LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball looks to bounce back from a season opening loss to Alaska Anchorage as they host the Hawaii Invitational Tournament this weekend.
The Seasiders open up tournament play with a doubleheader Thursday against Montana State Billings at 11 a.m. HST followed Cal Poly Pomona that evening at 7 p.m. Friday they return to the court to play Alaska Fairbanks at 11 a.m. and San Francisco State at 7 p.m.
Montana State Billings is now under the direction of first-time head coach Casey Williams. With only four returning players and a 2015 GNAC record of 5-15, Williams hopes to bring the team into a new era. San Francisco State is also beginning a season in transition as they welcome new head coach Matt Hoffman, in addition to seven new players. Brian Scott returns for his second season as head coach for Alaska Fairbanks after lifting his team to their best season since 2009, finishing with a 6-21 record.
BYU-Hawaii ended last season with a 15-13, 13-7 PacWest record to finish fourth in the conference. Junior Sinamoni Tonga led last year's team with 355 total kills and proved to be a force on the court with her other contributions. Leilani Adolpho is another returner who will lead the Seasiders this year. Last season she averaged 2.61 kills and 2.31 digs per set.
Last week BYU-Hawaii fell 22-25, 25-7, 25-18, 25-17 to Alaska Fairbanks in the first game of the season. The Seasiders finished with an attack percentage of .057 for the match. Adolpho led BYU-Hawaii with a double-double of 11 kills and 22 digs. Kayle Park and Sydney Bunker each added 14 assists, while Penina Sao contributeded 22 digs. Sinamoni Tonga was another key player as she recorded nine kills and nine digs.
Following the Hawaii Invitational, the Seasiders will travel to the Division II West Regional Volleyball Showcase.