MPSF Volleyball Results, Jan. 6

Brenden Sander, BYU (Photo by BYU)
Jan. 6, 2018

BYU 3, Lewis 1

Recap by BYU

PROVO, Utah — No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball topped No. 6 Lewis in four sets (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15) Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse. “We made a few important adjustments between sets two and three and really tried to hammer home a few adjustments to their attackers,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “The guys made adjustments, got some more touches on their attackers and things went from there.” The Cougars (1-1) recorded a .410 clip on the night and more than doubled the Flyers’ blocks, 10 to 3.5. Storm Fa’agata-Tufuga led BYU with 13 kills, followed by Gabi Garcia Fernandez’s 12 kills and five blocks. Brenden Sander added 11 kills and had three of the team’s seven aces. Leo Durkin tallied 40 assists while Miki Jauhiainen contributed five blocks. Lewis (0-2) got on the board first but both teams traded points often in the starting set before tying it 8-all. The Cougars then capitalized on four-consecutive Lewis errors during a 4-0 run to go up 12-8. The Flyers came back, 13-12, before a kill from Fa’agata-Tufuga landed just inside the line for a 14-12 advantage. BYU led by three twice, 17-14 and 19-16, but Lewis continued to fight back. A Cougar service error brought the Flyers within one, 21-20, before BYU pulled away for good. Fernandez’s two kills and a couple of Lewis errors gave the Cougars set one, 25-21. The second set began similarly as the teams battled back and forth. The Flyers began to pull away midway through the set, 12-8, after two BYU errors and a kill. Lewis extended its lead to five, 14-9, before the Cougars fought back to trail 14-12. A kill from Sander, a Flyer error and a block by Fernandez and Jauhiainen aided the outburst. Multiple Lewis errors kept BYU close before back-to-back kills from Jarman and Fernandez brought the Cougars within one 24-23. The Flyers narrowly edged BYU for the second set on a service error, 25-23. In the third set, Lewis built an early 6-3 lead on a 4-0 run. The Cougars broke away from a 9-9 tie on a 3-0 run of their own to take a 12-9 lead. A kill from Fa’agata-Tufuga, ace from Jauhiainen and Flyer error contributed to the run. BYU then extended its lead to six, 17-11, on a 6-2 run of Lewis errors and a kill from Jarman. Fa’agata-Tufuga recorded an ace, propelling the Cougars to a 10-point set victory. Wil Stanley served an ace for set point, 25-15, as BYU picked up a second set to lead the Flyers two sets to one. The Cougars hit a .526 clip in the fourth set to end the match and take home the victory. Sander served back-to-back aces for an early 3-0 lead as BYU dominated the rest of the set. He recorded his third ace of the night to give the Cougars a seven-point advantage, 15-8. BYU maintained momentum to close the set, 25-15. The Cougars return to action Friday, Jan. 12, on the road at Ball State at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Grand Canyon 3, George Mason 2

Recap by GCU

FAIRFAX, VA. – No. 15 GCU men's volleyball team took the first of two games against George Mason, winning in five sets on Saturday night. The Lopes outlasted a late rally to stay perfect on the year by scores of 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 23-25 and 15-10. The win moves GCU to 2-0 on the year while GMU drops to 1-1.

"This was a huge road win for the program. The previous trip to George Mason was not as pretty for the Lopes. Our guys showed some real heart down the stretch." Said head coach, Matt Werle. "Offensively, Cody (Williams) was really good once again. He also had four aces on the night which is very impressive."

Cody Williams had a career night, leading the Lopes in kills, aces and blocks. The senior outside hitter tied his career high in kills with 18 and set new career highs in aces (4) and blocks (6) in addition to hitting at a .484 mark. Shalev Saada and Will Schwob each recorded double digit kills with 12 while libero Sky Engleman recorded double digit digs with 10.

The match was mirroring Thursday night when the Lopes went up 2-1 but the Patriots battled to take the fourth before GCU closed it out in the fifth. The Lopes recorded 52 kills to go along with 38 digs and had a hitting percentage of .291 while limiting GMU to a .216 percentage.

The first set stayed within two points until GCU took a 9-6 lead thanks to a Patriot error. GMU would pull the set within one before kills from Williams and Schwob, two GMU errors and a key block from Williams and Caleb Blazer had the Lopes up 20-15. The Lopes would go on to hit .500 and take the first set 25-22.

After limiting the Lopes to a .097 hitting percentage in the second set, the Patriots won the set and tied the match at one. The third set saw GCU score eight of the first 11 points to put them up early, 8-3. The Lopes had a comfortable lead until the match was within two but timely errors and another Williams kill put GCU up 15-10 and they would carry the momentum to a 25-18 set win.

