March 3, 2017
*LONG BEACH STATE 3, UC San Diego 0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-11)
Recap by LBSU
LONG BEACH - Senior libero Andrew Sato set a new Long Beach State men's volleyball program record with 893 career digs after pacing the backrow Friday night with 10 digs as he led the Beach to a 3-0 [28-26, 25-19, 25-11] sweep of UC San Diego at the Walter Pyramid.
With the win, the second-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team improved to 17-2 overall and 13-1 in MPSF action, while the Tritons dropped to 2-11 on the year and 5-13 in the conference. The Beach have now extended their winning streak to 10 matches and have won 13 straight MPSF contests.
Sato's 893 career digs break a previous program record of 886 digs which was set in 1993 by Zack Small. Sato has had a solid career at the Beach as he also holds the school record for most double-digit dig performances with 49 after notching 10 digs in tonight's contest.
In addition to Sato's performance, Long Beach State also received solid defensive efforts from TJ DeFalco and Andrew Whitt who added nine and seven digs, respectively. At the net, the Beach were led by Bryce Yould's blocking defense that posted a season-high seven blocks in the match.
As the defense held UC San Diego to a .146 attack percentage, the LBSU offense powered passed the Tritons as DeFalco and Kyle Ensing led the team with 15 and 14 kills, respectively. DeFalco narrowly missed a double-double as he was just one dig shy of the feat. The duo also combined for nine blocks as Ensing recorded five, while DeFalco added four.
The Beach hit .476 in the contest as DeFalco led the team with a .667 (15-1-21) hitting percentage. Long Beach State received a strong offensive performance thanks in part to Josh Tuaniga dishing out 36 assists to set the tone as four of the Beach starters hit .500 or higher on the night.
Long Beach State and UC San Diego battled each other through the first set as the two teams fought through a dozen ties in the game. Both teams hit well with the Tritons hitting .424 and the Beach hitting .483. The conference foes took the tie game all the way until the end as it was knotted 26-26 until the Beach managed to win the game, 28-26, on a kill by Ensing.
The second set saw the Beach and Tritons exchange leads early on in the frame, but Long Beach State would break a 12-12 tie on a kill by Yould that would spark a 6-2 run which would put the Beach up for the remainder of the game. From there, LBSU held a steady lead and earned a 25-19 set win to take a 2-0 lead over UCSD.
The Beach used the momentum from the second set to dominate the third as they hit .556 (12-2-18) in the frame and forced the Tritons into a negative attack percentage (-.067). Long Beach State led throughout the entire set and cruised to a 25-11 win to complete the sweep.
Long Beach State will be back in action next week when it hosts the Asics Tournament on March 10 and 11 at the Walter Pyramid. Non-LBSU matches begin at 5 p.m. on both days, while Long Beach State will play in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
*BYU 3, Cal Baptist 1 (25-16, 25-17, 28-30, 25-15)
Recap by BYU
PROVO, Utah -- No. 3 BYU men's volleyball took down Cal Baptist in four sets (25-16, 25-17, 28-30, 25-15) Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse after recording 11 service aces, including a career-high five from Jake Langlois.
"One of our points was to come out aggressive and assertive from the start," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said "We were happy that we were serving well in the first set, and I felt that we could put a lot of pressure on (the Lancers) and their serves, and we did that tonight. Our guys stayed very well composed. At one point when I had some doubt, I made some changes and the guys responded very well. I was happy with that."
The Cougars' 11 services aces were the fifth-most in a match in BYU rally-scoring era history, just one ace short of the season high (12). Five of the service aces belonged to Langlois, who logged a career-high. His five were sixth-most by a Cougar all-time at BYU.
The Cougars (15-2, 9-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) hit at a .360 clip, in comparison to the Lancers' (3-14, 1-12 MPSF) .223 hitting percentage. Three players logged double-digit kills, Langlois with 15, Brenden Sander with 14 and Tim Dobbert with 12. Leo Durkin and Mitchel Worthington each recorded a match-high seven digs in the win.
