BELMONT, Calif. – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen capped a remarkable week by leading No. 4 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a sweep (25-18, 25-9, 25-20) over Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday evening.
Chen led all players with 17 kills to go along with 10 digs and three service aces. It was the fifth consecutive double-double for Chen. The Seasiders (9-3, 6-0 PacWest) held the Argonauts (0-13, 0-6 PacWest) to a .057 hitting percentage with six total blocks.
After BYU-Hawaii built up an 8-5 lead in the first set, NDNU used a 7-0 run to take the lead. Chen sparked the Seasiders with two consecutive kills to begin a 6-0 run that made it 14-12 in their favor. After NDNU tied the set at 16 again, BYU-Hawaii went on another 4-0 run to take the lead for good and take an opening set win.
The Seasiders jumped out early with a 3-0 run to begin the second set and used a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 14-5 and force an Argonaut timeout. Three kills by Chen and two service aces by Kathleen Collette led a 7-0 run to give BYU-Hawaii a commanding 23-8 lead.
The third set started in similar fashion to the second with the Seasiders started out on a 4-1 run. Collette led the charge late with two kills during a 4-0 run to take a 19-11 lead and BYU-Hawaii cruised the rest of the way to its sixth consecutive victory.
The Seasiders finish their California road trip with a match against the Academy of Art on Monday at 7:30 p.m. PDT.