HONOLULU – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen led BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a sweep (27-25, 25-16, 25-16) of Chaminade on Saturday at McCabe Gym.
"It's always great to end the regular season with a win," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah Hoy said. "We will need to clean up some things before regionals, but we look forward to the challenge and hope to continue our success in the postseason."
Chen had her 17th double-double of the season with a match-high 18 kills to go along with 10 digs. Lacy Miyahira Lange added 11 kills and three service aces, while Noel Pauga Wolman had a season-high six blocks.
The Seasiders created five-point cushion early in the first set after a 4-0 run led by two kills from Chen. The BYU-Hawaii defense then led a 4-1 run with two blocks including a solo block by Kalistina Takau. A three-point run gave the Seasiders the 18-12 advantage, but the Silverswords answered with several small runs to tie the set at 22-22. The teams traded points to 25-25 when kills by Chen and Lange gave the Seasiders the set victory. Chen recorded seven kills in the set on a .312 hitting percentage.
The second set started as closely as the first ended with the teams battling to a 9-9 tie. The Seasiders then took control with a 4-0 run sparked by kills from Chen and Sinamoni Tonga. Chen started another four-point run with a kill and added an ace to push the lead to 19-11 in favor of BYU-Hawaii. It was all the room the Seasiders needed as they traded points with the Silverswords to a 25-16 set victory.
BYU-Hawaii took an early 5-2 lead in the third set on a four-point run featuring Takau and Wolman combining for two blocks and two kills from Chen. Chaminade battled back with a 4-1 run to tie the set up at 6-6. With the Seasiders trailing 9-8, Lange went on an individual 4-0 run with a kill and three service aces to put the Seasiders back on top for good. Two kills by Chen and an ace from Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu extended the lead to 15-10. Chen again had back-to-back kills in a 3-0 run late in the set and a final three-point run featuring an ace from Elizabeth Blake Solaita ended the match.
BYU-Hawaii will find out its seeding and destination for the NCAA Regionals tomorrow at 5 p.m. HST. You can stream the selection show live on the NCAA website.