SAN FRANSICO – Double-doubles from Noel Pauga Wolman and Shih Ting (Stella) Chen help No. 4 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball defeat Academy of Art in four sets (25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16) on Monday night's match in California.
Earlier in the day Chen received PacWest Player of the Week honors for her strong play last week leading the Seasiders (10-3, 7-0 PacWest) to three wins. Chen recorded her sixth consecutive double-double with 24 kills and 10 digs and a .338 hitting percentage.
Wolman also recorded a double-double in the game with 11 kills and 10 digs of her own. Elizabeth Blake Solaita distributed the ball well recording 46 assists in the game. As a team BYU-Hawaii held the Academy of Art (8-7, 3-4 PacWest) to a .139 hitting percentage and five blocks.
The Seasiders began the first set with a small 3-0 run. Another 3-0 run started by a kill from Chen gave BYU-Hawaii a seven point lead at 12-5. With the set at 14-5, a block by Chen and two consecutive kills by Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu helped Seasiders pull ahead by ten. In the end BYU-Hawaii was able to put the set away with Chen's tenth kill of the match winning 25-12.
It was even play throughout the second set with neither team gaining a big lead. Both teams made small runs tying the set every few points. In the end, the Urban Knights came away with a 25-23 set victory.
Early in the third set, the Seasiders broke things open with seven consecutive points to make the set 8-4 and take the lead. BYU-Hawaii kept the lead never letting Academy of Art closer than three points the rest of the set.
Kills by Wolman, Chen, and Solaita gave BYU-Hawaii an 11-7 lead in the fourth set forcing an Academy of Art timeout. A service ace later on in the set by Kathleen Collete gave the Seasiders a seven point lead at 17-10. The set ended with Wolman's 11th kill of the match to give BYU-Hawaii their seventh consecutive win.
The Seasiders finish their road trip with a match against Hawai'i Hilo on Saturday at 7 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.