MPSF Volleyball Results, Feb. 21

Gabi Garcia Fernandez, BYU (Photo courtesy BYU)
Gabi Garcia Fernandez, BYU (Photo courtesy BYU)
Feb. 21, 2018

No. 6 BYU 3, Stanford 1

Recap by BYU

STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 6 BYU men's volleyball rallied past Stanford in four sets (33-31, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21) behind its blocking Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion.

"As a team, we need to grind and battle through matches like tonight," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I'm happy the guys stayed focused on that."

BYU finished with 13.0 team blocks compared to just 4.0 for Stanford.

Gabi Garcia Fernandez paced the Cougars with 18 kills on a .333 clip to go with four blocks. Brenden Sander added 16 kills on a .387 clip and six digs. Leo Durkin set the offense with 45 assists while Erik Sikes added eight digs. Price Jarman collected eight blocks and Storm Fa'agata-Tufuga had a career-high five aces in the win.

BYU (11-4, 4-0 MPSF) scored the first point of the first set, but Stanford (3-12, 1-3 MPSF) quickly jumped out to a 7-3 lead with help from five kills. With Fernandez at the service line, the Cougars went on a 5-0 run to take a 9-8 edge. The set remained close as a pair of Fernandez kills kept BYU in front 17-15. The Cardinal then followed that up with a 3-0 rally to go up 18-17, but the Cougars countered with a 5-1 run with Fernandez again at the service line to retake the lead, 22-19. Stanford came back to tie the set from points 24-31 before a service error and Jarman block ended the set 33-31.

Back-to-back aces from Fa'agata-Tufuga gave BYU the 3-1 edge early in the second set. A Jarman kill made it 9-8 and three errors from the Cardinal kept the Cougars ahead 15-13. Stanford then took a 17-16 edge after a 4-1 run, but a Durkin and Miki Jauhiainen block gave BYU the 20-19 advantage. The Cardinal, however, scored the next four points to take a 23-20 lead. That was followed with a Sander kill that helped the Cougars even the score at 24 apiece. It wasn't enough, however, as a kill and BYU attack error gave Stanford the close set 27-25.

Three kills from Fernandez helped the Cougars tie the third set 5-5. The Cardinal followed with the next four points to take a 9-5 lead, forcing Olmstead to take a timeout. Kills from Sander, Fernandez and Fa'agata-Tufuga brought BYU within a pair, down 13-11, and a 4-0 rally tied the set again at 15-all. A Sander kill pushed his team ahead 18-16, and a Stanford error gave the Cougars a 21-18 lead. The Cardinal rallied, scoring the next three points to tie things up once more at 21-all. BYU had the next three points, capped off by a Fernandez kill, before a Stanford service error gave the Cougars the set 25-23.

BYU jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the fourth set after several Cardinal errors. With the Cougars up 11-3, Stanford scored three-straight to make it 11-6 and force a BYU timeout. A Fernandez kill made it 15-9, and another ace from Fa'agata-Tufuga helped extend the advantage to seven at 18-11. The Cardinal rallied to get within two, trailing 21-19, but the Cougars secured the four-set victory after a service error, 25-21.

BYU will return home to compete against Stanford in a rematch at the Smith Fieldhouse Saturday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. MST. The match will be televised live on BYUtv.

Pepperdine 3, UCSB 2

Recap by Pepperdine

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Max Chamberlain aced the No. 10 Pepperdine men's volleyball team to a five-set win over No. 13 UC Santa Barbara at Robertson Gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon, collecting the final two points of the match from the service line to finish off the non-conference win for the Waves.

Pepperdine collected 25-22, 21-25, 26-24 and 22-25 to put the match in a fifth set. After facing a 10-7 deficit late in the fifth set, Pepperdine battled back to tie things up at the 11-11 mark. After a kill from Alex Harthaller and an attack error from the opposition, the Waves were looking at a 13-12 lead late in the action. Chamberlain commanded the service line with a pair of aces to finish off the set 15-12 and the match 3-2 for the Waves' fourth-straight win.

The Waves (8-3) led the match at the service line against the Gauchos (4-5), while both teams posted 13.0 team blocks in the big defensive match-up.

