Junior outside hitter Andrew Stewart (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
HONOLULU -- Playing in its first preseason tournament of the year, the BYU men’s volleyball team concluded the weekend with a 5-3 record at the Warrior Fall Tournament in Honolulu—the best record of all three participating teams. The field consisted of “A” and “B” teams from Southern California, BYU and host Hawaii.
The Cougars posted a perfect 4-0 record on Friday; including a clean three-set win over Hawaii by the A team. Despite team B finding itself down 11-14 to the Warriors in a tough fifth set, BYU managed to pull out a 27-30, 30-27, 22-30, 15-10 victory.
Both Friday matches versus USC came down to fifth sets as well, with both Cougar teams remaining undefeated on the day to advance to championship bracket semifinals on Saturday.
BYU’s A team fell to USC in four sets (30-26, 28-30, 32-30, 30-24), while team B also suffered defeat by Hawaii’s A team.
USC claimed the tournament championship by defeating UH 30-24, 25-30, 30-26, 30-23 in the final match. Playing for third place, BYU’s two teams were pitted against one another, with team A defeating team B in straight sets.
“It was an excellent opportunity for all 14 players to play four matches in two days,” said BYU head coach Shawn Patchell. “Since both teams played at the same time on different courts, both teams played extremely well without any substitutions. This was especially important for our young team to grind out long matches without help from the bench.”
The Cougars will play at home in the Smith Fieldhouse for the first time this fall on Saturday when they host their annual Alumni Match. Start time is set for 7 p.m. and admission is free.