Seasiders win opening set, but fall to Concordia-St. Paul 3-1 in National Semifinals

BYU-Hawaii Courtesy of BYU-Hawaii Sports Information

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Brigham Young University Hawaii women's volleyball team lost to top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul 3-1 on Friday, Dec. 7, in the semifinals of the NCAA II Women's Volleyball National Championship Tournament in Pensacola, Fla.

BYU-Hawaii won the first set but it was all Concordia-St. Paul from that point on as the five-time defending NCAA II champions won 20-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-14.

The Seasiders, who finished the season 25-4, led throughout the opening set and out-hit the Golden Bears .278 to .227 for the game to take a 1-0 lead.

However, Concordia-St. Paul hit .476 for the rest of the match to finish the day with an outstanding .401 percentage to spark the win.

Senior outside hitter Lauren Hagemeyer powered 15 kills, hit .467, and put up eight blocks in the final match of her career for BYU-Hawaii.

BYU-Hawaii spike Stella Chen and Ariel Hsu each knocked down 11 kills, with Hsu hitting .391 and Chen coming up with 12 digs.

Senior Tuli Tevaga finished with seven kills and a team-high 15 digs, while Michelle Chen set for 43 assists and came up with 13 digs in the loss.

Senior middle blocker Courtney Skaggs put down seven kills, hit .375, and added four blocks for the Seasiders.

Kayla Koenecke had 23 kills to lead Concordia-St. Paul, now 32-4 for the season, and three other players reached double-figures in kills.

Taylor Dordan had 20 digs to lead four players in double-figures in digs.