BYU vs. Long Beach State (Game Notes)

THE RIVALRY

Long Beach State enters this weekend's two-match series owning a 4-10 all-time record over the Cougars. The 49'ers won the first five matches, dating from 1990-1993. BYU didn't record its first victory over LBSU un 1994. After losing the 1998 and 1999 regular-season matchups, BYU struck revenge at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, defeating Long Beach State, 3-0, to win the National Championship and avenge the Cougars' only loss of the season. BYU is 1-4 against Long Beach State in Provo.

LEADER OF THE PACK

BYU head coach Carl McGown is in his 12th season at the helm of the BYU men's volleyball program. The 1999 AVCA National Coach of the Year has posted a career mark of 173-121 over the past 11 seasons, including a record 30-1 season in 1999. Since the 1997 campaign, McGown has averaged over 21 wins per year, recording a mark of 98-23 (.810). McGown led BYU to its first-ever National Championship in 1999 and has served as coach and as an advisor for the United States Olympic and National teams in various Olympic and international competitions.

HOME SWEET HOME

With a perfect 10-0 record in the Smith Fieldhouse, the Cougars have posted an impressive 50-3 (.940) record in Provo since the 1998 season and a 63-5 (.926) overall mark at home since the 1997 campaign. As one of the most popular sporting events on campus, over 156,000 fans have packed the Smith Fieldhouse and Marriott Center to watch the Cougars. BYU has averaged nearly 3,200 fans per match since the 1997 season, including a record 4,748 fans per match in 1999. On Feb. 19, 1999, BYU defeated Hawai'i, 3-1, in front of 14, 156 fans in the Marriott Center to set the NCAA single-match attendance record. The Cougars recorded a Smith Fieldhouse record on Feb. 23 when 6,119 fans were on hand for the four-game victory over No. 1 UCLA. Five of the Cougars' top-six games in the Smith Fieldhouse have been against the Bruins, with the previous all-time SFH record set at 5,864 against UCLA on March. 28, 1997.

ALL-AMERICAN WATCH

Scott Bunker, Matt Olsen, Mike Wall and Hector Lebron headline the list of All-America candidates for the 2001 Cougars. Bunker, a 2000 All-American, currently ranks second in the nation in hitting percentage (.497) and ranks fourth in blocking average (1.51 bpg), while Olsen currently leads the nation in hitting percentage with a .532 average. The 6-foot-6 junior also ranks ninth in blocking average (1.35 bpg). Wall has recorded 4.74 kills per game, posting a team-leading 199 kills. Lebron, a 1999 All-American, ranks sixth nationally with a 13.11 assist per-game average. Lebron also ranks third on the BYU roster with 48 blocks o the season.

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Carl McGown (BYU,1963)

Career Record/Years: 173-121 (.588)/11

BYU Record/Years: 173-121 (.588)/11

Asst. Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (BYU, 1993)

Asst. Coach: Troy Tanner (Pepperdine, 1987)

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL

2001 Overall Record: 14-1

2001 MPSF Record: 8-1

2000 Overall Record: 18-9

Final National Ranking: 7th

2000 MPSF Record: 13-6

Final Conference Finish: 3rd (Mountain Division)

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/5

Starters Returning/Lost: 3/3

BYU IN THE POLLS

Here is a week-by-week look at the USAToday/AVCA Top-15 Poll:

Jan. 16: Preseason; 7th

Jan. 23: 2-0; 8th

Jan. 30: 3-0; 8th

Feb. 6: 5-0; 4th

Feb. 13: 7-0; 2nd

Feb. 20: 8-0; 2nd

Feb. 27: 10-0; 1st

March 6: 12-1; 1st

March 13: 13-1; 1st

March 20: 14-1; 1st

2001 TOP PERFORMANCES

Attack Pct.

Scott Bunker vs. Lewis (Jan. 27) - .706

Kills

Mike Wall vs. Lewis (Jan. 27) - 30

Total Attempts

Mike Wall vs. Pepperdine (Mar. 3) - 54

Aces

Jonathan Alleman vs. UC San Diego (Feb. 9) - 5

Blocks

5 Players - 8

Assists

Hector Lebron vs. Lewis (Jan. 27) - 68

Digs

Luka Slabe vs. Pepperdine (Mar. 3) - 11

NATIONAL RANKINGS

Attack Pct.

1. Matt Olsen (.532)

2. Scott Bunker (.497)

Kill Average

8. Mike Wall (4.74)

Block Average

4. Scott Bunker (1.51)

9. Matt Olsen (1.35)

Assist Average

6. Hector Lebron (13.11)

Team Attack Pct..

1. BYU (.393)

2. LBSU (.348)

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