Bren Events Center
Bren Events Center Irvine CA 92697
IRVINE, Calif. – For the second night in a row, Ben Patch led No. 3 BYU men's volleyball past No. 9 UC Irvine in straight sets (26-24, 28-26, 25-15) Saturday at the Bren Events Center to complete the series sweep.
"Another great team performance by the group," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "All of our hitters stayed active and competed the entire match. Our overall serve and pass was strong today."
Patch led the Cougars with 17 kills on a .467 clip to go along with four digs and three blocks. Leo Durkin paced the offense with 32 assists while Erik Sikes anchored the defense with eight digs. Jake Langlois added a team-high six blocks in addition to double-digit kills with 10 in the win.
BYU (6-2, 4-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) took an early 6-4 advantage over UC Irvine (2-6, 1-5 MPSF) to begin the first set with help from three Anteater service errors. A Durkin ace helped the Cougars go up by four and an overpass kill from Patch brought BYU ahead by six, 15-9. The Cougars led by as many as seven before a 4-1 UC Irvine run forced Olmstead to take his first timeout with his team up 18-14. The Anteaters eventually came back to tie the set at 23-all following consecutive BYU attack errors. UC Irvine stymied one set point before another kill from Patch ended the set for the Cougars 26-24.
A pair of thunderous Patch kills helped BYU take a 4-2 edge early in the second set. The teams remained neck-to-neck after a 5-all tie until an Anteater ace gave them a two-point 15-13 advantage midway through the set. UC Irvine slowly worked up a 20-16 lead before the Cougars scored the next three, capped off by a triple block, to come back within one at 20-19. BYU retook the lead 23-22 after a bad set from the Anteaters. UC Irvine fended off two set points before scoring the next two to give it a set point. A Patch kill kept the Cougars alive which was followed by a Price Jarman and Patch block to bring up another BYU set point. Michael Hatch then served an ace to give the Cougars a second tightly-contested set.
The score was tied in the first six points of the third set until another Patch kill brought BYU ahead 8-6. The Anteaters took their first timeout of the set after back-to-back Langlois kills extended the Cougars' advantage at 11-8. BYU led by as many as five points at 13-8, but UC Irvine scored the next three straight to come back within two, down 13-11. The Cougars rallied with the next six points to take its largest lead of the night at 19-11. BYU cruised from there, taking the set and match 25-15 on a Langlois kill.
The Cougars return home to the Smith Fieldhouse Friday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. MST when they host UC Santa Barbara. The match will be broadcast live on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio. Links to live stats and a video feed can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball hits the road for the second-consecutive week to face No. 9 UC Irvine in a pair of conference matches on Friday and Saturday.
Last Time Out
The Cougars split a pair of road matches at No. 2 Long Beach State last week. BYU won the first match in four sets, led by Jake Langlois’ 16 kills, and the 49ers swept the Cougars the following night.
No. 9 UC Irvine
- The Anteaters are 2-4 overall and 1-3 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.
BYU first plays Friday at 7 p.m. PST before Saturday’s 2 p.m. PST match.
- UC Irvine lost both matches last week on the road at Pepperdine and Stanford.
- BYU and UC Irvine have two common opponents so far this year – George Mason and Loyola-Chicago – as the Anteaters traveled to Provo in the first week of action to take part in the AVCA Showcase. UC Irvine lost to the Ramblers while both the Cougars and Anteaters beat the Patriots.
- UC Irvine was picked to finish second in both the MPSF and AVCA preseason coaches’ poll, behind BYU.
- The Cougars lead the overall series history with the Anteaters 43-16 and are 21-6 when playing at the Bren Events Center.
- UC Irvine won both matches in 2015, snapping BYU’s 36-match home win streak in the process.
Information regarding video/audio streaming and live stats will be posted to the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page when made available.