Cougars Advance to MPSF Championship

Senior All-American Jon Alleman's 18 kills helped the Cougars knock off Pepperdine, advancing the team to the MPSF Championships on May 1. BYU will play No. 2 Long Beach State at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- In an emotional five-game thriller, the No. 1-ranked BYU men's volleyball team came away with a 3-2 victory in the MPSF tournament semifinals against fourth-ranked Pepperdine at the Smith Fieldhouse. This will be the fourth time the Cougars have advanced to the championship match of the MPSF Tournament.

With over 1,700 fans in attendance, the Cougars have now improved to a 26-4 overall record, including 20-2 in regular MPSF play. Pepperdine dropped to 19-9 overall and 14-8 in the league play.

"As we have done the whole year, this is our most important match to date," BYU head coach Tom Peterson said. "I thought Pepperdine played very well, especially in three of the five games. I'm just not satisfied with it going down to the end like that."

Both teams looked strong throughout the match, exchanging leads in each of the games. Even with a match-leading .375 percentage, Pepperdine came up short in the final game as BYU finished with a 15-12 score in the fifth. The game scores were 30-27, 27-30, 30-27, 24-30, 15-12. The Cougars led the match with 83 total kills to the Waves' 78.

Senior outside hitter Fernando Pessoa led BYU with 20 kills, hitting a team-leading .457 percentage for the match and adding nine digs. Senior Jon Alleman put together a solid performance with 18 kills and eight digs. Three other Cougars hit double-digit figures including junior middle Mike Burke with 13 kills, senior Joe Hillman with 14 and Victor Batista at 12 kills. Senior libero Shawn Olmstead tied his career-high in digs for the second time this season and setter Carlos Moreno came short of his season high with 74 assists, but posted his first double-double of the season by adding 10 digs.

The two Pepperdine power hitters, senior Fred Winter and junior Sean Rooney, led the Waves with 23 and 24 kills, respectively. Rooney finished with a .444 percentage, while contributing nine digs and two block assists. Winters came away with two service aces and five digs. Junior James Ka lead the way with 11 digs and added seven kills for the match. Sophomore middle Andy Hein posted 14 kills, while hitting a .524 percentage and posting three blocks.

"I think that we had some chances to win the first game," Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy said. "We let it slip through our fingers a little bit. BYU played well enough to win and they've been doing that all year long, so I give credit to them. They dug some balls and we didn't convert when we had some chances. We put a little pressure on them; they were bending but they didn't break."

In game one, Pepperdine's Rooney and Winters controlled the match, giving Pepperdine a 18-13 lead. Burke led the Cougars comeback with a kill and a block to bring the Cougars within a point, 21-22. BYU then advanced to its first lead of the match at 23-22 after two Pepperdine errors. With a balanced attack, the Cougars slowly made their way back to a 28-25 lead, after a kill by Pessoa. A Batista kill and a Pepperdine service error gave BYU the win, 30-27.

The Waves secured the lead at 13-12 in game two with a Winters kill. Winters and Rooney combined for 13 kills in the second game to help Pepperdine stay ahead. Alleman posted six kills in game two for BYU, but it was not enough to take the lead. The Waves went on to a 30-27 win, with the help of Rooney's three kills during the last few points.

BYU got off to an early lead at 18-14 in game three, but a series of Cougar errors and a few kills by Winters tied the game at 21. Another big kills by Winters tied the game at 22, giving the Waves the momentum. Two kills by Alleman ended the Pepperdine run, giving the Cougars an advantage on their way to an 8-4 run to finish out the game at 30-27. Pessoa paced BYU with three kills to end game three.

In game four, Pepperdine started off with a 3-2 lead after a kill by Winters and never looked back. Winters finished game four with five kills, while Rooney led with eight to help the Waves to a .500 percentage in the fourth game. Two of Rooney's eight kills put Pepperdine up, 13-10 and again at 24-20. BYU struggled with serving towards the end of game four, with two crucial errors to help Pepperdine finish out with a 30-24 win.

After a kill by Parfitt, Pessoa served six-straight points, including three Alleman kills and two kills by Cougar setter Carlos Moreno. BYU cruised to a 8-3 lead with the help from Mike Burke and a Pepperdine hitting error. The Cougars kept a five-point lead at 13-8, but the Waves chipped away at the lead behind two blocks and a kill by Winters. Pepperdine came within two points, 14-12, but a hitting error from the Waves gave BYU the match victory at 15-12.

BYU will play Long Beach State in the MPSF Championship match on Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Volleyball Box Score

2004 BYU Men's Volleyball Stats

No. 5 Pepperdine vs BRIGHAM YOUNG (Apr 29, 2004 at PROVO, UT)

No. 5 Pepperdine | 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 HEIN, Andy.......... 5| 14 3 21 .524| 0| 0 3| 0| 3| 0 3 0| 0| 15.5

7 WINTERS, Fred....... 5| 23 9 49 .286| 2| 2 8| 2| 5| 1 1 0| 1| 26.5

9 KA, James........... 5| 7 1 22 .273| 4| 0 1| 0| 11| 0 0 0| 0| 7.0

11 MAYER, John......... 5| 3 0 3 1.000| 67| 0 1| 0| 7| 0 3 2| 0| 4.5

12 ROONEY, Sean........ 5| 24 4 45 .444| 3| 0 5| 0| 9| 0 2 0| 0| 25.0

14 HULSE, Tom.......... 4| 2 3 6 -.167| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 1 3 1| 0| 4.5

4 GLEDHILL, Mike...... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

8 DE WOLFF, Arist..... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

10 SUTHERLAND, Tanner.. 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 7| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

16 PARFITT, John....... 4| 5 1 6 .667| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 1| 5.0

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Totals.............. 5| 78 21 152 .375| 76| 2 18| 2| 43| 2 12 3| 2| 88.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 18 4 36 .389 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS

2 18 4 32 .438 No. 5 Pepperdine.... 27 30 27 30 12 19-9,14-8 MPSF

3 16 6 34 .294 BRIGHAM YOUNG....... 30 27 30 24 15 26-4,20-2 MPSF

4 19 4 30 .500

5 7 3 20 .200

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...... 5| 13 3 23 .435| 0| 0 1| 0| 2| 1 3 1| 1| 15.5

5 MORENO, Carlos...... 5| 3 7 14 -.286| 74| 0 5| 0| 10| 0 1 0| 1| 3.5

11 HILLMAN, Joe........ 4| 14 4 30 .333| 1| 0 2| 0| 3| 0 2 0| 0| 15.0

12 ALLEMAN, Jonathan... 5| 18 5 33 .394| 0| 1 1| 0| 8| 0 1 0| 1| 19.5

17 PESSOA, Fernando.... 5| 20 4 35 .457| 1| 0 3| 1| 9| 0 0 0| 0| 20.0

18 BATISTA, Victor..... 5| 12 4 21 .381| 1| 1 1| 0| 2| 1 1 1| 0| 14.5

7 GORNY, Chris........ 3| 3 1 4 .500| 1| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 3.0

10 CARPENTER, Cory..... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

14 NEILSON, Rob........ 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

15 OLMSTEAD, Shawn..... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 1| 12| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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Totals.............. 5| 83 28 160 .344| 80| 2 13| 2| 47| 2 8 2| 3| 91.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 6.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 22 5 35 .486 Site: PROVO, UT (SMITH FIELDHOUSE)

2 17 10 40 .175 Date: Apr 29, 2004 Attend: 1756 Time: 2H 25M

3 17 4 32 .406 Referees: MARVIN HALL, VERNA KLUBNIKIN

4 17 5 33 .364

5 10 4 20 .300

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