BYU got off to a strong start with Langlois serving in the first set as it took five-straight points. Cal Baptist got on the board after a bad Cougar serve, and the two teams traded points from there with the Lancers slowly closing in on the BYU lead. Three-straight Cougar points then extended to seven, 16-9.
Follwing an ace by Dobbert, Cal Baptist called a timeout. BYU continued its run, however, and logged another two points due to a Lancer error and a Langlois kill, 18-10. Kills by Price Jarman and Dobbert, as well as errors on Cal Baptist's part, maneuvered the Cougars comfortably to set point, and BYU took the first game 25-16.
Again the Cougars took the first points of the second set, this time with a pair from Sander. The Lancers were quick to answer, tying the game at 2-2. BYU logged kills from Langlois and Jarman, but Cal Baptist went on a 4-0 run to tie the set up again at 8-8. BYU got consecutive points with Durkin serving, and the Cougars collected a larger lead after two-straight service aces from Langlois, 15-11, before Cal Baptist called a timeout.
BYU extended its edge to seven, 22-15, using kills by Sander, Jarman and Lagnlois, and errors by the Lancers. A service ace from Sander kept the momentum on the side of the Cougars as they arrived at set point after a service error by Cal Baptist. Unable to convert on their first try, BYU took the second set after another Lancer service error, 25-17.
A kill by Joseph Grosh started off the third set for the Cougars, and the contest remained close between the two teams. BYU began to pull away following a monster kill by Dobbert and an eighth service ace, this one from Durkin, 11-6. But the Lancers followed with a 6-2 run to cut the lead to only one, 14-13.
A substitution infraction on the Cougars, however, negated three of their points, giving the lead to the Lancers, 13-11. BYU quickly began to work to earn them back, using two Langlois kills and a Cal Baptist service error, tying the set at 14-all. The set remained tied at at points 15 through 18 before BYU found two-straight points, kills by Sander and Langlois. The Lancers tied the set again, however, at 22 and 23, and arrived at set point, 24-23, with a kill. Following five unsuccessful attempts, the Lancers finally took the set with another kill, 30-28.
Yet again, BYU took the first point of the fourth set and recorded its tenth ace of the night as it went up 5-2. The 11th and final ace of the night came from Langlois, doubling the Lancers' score, 14-7. A monster bock from Sander then got the crowd on its feet and gave BYU a double-digit lead at 17-7.
Sander later came up with a huge kill to push the Cougars to 20 points, and Langlois would follow suit shortly after with two kills of his own. The Lancers took four-straight points to shorten the lead to single digits, but BYU arrived at set point too quickly, and won the set by 10, 25-15, following a kill by Tanner Skabelund.
Next, the Cougars will compete in a two-match series against Pepperdine in Malibu, California, at Firestone Fieldhouse on March 10 and 11 with both matches beginning at 7:00 p.m. PST. The matches will be broadcast live on TheW.tv.
PENN STATE 3, Ucsb 1 (25-19, 16-25, 25-21, 25-23)
Recap by UCSB
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Playing at Penn State's Rec Hall for the first time since the 2011 National Championship match, No. 13 UC Santa Barbara dropped a four-set decision to the host Nittany Lions in non-conference action on Friday evening; 25-19, 16-25, 25-21, 25-23.
UCSB, which entered the match an undefeated 3-0 in non-league play this season, dropped to 7-10 overall with the loss. PSU meanwhile improved to 12-6.
Junior outside hitter Hayden Boehle led a new-look lineup for UCSB, finishing with a 10-kill, 12-dig double-double. Freshman opposite Spencer Fredrick paced the squad in kills with 12, while freshman middle Keenan Sanders continued his hot play with nine kills on 15 swings.
In the first start of his career, freshman outside Roy McFarland put up solid numbers with seven kills and eight digs. Setter Randy Deweese dished out 38 assists in his first start full match since Feb. 11.
