Seasiders fall to Eagles

Seasiders fall to Eagles

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball dropped a close 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 match to Concordia Saturday night at the Cannon Activities Center.

Leilani Adolpho contributed a double-double of 15 kills and 14 digs. Sinamoni Tonga led BYU-Hawaii (4-15, 2-9 PacWest) with 17 kills at a .282 hitting percentage and Sydney Bunker had 21 assists.

Rachel Flynn led Concordia (18-2, 8-2 PacWest) to victory with 15 kills. Morgan Lunley ended with 23 assists and Taylor Dennison had 22 digs.

The Seasiders recorded 44 kills while the Eagles had 45, but BYU-Hawaii ended with 20 attack errors to Concordia's 12. Concordia also recorded six blocks while BYU-Hawaii had five.

The Seasiders and the Eagles went back and forth to start the first set and tied it up at 15-15. Two attack errors from BYU-Hawaii allowed Concordia to take a 17-15 lead. Brittany Waite had a kill and a service error from the Eagles tied the game again at 18-18. Three costly attack errors from BYU-Hawaii allowed Concordia to build a lead and secure a 25-21 first set victory.

Tonga pushed the Seasiders out to a quick 7-4 lead at the start of the second set, but three attack errors from BYU-Hawaii allowed Concordia to fight back and tie the score up 10-10. Rachel Flynn had two kills to push Concordia out to a 16-13 lead. Following a BYU-Hawaii timeout, Tonga had three kills to help the Seasiders fight back and tie the game 18-18. Two errors from Concordia and two more kills from BYU-Hawaii allowed them to jump ahead to a 23-19 lead. The Eagles responded under the pressure with a set-ending 6-0 run to earn the 25-23 victory.

Concordia built an 8-5 lead to start the third set. BYU-Hawaii struggled to hang with the Eagles as they fell behind 14-9 following multiple kills by Rachel Flynn. A service ace by Risha Alaisa and an impressive kill by Leilani Adolpho cut the lead to 14-12, but Concordia pulled away on several Seasider errors to take a 25-19 set victory.

The Seasiders return to action Friday Azusa Fresno Pacific at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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