Three other Red Storm (16-8/13-5 PWC) players had double digit kills to help DSU mount the comeback. Hawaii Pacific (16-9/10-7 PWC) was led by Haley Doerfler and Elizabeth Culpepper's 11 kills in the loss.
The Seawarriors scored three quick points to begin the first game only to see the Red Storm respond with an 8-1 run and force an HPU timeout. DSU set the pace in the first game by hitting .444 to cruise to the 25-13 victory.
"I like how we came out and set the tone in the first game," said head coach Robyn Felder. "We really were bouncing on all cylinders."
Game two opened the same as the first with HPU opening with to a 3-0 lead. DSU responded with a little run to tie the game at 4-4. The two squads traded points until it was tied 9-9 and the Red Storm went on a 6-0 run to take the lead at 15-9 and force another SeaWarrior timeout.
The SeaWarriors had a lot a fight left in their bag, as they battled back to cut the DSU lead to 17-16. DSU responded with a 3-1 run and looked to be running away with the game. HPU came out the second timeout and scored three straight points and eventually prevailed at 25-22.
In the third set the two teams traded points to open the game at 12-12. When Shelby Sorenson (Lehi, UT/Lehi) served the Red Storm to four straight points to take a 16-12 lead. HPU followed and scored six straight points and rallied themselves into another 25-22 win and take a two game to one lead.
Game four featured seven ties and three lead changes, where no team led by more than three points. With DSU leading 14-11, Seawarrior middle Elizabeth Culpepper found the floor on a gigantic spike that cut the lead to 14-12. Following the kill, she was carded for taunting the Red Storm team and the fireworks were lit. HPU followed with two straight points to tie the game at 14-14. But the damage had already been done as the Red Storm reach deep inside and saw the pendulum swing as they responded by outscoring the Seawarriors 11-5 to end game four.
Dixie State won the game 25-19 to force the fifth set, where the Red Storm are a perfect 6-0 entering today's match.
The momentum continued into the fifth frame as DSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead, only to see HPU battle back and tie the match at 10-10. Enter Rex who would follow with three of the last five points of the match and Kara Cotter (Hurricane, UT/Hurricane) and Shannon Young (Whittier, CA/St Paul) each found the floor to give DSU the come from behind 15-12 victory over the Seawarriors.
"I like the fire that we played with after being down two games to one," continued Felder.
Dixie State finished the match by hitting .269 to the Seawarriors .160. Young had 12 kills, Nicole Koehler (Sandy, UT/Alta) and Makenzi Bird (Saint George, UT/Snow Canyon ) each finished with 10 kills. Sorensen added 55 assists and Alex Anderson (Prescott, AZ/Prescott) led with 22 digs.
DSU improves to 16-8 overall and 13-5 in the PacWest and keep pace with California Baptist and Point Loma for second place. The Red Storm have won three matches in a row.
Hawaii Pacific drops to 16-9 overall and 10-7 in the PacWest. The snapped their three game winning streak.
Dixie State has a day off Sunday and welcomes Chaminade to town for a Monday night Nov. 11 match at 6:00 pm in the Student Activites Center.