BYU-Hawaii Volleyball

Written by: 
Matt Bledsoe

The Seasider women’s volleyball team completed an impressive three-day sweep in the BYUH-HPU tournament. Thursday night the Seasiders opened the tournament with a 3-1 victory over St. Martin’s 25-18, 24-26, 25-12, 25-11. Standouts for the game included senior outside hitter Stella Chen who hammered 16 kills and Lauren Hagemeyer who hammered home nine kills. Friday night the team continued to assert its dominance over the Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks. There were several standout performers for the Lady Seasiders that really stepped up their game with a three game sweep. Ying Chun Chen “Michelle” recorded 40 assists with only one error, and Shih Ting Chen “Stella” lead the team with 13 kills and 9 digs. The team overpowered Alaska – Fairbanks 3 -0, with a final score of 25-20, 25-13, 25-16. A highlight of the game was a pancake dig (palm flat on the floor to stop an attack) by Melanie Manutai to extend an impressive rally by both teams that was eventually finished off by the Seasiders for a point. The match winner in the third set was a kill by Danielle Quigley, a freshmen from New Zealand who commented after the game: “I thought we did really good on defense considering how we played last night, we definitely stepped up our defense and managed to split the blocks really well. Most of the time there was quite a big hole to hit into so it was quite easy, but that comes down to our setter putting us into the right position.” When asked about that last point of the game, Quigley said: “There was a big hole, so I was just like, ‘Go for it!’” The Lady Seasiders finished off the tournament with another statement win defeating the Western Oregon Wolves 3 – 0, the final score being 25-19, 25-11, 25-23. BYUH improved to 5-2 on the season and have now won four straight. Quigley again was a standout knocking down 16 kills and Manutai had an impressive 19 digs in the victory. The Women’s volleyball team looks to continue its dominance on Saturday, Sept. 15 against Chaminade in Honolulu at 7 p.m.