RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Malary Reid provided a spark of momentum to help BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball win the final three sets of a thrilling five-set victory (22-25, 14-25, 25-23, 25-9, 15-13) over Cal Baptist on Tuesday at Van Dyne Gym.
"I am proud of the girls for fighting back from a rough start," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah-Hoy said. "We played fantastic over the final three sets. I was impressed with the way Saku [Bayarsaikhan Amarjargal] and Malary played to get us back into the match with great offensive and defensive play. We will hope to build on this and have a better start against Point Loma on Thursday."
Reid led the Seasiders (7-7, 5-1 PacWest) with 14 kills and five blocks. Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen added her second straight double-double with 39 assists and 11 digs to go with five kills, three aces and six blocks. Sinamoni Tonga heated up late and finished with 15 kills and four blocks. The Lancers (11-3, 4-2 PacWest) were led by Jenna Perry's match-high 18 kills to go with four blocks and Kiera Brunson added seven blocks.
After a slow start, BYU-Hawaii finished with a .209 hitting percentage, while holding Cal Baptist to .188.
After falling behind by two sets, the Seasiders carried some of their momentum from a late run in the second set into the third with a 5-point burst led by a block and kill from Tonga to take a 6-1 lead. Reid then led a solo 3-0 run with two kills and a block to extend the lead to 9-3. CBU responded with a 7-1 run to tie the set 12-12, but Reid again led the Seasiders to four-consecutive points to retake a 17-13 lead. The Lancers fought back to tie the match up once more at 19-19, but back-to-back kills by Reid and Kathleen Collette Kalougata gave BYU-Hawaii the two-point cushion it needed. Tonga sealed the 25-23 victory with a kill and gave the Seasiders control of the momentum.
BYU-Hawaii started strong in the first set when Chen began a 4-0 run with a kill to take an early 11-6 lead. CBU answered with eight-consecutive points led by strong blocking to take a 14-11 lead and force a timeout. Leilani Adolpho had two kills and Chen added an ace to power a 4-0 run by the Seasiders to retake a 16-15 lead. The Lancers then used a late 5-1 run to turn the momentum back their way and take a 23-20 lead. Back-to-back points by BYU-Hawaii cut the lead to one, but CBU was able to close out the set with kills from Lauren Hackett and Lauren Marr. Chen finished with three kills, seven assists, two aces, two digs and two blocks in the first set.
Nothing went right for the Seasiders to start the second set as the Lancers used four BYU-Hawaii errors and three kills from Perry to open on a 12-0 run. The Seasiders never recovered as the Lancers cruised to a 25-14 victory.
After taking the third set, Reid began the fourth set with a kill and Chen added an ace to get the Seasiders ahead early. Amarjargarl then fueled a 4-point run with two block assists and a kill to give BYU-Hawaii a 9-3 lead. A 5-1 run pushed the Seasiders lead to 10 half way through the set. Kalougata ended the set strong with four-straight kills to give BYU-Hawaii the 25-9 victory and send the match to the fifth set.
The fifth and final set began with the teams trading points until the Lancers used a 4-point run to take a 7-4 lead. After a timeout by Ah-Hoy, BYU-Hawaii rallied with three straight points of its own to tie the set at 7-7. After the teams traded points to a 12-12 tie, Adolpho and Tonga found the court on the back-to-back kills to give the Seasiders a cushion and Adolpho sealed the match with a kill to prevent a Lancer comeback.
BYU-Hawaii continues its road trip against Point Loma Nazarene on Thursday at 7 p.m. PDT. Live stats and streaming will be available online.