Cougars Play Best Match of the Year in Victory over New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE -- Playing what coach Elaine Michaelis called her team's best effort of the year, BYU's 11th-ranked women's volleyball team defeated New Mexico, 15-8, 15-1, 15-8, Saturday to improve to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play.

"We played really well tonight -- it is the best played match we have had this year," Michaelis said. "The passing was good, Al (Anna-Lena Smith) did a nice job distributing the ball and our hitters were making good choices. Our five blocks per game was an outstanding effort."

Senior Caroline Bower led the attack for the Cougars, knocking down 15 kills while hitting .542. She also was a key defensive force with eight digs and five blocks. Sophomore Nina Puikkonen added 11 kills and eight blocks while All-American setter Anna-Lena Smith tossed up 42 assists and had a match-high 10 digs.

New Mexico, which fell to 5-13 overall and 0-2 in the Mountain West, was held to a .073 attack percentage as the Cougars dominated at the net with 15 team blocks to the Lobos three. The Cougars hit .404 for the match, including .571 in the second game when they only made one error. Freshman Sunny Tonga took advantage of her opportunities, recording six kills in seven attempts in one game of action.

The Cougars' next match will be at in-state foe Weber State Tuesday before returning to Mountain West Conference play Friday and Saturday at home against UNLV and San Diego State.

Volleyball Box Score

Brigham Young vs New Mexico (Oct 02, 1999 at Albuquerque, N.M.)

Brigham Young | 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 WHITTAKER, Natalie.. 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 1 1| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0

3 SMITH, Anna-Lena.... 3| 2 1 5 .200| 42| 0 1| 0| 10| 0 4 0| 2

8 BOWER, Caroline..... 3| 15 2 24 .542| 0| 1 0| 0| 8| 1 4 1| 1

9 PUIKKONEN, Nina..... 3| 11 5 21 .286| 1| 1 1| 1| 6| 1 7 2| 0

10 BUNDY, Jackie....... 3| 6 4 13 .154| 2| 2 1| 2| 7| 0 6 1| 0

12 LAYTON, Melissa..... 3| 5 1 12 .333| 3| 0 4| 1| 6| 0 2 0| 0

14 CARPENTER, Mari..... 2| 7 1 12 .500| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 2 0| 0

15 TONGA, Sunny........ 1| 6 0 7 .857| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 52 14 94 .404| 48| 5 8| 4| 40| 2 26 4| 3

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 15.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 22 5 38 .447 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 9 1 14 .571 Brigham Young....... 15 15 15 9-2, 2-0

3 21 8 39 .333 New Mexico.......... 8 1 8 5-13, 0-2

New Mexico | 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 CONLEY, Micaela..... 3| 10 4 21 .286| 0| 1 1| 0| 6| 0 1 0| 0

4 GOFFARD, Jessie..... 3| 4 4 18 .000| 0| 0 2| 2| 2| 0 1 0| 1

6 SHIELDS, Vanessa.... 3| 4 5 19 -.053| 0| 2 0| 0| 2| 0 1 0| 0

7 SMITH, Amber........ 3| 7 8 25 -.040| 2| 1 1| 2| 2| 0 1 1| 0

9 GRIFFIN, Kelly...... 3| 3 5 13 -.154| 29| 0 0| 0| 7| 0 0 2| 0

13 ALLISON, Nana....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0

1 TORRES, Janelle..... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

3 PINTABONA, Tanya.... 1| 1 0 1 1.000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 1| 0

5 STARNES, Kim........ 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

8 LEE, Elisha......... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

10 BURNS, Blaire....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 0

12 SANSONI, Erika...... 3| 4 2 10 .200| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 2 0| 1

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

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Totals.............. 3| 33 28 107 .047| 33| 4 6| 5| 27| 0 6 4| 2

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 3.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 15 8 42 .167 Site: Albuquerque, N.M. (Johnson Center)

2 9 9 25 .000 Date: Oct 02, 1999 Attend: 578 Time: 1:10

3 12 11 43 .023 Referees: Tana Martin, Steve Franco

Brigham Young Overall Individual Statistics (as of Oct 02, 1999)

All matches

Overall record: 9-2 Conf: 2-0 Home: 2-0 Away: 4-1 Neutral: 3-1

|-----------ATTACK---------| |---SET---| |-----SERVE----|

## Name GP-MP-MS K K/Game E TA Pct A A/Game SA SA/Gm SE

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14 CARPENTER, Mari 33 11- 121 3.67 24 234 .415 1 0.03 1 0.03 2

3 SMITH, Anna-Lena 38 11- 46 1.21 10 92 .391 515 13.55 6 0.16 12

9 PUIKKONEN, Nina 38 11- 161 4.24 56 308 .341 4 0.11 12 0.32 29

15 TONGA, Sunny 13 8- 33 2.54 9 71 .338 3 0.23 1 0.08 2

8 BOWER, Caroline 38 11- 130 3.42 48 316 .259 12 0.32 15 0.39 14

11 BARRUS, Alyssa 8 6- 7 0.88 3 18 .222 0 0.00 0 0.00 0

10 BUNDY, Jackie 34 11- 71 2.09 38 163 .202 6 0.18 13 0.38 19

12 LAYTON, Melissa 35 11- 69 1.97 39 161 .186 20 0.57 15 0.43 47

6 KENNEDY, Emily 3 2- 0 0.00 0 0 .000 1 0.33 1 0.33 0

7 BRINTON, Martha 4 3- 0 0.00 0 0 .000 5 1.25 0 0.00 0

18 O'REILLY, Lindsey 1 1- 0 0.00 0 0 .000 0 0.00 0 0.00 0

5 RHEAD, Amy 9 6- 2 0.22 3 5 -.200 0 0.00 1 0.11 4

2 WHITTAKER, Natalie 38 11- 0 0.00 4 11 -.364 2 0.05 11 0.29 14

17 OTTESON, Michelle 1 1- 0 0.00 1 1 -1.000 0 0.00 0 0.00 0

BRIGHAM YOUNG....... 38 11- 640 16.84 235 1380 .293 569 14.97 76 2.00 143

Opponents........... 38 11- 506 13.32 298 1446 .144 448 11.79 83 2.18 103

|---DIG---| |--------BLOCKING---------|

## Name G RE DIG Dig/G BS BA Total B/Game BE BHE

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14 CARPENTER, Mari 33 3 25 0.76 5 17 22 0.67 5 0

3 SMITH, Anna-Lena 38 0 68 1.79 1 24 25 0.66 1 10

9 PUIKKONEN, Nina 38 8 70 1.84 13 49 62 1.63 7 0

15 TONGA, Sunny 13 2 7 0.54 2 7 9 0.69 1 0

8 BOWER, Caroline 38 24 108 2.84 4 26 30 0.79 2 1

11 BARRUS, Alyssa 8 0 2 0.25 0 6 6 0.75 1 0

10 BUNDY, Jackie 34 23 65 1.91 4 46 50 1.47 9 0

12 LAYTON, Melissa 35 9 83 2.37 2 29 31 0.89 3 1

7 BRINTON, Martha 4 0 0 0.00 1 2 3 0.75 0 1

6 KENNEDY, Emily 3 0 1 0.33 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

18 O'REILLY, Lindsey 1 0 2 2.00 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

5 RHEAD, Amy 9 5 9 1.00 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

2 WHITTAKER, Natalie 38 12 74 1.95 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

17 OTTESON, Michelle 1 0 1 1.00 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

TEAM 1

BRIGHAM YOUNG....... 38 87 515 13.55 32 206 135.0 3.55 29 13

Opponents........... 38 76 430 11.32 18 103 69.5 1.83 18 13