Tonga and Reid power Seasiders past Silverswords

Tonga and Reid power Seasiders past Silverswords

LAIE, Hawaii – Sophomores Sinamoni Tonga and Malary Reid led BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 sweep of Chaminade on Wednesday at the Cannon Activities Center.

"We started slow in the first set, but were able to respond," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah-Hoy said. "I was happy with the way we played against a very strong Chaminade team."

Reid led the Seasiders (6-6, 4-0 PacWest) with 12 kills, two service aces and two blocks with a .391 hitting percentage. Tonga added 11 kills, eight digs and an ace. The Silverswords (10-3, 3-2 PacWest) were led by Kim Spring's 10 kills and four aces.

BYU-Hawaii finished with a .240 hitting percentage, while holding Chaminade to .098 in the match.

The Silverswords built an early lead with a 5-0 run to take a 7-2 lead, but the Seasiders closed the gap back to two after back-to-back errors and a kill from Tonga. Tonga then began a 4-0 run with a kill to give BYU-Hawaii the lead at 11-10. Leilani Adolpho and Reid each had kills and Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen added an ace during a 7-1 burst to widen the Seasiders' lead to five late in the set. Chen spread the ball around assisting four different players to end the set on a 5-1 run.

BYU-Hawaii capitalized on several Chaminade errors to jump out to a 5-1 lead in the second set. Reid powered a 4-1 run with a kill to extend the lead to 9-3.  Keani Passi led the Silverswords back with two kills during a 4-point run to make it 11-9 in favor of the Seasiders.  Reid began another 4-point BYU-Hawaii run with a kill and an ace to push the lead to 21-15. The teams traded side-out points the rest of the way for a 25-18 set victory for the Seasiders.

Reid started BYU-Hawaii off strong with three kills to build a 6-3 lead early in the third set. Leilani Adolpho extended the Seasiders lead with three kills during a 5-point run to make it 12-5. After Chaminade scored two points, both teams traded points making the score 17-11. Sinamoni Tonga and Kathy Collette Kalougata combined for three kills to maintain a 7-point lead. It was all the room BYU-Hawaii needed to close out the sweep.

The Seasiders take the court again on Monday against Concordia Irvine at 7 p.m. PDT at CU Arena. Live stats and video will be available online.

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