Seasiders fly past Hawks

Seasiders fly past Hawks

LAIE, Hawaii – Brittany Waite led BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a 25-14, 25-15, 25-22 sweep of Holy Names Tuesday in the Cannon Activities Center.

Waite led all players with four blocks and 13 kills at a .500 hitting percentage. Sinamoni Tonga contributed 11 kills and 15 digs while Kayle Park added 10 digs and 18 assists.

Heather Emory and Marin Gibson each finished with six kills for the Hawks (1-23, 0-16 PacWest). Daisy Valladares led with 17 digs and Christina Cobarruvias had 13 assists.

BYU-Hawaii (5-17, 3-10 PacWest) recorded its first sweep of the season since sweeping San Francisco State in September. The Seasiders broke their season-high hitting percentage with a .295 clip, holding Holy Names to .059. BYU-Hawaii finished with 49 kills and 45 assists to the Hawks' 26 and 25, respectively.

The Seasiders started fast and built a 6-2 lead with five kills, but errors allowed the Hawks to close the gap to 12-11. Waite sparked a 9-0 run with three kills and a block to give BYU-Hawaii the momentum and the double-digit advantage at 22-12. Waite later ended the match with back-to-back blocks for the 25-14 win.

After Holy Names gained a small 6-5 edge, the Seasiders went on a 9-1 run featuring a service ace and kill by Leilani Adolpho to take control at 14-7. The teams traded errors until consecutive kills by Tonga ended the set 25-15.

A 6-1 run with three kills by Waite gave BYU-Hawaii an 8-5 lead before the Hawks retaliated with a 5-2 run that included two kills each from Gibson and Melissa Munley to tie it at 10. The seesaw scoring continued as each team took small leads. Two kills from Tonga pushed the Seasiders up 23-19 before she ended the 25-21 set with another.

BYU-Hawaii will return to the court Friday to host Chaminade at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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