Incredible Comeback Propels BYU Into NCAA Second Round

Annie Pinegar recorded 42 digs against UCSB, breaking a 22-year-old BYU record for digs in a match. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Libero Annie Pinegar Sets BYU Record In Digs

LOS -- On the strength of Annie Pinegar's record-setting night, the No. 22 BYU Cougars completed an incredible comeback from two games down to get a five-game win over UC Santa Barbara and advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Despite entering the match 0-5 this season when losing the first two games, the Cougars recovered from an 0-2 start to send the Gauchos home with scores of 27-30, 30-32, 30-27, 30-21, 15-12.

"We talked a lot about the importance of getting just a little bit better," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "We just picked it up. Our serving game got better and allowed us some opportunities to make plays. I think this really shows the character of our team."

Pinegar recorded 42 digs on the night, breaking a 22-year-old BYU record for digs in a match set by Socorro Leal on Nov. 16, 1984 with 35.

"I had no clue, so when I found out I was pretty excited," said Pinegar. "I couldn't have done it without my team. I just stayed in system, did what my coaches told me and came out with the record."

Chelsea Goodman led the Cougar offense with 26 kills on the night while adding 15 digs to record her 18th double-double of the year. Erica Lott posted 14 kills and 13 digs for her 10th double-double, and Amy Schlauder recorded her fifth with 62 assists and 15 digs. Kim Sorensen notched 17 kills, and Rachel Dyer added 10.

Despite a battle throughout much of game one, the Gauchos went on a 7-3 run with the score tied 21-21 to take a 28-24 lead, getting the 30-27 win. The Cougars responded in game two but again found themselves facing game point at 29-27. However, back-to-back kills from Goodman and Lott followed by a block by Lott and Lindsy Hartsock turned the tide and gave BYU the game-point opportunity. But the mini-comeback was not to be as three straight Gaucho points left the Cougars in a two-game hole.

Game three looked like more of the same as UCSB got out to an 11-7 lead. Watson called a timeout and found the magic words to get the Cougars going as they came out with a 7-0 run, featuring three aces from Janvier Beaumont, to take a 14-11 lead. The match was never the same again as the momentum shifted in BYU's favor and the comeback bid was on with a 30-27 Cougar win.

"That run and the service of Beaumont was certainly a catalyst for us getting the momentum back," said Watson. "We just followed that lead and were able to continue what she started."

"Every time I serve, I just think 'this is for our seniors, this is what we've practiced for,'" said Beaumont. "I just kept pressuring and pressuring and eventually they folded."

The two teams battled it out to begin game four, leading to a 13-13 tie, until a 5-0 Cougar run gave BYU an 18-13 advantage from which they would never look back. The 30-21 win ended with a 6-1 Cougar spurt, setting BYU up for a game five for all the marbles.

The Cougars carried the momentum of the game-four finish into the fifth game as BYU began the period with a 6-0 lead. But, as they had done all match, the Gauchos were not about to let what had seemed like a sure win slip through their fingers so easily. UCSB responded to the Cougar challenge with a 9-4 run of its own to get a chance to tie it up at 10-9. But Sorensen had a different idea as she slammed home a cross-court kill to preserve the BYU lead. The Gauchos tried one more time at 12-11 but sent their serve into the net. Four plays later, Sorensen put the finishing touches on the comeback with her final kill of the night to give BYU the 15-12 win.

"I have to give BYU credit," said UCSB head coach Kathy Gregory, who has coached her team to 26 NCAA Tournaments. "They played a great match. I hope they go on and do well."

BYU will now face No. 6 USC, winner of its First Round match against Ole Miss, Friday night at 7 p.m. PST on the Trojans' home court in the Second Round. The match is available live via BYU Radio, an Internet video stream and live stats.

Volleyball Box Score

BYU Cougars

UC Santa Barbara vs #23 BYU Cougars (Nov 30, 2006 at Los Angeles, Calif.)

UC Santa Barbara | 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 Waldowski, Olivia... 5| 12 4 33 .242| 1| 1 2| 0| 7| 0 2 0| 0

8 Quirarte, Brett..... 5| 10 5 29 .172| 0| 0 0| 0| 2| 3 2 1| 0

13 Garbisch, Jamie..... 5| 18 13 77 .065| 0| 5 3| 0| 12| 0 1 0| 0

16 McLaughlin, Lauren.. 5| 12 8 44 .091| 1| 0 0| 0| 14| 1 0 0| 0

21 Saraceno, Rebecca... 5| 12 5 26 .269| 1| 1 2| 0| 6| 1 3 0| 1

32 Brandt, Stephanie... 5| 2 2 6 .000| 58| 2 3| 0| 9| 0 0 0| 3

2 Stephenson, Leigh... 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 0

5 Leite, Debora....... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

9 Hendrickson, Emily.. 5| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 5| 32| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 5| 66 37 215 .135| 62| 9 10| 5| 88| 5 8 1| 4

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 9.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 17 7 46 .217 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS

2 18 8 53 .189 UC Santa Barbara.... (2) 30 32 27 21 12 19-12

3 14 9 49 .102 BYU Cougars......... (3) 27 30 30 30 15 25-5

4 11 7 43 .093

5 6 6 24 .000

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.... 5| 26 7 62 .306| 0| 1 4| 4| 15| 2 3 1| 1

2 BEAUMONT, Janvier... 5| 0 0 1 .000| 1| 4 2| 3| 8| 0 0 0| 0

10 LOTT, Erica......... 5| 14 9 44 .114| 3| 0 3| 1| 13| 0 3 1| 0

14 HARTSOCK, Lindsy.... 5| 8 2 21 .286| 1| 0 4| 0| 2| 1 4 0| 0

15 SCHLAUDER, Amy...... 5| 1 0 5 .200| 62| 0 3| 0| 15| 0 1 0| 2

44 DYER, Rachel........ 5| 10 2 27 .296| 1| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 2 0| 0

7 SORENSEN, Kim....... 5| 17 6 53 .208| 0| 0 0| 0| 4| 0 2 0| 0

11 PINEGAR, Annie...... 5| 0 0 1 .000| 1| 0 1| 1| 42| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 5| 76 26 214 .234| 69| 5 17| 9|101| 3 15 2| 3

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 17 5 49 .245 Site: Los Angeles, Calif. (Galen Center)

2 17 7 51 .196 Date: Nov 30, 2006 Attend: 312 Time: 2:38

3 15 6 49 .184 Referees: Eric Asami, Patsy Malta

4 20 6 47 .298

5 7 2 18 .278

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