#8 BYU-Hawaii rallies for win at #12 Fresno Pacific; Seasiders step closer to PacWest crown

BYU-Hawaii FRESNO, Calif. – Shih Ting Chen posted 18 kills and 11 digs, while Ying Chun Chen totaled 44 assists and 11 digs as the #8 BYU-Hawaii women’s volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat #12 Fresno Pacific 3-2 on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in a battle of unbeaten Pacific West Conference teams in Fresno, Calif.

The Seasiders improved to 19-2 overall and remained unblemished in the PacWest at 14-0 by rallying to edge the Sunbirds 12-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 15-12.

Melanie Manutai totaled 24 digs for BYU-Hawaii, while Lauren Hagemeyer had 14 kills. Joyceann Feletoa contributed 10 digs in the victory.

The Sunbirds (19-2/11-1 PacWest) were led by Rupia Inck, who totaled 23 kills, and Emily Carroll and Erica Adachi, who posted 25 and 27 assists, respectively. Adachi also contributed 17 digs and eight kills.

Fresno Pacific Karah Mitchell recorded 16 kills, while Hannah Butler led all defenders with 30 digs.

BYU-Hawaii had previously clinched the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament, but the Seasiders now can claim the PacWest title with a win at home vs. Chaminade on Nov. 3 or a victory at Hawai‘i Hilo on Nov. 10.

Fresno Pacific could still claim the PacWest title, but the Sunbirds will need to win out while the Seasiders would have to go 0-2 in their final conference matches.

BYU-Hawaii could clinch the PacWest title on Nov. 2 with a Fresno Pacific loss at California Baptist, or before the Seasiders play on the evening of Nov. 3 if FPU loses at Point Loma.