The Nittany Lions had a marked advantage against UCSB at the net, outblocking the visitors 19.5-6.5. With a match-high 11 blocks and 10 kills, middle blocker Kevin Gear was PSU's top performer.
UCSB was at its best in set two, claiming the frame by nine points and holding Penn St. to -.077 hitting. Strong serving from the Gauchos forced PSU into a number of errors early on, leading to a 16-6 UCSB advantage. Penn State committed seven attack errors and added four bad serves during that early run, with Boehle chipping in a key ace.
The Gauchos return to action tomorrow with a neutral match against Conference Carolinas member Lees-McRae at 2:00 p.m. PST in Rec Hall.
Stanford 3, Lees-McRae 1 (at Penn St) (25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 25-15)
Recap by Stanford
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In a complete team effort, the No. 8 Stanford men's volleyball team defeated Lees-McRae, 25-16, 15-21, 22-25, 25-15, Friday at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University.
The Cardinal (10-7) held the Bobcats (5-11) to an .069 attack percentage, the second-lowest by a Stanford opponent this season, while racking up 12.0 blocks. Redshirt junior Clay Jones, who appeared in just his third match of 2017 after sustaining an injury in the season opener, matched his career-high with six blocks to lead all players.
Freshman Eric Beatty led all players with 10 kills, while Jones added eight kills and six digs. Sophomore Ryan Smith hit a career-high .462 with seven kills on 13 swings and just one error to go with two aces. Middle blockers Kevin Rakestraw and Chris Moore each recorded five kills and turned in five and four blocks, respectively.
Junior setter Kyle Dagostino matched his second-highest assist output of the season with 40. The Tampa, Florida native also posted five digs, was 4-0-4 offensively and tied his career-high with three aces. Redshirt junior Colin McCall appeared in three sets and registered three kills, four digs and an ace, while freshman Stephen Moye hit .429 with three kills and two blocks.
In total, 14 Stanford players took the court against Lees-McRae. Junior Jake Stuebner made his season debut, tallying a career-high seven digs while playing libero.
Lees-McRae was led by Karl Deichmann, who notched six kills on .625 hitting, while libero Keenan Freitas finished with a match-best 11 digs.
Stanford will face No. 15 Penn State on Saturday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. PT in Rec Hall.
*UC Irvine 3, CSUN 2 (22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 15-13)
Recap by UCI
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- A triple threat of Aaron Koubi, Thomas Hodges and Tamir Hershko led No. 6 UC Irvine to a 3-2 win (23-25, 25-29, 25-16, 23-25, 15-13) over No. 12 CSUN at the Matadome Friday.
The Anteaters (12-6, 9-5) remained dominant when going the distance, extending the streak to 7-0 in 2017.
After hitting a season-low .106 at Long Beach State on Wednesday, UCI hit .410 (68-20-117). UCI also got hot again from the service line with seven aces.
Junior Aaron Koubi posted a career-high 20 kills, while hitting .455. Seniors Thomas Hodges and Tamir Hershko each added 15 kills, hitting .542 and .407 respectively. Hodges also recorded five digs and a career-best six total blocks, matching freshman Matthew Younggren for the team-high in total blocks tonight. Freshman middle blocker Scott Stadick totaled nine kills and three blocks. Senior setter Michael Saeta had five kills, 54 set assists and three aces.
CSUN (12-7, 5-7) was led by Arvis Greene's match-high 21 kills. Dimitar Kalchev had 11 kills and seven digs and Josiah Byers totaled 10 kills, hitting .600 (10-1-15).
UCI never led in the first set as the teams would never be more than two points apart until CSUN used an Anteater service error and a kill by Arvis Greene to win, 25-22. Both teams were on fire offensively as the Matadors were errorless hitting .737 (14-0-19), while UCI was .565 (16-3-23).
