Freshman Josue Rivera (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
Cougars: 15-4, 11-3 MPSF
Warriors: 7-12, 4-10 MPSF
After eight-straight matches at home, the No. 4 BYU men's volleyball team hits the road this weekend with a pair of matches against No. 11 Hawaii on Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m. HST/11 p.m. MT.
BYU is riding a 15-4 overall record after winning last weekend’s matches against Pacific at home. Senior Robb Stowell leads the Cougar offense on 244 kills with 4 other players recording 100+ kills and 7 more players recording double-digit kills. Taylor Sander, Josue Rivera and Russ Lavaja have totaled 202, 187 and 118 kills, respectively. Joe Kauliakamoa leads the squad with 681 assists.
Lavaja leads the team with 109 blocks and is third in the BYU rally scoring era for total blocks.
After last weekend, Tavana became the all-time blocks leader & block assist leader in BYU’s rally scoring era and is just nine away from becoming the solo blocks leader.
The Cougars are averaging 3.2 blocks per set compared to their opponents’ 1.7 b/s.
Hawaii holds a 7-12 overal and 4-10 league record this season with its most recent win coming over then-No. 3 Stanford on the road. The win moved them from a 14-seed to their current No. 11 ranking. Steve Hunt leads the Warriors with 294 season kills, averaging 4.14 per set. JP Marks leads the team with 15 aces and Nick West’s 69 total blocks (.97 per set) is the most for their roster.
Friday's match will be covered on the radio by ESPN 1500 and streamed online.
Saturday's match will be shown live on OC Sports (Oceanic Cable Ch. 12 and 1012) and also streamed online through uhstreaming.oceanic.com. ESPN 1420 will also cover Saturday's match on the roadio and online.
Live stats are available for both matches through the Hawaii Athletics page.
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