Cougars Topple No. 14 Ohio State

Junior middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock was named Buckeye Classic MVP after recording 20 kills to help BYU to a win over No. 14 Ohio State. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

CENTERBURG -- BYU showed it is ready to be ranked among the top collegiate volleyball teams with an emotional come-from-behind win Saturday over No. 14 Ohio State to take the Buckeye Classic tournament title. The Cougars gave their all in a five-game roller coaster as they stared down defeat and won the last three games of the match to begin the season 7-0 for the first time since 1987.

"It's an awesome win for us," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "The team is thrilled. It's what we came out here to do. We wanted this matchup with Ohio State. It's been on the forefront of our minds. It's just a great win."

Three Cougars were named to the all-tournament team with junior middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock garnering MVP honors after following up her 12-kill outing against Duke with 20 kills on .500 hitting against the Buckeyes. Sophomores Erica Lott and Lindsey Evans were also named all-tournament as Lott put down 19 kills on the night to bring her two-match total to 41 and Evans picked up 22 digs against Ohio State and totaled 49 for the weekend.

BYU came out slow and quickly lost a lopsided game one by a score of 19-30. Game two was a battle all the way to the end when the Buckeyes prevailed by a score of 32-30, forcing the Cougars into survival mode. But BYU responded in game three, jumping out to an early 11-4 lead and never looking back enroute to a 30-24 victory. The Cougars looked to do more of the same in game four, earning game point at 29-26 but could not put away the Buckeyes, who tied the game at 29-29. But BYU's Rachel Dyer refused to accept defeat, putting up the game-winning block to give the Cougars the 31-29 victory.

And so the match between two of the country's best teams came down to one game - 15 points. And it was all BYU. The Cougars left nothing to chance in game five, dominating the Buckeyes and coming up with the 15-10 win to notch their biggest victory of the season so far.

"What turned it was our ability to stay consistent and put some pressure on their offense in the last three games," said Watson. "That certainly allowed us to get back into this match. The win is secondary to the nature in which our team competed and how they were extremely good over time."

With an undefeated run through nonconference play, the Cougars will open up Mountain West Conference action next weekend, traveling to New Mexico on Friday night and Air Force on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.

"This was a wonderful end to a great nonconference start for us," said Watson. "We're as prepared as I hoped we would be going into conference play next weekend."

Volleyball Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

Brigham Young Univ. vs #14 Ohio State (Sep 17, 2005 at Centerburg, Ohio)

Brigham Young Univ. | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS

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1 GOODMAN, Chelsea.... 5| 21 7 59 .237| 0| 0 0| 1| 9| 0 1 0| 0| 21.5

2 BEAUMONT, Janvier... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 2 3| 0| 15| 0 0 0| 0| 2.0

5 EVANS, Lauren....... 1| 0 1 2 -.500| 11| 0 2| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

10 LOTT, Erica......... 5| 19 8 47 .234| 1| 0 2| 1| 8| 1 2 2| 0| 21.0

14 HARTSOCK, Lindsy.... 5| 20 2 36 .500| 1| 0 1| 0| 3| 1 2 2| 0| 22.0

44 DYER, Rachel........ 5| 12 2 22 .455| 3| 0 1| 0| 2| 1 2 1| 0| 14.0

3 EVANS, Lindsey...... 5| 0 0 1 .000| 2| 0 0| 0| 22| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

9 PATTERSON, Lexi..... 5| 6 3 15 .200| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 3 1| 0| 7.5

11 KEMP, Annie......... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 2| 1| 7| 0 0 0| 1| 0.0

15 SCHLAUDER, Amy...... 5| 3 0 5 .600| 56| 0 1| 0| 9| 0 0 1| 1| 3.0

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Totals.............. 5| 81 23 187 .310| 74| 2 12| 3| 78| 3 10 7| 2| 91.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 13 7 38 .158 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS

2 17 5 45 .267 Brigham Young Univ.. (3) 19 30 30 31 15 7-0

3 18 3 35 .429 Ohio State.......... (2) 30 32 24 29 10 7-2

4 25 7 54 .333

5 8 1 15 .467

Ohio State | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS

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2 Dahms, Brittany..... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

6 Meyer, Danielle..... 5| 28 8 53 .377| 1| 0 1| 0| 14| 0 0 0| 0| 28.0

7 Stevens, Ami........ 5| 17 6 42 .262| 3| 1 1| 0| 22| 0 1 1| 0| 18.5

11 Miller, Amanda...... 5| 9 1 23 .348| 3| 0 0| 1| 4| 0 2 2| 1| 10.0

13 Main, Marisa........ 5| 6 1 19 .263| 65| 0 1| 0| 8| 0 1 0| 3| 6.5

15 Kiel, Ashley........ 5| 13 3 37 .270| 4| 1 2| 0| 15| 1 0 0| 0| 15.0

1 Kastein, Rebecca.... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 1 0| 0| 8| 0 0 0| 0| 1.0

5 Britenriker, Nicole. 5| 9 7 23 .087| 1| 0 0| 0| 3| 0 4 1| 0| 11.0

9 Jones, Felicia...... 1| 0 2 4 -.500| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

TEAM................ | | | | 1| | | | 0.0

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Totals.............. 5| 82 28 201 .269| 79| 3 5| 2| 77| 1 8 4| 4| 90.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 5.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 17 3 39 .359 Site: Centerburg, Ohio (Centerburg H.S.)

2 19 9 43 .233 Date: Sep 17, 2005 Attend: 802 Time: 2:30

3 19 6 45 .289 Referees: Brian Hemelgarn, Denis Bergstedt, Chandler, Stevens

4 19 5 54 .259

5 8 5 20 .150

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