Seasiders fall to Lumberjacks

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.

Leilani Adolpho led BYU-Hawaii (1-1) with 12 kills and one service ace. Ying chun (Michelle) Chen led 34 assists and 21 digs. Sinamoni Tonga finished with 10 kills, eight digs and three total blocks.

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.

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