 7 pm PDT. Live stats will be available online.