Cougars Split Matches at Mizuno Classic

Sophomore outside hitter April Varner recorded half of her team-leading 16 kills in the final two games Friday to help BYU to a five-game victory over Wake Forest. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU women's volleyball team finished strong in defeating Wake Forest 24-30, 31-29, 19-30, 30-27, 15-10 after bowing to Oral Roberts 28-30, 27-30, 16-30, earlier in the day. With the split, BYU now stands at 2-4.

BYU will play No. 6 Florida to conclude the tournament Saturday at 7 p.m. on Family Night at the Smith Fieldhouse. Team posters will be available as well as a team autograph signing. Family admission to the match will be $10.

After winning the first game, the Demon Deacons had a stranglehold on the second game, but BYU turned the tide and seized the momentum to take the crucial second game.

"When things looked bleak the players decided to win that game," head coach Karen Lamb said. "It was the players who really came through in this match."

The third game was a game of opposites as Wake Forest (2-3) had its best hitting game of the match (.205) and BYU had its worst hitting game of the match (-.020).

BYU regained composure in the fourth game, and a block by Uila Crabbe and Carrie Bowers pushed the Cougar lead to 12-9 and forced Wake Forest into a timeout. The Cougars exchanged points with the Demon Deacons until April Varner put down a kill to seal the game. The Cougars leaned on Varner as she recorded half of her 16 kills in the last two games.

The Cougars lead throughout the decisive fifth game. A kill by Bowers extended the Cougar lead to 12-9 to force a Demon Deacon timeout. The Cougars came out and quickly ended the match as Karina Puikkonen and Bowers teamed up the stuff Sara Beth Delisle, before another Bowers kill clinched the match for the Cougars.

"We changed our line-up a bit," Lamb said. "We had Karina (Puikkonen) as a hitter and Uila (Crabbe) as the setter for a few plays. It didn't work that well to start with, but we're looking for combinations that will help this team."

Varner led the Cougars offensively with team-highs in kills (16) and attack percentage (.286), and she also contributed 17 digs for her third double-double of the year. Redshirt freshman Erin Webb saw the first significant action of her career and she provided a spark off the bench contributing 10 kills, six digs and eight blocks.

For the match, BYU and Wake Forest had matching attack percentages (.137), but the Cougars again dominated at the net against an opponent by oublocking the Demon Deacons 17.5-9. Puikkonen was a force with eight blocks, including two solo blocks.

Wake Forest was led with double-double efforts from Ashley Fisher who had 13 kills and 14 digs, and Valerie Rydberg who had 13 kills and 15 digs.

The Cougars dropped their first match of the day to Oral Roberts, 3-0, losing to the Golden Eagles for the first time after wins in 2000 and 1997. Improving to 3-1 on the year, Oral Roberts edged BYU in the first two games, 30-28, 30-27, before completing the sweep with a 30-16 win in game three.

BYU junior middle blocker Carrie Bowers had a match-high nine blocks while freshman middle Lexi Brown and junior setter Karina Puikkonen each contributed six blocks. Senior outside hitter Allison Larson put down a team-high nine kills while sophomore outside April Varner added seven kills but both hitters made eight hitting errors. Junior libero Uila Crabbe had 14 digs for the Cougars.

Rightside hitter Patricia Menezes led the Oral Roberts attack with 14 kills while outside hitter Lindsey Engel added 10. Libero Becky Dreher had a match-high 18 digs.

In the marquee night match No. 3 USC swept No. 6 Florida 30-24, 30-19, 30-26. The loss marks Florida's first of the season (3-1). Earlier in the day the Trojans defeated Wake Forest 30-14, 26-30, 30-20, 30-20 and their record remains perfect at 6-0.

Other matches scheduled for Saturday include Florida against Oral Roberts at Noon and Oral Roberts against Wake Forest at 5 p.m.

Volleyball Box Score

BYU Cougars 2002 Season

Wake Forest vs BY (Sep 06, 2002 at Provo, UT)

Wake Forest | 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 FISHER, Ashley...... 5| 13 2 36 .306| 2| 1 0| 1| 14| 0 2 2| 0

7 HAUFF, Jessica...... 5| 11 1 21 .476| 0| 0 2| 0| 4| 0 3 0| 0

8 PHILLIPS, Ashlee.... 5| 8 2 19 .316| 50| 2 1| 0| 12| 0 2 0| 1

11 RYDBERG, Valerie.... 5| 13 9 43 .093| 2| 2 5| 0| 15| 0 1 1| 0

12 DELISLE, Sara Beth.. 5| 4 12 34 -.235| 4| 2 0| 1| 9| 1 1 1| 0

13 STERN, Kim.......... 5| 14 10 36 .111| 0| 3 4| 0| 2| 2 3 1| 1

1 SCHULTE, Tawni...... 5| 0 1 1-1.000| 1| 0 0| 0| 26| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 5| 63 37 190 .137| 59| 10 12| 2| 82| 3 12 5| 2

