ELLENSBURG, Wash. – No. 21 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell in four sets (25-13, 25-20, 24-26, 25-11) to No. 14 Western Washington Friday morning at the GNAC/PacWest Crossover Tournament.
Sophomore middle blocker Malary Reid led the Seasiders (2-4) with 11 kills and one block, with sophomore outside hitter Sinamoni Tonga close behind contributing 10 kills. Brittany Waite and setter Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen each added eight, Chen also finished with 37 assists.
The Vikings (5-2) used a balanced attack with 13 blocks in the match and finishing with a .325 hitting percentage. Western Washington's Joellee Buckner led all players with a match-high 13 kills to go with 12 digs.
The Seasiders had a slow start to the first set as the Vikings quickly gained a 10-point lead. A pair of kills from Reid and one by Kathleen Collette Kalougata got BYU-Hawaii started as they chipped away at the score in an effort to fight back. Kalougata contributed two more kills, but Western Washington's lead couldn't be matched and BYU-Hawaii fell 13-25.
The second set was much more back and forth, neither team gaining the advantage by more than three, until halfway through the set when Western Washington took the 16-12 lead. A kill by Tonga powered a 3-0 run for the Seasiders to bring them within one point. The teams traded points for a few more rallies but the Vikings slowly pulled ahead and took the set 25-20.
BYU-Hawaii won the third set in a hard-fought 26-24 battle. A kill and a service ace by freshman middle blocker Brittany Waite started the Seasiders off on the right foot, propelling them into a 6-2 run. BYU-Hawaii maintained the lead for the rest of the set until the Vikings managed to tie the score at 21. The score was back and forth all the way until it was tied 24-24, but a kill by Leilani Adolpho and a Viking attack error secured the win.
The fourth set began much like the second with both teams alternating the lead. Western Washington eventually broke open the set with a nine-point run that BYU-Hawaii was unable to recover from falling behind 20-8. Western Washington won the set 25-11.
BYU-Hawaii will take on Alaska Anchorage this afternoon at 3 p.m. HST.