HONOLULU – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell to Hawaii Pacific University in a tight five-set (25-16, 25-27, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10) battle Saturday night at the James Castle Gym.
Si. Tonga and Leilani Adolpho led BYU-Hawaii (6-18, 4-11 PacWest) with 14 kills each while Tonga also recorded two service aces and 10 digs and Adolpho had three services aces and eight digs. Setters Kayle Park and Sydney Bunker had 27 and 23 assists, respectively. Lacy Lange had 10 kills and three blocks while Brittany Waite had 11 kills and four blocks.
Pomai Recca led all players in kills with 16 for the Sharks (15-9, 11-4 PacWest) and Amanda Acosta had 23 digs for Hawaii Pacific.
BYU-Hawaii had 57 kills to Hawaii Pacific's 62 and 52 assists to their 61. The Sharks also had 60 digs compared to the Seasiders' 60.
The teams started by trading points to begin the first set. Neither team trailed by more than one until the Seasiders went on a four-point run featuring a kill by Tonga and an ace from Adolpho to take an 11-8 advantage. Hawaii Pacific matched it with a 4-0 streak of its own to tie the set at 12. Sofia Tonga had a kill to put BYU-Hawaii back on top and back-and-forth scoring took place for a few more points until the Sharks ended the set scoring nine straight to finish out the 25-16 victory.
The Seasiders jumped to a quick lead early in the second set when a service ace from Si. Tonga and a kill by Lange put them up 4-1. Hawaii Pacific battled back and took the lead 8-4 but BYU-Hawaii dug itself out of the deficit to tie the score at 14. Kills by Adolpho and Si. Tonga kept BYU-Hawaii in the game as the Sharks and the Seaisders traded points for the rest of the set until Lange and Si. Tonga closed out the set 27-25 with back-to-back kills.
BYU-Hawaii had a slow start in the third set trailing 7-4, but Adolpho and Waite kept the Seasiders alive with kills as they fought back. A service ace from Kahealani Hiapo gave BYU-Hawaii an extra push to tie the set 11-11 and they capitalized on some Shark errors to maintain the advantage. BYU-Hawaii slowly chipped away with small runs to build a 23-19 lead after a kill by Kayle Park and held on to take the third set 25-22.
The teams traded points again to open up the fourth set and BYU-Hawaii pulled ahead by three after two services aces from Adolpho. The Seasiders kept the lead for the whole set until Hawaii Pacific exploded for eight consecutive points to take a 24-20 lead and closed out the set two points later, 25-21.
The Seasiders fell behind early in the fifth and final set as the Sharks grabbed the first three points. Si. Tonga and Lange answered with kills, but Hawaii Pacific held onto its small lead. BYU-Hawaii eventually tied the score at nine by utilizing several Shark errors, but would only get one more point off another kill by Si. Tonga before Hawaii Pacific secured the match with a 15-10 set victory.
BYU-Hawaii will return to the court in California against Concordia Irvine Friday at 7:00 p.m. PST. Live stats and video will be available online.