OREM — The Utah Valley State College women's volleyball team put on a show in their home opener Tuesday night against the BYU-Hawaii Seasiders. The only problem was that the Seasiders put on even better one as they beat the Wolverines 29-31, 30-25, 30-27, 30-27.
Last year BYU-Hawaii finished ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NCAA Division II ranks and are currently 3-2 after a road trip to California last week.
"We're young and inexperienced," UVSC volleyball coach Sam Atoa said.
"These are situations that are going to help us grow and become more experienced. I thought we did some nice things in areas we struggled with last week."
Atoa was pleased with how his team blocked and dug the ball.
"We gave our team a chance to attack," Atoa said. "We just didn't get it done. I told the girls that they are going to get these opportunities to do the same thing next time. We'll get it done."
The attack was not enough for UVSC to send the match to a fifth game. UVSC led 26-22 in game four but several Wolverine hitting errors and BYU-Hawaii kills did UVSC in as they fell 30-27 in game four.
"We couldn't have asked for a better spot to be in," Atoa said. "Up four points and many opportunities to sign out, we just didn't get it done."
Since the Wolverines have only four home matches this year, the team wanted to put on a show for the near capacity crowd Activities Center on the campus of Utah Valley State College. As the Wolverines continue to gain more experience Atoa is confident his team will get it done.
"It just takes a lot of reps," Atoa said. "We will be a better team this week and next because of this."
In the Wolverines' game one win they trailed 6-2 early before coming back to tie the game at 10 on a block by Lacee Koellliker and Stephanie McFarland.
UVSC then took a 16-11 lead before the Seasiders stormed back to lead 22-19 on a kill by Ashley Moeai.
UVSC rallied to take the lead for good thanks to solid hitting by Kassidy Brotherson, McFarland, Jenny Weed and Krystal Peterson.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Wolverines as they will be at Utah Friday and Saturday for matches against the Utes, Missouri and Washington State.