March 17, 2017
*BYU 3, Hawaii 0 (28-26, 25-18, 25-20)
Recap by BYU
PROVO, Utah – Behind a season-high 12 blocks in three sets, No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball swept No. 4 Hawai’i in a key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup at the Smith Fieldhouse Friday night.
“Our guys did a lot of good things,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “Our assistant coaches did a really good job putting a game plan together, and we executed it well. I thought we took good swings, in transitions especially. We really made smart shots. They are a good team."
BYU (18-2, 12-1 MPSF) had 12 blocks to just four from Hawai’i (20-3, 10-3 MPSF). The Cougars also hit a blistering .440 clip to just .188 from the Rainbow Warriors. That hitting percentage is the highest in three sets for BYU this season.
Outside hitters Brenden Sander and Jake Langlois led BYU with 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Sander also added four blocks and two digs while Langlois chipped in five digs and three blocks. Joseph Grosh had a game-high six blocks to go with his four kills. Pacing the team was Leo Durkin who had 36 assists, two digs and three blocks.
The first set was a battle as neither team led by more than two points the whole way through. After trailing by one or tying for the first part of the set, Tim Dobbert’s kill and a block by Grosh and Langlois put BYU up 10-8. The Rainbow Warriors kept the slight advantage for most of the set until Dobbert had another clutch kill, making it 22-21 in favor of the Cougars. It took extra points to finish the set, but back-to-back kills from Sander and Langlois sealed the 28-26 win for BYU.
The Cougars kept the momentum into the second set with Langlois getting two kills right off the bat to earn the early 2-0 lead. To get the first lead of more than two points, Langlois drilled the ball for the 5-2 advantage. It was all BYU from there on out. The Cougars’ biggest lead came after Sander and Grosh teamed up for a block, making it 20-13. Miki Jauhiainen drilled an overpass kill for the 25-18 victory.
The intensity picked back up in the third set. An ace from Grosh put BYU up 3-2 early on. A 3-0 run highlighted by two kills from Sander pushed the Cougars’ lead up to 7-4. The Rainbow Warriors battled back, going on a 5-1 run to take a 15-14 lead. However, BYU responded with a 4-0 rally, led by a pair of stuff blocks, to get back up, 20-17. Durkin sealed the sweep with a solo block on match point, taking the final set 25-20.
The two teams will face off again Saturday, March 18, at the Smith Fieldhouse. The game will begin at 7 p.m. MDT and will air live on BYUtv. Live stats will also be available on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.
*Long Beach State 3, CSUN 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-20)
Recap by LBSU
Northridge, Calif. - Sophomore Kyle Ensing finished with 17 kills on .484 hitting as No. 1 Long Beach State continued to excel, defeating No. 14 CSUN on the road in straight sets 25-19, 21-19, and 25-21.
Long Beach State (20-2, 14-1) didn’t drop a set for the fourth straight match on the way to the win, hitting .425 while holding CSUN (12-12, 5-10) to just .150 hitting on the night.
In the opening set, both teams held even early, with the score tied as late as 15-15. The Beach led by just two at 20-18, but pulled away with a TJ DeFalco ace and a pair of kills from Bryce Yould on the way to a 25-19 first set win.
In the second set, Long Beach State took control earlier, pushing on back-to-back kills from DeFalco and Ensing to take a 14-9 lead over the Matadors. A block from Josh Tuaniga and Amir Lugo-Rodriguez extended the 49er lead to seven at 20-13, and LBSU went on to close out the set with a 25-17.
The final set of the three was the closest, as CSUN rallied from a three-point deficit to tie the set at 18-18, and picked up a sideout to remain tied at 19. Long Beach State picked up a point on serve via a kill from DeFalco to take a 21-19, and pushed one more point with a triple block from Yould, DeFalco and Tuaniga.
Up 23-20, the Beach closed out the match with a Tuaniga ace and an Ensing kill to close out the sweep 25-20.
Ensing led the way with 17 kills, while DeFalco added 12 kills. Tuaniga also finished with 40 assist in the three-set match.
With the win, Long Beach State improved to 20-2 on the season, reaching 20 wins for the 18th time in program history, and the seventh time under Alan Knipe, now in his 14th season at the helm of the Beach.
Long Beach State is back on campus on Saturday, facing Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. That match will be a throwback, held in the Goldmine due to the CIF playoffs being held in the Walter Pyramid. The closest and best parking for the match will be located next to Brotman Hall in the center of campus.
UCLA 3, Sacred Heart 0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-15)
Recap by UCLA
No. 6 UCLA won its fourth straight match in a three-set decision over Sacred Heart on Friday night in the Wooden Center. Scores of the contest were 25-15, 25-19, 25-15. Sophomore Dylan Missry led a balanced UCLA attack with 10 kills and hit .625. The Bruins outhit the Pioneers as a team .380 to .016 in the match. Next up is a non-league encounter on Saturday night against Concordia, Irvine, in the Wooden Center, at 7 p.m. UCLA is now 14-7 on the season. Sacred Heart falls to 12-4 on the year.
In the opening set, UCLA found some separation and took an 8-6 lead on a kill by Jake Arnitz and due to the serve of Daenan Gyimah. Mitch Stahl, Christian Hessenauer and Arnitz then teamed up on a block for a 9-7 lead. Hessenauer's ace made it 12-9. A couple of mini-runs later, the Bruins took a 21-13 edge after another Anitz blast. Missry provided the deciding spike in a 25-15 win. UCLA hit .588 for the set with Hessenauer totaling four kills.
