Dixie State’s women’s volleyball dropped the final match of its three-match Hawaiian road trip in a four-set loss at Hawai’i Hilo in Pacific West Conference play Monday night. DSU (12-6, 8-2 PacWest) lost a hard-fought first set by a 27-25 count but rebounded to square the match at a set apiece by claiming a 25-21 win in set two. However, the Vulcans (7-8, 5-5 PacWest) came back to take sets three (25-20) and four (25-16) en route to the match victory.
DSU lost despite a career-high 17 kills from senior middle blocker Lindsay Garrett, while senior outside hitter Delayne Daniel recorded her team-best 10th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 13 digs and senior setter Kailey Frei registered her third double-double of the year with 41 assists and 14 digs.
DSU was held to a PacWest season-low .112 hitting percentage, though the Trailblazers’ defense kept the team in the match as the unit limited the Vulcans to a .175 percentage thanks to seven total blocks and 83 digs, including 20 digs from sophomore libero Sidney Brandon and 15 from junior Jaclyn Condie.
UHH’s Marley Strand-Nicolaisen led the Vulcans with 20 kills and 20 digs.
Dixie State returns home to the DSU SAC later this week for two key PacWest matches against teams directly above the Trailblazers in the PacWest standings. DSU opens in the brief home stand on Homecoming on Saturday vs. first-place California Baptist at 6 p.m., and will quickly turn around to face second-place Concordia-Irvine in a rare Sunday tilt at noon.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.