BYU will try to clinch a home court match in the opening round of the MPSF Tournament. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The home regular season wraps up for No. 3 BYU as the Cougars look to clinch a home-court match in the MPSF Tournament when they host UC San Diego in two matches this season.
BYU (18-5, 14-4 MPSF) hosts the Tritons on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Smith Fieldhouse. Live Internet video and live stats will be available at byucougars.com.
Saturday evening's match will honor BYU's only departing senior, Scott Cox. The Cougars have two other seniors that are redshirting or expecting to receive a medical redshirt.
The Cougars are currently three games behind Pepperdine in the conference standings headed into this weekend. BYU needs to win just one of their next four matches to clinch a home court advantage for the quarterfinals of the MPSF tournament. BYU owns the tie-breaker over No. 2 UC Irvine for second in the MPSF.
"I think we are peaking at the right time of the season," co-head coach Shawn Patchell said. "We deserve a home playoff match as long as we take care of business these last two weeks."
In 20 matches against UC San Diego the Cougars have a perfect 20-0 record against Tritons. BYU has won nine of its last 10 matches while UC San Diego has dropped nine straight.
The Cougars finish their regular season next weekend in Stockton, Calif. when they take on Pacific.