BIG WAVES

· David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 14 kills, .314 hitting %, 3 aces, 7 digs, 6 blocks, 31 successful serve receptions with no errors

· Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 13 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks

· Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 3 aces, 4 blocks (1 solo), 3 kills

· Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 12 kills, 1 ace, 8 digs

· Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 9 kills, .615 hitting %, 4 blocks, 3 digs

· Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 47 assists, 1 ace, 8 digs, 5 blocks

· Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 10 digs, 4 assists, 22 serve receptions with no errors

· Clay Carr (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS): 3 blocks, 1 kill

· Kaleb Denmark (Redlands, Calif./Arrowhead Christian Academy): 3 kills, .750 hitting %, 2 digs

WAVES VS. GAUCHOS

The two teams were even with 53 assists and 13.0 team blocks in a big battle at the net, although that's where the similarities parted. The Gauchos led the match with 56 kills on a .246 output, while the Waves put up 55 smashes on a .190 success rate. UCSB also led in the back row with a 49-44 dig-ratio.

Long Beach State 3, UCLA 1

Recap by UCLA

The No. 2-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team registered the best opponent hitting percentage of the season, .331, against top-ranked Long Beach State, but it was not enough to stop the 49ers in a non-league four-set decision played in Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night. Scores of the match were 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 21-25. UCLA, which was led by freshman Grant Maleski's 14 kills, is now 14-3 on the season and heads to play a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday night at No. 10 Pepperdine. Long Beach State upped its record to 14-0 after hitting .408 for the match.

UCLA jumped out to a 5-3 edge early in set one. Long Beach came back to tie the score at points 5, 6, 7 and 8. Back-to-back kills by the 49ers put the visitors up 8-10. Kills by Dylan Missry and Maleski evened the score at 10. Long Beach quickly went back in front by two only to see UCLA tie it up on kills by Micah Ma'a and Daenan Gyimah. The 49ers separated with four straight points to pull out to a 12-16 advantage. UCLA closed to one at 16-17 on a JT Hatch kill and then at 18-19 after another Hatch kill. However, the Beach ripped off the next three points for an 18-22 margin and went on to take the first set 21-25. Long Beach hit .500 for the set.

Long Beach grabbed the early lead at 4-8 in set two. The Bruins battled back to get within one at 10-11 on a kill by Missry. Kills by Maleski and Martin tied the score at 13-all. A sharp-angle cross-court smash by Hatch put the Bruins in the lead at 14-13. After the score was tied at 14 and 15-all, UCLA scored three straight on a kill by Oliver Martin, an ace by Hatch and a Beach error to go up 18-15. Another Maleski kill made it 22-18. Long Beach narrowed the margin to 22-21 after a block. A Hatch kill moved UCLA to set point and the senior then delivered the winner for a 25-23 win. The Bruins hit .412 for the set, with Maleski totaling six kills.

The third set was a series of runs. After Long Beach took a 1-3 lead, UCLA answered with six straight points behind the serve of Ma'a for a 7-3 advantage. The Beach then ran off the next six points to regain the lead at 7-9. A Missry kill snapped the run and the Bruins tied the score on a Maleski kill off hands. The score was even at points 10 and 11. After Long Beach went in front 13-15, UCLA rebounded with four straight on a pair of Missry kills sandwiched around a couple of errors for a 17-15 lead. The next five kills went to Long Beach State and the 49ers moved ahead 17-20. UCLA stopped the run on a Gyimah kill, but Long Beach responded with a kill and their first ace for an 18-22 advantage. A service error and another ace made it 18-24 before Long Beach ended the set with a kill at the net for a 19-25 win.The visitors hit .395 for the set to .216 for the Bruins.

Long Beach opened up a 2-5 lead to start the fourth set. UCLA ran off the next three points and tied the score after a big swing from Jake Arnitz. The 49ers grabbed a series of two-point leads before the Bruins put three straight together to emerge with a 14-13 lead following a hitting error by the 49ers. UCLA moved in front 17-15 after a dig by Ian Parish set up a Hatch kill. Long Beach rallied to take an 18-19 edge but UCLA tied it on a spike from Hatch. Long Beach tallied the next four points to go up 19-23 on a couple of kills, an ace and a Bruin error. Maleski hit the line for a point to make it 20-23. Long Beach State closed out the match with a couple of kills for a 21-25 win.

Hatch finished with 13 kills (.379) and tied his season-best with 10 digs. Missry added 11 kills and Martin totaled eight kills (.583) and two blocks. Ma'a led UCLA with a season-best 11 digs to go along with 49 set assists. UCLA hit over .300 in three of the four sets and won the blocking battle 8.0 to 7.0 for the match, but Long Beach had 11 more kills on the same number of total attacks.