Seasiders' upset bid falls short

Seasiders' upset bid falls short

LAIE, Hawaii – After a back and forth fight, BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball fell 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-10 to Dixie State Friday at the Cannon Activities Center.

Sinamoni Tonga led all players with 22 kills and added 12 digs for another double-double. Lacy Lange recorded 15 kills at a .250 hitting percentage, while Leilani Adolpho added a double-double of 10 kills and 13 digs.

Delayne Daniel led the Trailblazers (12-4, 8-0 PacWest) to victory with 15 kills and 15 digs. Taylor Duryea finished with 13 kills at a .345 hitting percentage. Kailey Frei led all players with 43 assists.

BYU-Hawaii (4-14, 2-8 PacWest) finished with 61 kills at a .164 percentage, while Dixie had 51 kills at .186 percent. The Seasiders ended with seven service aces and nine total blocks to the Trailblazers' five and 13, respectively.

Lange and Tonga each had kills to build a 5-2 advantage for BYU-Hawaii before a kill and block by Kayle Park pushed them ahead 7-4. The Trailblazers answered back with the help of Duryea's ace and kill to tie the set 7-7. The Seasiders had the response this time pulling ahead 11-7 before Dixie closed the gap to one point on a BYU-Hawaii error. Back and forth scoring continued and Frei and Lindsay Garrett combined for a block to tie it at 18. Dixie secured the 25-19 win on a 7-0 run featuring two kills by Malary Marshall.

A 6-2 run with two kills by Leilani Adolpho put the Seasiders up 9-6 early in the second, but the Trailblazers answered back with four points to take the 10-9 lead. Daniel propelled Dixie on a 6-1 run with two kills and an ace to extend their edge to 16-12. Tonga responded for BYU-Hawaii with two kills and a block during a 5-1 run to tie the set 20-20. The teams traded points until a kill and ace from Tonga in addition to a Trailblazer attack error gave BYU-Hawaii the 25-23 set.

Kills by Frei and Kayla Chapman sent Dixie State on a 4-point run to take a 7-4 lead in the third set. The Seasiders fought back to close the gap to 11-9 on a service ace from Park, but the Trailblazers continued their momentum with a 5-1 run that included two kills from Duryea to extend the lead to 16-10. BYU-Hawaii refused to go away with a 6-1 run to make it 20-18 on a block by Waite, but a 5-1 Trailblazer streak ended the set 25-19 on a kill by Garrett.

Garrett's block and kill helped the Trailblazers gain an early 5-1 advantage in the fourth set. Despite seesaw scoring, the Seasiders were able to tie it at 10-10 on an ace from Adolpho and take a short lead before consecutive blocks by Garrett gave the 14-12 lead back to Dixie. Lange's kill put BYU-Hawaii ahead 19-17 before consecutive kills from Tonga made it 22-19. Kills by Lange and Tonga followed by an ace from Sydney Bunker ended it 25-20 for the Seasiders.

The first three BYU-Hawaii points of the final set came off kills from Lange, helping to build a 5-3 lead. A service ace from Tonga put them up 7-4, but the Trailblazers retaliated with a 7-1 run powered by two kills and a block from Duryea to take Dixie ahead 11-8. Garrett grabbed the 15-10 Trailblazer victory after two additional kills and another block.

The Seasiders return to the court tomorrow to host Concordia at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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