Chen makes PacWest history

Chen makes PacWest history

IRVINE, Calif. – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen became the first player in conference history to be named the PacWest Player of the Year during all four years of her career on Wednesday.

Chen leads the PacWest and is second in the nation in kills per set (5.14). She is also eighth in hitting percentage (.295) and 12th in digs per set (3.62) in the PacWest. She is the only player in the NCAA this season to be in the top 10 in kills during a 3-set, 4-set and 5-set match. Chen is also on pace to break the all-time kills record at BYU-Hawaii trailing Yu Chuan Chen by 26 kills going into the NCAA Tournament. She was also named to the All-PacWest First Team.

Head coach Mona Ah-Hoy was named the PacWest coach of the year after leading the Seasiders to the conference championship in each of her two seasons and their fifth consecutive overall. She holds a record of 50-7 over the past two years. Last year she led BYU-Hawaii to the national championship game against Concordia St. Paul. The award was also the fifth such honor for a BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball coach in the past seven years.

Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu and Elizabeth Blake Solaita were both named to the All-PacWest Third Team. Hsu is seventh in the PacWest with a .299 hitting percentage and is 17th with 0.74 blocks per set. Solaita was fourth in the PacWest with 10.46 assists per set and sixth with 0.39 service aces per set during her first season as a Seasider.

Kalistina Takau earned honorable mention All-PacWest status from the coaches after finishing fifth in the PacWest for hitting percentage (.319) and ninth in blocks per set (0.88).

BYU-Hawaii will take on Central Washington at 5 p.m. MST in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Regional Tournament in Nampa, Idaho. Live stats and streaming will be available online.

A full breakdown of PacWest honors can be located here.

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