Much like Thursday the Lopes led the match 2-1 and were up early, 10-6 in the fourth set. GMU would go on to land 7 of the next 9 points and take the lead 14-13. From there it was neck and neck with both sides using rally's to keep it close. GCU brought the match within one before a kill from Sam Greenslade gave GMU the 23-25 win and forced a fifth set.

The final set stayed within two points until the Patriots closed the gap late making it 11-10. Williams had a kill followed by two GMU errors, which set up a Saada kill as GCU went on to score the last four points and win the set 15-10.

"The guys still have some mental errors that we need to tidy up." Said Werle, "We need to improve on our defense and block positioning. We expect GMU to be better tomorrow. I am proud of our effort tonight. Go Lopes!"

Looking ahead

GCU looks to stay perfect and close out the weekend as they face George Mason again on Sunday. The match will begin at 11 a.m. MST. Following Sunday's match the Lopes will be on the road from Jan 12-15 as they participate in Off the Block's inaugural Grow the Game Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee.

UCLA 3, McKendree 0

Recap by UCLA

The No. 4 UCLA men's volleyball team upped its record to 3-0 on the season with a sweep of McKendree University from Illinois in the nightcap of the Wooden Volleyball Classic on Saturday in the John Wooden Center. Scores of the match were 25-21, 25-22, 29-27. Senior All-America Jake Arnitz led the way for the Bruins with a match-high 13 kills. UCLA outhit McKendree .356 to .204 on the night and out aced the visitors 8 to 3.

Arnitz, who hit .476 on the night, was joined in double-digit kills by Dylan Missry who added 10 on 18 swings and hit .500 for the match. Oliver Martin had seven kills (.545) and two blocks. Daenan Gyimah totaled six kills (.364) and a couple of aces. Micah Ma'a registered 37 set assists, two aces, four kills and a block assist. The Bruins will play next on Wednesday night when No. 7-ranked UC Irvine comes to Pauley Pavilion for a 7 p.m. match.

The Bruins started slowly against the Bearcats who hail from the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Conference which is home to two-time defending NCAA champ Ohio State. UCLA fell behind 4-11 before coach John Speraw called timeout. After a McKendree service error, Missry served the Bruins back into the set, igniting a run which closed the gap to 9-11. An ace by Arnitz pulled the Bruins even at 15-all. The Bruins began to pull away down the stretch taking a 22-18 lead on an Arnitz kill and winning the set 25-21 on a kill by Martin.

In set two, UCLA fell behind 1-3 before tying it up on a kill by Gyimah. The score was then even at points 5, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Arnitz, Gyimah and Christian Hessenauer combined on a block to lift the Bruins into a 14-13 lead. Another Hessenauer kill made it 22-18 for the Bruins. McKendree closed to within two at 23-21 and 24-22, but UCLA prevailed on a Arnitz kill for a 25-22 win. The Bruins hit .485 for the set.

In set three, neither team led by more than two points in tightly contested battle which featured 23 tie scores. The score was level at points 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23. Missry's 10th kill of the night made it 24-23 for the Bruins, but they could not put away the Bearcats who managed to even the score at 24, 25, 26 and 27 when facing match points. Martin, Arnitz and Ma'a teammed up on a block for a 28-27 lead and then finished off the Bearcats for a 29-27 win.

UCSB 3, Stanford 0

Recap by Stanford

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – No . 8 Stanford closed out the UCSB Asics Invitational with a 3-0 setback to host UC Santa Barbara, Saturday, at Rob Gym. The Cardinal (0-3) struggled offensively, hitting .165 as a team, while the Gauchos posted a .348 team attack percentage. UCSB (2-1) kept the Cardinal out of system with its serves, finishing with seven aces. Freshman opposite Jaylen Jasper hit .400 with eight kills on 15 swings with just two errors. Junior outside hitter Jordan Ewert also recorded eight kills, while Kevin Rakestraw finished with five. Junior Russell Dervay started the match at setter, tallying 17 assists and three kills. Sophomore Mason Tufuga took over at setter in the third set, posting eight assists, a kill and two digs. Senior libero Evan Enriques had a match-best seven digs. Roy McFarland and Corey Chavers both had nine kills for the Gauchos, hitting .571 and .316, respectively. Stanford remains on the road next week, traveling to No. 1 Ohio State on Friday and No. 14 Ball State on Saturday.

Hawaii 3, USC 0

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