Coleman blocks Broncos from victory

Coleman blocks Broncos from victory

LAIE, Hawaii – Nu'umau Coleman sparked the BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball defense in a come-from-behind 3-2 victory (25-23, 19-25, 24-26, 25-22, 15-6) over Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday night in the Cannon Activities Center.

"I am so proud of my girls for battling back," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah-Hoy said. "Nu'u really made a difference in the fourth set with her blocking and it changed the momentum. Cal Poly was a tough team and we are happy that we were able to pull together as a team for the victory."

Coleman changed the tide of the game with eight total blocks. Sinamoni Tonga recorded a triple-double with 10 kills, 16 assists and 18 digs. Leilani Adolpho led the Seasiders (1-2) with 16 kills, while Sydney Bunker contributed 23 assists and Penina Sao finished with 22 digs.

Deanna Blaine led Cal Poly Pomona (0-1) with 12 kills and 13 digs, while Samantha Figueroa had 29 digs and Alina Smith ended with 26 assists.

BYU-Hawaii recorded a .128 hitting percentage, holding the Broncos to .089. The Seasiders had 10 service aces to Cal Poly Pomona's seven.

Service aces by Bunker and Lacy Lange helped BYU-Hawaii grab an early 7-2 lead in the first set, but errors by the Seasiders gave Cal Poly Pomona three consecutive points to bring the score to 10-6. The teams alternated short streaks, keeping the score within a few points, until a kill by Adolpho finished it off 25-23.

Alexandra Gresham and Andrea Bosnic led the Broncos to a 10-2 advantage to begin the second set. A kill by Seasider Kayle Park started a 5-1 run to make it 15-9 and several errors from Cal Poly Pomona allowed BYU-Hawaii to close the gap to 18-14. The Broncos regained their momentum to hold off the Seasiders for a 25-19 set victory.

BYU-Hawaii relied on offensive attacks in addition to errors from their opponent to build a 10-4 lead in the third, but Cal Poly Pomona closed the margin to 10-8 before both teams began trading points. The Seasiders kept a slim lead for most of the set getting to set point at 24-22, but the Broncos scored four straight to take a 26-24 victory.

The Broncos relied on a 5-point run to gain an 11-5 edge, but kills by Brittany Waite, Lange and Tonga propelled a 7-0 run for the Seasiders to take control at 16-14. Cal Poly Pomona answered back, gaining a 20-19 advantage, but a solo block from Coleman and two aces from Sao gave BYU-Hawaii a 25-22 win.

The tiebreaking fifth set featured a 10-point run by the Seasiders, which included two services aces from Tonga and block assists by Coleman, Park and Adolpho to secure the 15-6 victory.

BYU-Hawaii returns to the court tomorrow at 11 a.m. HST to play Alaska Fairbanks. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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