MPSF Volleyball Results, Feb. 17

Kevin Rakestraw, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford)
Kevin Rakestraw, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford)
Feb. 17, 2018

BYU 3, Concordia 0

Recap by BYU

IRVINE, Calif. -- Freshman opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez and No. 7 BYU men's volleyball swept Concordia Irvine (25-21, 25-22, 25-15) Saturday afternoon at CU Arena.

"I'm happy with how the guys played today," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "Our block was particularly effective, and I thought we competed well as a team."

Fernandez led the Cougars with 11 kills, six digs and five blocks. Price Jarman collected a season-high eight blocks and Erik Sikes had seven digs. Leo Durkin contributed 32 assists and eight digs while Brenden Sander added nine kills in the win.

BYU (10-4, 3-0 MPSF) took a 6-4 lead early on in the first set after an Andrew Lincoln kill. A 3-1 Cougar run, capped off by a Miki Jauhiainen and Sander block, then increased BYU's advantage against Concordia Irvine (5-6, 1-3 MPSF) to four, 12-8. A Jarman kill followed, extending the lead at 17-11, forcing an Eagle timeout. The Cougars stayed ahead 20-13, but a 4-1 rally by Concordia Irvine brought it back within four, down 21-17. BYU stayed ahead, however, winning the set 25-21 on a Fernandez kill.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 3-1 lead to start the second set. The Cougars scored the next four-straight points, though, to take a 5-3 edge. Back-to-back Concordia Irvine errors then pushed BYU ahead 10-7. The set remained close as a Sander ace kept the Cougars in the lead 13-12. The Eagles then inched ahead at 19-18 following an ace, but a Storm Fa'agata-Tufuga kill gave BYU the lead at 23-21. Fernandez then ended the set for the Cougars with a block, 25-22.

A pair of kills and an ace from Sander gave BYU a 7-3 advantage in the third set. A kill and block from Jarman then extended the lead to eight, 13-5. Concordia Irvine scored six of the next eight points to get back within four, down 15-11. A Fernandez kill made it 20-13 before a Fa'agata-Tufuga ace ended the set and match 25-15. The Cougars stay on the road for their next match, traveling to face Stanford Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. PST. A live stream and live stats for the match can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.

Stanford 3, Grand Canyon 1

Recap by Stanford

PHOENIX -- Behind a season-best .489 team hitting percentage, Stanford knocked off No. 10 Grand Canyon, 3-1, Saturday at Antelope Gymnasium.

The Cardinal (3-11, 1-2 MPSF) was firing on all cylinders against the Antelopes (11-5, 1-3 MPSF), limiting itself to just seven hitting errors in the match. Stanford posted a season-high 9.0 blocks, holding the Lopes to a .277 clip.

Freshman opposite Jaylen Jasper hit a career-best .633, matching his career-high with 20 kills on 30 swings with just one error. Sophomore outside hitter Eric Beatty added 12 kills on a season-best .524 to go with five digs and two aces.

Stanford tallied eight service aces as a team and had zero reception errors. Middle blockers Kevin Rakestraw and Kyler Presho each turned in six kills and two aces for the Cardinal.

Setter Russell Dervay dished out 44 assists, his third-most of the season. The junior was also 5-0-5 (1.000) offensively and finished with two blocks. Senior Evan Enriques returned to the starting libero spot, collecting a team-high six digs.

Grand Canyon was led by senior outside hitter Shalev Saada, who had 16 kills on .258 hitting. Senior libero Sky Engleman anchored the Lopes' defense with 10 digs.

Stanford had a sideout rate of 75 percent for the match, including 80 percent-plus in the final three sets. The Cardinal hit .722 in the second, marking its highest output in a set this season.

Stanford returns to The Farm on Wednesday to continue MPSF play against No. 7 BYU. The match will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 7 p.m.

Pepperdine 3, USC 2

Recap by Pepperdine

MALIBU, Calif. - Colby Harriman's career five aces and Robert Mullahey's career-best 51 assists led the No. 12 Pepperdine men's volleyball team to a thrilling five set win over #15 USC in Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday night with 25-19, 24-26, 26-16, 22-25 and 15-10 final set scores.

