Burke Near Perfect in Sweep of Trojans

Michael Burke had nine kills, hit .900 and had five blocks in BYU's sweep of the USC Trojans in Los Angeles Saturday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LOS -- Michael Burke led an unstoppable Cougar offense as BYU swept (30-25, 30-15, 30-28) the Trojans of USC Saturday at the Lyon Center. The Cougars are now 11-6 overall and 6-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while USC is 5-16 and 1-12.

The Trojans had no solution for the Cougar hitters as BYU had a blazing .488 (51-12-80) hitting percentage. Burke was unstoppable, getting nine kills on 10 swings for a season-high .900 hitting percentage. He also added a match-high five blocks.

Victor Batista, the other Cougar middle also had a strong match, hitting .667 (7-1-9). Rob Neilson dished out 45 assists to guide the offense and had two solo blocks. Taylor Evans also registered double-digit kills with 11.

"We passed pretty well tonight," Peterson said. "That allowed us to connect a lot more in the middle."

BYU Coach tom Peterson said his team showed improvement from Friday nights match.

"We played more crisp and a little better," he said. "We hit the ball hard and didn't make too many errors."

For the match, BYU had 18 digs and 10 team blocks. The Cougar defense held the Trojans to a .130 (32-22-77) hitting percentage.

BYU was able to control the first game, hitting .486 (22-5-35) and holding the lead throughout. USC played solid and hit .296 (13-5-27) but could not muster enough big plays to keep up as the Cougars won 30-25.

The second game was all BYU as the Trojans never had a chance. The Cougars got USC out of rhythm early, limiting the Trojans to a hitting percentage of -.292 (4-11-24). BYU cruised to the 30-15 win by capitalizing on the USC errors and hitting .471 (10-2-17).

The third game provided some excitement as the Trojans hung on throughout. The Cougars were never able to build a big lead but stayed ahead with a strong offensive performance, hitting .500 (19-5-28). BYU made plays at the end to win 30-28 and complete the sweep.

The Cougars will take their four-match win streak to the University of Pacific next weekend, March 11 and 12, for two matches with the Tigers.

Volleyball Box Score

Brigham Young University - Volleyball

Brigham Young vs USC (Mar 05, 2005 at Los Angeles, CA)

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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3 BURKE, Michael...... 3| 9 0 10 .900| 0| 1 2| 0| 0| 0 5 0| 0| 12.5

8 PEREZ, Ivan......... 3| 13 4 22 .409| 0| 0 3| 1| 6| 0 2 0| 0| 14.0

9 PATTERSON, Casey.... 3| 9 3 14 .429| 0| 3 5| 0| 3| 0 3 0| 0| 13.5

14 NEILSON, Rob........ 3| 1 0 4 .250| 45| 0 3| 0| 0| 2 0 0| 1| 3.0

15 BATISTA, Victor..... 3| 7 1 9 .667| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 7.0

17 EVANS, Taylor....... 3| 11 4 20 .350| 1| 0 2| 1| 3| 0 2 2| 0| 12.0

2 STEWART, Bryan...... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 0.5

4 CONGELLIERE, Robert. 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

6 HEYES, Matt......... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

7 ROWLEY, Brian....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 2| 6| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

11 HOLMES, Russell..... 3| 1 0 1 1.000| 0| 1 1| 0| 0| 0 3 0| 0| 3.5

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Totals.............. 3| 51 12 80 .488| 47| 5 18| 4| 18| 2 16 2| 1| 66.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 22 5 35 .486 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 10 2 17 .471 Brigham Young....... (3) 30 30 30 11-6, 6-4 MPSF

3 19 5 28 .500 USC................. (0) 25 15 28 5-16, 1-12 MPSF

USC | 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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2 Jimmy Killian....... 3| 0 0 1 .000| 32| 1 2| 0| 1| 0 2 0| 0| 2.0

4 Fernando Barron..... 2| 4 3 10 .100| 0| 1 0| 2| 2| 0 1 1| 0| 5.5

8 Andrew Vernon....... 3| 4 3 9 .111| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 1 3| 0| 4.5

12 Jake Lewis.......... 3| 3 5 13 -.154| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 2 0| 0| 4.0

14 Joao Grangeiro...... 3| 7 6 22 .045| 0| 1 3| 1| 4| 0 1 0| 0| 8.5

18 Chris McKniff....... 3| 4 1 7 .429| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 3 0| 1| 5.5

9 Pedro Leal.......... 1| 5 1 6 .667| 0| 0 0| 1| 1| 0 2 0| 0| 6.0

16 Evan Burden......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

17 Matt Mosko.......... 2| 5 1 6 .667| 0| 1 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 6.0

19 Danny Newman........ 3| 0 2 3 -.667| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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Totals.............. 3| 32 22 77 .130| 32| 4 8| 5| 12| 0 12 4| 1| 42.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 6.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 13 5 27 .296 Site: Los Angeles, CA (Lyon Center)

2 4 11 24 -.292 Date: Mar 05, 2005 Attend: 326 Time: 1:12

3 15 6 26 .346 Referees: Verna Klubnikin, Scott Hogue

1 2 3 Total

Tie scores 16 0 0 16

Lead changes 4 1 1 6

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