Brigham Young University
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University of California, San Diego
RIMAC Arena

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Royce Hinton | Posted: 25 Mar 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

Sander propels No. 3 BYU past UC San Diego in three

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – A career night from sophomore outside hitter Brenden Sander helped propel No. 3 BYU men's volleyball to a sweep (25-18, 26-24, 25-21) of UC San Diego Friday night at RIMAC Arena.

"We need to come prepared for a tough match tomorrow," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "We can improve and show a better mindset than we did tonight throughout the entire match tomorrow."

Sander led the Cougars with a career-high tying 16 kills while hitting at a .333 clip and adding seven digs. Leo Durkin set the offense with 37 assists while Erik Sikes anchored the back row with nine digs. Michael Hatch added four blocks in the defensive effort, and Ben Patch chipped in double-digit kills with 14 on 21 attempts without an error for a .667 hitting percentage. 

BYU (18-3, 14-3 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) took a 4-1 lead over UC San Diego (5-18, 0-17 MPSF) early on in the first set with Sander at the service line. The Tritons quickly rallied back within one at 7-6 after a Cougar attack error. BYU turned things around from there, going on a 5-1 run with help from kills by Patch and Sander, to go back up at 12-7. Another Sander kill extended the Cougars' advantage to six at 18-12, which was followed by a Sander ace to increase the advantage at 22-15. A Triton service error ended the set for BYU 25-18.  

UC San Diego took advantage of a pair of Cougar miscues to help take its first lead of the night in the second set at 6-3. BYU took its first timeout after a Triton service ace extended UC San Diego's lead to four, 10-6. The Tritons maintained their advantage until a Jake Langlois ace knotted the score at 15-all, capping off a 4-0 Cougar run. The score was tied at each of the next seven points before back-to-back BYU points gave the Cougars set point at 24-22. UC San Diego then fought off two set points to tie the score back at 24 apiece, but consecutive Sander kills ended the close set in BYU's favor 26-24.

A Hatch kill, Durkin ace and block from Sander and Hatch helped the Cougars to a 3-0 edge in the third set. BYU was firing on all cylinders offensively as it extended its lead to nine at 12-3. The Tritons rallied back within six at 17-11, but another Langlois kill kept the Cougars ahead 19-11. UC San Diego followed with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to three, down 19-16. The score remained close from there until a pair of Sander kills gave BYU set point and a Triton attack error ended the set and match 25-21.

The Cougars and Tritons return to the court for a rematch Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. PDT. Links to a video feed and live stats can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.

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Royce Hinton | Posted: 21 Mar 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

No. 3 BYU hits the road for matches at UC San Diego

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PROVO, Utah – No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball hits the road this week for matches at UC San Diego.

Last Time Out

The Cougars (17-3, 13-3 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) split a pair of home matches with No. 8 Pepperdine. BYU swept the Waves the first night before falling in four sets in the rematch. Jake Langlois contributed 36 kills over the weekend, including a career-high 24 in the setback on Saturday.

UC San Diego

  • The Cougars will face off against the Tritons (5-17, 0-16 MPSF) both Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. PDT.
  • UC San Diego won its only match of the week last week at Concordia-Irvine. The Tritons have struggled in conference play though, getting swept by every opponent except for Pepperdine and UC Irvine.
  • BYU holds a perfect 38-0 record against UC San Diego, including an 18-0 record when playing at the RIMAC Arena.
  • The Tritons currently sit in 12th place in the conference standings – the same spot they were picked to finish in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Match Info

Both matches this week will be streamed live on UCSDtritons.tv. It costs $5.99 per match to view the stream. Live stats will also be available. Links to both can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.

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