Defensive Effort Fuels Sweep

Libero Joel Silva came up big for BYU defensively as the Cougars used good passing to lead their offensive charge at UCSB. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

SANTA BARBARA -- Joel Silva, Ivan Perez and Yosleyder Cala led a strong defensive effort as No. 3 BYU picked up a crucial MPSF victory over No. 4 UC Santa Barbara, sweeping the Gauchos 36-34, 30-23 and 30-26.

"We did an excellent job passing and serving today," co-head coach Shawn Patchell said. "A lot of credit goes to Joel, Ivan and Cala. We also served exceptionally well and put a lot of pressure on them."

The Cougars (14-4, 10-3 MPSF) were led offensively by Cala and Robby Stowell who each picked up 12 kills. The middle tandem of Rodnei Santos and Russell Holmes had very efficient offensive nights. Each added nine kills while Santos hit .583 and Holmes swung at a .500 clip. BYU also held UCSB standout Evan Patak to just eight kills and .000 hitting on the night.

"We blocked Patak well tonight," Patchell said. "We also passed well of his excellent jump serve."

Patak, who leads the nation in aces, had just one on the night.

UCSB got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 13-10 lead early on. BYU responded, going on a 6-1 run to grasp control of the opening game. A pair of Cala aces capped the run and forced the Gauchos to call a time out. BYU further extended its lead to 21-16 behind tough serving, forcing the Gauchos into consecutive hitting errors. With BYU serving ahead 29-26, UCSB scored three consecutive points to tie the set at 29. The Cougars kept the advantage throughout the extra points and won on a Cala kill.

"The first set was huge for us," Patchell said. "We had several game points. Credit UCSB for fighting back. We were able to make some adjustments and take over."

BYU never trailed in the second set as the Cougars jumped out to an early 7-1 lead to start the game. The Cougars scored four of their first seven points courtesy of blocks including a block solo and assist by Cala. BYU out-hit UCSB .393 to .107 in the second set as the Gauchos only managed nine kills in the game. The Cougars never let go of their early lead, allowing UCSB to cut the lead only to four points once during the set. Holmes took care of BYU's first game point by smoking a service ace to put the Cougars ahead.

After BYU trailed 2-1 in the third set, the Cougars went on another 7-1 run to open a game. The Cougars took a commanding 8-3 lead due to pressure from the service line. Yamil Perez and Cala's serving paced BYU's early run. The Cougars never relinquished their lead, finishing the third set with a Santos kill.

The same two teams face off Saturday evening at 7 p.m. (PST) in Santa Barbara.

Volleyball Box Score

#3 BYU Cougars vs #4 UC Santa Barbara (Mar 09, 2007 at Santa Barbara, CA)

BYU Cougars | 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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1 CALA, Yosleyder..... 3| 12 4 21 .381| 1| 2 2| 0| 5| 1 3 0| 0

2 SANTOS, Rodnei...... 3| 9 2 12 .583| 1| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 6 2| 0

8 PEREZ, Ivan......... 3| 8 4 14 .286| 0| 0 2| 0| 5| 0 1 0| 0

11 HOLMES, Russell..... 3| 9 2 14 .500| 0| 1 2| 0| 1| 0 2 0| 0

13 STOWELL, Robby...... 3| 12 6 22 .273| 0| 1 1| 0| 7| 0 1 1| 0

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 3| 2 0 3 .667| 47| 1 4| 0| 7| 0 3 0| 1

5 COX, Scott.......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

6 SILVA, Joel......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 1| 2| 0 0 0| 0

7 SORENSEN, Trent..... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

15 TAYLOR, Mat......... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

TEAM................ | | | | 1| | |

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Totals.............. 3| 52 18 86 .395| 50| 5 13| 2| 28| 1 16 3| 1

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 9.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 19 6 32 .406 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 17 6 28 .393 BYU Cougars......... (3) 36 30 30 14-4, 10-3 MPSF

3 16 6 26 .385 UC Santa Barbara.... (0) 34 23 26 14-7, 10-6 MPSF

UC Santa Barbara | 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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1 Kowalski, Bart...... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 25| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 1 1| 1

4 Berman, Bryan....... 3| 10 3 18 .389| 0| 0 4| 2| 4| 1 3 0| 0

8 Fisher, Michael..... 2| 5 2 12 .250| 0| 1 2| 1| 1| 0 2 0| 0

21 Brunner, Theo....... 3| 12 1 17 .647| 0| 0 2| 0| 3| 0 1 0| 0

22 Kennedy, David...... 3| 6 2 13 .308| 0| 0 3| 0| 1| 0 4 1| 0

40 Patak, Evan......... 3| 8 8 27 .000| 0| 1 4| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0

2 Brockman, Ben....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0

7 Norton, Tyson....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 2| 3| 0 0 0| 0

11 Klineman, Max....... 3| 0 0 1 .000| 17| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

33 Richman, Aaron...... 2| 3 2 6 .167| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 44 18 94 .277| 42| 2 18| 5| 16| 1 12 2| 1

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 18 7 36 .306 Site: Santa Barbara, CA (Robertson Gymnasium)

2 9 6 28 .107 Date: Mar 09, 2007 Attend: 812 Time: 1:45

3 17 5 30 .400 Referees: Brant Lee, Ric Olmstead

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