MPSF Volleyball Results, Mar. 24

Jake Langlois, BYU (Photo courtesy BYU)
March 24, 2017

USC 3, Concordia 0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-19)

Recap by USC

LOS ANGELES--Gianluca Grasso had 20 kills while hitting .455 and he added 8 digs to lead the No. 12-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 non-conference sweep over Concordia on Friday (March 24) in USC's Galen Center Pavilion.

USC won its season-best fifth consecutive match to improve to 11-12 overall, while Concordia fell to 17-10 on the year.

Lucas Lossone added 14 kills (hitting .500) for the Trojans, while Matt Douglas had 9 digs.

For Concordia, Jonathon Predney had 11 kills and 9 digs.

USC hit .357 in the match to Concordia's .237.

USC went on a 9-point run early in the first set to forge a 13-4 lead before Concordia slowly crept back, but the Eagles were unable to catch up as Troy hit .400. Concordia used a 4-0 run to go up 15-11 in the second set, but USC knotted it at 20-20 and then scored the set's final 2 points, punctuated by a set-ending ace by Woody Cook. The Trojans scored 3 straight points to build a 12-9 lead in the final set, all the edge they needed to close out the match while hitting .379.

For the sixth consecutive match, USC rested its top hitter, Lucas Yoder, who has an abdominal strain.

USC now hosts an exhibition match against a Trojan alumni team on Saturday (March 25) at 4 p.m. PT in the Galen Center Pavilion, then returns to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play next week when it welcomes crosstown rival No. 6 UCLA to the Galen Center on March 29 at 7 p.m. PT.

Cal Baptist 3, BELMONT ABBEY 0 (25-22, 25-20, 29-27)

Recap by CBU

BELMONT, N.C. -- With its third-straight three-set sweep California Baptist University comes back to California with some momentum. The Lancers defeated Belmont Abbey 25-22, 25-20, 29-27 for the 3-0 victory Friday night.

CBU improves to 6-18 as it returns to conference action next week. The Crusaders drop to 4-16 on the year with the loss.

Kevin Vaz and Rohit Paul led the Lancers with nine kills each, while Enrique de Diego Garcia chipped in seven kills, committing just one error. Vaz also posted six blocks defensively, while Emmett Enriques had a game-high 11 digs.

Belmont Abbey opened the set with a 4-0 run, but it wasn't long before the Lancers caught their rhythm. CBU battled back to one, 5-4, off a combination stuff from Vaz and Caleb Miller, but the Crusaders jumped back in front 8-4.

After exchanging points with The Abbey, CBU exploded off on a 7-0 run to take over the lead, 12-9. The Lancers' block came to life in that span with Philip Schick and Vaz combining on two stuffs and a Schick/Paul team up put CBU in front 12-9.

The Crusaders tried to regain the lead, pulling within one (22-21) but CBU wasn't having it as Vaz and Miller sealed the 25-22 set win with a combo block.

CBU carried momentum into the second set and took an early 4-1 lead. Garcia gave the Lancers the first two kills of the set, before an attack error and a Paul/Miller block put CBU in the lead by three points.

The Lancers soon doubled their three-point lead into a six-point cushion off back-to-back Vaz and Garcia kills, a Schick ace, and another Garcia kill up the middle, 11-5.

Belmont Abbey climbed back to a three-point deficit, 19-16, but consecutive kills from Garcia and Vaz forced a Crusader timeout. An attack error from the Crusaders kept momentum in CBU's favor, 22-16, out of the break.

The Abbey tried to rally back, 23-20, but Miller smacked down a kill from the middle and a Crusader mishap gave CBU the 25-20 set win to hold a 2-0 lead in the match.

Things got interesting in the third as Belmont Abbey battled from behind 24-21 to jump in front 25-24, its first set-point situation of the night.

CBU was determined not to let the match go into a fourth set and tied things back up 25-25 on a Luis Palos kill. Palos then sealed the 29-27 win for the three-set sweep with an ace.

The Lancers return home and to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action, hosting No. 15-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m.

