LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii fell in a tight five-set battle (33-31, 25-19, 14-25, 20-25, 9-15) with Point Loma Nazarene University Saturday night at the Cannon Activities Center.
Brianna Sizemore and Marissa Hageman led Point Loma (8-12, 6-5 PacWest) with 17 kills each, closely followed by Samantha Krakower with 16. Sizemore also had 21 digs while Christin Fisher added 25.
BYU-Hawaii had 59 kills and 77 digs, while Point Loma recorded 69 kills and 95 digs.
The Sea Lions gained a quick advantage early in the first set as they took a 4-1 lead but BYU-Hawaii battled back and Tonga equalized the score at 4-4 and 5-5 with back-to-back kills. Point Loma retaliated with a 5-1 run before a pair of kills from Leilani Adolpho and one from Brittany Waite put the Seasiders within one at 11-10. The Sea Lions extended their lead with three straight points, but the Seasiders went on a four-point run to tie the score back up at 16. The teams traded points for several possessions until BYU-Hawaii pulled ahead 24-20 after several short runs. Point Loma scored five straight points off of kills, a service ace, and Seasider errors to send the set into extra points. Kills from Tonga and Adolpho kept BYU-Hawaii in the game and back-and-forth scoring kept the score intensely close until a kill from Kayle Park ended the marathon set, 33-31.
The Seasiders came out with a spark to start the second set and three straight blocks following previous kills from Waite and Tonga put them up 7-4. Point Loma battled back to come within one at 12-11 but BYU-Hawaii answered with a 4-1 run featuring kills from Tonga and Nu'umau Coleman to maintain the 16-12 lead. The Sea Lions again pulled within two, but the Seasiders used a 6-1 run to build their largest lead of the game at 23-16. Waite and Tonga gave BYU-Hawaii the final kills it needed to secure the victory 25-19.
BYU-Hawaii fell flat in the third set as Point Loma quickly gained a five-point advantage. The Seasiders got their first point off a Sea Lion error before Point Loma used another four-point run to take a 9-1 lead. The Seasiders were unable to close the gap and the Sea Lions cruised to a 25-14 victory.
Both teams traded points for the first several possessions in the fourth set, until Point Loma went on a four-point run to pull ahead 8-5. The Seasiders battled back and were able to get within one on a kill by Leilani Adolpho to make the score 9-8. The Sea Lions kept the lead and extended it to six points at 19-13. BYU-Hawaii continued to fight back and used a 5-0 run with consecutive service aces by Adolpho to make the score 22-20, but Point Loma closed out the set with three straight points.
Adolpho began the final set with an ace and the Seasiders jumped to a quick 3-1 lead after a huge kill from Tonga. The Sea Lions capitalized on six BYU-Hawaii and went on a five-point run late in the set to take the 13-8 lead. Adolpho gave the Seasiders a flash of hope with one final kill, but Point Loma took the set 15-9.
BYU-Hawaii will return to the court to take on Holy Names November 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats and video will be available online.