Holmes Leads No. 1 BYU to Sweep of No. 9 UCLA

3/13/2008

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Los Angeles, Calif. - For only the second time in program history, the No. 1 BYU men's volleyball team (17-1, 12-1) swept No. 9 UCLA (13-10, 8-7) in three sets at Pauley Pavilion Thursday (30-25, 30-27, 30-27), led by senior All-American middle blocker Russell Holmes' .846 attack percentage.

The Cougars have now won the last nine sets against the Bruins dating back to back-to-back sweeps in the 2007 season in Provo. Holmes recorded a team-best 11 kills and three blocks, followed by Ivan Perez and Andrew Stewart with 10 kills apiece. Since BYU's only loss on the season, the team is now 5-0 with four three-set sweeps.

"We really played well," BYU head coach Shawn Patchell said. "I was proud of them, especially because it's such a daunting place to play. Holmes had a phenomenal match with 11 kills on 13 swings. Joel Silva also had a good night passing. Our serving was most impressive, though. We had three aces on only three service errors and we served aggressively. I don't think we've ever done that."

UCLA was able to record 12.5 total team blocks to BYU's 8.0 and hold the Cougars to an attack percentage below .300 for only the sixth time this season. However, BYU's .293 hitting percentage did trump UCLA's .239. The Cougars also racked up 39 digs to UCLA's 24 and 49 kills to UCLA's 46.

The Bruins and Cougars will match up again Saturday in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. PT. BYU will be looking for its first weekend sweep at UCLA in history.

Article courtesy of BYU athletics.

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