BYU Defeats No. 2 Hawaii, Wins Outrigger

Photo courtesy BYU
Photo courtesy BYU
March 12, 2018

MPSF Volleyball Release 10

BRENDEN SANDER OF BYU MPSF/MOLTEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BYU senior outside hitter Brenden Sander (Huntington BeachCA/Huntington Beach HS) led three wins against ranked teams last week to win the Outrigger Resorts Invitational in Hawai’i. Against No. 11 Penn State, Sander put up a match-high 20 kills while hitting .390 to go with five digs. In the win against No. 8 Lewis, he added a team-high 14 kills on a .370 clip, along with a matchhigh three aces. Finally, in a 3-1 upset victory at No. 2 Hawai’i, Sander contributed 12 kills at .310, three aces, a team-high six digs and four blocks. He finished the week with a .361 clip (46-11-97). Sander was named the Most Outstanding Player and was named to the all-tournament team. This is the third career MPSF weekly award for Sander, including two this year. Others Nominated: Cody Williams (GCU); Jack Wyett (USC); Jaylen Jasper (STAN); Alex Harthaller (PEP); Daenan Gyimah (UCLA)…

FELIPE de BRITO FERREIRA OF BYU MPSF/MOLTEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BYU freshman middle blocker Felipe de Brito Ferreira (Maringa, Brazil), helped propel BYU men’s volleyball to three wins against ranked teams last week to win the Outrigger Resorts Invitational. Against No. 11 Penn State, Ferreira had a match-high seven blocks. Then, against No. 8 Lewis, he contributed a match-high six blocks, two digs and seven kills on nine swings with no errors. In the finale against No. 2 Hawai’i, Ferreira added three blocks and seven kills on eight swings with no errors. For the week, he put up 16 kills on a .556 clip and 16 blocks. This is the second career MPSF honor for Ferreira, repeating the defensive recognition from last week. Others Nominated: Ashton King (GCU); Robert Mullahey (PEP); Kyler Presho (STAN); Cole Paxson (USC)…

BYU DEFEATS NO. 2 HAWAII, WINS OUTRIGGER RESORTS INVITATIONAL

No. 2 BYU (7-0 MPSF/17-4 Overall) extended its win streak to 12 matches with three non-conference victories to win Hawaii’s Outrigger Resorts Invitational last week, defeating No. 11 Penn State in five sets, No. 8 Lewis in four and the host No. 2 Warriors in four. In the win over Hawai’i, Sander contributed 12 kills, three aces, a team-high six digs and four blocks, and was named the Most Outstanding Player and added to the all-tournament team. He hit .361 for the week (46-11-97) and served seven aces. Felipe de Brito Ferreira put up 16 kills on a .556 clip and 16 blocks in the invitational. BYU resumes MPSF action this week as USC visits Thursday (Mar. 15) at 7 pm on BYU TV. The Cougars enter the week with a two-match lead atop the standings with five to play in the conference. They enter the week No. 1 in the nation in blocking (2.89 B/S).

No. 4 UCLA (5-2 MPSF/17-5 Overall) won a key MPSF home match last Wednesday (Mar. 7), 3-1 over No. 7 Pepperdine. The win put the Bruins in sole possession of second-place, two back of BYU with five to play. NCAA hitting leader Daenan Gyimah recorded a 2018 MPSF single-match high .889 hitting clip with 17 kills on 18 swings (17-1-18). He added a match-high five blocks. Micah Ma’a ran another efficient offense, as UCLA hit .412, backed by his 41 assists. He completed the double-double with a match-high 11 digs. Ma’a then set a .493 team attack as UCLA swept EIVA-leading George Mason (Mar. 10). Jake Arnitz (.600) and Christian Hessenauer (.667) paced the attack with 10 kills apiece. The season-long five-match homestand continues in MPSF action this week against Concordia (Mar. 14) and Grand Canyon (Mar. 16).

No. 14 CONCORDIA (3-3 MPSF/9-10 Overall) upset No. 6 Loyola-Chicago at home last Thursday (Mar. 8) in four sets. Raymond Barsemian had 18 kills and nine digs, Hunter Howell was eight for an errorless 17 (.471) with five blocks, and Jacob Weiser picked up 13 digs. The Eagles have a season-long six-match road swing the rest of the month, beginning at UCLA (Mar. 14) and Pepperdine (Mar. 15) in conference this week.

USC (1-5 MPSF/5-14 Overall) Jack Wyett tied the 2018 MPSF-High of 27 kills with a huge .558 hitting clip as the Trojans snapped a seven-match slide against Harvard Sunday (Mar. 11). Wyett also served two aces and picked up eight digs and a block solo for 30 points in the match, second-most in the MPSF this year. USC travels to BYU Thursday (Mar. 15) and Stanford Saturday (Mar. 17) to resume conference play. Wyett led USC with 11 kills, while Ryan Moss came off the bench to add 10 kills at .476 in the loss at UC San Diego (Mar. 7). Cole Paxson had 10 digs.

STANFORD (1-6 MPSF/4-16 Overall) won for the first time at home this year with a four-set outcome over UC San Diego (Mar. 9). Jaylen Jasper recorded a 2018 MPSF-high 27 kills, while hitting an efficient .535. He also collected five digs and a career-high four blocks. Kyler Presho hit an errorless .600 (9-0-15) with eight blocks through the win over UCSD and loss to UC Irvine. Stanford hosts USC Saturday (Mar. 17) as MPSF action resumes.

No. 13 GRAND CANYON (2-4 MPSF/15-6 Overall) extended its win streak to four matches with three home wins last week, defeating Menlo (Mar. 8) along with Mount Olive twice (Mar. 9-10), all in straight sets. Cody Williams hit .487 for the week (24-5-39), with three aces, seven blocks, and 13 digs. Ashton King added a.355 clip (16-5-31) with nine blocks through the nine sets.

No. 7 PEPPERDINE (4-3 MPSF/10-6 Overall) fell 3-1 at No. 5 UCLA (Mar. 7) and 3-0 at home to No. 6 LoyolaChicago (Mar. 10). Alex Harthaller amassed 22 kills with a.319 hitting percentage (.435 against the Ramblers), while adding two aces, nine digs and three blocks for 25.5 total points last week. Pepperdine hosts Concordia (Mar. 15) and Grand Canyon (Mar. 17) in MPSF action this week, followed by a high-profile non-conference home clash with Hawaii (Mar. 18).