Seasiders fall to Silverswords

Seasiders fall to Silverswords

HONOLULU – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball came up short against Chaminade, as the Silverswords took the 25-21, 25-17, 26-24 victory on Friday night at McCabe Gym. 

Leilani Adolpho led the team with nine kills, while Sinamoni Tonga was close behind with eight kills. Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen added 27 assists and two blocks for the Seasiders (14-13, 12-7 PacWest). Keani Passi led all players with 22 kills for the Silverswords (18-9, 11-8 PacWest)

Chaminade jumped ahead early in the first set with a 4-1 run. BYU-Hawaii answered with a 4-1 run of its own to tie the set 6-6. The teams continued to trade points to an 11-11 tie, when Skyler Curry sparked a 7-point run for the Silverswords with two aces to take the lead for good. Adolpho helped the Seasiders battle back to within three at 21-18, but they were unable to get any closer as Chaminade took the first set 25-21.

A quick 3-point burst by Passi gave the Silverswords the early 8-4 lead in the second set. A kill from Tonga and a service by Chen closed the gap to two, but Chaminade answered with a 4-0 run to take a 15-9 lead. It was all downhill from there as the Silverswords rolled to a 25-17 victory.

The third set began with the teams trading points until Brittany Waite had two service aces during a 6-1 run to give the Seasiders a 12-9 lead. Passi answered with back-to-back kills to ignite a 3-0 run to tie the set at 12-12. The teams traded points the rest of the match until Terezie Cernosek followed a kill by Passi with one of her own to take the 26-24 victory.

BYU-Hawaii will conclude its season on Saturday against Hilo at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.

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