Four Cougar Attackers Get 10+ Kills in No. 3 BYU's Win at No. 13 Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawai'i - Now one match closer to hosting the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoffs and possibly throughout, the No. 3 BYU men's volleyball team (20-4, 15-4) beat No. 13 Hawaii (10-14, 7-12) Thursday in the first of two matches at the Stan Sheriff Center in four sets (30-26, 30-28, 24-30, 30-27).
The Cougars as a team hit .247 on the night and were led by senior Ivan Perez' 15 kills. Trent Sorenson, Russell Holmes, and Jonathan Charette each had 10 kills apiece on the night as well as setter Reed Chilton spread the wealth evenly to his attackers. The Warriors, on the other hand, was led by Joshua Walker's match leading 29 kills and had no other hitters in double figures.
"Our middles were very good," BYU head coach Shawn Patchell said. "We were able to get the ball to them well, and they only had two erros apiece. Andrew Stewart also came off the bench and hit well. Joel Silva also had a career-high 21 digs in a four game match to lead us defensively. Those guys really picked us up tonight."
BYU led early and throughout the first set and came from behind to win the second set. Hawaii controlled the third set, and the fourth was tight to the wire. The score was tied at 24-24 in the fourth, but Chilton set four different Cougars for five of the last six points as BYU earned the win.
Entering the night, CS Northridge, Long Beach State and BYU all had four conference losses. CSUN holds the tiebreaker over LBS, LBS holds the tiebreaker over BYU, and BYU holds the tiebreaker over CSUN. CSUN and LBS will face each other in the last match of the season. The team with the best conference record will host throughout the MPSF playoffs.
BYU and Hawaii will face off again Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center at 7 p.m. HT as the Cougars continue their campaign towards hosting postseason matches at the Smith Fieldhouse.
Article courtesy of BYU athletics.