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 9.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 11 9 35 .057 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS

2 19 10 52 .173 Wake Forest......... 30 29 30 27 10 2-3, 0-0 ACC

3 12 6 40 .150 BY.................. 24 31 19 30 15 2-4, 0-0 MWC

4 16 7 44 .205

5 5 5 19 .000

BY | 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 PUIKKONEN, Karina... 5| 4 2 17 .118| 45| 0 1| 1| 6| 2 6 0| 0

3 VARNER, April....... 5| 16 6 35 .286| 2| 1 3| 4| 17| 1 0 1| 0

8 BOWERS, Carrie...... 5| 11 3 29 .276| 0| 0 3| 0| 7| 0 7 1| 0

9 BROWN, Alexis....... 5| 8 5 30 .100| 0| 1 1| 0| 6| 0 5 1| 1

12 CRABBE, Uila........ 5| 1 2 4 -.250| 1| 0 2| 2| 7| 0 1 0| 0

15 WILSON, Kimberly.... 2| 1 4 13 -.231| 1| 0 2| 0| 5| 0 0 1| 0

6 METCALF, Lindsey.... 4| 0 0 4 .000| 1| 0 2| 0| 9| 0 0 0| 0

7 LARSON, Allison..... 5| 10 5 31 .161| 1| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 2 0| 0

10 WEBB, Erin.......... 5| 10 6 32 .125| 1| 0 0| 0| 6| 0 8 0| 1

17 MAHAFFEY, Michelle.. 5| 0 1 2 -.500| 2| 0 0| 3| 15| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 5| 61 34 197 .137| 54| 2 14| 10| 79| 3 29 4| 2

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 17.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 9 7 37 .054 Site: Provo, UT (Smith Fieldhouse)

2 15 5 47 .213 Date: Sep 06, 2002 Attend: 219 Time: 2h 15m

3 11 12 49 -.020 Referees: ANNETTE COTTLE, KIM NORMAN, KAREN MARSHAL

4 18 9 47 .191

5 8 1 17 .412

Volleyball Box Score

BYU Cougars 2002 Season

Oral Roberts vs BY (Sep 06, 2002 at Provo, UT)

Oral Roberts | 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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7 MENEZES, Patricia... 3| 14 8 30 .200| 2| 2 1| 0| 9| 0 3 0| 0

8 ENGEL, Lindsey...... 3| 10 5 29 .172| 1| 0 0| 1| 6| 0 1 1| 1

10 MORENO, Anna........ 3| 5 0 7 .714| 38| 6 0| 0| 8| 0 2 0| 1

11 PLACKO, Ivana....... 3| 7 3 16 .250| 0| 2 1| 0| 4| 0 1 1| 0

13 SYKO, April......... 3| 4 6 21 -.095| 1| 0 1| 2| 14| 0 1 0| 0

16 JONES, Celeste...... 3| 6 4 22 .091| 1| 0 1| 1| 2| 0 6 0| 0

2 MEYERSON, Keri...... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

6 DREHER, Becky....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 0| 18| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 46 26 125 .160| 44| 10 5| 4| 62| 0 14 2| 2

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 14 7 44 .159 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 17 12 46 .109 Oral Roberts........ 30 30 30 3-1, 0-0 MID-CON

3 15 7 35 .229 BY.................. 28 27 16 1-4, 0-0 MWC

BY | 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 PUIKKONEN, Karina... 3| 4 1 12 .250| 29| 2 0| 0| 3| 0 6 0| 1

3 VARNER, April....... 3| 7 8 40 -.025| 2| 0 0| 0| 8| 0 3 0| 0

6 METCALF, Lindsey.... 3| 0 3 7 -.429| 0| 0 0| 4| 9| 0 2 0| 0

7 LARSON, Allison..... 3| 9 8 26 .038| 0| 1 3| 2| 0| 0 0 1| 0

8 BOWERS, Carrie...... 3| 5 2 14 .214| 0| 0 0| 0| 3| 0 9 0| 0

9 BROWN, Alexis....... 3| 5 1 16 .250| 0| 1 1| 0| 2| 0 6 0| 0

10 WEBB, Erin.......... 2| 1 0 2 .500| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 2 0| 0

12 CRABBE, Uila........ 3| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 0| 2| 14| 0 0 0| 0

15 WILSON, Kimberly.... 3| 3 4 12 -.083| 0| 0 0| 1| 1| 0 3 0| 0

17 MAHAFFEY, Michelle.. 3| 0 0 2 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 5| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 34 27 131 .053| 33| 4 5| 10| 46| 0 31 1| 1

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 15.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 15 9 47 .128 Site: Provo, UT (Smith Fieldhouse)

2 13 8 50 .100 Date: Sep 06, 2002 Attend: 254 Time: 1h 25m

3 6 10 34 -.118 Referees: MAILE JEWKES, ANNETTE COTTLE, NINA PUIKKONEN

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