BYU Opens with Win at Home against Ohio State

Sophomore setter Lauren Richards displayed her all-around game in a win over Ohio State on Friday. She had career highs with five aces and five blocks. She also dished out 41 assists with seven kills, nine digs and a .417 hitting percentage. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Penn State Opens with Sweep Over Rice

PROVO -- In its season-opening home match of the season, the BYU women's volleyball team defeated Ohio State 3-1 (32-34, 30-28, 30-23, 30-26) in the first day of the BYU Mizuno Classic presented by Courtyard Marriott at the Smith Fieldhouse.

"We wanted to win this match," BYU coach Karen Lamb said. "We were tight in the beginning, but loosened up and really started to play well down the stretch."

A crowd of 2,071 watched a match filled with great defensive play, numerous long rallies and timely plays by BYU. The Cougars (5-3) were led by three players with double-digit kills on the night. Kim Wilson led the BYU hit parade with 13 kills, followed by Carrie Bowers and April Varner with 11 kills each.

Lauren Richards played a stellar overall game as she set career highs with five aces and five blocks. She also dished out 41 assists, with nine digs, seven kills and a match-high .417 hitting percentage.

"Lauren loves to compete," Lamb said. "She's dynamic. She made some really good plays at crucial times and did a great job serving."

The Cougars fell behind early in the first game and the Buckeyes' lead peaked at 8-3. BYU would chip into the Ohio State (3-2) lead and tied the game for the first time at 13-13. The Cougars would take their first lead at 20-19 on an ace from Richards. The game would go back-and-forth from there, but Heather Whalen and Stacey Gordon ended the game with back-to-back kills.

The second game was another close one that see-sawed between the two teams. The Cougars were out-hit .286 to .250, but BYU was buoyed by timely aces and blocks to spur them to the win.

BYU, behind the strong serving of Richards, started the third game on fire, reeling off the first five points. The Cougars' early lead would bulge to seven at 8-1. Gordon kept the Buckeyes in the game and had five kills to draw them within 8-5 of the Cougars. BYU would effectively shut Gordon down for the rest of the game as she failed to register another kill. The game was sealed by a Laura Nielsen kill.

Game four saw both teams scrap for points as each team traded sideouts. Neither team led by more than three points until the Cougars, on the strength of a Bowers kill and a Lindsey Lewis-Hartsock ace, went on a decisive 4-0 run to take a 27-23 lead. Wilson and Nielsen ended the match with a block on Whalen.

Uila Crabbe led the defense with 14 digs and Nielsen set a season-high and led the match with eight blocks. Wilson also put up 10 digs for her second career double-double.

BYU contained Buckeye All-American Gordon by holding her to a .236 hitting percentage and 22 kills. On the match BYU held a team blocks advantage of 15.5-10.5.

On Saturday, BYU will face Rice at Noon, before concluding the tournament against No. 8 Penn State at 7:30 p.m. In the other match of the day Rice will face Ohio State at 5 p.m.

"We need to play well against Rice," Lamb said. "They've got some really good outside hitters. We'll start to think about Penn State after that match."

Earlier in the day, No. 8 Penn State (8-0) opened tournament play with a 3-0 (30-27, 30-26, 30-14) sweep of Rice (6-3).

No. 8 Penn State Defeats Rice in BYU Mizuno Classic Opener

PROVO, Utah -- In the first match of the BYU Mizuno Classic, No. 8 Penn State defeated Rice 3-0, led by senior opposite hitter Erin Iceman's strong performance of 14 kills.

Rice came out strong in the first game, scoring early with attacks from junior outside hitter Rebeca Pazo. The Owls held tough blocks against Penn State to keep the lead at 12-6. Junior Lindsey Carter also helped Rice maintain the lead with four kills in the first game.

Penn State cut the lead and slowly made their way back with a key block by Iceman and freshman Cassy Salyer. Tying the score at 26, the Nittany Lions kept attacking the Owls' defense to finish the game at 30-27.

The second game stayed close in the beginning with Rice taking the lead at 7-5, with kills by sophomore Erica Scott. The Lions capitalized on Owl mistakes to take the lead at 19-17. Junior Ashley Pederson and Iceman helped Penn State to another game win, scoring the last several points.

The third game, Penn State finished off strong with several serving aces and Rice struggled to put any offensive run together. The Lions closed the match at 30-14.

Iceman and Pederson led Penn State with 14 and 12 kills respectively and sophomore setter Sam Tortorello finished with 42 assists and 11 digs.

Pazo led Rice with a double-double performance, 14 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore setter Kristina Hogan finished the match with 32 assists and six digs.

