LA JOLLA, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell in three sets (28-30, 13-25, 18-25) to UC San Diego in game one of the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase Thursday night at the RIMAC Arena.
Sinamoni Tonga recorded 11 assists and 11 kills with a hitting percentage of .292 and also added nine digs. Leilani Adolpho totaled eight kills and 16 digs while Sydney Bunker added 16 assists and eight digs.
UC San Diego's Rebecca Seaberry led all players in kills with 15 accompanied by four blocks. Triton setter Marie Paris recored 36 assists and six digs.
The tight first set began with two quick points by UC San Diego but the Seasiders answered with a kill from Brittany Waite. Several errors put the Tritons on top until BYU-Hawaii went on a four-point run to tie the score at seven. UC San Diego answered with a 5-1 run of their own but the Seasiders fought back and kills from Brittany Waite and Lacy Lange as well as Tonga and Adolpho kept the game close. The teams traded points and stayed within one of each other for the remainder of the game until a three-point secured the victory for the Tritons, 30-28.
Adolpho and Tonga sparked the Seasiders' offense in the second set to keep the beginning close until the Tritons went on a 7-2 run to widen the gap. Consecutive kills from Adolpho, Tonga, and Kayle Park put BYU-Hawaii back within one at 10-11, but UC San Diego exploded on a 14-3 run to finish the set, dominating 25-13.
BYU-Hawaii took advantage of some errors to jump to a lead early in the third set until UC San Diego cleaned it up and took a 9-8 lead with a pair of back-to-back kills by Jessyca Beksa. The Tritons held the lead for the rest of the match and despite the Seasiders' best efforts, they were unable to fight back. UC San Diego secured the final set 25-18.
The Seasiders will return to the court to continue the tournament for two games tomorrow at 12:30 and 8:30 p.m. PDT versus Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene, respectively. Live stats will be available online.