LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball started fast, but were unable to hold off Azusa Pacific in a 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-23) loss Friday at the Cannon Activities Center.
Julianne Miller tied Tonga for the match-high in kills with 11 and added four blocks for the Cougars (9-11, 5-6 PacWest), while Bailey Henington contributed a match-high 30 digs.
Azusa Pacific held the Seasiders to a .093 hitting percentage and had 11 blocks on the night.
Leilani Adolpho sparked BYU-Hawaii with two aces to begin the first set to take a 4-0 lead. Ashley Midland blocked the Seasiders twice during a 4-point run that gave Azusa Pacific the 8-7 lead. The teams continued to trade points until several Cougar errors gave BYU-Hawaii the small 14-11 lead. Nu'u Coleman extended the Seasiders' lead to 20-13 with two blocks and a kill in a 6-1 run. The Cougars closed the gap to two quickly on a 7-2 run. Julianne Miller tied the match 24-24 for Azusa Pacific with a block and a kill and then gave the Cougars the 26-25 lead on the kill. Madison Ogas gave Azusa Pacific the 27-25 victory tapping an overpass straight down on BYU-Hawaii's side of the court.
After a slow start in the second, Lacy Lange sparked the Seasiders with her defensive effort, which helped her record two kills and a block to make it 6-4 BYU-Hawaii after a 4-0 run. The Cougars answered with three quick points to retake a one-point lead. Azusa Pacific retained all the momentum using several Seasider errors during an 8-1 run to take a 16-9 lead. BYU-Hawaii was unable to mount a comeback and the Cougars won the set, 25-20.
The third set began with several long rallies and Alyssa Tavera gave Azusa Pacific the momentum with a dump over the net to start a 4-point run to make it 4-1. The Cougars strong blocking helped them extend the lead to 10-4. Brittany Waite served up an ace to close the gap back to four after some Azusa Pacific miscues and give the Seasiders back some momentum. Tonga then added two kills during a 4-0 run to close the Cougar advantage to 18-16. Adolpho bookended a kill by Tonga with two of her own to give BYU-Hawaii its first lead since the opening point of the set at 21-20. The Cougars responded with a 4-1 run to take the lead and close out the 25-23 victory.
BYU-Hawaii returns to the court Saturday to take on Point Loma at 7:30 p.m. HST. The match will be broadcast live on BYUtv with live stats available online.