No. 3 BYU Blanks Pacific
Provo, Utah - A week after losing its first match of the season, the BYU men's volleyball team rebounded on Friday, dropping Pacific in three straight games, 30-21, 30-23, 31-29. With the victory, the third-ranked Cougars improve to 13-1 on the season, including a record of 8-1 in MPSF play. The match marked the third 3-0 victory for the Cougars this season, including the second in Provo.
"You can't look at a team's record," BYU head coach Shawn Patchell said. "Pacific made some nice plays and took us out of our system. We made a few adjustments and started spreading the ball around a little more. I like the way we finished."
Senior Ivan Perez led the Cougars with 14 kills on the night and added five blocks. Senior Russell Holmes added nine kills, but paced the BYU defense with a match-high seven blocks. Trent Sorensen talled six blocks and Jonathan Charette was credited with five blocks. All totaled, the Cougars out-blocked the Tigers 15.5 to 4.
In the first game of the match, BYU jumped out to a 14-11 lead on a Perez Kill, then went on a 4-1 run to take an 18-12 advantage. After UOP cut the lead to 20-15, the Cougars went on a five-point run behind a pair of blocks from Holmes. Charette iced the game on back-to-back kills to give BYU a 30-21 victory. Perez fueled the Cougars in game one, recording four kills and three blocks.
In the second game of the match, the Tigers held a 16-12 lead before the Cougars racked up six straight points to take an 18-16 lead. Pacific's Jeff Hendershot ended the BYU run with a kill, but it was short lived as the Cougars went on another scoring streak, going on a 6-1 run to take a 24-18 lead. Coming off the bench, freshman Kent Tuttle scored two of the Cougars' final three point to complete the 30-23, come-from-behind victory.
The two teams battled through a 27-27 tie before the Cougars got the break they were looking for. A UOP attack error gave BYU a 28-27 lead and the advantage; however, a Brian Congelliere service error equaled the score at 28-28 and gave the advantage back to Pacific. The Tigers then took the lead after Perez missed a hard shot. Looking to take game three, the Tigers committed a seventh service error of the night, notching the score at 29-29. On the next play Sorensen and Charette dominated the net to give BYU a one-point advantage. Charette sealed the victory with block on the final play.
BYU and Pacific will square off again on Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (MT).
Article courtesy of BYU athletics.