The Waves (7-3, 2-1 MPSF) and Trojans (4-10, 1-3 MPSF) split the first four sets to force a fifth, but Pepperdine came out strong with the early advantage and shut the set down confidently. David Wieczorek tabbed five of the Waves' eight kills in the final set to propel the team to the MPSF win.


· David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 18 kills, .371 hitting %, 1 ace, 6 digs, 3 blocks, 33 service receptions with 0 errors

· Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 16 kills, .294 hitting %, five aces, 2 blocks

· Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 10 kills, 1 ace, 9 digs, 4 blocks

· Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 6 blocks (1 solo), 7 kills, .636 hitting %, 1 ace

· Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 6 kills, 6 blocks, 1 ace

· Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 51 assists, 8 digs, 4 blocks

· Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 10 digs, 3 assists


Pepperdine outplayed USC in all offensive and defensive categories, earning the five-set win outright. The Waves posted 57 kills on a .303 success rate, while allowing the Trojans 49 kills on a .220 clip. Pepperdine led with 10-4 aces and 38-36 digs, while amassing a solid 13.0 team blocks to USC's 8.5. The Waves also added 57 assists to the opposition's 47 as well.

Long Beach State 3, UCLA 1

Recap by UCLA

The No. 2 UCLA men's volleyball team had its seven match win streak snapped at top-ranked Long Beach State in a non-league battle on Saturday night in Walter Pyramid before a sellout crowd of over 4,500 fans. Scores of the match were 25-23, 15-25, 19-25, 21-25. Long Beach State, now 13-0 on the year, became just the second team this season to hit for a higher percentage (.343 to .191) than UCLA and the first to out block (8.0 to 5.5) the Bruins this season. UCLA, now 14-2 on the year, will host the 49ers on Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

UCLA broke up an early see-saw affair by taking an 8-6 lead after a kill by JT Hatch and a service error. Long Beach came back to even the score at 9-all. The next three points belonged to UCLA after kills by Dylan Missry, Micah Ma'a and an attack error. The 49ers fought back to even the score at 15 and then went ahead 15-16. UCLA ran off three straight points, after Long Beach had taken a 18-19 lead, on a Daenan Gyimah kill and a couple of attack errors to regain the lead. Jake Arnitz' kill made it 23-21 and an ace by Gyimah took it to set point. Long Beach fought off a couple of set points before Christian Hessenauer's sixth kill of the set handed UCLA the 25-23 win.

The Bruins jumped out to a 3-1 lead to begin the second set. Long Beach came back to even the score at 4-all. UCLA went up 8-6 following kills by Gyimah and Hatch and led 9-8 after a service error. However, the 49ers ran off the next five points on a service error, an ace off the tape, a kill and a couple of Bruin attack errors. Long Beach built the lead to 14-21 and then captured the second set 15-25. UCLA hit -.032 for the set with nine attack errors and five service errors. Long Beach hit .409 with no errors on 22 swings.

UCLA took early leads of 3-1 and 6-4 to open set three. Long Beach came back to even the score at 8-all. After UCLA went up 10-9 on a Hatch kill, the 49ers ran off the next three points to take the lead at 10-12. The home team built the lead up to 13-17 before kills by Gyimah and Missry brought UCLA to within two at 15-17. Long Beach scored three of the next four points for a 16-20 advantage and took the set 19-25. The 49ers hit .500 for the set with one error on 24 swings. UCLA had seven service errors.

In set four, Long Beach established leads of 4-7 and 7-11. UCLA rallied with five straight points behind the serve of Gyimah and took the lead on a block by Oliver Martin and Hatch. The Bruins then ran out to an 18-15 edge after a couple of kills by Gyimah. The 49ers battled back to even the score at 18 on an ace and continued their run for a total of eight straight points for an 18-23 lead. A Missry kill snapped the streak, but Long Beach answered with a kill to take it to match point. An Arnitz kill saved one match point and then Hatch scored a kill to make it 21-24. The 25th Bruin service error of the contest ended the match at 21-25.

Gyimah led UCLA with 13 kills, while hitting .600, and added two service aces and a couple of block assists. Hessenauer finished with 11 kills. Martin totaled three block assists. Arnitz came on to add three kills and a pair of block assists. Ma'a had 39 set assists and topped UCLA with nine digs on the night.