MPSF Volleyball Results, Mar. 9

Jaylen Jasper, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford)
Jaylen Jasper, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford)
March 9, 2018

at Stanford 3, UC San Diego 1

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. – Behind freshman opposite Jaylen Jasper, Stanford picked up its first home win of the season with a four-set decision over UC San Diego, Friday, at Burnham Pavilion.

Jasper, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, was relentless on offense all night for the Cardinal (4-15), taking 43 swings. The rookie finished with a career-high 27 kills, the most by a Cardinal player this season, on .535 hitting. He also collected five digs and a career-high four blocks.

As a team, Stanford hit above .300 for the fourth time this season and finished with a season-best 8.0 blocks. The Cardinal held UC San Diego (9-10) to a .196 clip. Both teams finished with eight aces.

Trailing 22-17 in the fourth, Stanford rallied back to win the set, and the match, on an ace by sophomore Mason Tufuga. Jasper notched four kills during the comeback as junior Matt Klassen continued to put pressure on the Tritons from the service line.

Setter Russell Dervay returned to the lineup after missing the previous two matches due to injury. The junior controlled the offense with 43 assists and registered his second double-double of the season with 10 digs.

Freshman outside hitter Leo Henken earned the start Friday, totaling seven kills, six digs and two aces. Klassen, who made the start at outside hitter, finished with five kills, three digs, two blocks and an ace. Senior libero Evan Enriques notched double-digit digs (10) for the fourth time in the last five outings.

Stanford middle blockers Kyler Presho and Kevin Rakestraw each recorded five kills. Presho registered a career-high six blocks, the most by a Cardinal player this season.

Stanford limited the nation’s top kills leader, UCSD opposite Tanner Syftestad, to 10 kills on .156 hitting. Freshman outside hitter Wyatt Harrison also had 10 kills for the Tritons on a .533 attack percentage.

Stanford will be back in action on Saturday against No. 3 UC Irvine at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. Admission is free.

at Grand Canyon 3, Mount Olive 0

Recap by GCU

PHOENIX – For the second time in as many nights the Lopes left the court with a sweep, defeating Mount Olive on Friday night. Set scores were 25-21, 25-22 and 25-18. The win moves GCU to 14-6 on the year while the Trojans fall to 11-7.

The Lopes led the Trojans in all categories on the night. GCU tallied 37 kills, 33 assists, 22 digs, six blocks and seven aces while hitting at a .373 mark. The Trojans were held to one ace, and a .263 hitting percentage which included a .048 third set.

"I am pleased with our effort tonight." Said head coach Matt Werle following the match. "It's nice to have Cody Williams back on track offensively. Our middles were great again tonight on the offensive side of the ball."

Williams was all over the court tonight, recording five kills with a .714 hitting percentage, two blocks and five digs. Caleb Blazer and Will Schwob led in the kill's category with eight and each hit over .300. Shalev Saada shined from the service line tonight with four aces, tying his career high. Puna Kaniho notched 30 assists and teamed up with Ashton King to lead the Lopes in blocks with three.

GCU jumped out to leads early and often throughout the match and set that tone early going up 4-1 thanks to kills by Schwob. The Lopes held the lead despite a Trojan comeback effort that had the set within two, 18-16. Schwob, Mosher and Blazer each notched kills to widen the margin and ultimately win the set, 25-21.

The second set mirrored the first as the Lopes went up 4-1 following a Scwhob kill. Mount Olive fought back to close the gap but a triple block from Williams, King and Kaniho put a halt to their momentum and the Lopes held steady on their way to a 25-22 set win.

Set number three saw the Lopes trailing for the first time in the match with Mount Olive up 7-10. GCU would not stay down, using a 4-0 run powered by Trevor Weary, Williams and back-to-back Saada aces to retake the lead. The two sides battled, each trying to pull away until the Lopes held a 17-16 lead. GCU would succeed in pulling away, recording six of the final seven points which included two Trojan errors that put an end to the match.

Werle has been happy with his team's performance of late but knows there is still work to be done; "We have done a much better job executing the scouting reports lately, but the guys need to still read the game and see plays develop. Our blocking struggled tonight and that will be our main focus tomorrow."

Looking ahead

After playing two matches today, the Trojans will follow suit with two more tomorrow taking on Ottawa (Ariz.) and GCU. The Lopes look to extend their win streak to four with the second tilt against the Trojans scheduled to start at 6 p.m. (MST).

BYU 3, Lewis 1

Recap by BYU

HONOLULU – No. 4 BYU men’s volleyball beat No. 8 Lewis in four sets (25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24) behind balanced play Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in the second match of the Outrigger Resorts Invitational.

“I thought the guys rebounded well after losing that second set,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “We knew Lewis was a much better team than we saw in the first. I'm proud of the team effort tonight.”

Brenden Sander led the Cougars with 14 kills and three aces while Gabi Garcia Fernandez added 10 kills and seven digs. Leo Durkin chipped in 35 assists and Zach Hendrickson added eight digs. Felipe de Brito Ferreira had six blocks and seven kills in the win.

Back-to-back blocks from Ferreira and Fernandez helped BYU (16-4, 7-0 MPSF) take a 3-1 lead in the first set against Lewis (13-7, 5-2 MIVA). The Cougars then went on a 7-1 lead to go up 13-6, forcing a timeout from the Flyers along the way. Lewis then countered with a 4-1 rally to get within four, down 14-10. A Sander kill extended BYU’s advantage back to seven at 19-12. The Cougars ended the set on a 4-0 run, which included two aces from Sander, to take the set 25-15.

A Durkin kill evened the second set score at 4-4, but the Flyers quickly went up 17-8 after an 11-2 rally. Consecutive aces from Wil Stanley brought BYU back within six, trailing 20-14, but Lewis cruised through to the end of the set, winning it 25-18.

The Flyers took a 3-1 lead at the start of the third set. A Sander kill and ace tied the set at 4-4, and back-to-back Sander kills pushed the Cougars ahead 10-8. A Fernandez kill then extended the lead to five at 16-11. With BYU ahead 18-14, Lewis scored the next three-straight points to get back within a point at 18-17. The Cougars then increased their lead back to three at 22-19 before eventually taking the close set 25-23 after a Flyer service error.

A pair of Durkin and Ferreira blocks gave BYU a 6-2 lead in the fourth set. Lewis followed with a 7-2 rally to take a 9-8 edge. The set remained close as a pair of errors from the Flyers pushed the Cougars back in front 15-13. A Ferreira kill kept BYU ahead at 20-18, forcing a Lewis timeout. A Stanley kill made it 23-20, but the Flyers scored the next three points to make it 23 apiece. The Cougars then took another close set 26-24 after a final Sander kill.

BYU returns to the Stan Sheriff Center Saturday, Mar. 10, at 7 p.m. HST, concluding play in the Outrigger Resorts Invitational against host No. 2 Hawai’i. The match will be televised live by Spectrum Sports. Links to a video stream, audio stream and live stats can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.