Ten-Straight Wins Tie School Record

Coming back from a shoulder injury and playing in his first match of the season, Junior Michael Burke hit 15 kills of 19 attempts in a blistering .737 percentage.

IRVINE -- After losing the first game, the No. 4-ranked BYU men's volleyball team came back to dominate ninth-ranked UC Irvine 3-1, extending its winning streak to ten matches and bringing its record closer to conference leaders, Hawai`i and UCLA. The game scores for the match were 26-30, 30-24, 30-21, 30-26.

Since the NCAA adopted rally scoring, this ten-match winning streak ties the longest streak from 2001 when the Cougars won the National Championship. With the win, BYU improves to 11-3 overall on the season, 9-1 in MPSF play. The Anteaters drop to 7-11 overall, 3-8 in league play.

"We are happy about the win," head coach Tom Peterson said. "After losing the first game, we knew we needed to play more consistent to stay competitive. Even though we had six aces for the match, we do have to serve better and more consistently."

Coming back from a preseason shoulder injury, junior Mike Burke picked up where he left off, claiming 15 kills in 19 attempts and a match-high .737 percentage. He also added a match-high six blocks to help BYU to 11.5 total team blocks. Last season Burke earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors in his first year at BYU. He also led the Cougars in blocking with 143 on the season and 1.41 blocks per game.

"Mike played a great match and blocked the ball at the right times," Peterson said. "We're glad he's back playing with us, and he will only be getting better as the season goes on."

BYU overpowered UC Irvine with a total of 71 kills on 132 attempts, hitting a .386 percentage for the match. The Anteaters recorded 46 kills and only had one player in double digits, All-American Jimmy Pelzel, who led with 16 kills. The Cougars spread the offensive muscle around, with five players in double-digit kills.

Leading the team was senior Joe Hillman, who posted 20 kills and a career-high nine digs in a .395 hitting performance. Other Cougars contributing to the win were Jon Alleman with 13 kills, sophomore Victor Batista with 12 kills and senior Fernando Pessoa with 11 kills. Batista hit a solid .688 percentage and chipped in four blocks.

BYU's best hitting came in the last game at a .600 percentage, boasting 22 kills in 35 attempts with only one hitting error. The Cougars recorded 88.5 points to UC Irvine's 56 points for the match.

Returning to Provo for a four-match home stand, BYU will host UC Santa Barbara on Mar. 5-6 beginning at 7 p.m. both nights in the Smith Fieldhouse. The Cougars will then take on MPSF-rival Pepperdine on Mar. 12-13 at 7 p.m.

For the detailed boxscore, click the pdf version link above.

Volleyball Box Score

2004 BYU Men's Volleyball Stats

BRIGHAM YOUNG vs UC Irvine (Feb 28, 2004 at Irvine, CA)

BRIGHAM YOUNG | 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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3 Burke,Michael....... 4| 15 1 19 .737| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 1 5 0| 0| 18.5

5 MORENO, Carlos...... 4| 0 3 4 -.750| 66| 1 3| 0| 1| 0 4 0| 2| 3.0

11 HILLMAN, Joe........ 4| 20 5 38 .395| 0| 1 4| 0| 9| 1 3 0| 0| 23.5

12 ALLEMAN, Jonathan... 4| 13 6 28 .250| 0| 0 6| 3| 6| 0 2 1| 0| 14.0

17 PESSOA, Fernando.... 4| 11 4 27 .259| 0| 3 5| 0| 1| 0 1 0| 0| 14.5

18 BATISTA, Victor..... 4| 12 1 16 .688| 0| 1 6| 0| 1| 0 4 1| 0| 15.0

6 FERRE, Aaron........ 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

14 NEILSON, Rob........ 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

15 OLMSTEAD, Shawn..... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 8| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

20 EVANS, TAYLOR....... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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Totals.............. 4| 71 20 132 .386| 66| 6 28| 3| 29| 2 19 2| 2| 88.5

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 11.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 13 14 35 -.029 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS

2 18 2 30 .533 BRIGHAM YOUNG....... 26 30 30 30 11-3,9-1

3 18 3 32 .469 UC Irvine........... 30 24 21 26 7-11,3-8

4 22 1 35 .600

UC Irvine | 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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1 Bemus, Spencer...... 4| 6 5 19 .053| 0| 0 2| 3| 3| 0 1 1| 0| 6.5

2 Pelzel, Jimmy....... 4| 16 6 33 .303| 0| 1 3| 1| 4| 1 2 0| 0| 19.0

8 Reid, Brett......... 4| 0 1 1-1.000| 39| 1 2| 0| 3| 0 1 1| 1| 1.5

14 Webber, Matt........ 2| 1 4 8 -.375| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 1.5

15 Smith, David........ 4| 7 3 17 .235| 1| 0 2| 0| 2| 0 2 0| 0| 8.0

16 Weichert, Kyle...... 4| 6 2 12 .333| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 4 0| 0| 8.0

6 Ford, Greg.......... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 2| 8| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

7 Thornton, Brian..... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

9 Spittle, Paul....... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

11 Jablonsky, Jayson... 3| 9 3 15 .400| 0| 0 2| 0| 4| 0 1 0| 0| 9.5

12 Fell, BJ............ 2| 1 0 1 1.000| 1| 1 0| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 2.0

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Totals.............. 4| 46 24 106 .208| 42| 3 11| 6| 28| 1 12 2| 1| 56.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 11 6 26 .192 Site: Irvine, CA (Crawford Court)

2 11 8 28 .107 Date: Feb 28, 2004 Attend: 846 Time: 1:58

3 11 6 31 .161 Referees: Ken Taylor, Verna Klubnikin

4 13 4 21 .429

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