SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Sinamoni Tonga's third triple-double of the season wasn't enough for BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball as it fell in four sets (28-26, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23) to Dominican University Monday evening at the Conlan Center.
Tonga led all players with her third triple-double of the season, recording 18 kills, 17 assists, and 11 digs. Leilani Adolpho added nine kills and 12 digs for the Seasiders (2-10, 0-3 PacWest).
Brittany Latigue led the Penguins (8-6, 4-2 PacWest) with nine kills and five blocks. Kate Evan recorded six kills and eight blocks while Madeline Powelson had eight kills and 10 digs. Susanna Pilkerton had seven kills and four blocks.
BYU-Hawaii recorded 48 kills to Dominican's 41, as well as 42 assists to the Penguins' 39. The Seasiders also had six service aces compared to the Penguin's one.
Back-and-forth scoring started the match until a service error from the Seasiders put the Penguins up 5-3. Neither team led by more than one for the entire first set until consecutive errors from Dominican gave BYU-Hawaii the two-point advantage at 19-17. The teams traded points again but the Seasiders maintained the lead until Dominican managed to tie it up at 21. The Penguins pulled ahead to lead 24-23 after capitalizing on some Seasider errors but hope was not lost as back-to-back kills from Tonga gave BYU-Hawaii the 26-25 lead. A pair of errors gave Dominican the edge it needed to come out on top, taking the first set 28-26.
Leilani Adolpho put the first point on the scoreboard for the Seasiders in the second set with a kill, and the set remained tight until a 6-2 run by Dominican gave the Penguins an 8-4 lead. BYU-Hawaii answered with a five-point run of their own, led with consecutive kills by Tonga and featuring a kill from Penina Sao, to take the lead 9-8. The teams traded points again until the Penguins went on a 7-0 run that the Seasiders couldn't recover from, as Dominican kept its distance and took the second set 25-17.
Dominican jumped to a quick start in the third set, leading 4-1 early on and maintaining the lead until two kills and a service ace from Kayle Park got the Seasiders within one at 10-9. A kill from Tonga tied the set at 11 and Penguin errors gave BYU-Hawaii the lead. When the Seasiders were up 15-13, a 7-1 run sparked by a kill and a service ace from Tonga put them up 21-14. Dominican scored a few more, but kills by Adolpho and Brittany Waite sealed the deal for the Seasiders in a 25-18 set victory.
Lacy Lange and Sofia Tonga gave the Seasiders their first points in the fourth set, but they were unable to open a lead as the teams traded points to a 7-7 tie. BYU-Hawaii opened a small advantage on a 4-1 run midway through the set and held off any runs from Dominican to take a 21-17 lead late. However, the Penguins fought back with a 4-1 run of their own to close the lead to 22-21. Two errors and kills by Powelson and Latigue changed the momentum and secured the 25-23 victory for Dominican.
The Seasiders will play again Wednesday at 7 p.m. PDT at Academy of Art. Live stats will be available here.