Season Ends in Long Beach

Pictured: sophomore Andrew Stewart (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- With a 25-5 overall record and second place finishes in both the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season standings and MPSF Championship Tournament, the season ends for the No. 3 BYU men's volleyball team.

The NCAA announced Sunday the participants of the 2008 Men's Volleyball Final Four with two teams from the MPSF on the docket: Tournament champion Pepperdine, and Long Beach State who won the regular-season title and enter the tournament as the at-large bid. The Cougars were frontrunners along with the 49ers for the at-large bid.

"We had our chance to win the MPSF Tournament and earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament," BYU head coach Shawn Patchell said. "We wish Pepperdine the best of luck, and we'll be pulling for the MPSF Tournament winners. I'm proud of our guys. They faced a lot of adversity this season, and they never quit battling."

BYU was up two sets to none Saturday night against Pepperdine in the MPSF Tournament championship match and had a swing for the match. The Cougars were unable put the match away, and the Waves won the next three sets. Seniors Ivan Perez and Jonathan Charette were named to the All-Tournament team and each had 20 kills in Saturday's match.

All-America selections will be announced this week. Perez and fellow senior Russell Holmes each earned All-America accolades last season and are favorites to be honored again this season.