LAIE, Hawaii – Noel Pauga Wolman led the Seasiders in a sweep (25-13, 21-25, 16-25) against Academy of Art on Saturday night's game in the Cannon Activity Center.
"We started out quickly and finished strong," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah Hoy said. "[Academy of Art] was really tough in that second and third set. I am pleased the way we battled throughout the match and came up with kills when we needed it most."
Noel Pauga Wolman led the team with 13 kills, seven digs and a .650 hitting percentage. Chen recorded 12 kills, two service aces and nine digs on the night.
A kill by Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu started the first set, but started an exchange of points with both teams tying every few rallies. Tied at 7-7, two kills from Hsu and Chen each gave BYU-Hawaii (17-4, 14-1 PacWest) a four-point run. A 6-1 run featuring a kills from Chen and Wolman and an ace from Elizabeth Blake Solaita gave the Seasiders a 19-10 lead over the Urban Knights (7-12, 6-10 PacWest Wolman lead the team in the first set with six kills and a .667 hitting percentage. The Seasiders had two service aces coming from Solaita and Ashley Mataele.
The second set started like the first with the teams trading points to begin. At 6-6, a kill by Wolman started a small 3-0 Seasider run that included a service ace from Mataele. A service ace from Noel Wolman made it a 10-7 set, but Academy of Art retaliated with a three point run to tie. From then on the teams traded points tying every other rally until it was an 18-18 set. A small BYU-Hawaii run with a kill from Solaita broke the pattern and gave the Seasiders an 18-21 lead. Another three-point run led by kills from Chen and a finishing kill from Wolman gave BYU-Hawaii the second set victory.
Academy of Art led the Seasiders from the beginning of the third set, but BYU-Hawaii rallied together after a time out to catch up and tie the set 12-12 with a service ace from Solaita and kills from Chen, Wolman and Takau. A six point run that included a service ace from Chen gave the Seasiders their first lead of the third set and more as BYU-Hawaii was able to increase their lead to 18-13 late in the set. A bad set by BYU-Hawaii gave the Urban Knights a point, but the Seasiders followed it up with a three-point run making it a 21-14. A kill by Wolman and two attack errors by the Urban Knights gave BYU-Hawaii another 3-0 run and providing the room for the Seasiders to complete the sweep.
BYU-Hawaii will head to the mainland to take on rival Dixie State in St. George, Utah, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MDT. Live stats will be available online.