RIVERSIDE, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii fell to California Baptist University in a tight 3-1 (25-22, 15-25, 26-28, 26-28) battle Saturday night at Van Dyne Gym.
Sinamoni Tonga led BYU-Hawaii (6-20, 4-13 PacWest) with a double-double, recording 17 kills and 15 digs to go with five blocks. Lacy Lange closely followed with 16 kills and four blocks. Leilani Adolpho and Brittany Waite each added eight kills, while Sofia Tonga had five kills and a match-high nine blocks.
Jenna Perry led Cal Baptist (20-9, 15-4 PacWest) with 17 kills, closely followed by teammates Lauren Hackett and Lauren Marr with 15 kills apiece. Perry had 10 digs and Hackett had 17, each resulting in a double-double. Setter Abbie Gortsema also recorded a doule-double with her 47 assists and 14 digs.
The Seasiders had 15 blocks compared to the Lancers' 10 while Cal Baptist had 59 kills to BYU-Hawaii's 55.
The first set started tight but BYU-Hawaii used a three-point run with a block from Lange and So. Tonga and a kill by Adolpho to take a 7-5 edge. The Lancers called a timeout and quickly gained the lead with three consecutive kills of their own. Kayle Park tied it back up with a block before the Seasiders forced several Cal Baptist errors, Brittany Waite served two aces, and Si. Tonga got a kill to take the lead again at 14-9. The Lancers battled back on a 7-1 run to close the gap to one. After CBU tied the set at 20, the teams traded points for the rest of the set until kills from Lange and Si. Tonga gave BYU-Hawaii the 25-22 victor.
Cal Baptist came out strong to start the second set with a 4-0 run. BYU-Hawaii tried to keep the set close, but Cal Baptist used two separate 4-point runs to build a double-digit lead at 19-9. The Lancers were able to cruise the rest of the way for the 25-15 win.
Si. Tonga and So. Tonga started the Seasiders off right in the third set with a big block. BYU-Hawaii then used a 3-point run with kills from Adolpho and Si. Tonga to take the 8-5 lead. Cal Baptist fought to catch up and came within one, but Lange and Adolpho put down kills out of a timeout to push the lead to 16-12. The Lancers responded again with a 5-0 run to take the lead 17-16. The teams continued a seesaw battle and the set went into extra points. Lauren Hackett eventually secured the 28-26 victory for Cal Baptist with a kill.
The fourth and final set was extremely close throughout, as neither team led by more than three. BYU-Hawaii had the biggest lead of the set at 13-10 after Park and Adolpho found the floor on back-to-back kills. A 5-0 run gave Cal Baptist the 17-15, but Si. Tonga followed a service error with a kill and So. Tonga and Kayle Park combined for a block to give the lead back to the Seasiders. The set again went to extra points and Hackett again had the match clinching kill to end it 28-26.
BYU-Hawaii will return to the court Monday in St. George, Utah, against Dixie State at 6 p.m. MST. Live stats will be available online.