BYU-Hawaii falls in opening round of NCAAs
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - The Brigham Young University Hawaii women’s volleyball team battled top-seeded Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday but ultimately fell 3-0 in the opening round of the NCAA II West Regional Tournament.
The eighth-seeded Seasiders, who came into the match as big underdogs, pushed the host Coyotes in both the first and third games before ending their season with a 16-8 overall record.
BYU-Hawaii trailed in game one 18-13 before rallying to tie the score at 20-20. The Seasiders could not grab the lead, however, and the Coyotes scored the final two points of the game for the win.
Cal State San Bernardino scored the first eight points of the second game and BYU-Hawaii could not climb out of the hole. The Coyotes cruised to the win to take a 2-0 lead.
BYU-Hawaii trailed early in game three as well by the score of 5-1, but the Seasiders refused to go down easily.
BYU-Hawaii rallied to knot the set 9-9 and the score was tied nine more times before the Coyotes prevailed. The Seasiders held game point at 24-23 but could not get the game-winning point to send the match to a fourth game.
Junior Losaline Faka’osi knocked down 12 kills and had 10 digs to lead the Seasider attack.
Sophomore Lauren Hagemeyer blasted 10 kills, while Aika Becker produced six for the Seasiders. Nobuko Kotoyori came up with 17 digs, while Tanza Tupola led the way at the net with four blocks.
Nicole Moore had 18 kills to lead Cal State San Bernardino, now 26-2 for the season. The Coyotes will play UC San Diego on Friday in the West Region Semifinals.