(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO - The No. 4 BYU men's volleyball team closes out its regular season this weekend, Friday and Saturday, at home when they host No. 7 Penn State. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. MT, will be shown live on BYUtv and online for free at byutvsports.com/gameday.
Saturday's match is also Senior Day. The Cougars will honor Robb Stowell, Futi Tavana, Quentin Smith and Joe Kauliakamoa for their contributions to the BYU squad over the year.
BYU is riding a 21-6 overall record after splitting last weekend’s road matches against UCLA. The one win secured the Cougars a home MPSF Quarterfinal match.
Stowell leads the Cougar offense on 348 kills with four other players recording 100+ kills and six more recording double-digit kills. Taylor Sander, Josue Rivera, Russ Lavaja and Tavana have totaled 346, 237, 158 and 142 kills, respectively. Lavaja leads the team with 149 blocks and is third all-time in BYU history for total blocks. Tavana’s season total 118 blocks is second most on the team.
Tavana is now the all-time blocks leader & block assist leader in BYU’s rally scoring era and is just three away from becoming the solo blocks leader. Kauliakamoa leads the squad with 990 assists.
The Cougars are averaging 3.2 blocks per set and currently lead the nation for it.
Penn State comes to Provo on a seven-match win streak and have already clinched its conference’s regular season title. The Lions have the top winning percentage in the NCAA with a 20-3, 13-0 record this season.
Joe Sunder leads the Lions on 272 kills and 3.63 average per set. Four other players are also recording 100+ kills on the season. Aaron Russell leads the squad with 79 total blocks and a 1.03 average per set.
The Cougars lead the overall record against the Lions, 8-6.
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