Yosleyder Cala led BYU with 23 kills in the Cougars final exhibition match, a 3-1 victory over Pepperdine. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- Exhibition play concluded for BYU as the Cougars won their second straight match over Pepperdine, 30-22, 30-27, 28-30, 32,30, in front of 1,291 fans.
BYU finished its exhibition schedule having won four of six matches. The Cougars previously played against four of Canada's best teams in Edmonton, Alberta, going 2-2 including a victory over defending Canadian Collegiate Champion Trinity Western. Impressively, the Cougars won two matches against Canada's best with just one week of practice whereas the Canadian teams had been practicing for two months.
In Friday's match, BYU hit .429. Three Cougars hit over .500, led by Trent Sorensen who had 11 kills while hitting .667. Yosleyder Cala led the Cougars with 23 kills while hitting .514 and Russell Holmes added 15 kills and five block assists while hitting .522.
BYU co-interim head coach Shawn Patchell credits Sorensen's efficient play and setter Reed Chilton's ability to spread the ball.
"Both Reed and Trent played exceptionally well," Patchell said. "Cala was dominant outside because Trent hit .667 in the middle and Reed spread the offense effectively."
Chilton finished the match with 63 assists.
The Cougars now can concentrate on preparing for the regular season. BYU's first matches are at home against Cal-Baptist on Jan. 5-6 at 7 p.m.