No. 1 BYU Defeats NAIA No. 1 Cal Baptist in Home Opener


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Provo, Utah - The No. 1 BYU men's volleyball closed the season home-opener with a win against Cal Baptist University (30-25, 23-30, 30-19, 30-25) Friday night in the Smith Fieldhouse.

The Cougars owned 62 kills, 8.5 blocks and hit .426 on their victory over the Lancers, who are the number one ranked team in the NAIA.

Senior Ivan Perez led the Cougars with 20 kills, followed by senior Trent Sorensen with 12 of his own. Sophomore Reed Chilton helped give BYU its advantage with 48 assists on the night.

The Cougars and the Lancers battled for the lead early in the first game, tying the score six times. BYU gradually gained momentum tying it at 8-8 and never looked back. The Cougars took their largest lead of the game at 24-19, which came off an attack error by the Lancers. BYU took advantage of its lead and finished the 30-25 win with a kill by Perez. The Cougars hit .500 with 16 kills, six of which Perez claimed.

Much like the first game, both teams struggled to take control in game two. The game tied 11 times, and at 13-14 the Lancers took the lead and pulled away from the Cougars. Though BYU stayed close behind Cal Baptist, the Cougars could not take the lead as the Lancers won 23-30.

In game three the Cougars took control from the first points and pulled away from the Lancers. At 10-8 the Cougars stepped up their defensive game and scored seven unanswered points, which included three blocks with the help of senior Jonathan Charette, Sorensen and sophomore Andrew Stewart. Cal Baptist could not recover from BYU's momentum as BYU took the game 30-19, hitting .500.

In game four BYU quickly took the lead and pulled away from Cal Baptist. With 14 kills and hitting .290, the Cougars finished the win 30-25 with a kill by Charette.

In 2007 BYU was 11-1 in the Smith Fieldhouse. The record was the fifth best mark in Cougar history. The Cougars hope to use their home court advantage as they match up again on Saturday against Cal Baptist at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Article courtesy of BYU athletics.

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