Blocking Key to Cougar Sweep Over Pacifc

Senior Chris Gorny was one of four Cougars to record eight kills in BYU's win over Pacific on Saturday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- After sweeping the Tigers the night before, the fourth-ranked men's volleyball team blocked 12th-ranked Pacific 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-27) in a match lasting only an hour and a half. The Cougars move ahead 7-3 overall (5-1 MPSF), while the Tigers drop 3-9 (2-6 MPSF).

With the win, BYU extends its winning streak to six and overall record over Pacific to 13-4 and 9-0 at home. The Cougars had the advantage over the Tigers, with 10 blocks to four and hitting .386 to Pacific's .196 percentage.

BYU only had one player in double-digit kills, but the team spread the offense around with four players recording eight kills each.

"Offensively we ran some nice plays, and we were able to take advantage of their [Pacific's] inexperienced blockers," head coach Tom Peterson said.

Leading the Cougars was All-American Jonathan Alleman with 11 kills, hitting .562 and committing only two errors. Alleman recorded five kills in game one, hitting a strong .714 percentage and committing no errors. He also led the team with five digs and 11.5 points for the night.

Chris Gorny, Joe Hillman, Fernando Pessoa and Victor Batista contributed eight kills apiece, while Gorny and Hillman controlled the net with 8 and 5 blocks respectively.

Peterson attributes BYU's improvement in the last few matches to the strong play from the middle position, filled by Chris Gorny, who has returned from injury, and newcomer Victor Batista.

"I think players coming back from injuries have helped," Peterson said. "The players we had in the middle before lacked the experience the players in there now."

In game one, the Cougars came out strong offensively, with help from Batista and Alleman to take the lead, 8-5. A solo block by Gorny, one of BYU's 10 blocks on the night, gave BYU a lift 12-7 and Hillman pounded a kill to increase the lead to 14-8. The Cougars did not let down, keeping the lead for the entire game. Pacific rallied back from 29-25 with two consecutive points, but a Tiger service error ended game one at 30-27.

The second game looked positive for the Cougars, as Gorny blasted two back-to-back kills and an assisted block with Hillman. A service error by the Tigers helped BYU to a 12-9 lead, but a kill by Pacific's Mauricio Brizuela again brought the Tigers within three, 15-12. The Cougars then went on a 6-0 scoring run, making it hard for Pacific to come back from 21-15. Batista finished off game one with a kill, 30-22.

In the final game of the match, Pacific took an early lead, but surrendered the momentum when BYU grabbed the lead at 8-7. A few points later, Hillman and Gorny combined for another block over the Tigers, and Hillman came back with a kill to make it 12-8. Alleman recorded three kills, giving the Cougars a significant lead at 17-11.

Peterson then rotated players off the bench, who contributed to the lead. Sophomore Taylor Evans added four kills to the BYU offense in the last game, helping the Cougars close the weekend with a sweep over Pacific. Brian Zudrow led the Tigers with 11 kills and also adding three assists and three digs.

After a week off, BYU is back in action during Feb. 20-21 against currently ranked No.7 Stanford at home, starting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night.

For detailed box score, click the pdf link above.

Volleyball Box Score

2004 BYU Men's Volleyball Stats

Pacific vs BRIGHAM YOUNG (Feb 07, 2004 at Brigham Young Univ.)

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

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

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6 ZODROW, Brian....... 3| 11 10 28 .036| 3| 0 3| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 11.0

8 EDWARDS, Brian...... 3| 2 0 2 1.000| 17| 0 2| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 2.0

9 ADAMSON, Brian...... 1| 1 1 5 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 1.0

13 DAUBURS, Nils....... 3| 9 4 20 .250| 1| 0 5| 0| 3| 2 0 1| 0| 11.0

14 CANTANIA, Adam...... 1| 0 0 3 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

18 RODGERS, Sean....... 3| 5 1 9 .444| 2| 0 4| 0| 0| 1 1 0| 0| 6.5

1 GAWLIK, Mike........ 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

2 HAZELETT, Mitch..... 3| 1 0 2 .500| 16| 0 1| 0| 2| 0 1 0| 0| 1.5

3 BRIZUELA, Mauricio.. 3| 6 3 14 .214| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 6.0

7 ALEXANDER, Brad..... 3| 2 2 5 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 1| 0| 2.0

10 HAMMER, Dan......... 1| 0 0 1 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

11 METZ, Bryson........ 1| 2 0 3 .667| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 2.0

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Totals.............. 3| 39 21 92 .196| 39| 0 19| 1| 13| 3 2 2| 0| 43.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 4.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 14 5 35 .257 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 15 8 32 .219 Pacific............. 27 22 27 3-9, 2-6MPSF

3 10 8 25 .080 BRIGHAM YOUNG....... 30 30 30 7-3, 5-1MPSF

BRIGHAM YOUNG | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

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

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5 MORENO, Carlos...... 3| 2 1 3 .333| 41| 1 4| 0| 4| 0 2 0| 1| 4.0

7 GORNY, Chris........ 3| 8 1 15 .467| 0| 0 3| 0| 0| 2 6 0| 1| 13.0

11 HILLMAN, Joe........ 3| 8 4 17 .235| 2| 0 1| 0| 2| 1 4 1| 0| 11.0

12 ALLEMAN, Jonathan... 3| 11 2 16 .562| 0| 0 2| 0| 5| 0 1 0| 0| 11.5

17 PESSOA, Fernando.... 3| 8 4 13 .308| 0| 0 3| 0| 3| 0 0 2| 0| 8.0

18 BATISTA, Victor..... 3| 8 3 12 .417| 1| 0 1| 0| 3| 0 1 1| 0| 8.5

2 RANGEL, Steffin..... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

10 CARPENTER, Cory..... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

14 NEILSON, Rob........ 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

15 OLMSTEAD, Shawn..... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

20 EVANS, TAYLOR....... 3| 4 2 7 .286| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 4.0

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Totals.............. 3| 49 17 83 .386| 46| 1 17| 0| 20| 3 14 4| 2| 60.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 15 5 28 .357 Site: Brigham Young Univ. (Smith Fieldhouse)

2 15 5 24 .417 Date: Feb 07, 2004 Attend: 2074 Time: 1 H 30 M

3 19 7 31 .387 Referees: LES CALLES, TOM GIVEN

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