HILO, Hawaii – Senior outside hitter Kathleen Collette Kalougata finished strong to help BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball in a tight five-set victory (23-25, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16, 16-14) over the University of Hawaii at Hilo at Vulcans' Gymnasium on Saturday night.
Four Seasiders (3-6, 1-0 PacWest) recorded double-doubles as a result of solid, all-around team effort. Sophomore outside hitter Leilani Adolpho recorded a total of 21 kills as well as 17 digs, while Kalougata contributed 16 kills and 19 digs. Senior setter Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen added 55 assists and 20 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Sinamoni Tonga finished 12 kills and 23 digs.
Outside hitters Morgan Lees and Marley Strand-Nicholaisen led the Vulcans (2-2, 0-1 PacWest) with a combined total of 27 kills.
The first set was a close fight as Hawaii Hilo led the entire time by no more than two points. Three kills apiece from freshman Brittany Waite and sophomore Adolpho kept the Seasiders close, but the Vulcans' kept the necessary two-point cushion to secure the win 25-23.
Sophomore middle blocker Malary Reid propelled BYU-Hawaii with three kills and a block during a 7-2 run to open the second set. The Seasiders continued the pace the rest of the set, powered by six more kills from Adolpho. BYU-Hawaii kept their distance and finished the set on top at 25-16.
A slew of errors from both teams started the third set, resulting in back and forth leads for the first half of the set. A couple of kills from Adolpho powered a five-point run for the Seasiders to give BYU-Hawaii the 19-14 lead. Lees led Hawaii Hilo back into the game during a 3-0 run to close the gap to two. A 4-1 Vulcan run tied the game at 24-24 and a block and ace gave Hawaii Hilo the 27-25 win.
Waite fueled 7-1 run in the fourth set with three kills and Adolpho added two of her own as the Seasiders took a 13-7 lead. A 5-0 Vulcan run closed the gap to one at 16-15. Adolpho answered with two consecutive kills and Kalougata added another to build a 19-15 lead. Kalougata sealed the set victory with three more kills during a set-ending 6-1 run.
Tonga kicked off the fifth and final set with a service ace. The sophomore added four kills to combine with Adolpho's three to keep the Seasiders in the intensely close game. Chen tied the game at 13 with a dump to the empty space on the court. Chen then assisted on two kills by Kalougata to put BYU-Hawaii up 15-14 and Reid ended it with a kill from the middle.
BYU-Hawaii will take on conference opponent Dominican University at 7:30 p.m. HST on Friday at the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats will be available online and the game will be broadcast on BYUtv.