Sunbirds fly past Seasiders

Sunbirds fly past Seasiders

FRESNO, Calif. – Kathleen Collette Kalougata had a near double-double, but BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell in straight sets (25-19, 26-24, 25-14) to Fresno Pacific on Saturday at the FPU Events Center.

Kalougata led all players with 11 kills and added nine digs. Sinamoni Tonga recorded seven kills and six digs. Gabriel Macedo led Fresno Pacific (10-12, 10-7 PacWest) with a double-double of 10 kills and 13 digs. As a team, the Sunbirds held the Seasiders  (13-11, 11-5 PacWest) to a .131 hitting percentage.

Fresno Pacific took advantage early in the first set to build a 3-1 lead and never looked back. Tonga, Malary Reid and Leilani Adolpho kept BYU-Hawaii within striking distance at 15-12, but a balanced attack by Fresno Pacific resulted in a 4-0 run to increase their lead to seven. The Seasiders took advantage of an attack error a few rallies later to go on a small 4-1 run and close the gap to 22-19, but the Sunbirds closed it out on a 3-point burst.

BYU-Hawaii and Fresno Pacific traded the first several points of the second set, but Fresno Pacific pulled away with several small runs to build a 13-7 lead. Kalougata, Adolpho and Reid cut the Fresno Pacific lead down to two with a strong attack and the Seasiders took advantage of a couple attack errors by the Sunbirds to tie the set at 17-17. The teams continued to trade point to a 24-24 tie when Sarah McCann recorded back-to-back kills to give Fresno Pacific the set at 26-24.

The third set began with both teams trading points to a 3-3 tie thanks to kills from Kaloutaga and Tonga, but the Sunbirds went on a 8-1 run to pull ahead of BYU-Hawaii. Fresno Pacific maintained a large lead, but the Seasiders were kept afloat with kills from Kalougtata, Sofia Tonga and Brittany Waite. The Sunbirds made quick work of the set and clinched the sweep at 25-14.

BYU-Hawaii will take the court against Dixie State on Thursday at 7:30 pm HST in the Canon Activities Center. The game will be broadcast live by BYUtv and live stats will be available online.

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