Kalougata helps Seasiders escape Sharks

Kalougata helps Seasiders escape Sharks

HONOLULU – Kathleen Collette Kalougata led BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a 3-1 (27-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23) victory over Hawaii Pacific University on Thursday night at St. Andrew's Priory.

Kalougata recorded a match-high 19 kills to go with nine digs, two service aces and three blocks. Outside hitter Sinamoni Tonga added 14 kills, while Malary Reid added eight kills and a match-high four blocks for the Seasiders (11-10, 9-4 PacWest). Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen finished with a double-double of 43 assists and 13 digs.

Elizabeth Culpepper and Pomai Recca led the Sharks (12-9, 7-6 PacWest) in kills with 19 and 13, respectively. Amanda Moriarty added a match-high 23 digs for Hawaii Pacific.

The Seasiders front-line defense contributed seven blocks in the victory, while the Sharks finished with four. BYU-Hawaii also finished with seven service aces compared to one for Hawaii Pacific.

BYU-Hawaii capitalized on several HPU mistakes and Elizabeth Solaita added an ace to put the Seasiders ahead 5-0 to open the first set. The Sharks battled back and tied the game at 15, but back-to-back kills from Kalougata put the Seasiders back in front. The Sharks tied the set again at 21 and both teams fought for the victory, pushing the set into extra points. Kalougata powered a 3-0 run to end the set with a block and kill for the Seasiders.

The two teams traded points for the majority of the second set. Neither team led by more than two through the first half of the set. Hawaii Pacific went on a six-point run to take a 23-16 lead and BYU-Hawaii was unable to answer. Two kills from Kalougata and one from Waite pushed the Seasiders to 19, but the Sharks took the 25-19 win.

Tonga and Reid ignited a 4-0 run to open the third set with a kill each and the Seasiders took a 6-2 lead. A couple of errors threatened to decrease their lead, but Kalougata recorded another pair of kills to maintain BYU-Hawaii's distance. A 5-1 run by the Sharks tied the set at 11, and the teams traded points to a 22-22 tie. A kill by Tonga and a HPU error gave the Seasiders the 2-point cushion it needed to take the set 25-23 on a kill from Tonga.

Reid bookended a kill from Kalougata with two kills of her own to give the Seasiders a 4-2 lead. The Sharks battled back with a 4-point run of their own to take the 8-7 lead. Hawaii Pacific continued to maintain a small lead until Kalougata sparked a 3-0 Seasider run with a kill and an ace to give BYU-Hawaii the lead back at 17-16. The Sharks answered again, as three kills from Culpepper during a 4-point run gave them the 21-18. Tonga had two kills to and two HPU errors gave the Seasiders a 4-0 run of their own and retake the lead. With the teams tied 23-23, Kalougata found the court on a kill and Tonga ended the match with an ace for the Seasiders.

BYU-Hawaii will travel to California next week where they take on Dominican University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. PST. Live stats and video will be available online.

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