(Photo by Ryan Faulkner)
The No. 2 BYU men's volleyball team will make its final road trip of the 2011 regular season this weekend as they head to No. 13 Pepperdine to play Friday and Saturday, April 8 & 9, at 7 p.m. PT.
Junior Robb Stowell leads the attack for BYU on 362 kills and a .331 attacking percentage. Teammates Taylor Sander, Futi Tavana and Alex DaPron join Stowell in double-digit kills with 293, 212 and 162 respectively.
Tavana currently leads the team with a .459 hitting percentage and is the only players with over 100 blocks for a 143 total. He also is currently ranked second in the nation for his total blocks per set with 1.52.
Setter Joe Kauliakamoa has recorded 823 assists this season as he paces the Cougar offense, averaging 10.04 per set. Setter Ryan Boyce has recently been splitting time with Kauliakamoa for 175 total assists and a 3.89 average.
The Cougars lead the overall series against Pepperdine 27-19 after going 1-1 against them last season. The Waves, however, own the road record with a 19-6 advantage against BYU when playing on their home court.
The Waves host the Cougars with a 9-13 overall record after having won three of their last five matches. Pepperdine has four players currently recording triple-digit kills on the season with Maurice Torres’ 320 leading the way. Chase Ross, Cory Riecks and Matt Pollock have tallied 116, 191 and 180 respectively.
Pepperdine are currently ninth in the MPSF standings with BYU in second.