Northridge Exacts Revenge on Cougars

Ivan Perez had 11 kills and three digs in BYU's 3-0 loss to Northridge Saturday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

NORTHRIDGE -- The No. 4 BYU Cougars fell behind early to No. 8 Cal State Northridge and were unable to recover, falling 3-0 (19-30, 16-30, 28-30) to the Matadors Saturday at Wells Fargo Court. The Cougars fell to 16-9 overall and 11-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with the loss while Northridge improved to 15-11 and 8-10.

BYU coach Tom Peterson said his team struggled to find any kind of consistency.

"Northridge played well and kept us out of rhythm," he said. "It was probably our worst match of the year."

Victor Batista led the Cougars with 12 kills while Ivan Perez added 11. Casey Patterson led BYU with four digs. The Cougars struggled in all aspects, hitting just .170 (42-26-94) and recording 4.5 blocks and 20 digs.

Jeff Conover directed the Northridge offense to a .400 (40-10-75) hitting percentage. Nils Nielsen had 12 kills to lead his team while Isaac Kneubuhl added nine. James Lischer was nearly perfect, hitting 7-of-9. Conover tallied four of the teams 10 service aces.

BYU suffered two difficult losses in games one and two, failing to reach the 20-point mark in each. Northridge managed to break open a tight first game by scoring nine of 11 points to push the lead from 17-15 to 26-17. The second was much of the same as the Matadors used another big run to push a 10-8 lead to 19-10.

The third was much more competitive as BYU rediscovered its hitting ability, finishing with a .387 (18-6-31) percentage. The score was tied at 24 before a Kneubuhl kill gave Northridge the lead for good at 25-24. The Cougars stayed within a point the rest of the game before a Nielsen kill ended it at 30-28 to seal the match.

BYU will host the UC San Diego Tritons, April 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse for their final home matches of the regular season.

Volleyball Box Score

Brigham Young University - Volleyball

Brigham Young vs Cal State Northridge (Apr 02, 2005 at Northridge, Calif.)

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...... 3| 4 0 11 .364| 1| 0 1| 0| 3| 0 1 0| 0| 4.5

8 PEREZ, Ivan......... 3| 11 7 21 .190| 0| 1 4| 0| 3| 0 2 2| 0| 13.0

9 PATTERSON, Casey.... 3| 4 1 11 .273| 1| 0 2| 0| 4| 0 1 0| 0| 4.5

14 NEILSON, Rob........ 3| 3 4 9 -.111| 33| 1 1| 0| 3| 1 0 0| 0| 5.0

15 BATISTA, Victor..... 3| 12 8 25 .160| 3| 1 3| 2| 2| 0 2 1| 0| 14.0

17 EVANS, Taylor....... 3| 8 5 15 .200| 0| 0 1| 3| 3| 0 1 0| 0| 8.5

6 HEYES, Matt......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 3| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

7 ROWLEY, Brian....... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 2| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

11 HOLMES, Russell..... 2| 0 1 2 -.500| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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Totals.............. 3| 42 26 94 .170| 41| 3 13| 10| 20| 1 7 3| 0| 49.5

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 4.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 12 9 35 .086 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 12 11 28 .036 Brigham Young....... (0) 19 16 28 16-9, 11-7

3 18 6 31 .387 Cal State Northridge (3) 30 30 30 15-11, 8-10

Cal State Northridge | 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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1 Kneubuhl, Isaac..... 3| 9 1 16 .500| 0| 0 3| 1| 2| 1 1 0| 0| 10.5

2 Nielsen, Nils....... 3| 12 3 24 .375| 0| 0 2| 0| 4| 0 1 0| 1| 12.5

3 Lischer, James...... 3| 7 0 9 .778| 0| 2 0| 0| 1| 0 2 0| 0| 10.0

4 Waite, Brian........ 3| 5 3 10 .200| 0| 0 2| 0| 2| 0 7 0| 0| 8.5

6 Conover, Jeff....... 3| 1 0 1 1.000| 37| 4 0| 0| 2| 1 3 0| 0| 7.5

8 Hanson, Cary........ 3| 6 3 15 .200| 1| 3 0| 1| 3| 1 5 2| 0| 12.5

10 Bellante, Matt...... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

11 Pedraza, Sebastian.. 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 8| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

13 Bluemling, Travis... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 1 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 1.0

14 Levoe, Matt......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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Totals.............. 3| 40 10 75 .400| 38| 10 7| 3| 22| 3 19 2| 1| 62.5

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 12.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 15 3 32 .375 Site: Northridge, Calif. (Wells Fargo Court)

2 10 1 18 .500 Date: Apr 02, 2005 Attend: 457 Time: 1:19

3 15 6 25 .360 Referees: Verna Klubnikin, Marvin Hall

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