Seasiders charge past Argonauts

Seasiders charge past Argonauts

LAIE, Hawaii – Sinamoni Tonga and Malary Reid led BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a sweep (25-17, 25-14, 25-21) over Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday at the Cannon Activities Center.

"We got off to a slow start in the first set," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah-Hoy said. "I felt like we were able to respond and played much better the rest of the match. We will definitely need to clean up our unforced errors going into an important match with Cal Baptist on Thursday."

Tonga led all players with 17 kills to go with 10 digs and a pair of blocks. Reid added seven kills and five blocks for the Seasiders (10-8, 8-2 PacWest). The Argonauts (7-12, 3-7 PacWest) were led by Haleigh Wypiszynski's nine kills and two blocks.

BYU-Hawaii finished with a .273 hitting percentage, while holding NDNU to a .152 percentage.

The first set began with both teams trading points to an 8-8 tie, but a kill from Brittany Waite sparked a 6-0 run that featured kills from Tonga, Ying Chun Chen, and Malary Reid as well as an ace from Elizabeth Solaita. BYU-Hawaii continued strong offensive play with kills by Kathleen Collette Kalougata, Tonga, and Chen to take the first set in a 25-17 victory.

Reid powered a strong start to the second set with two kills and two blocks, while Solaita added two aces for Solaita to open a 6-1 lead. BYU-Hawaii doubled the NDNU score at 10-5 with a powerful kill from Leilani Adolpho.  Despite neither team being able to get a run bigger than three points, the Seasiders were able to maintain a six point lead for the majority of the set thanks to kills from Tonga, Waite and Chen. A defining kill from Kalougata was the final point needed by BYU-Hawaii to take a 2-0 set lead in a dominating 25-15 victory.

After tying the third set 8-8, a service error from the Argonauts sparked a 5-1 run for the Seasiders to give them an edge. BYU-Hawaii pushed the lead to five with kills from Tonga, Adolpho, and Waite making it 21-16 late in the set. Despite efforts by Notre Dame de Namur to prevent match point, cutting the lead to three, a kill from Jaqueline Swarbrick ended the match for a 25-21 set victory.

BYU-Hawaii will return to the court on Thursday against Cal Baptist at 7:30 p.m. HST in the CAC. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and live stats will be available online.

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