Junior libero Joel Silva (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
First of Three Weekends in California
BYU’s eighth-ranked men’s volleyball team (7-6, 5-3 MPSF) travels to Stockton, Calif. this week for two matches against Pacific (2-14, 0-11 MPSF) at 7:30 p.m. PT on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. PT. The Cougars and Tigers met earlier this season on Jan. 10 at the UC Santa Barbara Elephant Bar Tournament. BYU defeated Pacific 3-0 in that meeting.
The Cougars are coming off back-to-back sweeps as they hosted No. 10 UC San Diego last weekend. This trip to California marks the first of three consecutive weekends BYU will spend in the Golden State before returning home to play Long Beach State on March 20.
The Tigers of the University of the Pacific recently suffered losses to No. 4 Cal State Northridge and No. 13 UC Santa Barbara, both sweeps. The Tiger, currently on a 10-match losing streak, have recorded two wins on the season, both against UC Santa Cruz.
BYU holds a 21-5 lead in the series between these two teams dating back to Feb. 6, 1993. Despite holding an undefeated 13-0 record against the Tigers in Provo, the Cougars have only a slight 7-5 series advantage in Stockton. BYU has won the last seven meetings and 11 of the last 12. Three of the five wins Pacific has over BYU have come in five sets, while 14 of the Cougars’ wins have been sweeps. Most recently, BYU defeated Pacific 3-0 in its final match of the 45th Annual UC Santa Barbara/Elephant Bar Collegiate Invitational.
Live stats can be accessed by visiting Pacific’s men’s volleyball schedule page at www.pacifictigers.com. The live stats can be launched by clicking on the “Live Stats” link for the appropriate game on the schedule page.
Coming Off...Back-to-Back Sweeps Over UC San Diego
BYU’s ninth-ranked men’s volleyball team recorded its second sweep in as many nights with a 3-0 win over No. 10 UC San Diego on Feb. 21 (30-28, 30-18, 30-17). With the win the Cougars improved to 7-6 on the season and 5-3 in MPSF play.
Junior outside hitter Andrew Stewart recorded a match-high 12 kills on the night, marking his 11th consecutive night with double-digit kills this season. Redshirt freshman Futi Tavana added 10 kills and seven blocks. Also at middle blocker, freshman Russell Lavaja sparked in the second and third games, contributing nine kills and five blocks.
The Cougars stay on the road, visiting Cal State Northridge for two matches on March 5 & 6. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. PT at the Matadome.