No. 3 BYU Sweeps No. 13 Hawai'i
Honolulu, Hawai'i - With an overall record of 21-4 and a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record of 16-4, the No. 3 BYU men's volleyball team earned its 249th MPSF victory in school history in a three-set sweep (31-29, 30-19, 30-24) over No. 13 Hawaii (10-15, 7-13) Friday in Honolulu.
Senior Jonathan Charette led all attackers with 11 kills on the night, but fellow-senior Trent Sorensen racked up 10 kills hitting .562 with a service ace, two digs, and six blocks. After allowing Hawaii standout Joshua Walker to knock down 29 kills in Thursday's match, BYU held him to 10 kills on 42 swings with 10 errors and a .000 attack percentage in Friday's sweep. In total, The Cougars held the Warriors to a .102 attack percentage on the night, the lowest the blue and white have allowed all season.
"Joel Silva had a nice weekend," BYU head coach Shawn Patchell said when asked about the matches' highlights. "He had 36 digs on the weekend, and 15 in a three set match is great. Our middles were great, both hitting high percentages and keeping the ball in play. Yamil Perez also came in off the bench and brought some great energy for us tonight as well."
The first set saw 11 ties and four lead changes between the Warriors and Cougars. BYU was down late in the set, but came from behind to take the set 31-29. The second set was all BYU as the Cougars held Hawaii to a .043 attack percentage in the set and won 30-19. It was more of the same in the deciding set. BYU hit .344 in the third set and won 30-24.
In the race to host throughout the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoffs, CS Northridge is still tied with BYU with a 16-4 MPSF record after beating UCLA at Pauley Pavilion in three sets Friday night. Long Beach State is also still only a half game back with a 15-4 MPSF record after beating Pacific on the road. BYU holds the tiebreak over CSUN, and LBS holds the tiebreak over BYU. CSUN already beat and LBS once earlier this season, and the two will face each other in the final match of the season.
USC will come to Provo next weekend as the Cougars will close out the regular season at home in two matches against the Trojans Friday and Saturday in the Smith Fieldhouse. Start times are set for 7 p.m. each night, and the doors for each event will open at 5:30 p.m.
Article courtesy of BYU athletics.