Seasiders sweep Penguins

Seasiders sweep Penguins

SAN RAFAEL, California – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball swept Dominican University 25-9, 25-19, 25-20 on Wednesday evening at the Conlan Center.

Kathleen Collette Kalougata led all players with 10 kills and added 11 digs. Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen recorded match-high 40 assists, as well as 17 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Malary Reid totaled nine kills and two blocks, while Sinamoni Tonga and Brittany Waite added eight kills each. Brydgette Tatupu recorded 10 digs in her first start for the Seasiders (12-10, 10-4 PacWest) this season.

Kate Even and Brittany Latigue led the Penguins (6-15, 3-12 PacWest) in kills with eight apiece. Even also added four blocks as well. Amanda Lee led all players with 21 digs.

BYU-Hawaii finished with a .263 hitting percentage and held Dominican .054 percentage. The Seasiders also recorded 45 assists and 61 digs while the Penguins accumulated 24 and 50, respectively.

Kulia Murray sparked a strong start for BYU-Hawaii with an ace during a 7-2 run to open the first set. Two more kills by Kalougata and a third service ace in the set, this time from Tonga, started a 7-point Seasider run to extend the lead to 14-3. BYU-Hawaii maintained a wide gap for the remainder of the set, finishing with a 25-9 victory and featuring kills from Jaqueline Swarbrick, Nu'umau Coleman, and Bayarsaikhan Amarjargal.

The Seasiders got a slow start in the second set as Dominican jumped to a quick 5-2 lead, but a block from Reid and Leilani Adolpho as well kills by Adolpho and Kaloguata powered the 4-1 run they needed to tie the match. Dominican maintain a slight advantage for a large portion of the set until several errors gave BYU-Hawaii the 17-15 advantage. Kalougata had a kill and combined with Brittany Waite for two blocks to fuel a 5-1 run to give the Seasiders the breathing room they needed to close out a 25-19 victory.

Tonga killed the ball on a set from Murray to kick off the third set of the match, immediately followed by a pair of kills from Reid assisted by Chen to build a lead BYU-Hawaii would not relinquish. A 3-point run by the Penguins tied the match briefly at 9-9, but the Seasiders immediately answered with a 4-0 run off kills from Waite, Chen and Tatupu. The teams exchanged 4-0 runs off errors as BYU-Hawaii was able to maintain its lead. Waite contributed three kills of the final four points to close out the match, 25-20.

The Seasiders will face Holy Names University tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. PST in Oakland, California. Live stats will be available online.

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