Seasiders unable to slow Crusaders march

Seasiders unable to slow Crusaders march

LA JOLLA, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball faced defeat in a three-set match (25-15, 25-14, 25-19) against Northwest Nazarene University in its third game of the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase Friday evening at the RIMAC Arena.

Sinamoni Tonga led BYU-Hawaii (2-6) with a total of 10 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. She added eight assists and nine digs while Leilani Adolpho recorded eight kills and eight digs.

Madi Farrell kept Northwest Nazarene (6-0) undefeated on the season and led all players with 12 kills while Hailey Cook totaled 28 assists for the Crusaders.

The first set began with a 11-1 run in favor of the Crusaders. Sophomore Nu'umau Coleman ended the run for BYU-Hawaii with a kill and Sofia Tonga quickly followed with an additional kill of her own to spark a 4-1 run. The Seasiders fought to dig themselves back out but trading points wasn't enough and Northwest Nazarene kept its distance to win the set 25-15.

Back-to-back kills from Lacy Lange and Sinamoni Tonga gave the Seasiders a strong start in the second set, but the Crusaders tied the game at three before going on an 11-2 run to take a 14-5 lead that they would hold for the rest of the set. Despite kills from Lange and Tonga, Northwest Nazarene secured the second match 25-14.

BYU-Hawaii capitalized on some Crusader errors to take an early lead in the third set, but consecutive kills from Farrell kept the score tight. The Seasiders went on a 5-1 run that featured a service ace by Lacy Lange, but Northwest Nazarene matched it with an 8-0 run to take a 12-9 lead. The teams traded points for a few possessions but despite the Seasiders' best efforts, the Crusaders came out on top in the final set to win the game 25-19.

BYU-Hawaii will play its final game of the tournament tomorrow morning as it faces Cal Poly Pomona for the second time at 12:30 p.m. PDT. Live stats will be available online. 

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