(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Following a bye week, the No. 5 BYU men’s volleyball team (7-4, 5-3 MPSF) continues its road swing at No. 14 UC San Diego (4-9, 1-7 MPSF) for a two-match series this weekend. The Cougars had a week to rest after splitting two matches at No. 11 UC Irvine on Feb. 4 and 5. Last week the Tritons lost to No.1 Cal State Northridge and fell in five sets to No. 10 UC Santa Barbara and will be looking for their first program win over BYU.
The Cougars boast an undefeated, 26-0 record against UCSD, dating back to 1993. Of those 26 meetings, 20 resulted in sweeps, with the Tritons claiming a total of only five games. No matchup between these two teams has ever gone to a fifth set.
Last season BYU recorded a pair of sweeps over UCSD at home in the Smith Fieldhouse. Andrew Stewart knocked down double-digit kills both nights, while the team put up a combined 35 blocks on the weekend.
Live stats are available at the UCSD men’s volleyball schedule page at www.ucsdtritons.com. Gametracker can be launched by clicking on the link next to the appropriate game on the schedule.
The Cougars are coming off a weekend split at No. 11 UC Irvine on Feb. 4-5. Sophomore Robb Stowell knocked down a career-high 26 kills with a .413 attack percentage as BYU pulled out a nail-biting five-set win on Thursday. Besides Stowell, three other Cougars recorded double-digit kills, including Kevin Sagers with 14, Andrew Stewart with 12 and Otavio Souza adding 11. Stewart also completed a double-double night with a career-high 17 digs, giving him four double-doubles on the season. Despite suffering a sweep on Friday night, two Cougars recorded double-digit kills, including Stewart with a match-high 15 and Stowell with 12. Stowell also added a career-high three service aces.