LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball held off Hawaii Pacific in five sets (26-24, 18-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-11) to win its final match in the Canon Activities Center.
"I'm really proud of how we battled today," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah-Hoy said. "It was really important for us to end with a win at home, and the girls played well defensively to push us over the top."
Brittany Waite led the way for the Seasiders (7-21, 5-14 PacWest) with 13 kills and five blocks. Sinamoni Tonga and Leilani Adolpho each had 13 kills, while Si. Tonga had 16 digs and Adolpho added 11 to complete their double-doubles. Sofia Tonga added 7 block assists and Lacy Lange had a team-high 15 kills.
Pomai Recca had match-highs of 22 kills and eight blocks for the Sharks (16-12, 12-7 PacWest). Perla Escobar added 15 kills and 25 digs.
BYU-Hawaii had 13 blocks and held Hawaii Pacific to a .142 hitting percentage for the match.
The first set remained close until the Seasiders used several Shark attack errors to build a small 14-10 midway through the set, but HPU answered to tie it at 16. The teams continued to trade points until Si. Tonga put down three kills in a row to give BYU-Hawaii a small 22-19 lead. Hawaii Pacific again chipped away at the lead and tied the match 24-24 to send it to extra points. A kill from Lacy Lange and an attack error from the Sharks gave the Seasiders the 26-24 victory.
Hawaii Pacific took the early 4-2 lead, but a kill from Lange sparked a 4-point run to give the Seasiders the advantage early in the second set. The Sharks answered with a their own 4-0 run to regain the 12-9 lead. BYU-Hawaii answered as Lange found the court on two kills to spark another 4-point burst to take a one-point lead. The teams traded points until Hawaii Pacific went on a 6-2 run to take the 20-16 lead. The Sharks then ended the set on a 5-2 run to finalize the 25-18 win of the second set.
Si. Tonga got the Seasiders on the scoreboard in the third set with a kill from Kayle Park, but the Sharks seized the momentum on a 6-point run to take an 8-2 lead. Waite had a kill and Adolpho had a service ace to spark a 4-point run for the Seasiders to trim the lead to two. BYU-Hawaii continued to battle and tied the set at 11 before taking a 12-11 lead on a block by So. and Si. Tonga. Lange had back-to-back kills to finish another 4-point run for the Seasiders to increase the lead to 16-12. The Sharks came within one at 17-16, but BYU-Hawaii capitalized on HPU errors to maintain the lead and finish the set on top 25-21.
Hawaii Pacific scored the first three points of the fourth set off of Seasider errors until Si. Tonga got a kill to spark BYU-Hawaii's offense. Back-and-forth scoring followed, but the Sharks still managed to lead until the Seasiders tied it up at 15. The score remained tight until the Sharks went on a 10-3 run to close out a 25-18 victory.
Lange started the Seasiders off on the right track in the fifth and final set with a kill from Park and the Sharks matched it with a kill of their own. Waite had a block and a kill to cap off a 4-point run that made it 7-3. The Sharks chipped away at the lead cutting it to 10-8 after a kill and block by Recca, but Lange answered with a kill and Tonga served up an ace to regain the 4-point advantage. The teams traded points the rest of the way and Waite ended it 15-11 with a kill.
The Seasiders head to the big island for its final match against Hilo at 7 p.m. HST in the UHH Gynasium. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.