Waves Crash in Cougars' Upset Victory

BYU recorded an upset 3-1 win over No. 1 Pepperdine at the Smith Fieldhouse on Friday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)


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PROVO -- The No. 4 BYU men's volleyball team (10-6, 8-5 MPSF) recorded its best hitting percentage this season, snapping No. 1 Pepperdine's 8-game winning streak with a 30-28, 25-30, 30-27, 30-18 victory in the Smith Fieldhouse on Friday.

"It's great to be back at home," said head coach Shawn Patchell. "It seems like it's been forever. Pepperdine is the best offensive team in the country so this was a great win for our team."

The Cougars are now 5-5 when they play against teams ranked in the top 10.

Sophomore Rob Stowell led all players with 22 kills while teammate Reed Chilton led the way with 58 assists. Andrew Stewart also led all players with his 12 digs on the night. Russell Lavaja recorded a career-high .714 hitting percentage with 11 kills and only one error.

The Cougars saw their second-highest attendance this season with 4,168 fans.

Sets one, two and three were close back-and-forth matchups with a total of 30 tied scores, 12 of them coming in the third set.

The Waves’ largest lead of the second set came at the very end of the match with a 20-26 lead. The Cougars played back to cut the lead, but wouldn’t be able to come closer than four points as BYU fell 25-30.

"We read the ball and setter better and made adjustments after that second set," Patchell said. "We were patient and slowed them down. Serving aggressively gave us the chance to block."

The third set saw the Cougars holding the lead for six points before the Waves took the lead at 24-23. BYU brought it back for the set's 12th tie score and then again took the lead before getting the final 30-27 win.

BYU dominated the fourth set as it went on a 5-0 run to start, after tying it 4-4, and would never let the Waves back any closer as it took the set victory and overall match.

The Cougars will continue the series tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.

Volleyball Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

#1 PEP vs #4 BYU (Mar 05, 2010 at Provo, Utah)

PEP | 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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1 Tyler Jaynes........ 4| 9 4 19 .263| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 2 1| 0| 10.0

2 Rodnei Santos....... 4| 11 2 17 .529| 1| 0 3| 0| 1| 0 4 1| 0| 13.0

5 Cory Riecks......... 4| 17 5 29 .414| 0| 0 2| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 0| 17.0

9 J.D. Schleppenbach.. 4| 12 8 30 .133| 0| 1 5| 0| 7| 0 4 0| 0| 15.0

10 Kasey Crider........ 4| 2 1 5 .200| 59| 2 4| 0| 2| 0 4 1| 0| 6.0

12 Maurice Torres...... 4| 11 7 21 .190| 0| 0 5| 0| 8| 0 0 0| 0| 11.0

4 Matt Pollock........ 1| 1 0 2 .500| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 1.0

14 Sean Grubbs......... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

16 Trevor Van Uden..... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

19 Kyle Luongo......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

21 Brent Schirripa..... 2| 1 0 1 1.000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 1.0

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Totals.............. 4| 64 27 124 .298| 61| 3 19| 0| 27| 0 14 3| 0| 74.0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 16 6 28 .357 22-29 75% SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS

2 19 5 29 .483 20-26 76% PEP................. (1) 28 30 27 18 9-5, 8-4 MPSF

3 14 7 37 .189 20-29 68% BYU................. (3) 30 25 30 30 10-6, 8-5 MPSF

4 15 9 30 .200 17-30 56%

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....... 4| 3 0 5 .600| 58| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 1 0| 0| 3.5

5 LAVAJA, Russell..... 4| 11 1 14 .714| 0| 0 2| 0| 1| 0 6 1| 0| 14.0

11 SAGERS, Kevin....... 4| 11 6 21 .238| 0| 0 5| 0| 2| 0 3 0| 0| 12.5

13 STOWELL, Robb....... 4| 22 6 35 .457| 0| 0 6| 0| 4| 1 3 0| 0| 24.5

15 STEWART, Andrew..... 4| 15 2 26 .500| 2| 0 0| 0| 12| 0 2 1| 0| 16.0

17 TAVANA, Futi........ 4| 7 2 14 .357| 1| 0 3| 0| 1| 1 5 0| 0| 10.5

1 TUTTLE, Kent........ 2| 0 0 2 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 0.5

4 SILVA, Joel......... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 3| 5| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

7 ROBINSON, Jeff...... 2| 0 0 1 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0| 0.5

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

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

14 PEREZ, Yamil........ 2| 0 0 0 .000| 3| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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Totals.............. 4| 69 17 118 .441| 64| 0 19| 3| 27| 2 22 2| 0| 82.0

TEAM ATTACK PER SET TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 13.0

Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct

1 19 4 29 .517 23-29 79% Site: Provo, Utah (Smith Fieldhouse)

2 15 7 31 .258 19-29 65% Date: Mar 05, 2010 Attend: 4168 Time: 2H 21M

3 19 4 38 .395 21-28 75% Referees: LES CALLES, MIKE FARRISH, TRENT MANO

4 16 2 20 .700 17-18 94%

1 2 3 4 Total

Tie scores 9 3 15 4 31

Lead changes 4 2 6 1 13

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