Stewart Leads Upset Win Over No. 4 Penn State

Junior Andrew Stewart led BYU with 20 kills in the Cougars' 3-2 upset win over No. 4 Penn State (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

LONG BEACH -- Andrew Stewart led the No. 9 men’s volleyball team to a 3-2 victory over reigning national champions and fourth-ranked Penn State Friday night. The matchup was the first of the Long Beach State Active Ankle Tournament. With the win the Cougars improve to 10-8 on the season and 2-3 in five-set matches.

"This was a big win for us tonight," said BYU head coach Shawn Patchell. "It was a long time coming. The guys trained very hard this week and did a nice job learning from their mistakes. We played with poise and responded well."

Stewart recorded a match-high 20 kills against the Nittany Lions, his fourth 20-plus kill night of the season.

"Andrew played like a captain tonight," said Patchell. "He was a little under the weather last week, but came back strong tonight. He played very well and got big swings for us."

Sophomore outside hitter Kevin Sagers also knocked down double-digit kills for BYU, contributing 14. Sagers also set a new career high with three service aces on the night.

The Cougars kept it close to begin the first set, tying the score 8-8 off a kill by Stewart. Penn State score four-straight points to pull ahead 12-8 and give the Nittany Lions a permanent advantage. The reigning national champions continued to extend their lead en route to an early 30-20 win, hitting .483 percent.

Mat Taylor opened a close second set with a kill, a set which boasted 12 tied scores. Sagers recorded back-to-back service aces to give BYU an early two-point advantage. Tied 13-13, the Cougars went on a 7-1 run, with Penn State’s only point coming off a BYU service error. Another kill by Taylor put the Cougars up 21-17 before the Nittany Lions scored three straight to get within one, forcing BYU to take a timeout. Taylor was clutch once again, recording his sixth kill of the set, giving the Cougars the momentum necessary to retake the lead once and for all, 26-25, and tie the match one-game-all.

BYU continued its strong offensive play in the third set, capitalizing on several Penn State service errors and getting kills from Stewart, Russell Lavaja and Futi Tavana. The Cougars maintained a steady lead through the majority of the set, with Sagers’ three consecutive kills giving them a 24-19 advantage. Kent Tuttle’s service ace setup a game-point scenario for BYU, which Stewart took care of with his 13th kill of the night, securing the 30-24 win.

It was the same story in the fourth set, with a mixture of Cougars continuing to contribute. The set opened with a joint block by Tavana and Stewart, and kills by Sagers, Tavana, Tuttle and Lavaja. After being tied 17-17, Penn State staged a comeback, holding as much as a three-point advantage at 26-23. BYU clawed its way back, however, tying the score again at 28-28 after a Nittany Lion service error and Tuttle kill. Penn State came out on top with the 30-28 win, tying the match and forcing a fifth set.

The Cougars scored three of the first four points in the final set with kills by the tandem of Sagers and Stewart. As a team BYU hit .333 in the fifth game. With neither team managing to build much of a lead, another kill by Stewart and a Nittany Lion attack error put BYU up 12-10. The Cougars called one final timeout up 13-11, after which Stewart finished off Penn State with back-to-back kills.

The Cougars continue play at the Active Ankle Tournament on Saturday, playing IPFW at 5 p.m. PT.

"We're playing a team a lot like us tomorrow," said Patchell. "[IPFW's] young and they're getting better. We need to move on and make sure we take care of our side of the net."

Volleyball Box Score

2009 Long Beach State Men's Volleyball

#4 Penn State vs #9 BYU (Mar 13, 2009 at Long Beach, Calif.)

Penn State | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

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

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7 Goas, Edgardo....... 5| 4 2 7 .286| 55| 1 2| 0| 5| 0 1 0| 0| 5.5

9 Lipsitz, Max........ 5| 12 1 25 .440| 0| 0 5| 0| 0| 1 6 1| 0| 16.0

11 Price, Will......... 5| 16 6 39 .256| 2| 1 3| 1| 10| 0 4 0| 0| 19.0

12 Holt, Max........... 5| 13 5 22 .364| 0| 2 9| 0| 1| 0 2 3| 0| 16.0

13 Sweitzer, Ryan...... 5| 10 5 25 .200| 3| 1 5| 0| 7| 0 2 1| 0| 12.0

17 Sunder, Joe......... 5| 11 7 27 .148| 0| 0 3| 1| 4| 0 2 0| 0| 12.0

6 Del Valle, Dennis... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 4| 9| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

10 Sherrick, Jon....... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

15 Stauffer, Jay....... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 4| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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Totals.............. 5| 66 26 145 .276| 62| 5 27| 6| 40| 1 17 5| 0| 80.5

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 9.5

Game K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 16 2 31 .452 19-21 90% GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS

2 14 9 33 .152 18-30 60% Penn State.......... (2) 30 27 24 30 11 15-2

3 12 5 27 .259 18-29 62% BYU................. (3) 21 30 30 28 15 10-8

4 17 5 33 .364 23-29 79%

5 7 5 21 .095 7-15 46%

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

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

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5 LAVAJA, Russell..... 5| 6 2 13 .308| 1| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 5 0| 0| 8.5

10 TAYLOR, Mat......... 3| 8 8 21 .000| 0| 1 4| 1| 2| 0 2 0| 0| 10.0

11 SAGERS, Kevin....... 5| 14 7 27 .259| 0| 3 6| 2| 2| 0 1 0| 0| 17.5

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 5| 0 0 1 .000| 52| 0 3| 0| 9| 0 2 0| 0| 1.0

15 STEWART, Andrew..... 5| 20 6 42 .333| 0| 1 2| 1| 5| 0 4 0| 0| 23.0

17 TAVANA, Futi........ 5| 7 2 18 .278| 2| 0 2| 0| 6| 0 3 0| 0| 8.5

1 TUTTLE, Kent........ 5| 9 2 19 .368| 0| 1 3| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0| 10.0

3 CHILTON, Reed....... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 1| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

4 SILVA, Joel......... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 15| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

7 ROBINSON, Jeff...... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

8 KAULIAKAMOA, Joe.... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

TEAM................ | | | | 1| | | | 0.0

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Totals.............. 5| 64 27 141 .262| 57| 6 23| 5| 44| 0 17 0| 0| 78.5

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.5

Game K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 12 8 30 .133 19-30 63% Site: Long Beach, Calif. (Walter Pyramid)

2 14 6 32 .250 18-27 66% Date: Mar 13, 2009 Attend: Time: 2:19

3 13 6 26 .269 19-25 75% Referees: Larry Schwartz, Jessie Martinez

4 16 5 32 .344 22-29 75% Triple blocks: Penn State 1, BYU 1

5 9 2 21 .333 7-11 63% Active Ankle Tournament presented by Hampton Inn

1 2 3 4 5 Total

Tie scores 5 12 0 8 5 30

Lead changes 0 4 0 4 1 9

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