Tight Win for Cougars

Michael Burke helped the Cougars beat UC Irvine Saturday night, hitting a match-high .577 percentage with 17 kills on 26 attempts. Burke also added seven blocks in the win. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- It came down to almost the last two points, but the Cougars held out to win a 30-27, 30-25, 28-30, 27-30, 15-13 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win over UC Irvine. With the win, BYU improves to 15-4 (13-3 MPSF) on the season, while UC Irvine falls to 15-8 (8-8 MPSF) on the year.

Middle blocker Michael Burke hit a match-high .577 with 17 kills and seven blocks for the Cougars, while three other Cougars hit double-digit kills and Jonathan Alleman recorded a double-double with 21 kills and 10 digs in the close 5-game match.

I think it's just part of who we are. In pressure situations I think our character comes through," BYU head coach Tom Peterson said. "We've worked long and hard. We've been in a little bit of a rut emotionally trying different things, but the character is still there and I really think that's what won it for us."

With the match tied 2-2, the Cougars came out determined to win the match. Burke scored the first point to get the momentum going and the 2,489 fans roaring. After that it was a close game, but the Cougars definitely had the crowd on their side.

"It's a lot about home-court advantage. Our crowd is so good and pumps everyone up" Burke said. "It's hard for the other team when everyone's cheering against them. Our guys really stepped up, too. There were a lot of good plays in the end."

Dave Hyte stepped up to give the Cougars a one-point advantage from a 13-point tie, then UC Irvine's Nic Vislay hit the ball into the net for the BYU win.

On the night, BYU hit .297 to UC Irvine's .277, and although the Anteaters out-blocked the Cougars 17.0 to 13.0, BYU stayed in the game with digs and kills. Rafael Paal recorded four aces on the night--three in the first game alone. Paal also added nine digs, four blocks and 12 kills. Carlos Moreno guided the offense with 68 assists, while Fernando Pessoa played a crucial defensive role with 15 digs.

For the Anteaters, Jimmy Pelzel hit a match-high 24 kills (.386) and Spencer Bemus recorded a double-double with 18 kills and 10 digs.

Next week the Cougars will continue MPSF play at CS Northridge on March 21 and 22.

Volleyball Box Score

2003 BYU Men's Volleyball Stats

No. 7 UC Irvine vs Brigham Young (Mar 15, 2003 at Brigham Young Univ)

No. 7 UC Irvine | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

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

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1 BEMUS, Spencer...... 5| 18 7 38 .289| 1| 2 4| 0| 10| 0 2 0| 0

2 PELZEL, Jimmy....... 5| 24 7 44 .386| 0| 0 5| 0| 4| 3 5 0| 0

5 KNIFFIN, David...... 5| 0 0 1 .000| 68| 0 0| 0| 4| 0 6 0| 0

15 JENSEN, Jarett...... 2| 2 3 10 -.100| 0| 0 2| 1| 0| 0 0 0| 0

16 WEICHERT, Kyle...... 5| 12 2 27 .370| 0| 0 1| 0| 2| 0 5 1| 0

33 MARCHEWKA, Russ..... 2| 6 3 11 .273| 0| 2 2| 1| 2| 0 2 0| 0

3 VISLAY, Nic......... 3| 7 2 16 .312| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 6 0| 0

6 FORD, Greg.......... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 3| 13| 0 0 0| 0

7 TUCKER, Monte....... 5| 3 4 12 -.083| 0| 0 4| 0| 4| 1 0 0| 0

14 GEMISE-FAREAU, Jerom 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 5| 72 28 159 .277| 69| 4 19| 5| 40| 4 26 1| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 17.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 17 7 31 .323 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS

2 13 7 35 .171 No. 7 UC Irvine..... 27 25 30 30 13 15-8 8-8

3 16 7 43 .209 Brigham Young....... 30 30 28 27 15 15-4 13-3

4 18 3 33 .455

5 8 4 17 .235

Brigham Young | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

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

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3 BURKE, Michael...... 5| 17 2 26 .577| 0| 0 1| 0| 3| 0 7 1| 0

5 MORENO, Carlos...... 5| 3 0 7 .429| 68| 0 3| 0| 4| 0 2 1| 0

7 MAYOL, Jaime........ 5| 18 13 38 .132| 2| 0 0| 2| 4| 0 6 2| 0

8 HYTE, David......... 5| 6 1 11 .455| 0| 0 2| 0| 2| 0 5 1| 0

9 PAAL, Rafael........ 5| 12 6 31 .194| 0| 4 7| 2| 9| 0 4 2| 0

12 ALLEMAN, Jonathan... 5| 21 8 41 .317| 1| 0 1| 0| 10| 0 2 0| 1

1 PATTERSON, Casey.... 5| 0 1 1-1.000| 0| 1 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

4 HILLMAN, Joe........ 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

15 OLMSTEAD, Shawn..... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

17 PESSOA, Fernando.... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 3| 0 0| 0| 15| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 5| 77 31 155 .297| 74| 5 16| 4| 48| 0 26 7| 1

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 13.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 16 6 27 .370 Site: Brigham Young Univ (Smith Fieldhouse)

2 12 5 29 .241 Date: Mar 15, 2003 Attend: 2489 Time: 2:28

3 19 8 43 .256 Referees: BURT FULLER, TOM GIVEN, ERIN YAMASHITA

4 21 8 38 .342

5 9 4 18 .278

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