Gators caught in net by Seasiders

Gators caught in net by Seasiders

LAIE, Hawaii – Lacy Lange led BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a 25-16, 25-10, 25-22 sweep of San Francisco State on Friday night in the Cannon Activities Center.

"We really improved in a lot of ways tonight," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah-Hoy said. "I was happy with the way we served in the first set and how we kept balls alive on defense in the second. Overall it was a step forward for us going into the tournament next week."

Lange recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 kills and 10 digs at a .294 hitting percentage. Sinamoni Tonga's .391 hitting percentage gave her another double-double at 10 kills and 13 assists.

Christine Johnson led the Gators (0-2) with 11 kills, Linda Aerne finished with 14 assists and Emily Johns added 14 digs on the night.

BYU-Hawaii (2-3) recorded a .234 hitting percentage, holding San Francisco State to .064 and the Seasiders ended with six service aces to their two. The Gators struggled to keep control as they finished with nine net violations.

Lange sparked BYU-Hawaii with two kills in a crucial 5-0 run to begin the match. The teams traded points, but the Seasiders were able to hold San Francisco State off as they kept control of their small lead. Leilani Adolpho powered a 7-1 run with two kills and a block assist to give BYU-Hawaii some breathing room at 23-13 before an attack error by the Gators ended the set 25-16.

Three service aces from Sydney Bunker, three kills from Lange and a kill and two blocks by Brittany Waite powered a 14-0 run to give the Seasiders their strongest second-set lead of the year. The Gators came as close as 20-8, but BYU-Hawaii's offense finished it off 25-10 on a kill by Sinamoni Tonga.

San Francisco State took their first lead of the match off two kills by Christine Johnson for the 4-2 edge at the start of the third. Three kills by Adolpho and an ace from Penina Sao sent the Seasiders on a 6-1 run to regain their lead at 13-8. Attack errors from BYU-Hawaii brought the Gators close at 20-19, but they were unable to take over as their error gave the Seasiders the 25-22 victory.

BYU-Hawaii will head to the mainland to participate in the NCAA Division II West Region Volleyball Showcase. They face UC San Diego on Thursday at 7 p.m. PDT. Live stats will be available online. 

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