Stewart Ties Career High in Five-Set Win

Senior Andrew Stewart tied a career-high on Saturday with 22 kills in a win over No. 6 UCLA (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

LOS -- Senior Andrew Stewart tied a career high with 22 kills on Saturday as No. 4 BYU defeated No. 6 UCLA, 31-29, 27-30, 28-30, 31-29, 15-11, at Pauley Pavilion. The victory comes one night after suffering a sweep by the Bruins, splitting the weekend series. With the win the Cougars improve to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.

“To come back and play how we did tonight shows a lot of heart,” said BYU head coach Shawn Patchell. “It was nice to see some guys rebound from a tough loss last night. To win on the road at UCLA is huge and will really help us later in the season.”

Joining Stewart in double-digit kills were Kevin Sagers and Kent Tuttle with 14 and 11, respectively. Sophomore middle blocker Russell Lavaja contributed a match-high 11 blocks, marking a new career high.

“Andrew [Stewart] was able to rebound and play well tonight,” said Patchell. “It really was a team effort. Guys came in and did a nice job off the bench. Some guys who were struggling kept battling.”

In a set that saw 20 tied scores, the Cougars pulled out the close 31-29 win to begin the night as Stewart knocked down eight kills on a .727 attack percentage. With the score knotted at 25-25, Stewart and Robb Stowell both recorded kills, but it was back-to-back attacks by Kevin Sagers that clinched the win.

The second set started out as close as the first, until the Bruins gained momentum with the score tied 14-14. Two service aces, along with a pair of blocks put UCLA up 22-16. Sophomore Futi Tavana contributed a kill, block and ace in an attempt to decrease BYU’s defecit, but UCLA’s Garrett Muagututia put an end to those hopes with three kills to end the set, 30-27.

Playing from behind to begin the third set, Stewart once again produced small sparks for the Cougars as they tied the score 8-8. With the teams trading scores back-and-forth, UCLA gradually pulled ahead to win 30-28. The Bruins knocked down 23 kills in the third set alone, compared to BYU’s 16.

BYU was focused on tying the match at two sets apiece as it led by as many as three points to begin the fourth set. The Bruins’ strong offensive attack continued as they found themselves leading 22-18. After calling a timeout, BYU scored three consecutive points off a kill from Sagers and two UCLA errors.

Tuttle, Sagers and Lavaja all added kills as BYU tied the score 25-25, forcing the Bruins to call a timeout of their own. A costly UCLA service error brought up set point for BYU, which it took full advantage of on the following play as Otavio Souza and Reed Chilton combined for the set-winning block.

The Cougars took the lead in the fifth and deciding set at 6-5 and never trailed again. The Bruins, who recorded seven aces on the night, had three late errors from the service line as BYU went up 14-10. Souza’s final kill secured the overall win for the Cougars.

BYU will stay on the road next weekend as it travels to No. 7 UC Irvine for a two-match series on Feb. 4 and 5. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. PT.

Volleyball Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

BYU vs UCLA (Jan 30, 2010 at UCLA)

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

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

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3 CHILTON, Reed....... 5| 0 0 1 .000| 53| 0 1| 0| 4| 0 7 0| 0| 3.5

5 LAVAJA, Russell..... 5| 5 0 8 .625| 1| 0 5| 1| 2| 0 11 0| 0| 10.5

11 SAGERS, Kevin....... 5| 14 8 32 .188| 0| 1 4| 2| 9| 0 5 0| 0| 17.5

13 STOWELL, Robb....... 4| 5 3 18 .111| 0| 0 2| 0| 4| 0 3 1| 0| 6.5

15 STEWART, Andrew..... 5| 22 6 48 .333| 1| 0 1| 2| 5| 0 3 0| 0| 23.5

17 TAVANA, Futi........ 2| 2 1 5 .200| 1| 1 1| 0| 1| 0 3 0| 0| 4.5

1 TUTTLE, Kent........ 5| 11 7 27 .148| 0| 1 2| 0| 8| 0 3 0| 0| 13.5

4 SILVA, Joel......... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 2| 7| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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

8 KAULIAKAMOA, Joe.... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

9 SOUZA, Otavio....... 3| 7 0 9 .778| 0| 1 0| 0| 1| 0 5 0| 0| 10.5

10 TAYLOR, Mat......... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 5| 0 0 0 .000| 8| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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

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Totals.............. 5| 66 25 150 .273| 66| 4 17| 7| 42| 0 40 1| 0| 90.0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 20.0

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 18 5 31 .419 20-29 68% SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS

2 9 6 29 .103 19-30 63% BYU................. (3) 31 27 28 31 15 6-3, 4-2

3 16 3 33 .394 22-29 75% UCLA................ (2) 29 30 30 29 11 4-5, 3-3

4 17 8 42 .214 22-30 73%

5 6 3 15 .200 8-12 66%

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

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

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7 Garrett Muagututia.. 5| 27 7 52 .385| 1| 0 1| 1| 13| 1 6 0| 0| 31.0

14 Jack Polales........ 4| 7 7 20 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 5| 0 4 1| 0| 9.0

17 Dylan Bowermaster... 4| 4 4 9 .000| 1| 0 2| 1| 2| 0 0 0| 0| 4.0

18 Thomas Amberg....... 4| 4 4 18 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 1| 0 9 0| 0| 8.5

25 Kevin Ker........... 5| 3 2 6 .167| 67| 3 7| 0| 9| 0 1 0| 0| 6.5

28 Nick Vogel.......... 5| 13 3 23 .435| 1| 3 6| 0| 1| 0 4 0| 0| 18.0

3 Tom Hastings........ 5| 0 0 0 .000| 3| 0 0| 2| 13| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

4 Chen Levitan........ 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

8 Kyle Caldwell....... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

16 Weston Dunlap....... 2| 4 1 7 .429| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 2 0| 0| 5.0

30 Jeremy Casebeer..... 4| 10 8 22 .091| 0| 1 2| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 0| 11.0

36 Jonathan Bridgeman.. 4| 7 1 14 .429| 0| 0 3| 0| 3| 0 2 0| 0| 8.0

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Totals.............. 5| 79 37 171 .246| 74| 7 25| 4| 52| 1 28 1| 0| 101.0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 15.0

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 16 6 31 .323 20-31 64% Site: UCLA (Pauley Pavilion)

2 15 10 34 .147 19-27 70% Date: Jan 30, 2010 Attend: 1003 Time: 2:35

3 23 8 43 .349 23-29 79% Referees: Larry Schwartz, Tony Chan

4 17 8 44 .205 21-30 69%

5 8 5 19 .158 7-14 50%

1 2 3 4 5 Total

Tie scores 20 4 8 13 6 51

Lead changes 7 1 2 4 2 16

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