Seasiders unable to keep pace with Eagles

Seasiders unable to keep pace with Eagles

IRVINE, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell in four sets (25-22, 25-19, 16-25, 25-20) to Concordia Irvine on Monday at CU Arena.

Sinamoni Tonga led the Seasiders (6-7, 4-1 PacWest) with a match high 18 kills and Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen added a double-double 38 assists and 10 digs. The Eagles (7-9, 3-4 PacWest) were led by Rachel Flynn's double-double of 15 kills and 11 digs.

BYU-Hawaii jumped off to a quick 3-0 lead in the first set, but were unable to hold on to the momentum. Concordia Irvine went on two crucial 3-0 runs late in the first set to open up a lead and take a 25-22 victory. Nine unforced errors by the Seasiders proved to be the difference in the first set as the Eagles were able to play off those errors while only committing five of their own. 

The second set began with the teams trading points to a 16-16 tie. Concordia Irvine then opened up a small 19-17 lead with a 3-0 run on three BYU-Hawaii errors. The Seasiders kept things within a point until Logan Grove sparked a set-ending 5-point run to put the Eagles up 2-0 in the match.

BYU-Hawaii found its offensive groove in the third set with a .381 hitting percentage. The Eagles jumped off to a quick start taking a 6-2 lead, but Tonga took over the set to help the Seasiders tie the match at 16-16. Malary Reid and Leilani Adolpho led BYU-Hawaii on a 9-0 run to close the set and keep the match alive.

The Seasiders used a 3-point run early in the fourth set to take a 7-4 lead, but it was short lived as a 6-0 run by the Eagles gave them the advantage. Concordia Irvine then used several BYU-Hawaii errors to extend its lead to seven at 19-12. A 3-0 Seasider run cut the lead back to four to keep the set close, but the Eagles consistent attack kept them in front to take the match 25-20.

BYU-Hawaii will take on conference opponent California Baptist on Tuesday at 7 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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