CSUN started with the 3-1 lead and stayed on top until UCI took its first lead of the match scoring three straight on a kill and ace by Tamir Hershko and a kill by Aaron Koubi, 11-9. Following a Matador kill, UCI scored the next five on a CSUN service error, a solo block by Matthew Younggren, an ace by Scott Stadick, a block by Younggren and Aaron Koubi and a CSUN back row attack error pushing the Anteater lead to 17-10. Fittingly, a block by Younggren and Hodges ended the set 25-19. The Anteaters block came alive, rejecting seven Matador attacks.
Tough serving by Saeta and Hershko helped the Anteaters jump out to a 5-1 lead in the third. Back-to-back kills by Thomas Hodges extended the margin to 11-5 and a kill and ace by Michael Saeta moved the score to 14-7. UCI kept rolling with the next three on a CSUN attack error, a kill by Hodges and a kill by Hershko, 17-7. UCI would go on to win the set 25-16.
In another closely played set, CSUN would sneak ahead 10-7 on a 3-0 run. UCI rallied to tie it on a kill by Hershko, a Matador error and a kill by Hodges following a fantastic punch up from the far behind the end line by Hershko. With the score knotted at 15-15, UCI scored on a CSUN service error and an ace by Saeta to take a 17-15 lead. A kill by Koubi out of the back row and a block by Hodges and Stadick moved the lead to 19-16. The Matadors scored the next three to deadlock the set at 19-19. A CSUN attack error and a kill by Koubi followed to give UCI the 21-19 advantage. CSUN would score six of the final eight points to force a fifth set, 25-23.
In the fifth, back-to-back blocks, first by Stadick and Hodges on the right pin then Koubi and Younggren on the left pin, put UCI up 4-2. Consecutive errors by the Matadors gave UCI the 7-4 lead. CSUN would not go away and tied the set at 12-12. UCI would end the match with kills by Hershko and Stadick, 15-13.
UCI will head across the country for some non-conference matches next week. The Anteaters will visit St. Francis on Wednesday (Mar. 8) then head to Columbus, Ohio to face Ball State (Mar. 10) and No. 1 Ohio State (Mar. 11).
HAWAII 3, Usc 0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-18)
Recap by UH
HONOLULU - For the eighth consecutive match, the University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team won its straight-sets after Friday's victory over No. 14 USC in a non-conference match-up at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-13, 25-15, 25-18.
The fourth-ranked Rainbow Warriors (18-2) extended their win streak to 13 matches and their set win streak to 26 after the 96-minute contest. UH also won for the 17th straight time at the Stan Sheriff Center, two-shy of the program record.
Fourteen players saw action for the Warriors, who were led by freshman outside hitter Rado Parapunov. The Bulgarian posted a team-high 10 kills, hitting .389. Sophomore middle blocker Dalton Solbrig tallied six of the team's season-high 14 blocks. Freshman outside Austin Matautia added eight kills while freshman middle Patrick Gasman recorded four kills and four blocks.
Leading hitter Stijn van Tilburg played just one set and had four kills.
USC (6-12), which played without four of their Thursday night starters including the nation's kill leader Lucas Yoder, hit -.013 for the match. Freshman Aaron Strange led the Trojans with six kills.
UH jumped out to a 7-3 lead in Set 1 and made it 10-4 following an ace by Brett Rosenmeier. After a USC point, the Warriors then blew it wide open, scoring six of the next seven points for a 16-6 lead. UH hit .480 and recorded four blocks.
In Set 2, the Warriors reeled off seven straight points for an 8-2 lead and the Trojans never threatened the rest of the way. UH's block came up big with 5.5 stuffs in the set and Parapunov tallied five kills in the 25-15 victory.
Hawai'i put up three early blocks in Set 3 and scored six straight for an 11-3 lead.
The Warriors conclude their homestand by hosting No. 8 Stanford, Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11. Match time is 7:00 p.m., for both matches.