Set two was tied at each point up to 11-all. The Bruins grabbed the momentum behind the strong serve of senior setter Hagen Smith to score four straight for a 15-11 lead. Kills by Arnitz and Gyimah extended the margin to 20-15. A Missry kill made it 24-19 and the Bruins took the set after a service error.
UCLA moved to a 3-1 edge in set three only to see the Pioneers come back to even it up at 5-all. JT Hatch came off the bench to jump start the attack with a kill for a 9-7 UCLA lead. A block and a kill by Gyimah made it 11-7. Sacred Heart closed to 14-12 before the Bruins rattled off six straight points, the last coming on a block by Stahl and Hatch. Kills by Hatch, who had six in the set, and Gymiah ended the match.
Missry finished the match with three aces and five digs. Hessenauer had nine kills and a season-high three block assists. Stahl (.500) totaled six kills to go with three block assists and tallied an ace in his 13th straight match. Arnitz (.556) and Gyimah registered five kills each. Smith had 32 set assists, an ace and four digs. Davis Gillett recorded six digs. The Bruins out served the Pioneers, 6 to 2, and won the blocking battle by a count of 6.5 to 4.0.
UC SAN DIEGO 3, Concordia 1 (18-25, 29-27, 25-23, 25-22)
Recap by UCSD
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego rallied from having dropped the opening set to get past Concordia University Irvine, 3-1, in non-conference men's volleyball action Friday night at RIMAC Arena. Set scores were 18-25, 29-27, 25-23 and 25-22.
With a second straight home victory over a Division II foe, UC San Diego improved to 7-15 overall. Concordia, an independent and winner of seven straight heading in, fell to 16-8. The Eagles were coming off of a four-set triumph at No. 15 UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night. The Tritons had come back from a pair of one-set deficits to post a five-set triumph over the Eagles in this year's first meeting in Irvine back on Jan. 21, and thus swept the season series. CUI will join the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) next year, as UCSD departs the MPSF for the newly-formed Big West Conference, both as associate members.
Junior opposite and tri-captain Tanner Syftestad dropped 24 kills on Concordia, leading his team in that category remarkably for an 18th consecutive match. He in fact was one of three Tritons in double-figure kills, joined by senior middle blocker Shayne Beamer (13) and senior outside hitter and fellow tri-captain Ian Colbert (12). Junior setter Milosh Stojcic collected 52 assists.
UCSD out-blocked Concordia, 14.0-9.0, and out-hit the Eagles, .306-.250.
UCSD is off in the coming week for winter quarter final exams. The Tritons return to action at No. 9 Pepperdine on Thursday, March 30, and at No. 8 Stanford on Saturday, April 1, both at 7 p.m. The latter match will air on Pac-12 Bay Area.
PENN STATE 3, Cal Baptist 1 (26-24, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24)
Recap by CBU
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Taking a break from conference play, California Baptist University headed to the East Coast for five matches. The Lancers faced No. 13-ranked Penn State first and held their own, but fell in four (26-24, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24) Friday night.
Despite a cohesive effort, CBU drops to 3-17 on the year, while Penn State improves to 13-7.
Three Lancers finished in double-digit kills, led by Kevin Vaz with 15. Rohit Paul and Luis Palos each chipped in 10 kills.
The Lancers and Nittany Lions battled in the opening set, taking it to extra points.
Despite trailing by four late, 21-17, in the set, CBU put on a strong comeback effort and tied the frame at 22-22. The Lancers seemed determined to take over control and forced ties at 23-23 and 24-24, but Penn State managed to score back-to-back points to take the set 26-24.
The Nittany Lions carried that momentum over into the second set, grabbing a 25-16 victory to put some pressure on the Lancers heading into the third.
CBU came ready to battle and opened the set on a 2-0 spurt to take an early lead, that soon turned into a four-point cushion, 8-4. After Penn State had pulled within one, 5-4, Caleb Miller (five kills, three blocks) sparked a 3-0 run with a kill, before Vaz (three aces, four blocks) and Jackson Burge (three blocks) teamed up to block a Nittany Lion attempt at the net and the home team committed another error.
Penn State called a timeout to try to break up the Lancers' momentum and pulled within one once again, 8-7, but CBU was determined to not let the set get out of its hands. A Nittany Lion service error gave the Lancers a sideout point, before Vaz grabbed an ace and continued to serve as Burge picked up a solo stuff and Penn State conceded an error, 12-7.
It would get tight once again down the stretch, but the Lancers were determined to keep the match going. CBU reached set point first, 24-22, forcing Penn State to call its final timeout of the set. The Nittany Lions managed to stay alive briefly, but their service at the line was too long to give the Lancers the 25-23 set win.
CBU out-hit Penn State .346 to .273 in the third, hoping to carry that into the fourth and beyond.
The Nittany Lions opened on a 4-1 run, but a Penn State service error and a solo stuff from Palos (four blocks) put the Lancers within one, 4-3. CBU continued to keep it close and chip away at the deficit until it tied the set at 11-11, before taking the lead.
Trailing 11-8, Philip Schick sparked a 6-0 spurt with three points – two kills and a combo block with Cody Jackson – while Vaz (ace) and Palos (kill) also got in on the scoring to put the Lancers in front 13-11 and force a Penn State timeout.
Penn State fought back and took back its lead, 18-17. CBU wasn't going to throw in the towel that easily and evened the score in the next play off a Palos kill. Jackson followed with a powerful ace to put his team back in front.
It came down to the wire once again, but Penn State wouldn't let CBU force five, taking the set 26-24 to win the match.
The Lancers continue their East Coast swing with a match at Saint Francis Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Pacific.