LAIE, Hawaii - Shih Ting (Stella) Chen moved up the record charts and BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball put an end to Dixie State's 10 game win streak with a sweep (25-13, 25-14, 25-18) on Thursday night in the Canon Activity Center.
"We finally had a quick start," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah hoy said. "We played steady throughout the match and our blocking really showed up. We worked a lot on our blocking because we knew we were going to go up against some big teams this week."
With 16 kills on the night, Chen passed Vanessa Valansi for third all-time at BYU-Hawaii with 1,583 career kills. Lacy Miyahira Lange added nine kills for the Seasiders (12-3, 9-0 PacWest). BYU-Hawaii was able to hold Dixie State's strong offensive attack (12-6, 9-1 PacWest) to a .123 hitting percentage, while its offense had an impressive .350 hitting percentage.
The Seasiders opened the match on a 3-0 run with an ace from Noel Pauga Wolman. After a two point burst by two Dixie points, the Seasiders continued their hot start with four more points to take the 8-2 lead. BYU-Hawaii went on another 4-0 run later, sparked by a solo block from Noel Pauga Wolman making it 13-5. The Seasiders and Red Storm battled again late in the set with a minute long rally that was finally put to an end with a kill by Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu to give BYU-Hawaii the 21-10.
Dixie State started well in the second set, but BYU-Hawaii regained the momentum and countered with a six point run. The set continued to be littered with long rallies as the Seasiders were able to string together three separate 3-0 runs to build a 12 point edge. Back-to-back kills by Chen and Hsu gave the Seasiders the 25-14 set victory.
The teams started the third set trading points, but the Seasiders once again grabbed momentum early in the set with a 4-0 run to take an 11-6 lead. Chen recorded a kill and a solo block during a 3-0 run that extended the lead to six. With BYU-Hawaii leading 21-13, Dixie State battled their way back into the set with a 4-0 run. It was too late however as Wolman led a 4-1 charge to close out the sweep.
The Seasiders return to action tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. HST to take on Cal Baptist in the CAC. The game will be live on BYUtv.