Bowers Stars as Cougars Open Season

Enjoying her move to the rightside, senior Carrie Bowers put down a combined 37 kills, with only three hitting errors, in wins over American and Rutgers on Friday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

GAINESVILLE -- It was a perfect opening day for the BYU women's volleyball team Friday, as Carrie Bowers set career highs in leading the Cougars to wins over American and Rutgers, on the first day of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.

Hosted by the University of Florida, the Cougars defeated American 30-19, 30-19, 28-30, 30-20 before sweeping Rutgers 30-25, 30-26, 30-18.

"We played well against teams that have fared well in their own conferences," BYU coach Karen Lamb said. "I was pleased with how we did some things, but obviously the season is still young."

Bowers, moved back to her natural position on the rightside for her senior year, had a sterling showing, leading the Cougar attack in each match with a total of 37 kills on the day.

In its season-opening match against American, BYU exploded offensively, hitting .348, while holding the Eagles to a .114 attack percentage. Bowers led the Cougars with career highs of 22 kills and a .556 hitting percentage. She also recorded five digs, two blocks and one service ace.

"Carrie played outstanding today," Lamb said. "She's one of our leaders and it's nice to see her come out the way she did."

Making her collegiate setting debut, sophomore Lauren Richards dished out 41 assists with a match-high 12 digs, for the first Cougar double-double on the year. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lindsy Lewis-Hartsock played in her first match for BYU and recorded a match-high three blocks with five kills, and three service aces.

April Varner and Kim Wilson also had double-digit kills with 10 and 11, respectively.

Rutgers struggled against the Cougars in BYU's second match. In the first game, the Scarlet Knights only managed five kills against BYU, but the Cougars kept it a close game -- despite 19 kills -- because of 14 hitting errors.

The Cougars turned it on in the second and third games hitting .417 and .450, respectively, with only seven combined attack errors. BYU ran away with the match in the third game after Rutgers kept it close to start.

Bowers again led the Cougars in kills with 15, while hitting a career-high .583. She also led the Cougars with three blocks and finished with nine digs. Lindsey Metcalf provided 11 kills and a match-high 11 digs for a double-double while hitting .471.

Lexi Brown came on for Hartsock in the final two games and put down six kills with no attack errors to hit .667. She added two blocks and one dig.

BYU hit .290 as a team, while holding Rutgers to a .080 hitting percentage.

"I expected to have more blocks, we made a few too many service errors and our passing has to improve," Lamb said. " We are hitting well, though, and it's been a total team effort. We had contributions from many players today."

The Cougars will conclude the tournament with a matchup against No. 4 Florida at 3:30 p.m. (MDT). There will be a live audio cast of the match through the schedule's link on the BYU women's volleyball Web site at www.byucougars.com.

Volleyball Box Score

2003 BYU Women's Volleyball Stats

BYU Cougars vs AMERICAN (Aug 29, 2003 at Gainesville, Fla.)

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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3 VARNER, April....... 4| 10 7 30 .100| 0| 4 3| 1| 4| 0 0 1| 0

5 RICHARDS, Lauren.... 4| 6 3 15 .200| 41| 2 3| 0| 12| 0 1 1| 0

6 METCALF, Lindsey.... 2| 2 2 8 .000| 1| 1 2| 2| 5| 0 1 0| 0

8 BOWERS, Carrie...... 4| 22 2 36 .556| 1| 0 1| 0| 5| 0 2 0| 0

14 HARTSOCK, Lindsy.... 4| 5 2 12 .250| 0| 3 1| 0| 2| 1 2 2| 0

18 NIELSEN, Laura...... 4| 7 1 10 .600| 1| 2 3| 0| 2| 0 2 1| 0

4 TOGO, Melanie....... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

7 WILSON, Kim......... 3| 11 2 16 .562| 0| 0 2| 2| 3| 0 2 0| 0

9 BROWN, Lexi......... 1| 3 1 5 .400| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

12 CRABBE, Uila........ 4| 0 0 0 .000| 4| 0 0| 2| 10| 0 0 0| 0

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

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Totals.............. 4| 66 20 132 .348| 48| 12 16| 8| 43| 1 10 5| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 6.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 18 5 29 .448 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS

