LAIE, Hawaii – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen led a strong attack as No. 4 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball won its 10th consecutive match with the sweep of Cal Baptist (25-11, 25-23, 25-10) on Friday at the Cannon Activities Center.
"We started fast again tonight, but struggled in that second set," BYU head coach Mona Ah Hoy said. "I'm proud of the girls for finding a way to pull through and close out strong."
As a team, BYU-Hawaii (13-3, 10-0 PacWest) held Cal Baptist (11-7, 7-3 PacWest) to a .134 hitting percentage as our offence finished with a .308 hitting percentage, 50 kills and six service aces. The win also extended the Seasiders home court winning streak to 46 games.
Chen got her eighth double-double leading the team with twenty kills and twenty digs to go with a .442 hitting percentage and three service aces. She now has 1,603 kills in her career and is 13 short of passing Arlete Silva for second place in career kills at BYU-Hawaii.
The teams started by trading points early in the first set, but BYU-Hawaii went on a seven point run led by Hsu's two kills and Chen's two consecutive service aces to give the Seasiders a 12-4 advantage. After a 5-1 run made it 19-10, Cal Baptist was forced to take a timeout to regroup. However, the momentum stayed with BYU-Hawaii as a service ace from Noel Pauga Wolman and two kills from Takau made it a 22-10 as the Seasiders cruised to the first set victory.
The Lancers took control of the second set early on jumping out to a 10-5 lead over the Seasiders with kills from Michelle Waber and Lauren Marr. BYU-Hawaii cut the lead to three, but the Lancers responded with six straight to take a 16-7 lead. Several short runs by the Seasiders gave them crucial points to close the distance back to three with the Lancer's.
It looked as if the Cal Baptist would take the set up 23-18, but BYU-Hawaii was able to come from behind to make it a 23-23 game with consecutive kills from Chen and a block from Noel Pauga Wolman and Takau. A Wolman kill and an ace from Hsu capped the 8-0 run and gave the Seasiders the 25-23 set victory.
The Lancer's once again took the early lead in the third set, but a four point run spearheaded by kills from Hsu, Lange and Wolman gave the Seasiders an 8-4 lead and forced Cal Baptist to take a timeout. BYU-Hawaii came out of the timeout and extended their run with three more points to increase their lead to seven. A 3-0 run by the Lancers reduced the lead to five, but it was the closest they would get for the rest of the match. The teams continued to trade points until a 9-0 run with two kills from Chen and Lange and a kill from Hsu ended the match.
BYU-Hawaii will take on Point Loma tomorrow at 2 p.m. HST in its third match in as many days. Live stats and a live video stream will be available.