New School Record After Win Over UCSD

SAN -- Setting a new school record of 19-straight wins in a single season, the No. 1-ranked BYU men's volleyball team defeated UC San Diego 3-1, Friday night at the RIMAC Arena. The game scores were 30-22, 30-26, 28-30, 30-26. The match was played in front of a season-high UCSD home crowd of 612.

With the win, the Cougars improve to 20-3 overall and 16-1 in the MPSF. The Tritons fall to 7-17 overall and 3-15 in league play. BYU hit .500, including an impressive .800 (17-1-20) in game one, while UCSD hit .300.

"I have to give some credit to UCSD because they did a nice job at scouting us," BYU head coach Tom Peterson said. "I felt like we need to play better and not relax too much. We need to just play like we're capable of and continue to improve with each match."

Even with four players in double-digit kills, UCSD recorded more kills on the night with 63 compared to BYU's 61. Seniors opposite Joe Hillman and outside Jon Alleman led the Cougars with 14 kills apiece, both hitting over .500 average for the match. Junior middle blocker Mike Burke and senior outside hitter Fernando Pessoa pitched in 11 kills, while sophomore middle Victor Batista chipped in nine kills and nine blocks.

Burke registered a blistering match-high .786 hitting percentage, while adding two both during the match. Pessoa also came away with a match-high eight digs, while junior setter Carlos Moreno paced the Cougar attack with 53 assists. BYU out-blocked the Tritons in a large margin of 12.5 team blocks to UCSD's two blocks.

The visiting Cougars scored the first point of the opening game on a kill by Burke. After a service error tied it at, 1-1, Hillman made it 2-1 for the visitors with a kill, and BYU led the rest of the way, finally extending to beyond a four-point cushion for the first time at 23-18 on block assists by Burke and Pessoa.

"We did a good job at siding out," Peterson said. "And that's why we're still strong. We have different weapons to keep us in the game. But if we relaxed too much, UCSD came back on us and that was disapointing."

In game two, UCSD led for the first time on the night at 1-0, and ran out to a 4-1 lead, with two kills coming from senior middle Kevin Keyser. The Cougars eventually caught the Tritons at 5-5, and 10 ties later, at 16-16, BYU went on a 3-0 run to give itself a cushion at 19-16. Following a timeout, the home side was unable to close that gap, only getting within two points on three separate occasions. A kill by Alleman and a solo block by Batista closed it out and gave the Cougars a 2-0 advantage.

Early in the third frame, it looked as though BYU would complete the sweep, up 7-1. The Tritons would not quit, however, chipping away and finally knotting it at 14-14. UCSD then scored four straight, three served by sophomore outside hitter Jeff Urton, to turn a 15-16 deficit into a 19-16 lead. Though the visitors came within one point four times, the Tritons fended them off, Urton putting down a kill on game point to make it a 2-1 match.

BYU tallied the first two points of game four, with the rest of the early part a tight affair with eight ties. At 11-11, BYU went on a 5-0 run, with Alleman serving four of the points. The Tritons never got closer than within two points the rest of the frame, the match ending on a Batista kill.

Junior outside hitter Adam Toren posted a match-high 20 kills for UCSD as well as a team-high .667 hitting (20-2-27). Urton and Keyser each contributed 13 kills, with Keyser also adding three service aces and a solo block. Redshirt junior Nate Jones started at setter and had 26 assists before true freshman Brooks Dierdorff took over in game three and contributed 32 assists over the remainder of the match.

The win helped BYU break the school mark of 18 straight wins, set by the 1999 squad that went on to claim the national title. First-year Triton assistant coach Mike Wall was a member of that team, as well as the 2001 Cougars, which also went all the way, with Wall the NCAA Tournament MVP. Fifth-year UCSD head coach Ron Larsen is a BYU graduate as well.

The two teams meet again at RIMAC Arena on Saturday night, with the match set for 7:00 PM.

To view the detailed box score, click on the pdf version link above.

Volleyball Box Score

2004 BYU Men's Volleyball Stats

BRIGHAM YOUNG vs UC San Diego (Apr 02, 2004 at UC San Diego)

BRIGHAM YOUNG | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS

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3 BURKE, Michael...... 4| 11 0 14 .786| 0| 0 3| 0| 1| 1 1 0| 0| 12.5

5 MORENO, Carlos...... 4| 2 2 4 .000| 53| 1 3| 0| 5| 0 2 0| 2| 4.0

11 HILLMAN, Joe........ 4| 14 2 24 .500| 2| 0 2| 0| 3| 0 2 0| 1| 15.0

12 ALLEMAN, Jonathan... 4| 14 2 23 .522| 0| 0 4| 1| 2| 0 2 2| 0| 15.0

17 PESSOA, Fernando.... 4| 11 4 19 .368| 0| 0 4| 1| 8| 1 3 0| 0| 13.5

18 BATISTA, Victor..... 4| 9 2 14 .500| 1| 0 3| 0| 0| 2 7 0| 0| 14.5

10 CARPENTER, Cory..... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

14 NEILSON, Rob........ 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

15 OLMSTEAD, Shawn..... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 1| 6| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

TEAM................ | | | | 1| | | | 0.0

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Totals.............. 4| 61 12 98 .500| 57| 1 20| 4| 25| 4 17 2| 3| 74.5

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 12.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 17 1 20 .800 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS

2 13 4 23 .391 BRIGHAM YOUNG....... 30 30 28 30 20-3, 16-1 MPSF

3 14 4 30 .333 UC San Diego........ 22 26 30 26 7-17, 3-15 MPSF

4 17 3 25 .560

UC San Diego | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS

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2 WALLER, Jim......... 3| 2 8 15 -.400| 0| 0 1| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0| 2.0

5 URTON, Jeff......... 4| 13 7 25 .240| 3| 0 5| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0| 13.0

6 KEYSER, Kevin....... 4| 13 3 26 .385| 0| 3 3| 0| 3| 1 0 0| 0| 17.0

10 TOREN, Adam......... 4| 20 2 27 .667| 0| 1 6| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 21.0

11 JONES, Nate......... 3| 1 0 2 .500| 26| 0 2| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 1| 1.0

17 RUPP, Andy.......... 3| 8 3 14 .357| 0| 0 3| 0| 0| 0 0 1| 0| 8.0

4 TAI, Dickens........ 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 4| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

20 DIERDORFF, Brooks... 2| 1 0 1 1.000| 32| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 1 0| 1| 1.5

23 OKSENENDLER, Shawn.. 3| 3 2 6 .167| 0| 0 4| 0| 1| 0 0 2| 0| 3.0

24 SMITH, Garret....... 2| 2 2 4 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 2.5

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Totals.............. 4| 63 27 120 .300| 61| 4 26| 1| 18| 1 2 3| 2| 69.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 2.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 12 6 23 .261 Site: UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)

2 17 9 37 .216 Date: Apr 02, 2004 Attend: 612 Time: 2:00

3 19 6 34 .382 Referees: Jesse Martinez, Kevin Cull

4 15 6 26 .346

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