LA JOLLA, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball dropped a 25-15, 25-19, 25-23 match to Central Washington during the D2 West Regional Volleyball Showcase Friday at the RIMAC Arena.
Shelby Mauritson led Central Washington (2-4) to victory with 13 kills. Gaby Aihara added 19 assists and Kyla Morgan recorded 22 digs for their team.
The Wildcats finished with 43 total kills and eight service aces, while the Seasiders had 33 and three, respectively.
A 5-1 run by Central Washington featuring a service ace from Morgan pushed the Wildcats ahead to 8-3 in the first set. The Wildcats held their lead as the teams traded points. Four consecutive points by the Seasiders including two kills by Waite and an ace by Bunker brought the score to 14-10. A kill by Lange broke up the Central Washington's 7-1 run that put them up 21-11 before Sabrina Wheelhouse's kill ended the set 25-15.
The second set started close as the teams traded leads in a back-and-forth battle featuring three kills by Waite and two from Sofia Tonga. Central Washington pulled ahead on a 5-1 run that was interrupted and stopped by Leilani Adolpho's kills to make it 18-14. Tonga recorded two more kills before Wildcat Maggie McTaggert finished it off 25-19.
Kills by Lange, Sinamoni Tonga and Sofia Tonga gave BYU-Hawaii an early 4-3 edge, but Central Washington retaliated with a 7-1 run to take the 10-5 lead. The Seasiders answered back with a 7-1 streak of their own, highlighted by a kill and ace by Waite, to regain a small advantage at 15-14. BYU-Hawaii held the lead at 22-19 until several errors helped the Wildcats secure the 25-23 victory.
The Seasiders will face Northwest Nazarene tonight at 8 p.m. PDT. Live stats will be available online.