Seasiders ride strong offensive attack to victory

Seasiders ride strong offensive attack to victory

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball used an efficient offensive attack to sweep Holy Names (25-17, 25-13, 25-18) on Friday night at the George Q. Cannon Activities Center.

"It was nice to get a lot of girls some playing time," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah Hoy said. "Also nice to have Talia [Afalava] and Sinamoni [Tonga] helping us on the court. However, I felt like we would relax when we ahead and I want to see us maintain the same intensity throughout the match."

Shih Ting (Stella) Chen recorded 17 kills on the night, keeping her on track to break the all-time kills record at BYU-Hawaii (15-3, 12-0 PacWest) by the end of the regular season.  Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu added 10 kills and finished with a .692 hitting percentage, while Elizabeth Blake Solaita recorded 46 assists to tie for the 11th best mark in the nation for a three set match this season. Freshmen Afalava and Tonga saw their first action in the last set and a half and recorded six kills and three kills respectively.     

As a team the Seasiders had a .408 hitting percentage, while holding the Red Hawks (1-20, 1-14 PacWest) to a .132 hitting percentage.

BYU-Hawaii started the night with a small three-point run as Kalistina Takau and Noel Pauga Wolman recorded a kill and then assisted each other on a block.  Another kill by Takau ignited a five-point Seasider run, which included kills from Hsu, Chen and a service ace from Ashley Mataele making it a 9-2 set. After a short Interruption by Holy Names, BYU-Hawaii continued the set with a service ace from Chen and a kill from Hsu giving the Seasiders a ten point lead at 13-3. The Seasiders were able to cruise to a first set victory with Hsu and Chen combining for seven kills over the final 12 points of the set.

In the second set, Holy Names and BYU-Hawaii battled early to a 4-4 tie, but a service ace from Chen, three kills from Hsu and a kill by Lacy Miyahira Lange helped give BYU-Hawaii build a 10-4 lead. The Seasiders would utilize small runs to build a sizable lead at 18-8, featuring kills from Afalava, Hsu and Chen. BYU-Hawaii maintained at least a nine point advantage for the remainder of the set on their way to a 25-13 set victory. 

The third set started with a four-point run for the Seasiders that included a kill from Afalava and two from Chen.  At 4-5, a kill from Takau sparked a 5-0 run that increased the BYU-Hawaii lead to six points. Kills from Tonga, Lange, Chen and Hsu slowly increased the lead for BYU-Hawaii making it a 19-12. Holy Names responded with a small three-point run, which the Seasiders matched immediately.  The Hawks made a run late in the match, but a service error derailed a comeback and a kill from Janelle Fink ended set 25-18 and gave BYU-Hawaii the match victory.

The Seasiders will take on Fresno Pacific tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. HST at the CAC in a rematch of a thrilling come-from-behind win for BYU-Hawaii earlier this season. Live stats and streaming will be available online.

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