Cougars Seal Tournament Title With Sweep

Erica Lott was named the Molten Classic MVP after recording her first double-double of the season with 13 kills and 10 blocks against Virginia Commonwealth. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- After upsetting No. 4 Stanford in four games Friday night and rolling over Texas A&M Corpus Christi early Saturday afternoon, BYU capped off an undefeated weekend with a convincing three-game win over Virginia Commonwealth University to clinch the Molten Classic trophy. Erica Lott was named Tournament MVP while fellow Cougars Lindsy Hartsock and Amy Schlauder were named to the All-Tournament team.

"I think we're progressing at a rate that is really quite nice," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "It's more than performance, but composure."

Chelsea Goodman racked up her third double-double in six matches with 10 kills and 10 digs, and Lott got her first double-double of the season with 13 kills and a career-high 10 blocks. After the match Watson lauded many of his players, saying that Janvier Beaumont had done exceptionally well at the libero position all week and setter Amy Schlauder has stepped up to fill big shoes.

Despite a valiant effort, VCU's five blocks and .120 hitting percentage could not stack up against BYU's 13 blocks and .337 hitting percentage. The Cougars also racked up 45 kills and 46 digs in the victory.

Game one began as a balanced duel with both teams struggling to find holes but neither team pulling away. With a 25-22 lead, however, the Cougars surged as Hartsock gave her team the push it needed to close out the victory. With an amazing dig and an assisted block with outside hitter Kim Wilson to secure the final two points, Hartsock helped the Cougars seal game one with a score of 30-22 and set the tone for the rest of the night.

Goodman stepped up in game two to lead BYU to a 30-21 victory and was again a spark for her teammates. She tallied three kills and four digs in the game to add to her vocal leadership on the court while Hartsock and Lott had five and four assisted blocks, respectively, to shut down the Rams' attack.

"It was just another Goodman performance," Watson said. "She's fun to watch, and she inspires us to be better."

The Cougars took the lead early in the third game and never looked back. The Rams fought hard, but the Cougars were too polished to be brought down. Goodman had three kills and Beaumont had two key digs as BYU marched to another 30-21 victory.

The win over VCU brings BYU's record this year to 6-0 with five sweeps. The Cougars' next match is Thursday against Kansas at the Jayhawk Invitational. The game will start at 7 p.m. CT and can be heard on BYU Radio.

No. 4 Stanford Sweeps Texas A&M CC

PROVO -- In its final match at the BYU Molten Classic, No. 4 Stanford (3-1) defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi (1-6) in three games.

With a hitting percentage of .364, the Cardinal swept the match with scores of 30-12, 30-15 and 30-20. Stanford came out quickly in the first and second games. The third game was a closer battle, however the Cardinal never lost its lead.

Stanford had a total of 12 team blocks and held Texas A&M CC to a .048 hitting percentage.

Kristin Richards led the Cardinal with 11 kills and a .429 hitting percentage, while Cynthia Barboza contributed nine kills.

The Islanders were led by Christie Feliz, who recorded seven kills.

Volleyball Box Score

BYU Cougars

VCU vs BYU Cougars (Sep 02, 2006 at Smith Fieldhouse BYU)

VCU | 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 Juson, Catherine.... 3| 1 0 2 .500| 20| 1 2| 0| 5| 0 1 0| 2

5 De Borja, Ana Luiza. 3| 8 2 23 .261| 0| 1 2| 0| 2| 0 2 0| 1

8 Peterson, Melissa... 3| 7 0 14 .500| 0| 0 1| 1| 0| 0 3 0| 0

9 Francescatto, L..... 3| 10 11 36 -.028| 1| 0 3| 2| 4| 1 0 0| 0

10 Kuehnel, Elisa...... 3| 4 6 20 -.100| 0| 1 2| 1| 1| 0 1 0| 0

15 Salvatori, Renata... 3| 9 4 19 .263| 1| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0

2 Burnette, Erin...... 2| 0 2 3 -.667| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

4 Goncalves, Laryssa.. 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 1| 12| 0 0 0| 0

12 Rich, Ivana......... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

13 Keebaugh, Shannon... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 12| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 39 25 117 .120| 34| 3 11| 5| 25| 1 8 0| 3

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 5.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 14 10 38 .105 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 11 10 38 .026 VCU-1............... (0) 22 21 21 3-3; 0-0; CAA

3 14 5 41 .220 BYU Cougars......... (3) 30 30 30 6-0; 0-0; MWC

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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1 GOODMAN, Chelsea.... 3| 10 4 19 .316| 0| 3 3| 0| 10| 0 2 0| 0

7 WILSON, Kim......... 3| 8 3 16 .312| 0| 0 0| 1| 4| 0 1 0| 0

10 LOTT, Erica......... 3| 13 4 27 .333| 0| 1 2| 0| 6| 0 10 0| 0

14 HARTSOCK, Lindsy.... 3| 6 2 15 .267| 2| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 9 1| 0

15 SCHLAUDER, Amy...... 3| 2 0 2 1.000| 39| 0 0| 0| 8| 0 0 1| 0

44 DYER, Rachel........ 3| 6 2 10 .400| 0| 0 0| 1| 0| 0 4 0| 0

2 BEAUMONT, Janvier... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 2| 1| 7| 0 0 0| 0

11 PINEGAR, Annie...... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 1 0| 0| 10| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 45 15 89 .337| 42| 5 7| 3| 46| 0 26 2| 0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 13.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 15 3 30 .400 Site: Smith Fieldhouse BYU (Elaine Michaelis)

2 14 8 31 .194 Date: Sep 02, 2006 Attend: 801 Time: 1h 30m

3 16 4 28 .429 Referees: Daphne Nelson, Bruce Grant, Karen Marshall

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