LAIE, Hawaii – Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu led BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to its fifth consecutive PacWest champions with the sweep (25-12, 25-19, 25-23) of Hawaii Pacific University on Thursday in the Cannon Activities Center.
"I'm really proud of this group of seniors," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah Hoy said. "Everyone came ready to play tonight to make sure they left with a conference championship every year of their career here."
Hsu recorded eight kills, two service aces and two blocks on her final home match with the Seasiders (20-5, 17-2 PacWest). Senior Shih Ting (Stella) Chen led all players with 13 kills and 16 digs. BYU-Hawaii had 43 kills and four service aces, holding HPU (14-11, 12-7 PacWest) to only 31 kills on a .055 hitting percentage.
A four-point run featuring kills by Chen and Kalistina Takau started off the first set, giving the Seasiders a 5-2 lead. The Sharks were able to tie the set at 6-6 with a kill by Christina Furrer, but BYU-Hawaii took the lead back with an 8-0 run comprised of kills by Noel Pauga Wolman, Lacy Miyahira Lange, Chen, and Hsu. The Seasiders held the lead for the rest of the set with four of the last seven kills and a service ace coming from Hsu. Hsu ended the first set with a .667 hitting percentage.
The Seasiders jumped out to another early 6-3 lead in the second set with a 4-0 run featuring kills by Chen, Wolman, and Takau. Despite back and forth scoring, BYU-Hawaii held the lead for several more points. HPU retaliated with a four-point run of its own to bring the score to 12-11. A 4-1 run led by Hsu, helped BYU-Hawaii gain the separation they needed with the 19-14 lead. The Seasiders ended the set 25-19 with kills by Takau and Elizabeth Blake Solaita.
The Sharks started the third set 2-0, but BYU-Hawaii brought the score to 3-2 with kills by Chen and Takau and a service ace by Hsu. A five-point run by HPU put them ahead 7-3. The Seasiders trailed the Sharks until a kill by Chen tied the set 10-10. Both teams continued the seesaw scoring, tying the game every few points until BYU-Hawaii used a 5-0 run to take the lead for good at 20-17 as they were able to fend off a late attack by HPU to secure the sweep.
The Seasiders wrap up conference play with an away match at Chaminade on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available for the game.