LAIE, Hawaii – No. 11 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell to Humboldt State 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 20-25, 21-25) in the second game of the season on Thursday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
Humboldt State (2-0) was led by a match-high 19 kills from Nicole Bewley. The Lumberjacks ended with a .246 hitting percentage, while holding the Seasiders to .176.
The Seasiders started the first set strong with a kill by Malary Reid, but the Lumberjacks went on a four-point run to take the lead. A kill by Adolpho began a 4-1 BYU-Hawaii run to close the gap to 10-8. Kathleen Collette Kolougata's service ace brought the score to 17-16, but Humboldt State held on to the lead. Seesaw scoring continued for the rest of the set until BYU-Hawaii fell 25-21.
Two kills contributed to a 5-1 Seasider run at the beginning of the second set to put them ahead 7-2. Humboldt tied it at eight, but BYU-Hawaii reclaimed the set with an 8-0 run to make the score 18-11. A 22-14 score came from Elizabeth Solaita's service ace and Jaqueline Swarbrick ended it 25-21 with a kill.
The third set consisted of back and forth scoring as neither team capitalized on their opportunities to take a strong lead. Consecutive kills by Reid and Tonga made it a 5-4 set in favor of BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders fell behind, but several kills from Adolpho kept them on the heels of the Lumberjacks. Humboldt ended the set 25-20 with a service ace from Rachel Tostberg.
The teams were tied at the start of the fourth set until a kill by Tonga and service ace from Swarbrick gave the Seasiders a small 7-5 lead. A five-point run by Humboldt put them ahead until consecutive kills by Adolpho tied the set 10-10. The Lumberjacks had another 5-0 run and BYU-Hawaii was unable to match them, ending the set 25-21.
BYU-Hawaii will take the court again tomorrow to play Sonoma State at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.