LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell in three sets (15-25, 9-25, 20-25) to Azusa Pacific University on Saturday afternoon at the Cannon Activities Center.
Freshman middle blocker Brittany Waite led all players with a total of 10 kills to go with one block for the Seasiders (10-10, 8-4 PacWest). Sinamoni Tonga added eight while Kathy Collette Kalougata recorded five kills and nine digs. Azusa Pacific's (12-9, 8-4 PacWest) Mattie Shelford led the Cougars in kills with nine, while Crystal Dedes added seven kills and a match-high six blocks.
BYU-Hawaii had 30 kills and 52 digs compared to Azusa Pacific's 34 and 64. The Cougars held the Seasiders to a season-low .022 hitting percentage.
The first set started close as both teams battled for the lead. Kills by Kalougata and middle blocker Malary Reid kept the Seasiders in the game until the Cougars used a 12-3 run to take a 22-13 lead. BYU-Hawaii was unable to mount any comeback, as three kills from Azusa Pacific secured the 25-15 victory.
Tonga gave the Seasiders their first point in the second set with a kill on a set from Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen, but BYU-Hawaii was unable to score again until Azusa Pacific had scored eight points. The Seasiders tried to fight back with a pair of kills by Leilani Adolpho and a service ace by Brydgette Tatupu, but were unable to recover and fell 25-9.
The Seasiders kept the score closer in the third set featuring three kills from Waite and four from Sinamoni Tonga as well as another service ace from Tatupu. The lead was within one for most of the set until the final points of the match when a rash of errors from BYU-Hawaii fueled a 5-0 run for the Cougars to give them the room needed for a 25-20 victory.
The Seasiders will take on Hawaii Pacific University on the road this Thursday at 7 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.