Action Resumes With Win Over Tritons

Sophomore middle blocker Russell Lavaja had 11 kills in BYU's win over UC San Diego on Friday (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LA JOLLA -- Playing in its first match in nearly two weeks, the No. 5 BYU men’s volleyball team secured a 3-1 victory (26-30, 32-30, 30-28, 30-27) over No. 14 UC San Diego Friday night.

With the win the Cougars improve to 8-4 on the season and 6-3 against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponents.

BYU was led by sophomore opposite Robb Stowell and his match-leading 22 kills. He also added a career-high 20 digs. Other Cougars recording double-digit kills were Andrew Stewart with 18, Futi Tavana with 12 and Russell Lavaja and Kevin Sagers adding 11 apiece. Friday marks the first match this season the Cougars have had five players with 10 kills or more.

Setter Reed Chilton’s 72 assists mark a new career high and are the most by a Cougar this season.

The Tritons led the entire first set on way to a 30-26 win. BYU managed to close in at 27-26 after a kill from Stowell and UCSD attack error, but was unable to pull ahead.

Set two started with kills from Lavaja, Tavana and Joe Kauliakamoa as the Cougars took an 8-5 lead. The Tritons knotted the score at 15-15, and again eight more times before the end of the set. A kill by Stowell put BYU up 31-30, but it was a solo block from Chilton that won the set and tied the match.

The third set was even more competitive than the first two as each team matched point-for-point, seeing 23 tied scores. Neither team gained more than a one-point advantage until a kill from Stewart and timely UCSD attack error put the Cougars up 12-10. The Tritons took a two-point lead of their own at 18-16, but Stewart’s back-to-back kills tied things up 18-18. The set ended like it started with back-and-forth scoring. Stowell recorded his 20th kill of the night to bring up set point. He and Lavaja combined for a block to seal the win.

Momentum continued in the Cougars’ favor as they took an early 5-1 lead to start the fourth set. Sagers and Stowell each recorded a pair of kills to put BYU ahead 18-12. The Tritons battled back from a seven-point deficit to cut the Cougars’ lead to one point several times late in the set. Attack errors plagued both teams down the stretch, but it was two successful attempts by Tavana that clinched the 30-27 victory and overall win for BYU.

The Cougars and Tritons meet again on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT for the second of this two-match series.

Volleyball Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

#5 BYU vs #14 UC San Diego (Feb 19, 2010 at La Jolla, Calif.)

BYU | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name SP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS

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3 CHILTON, Reed....... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 72| 1 3| 0| 7| 1 1 0| 0| 2.5

5 LAVAJA, Russell..... 4| 11 2 15 .600| 0| 0 6| 0| 3| 0 6 0| 0| 14.0

8 KAULIAKAMOA, Joe.... 3| 6 5 15 .067| 0| 0 0| 3| 3| 1 2 0| 0| 8.0

13 STOWELL, Robb....... 4| 22 4 43 .419| 0| 0 4| 0| 20| 0 4 1| 1| 24.0

15 STEWART, Andrew..... 4| 18 8 45 .222| 1| 1 1| 0| 4| 0 2 0| 0| 20.0

17 TAVANA, Futi........ 4| 12 2 16 .625| 1| 2 3| 0| 2| 0 2 1| 0| 15.0

1 TUTTLE, Kent........ 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 0.5

4 SILVA, Joel......... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 3| 0 0| 0| 15| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

7 ROBINSON, Jeff...... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

9 SOUZA, Otavio....... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

11 SAGERS, Kevin....... 2| 11 4 17 .412| 0| 0 3| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0| 11.0

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

18 HIAPO, BJ........... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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Totals.............. 4| 80 25 151 .364| 78| 4 22| 3| 56| 2 18 2| 1| 95.0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 11.0

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 18 10 38 .211 17-29 58% SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS

2 21 5 34 .471 22-31 70% BYU................. (3) 26 32 30 30 8-4, 6-3 MPSF

3 21 5 38 .421 23-28 82% UC San Diego........ (1) 30 30 28 27 4-10, 1-8 MPSF

4 20 5 41 .366 21-28 75%

UC San Diego | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name SP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS

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6 DAVIDSON, Joel...... 4| 18 5 40 .325| 0| 1 4| 3| 5| 0 1 0| 0| 19.5

8 BANNAN, Phil........ 4| 2 1 5 .200| 44| 2 4| 0| 5| 1 1 0| 0| 5.5

11 GUTHALS, Adrian..... 2| 5 3 10 .200| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 5.5

12 SPANGLER, Jason..... 4| 14 3 35 .314| 1| 0 3| 1| 7| 0 2 0| 0| 15.0

13 FRITSCH, Frank...... 3| 5 5 26 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 5| 0 1 1| 0| 5.5

24 KIANI, Cyrus........ 4| 12 1 24 .458| 0| 0 1| 0| 2| 1 3 0| 0| 14.5

1 SIMON, Alex......... 2| 2 2 9 .000| 1| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 3 0| 0| 3.5

4 KABAN, Andrew....... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 13| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

5 FRISHMAN, Chase..... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

10 SIERKS, Erik........ 1| 0 0 0 .000| 9| 0 0| 0| 1| 1 0 0| 0| 1.0

16 ROSS, Calvin........ 3| 5 0 10 .500| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 3 0| 0| 6.5

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Totals.............. 4| 63 20 159 .270| 56| 3 14| 4| 39| 3 15 1| 0| 76.5

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.5

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 14 5 36 .250 18-27 66% Site: La Jolla, Calif. (RIMAC Arena)

2 20 5 44 .341 21-31 67% Date: Feb 19, 2010 Attend: 229 Time: 2:16

3 14 4 39 .256 23-31 74% Referees: Patsy Malta, Tom Saunders

4 15 6 40 .225 20-29 68%

1 2 3 4 Total

Tie scores 0 12 24 0 36

Lead changes 0 4 7 0 11

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