Brooms Come Out, Cougars Sweep Tritons

Sophomore middle blocker Futi Tavana had 10 blocks as the Cougars swept UC San Diego Saturday night (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LA JOLLA -- The No. 5 BYU men’s volleyball team completed a weekend sweep of No. 14 UC San Diego with a 30-27, 30-23, 30-25 victory Saturday night.

With the win the Cougars improve to 9-4 on the season and 7-3 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, tying with Pepperdine for first-place in the conference standings.

"Every match is as important as the next," said BYU head coach Shawn Patchell. "These were two huge matches for us to sweep, especially on the road. UC San Diego is a very, very good team and we're off to a good start after our bye week."

Senior outside hitter Andrew Stewart led all players with 14 kills, hitting .619 on the night. He also added 10 digs, marking his fifth double-double this season. Junior Kevin Sagers recorded 11 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Futi Tavana’s 10 blocks helped BYU out-block the Titans 14-to-4.

"Futi blocked really well tonight," said Patchell. "That was something we talked about after last night's match. He's very coachable and responded well."

The competition picked up where it left off on Friday, with even play by both teams. With 18 tied scores and four lead changes in the first set alone, the Cougars recorded 18 kills compared to UCSD’s 12.

Set two saw BYU jump out to an 11-6 lead with kills from Stewart, Sagers, Kent Tuttle and Russell Lavaja. Despite several BYU service errors and back-to-back UCSD aces, the Cougars built a five-point lead at 23-18. Three Titan mistakes from the service line down the stretch favored BYU as Sagers and Stewart knocked down kills to claim the second set 30-23.

Tavana’s kill and service ace early in the third set sparked a four-point BYU run. Stewart had consecutive kills to put the Cougars up 9-4, while Tavana continued to produce points for BYU, including a kill and solo bock at 15-7. The middle blocker started another 4-0 Cougar run late in the set, capped by an ace from Yamil Perez. Tuttle’s eighth kill of the night clinched the 30-25 win and overall victory.

The Cougars will travel for a weekend series against Hawaii on Feb. 26-27 for the final two matches of their four-week road trip.

Volleyball Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

#5 BYU vs #14 UC San Diego (Feb 20, 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....... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 13| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 1 0| 0| 0.5

5 LAVAJA, Russell..... 3| 6 3 12 .250| 1| 1 5| 0| 1| 0 3 1| 0| 8.5

11 SAGERS, Kevin....... 3| 11 4 18 .389| 0| 0 3| 1| 1| 0 2 0| 0| 12.0

13 STOWELL, Robb....... 1| 2 4 11 -.182| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 2.0

15 STEWART, Andrew..... 3| 14 1 21 .619| 0| 1 0| 1| 10| 0 2 0| 0| 16.0

17 TAVANA, Futi........ 3| 6 2 11 .364| 0| 1 3| 0| 4| 3 7 1| 0| 13.5

1 TUTTLE, Kent........ 3| 8 2 15 .400| 0| 0 2| 0| 6| 0 3 0| 0| 9.5

4 SILVA, Joel......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 3| 8| 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

8 KAULIAKAMOA, Joe.... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

10 TAYLOR, Mat......... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 3| 0 0 0 .000| 32| 1 2| 0| 2| 0 4 0| 0| 3.0

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Totals.............. 3| 47 16 88 .352| 47| 4 17| 6| 35| 3 22 2| 0| 65.0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 14.0

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 18 8 35 .286 22-28 78% SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 15 1 20 .700 20-23 86% BYU................. (3) 30 30 30 9-4, 7-3 MPSF

3 14 7 33 .212 17-26 65% UC San Diego........ (0) 27 23 25 4-11, 1-9 MPSF

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...... 2| 1 2 8 -.125| 0| 0 2| 0| 2| 0 1 0| 0| 1.5

8 BANNAN, Phil........ 3| 0 0 0 .000| 33| 0 5| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

11 GUTHALS, Adrian..... 3| 6 2 10 .400| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 1 1| 0| 6.5

12 SPANGLER, Jason..... 3| 10 8 24 .083| 0| 4 2| 2| 1| 0 2 0| 0| 15.0

13 FRITSCH, Frank...... 3| 5 3 26 .077| 0| 1 3| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 6.0

24 KIANI, Cyrus........ 3| 8 2 13 .462| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 1 0| 0| 8.5

1 SIMON, Alex......... 1| 0 0 2 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

4 KABAN, Andrew....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 2| 9| 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

7 EBERTS, Carl........ 2| 4 3 13 .077| 0| 1 2| 0| 0| 1 0 0| 0| 6.0

10 SIERKS, Erik........ 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

22 VEIGA, Shane........ 1| 1 0 1 1.000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 1.5

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Totals.............. 3| 35 20 97 .155| 35| 6 18| 4| 22| 1 6 1| 0| 45.0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 4.0

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 12 6 34 .176 21-29 72% Site: La Jolla, Calif. (RIMAC Arena)

2 13 6 30 .233 20-30 66% Date: Feb 20, 2010 Attend: 469 Time: 1:30

3 10 8 33 .061 16-29 55% Referees: Jesse Martinez, Patsy Malta

1 2 3 Total

Tie scores 18 4 1 23

Lead changes 4 1 0 5

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