*BYU 3, Long Beach State 2 (20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 17-15)

Recap by BYU

PROVO, Utah -- No. 3 BYU men's volleyball upset No. 1 Long Beach State in five sets (20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 17-15) Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse to overtake first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings. "I thought we got a little too carried away by every move and every fake," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "We reminded the guys of the game plan. Once we started doing that, we were getting good touches. I'm proud of the way we competed through all five sets." Price Jarman led the Cougars (21-2, 14-1 MPSF) with a .750 clip while Jake Langlois recorded a season-high 20 kills to go with 10 digs. Brenden Sander contributed 13 kills and a season-high six blocks while Tim Dobbert added 12 kills and career-highs in digs (16) and aces (3). Freshman Wil Stanley earned a career-high 36 assists as well. The fifth and final set came down to the final few plays, as did the other sets. After building an early 5-2 lead on three-consecutive Long Beach State (21-3, 14-2 MPSF) errors, the Cougars overcame eight ties to win the match 17-15 on a Langlois kill. Long Beach State took command in the beginning of the first set, earning an early 11-7 lead - although 49er service errors kept BYU close behind. The Cougars fought back on a 6-2 run to trail by one, 16-15, after three kills from Dobbert and an ace from Langlois. The 49ers responded forcefully to take the first set by five points, 25-20. The teams battled back and forth to open the second set, tying six times. BYU remained within one point until Long Beach State pulled ahead, 11-7 after consecutive blocks. The Cougars capitalized on more 49er service errors and two more kills from Langlois to even the score, 17-17. BYU took its first lead of the night, 21-20, on an ace from Dobbert. Stanley buried an ace for a set point, 25-24, before a Long Beach State error sealed the win for the Cougars, 26-24. BYU and Long Beach State remained neck-and-neck in the third set until the Cougars pulled away from a 12-12 tie. They built a six-point 18-12 advantage on a Jarman kill before the 49ers whittled the lead down to three twice, at 18-15 and 19-16. Kills from Jarman, Dobbert and Langlois propelled BYU to a 25-20 win. In a set of 16 ties and three lead changes, the hard-fought battle continued through the fourth set. Both teams attacked impressively as Long Beach State recorded a .387 hitting percentage and BYU a .333. A Stanley kill evened the score at 6-all, and a Langlois kill put BYU ahead 15-13 in the close set. The 49ers kept their composure after a 19-19 tie before taking the set 25-21 on a Cougar attack error, sending the match to the decisive fifth set. The Cougars and 49ers will next play again tomorrow night at 8 p.m. MDT. The match will be broadcast live on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143.

*HAWAII 3, Csun 0 (25-18, 25-23, 26-24)

Recap by UH

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team extended its home win streak to a new program-record 20 matches following a straight-set victory over 14th-ranked CSUN Friday in the first of two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-18, 25-23, 26-24.

The teams play again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Following the match, Kupono Fey, Jennings Franciskovic, Hendrik Mol, and Iain McKellar will be honored during the traditional Senior Night ceremony.

The Rainbow Warriors (21-4, 11-4 MPSF) rebounded from a pair of losses last week to extend their MPSF home win streak to 12 while also extending their set win streak at home to 23 with their seventh consecutive 3-0 win.

Opposite Stijn van Tilburg led the Warriors with 13 kills, hitting .500, with five digs, and four blocks. Fey added 10 kills while Mol tallied seven kills and three blocks. Franciskovic dished out 35 assists and led UH to a team hitting percentage of .421. As a team, the Warriors finished with 9.5 team blocks, including five by freshman middle Patrick Gasman.

CSUN (12-13, 5-11) was led by Arvis Greene's 17 kills.

In the first set, the Warriors led 9-6 after three quick blocks and extended their lead to 18-13 after scoring three unanswered. UH ran away with the set as Mol and Fey each posted four kills while the Warriors hit .346 as a team.

UH led 16-10 in Set 2 after van Tilburg's solo stuff block. The Matadors inched back to 20-19 with a 6-2 run that forced UH head coach Charlie Wade to call his first timeout. The Warriors made it 23-20 after van Tilburg's ninth kill - sixth in the set - and a Gasman-Fey double-block but the Matadors responded with two points of their own. UH finished the set with kills by Fey and Gasman to end it.

Set 3 began with both teams siding out. The Warriors grabbed a 15-12 lead and made it 20-17 following an ace by van Tilburg. But CSUN rallied with four straight to take a 23-22 lead. UH erased one set point and scored the final three points including a double-block by van Tilburg and Mol on match point.