MPSF Volleyball Results, Jan. 19

Jon Predney, Concordia (Photo Courtesy CUI).
Jan. 19, 2018

Concordia 3, No. 7 CSUN 1

Recap by CUI

The Concordia Men's Volleball Team made a huge statement in their first game on the road of the 2018 season; the Eagles took down Division I CSUN in Northridge in dominating fashion. The Eagles put together a gem from all ends of the court to defeat the No. 7 Matadors 3-1. In their previous three meetings, the Eagles had been unable to take more than one set against CSUN. In Friday's meeting, Concordia proved they belong on the big stage competing with big name Division I programs. The game began as a battle for the lead as Taylor Falduti and Raymond Barsemian each chipped in kills and Jonathan Predney contributed an ace to give the Eagles an early 4-3 lead. CSUN took advantage of CUI errors to regain the lead at 5-4 before the Eagles struck for four-straight points. Parker Maki got a kill on a set from Chandler Gibb and Barsemian added another Eagle ace. The Eagles went on another run, this time with six unanswered points including an ace from Hunter Howell and block from Falduti and Gibb. CSUN errors proved extremely beneficial for the Eagles as they went on to take the set 25-20. The Matadors answered back in the second set, besting the Eagles 21-25 to tie the match 1-1. They outhit CUI .464 to .143 in the set. The Eagles lit the world on the fire in the third set, storming back from a 10-11 deficit. CUI went on a six-point tear to take a 16-11 lead including an ace from Gibb and a solo block from Barsemian. A kill from Predney put the Eagles up 20-13, their biggest lead of the night at that point, as they continued the 13-2 run against the Matadors. An ace from Howell pushed the Eagle advantage to 23-13 and they went on to close out the set 25-18. Concordia picked up right where they left off in the fourth set as Howell and Barsemian got things started with a big block. Maki put up a block to tie the set at 5-5 as the Eagles took off on another dominating run. Outscoring CSUN 8-2, the Eagles added two more blocks. Jacob Weiser made an impressive dig, giving Gibb the opportunity to assist in a Barsemian kill to stretch the lead to 10-6. The Eagles stayed hot throughout the set with a .291 clip to go with 16 kills, taking the set 25-20. Barsemian led the way offensively with 15 kills and a .289 attack percentage. Predney was not far behind with 14 kills with a clip of .286. Gibb recorded his second double-double in as many games with 40 assists and 10 digs, tied for the game high in digs with Weiser. Barsemian, Howell, Maki and Predney each had two service aces with the Eagles tallying nine as a team. With the win, the Eagles improve to 2-0 on the season as they head to La Jolla on Saturday to take on UC San Diego at 7 p.m.

No. 5 BYU 3, Barton 0

Recap by BYU

PROVO, Utah – Sophomore outside hitter Storm Fa’agata-Tufuga helped No. 5 BYU men's volleyball sweep (25-12, 25-15, 25-17) Barton Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse. “I liked our mentality coming into the match,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “Sometimes in these matches you can hold back, but we were aggressive at the service line. We've got to work on some things defensively, and we still need to get better with our passing.” Fa’agata-Tufuga led the Cougars with 12 kills on a career-high .529 clip, followed by Gabi Garcia Fernandez with seven kills on a .500 hitting percentage. Fa’agata-Tufuga and Fernandez both added three aces each to the team's 10 total. Leo Durkin recorded 31 assists to go with a match-high seven digs and Price Jarman recorded a new season-high of eight blocks. While Barton (0-4) had the first point, BYU (4-1) quickly took control of the first set. A 6-1 run put the Cougars up early, 7-3. A kill by Fernandez extended the BYU lead to double-digits, 20-10, and a block by Miki Jauhiainen and Fernandez ended the first set 25-15. To start the second set, the Cougars went on 6-1 run - setting the tone for the rest of the set. A kill from Jarman gave BYU more momentum and as it went on a 4-1 rally, making it 10-3. A Barton kill then brought the Bulldogs within five points, 10-5. However, a Barton service error gave the momentum back to the Cougars. BYU won the second set with a block from Christian Rupert and Fa’agata-Tufuga, 25-15. A kill from Fa’agata-Tufuga started out the third set, but Barton quickly battled back. A block by Barton tied the score 6-6, and a Bulldog service ace gave them the led at 7-6. A service error by Barton and a kill from Fa’agata-Tufuga put the Cougars back in the lead, though, 8-7. Another kill from Fa’agata-Tufuga ultimately put the Cougars ahead 9-8 before taking the set 25-17. The Cougars return to the Smith Fieldhouse Saturday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. MST, to face Barton a second time. The match will be broadcast live on TheW.tv with live stats available on the schedule page.