Top-Ranked Matadors Sweep BYU

The Cougars dropped a 3-0 match to No. 1 CSUN on Thursday night. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

NORTHRIDGE -- BYU’s four-match win streak was snapped as the No. 8 men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-0 contest to No. 1 Cal State Northridge on Thursday night, 30-24, 30-28, 30-25. With the loss the Cougars drop to 9-7 on the season and 7-4 in MPSF play.

Junior opposite Mat Taylor recorded 11 kills in the loss, the lone Cougar to reach double-digit kills as BYU hit .089 on the night. Freshman middle blocker Russell Lavaja’s seven blocks led both teams as BYU outblocked CSUN 13 to 10.5.

BYU found itself trailing 7-5 early in the first set, with three of its points coming off CSUN service errors. The Matadors struggled from the service line all night, recording 24 total service errors. Seven blocks by BYU could not compete with CSUN’s 17 kills, five of which came from Tanner Nua. A kill by the Matadors’ Mike Gaudino ended the 30-24 set.

The Cougars came out stronger in the second set, maintaining a steady lead nearly the entire game. They held as much as a five-point advantage late in the set before the Matadors regained momentum and built a 4-0 run to come within one at 25-24. Both teams traded several service errors and kills back-and-forth, enabling CSUN to come back and lead 29-28. The Matadors secured the 2-0 match lead off a BYU attack error.

Unable to get its offense rolling, BYU continued to struggle in the third set, hitting -.029. The Matadors hit only .088, but still managed to clinch the match with a 30-25 win.

The Cougars and Matadors meet again on Friday at 7 p.m. PT in the Matadome.

Volleyball Box Score

Brigham Young Univ. Cougar VolleyBall

#8 BYU Cougars vs #1 Cal State Northridge

(Mar 05, 2009 at Northridge, Calif.)

BYU Cougars | 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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5 LAVAJA, Russell..... 3| 3 4 7 -.143| 1| 0 1| 0| 0| 1 6 1| 0

10 TAYLOR, Mat......... 3| 11 2 23 .391| 0| 0 2| 0| 5| 0 4 0| 0

11 SAGERS, Kevin....... 3| 1 5 12 -.333| 0| 0 0| 1| 2| 0 2 0| 0

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 3| 0 1 1-1.000| 21| 1 5| 0| 4| 0 0 1| 0

15 STEWART, Andrew..... 3| 8 6 21 .095| 0| 0 0| 1| 9| 0 4 0| 0

17 TAVANA, Futi........ 3| 4 1 7 .429| 0| 1 2| 0| 1| 1 3 0| 0

1 TUTTLE, Kent........ 2| 2 0 3 .667| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 1 0| 0

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

4 SILVA, Joel......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 3| 5| 0 0 0| 0

7 ROBINSON, Jeff...... 2| 1 2 4 -.250| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0

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

23 DA PRON, Alex....... 1| 3 4 12 -.083| 0| 0 0| 3| 1| 0 1 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 33 25 90 .089| 28| 2 12| 8| 29| 2 22 2| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 13.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 7 6 26 .038 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 15 7 29 .276 BYU Cougars......... (0) 24 28 25 9-7, 7-4 MPSF

3 11 12 35 -.029 Cal State Northridge (3) 30 30 30 14-2, 10-2 MPSF

Cal State Northridge | 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 Nua, Tanner......... 3| 8 7 22 .045| 0| 1 4| 0| 1| 0 3 1| 0

10 McKniff, Kevin...... 3| 7 3 14 .286| 0| 3 3| 0| 2| 2 3 0| 0

11 Gaudino, Mike....... 3| 6 3 19 .158| 1| 1 4| 1| 6| 0 3 0| 0

12 Stork, Matt......... 3| 2 0 2 1.000| 35| 0 4| 0| 1| 0 3 1| 0

14 Vance, Eric......... 3| 15 2 29 .448| 1| 2 4| 0| 7| 0 1 0| 0

17 Ratajczak, Jacek.... 3| 7 1 12 .500| 0| 1 5| 0| 0| 0 4 0| 0

2 Baxter, Jeff........ 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

4 Edwards, Theo....... 2| 0 1 2 -.500| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

7 Keohohou, Ali'i..... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 0| 9| 0 0 0| 0

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

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Totals.............. 3| 45 17 100 .280| 39| 8 24| 2| 27| 2 17 2| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 17 7 35 .286 Site: Northridge, Calif. (The Matadome)

2 17 2 31 .484 Date: Mar 05, 2009 Attend: 515 Time: 1:35

3 11 8 34 .088 Referees: Marvin Hall, John Martin

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