Adolpho explodes to down Vulcans

Adolpho explodes to down Vulcans

LAIE, Hawaii – Leilani Adolpho led BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a sweep (25-5, 25-20, 25-21) of Hawaii Hilo in their last game of the season in the Cannon Activities Center on Saturday night.

"I am so proud of these girls," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah-Hoy said. "We are losing several seniors that have made a remarkable impact on our program. It was a bit of an up-and-down season, but it's always nice to end with a win."

Adolpho led all players with a double-double of 16 kills and 21 digs. Senior Kathleen Collette Kalougata contributed 11 kills and 11 digs in her final season game for the Seasiders (15-13, 13-7 PacWest). Senior Brydgette Tatupu added 18 digs, senior Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen led with 39 assists and senior Kulia Murray finished with four digs on the night.

Marley Strand-Nicolaisen led the Vulcans (11-12, 9-11 PacWest) with a double-double of 10 kills and 10 digs.

BYU-Hawaii ended the game with 50 total kills and 77 digs, holding Hawaii Hilo to 28 kills and 49 digs.

Kalougata powered a 6-point run with three kills and a block to give the Seasiders the 7-2 lead early in the first set. BYU-Hawaii cruised to a 25-5 victory when Adolpho caught fire to end the set with six kills during a 16-1 run. The Seasiders finished the first set with their highest hitting percentage for a set this season at .577, while Hilo ended with a -.103 percentage.

BYU-Hawaii built a 6-2 lead on a 4-point run with three kills from Kalougata. After the Vulcans answered back to tie the set 6-6, the teams traded points and the score remained close, but Hilo was unable to gain the lead. The Seasiders found their momentum on a 6-1 run with three kills from Sinamoni Tonga to make it an 18-13 set. The Vulcans went on their own 4-1 run to close the gap to 19-17, but BYU-Hawaii secured the set 25-20.

The third set remained close until Hilo used strong defensive play to spark a 4-0 run and gain the 8-4 lead. The Seasiders retaliated with a 10-1 run featuring two kills and two aces from Adolpho to take the 15-10 lead. Seesaw scoring started, but BYU-Hawaii held their lead as they won the set 25-21 to end its season.

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