2 17 3 37 .378 BYU Cougars......... 30 30 28 30 1-0

3 16 8 32 .250 AMERICAN............ 19 19 30 20 0-1

4 15 4 34 .324

AMERICAN | 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 Biddulph, Cutrina... 4| 10 6 30 .133| 0| 0 1| 0| 9| 0 0 0| 0

5 Allgaier, Erin...... 4| 8 2 18 .333| 1| 1 1| 2| 6| 0 0 0| 0

7 Cornaz, Natacha..... 4| 3 3 11 .000| 0| 1 3| 0| 4| 2 1 0| 0

8 Fluegeman, Cathy.... 4| 2 4 12 -.167| 1| 2 1| 1| 2| 0 1 0| 0

11 Mulford, Courtney... 4| 2 2 10 .000| 12| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

15 Kucerkova, Karla.... 4| 11 8 31 .097| 6| 3 2| 5| 6| 0 0 0| 0

2 Cosco, Jennifer..... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 0| 0 0 0| 0

3 Vasconcelos, Sabrina 4| 2 0 2 1.000| 14| 1 0| 0| 6| 0 0 0| 0

4 Tuthill, Jessica.... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 1| 9| 0 0 0| 0

6 Lardner, Jamie...... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

12 Maloney, Elizabeth.. 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

TEAM................ | | | | 2| | |

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Totals.............. 4| 38 25 114 .114| 35| 8 8| 12| 42| 2 2 0| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 3.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 8 8 27 .000 Site: Gainesville, Fla. (O'Connell Center)

2 7 6 27 .037 Date: Aug 29, 2003 Attend: Time: 1:46

3 13 4 27 .333 Referees: Leisa Jordan, Tina Spann

4 10 7 33 .091

Volleyball Box Score

2003 BYU Women's Volleyball Stats

RUTGERS vs BYU Cougars (Aug 29, 2003 at Gainesville, Fla.)

RUTGERS | 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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2 Dawn Christjaener... 3| 10 6 31 .129| 2| 0 1| 3| 3| 1 0 0| 0

7 Addie Thiry......... 3| 2 2 9 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 1 2 0| 1

9 Ashleigh Young...... 3| 2 3 14 -.071| 0| 1 1| 0| 1| 1 3 0| 0

10 Stephanie Travioli.. 3| 4 3 14 .071| 1| 3 1| 1| 5| 0 4 1| 0

12 Shayla Bush......... 3| 5 5 22 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 8| 0 0 0| 0

14 Abbey Martin........ 3| 4 1 9 .333| 22| 0 0| 0| 6| 0 1 0| 1

8 Courtney Stout...... 3| 1 0 1 1.000| 0| 0 0| 3| 5| 0 0 0| 2

TEAM................ | | | | 2| | |

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Totals.............. 3| 28 20 100 .080| 25| 4 5| 10| 28| 3 10 1| 4

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 5 5 38 .000 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 14 6 32 .250 RUTGERS............. 25 26 18 0-2

3 9 9 30 .000 BYU Cougars......... 30 30 30 2-0

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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3 VARNER, April....... 1| 3 7 17 -.235| 0| 1 0| 1| 1| 0 0 0| 0

5 RICHARDS, Lauren.... 3| 4 3 9 .111| 42| 2 1| 0| 3| 1 1 1| 2

6 METCALF, Lindsey.... 3| 11 3 17 .471| 2| 0 2| 1| 11| 0 0 0| 0

8 BOWERS, Carrie...... 3| 15 1 24 .583| 3| 2 1| 1| 9| 0 3 0| 0

14 HARTSOCK, Lindsy.... 1| 2 3 5 -.200| 0| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0

18 NIELSEN, Laura...... 3| 5 1 8 .500| 0| 1 4| 0| 2| 0 2 0| 0

7 WILSON, Kim......... 2| 4 3 9 .111| 0| 4 4| 0| 4| 0 0 0| 0

9 BROWN, Lexi......... 2| 6 0 9 .667| 0| 0 1| 1| 1| 0 2 0| 0

12 CRABBE, Uila........ 3| 0 0 2 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 7| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 50 21 100 .290| 48| 10 13| 4| 40| 1 8 1| 2

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 5.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 19 14 44 .114 Site: Gainesville, Fla. (O'Connell Center)

2 19 4 36 .417 Date: Aug 29, 2003 Attend: Time: 1:27

3 12 3 20 .450 Referees: Leisa Jordan, Tina Spann

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