Seasiders fend off Silverswords in fifth set

Seasiders fend off Silverswords in fifth set

LAIE, Hawaii – Lacy Lange led BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball to a 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 15-12) victory over Chaminade Friday in her final night match at the Cannon Activities Center.

"We really wanted to send these players and the fans out with one last victory here at the CAC," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mona Ah-Hoy said. "I am so proud of how we fought for every point and were able to pull out a victory."

Lange led the Seasiders (6-17, 4-10 PacWest) with 18 points on 12 kills and six blocks. Leilani Adolpho added 14 kills and two service aces, while Sofia Tonga had a match and career-high nine blocks. Kira Long led all-players with 18 kills and added six blocks for the Silverswords (13-11, 7-8 PacWest).

BYU-Hawaii finished with six services aces and 10.5 blocks as a team to hold Chaminade to a .174 hitting percentage.

The first set began with seesaw scoring between the teams until Chaminade used several back-to-back points to slowly build a 9-5 lead. Sofia Tonga provided strong blocking to help the Seasiders close the gap and Leilani Adolpho's kill made it a one-point set at 13-12. The Silverswords responded with four-consecutive points to build a 17-12 lead and retake the momentum. The teams traded small runs the rest of the way and Chaminade took the first set, 25-19.

The second set began like the first with back-and-forth scoring as the largest lead was two by Chaminade at 10-8. With BYU-Hawaii trailing 13-12, Brittany Waite propelled a 4-1 run to grab the momentum for the Seasiders with a block and kill to take the 16-14 lead. BYU-Hawaii was able to hold off the Silverswords down the stretch for the 25-23 victory to knot the match at a set apiece.

Lacy Lange assisted on two blocks to help the Seasiders jump out to a 4-0 lead to start the third set. Lange, Si. Tonga and Adolpho all found the floor on kills in a 4-1 run that extended the lead to 11-5 and forced a Chaminade timeout. The Silverswords responded with three points out of the timeout to close the deficit to three. A 4-0 Chaminade run closed the gap to 16-15. Adolpho answered with a kill inside the block, Si. Tonga followed with a back-row kill and Waite found the court on an overpass to rebuild a four-point lead.  The Silverswords responded again with a three of their own to close the gap to 22-20, but it was the closest they would be the rest of the way. Lange gave BYU-Hawaii the 2-1 set lead with a kill off the block.

Daisa LaBrie helped settle Chaminade in the fourth set with three kills to build the early 6-2 lead. Four different players recorded kills and Adolpho had an ace as the Seasiders rallied to take the 8-7 lead moments later. Lange recorded a kill and back-to-back Chaminade errors helped BYU-Hawaii get some separation at 14-11. Kira Long had three kills to lead the Silverswords on a 7-point run to take a commanding 23-18 lead late and Chaminade closed out the set 25-19 to send it to a winner-take-all fifth set.

Lange led the charge in the fifth set with two kills and a block to put the Seasiders ahead 4-1 early. The Silverswords slowly climbed their way back and took a 7-6 lead after back-to-back blocks and a BYU-Hawaii error. Si. and So. Tonga put the Seasiders back on top 9-8 with back-to-back kills. Si. Tonga then served up an ace and Adolpho added a kill to increase the lead to 13-10. BYU-Hawaii held on with back-to-back Chaminade errors sealing the 15-12 victory.

The Seasiders return to the court Saturday to take on Hawaii Pacific in Honolulu at 6 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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