Cougars Surprise Warriors, 3-0

Setter Carlos Moreno helped the Cougars come from behind in three straight games to beat defending National Champion Hawai'i, 3-0, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The Cougars came from behind in three straight games to surprise the Hawaii Warriors with a 30-24, 31-29, 30-27 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win in the Smith Fieldhouse Thursday night. With the win, the Cougars improve their record to 9-2, 9-2 MPSF, while the Warriors fall 9-4, 5-4 MPSF.

"We came back from a trip to California where we played really bad the second match. We had a really good week in practice and we knew we could beat (Hawaii), but tonight was amazing," said senior outside hitter Rafael Paal, a key player in Thursday's win. "We weren't expecting to play that well."

The Cougars barely out-hit the Warriors .398 to .378, but were able to play flawlessly at crucial times to be able to come back and win each of the three games. Paal was on fire tonight, hitting .607 average while leading the team with 20 kills, two aces, five digs and three blocks.

Setter Carlos Moreno also played a crucial part, guiding the team with 48 assists and hitting a match-high .750 percentage with six kills on eight errorless attempts. In game three, Moreno scored four of the Cougars' final five points to take home the match.

With score tied at 25 in game three , Moreno practiced his signature tip-over-the-net surprise kill twice after Hawaii points to give the Cougars a two-point advantage. On the next play, Moreno took the set from Paal and slammed the ball down with full force for a three-point advantage. Paal added the next kill from a Moreno assist, and Delano Thomas scored for Hawaii to make it 29-27 in favor of BYU. For the win, Luka Slabe set to Moreno, who again tipped it over the net to a surprised Hawaii team to win the match for the Cougars.

"Just playing the game without errors at that particular time, then the emotion of the crowd and of the situation gets to us and we're probably pumped up a little bit more and jumping a little bit higher, but if we miss a serve that's match, or if we hit one out, that's match," BYU head coach Tom Peterson said. "The key to making big comebacks is not making errors and getting the emotion going."

BYU started behind in game one, but with Paal hitting over .700 and the team playing flawlessly at crucial times, the Cougars were able to go on some scoring runs and come out ahead. Hawaii actually hit better than BYU in the first game, a .636 compared to BYU's .586, but it wasn't enough.

Game two followed a similar trend. BYU was behind 22-26 but went on a 8-2 run that tied the score at 29. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Cougars gained their final two points from Hawaii errors, giving the Cougars a 2-0 lead in the match.

"I don't want to say that we (come from behind) all the time. I think that's a rarity against a good team, of course that just hardly ever happens," Peterson said. "It's fun to be a part of that. To be able to come back from behind like we did tonight was amazing."

BYU will play Hawaii again Friday night in the Marriott Center as the Cougars attempt to re-break the NCAA single-match attendance record for the second time in four years. The match begins at 7 p.m.; tickets will be available at the doors an hour and a half before game time, or fans can obtain vouchers for $1 general admission at all Utah County Hogi Yogi and Ken Garff locations.

Volleyball Box Score

2003 BYU Men's Volleyball Stats

No. 2 Hawaii vs Brigham Young (Feb. 20 2003 at Provo)

No. 2 Hawaii | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

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

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3 TUYAY, Kimo......... 3| 1 0 3 .333| 40| 1 0| 0| 4| 1 0 1| 0

9 THECHARIDIS, Costas. 3| 12 5 26 .269| 0| 0 4| 1| 3| 0 1 0| 0

12 AZENHA, Pedro....... 3| 11 5 24 .250| 2| 0 4| 0| 2| 2 2 0| 0

15 CHING, Tony......... 3| 13 3 22 .455| 1| 2 2| 4| 5| 0 1 0| 0

17 THOMAS, Delano...... 3| 7 0 12 .583| 0| 0 1| 0| 3| 0 2 0| 0

22 STANHISER,Joshua.... 3| 2 1 4 .250| 2| 0 1| 0| 0| 1 2 0| 0

6 ZIMET, Eyal......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 1| 3| 0 0 0| 0

16 NORDBERG, Brian..... 3| 1 1 3 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 47 15 94 .340| 47| 3 12| 6| 20| 4 8 1| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 15 3 25 .480 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 19 6 40 .325 No. 2 Hawaii........ 24 29 27 5-4, 9-4

3 13 6 29 .241 Brigham Young....... 30 31 30 9-2, 9-2

Brigham Young | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

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

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3 BURKE, Michael...... 3| 5 0 9 .556| 0| 1 1| 0| 2| 0 4 0| 0

5 MORENO, Carlos...... 3| 6 0 7 .857| 45| 1 4| 0| 3| 0 2 0| 1

6 GORNY, Chris........ 3| 7 4 14 .214| 1| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 5 2| 0

7 MAYOL, Jaime........ 2| 4 4 8 .000| 0| 0 1| 2| 4| 0 0 0| 0

9 PAAL, Rafael........ 3| 19 3 25 .640| 1| 2 3| 1| 5| 0 3 0| 0

12 ALLEMAN, Jonathan... 3| 11 1 21 .476| 2| 1 2| 0| 3| 0 4 1| 0

15 OLMSTEAD, Shawn..... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 0| 7| 0 0 0| 0

18 SLABE, Luka......... 2| 4 3 11 .091| 2| 1 1| 0| 0| 0 2 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 56 15 95 .432| 53| 6 13| 3| 24| 0 20 3| 1

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 18 1 24 .708 Site: Provo (Smith Fieldhouse)

2 18 7 38 .289 Date: Feb. 20 2003 Attend: 1988 Time: 1:45

3 20 7 33 .394 Referees: Les Calles, Tom Given, Erin Yamashita

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