Jake Langlois, BYU (Photo courtesy BYU)
April 6, 2017
*Byu 3, UCSB 1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15)
Recap by BYU
GOLETA, Calif. - Jake Langloisand No. 3 BYU men's volleyball rallied past UC Santa Barbara in four sets (24-26, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15) Thursday night at Robertson Gymnasium.
"I'm proud of the way we stayed composed throughout the match after losing that first set," BYU head coachShawn Olmsteadsaid. "We put a tremendous amount of pressure on UC Santa Barbara from the service line and that helped our defense get some good touches. Our pin hitters did a great job offensively for us tonight."
Langlois led the Cougars with 13 kills with a .500 clip to go along with three aces.Leo Durkinset the team with 41 assists whileErik Sikescontributed five digs.Joseph Grosh,Price JarmanandBrenden Sandereach had five blocks. Jarman and Sander each collected nine and eight kills, respectively. Additionally, Sander's four aces tied his career high.
As a team, the Cougars (22-3, 15-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) collected 13 aces - most of the season and third-most all-time in BYU rally-scoring era history.
Langlois got things started off for BYU in the first set with an ace. The Cougars led by as many as four early, but UC Santa Barbara (10-15, 5-12 MPSF) kept things competitive, evening the score at 12-all following an ace. A Groshkill maintained the BYU advantage at 18-16, and a Langlois kill gave the Cougars set point at 24-21. The Gauchos scored four-straight points, however, to claim their first set point. A final UC Santa Barbara kill sealed the comeback win 26-24.
The Gauchos got off to a strong 5-3 lead in the second set. Aces from Durkin and Langlois then helped BYU on a 6-1 run to take a 9-6 edge. After a timeout, UC Santa Barbara scored six of the next eight points to go back up 12-11. Multiple Langlois kills kept the Cougars in the set, ahead 17-16. ATim Dobbertkill gave BYU set point at 24-22, and a Langlois kill ended the set for the Cougars 25-23.
The Gauchos came out on a tear in the third set, going up 4-0 early. BYU stormed back on a 4-1 run, capped off by a Sander, Jarmanand Durkin block, to tie the set at 5-5. A Langlois kill put the Cougars ahead 11-8, and a Sander and Jarman block extended the advantage to four at 16-12. Another block, this time from Grosh and Durkin, put BYU up 22-15, forcing a timeout from UC Santa Barbara. ABen Patch, Langlois and Grosh block then won the set 25-16 for the Cougars, putting them up 2-1 for the match.
The fourth set began with a slew of service errors on both sides, resulting in a 6-5 BYU lead. A Langlois kill extended the advantage to six, 11-5, before a Grosh ace made it 17-9. The Cougars continued to cruise from there, taking the set 25-15 on a Gaucho attack error.
BYU will face off against UC Santa Barabara for a second time Friday, April 7, at 5 p.m. PDT, at the Thunderdome for the Gauchos' Senior Night. Live stats and a video stream will be available. Links can be found onthe BYU men's volleyball schedule page.
*USC 3, Cal Baptist 1 (25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22)
Recap by USC
LOS ANGELES--Seniors Lucas Yoder had 17 kills and Andy Benesh had 13 kills while hitting .722 and added 6 blocks as the No. 11-ranked USC men's volleyball team clinched the eighth and final spot into next week's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament with a 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22 win over Cal Baptist in an MPSF match on Thursday (April 6) in USC's Galen Center.
USC evened its overall record to 13-13 and moved to 7-10 in the MPSF, while Cal Baptist fell to 7-19 overall and 2-15 in league play.
The teams meet again on Saturday (April 8) at 7 p.m. PT in Riverside in the MPSF regular season finale for both squads.
The match was the final Galen Center appearance for USC's 5 seniors: Yoder, Benesh, Christopher Orenic, Vinnie Rios and Michael Mullahey. Former USC men's head coach and current Wake Forest women's head coach Bill Ferguson, who recruited the seniors to USC, was in attendance for the post-match Senior Night ceremony.
USC hit .330 overall to Cal Baptist's .316 and the Trojans served 4 aces, but the Lancers had more blocks (10.0 to 8.0).
Gianluca Grasso added 12 kills for Troy, while Lucas Lossone had 9 kills and Rios had 7 digs.
Luis Palos led CBU with 18 kills while hitting .536 and he had 4 blocks, Enrique Garcia had 10 kills (hitting .471), Caleb Miller had 4 blocks and both Rohit Paul and Emmett Enriques had 7 digs.
USC went on a 3-0 run in the first set to go up 11-9 and steadily pulled away while hitting .600. The Trojans scored the first 3 points of the second set, and 7 of the first 8, and the Lancers were unable to catch up as Troy posted 4.0 blocks. Cal Baptist scored 6 of 7 points to build a 13-8 lead in the third set and then held a 23-17 lead, but USC pulled to within 23-22 before the Lancers finished out the set while hitting .387 and getting 13 digs. In the fourth set, USC scored 5 consecutive points to move out to a 17-12 lead, all the edge it needed to hold off the Lancers and clinch an MPSF tourney berth as senior Orenic scored the match's final point.