ST. LOUIS -- The Brigham Young University-Hawaii women's volleyball team continued to crush opponents with two victories yesterday in the Washington Invitational.
BYUH snaps Washington's
home winning streak at 102
In their first match, the Seasiders defeated La Verne (Calif.), 15-0, 15-3, 15-5, with Vanessa Valansi leading the way with nine kills.
The second match featured two teams with seven national championships each at their respective levels. NCAA Division III Washington University (Mo.) had an NCAA-record 102-match home-court winning streak on the line. That ended as BYUH (14-0) prevailed 15-3, 15-5, 15-2.
"We played great against a great tradition," BYUH head coach Wilfred Navalta said. "They are champions and champions know how to play whether they win or lose."
"BYUH-Hawaii makes a great statement for all small colleges," Washington head coach Teri Clemente said. "It's not the size of the school or the division. It's the class of the program. I absolutely believe they can play with anybody in the nation at any level."
VULCANS WIN OPENER: At Silver City, N.M., Ginelle Palau had 18 kills and Meliah Hai-Kelly 13 to pace the University of Hawaii at Hilo women's volleyball team to a 9-15, 15-6, 15-3, 15-13 victory over Western New Mexico in the teams' Pacific West Conference opener.
"I think we took them too lightly," Vulcans head coach Sharon Peterson said. "Our goal will be to come in tomorrow night and go straight from the start."
Tonight's match concludes the (6-7) Vulcans' road trip.
SILVERSWORDS TRIUMPH: Doris Bikar put down 16 kills to lead the Chaminade University women's volleyball team to a 16-14, 15-2, 9-15, 15-12 victory over Hawaii Pacific University last night in a Hawaii Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match at McCabe Gym.
Bikar also led the Silverswords (5-2) on defense with 26 digs.
Hawaii Pacific (6-4) was led by Doreen Fiaui with seven.