Seasiders fall in tight battle with Eagles

Seasiders fall in tight battle with Eagles

IRVINE, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball dropped a 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-12 match to Concordia Irvine Friday at CU Arena.

Leilani Adolpho led the Seasiders (6-19, 4-12 PacWest) with a double-double of 14 kills and 15 digs. Brittany Waite came out with a .391 hitting percentage and 12 kills, while Kayle Park recorded her eighth double-double with 10 digs and 26 assists.

The Eagles' (24-2, 15-2 PacWest) Rachel Flynn and Ellie Ladensack each finished with double-digit kills with 16 and 15, respectively. Taylor Dennison led all players with 21 digs.

As the No. 1 team in the PacWest, Concordia recorded a .286 hitting percentage, holding BYU-Hawaii to .174. The Seasiders ended with 52 digs and five total blocks to the Eagles' 46 and eight, respectively.

After grabbing the first four points of the set, Concordia was able to hold onto its lead as two Seasider errors gave it an 11-6 lead. BYU-Hawaii found its momentum with a 5-point run including a block and kill from Lacy Lange to take its first lead of the night at 15-13. The teams traded points to keep the score close until Amber Rose put down two blocks to end the set 25-23 for the Eagles.

Seesaw scoring constituted the majority of the second set with neither team able to record more than two consecutive points until the end. The Seasiders found the break through 5-1 run to take a 20-19 lead. Sinamoni Tonga then provided the set-clinching kill to cap a 4-0 streak for the 25-22 win.

The tight play continued into the third set as the Seasiders looked to get a signature victory over top competition. Three consecutive kills pushed BYU-Hawaii up 8-6 and a 4-point run highlighted by a kill and service ace by Tonga extended the lead 13-9. The Eagles retaliated with a 6-0 run that included two kills each from Flynn and Ladensack to take a 17-14 advantage before the team secured their 25-20 set on a block.

Concordia held its ground in the fourth set as Ladensack sparked a 6-0 streak to snatch an early 12-4 lead. Despite efforts from the Seasiders, their errors allowed the Eagles to widen the lead to 18-8. A 5-point run with three back-to-back kills from Ladensack pushed Concordia to 24-11 before her final kill finished it off 25-12.

BYU-Hawaii continues its road trip Saturday against California Baptist at 7 p.m. PST. Live stats and video will be available online.