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Royce Hinton | Posted: 10 Apr 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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Underwood shines in Cougar win at CSUN


NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Matt Underwood led No. 6 BYU men's volleyball in a three-set (28-26, 25-21, 25-15) win against No. 13 Cal State Northridge Friday night at the Matadome.

"I thought that we were really, really good from the service line tonight," BYU head coach Chris McGown said. "It was good to see us break the theme of being ahead in a set and then giving up a lead and losing the set. We battled for a win there in that first set. It's been a while since we've played, so I'm glad that we were able to get back into a rhythm. Hopefully this momentum carries over into tomorrow night."

Underwood led the Cougars with 13 kills on a .333 clip to go along with a team-high five total blocks. Price Jarman helped the defensive effort with four blocks and Jaylen Reyes chipped in nine digs to lead the team. Robbie Sutton contributed a team-high 31 assists in the win. Phil Fuchs added nine kills and nine digs while Jake Langlois added nine kills, seven digs and four blocks.

BYU (14-9, 11-8 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) jumped out to a 4-1 lead at the start of the first set after a Sutton service ace. CSUN (10-16, 7-13 MPSF) scored four of the next six points, however, to keep things close as it trailed 6-5. The Matadors took their first lead of the set at 13-11 following a block and kill, forcing McGown to take a timeout. The Cougars quickly countered with a 5-1 rally to retake the advantage 16-14. Consecutive kills from Underwood put BYU up by three, 19-16, and caused CSUN to take a timeout. The Matadors then rallied to get to three set points before the Cougars took their first at 27-26, eventually taking it 28-26 on a Langlois ace.

Michael Hatch kill gave BYU its first point of the second set as the Cougars trailed 2-1 early on. A Fuchs kill capped off a 4-1 BYU run that ensued, giving it a two-point advantage at 5-3. A block and kill from CSUN's Greg Faulkner helped the Matadors retake the lead at 11-10, but an attack error gave the advantage back to the Cougars, 17-16. The back-and-forth battle continued from there until BYU ended the match on a 4-2 rally, taking the set 25-21.  

A pair of kills from both Fuchs and Langlois helped the Cougars vault to an early 8-3 lead in the third set, forcing a quick timeout from CSUN. The advantage was quickly extended to double-digits at 14-4 as a Hatch service ace caused the Matadors to take their final timeout of the set. After the break, CSUN rallied with a 5-1 run to cut the lead to six, 15-9. A block from Underwood and Fuchs re-extended BYU's lead to eight at 19-11 before another Underwood kill finished off the set and match in favor of the Cougars, 25-15.

BYU returns to action at the Matadome against the Matadors Saturday night at 7 p.m. PDT for a rematch. Links to live stats and a video feed can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page

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Royce Hinton | Posted: 6 Apr 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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Men's volleyball hits the road for final regular-season road matches


PROVO, Utah – No. 6 BYU men’s volleyball hits the road this week for the final time during the regular season, traveling to No. 13 Cal State Northridge for a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday.


  • The Cougars (13-9, 10-8 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) face off against the Matadors (10-15, 7-12 MPSF) both Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. PDT at the Matadome.
  • BYU won both matches a season ago, with the last win coming in Northridge, 3-1.  
  • The Cougars lead the overall series 34-22, but are just 13-14 while on the road against CSUN.
  • The Matadors were picked to finish eighth in the conference after missing out on the conference tournament last season.
  • CSUN is led by Sam Holt’s 2.86 kills per set, 4.88 assists per set from John Peachey, CJ Suarez’s 1.28 digs average and 1.23 blocks per set from Greg Faulkner.

Links to live stats and video for both matches can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page

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