Seasiders bounce back against Argonauts

Seasiders bounce back against Argonauts

LAIE, Hawaii – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen helped BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball bounce back from last week's loss to sweep Notre Dame de Namur (25-11, 25-15, 25-18) Friday night at the Cannon Activities Center.

"I was happy with how the team came out and worked in that opening set," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah Hoy said. "It was also nice to see significant contributions from several of our reserves tonight. Overall it was a great match."

Chen lead the Seasiders (16-4, 13-1 PacWest) with 19 kills and 12 digs to get back on pace to break the all-time kills record at BYU-Hawaii. Malary Reid came off the bench for BYU-Hawaii to record five kills and a team-high two blocks.

As a team the Seasiders hit .325, while holding the Argonauts (0-22, 0-15 PacWest) to a .076 hitting percentage.

The Seasiders began the first set with two consecutive kills from Shih Ting (Stella) Chen during a 4-0 run.  A pattern began to form as both teams traded two points runs until a back-to-back kills by Kalistina Takau sparked a 4-1 run that forced NDNU to take a timeout. Four consecutive kills by Chen and a kill by Elizabeth Blake Solaita increased the Seasiders lead to 20-9. After an Argonaut timeout, another kill from Chen and a kill from Sinamoni Tonga capped BYU-Hawaii's seven point run and gave them a 22-9 lead. Chen recorded nine kills and had a .667 hitting percentage by the end of the first set.

A kill by Chen tied the second set 2-2 and sparked a ten point run with kills from Reid, Noel Pauga Wolman and a service ace from Solaita. A kill by Wolman gave the Seasiders a ten point lead at 13-3.  The Agronauts would be able to close the gap to nine points at times as the teams traded points, but BYU-Hawaii always managed to pull ahead. A kill by Reid late in the game gave the Seasiders the 19-9 advantage as the teams traded points through the end of the set.

BYU-Hawaii took an early lead in the third set, but Notre Dame de Namur kept it close. A kill from Chen sparked a four-point run aided by kills from Lacy Miyahira Lange and Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu. After a short Agronaut run, BYU-Hawaii answered with a small three-point run with kills from Afalava, Chen and Hsu making it a 9-16 game. The Seasiders took off with kills from Tonga, Afalava, Reid and Hsu which found the floorboards on the opposite side of the net. 

BYU-Hawaii returns to action tomorrow to take on the Academy of Art at 7:30 p.m. HST in the CAC. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv.

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