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GOLETA, California – No. 8 UC Santa Barbara upset No. 4 BYU (25-21, 25-18, 25-22) Friday night in the first of two matchups this weekend at Robertson Gymnasium.
"Santa Barbara is a great team," BYU head coach Chris McGown said. "They were just so much better than we were in the serve and pass elements of the game. They made it hard on us offensively and we didn't make it hard on them. I hope the guys will come in here with the attitude that we're going to fight tomorrow to get a win."
Jake Langlois led the Cougars with 12 kills and a .500 hitting clip to go along with four digs and four blocks. Joseph Grosh contributed a team-high eight blocks while Jaylen Reyes added a team-high eight digs. Robbie Sutton and Tyler Heap each finished with double-digit assists at 15 and 11, respectively.
BYU (3-2, 2-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and UCSB (5-2, 1-2 MPSF) started the first set knotted up at 5-all following a trio of kills from both sides. The two squads traded points back-and-forth from there with a Grosh and Langlois block giving the Cougars their first lead of the set 10-9. After a barrage of service errors from both sides, BYU retook a 14-13 edge off a Matt Underwood service ace. McGown took his first timeout of the set down 20-19. After the break, the Gauchos went on a 5-2 run to finish off the set 25-21 with a kill.
The second set began much like the first set with the score tied at 7 apiece following a UCSB service error. The score remained close until a pair of quick points put the Gauchos up 13-10, forcing a BYU timeout. A 5-1 UCSB run then followed as the Gauchos took a commanding advantage, 18-11. The Cougars countered this time with a 5-2 rally of their own, capped off by a Brenden Sander kill, to bring them back within four points, down 20-16. Despite a late BYU rally, UCSB capitalized on a few Cougar errors to take the second set 25-18.
The score was tied at every point from 6 to 22 in the closely-contested third set. An Underwood kill gave BYU its first early lead of the third set at 4-3. A Grosh ace helped the Cougars stay ahead 8-7, and another Underwood kill gave BYU a 12-11 edge. Kills from four separate Cougars helped BYU stay in the set, still ahead 21-20, before the Gauchos finished on a 5-1 run to take the set and match 25-22.
The Cougars return to Rob Gym Saturday night to face off against the Gauchos for a rematch beginning at 7 p.m. PST. Links to live stats can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – No. 4 BYU men’s volleyball hits the road this week for a pair of conference matches against No. 8 UC Santa Barbara.
- The Cougars (3-1, 2-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) face off against the Gauchos (4-2, 0-2 MPSF) both Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. PST in Rob Gym.
- BYU leads the overall series between the two schools 35-20, including a 14-12 record when playing on the road.
- The squads split the regular-season matchups with each team winning on its home court. The two teams met for a third match last season in the MPSF semifinals where the Cougars picked up a 3-0 win.
- UCSB started the season 4-0 before dropping a pair of matches at Hawaii to start conference play.
- The Gauchos were picked to finish second in this year’s preseason coaches’ poll.
- UCSB is led by Kevin Donohue’s 4.00 kills per set, 10.90 assists per set from Jonah Seif, Hayden Boehle’s 2.38 dig average and 1.38 blocks per set from Jake Staahl.
BYU won both matches last week at home against No. 4 UCLA to begin 2-0 in league play.
Live stats will be available for both matches this week. Links can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.