Record Crowd On Hand For Home Opener

Sophomore Russell Lavaja recorded seven blocks, four kills and two service aces in BYU's 3-0 win over Pacific on Friday night (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)


Click to watch the video.

PROVO -- Playing its home opener in front of the largest crowd in nearly three years, the No. 5 BYU men’s volleyball team swept Pacific, 33-31, 30-25, 30-21, Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse. The 4,024 in attendance marked the most since the Cougars dropped a 3-2 match to then-No. 2 UC Irvine on Feb. 3, 2007 in front of 5,603 fans.

“Pacific is a good, new team who played really well tonight,” said BYU head coach Shawn Patchell. “We didn’t play the way we wanted to offensively to start the match. We need to learn to play in front of our home crowd.”

Outside hitters Andrew Stewart and Kevin Sagers led BYU with nine kills apiece, while Stewart also recorded eight digs. As a team the Cougars tied a season-high 18 blocks, with middle blockers Russell Lavaja and Futi Tavana putting up seven blocks each.

“We blocked really well tonight,” said Patchell. “We’ve really been working hard on that in practice so to see it come to fruition tonight was great. You usually don’t win on blocks alone, but with nine in the first set, we managed to win ugly.”

It was one of those blocks that secured the first set win for BYU—a combined block by Lavaja and Robb Stowell. After leading by as many as three points, the Cougars found themselves in a close battle midway through the first set. After back-to-back kills by Pacific’s Nikola Vukicevic tied it up 16-16, the two teams continued to trade points, knotting the score 11 more times. A kill from Sagers put BYU up 32-31 and set up the game-winning block.

The second set was back-and-forth from the start with neither team scoring two consecutive points until the Tigers took the 6-4 lead. With Pacific holding a 12-11 advantage, Tavana made his presence felt, as he was responsible for the next three points after a kill a two blocks. Gradually pulling away thanks to four knockdowns from Sagers, the Cougars claimed the set on a solo Stewart block.

By set three BYU had founds its rhythm, leading by as many as 11 points after a kill by Sagers and joint bock from Stewart and Lavaja. Service errors continued to plague both teams, as they combined for 41 miscues from the line. Senior Mat Taylor subbed in late and knocked down two kills, giving the Cougars their first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win of the season.

The Cougars and Tigers meet again on Saturday at 7 p.m. MT in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Volleyball Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

PACIFIC vs #5 BYU (Jan 15, 2010 at Provo, Utah)

PACIFIC | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

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

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1 Jason Borchin....... 3| 6 2 15 .267| 1| 0 1| 1| 2| 0 1 0| 0| 6.5

3 Nikola Vukicevic.... 2| 4 3 8 .125| 0| 0 4| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 4.0

6 Patrick Tunnell..... 3| 2 1 3 .333| 34| 1 0| 0| 3| 0 1 0| 1| 3.5

12 Taylor Hughes....... 3| 10 12 27 -.074| 0| 0 3| 0| 6| 1 0 0| 0| 11.0

13 Sean Daley.......... 3| 9 1 16 .500| 0| 0 6| 0| 1| 0 4 0| 0| 11.0

15 Florian Gornik...... 3| 7 8 24 -.042| 1| 0 6| 1| 7| 0 1 1| 0| 7.5

2 Kevin Downing....... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 3| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

4 Mark Bauhs.......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 9| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

5 Matthew Houlihan.... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

10 Chaz Hindsley....... 2| 2 1 4 .250| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 2.5

11 Clay Ostrander...... 3| 1 1 5 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 1.0

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Totals.............. 3| 41 29 102 .118| 40| 1 22| 2| 28| 1 8 1| 1| 47.0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 5.0

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 19 11 38 .211 19-32 59% SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 13 10 37 .081 20-30 66% PACIFIC............. (0) 31 25 21 4-1, 0-1 MPSF

3 9 8 27 .037 22-29 75% BYU................. (3) 33 30 30 3-1, 1-0 MPSF

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

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

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3 CHILTON, Reed....... 3| 0 1 1-1.000| 27| 0 2| 0| 3| 0 3 0| 0| 1.5

5 LAVAJA, Russell..... 3| 4 1 5 .600| 0| 2 3| 0| 2| 0 7 0| 0| 9.5

7 ROBINSON, Jeff...... 2| 2 2 6 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 4| 0 1 0| 0| 2.5

13 STOWELL, Robb....... 3| 8 3 18 .278| 0| 0 3| 0| 2| 1 3 0| 0| 10.5

15 STEWART, Andrew..... 3| 9 1 19 .421| 1| 0 0| 0| 8| 1 6 1| 0| 13.0

17 TAVANA, Futi........ 3| 4 2 12 .167| 0| 0 4| 0| 4| 0 7 0| 0| 7.5

8 KAULIAKAMOA, Joe.... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

9 SOUZA, Otavio....... 1| 0 1 1-1.000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

10 TAYLOR, Mat......... 2| 3 2 7 .143| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 3.5

11 SAGERS, Kevin....... 3| 9 2 20 .350| 0| 0 4| 0| 1| 0 3 0| 0| 10.5

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 3| 0 0 1 .000| 6| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 1| 0.5

18 HIAPO, BJ........... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 1| 4| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Totals.............. 3| 39 15 90 .267| 36| 2 19| 1| 28| 2 32 1| 1| 59.0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 18.0

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 13 7 36 .167 19-32 59% Site: Provo, Utah (Smith Fieldhouse)

2 10 4 30 .200 19-25 75% Date: Jan 15, 2010 Attend: 4024 Time: 1h 44m

3 16 4 24 .500 23-22 104% Referees: Tom Given, Daphne Nelson, Trent Mano

AttachmentSize
Box-Score.pdf16.79 KB
Tags: Results