Seasiders outlast Hawks

Seasiders outlast Hawks

OAKLAND,Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball finished its Northern California trip with a five-set (22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11) victory over Holy Names Saturday at Tobin Gymnasium.

Sinamoni Tonga led the Seasiders (4-11, 2-4 PacWest) with 21 kills and 20 digs, while Leilani Adolpho added 15 kills and 16 digs. Kayle Park had another strong outing finishing with 7 kills, 31 assists and 15 digs.

Melissa Munley led all players with 24 kills and added 15 digs for the Hawks (1-14, 0-7 PacWest). BYU-Hawaii ended with a .250 hitting percentage, while holding Holy Names to a .194 hitting percentage.

The teams began trading points in the first set until Munley led a 4-0 burst with two kills to open up a slight 14-9 lead for the Hawks. Brittany Waite led the answer for the Seasiders with a kill and a block during a 4-point run of their own to tie the set at 21. After trading side-out points, an ace from Heather Emory and a kill by Munley gave Holy Names the set, 25-22.

Tonga and Waite each had an ace and a couple Hawk errors helped BYU-Hawaii out to a quick 4-1 lead in the second that they would not relinquish. Adolpho and Waite each had a pair of kills during a 4-point burst that widened the gap to 9-3 moments later. The Seasiders took a double-digit lead on a kill by Tonga at 17-7 and cruised to a 25-16 victory to tie the match at a set apiece.

Several Hawk errors helped BYU-Hawaii maintain its momentum in the third to grab a 6-2 lead early, but Holy Names responded with four quick points to tie it. Kills by Waite, Adolpho and Kayle Park propelled the Seasiders on a 7-0 run to take a 14-7 lead. Sabina Gerard led the Hawks with strong serving that resulted in two aces during a 6-0 run that gave the Hawks the 17-16 lead. Lacy Lange answered with back-to-back kills and BYU-Hawaii retook a 19-17 lead. The Seasiders maintained the small lead until Waite and Tonga each had kills and Adolpho ended the set 25-21 with an ace for BYU-Hawaii.

Adolpho sparked another small 4-0 run for the Seasiders with a kill to give them an early 10-5 advantage. Munley led the charge back with two kills for the Hawks on a 5-1 run to take a 15-14 lead midway through the set. The lead did not last long as several Holy Names errors and a Penina Sao ace gave BYU-Hawaii the 18-15 lead. The Seasiders then aided the Hawks with several errors of their own to tie the set at 19. The teams traded points until Holy Names used a 3-0 run to take the set, 25-23.

BYU-Hawaii began the fifth with several small runs to take a small 8-5 lead as the teams traded sides of the court. The Hawks battled back and tied the match at 10 on back-to-back kills by Heather Emory, but the Seasiders ended the match on a 5-1 run.

BYU-Hawaii returns to action Thursday against Hawaii Pacific at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats and video will be available online.

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