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#5 BYU Cougars: 11-4, 7-3 MPSF
#10 Pepperdine Waves: 8-6, 6-5 MPSF
The No. 5 BYU men's volleyball team continues its homestand this weekend against the No. 10 Pepperdine Waves on Friday and Saturday, March 2 & 3, at 7 p.m. MT. Both matches will be broadcast live on BYUtv and online live at byutvsports.com/gameday.
The Cougars are riding an 11-4 overall record after splitting last weekend’s matches against UC Santa Barbara at home. Senior Robb Stowell leads the Cougar offense with 200 kills followed by teammate Josue Rivera who is contributing 160. Nine other BYU players also join Stowell and Rivera with double-digit kills on the year.
Russ Lavaja leads the team with 101 blocks, is second in the NCAA for blocks/set and the only player in the NCAA, at this points in the season, with more than 100 total blocks.
Joe Kauliakamoa leads the squad with 523 assists.
The Waves come to Provo with an 8-6 overall record and 6-5 record in league play. Maurice Torres leads the offense with 177 kills and a team-high 18 service aces. Teammate Josh Taylor joines Torres as the only other player recording 100+ kills with 171. Matt Pollock leads the team with 51 blocks. Pepperdine is most recently coming off a 3-1 win at Pacific.
The Waves lead the all-time series 27-20 but the Cougars are 12-8 all-time against them when playing in the Smith Fieldhouse.
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