ELLENSBURG, Wash. – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball lost its final match of the GNAC/PacWest Crossover Tournament 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-13) this Friday evening against Central Washington University at Nicholson Pavilion.
Sophomore Leilani Adolpho led the Seasiders (2-6) in kills with 12 and also recorded nine digs. Libero Elizabeth Solaita totaled 13 digs and outside hitter Sinamoni Tonga added nine kills. Central Washington's (4-3) Linden Firethorne led all players with 15 kills.
BYU-Hawaii achieved a total of 35 digs compared to Central Washington's 27, but the Wildcats hit an impressive .337 for the match.
The first set started evenly as the Seasiders and Wildcats traded points. Three of BYU-Hawaii's first six points were kills by outside hitter Sinamoni Tonga, but Central Washington scored six in a row to take the 13-6 lead. The Wildcats maintained their distance the remainder of the set and won 25-22.
The second set began similarly with close scoring from both teams. BYU-Hawaii took the lead for the first time all match after a pair of kills from Tonga and Malary Reid and a service ace from Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen made it 12-9 in favor of the Seasiders. Central Washington battled back to tie the game at 13, but another kill by Reid and a service ace by Solaita gave BYU-Hawaii the advantage again. The Wildcats were able to tie the set up again at 19 before they went on a six-point run to end the set.
Central Washington jumped to a quick 6-0 lead and the BYU-Hawaii was unable to recover. Adolpho and Tonga each had three kills, but the Wildcats cruised to a 25-13 victory.
BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball will take on Hawaii-Hilo at Vulcans' Gymnasium in their first conference game next Saturday at 7 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.