LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell to Alaska Fairbanks 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 20-25) Friday afternoon at the Cannon Activities Center.
Sinamoni Tonga and Leilani Adolpho both recorded 13 kills. Tonga added 17 assists and 9 digs to leave her just short of a second consecutive triple double. Sydney Bunker had 20 assists and Brittany Wiaite and Kayle Park both had four blocks.
The Seasiders used a 7-1 run with kills by Sinamoni Tonga and Nu'umau Coleman to build a 10-4 lead in the first set. The Nanooks closed the margin to 11-9 with the help of Kim Wong's kills and the back-and-forth scoring began. Three kills from Leilani Adolpho and an ace by Penina Sao sent BYU-Hawaii on a 6-point run to make it 24-16 before taking the set 25-18.
Alaska Fairbanks used two service aces to take a 6-3 edge before Adolpho and Kayle Park helped BYU-Hawaii tie the set 6-6. The teams alternated points until the Nanooks gained a 20-15 advantage on a 6-1 run. The Seasiders got within two, but it was not enough as they dropped the second set 25-20.
Adolpho sparked the Seasiders' offense in the third set with a kill assisted by Sydney Bunker while back-and-forth scoring kept the score tight. Two services aces in a row from the Nanooks' Riley Podowicz extended their lead to three but a combination of kills and opponent errors helped BYU-Hawaii tie the set at 9. An 8-2 run put Alaska Fairbanks up 17-11. The Seasiders battled to close the gap and kills from Park and Lacy Lange made the score 23-21. A kill by Podowicz gave the Nanooks set point and they capitalized to win 25-22.
The fourth and final set began with a kill from Nu'umau Coleman and continued with neither team leading by more than two until back-to-back kills by Sinamoni Tonga gave BYU-Hawaii the 15-11 lead. Alaska Fairbanks answered with a kill from Podowicz and fought back to tie at 19 and take the lead to finalize the victory 25-20.
BYU-Hawaii will return to the court at 7 p.m. against San Francisco State. Live stats will be available online.