Tonga's double-double powers Seasiders past Hawks

Tonga's double-double powers Seasiders past Hawks

OAKLAND, Calif. – Sinamoni Tonga recorded her 10th double-double of the season to lead BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a 25-23, 25-11, 25-14 sweep over Holy Names on Thursday at Tobin Gymnasium.

Tonga finished with 13 kills and 12 digs. Malary Reid added 10 kills on a .526 hitting percentage. Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen finished with 37 assists and seven digs for the Seasiders (13-10, 11-4 PacWest). Holy Names (3-21, 1-14 PacWest) was led by Kaylyn Lackey's six kills.

As a team, the Seasiders had a .257 hitting percentage and held the Hawks to a .028 percentage. Holy Names was strong at the net, outblocking BYU-Hawaii 5-1 in the match.

BYU-Hawaii took control early into the first set with a small 3-0 run to take a narrow 12-8 lead over Holy Names with kills from Leilani Adolpho and an ace from Brydgette Tatupu. The Hawks battled back to tie the match at 14-14 after Lackey sparked a 4-point run. Tonga sent a kill to the floor to ignite a 6-0 run assisted by a kill by Kathleen Collette Kalougata and two from Reid to give the Seasiders a 20-15 lead. Holy Names responded with a 7-1 run to close the Seasider lead to one at set point, but Adolpho got the side-out kill to close out the BYU-Hawaii set victory.

BYU-Hawaii started the second set on a 6-1 run with kills from Tonga, Kalougata and Reid. A few rallies later, the Seasiders took advantage of a few attack errors from Holy Names to score six consecutive points and take a 17-6 lead. BYU-Hawaii continued to push its lead higher with kills from Kalougata, Reid, Tonga and an ace from Kulia Murray, making it a 23-10 set as the Seasiders cruised to a 2-0 set lead.

The Seasiders took control early again in the third set, starting on a 4-0 run with kills from Swarbrick and Tonga. The Hawks managed to keep it close, until an attack error ignited a 4-point swing for the Seasiders highlighted by a kill from Adolpho and an ace from Reid to make it a 13-5. From there, the Seasiders utilized small runs to build their lead to 10 at 22-12 off several errors and kills by Sofia Tonga, Reid, and Adolpho. Nu'umau Coleman recorded the final point of the match to give BYU-Hawaii the 25-14 victory.

The Seasiders will wrap up their northern California road trip at Fresno Pacific on Saturday at noon PST. Live stats and video will be available online.

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