Seasiders blow past Red Storm

Seasiders blow past Red Storm

LAIE, Hawaii - Kathleen Collette-Kalougata recorded a double-double to lead BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball over Dixie State in straight sets (25-16, 25-17, 25-11) and break the Red Storm's nine game winning streak on Thursday in the Cannon Activities Center.

Kalougata recorded 11 kills and 12 digs to get the only double-double of the match. Sinamoni Tonga led both teams with 12 kills and added 8 digs. The Seasiders (14-11, 12-5 PacWest) hit .373 and held the Red Storm (16-9, 13-4 PacWest) to a .143 hitting percentage.

The Seasiders took control early in the first set with a 6-1 run, which included kills from Leilani Adolpho, Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen and Malary Reid. A Seasider service error sparked a small 4-1 run for the Red Storm to close the BYU-Hawaii lead to three. With the score at 13-8, Dixie State had a quick burst of kills from Lindsay Jones and Kailey Frei to close the gap to 15-13. BYU-Hawaii responded with a 6-1 run led by a kill from Tonga and a service ace from libero Kulia Murray to make it a 21-14 set in favor of the Seasiders. After a small 4-0 run featuring kills from Kalougata, Brittany Waite and Chen, the Seasiders were able to take the first set in a 25-16 victory.

The teams battled to a 9-9 tie in the second set until a kill by Tonga, an ace by Waite gave the Seasiders the first solid lead of the second set. BYU-Hawaii took advantage of a service error to go on a 7-1 run with kills from Kalougata, Chen and Adolpho to make it a 22-14 set. Despite the efforts by Gianna Kioa and Frei, a final kill by Tonga gave BYU-Hawaii the two-set lead with a final score of 25-17 in favor of the Seasiders.

BYU-Hawaii employed a series of small runs made up from kills by Reid, Tonga and Kalougata to give the Seasiders the 9-3 lead early in the third set. A Red Storm service error ignited a 4-0 Seasider run fueled by kills from Tonga, Adolpho and an ace from Chen to make it a 17-7 set midway through the third. An attack error gave the Seasiders the last point to sweep the Red Storm with a 25-11 victory.

BYU-Hawaii will face Hawaii Pacific on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. HST in the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats and video will be available online.

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