Perez Sets Cougars to Sweep

Yamil Perez lead BYU to a team .495 hitting percentage as the Cougars swept No. 4 UCSB. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

SANTA BARBARA -- Yamil Perez had another impressive outing, leading BYU (15-4, 11-3 MPSF) to a .495 team hitting percentage as the No. 3 Cougars swept No. 4 UC Santa Barbara (14-8, 10-7) for the second consecutive night, 30-28, 30-28 and 30-26.

Perez had 53 assists and set for a team that had four players swing over .500. The only Cougars' attacker to hit under .500 was outside hitter Yosleyder Cala, who posted a .304 hitting percentage on 12 kills. Freshman Robby Stowell led BYU once again, getting 19 kills while hitting .500.

"Yamil had his best match of the season," co-head coach Shawn Patchell said. "All of his sets were right on the money. He has steadily improved throughout the season."

Perez also added two digs and three block assists. Russell Holmes also came up big for the Cougars, picking up eight kills while hitting .583. Holmes added five blocks and a career-high four service aces.

Early in the first set, the two teams played evenly playing to a tie at 11. With the score tied at 11, the Gauchos went on a 3-0 run to jump to a 14-11 lead and force a BYU time out. UCSB extended its lead to four at 18-14 before the Cougars began to chip away at the lead. BYU scored three consecutive points capped by a Stowell ace to narrow the margin to 18-17. After BYU and UCSB traded side outs, the Cougars scored two points in a row and two occasions to tie the game at 25. BYU then out-scored the Gauchos 3-1 on a Holmes kill followed by a combo block to take the two-point advantage. The Cougars won the set on a Cala kill.

Much like the first set, the second was closely contested with neither team building a two-point lead until the score reached double-digits. With the score tied at 13, BYU went on a 5-1 run to build a four-point advantage. UCSB came right back, with a 6-1 burst of its own to re-gain a 20-19 advantage. With the scored tied at 22, the Cougars scored four consecutive points to take the lead. Rodnei Santos and Ivan Perez put up a block to give BYU a 26-22 lead. Once again, the Gauchos fought back, scoring four consecutive themselves to tie the score. Ivan Perez shut the door on the second set with back-to-back kills to break a 28-all tie.

BYU caught fire in the third set, recording 21 kills while swinging .714 as a team. The Cougars jumped to an early 6-1 lead and never looked back. Behind back-to-back service aces from Holmes, the Cougars built a nine-point advantage at 24-15. BYU held off the Gauchos, with Stowell knocking home the match-winner.

The Cougars will have a week off before they head back to Southern California to take on Cal-State Northridge.

"Our team is getting better with every match," Patchell said.

Volleyball Box Score

#3 BYU Cougars vs #4 UC Santa Barbara (Mar 10, 2007 at Santa Barbara, CA)

BYU Cougars | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

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

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1 CALA, Yosleyder..... 3| 12 5 23 .304| 0| 1 3| 2| 4| 0 0 0| 0

2 SANTOS, Rodnei...... 3| 8 1 10 .700| 1| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 2 2| 0

8 PEREZ, Ivan......... 3| 11 1 15 .667| 0| 0 1| 1| 2| 0 3 0| 0

11 HOLMES, Russell..... 3| 8 1 12 .583| 0| 4 4| 0| 0| 0 5 0| 0

13 STOWELL, Robby...... 3| 19 5 28 .500| 0| 2 1| 0| 7| 0 3 1| 0

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 3| 0 0 1 .000| 53| 1 3| 0| 2| 0 3 1| 0

5 COX, Scott.......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

6 SILVA, Joel......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 2| 5| 0 0 0| 0

7 SORENSEN, Trent..... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

15 TAYLOR, Mat......... 1| 0 0 2 .000| 0| 0 0| 2| 0| 0 0 0| 0

TEAM................ | | | | 2| | |

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Totals.............. 3| 58 13 91 .495| 55| 8 14| 9| 21| 0 16 4| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 20 5 31 .484 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 17 7 32 .312 BYU Cougars......... (3) 30 30 30 15-4, 11-3 MPSF

3 21 1 28 .714 UC Santa Barbara.... (0) 28 28 26 14-8, 10-7 MPSF

UC Santa Barbara | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

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

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1 Kowalski, Bart...... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 37| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 4 1| 0

4 Berman, Bryan....... 2| 6 5 13 .077| 1| 4 2| 0| 1| 0 1 1| 0

8 Fisher, Michael..... 3| 6 2 12 .333| 0| 0 1| 1| 2| 0 3 1| 0

21 Brunner, Theo....... 3| 13 2 22 .500| 1| 1 2| 0| 0| 0 4 0| 0

22 Kennedy, David...... 3| 6 1 9 .556| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

40 Patak, Evan......... 3| 13 4 27 .333| 0| 3 3| 0| 4| 0 1 0| 0

2 Brockman, Ben....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 3| 5| 0 0 0| 0

7 Norton, Tyson....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

11 Klineman, Max....... 1| 0 0 1 .000| 6| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

12 Zakarian, Armen..... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

17 Moisenco, Sam....... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

33 Richman, Aaron...... 3| 2 0 4 .500| 0| 1 1| 1| 1| 0 0 0| 0

TEAM................ | | | | 3| | |

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Totals.............. 3| 46 14 88 .364| 45| 9 10| 8| 16| 0 13 3| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 6.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 19 6 30 .433 Site: Santa Barbara, CA (Robertson Gymnasium)

2 15 5 34 .294 Date: Mar 10, 2007 Attend: 426 Time: 1:40

3 12 3 24 .375 Referees: Ric Olmstead, John Martin

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