SAN FRANCISCO – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball was swept (25-22, 28-26, 25-19) in a back-and-forth match against Academy of Art Wednesday night at Kezar Pavilion.
Melissa Brum's double-double of 12 kills and 10 digs led the Urban Knights (4-9, 2-2 PacWest) to victory. Lilika Teu added 30 assists and Kabrina Speakman finished with 17 digs.
Academy of Art had 37 kills at a .162 hitting percentage, holding BYU-Hawaii (2-11, 0-4 PacWest) to 34 and .089, respectively. Both teams recorded seven service aces, but the Seasiders had 12 blocks to the Urban Knights' nine.
A 5-1 run led by two blocks and a kill from Sofia Tonga gave the Seasiders an 8-4 edge to start the first set. The Urban Knights capitalized on errors to spark a 5-point run and take a 9-8 advantage. The teams traded points with neither holding the lead by more than a few points until Academy of Art pulled ahead 19-16 on a 6-1 streak featuring two kills by Brum. Seesaw scoring continued, but the Urban Knights held their ground to finish it off 25-22.
Academy of Art built a crucial 5-0 lead to start the second set off a service ace from Lyndsay Mlynar and two kills by Brum. They reached a 10-point advantage at 13-3 on a 7-1 run highlighted by a block and two kills from Ema Causevic. BYU-Hawaii retaliated with a 6-1 streak featuring two kills each by Brittany Waite and Sinamoni Tonga to close the gap to 17-12. The Seasiders came even closer on another 6-1 run that included a kill, block and ace by Sinamoni Tonga, making the score 20-18. With two kills from Adolpho, BYU-Hawaii continued to battle and tied the set at 22, but a block by Teu and Safua Elisaia combined with a kill by Margaret Winkler gave the Urban Knights a 28-26 win.
The Urban Knights started the final set on a 5-1 run with two blocks by Teu to gain a 7-4 lead. A kill and block assist by both Waite and Sinamoni Tonga put the Seasiders within one at 10-9 before a block and two more kills from Sinamoni Tonga tied it 12-12. BYU-Hawaii broke away on a 5-0 run with three additional points coming from Sinamoni Tonga to build a 17-14 advantage, but Academy of Art answered back with an 8-1 run to regain their lead at 22-18. Teu's ace ended the set 25-19.
BYU-Hawaii will play at Notre Dame de Namur Thursday at 7 p.m. PDT. Live stats and video will be available online.