Volleyball Box Score

2003 BYU Women's Volleyball Stats

Ohio State vs BYU Cougars (Sep 12, 2003 at Provo, Ut)

Ohio State | 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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6 WHALEN, Heather..... 4| 16 7 38 .237| 2| 0 1| 1| 9| 0 5 1| 0

7 SHACKLEFORD, D'wan.. 4| 5 1 10 .400| 0| 0 2| 0| 3| 0 6 0| 0

8 MCCARTHY, Briana.... 4| 4 3 15 .067| 50| 0 1| 0| 3| 0 3 1| 3

10 GORDON, Stacey...... 4| 22 9 55 .236| 2| 0 5| 1| 21| 0 3 0| 0

11 MILLER, Amanda...... 4| 9 8 26 .038| 0| 0 0| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 0

14 GRANT, Katherine.... 4| 6 7 21 -.048| 0| 0 3| 0| 5| 0 4 1| 0

1 KASTEIN, Rebecca.... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 10| 0 0 0| 1

3 TENGNAS, Anna....... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 11| 6| 0 0 0| 0

16 SCHARDT, Jackie..... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 4| 62 35 165 .164| 54| 0 13| 14| 63| 0 21 3| 4

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 18 14 50 .080 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS

2 17 7 35 .286 Ohio State.......... 34 28 23 26 3 - 2

3 16 4 34 .353 BYU Cougars......... 32 30 30 30 5 - 3

4 11 10 46 .022

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 RICHARDS, Lauren.... 4| 7 2 12 .417| 41| 5 6| 0| 9| 1 4 0| 3

6 METCALF, Lindsey.... 1| 1 3 13 -.154| 1| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0

7 WILSON, Kim......... 4| 13 7 39 .154| 0| 4 5| 0| 10| 1 2 0| 0

8 BOWERS, Carrie...... 4| 11 3 28 .286| 0| 0 1| 0| 7| 0 4 0| 0

14 HARTSOCK, Lindsy.... 4| 5 2 10 .300| 0| 5 1| 0| 3| 2 3 0| 0

18 NIELSEN, Laura...... 4| 6 3 20 .150| 0| 0 3| 0| 3| 1 7 0| 0

3 VARNER, April....... 3| 11 8 34 .088| 4| 0 1| 0| 7| 0 1 0| 0

12 CRABBE, Uila........ 4| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 14| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 4| 54 28 156 .167| 47| 14 17| 0| 55| 5 21 0| 3

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 15.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 13 10 49 .061 Site: Provo, Ut (Smith Field House)

2 13 5 32 .250 Date: Sep 12, 2003 Attend: 2071 Time: 2h 10m

3 16 2 30 .467 Referees: ANNETTE COTTLE, KIM NORMAN, KAREN MARSHALL

4 12 11 45 .022


Volleyball Box Score

2003 BYU Women's Volleyball Stats

Rice vs Penn State (Sep 12, 2003 at Brigham Young Univ)

Rice | 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 KAINZ, Rebecca...... 3| 6 1 9 .556| 0| 0 2| 0| 3| 0 3 0| 1

2 SIGMAN, Rhonda...... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 1| 3| 0 0 0| 1

3 CARTER, Lindsey..... 3| 7 7 28 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 4| 0 2 0| 0

5 HOBAN, Kristina..... 3| 1 1 6 .000| 32| 0 0| 0| 6| 0 1 0| 0

7 JACKMAN, Julie...... 3| 5 1 12 .333| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 3 0| 0

12 PAZO, Rebeca........ 3| 14 8 36 .167| 0| 0 3| 2| 14| 1 2 0| 0

6 DUPONT, Catherine... 3| 2 1 9 .111| 2| 0 0| 3| 9| 1 1 0| 0

10 NEAL, Rebekah....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 2| 7| 0 0 0| 0

15 SCOTT, Erica........ 3| 5 3 17 .118| 0| 0 1| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 40 22 117 .154| 36| 0 8| 8| 49| 2 12 0| 2

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 15 7 43 .186 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 16 8 45 .178 Rice................ 27 26 14 6 - 3

3 9 7 29 .069 Penn State.......... 30 30 30 8 - 0

Penn State | 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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6 TORTORELLO, Sam..... 3| 5 1 9 .444| 42| 1 0| 0| 11| 0 3 0| 0

7 FIDLER, Ashley...... 3| 2 2 8 .000| 1| 0 1| 0| 6| 0 0 0| 0

8 SMITH, Cara......... 3| 10 3 21 .333| 0| 1 1| 0| 0| 0 2 1| 0

13 ICEMAN, Erin........ 3| 14 6 33 .242| 0| 1 2| 0| 4| 0 3 0| 0

14 SALYER, Cassy....... 3| 7 3 18 .222| 1| 3 0| 0| 1| 0 3 2| 0

15 PEDERSON, Ashley.... 3| 12 4 40 .200| 1| 0 2| 0| 8| 1 1 0| 0

2 HAYDEN, Jessica..... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

3 ESHLEMAN, Tabitha... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

4 PHILLIPS, Brooke.... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

5 BROWN, Kris......... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 2 0| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0

9 WALTERS, Kaleena.... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 12| 0 0 0| 0

17 GEREGA, Emily....... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 50 19 129 .240| 45| 8 7| 0| 47| 1 12 3| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 18 8 54 .185 Site: Brigham Young Univ (Smith Fieldhouse)

2 16 7 41 .220 Date: Sep 12, 2003 Attend: 122 Time: 1h 15m

3 16 4 34 .353 Referees: DAPHNE NELSON, BRUCE GRANT, KAREN MARSHALL

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