"I was happy with the way we started the last two matches," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah Hoy said. "We have been doing a much better job on finishing our attacks and being consistent throughout the match. We still have a lot we can work on and we will have a real challenge next week against Chaminade."
Chen led BYU-Hawaii (5-6, 3-0 PacWest) with five blocks, one behind Academy of Art's (4-8, 0-4 PacWest) Margaret Winkler for the match high. Chen added 36 assists and two kills in the match for the Seasiders. Reid contributed four more blocks as well as six kills. Outside hitter Kathleen Collette Kalougata had a match-high 12 kills and Leilani Adolpho was close behind with 11.
The Seasiders recorded a hitting percentage of .264 and holding the Urban Knights' .034. Academy of Art was strong at the net finishing with nine blocks, while BYU-Hawaii had six.
The Seasiders started with a 5-1 run to open the first set led by two kills from Malary Reid. The Urban Knights used solid blocking during a 3-0 spurt to close back within one, but Kalougata led the Seasiders' response with two kills during a 4-1 run to give BYU-Hawaii some breathing room at 10-6. Sinamoni Tonga kept the momentum going with two service aces during a 5-point run to extend the lead to 15-7. Leilani Adolpho guided the finishing touches on the opening set with four kills during 10-1 run.
Academy of Art was able to find its rhythm in the second set taking a 6-3 lead early on with three blocks by Winkler. Tonga responded with two kills and Reid added an ace during a 4-1 run to tie the match 7-7. BYU-Hawaii was able to retake the lead at 12-10 after back-to-back blocks by the combination of Chen and Reid. Kalougata had two kills and Chen added two aces during a 7-point run to extend the Seasiders' lead to 19-11 over the Urban Knights. Brittany Waite ended the second set with two kills during a 4-1 BYU-Hawaii run.
The Seasiders started strong again in the third set with two separate 3-point runs to take a 7-2 lead. The Urban Knights answered with a 4-0 run to close back within one, but Kalougata and Tonga led a 3-point spurt to make it 10-6 in favor of BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders used a balanced offensive attack during a 6-0 run to extend their lead to double digits at 18-8. Several younger players were able to see action late as BYU-Hawaii cruised to a 25-16 victory.
The Seasiders take the court next week against PacWest leader Chaminade on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. HST. The game will be broadcast live by BYUtv and live stats will be available online.