MPSF Volleyball Results, Apr. 5

Brenden Sander, BYU (Photo courtesy BYU)
Brenden Sander, BYU (Photo courtesy BYU)
April 5, 2018

BYU 3, at Pepperdine 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-14)

Recap by BYU

MALIBU, Calif. -- No. 2 BYU men's volleyball clinched the MPSF regular-season title outright with its sweep (25-20, 25-17, 25-14) of Pepperdine Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

"This was an impressive team performance tonight," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "We served tough and kept Pepperdine out of system. I'm proud of our focus from start to finish."

Brenden Sander led the Cougars with 11 kills on a .429 clip. Leo Durkin set the team with 27 assists while Cyrus Fa'alogo provided four digs and six kills on a .545 clip. Felipe de Brito Ferreira collected six blocks and five kills while Wil Stanley contributed a career-high four aces in the win.

Pepperdine (14-7, 7-4 MPSF) got off to a 3-1 lead in the first set against BYU (20-5, 10-1 MPSF) after consecutive aces. A 5-2 Cougar run then evened things at 8-8. The Waves followed by scoring three-straight points, capped off by a block, to go ahead 13-10, forcing a timeout by BYU. With Sander at the service line, the Cougars rattled off eight-consecutive points to take an 18-13 lead as Pepperdine used both timeouts along the way. The Waves then got back within a pair at 20-18, but a pair of Sander kills sealed the set victory for BYU, 25-20.

A block and kill from Ferreira helped the Cougars take a 7-5 advantage to start off the second set. A Gabi Garcia Fernandez ace made it 11-7, and a Sander kill extended the lead to six, 15-9. BYU stayed in front at 21-13 after a Price Jarman kill before taking the set 25-17 on a Fa'alogo ace.

The third set began with the two teams staying within a point of each other until kills by Fa'alogo and Sander and an ace gave the Cougars the edge, 9-6. BYU won a lengthy rally to stay up 15-10, and back-to-back Fernandez aces made it 18-11, forcing a timeout from Pepperdine. BYU cruised through the end of the set, winning the match on three-straight aces from Wil Stanley, 25-14.

The Cougars stay on the road for their final regular-season match at UCLA Saturday, April 7, at 7 p.m. PDT. The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network. Links to a video stream and live stats can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.

at UCLA 3, Stanford 1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-22, 25-15)

Recap by UCLA

The No. 5-ranked UCLA men's volleyball improved its home court record to 15-1 this season with a four-set win over Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match played on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 25-15, 20-25, 25-22, 25-15. UCLA improved its overall record to 21-6 and is now 8-3 in MPSF play. The Bruins will conclude the regular season on Saturday night in Pauley with a 7 p.m. MPSF match against No. 2-ranked BYU. The five Bruins seniors will be honored before the match.

In set one, UCLA utilized a 3-0 run to take a 7-3 lead over the Cardinal with Jake Arnitz supplying the heavy hitting. A Dylan Missry kill made it 13-7. The Bruins kept rolling and took a 22-14 lead after a Daenan Gyimah kill. An ace by Missry made it 23-14 and another ace from Gyimah ended the set at 25-15. UCLA hit .586 in the opening frame and Gyimah was credited with seven kills.

Set two was tied at points 4 through 7. An Oliver Martin swing put UCLA in the lead at 8-7. A block by Micah Ma'a extended the Bruin advantage to 12-8. The Cardinal then got hot and rallied to pull even at 14-all. Christian Hessenauer's kill tied the score at 16, but Stanford registered the next four points for a 16-20 lead. Another Martin kill reduced the deficit to 17-20, but the Cardinal went on to take the set at 20-25.

In set three, UCLA separated first at 11-9 on a kill by Missry. Stanford came back to even the score at 11 and then again at 13. A back row attack from Arnitz broke the deadlock and started a 4-0 run for UCLA which resulted in a 17-13 margin. Stanford cut the gap to 19-17, but UCLA answered with a kill by Hessenauer. The Cardinal came back again to slice the deficit to 23-22. The Bruin block then mobilized as Sam Kobrine and Gyimah put a ball down for a 24-22 edge and Hessenauer/Arnitz/Gyimah followed with another wall for a 25-22 win.

UCLA grabbed a 6-4 lead in set four after a Martin/Ma'a block. The Bruins owned an 11-7 lead after a block by Missry/Gyimah/Hessenauer. Another block by Arnitz/Martin made it 18-11. A Martin kill produced a 21-13 margin and the Bruins earned the victory on an Arnitz/Gyimah block at 25-15. UCLA hit .909 for the set with 10 kills on 11 swings.

Gyimah led the way for UCLA with 15 kills and hit .636 in the win. Christian Hessenauer added 14 kills (.385). The Bruins outhit Stanford .412 to .208. It marked the 11th match this season in which the Bruins had hit at least .400. The Bruins also owned the nets with a 9.0 to 3.0 team blocking edge and out aced the Cardinal five to three.

BYU (10-1) defeated Pepperdine (7-4) in straight sets on Thursday to secure the No. 1 seed into next week's MPSF Tournament. The result means the Bruins will host an MPSF quarterfinal match on Saturday, April 14 against an opponent to be determined and the Cougars will serve as the hosts for the semifinal round and championship match on Apr. 19 and 21. The NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced on April 22.