Homecourt Play Continues With UC San Diego

PROVO -- The third-ranked BYU men's volleyball team hosts UC San Diego Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8 in the Smith Fieldhouse. This Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup marks the 13th meeting between the Cougars and Tritons, with BYU holding a 12-0 advantage in the series.

"BYU has had great success against UC San Diego in the past," BYU head coach Tom Peterson said. "That worries me because for us to become better we can't relax at all. We can't play down coming off those big wins over UCLA."

The Cougars have earned a 5-1 record on the season, making their home-court debut last week with two 3-0 wins over UCLA. This weekend Peterson hopes to give more players some time on the court and give them some real competitive experience. If the scores favor the Cougars, fans can expect to see some younger players getting more time in the middle and on the outside this weekend.

The Tritons are currently 0-5 on the season (3-6 overall), coming off back-to-back MPSF losses against fourth-ranked Pepperdine and USC.

"UC San Diego was ranked 15th last week and fell out of the rankings because of those losses," Peterson said. "But the Tritons are still a good team."

Both matches begin at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse. Due to construction next to the Fieldhouse, fans will again enter through the large annex doors on the west side of the building. Tickets are available for $6 at the door starting an hour and a half before game time or at the Marriott Center Ticket Office, (801)378-BYU1.