Seasiders fall to Urban Knights

Seasiders fall to Urban Knights

SAN FRANCISCO – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball was swept (25-22, 28-26, 25-19) in a back-and-forth match against Academy of Art Wednesday night at Kezar Pavilion.

Sinamoni Tonga led all players with 13 kills, while adding 11 assists and six blocks. Sofia Tonga led all players in blocks with eight. Leilani Adolpho contributed 13 digs and nine kills.

Melissa Brum's double-double of 12 kills and 10 digs led the Urban Knights (4-9, 2-2 PacWest) to victory. Lilika Teu added 30 assists and Kabrina Speakman finished with 17 digs.

Academy of Art had 37 kills at a .162 hitting percentage, holding BYU-Hawaii (2-11, 0-4 PacWest) to 34 and .089, respectively. Both teams recorded seven service aces, but the Seasiders had 12 blocks to the Urban Knights' nine.

A 5-1 run led by two blocks and a kill from Sofia Tonga gave the Seasiders an 8-4 edge to start the first set. The Urban Knights capitalized on errors to spark a 5-point run and take a 9-8 advantage. The teams traded points with neither holding the lead by more than a few points until Academy of Art pulled ahead 19-16 on a 6-1 streak featuring two kills by Brum. Seesaw scoring continued, but the Urban Knights held their ground to finish it off 25-22.

Academy of Art built a crucial 5-0 lead to start the second set off a service ace from Lyndsay Mlynar and two kills by Brum. They reached a 10-point advantage at 13-3 on a 7-1 run highlighted by a block and two kills from Ema Causevic. BYU-Hawaii retaliated with a 6-1 streak featuring two kills each by Brittany Waite and Sinamoni Tonga to close the gap to 17-12. The Seasiders came even closer on another 6-1 run that included a kill, block and ace by Sinamoni Tonga, making the score 20-18. With two kills from Adolpho, BYU-Hawaii continued to battle and tied the set at 22, but a block by Teu and Safua Elisaia combined with a kill by Margaret Winkler gave the Urban Knights a 28-26 win.

The Urban Knights started the final set on a 5-1 run with two blocks by Teu to gain a 7-4 lead. A kill and block assist by both Waite and Sinamoni Tonga put the Seasiders within one at 10-9 before a block and two more kills from Sinamoni Tonga tied it 12-12. BYU-Hawaii broke away on a 5-0 run with three additional points coming from Sinamoni Tonga to build a 17-14 advantage, but Academy of Art answered back with an 8-1 run to regain their lead at 22-18. Teu's ace ended the set 25-19.

BYU-Hawaii will play at Notre Dame de Namur Thursday at 7 p.m. PDT. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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