Mustangs race past Seasiders

Mustangs race past Seasiders

LA JOLLA, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell in straight sets to Cal Poly Pomona (25-22, 25-19, 25-17) in the final game of the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase Saturday morning at the RIMAC Arena.

Sinamoni Tonga led BYU-Hawaii with 13 kills and 13 assists while Lacy Lange added eight kills and 10 digs. Leilani Adolpho also contributed eight kills.

Deanna Blaine recorded nine kills, two service aces, eight digs, and two blocks while Andrea Bosnic led the Mustangs in kills with 10.

Back-to-back kills from Tonga and Lange started the first set for BYU-Hawaii (2-7) until errors from the Seasiders allowed Cal Poly Pomona (4-4) to take the lead. Another kill by Lange combined with a service ace from Brittany Waite gave the Seasiders the advantage again and the two teams traded points for several possessions. The Mustangs were able to pull ahead and accumulate a four-point advantage in the middle of the set to lead 16-12, but BYU-Hawaii fought back and got within one at 20-19 due to a pair of kills from Adolpho. This is the closest the Seasiders would get however, and they dropped the first set 25-22.

The Mustangs jumped to an early lead in the second set with a 4-1 run, which BYU-Hawaii matched with a 9-1 run of its own that featured two kills each from Sinamoni and Sofia Tonga as well as two services aces from Lange. Cal Poly fought back to tie the game at 15 and back-to-back kills from Kristen Hamlin put the Mustangs in the lead. They maintained the lead and secured the 25-19 victory.

The Seasiders started strong in the third set with a three-point run and three kills from Adolpho put them up 7-3. Cal Poly battled back with a 10-1 run to lead by five. A block from Kayle Park and Brittany Waite coupled with a kill from Sinamoni Tonga brought BYU-Hawaii back within two. The Seasiders battled but a five-point run late in the set wasn't enough to take the lead and Cal Poly Pomona took the final set 25-17.

BYU-Hawaii will return to the court at home to open conference play against Hawaii Hilo next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available here.

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