LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball opened PacWest losing 21-25, 25-27, 25-15, 25-21, 15-12 to Hawaii Hilo Saturday at the Cannon Activities Center.
Sinamoni Tonga led BYU-Hawaii (2-8, 0-1 PacWest) with a triple-double of 17 kills, 23 assists and 18 digs, while hitting .255 percent. Leilani Adolpho contributed 15 kills and 20 digs and Lacy Lange finished with 14 kills and 21 digs.
Marley Strand-Nicolaisen led all players with 19 kills and added 14 digs at a .213 hitting percentage for Hilo (3-3, 1-0 PacWest). Sienna Davis led all players in assists with 51.
The Seasiders ended with a .133 hitting percentage, while the Vulcans recorded .158. Hilo finished with eight service aces, holding the Seasiders to three. Both teams had four total blocks.
Both teams made mistakes in the first set to keep the score close as they traded small runs. A 4-1 run with two kills by Lacy Lange and a service ace by Brittany Waite put the Seasiders up 14-12. The Vulcans retaliated by taking a short lead before a 6-1 run by BYU-Hawaii pushed them ahead 22-18. Lange's kills held the lead before an attack error by Hilo secured BYU-Hawaii's 25-21 win.
Kills by Leilani Adolpho gave the Seasiders the momentum needed to build a 9-5 advantage in the second set. The Vulcans fought back with two kills from Siera Green to tie it 9-9. Marley Strand-Nicolaisen powered a 6-1 run with three kills and a block to give Hilo a 17-13 lead. BYU-Hawaii tied the set 18-18 on a kill by Sinamoni Tonga, but Green put the Vulcans up again at 21-18. Two blocks by Sofia Tonga gave the Seasiders a 24-23 edge before Hilo took the next two points. A kill by Sinamoni Tonga and two Vulcan errors ended the set 27-25 for BYU-Hawaii.
Katrina Johnson began the third set with a kill and block to power Hilo to a 9-5 edge. The Vulcans broke out the offensive attacks as they went 7-1 with three kills from Green to pull ahead 16-8. BYU-Hawaii fired back on a 5-1 run with two kills by Waite to close the gap 17-13, but it was not enough. Hilo took the set 25-15 on a 6-point run featuring two aces by Nohealani Ornellas and a block and kill from Strand-Nicolaisen.
Multiple attack errors by BYU-Hawaii gave the Vulcans an early 6-1 lead in the fourth set. A 5-1 streak highlighted by three kills from Kyndra Trevino-Scott extended their advantage to 12-4. Lange found a rhythm on her attacks to contribute three kills in a 7-2 run for BYU-Hawaii to close it to 17-13 before consecutive attacks by Sinamoni Tonga and Adolpho brought the Seasiders closer at 18-16. The teams traded points for the remainder of the set before a service ace by Mariya Heidenrich secured the 25-21 win for Hilo.
The Vulcans built a small lead at the start of the fifth before a 4-1 BYU-Hawaii run allowed the Seasiders to take the 8-7 edge. The teams traded leads until a 4-0 streak with two aces by Strand-Nicolaisen finished it off 15-12 for Hilo.
BYU-Hawaii will play at Chaminade on Wednesday at 7 p.m. HST. Live stats and audio will be available online.