Cougars Defeat Gauchos in 4-set Draw

Sophomore Robb Stowell had 22 kills to lead the Cougars against the Gauchos Friday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The No. 4 BYU men's volleyball team held off a stubborn No. 10 UC-Santa Barbara, taking the match in four games, 30-25, 30-25, 28-30, 30-25 at the Smith Fieldhouse on Friday.

The win is the fifth straight for BYU (15-7, 11-6 MPSF), winners of nine of its last ten against UCSB (10-12, 7-9 MPSF).

“I was disappointed by how we started in set three,” said BYU head coach Shawn Patchell. “But we proved we can get the momentum back. We buckled down and played better in set four.”

Robb Stowell set game-highs with 22 kills and eight digs while assisting with five blocks.

Stowell had seven kills in the final set alone, sparking the Cougars back in the set with three key kills to tie the set at 16-16 after UCSB had taken a 13-9 lead.

The sophomore would lay down two more kills late in the set before handing off to Otavio Souza who secured BYU’s final four points on four kills.

The Cougars stifled the Gaucho attack, forcing UCSB to a .164 hitting percentage while hitting .319.

“We like being home and we’re peaking at the right time,” Patchell said. “I can’t remember the last time we’ve had a bad practice.”

Andrew Stewart added 14 kills and seven digs for BYU while Reed Chilton racked up 46 assists in the middle.

BYU hit a match-best .375 in the first set, led by Stowell’s performance late in the first set after UC-Santa Barbara tied up BYU at 20-20. Stowell combined with Russell Lavaja for a big block on Blaine Nielsen, then laid down a big kill along the left line after long volley.

An assist from Chilton gave Stowell another kill to extend BYU’s lead to its biggest margin of the set at 28-23. Stewart secured the set with a kill of his own as the Cougars won, 30-25. Stewart and Stowell led BYU with six kills apiece in the set.

BYU fell behind quickly in the second set but managed to hold the Gauchos’ lead to no more than three. After tying the set at 12-12, the Cougars went on a 10-2 run to push ahead of UCSB. BYU’s front line rejected every UCSB attack attempt sent its way. Futi Tavana slipped an ace down the line to cap off the run with BYU ahead 20-14.

BYU would take the set by the identical score of 30-25, taking a 2-0 match lead off of Mat Taylor’s kill.

Down by five late in the third set, BYU had shown little life, falling behind 23-18. But the Cougars caught fire, reeling off five-consecutive points, including kills by Tavana and Stowell, tying UCSB at 23-23. Taylor and Stowell would each record another kill, but UCSB managed to hold on, taking the third set 30-28.

BYU and UC-Santa Barbara will face each other in the second game of the series at 7 p.m. MT on Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse. Fans may watch a live stream at www.byu.tv. Play-by-play will be provided by Jarom Jordan with Steve Vail lending color analysis.


Volleyball Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

#10 UC Santa Barbara vs #4 BYU (Mar 26, 2010 at Provo, Utah)

UC Santa Barbara | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name SP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE

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1 Jeff Menzel......... 4| 13 17 47 -.085| 0| 2 9| 1| 6| 0 3 0| 0

8 Vince Devany........ 4| 2 1 4 .250| 55| 1 1| 0| 3| 0 3 2| 0

13 Dylan Davis......... 4| 7 0 11 .636| 0| 1 4| 0| 1| 0 4 0| 0

15 Jake Rosener........ 4| 15 5 22 .455| 1| 0 1| 0| 6| 0 3 1| 0

19 Scott Slaughter..... 4| 11 7 30 .133| 1| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 4 0| 0

22 Blaine Nielsen...... 4| 12 7 26 .192| 0| 0 4| 1| 3| 0 2 1| 0

2 Grant Goswiller..... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

12 Cullen Irons........ 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

20 Andy McGuire........ 4| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 8| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 4| 60 37 140 .164| 58| 4 20| 2| 29| 0 19 4| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 9.5

Set K E TA Pct

1 15 9 36 .167 SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS

2 12 10 31 .065 UC Santa Barbara.... (1) 25 25 30 25 10-12, 7-9 MPSF

3 19 10 38 .237 BYU................. (3) 30 30 28 30 15-7, 11-6 MPSF

4 14 8 35 .171

BYU | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name SP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE

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3 CHILTON, Reed....... 4| 2 0 3 .667| 46| 0 2| 0| 3| 0 5 0| 0

5 LAVAJA, Russell..... 4| 4 2 10 .200| 1| 1 5| 0| 2| 1 8 2| 0

11 SAGERS, Kevin....... 3| 4 3 12 .083| 0| 0 4| 1| 2| 0 3 0| 0

13 STOWELL, Robb....... 4| 22 7 39 .385| 0| 0 4| 1| 8| 0 5 2| 0

15 STEWART, Andrew..... 4| 14 5 32 .281| 2| 0 1| 1| 7| 1 3 1| 0

17 TAVANA, Futi........ 3| 3 3 9 .000| 0| 1 1| 0| 2| 0 5 0| 0

1 TUTTLE, Kent........ 3| 0 1 2 -.500| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 1| 0

4 SILVA, Joel......... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 5| 0 0 0| 0

7 ROBINSON, Jeff...... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

9 SOUZA, Otavio....... 1| 5 0 7 .714| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 2 0| 0

10 TAYLOR, Mat......... 3| 5 0 5 1.000| 0| 0 1| 0| 5| 0 1 0| 0

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 3| 0 0 0 .000| 7| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

18 HIAPO, BJ........... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 4| 59 21 119 .319| 56| 2 20| 4| 34| 2 33 6| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 18.5

Set K E TA Pct

1 16 4 32 .375 Site: Provo, Utah (Smith Fieldhouse)

2 13 6 26 .269 Date: Mar 26, 2010 Attend: 1804 Time: 2H 15M

3 13 5 29 .276 Referees: TOM GIVEN, DAPHNE NELSON, TRENT MANO

4 17 6 32 .344

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