"We put the pressure on them that we needed to and got some good touches in the third set," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "We need to come out with more energy going forward, but we did what we needed to do to finish the match."
Patch led the Cougars (3-1) with a game-high 16 kills on a .303 clip in three sets of play. The senior also recorded two service aces. Langlois finished the match with 13 kills, as well as two service aces and six digs. Joseph Grosh and Leo Durkin led the defensive effort with three blocks apiece, with Durkin also tallying 32 assists.
BYU ended the match with a .239 clip in comparison to a .145 clip by Concordia Irvine (5-5). The Cougars also tallied five service aces to the Eagles' two.
Both teams battled back and forth through the first set. Concordia Irvine took the 8-6 lead off of a BYU service error. The Cougars then rallied, scoring three-consecutive points to tie the game at 9-all. With multiple BYU service errors, the Eagles pulled ahead 20-18. A Patch kill tied the set at 22-all. On an attack error by Concordia Irvine, BYU pulled ahead late 24-23. With a block by Durkin and Price Jarman, the Cougars won the set 25-23.
The Eagles opened the second set on a 5-2 run. Backed by multiple kills from Patch and Langlois, the Cougars then went on a 10-1 run to take the 12-6 lead, forcing an Eagle timeout. Concordia Irvine closed the spread to four, 15-11, but BYU regained the six-point 21-15 advantage on a kill by Miki Jauhiainen. A service error by the Eagles ended the set 25-17 in the Cougars' favor. Patch led all players with 11 kills after two sets of play.
Concordia Irvine took the early 4-0 lead in the third set, forcing a Cougar timeout. Recording his 12th kill of the match, Patch put BYU on the board, 6-1. The Eagles led through the majority of the set, with their largest lead being eight. The Cougars closed the gap to four, 22-20, on a kill by Patch. BYU rallied back from a 24-20 deficit to win the third and final set 26-24 on a Concordia Irvine attack error.
BYU will continue play at home against McKendree on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. MST. The match will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Links to live stats can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – No. 4 BYU men’s volleyball returns home to the Smith Fieldhouse this week, facing McKendree in the home opener before hosting Concordia Irvine and McKendree for a second match.
Last Time Out
The Cougars split a pair of road matches last week, first sweeping No. 6 Lewis before falling in four sets to No. 11 Loyola-Chicago. Ben Patch led the team, averaging 6.00 kills per set and 1.57 digs per set.
- BYU faces off against McKendree Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. MST and then again on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.
- The Cougars and Bearcats have never met before.
- McKendree rolls into town with an 0-4 record, falling to ranked MPSF opponents Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and Stanford.
- The Bearcats finished the 2016 season with an 11-14, 5-11 MIVA record, falling in the MIVA Tournament semifinals match.
- BYU will compete against Concordia Irvine Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. MST.
- This will be the first meeting between the Cougars and Eagles.
- Concorida Irvine has a 4-3 record to date, having won its last four matches against McMaster, St. Francis, Lindenwood and Cal Baptist.
- The Eagles ended the 2017 campaign with a 13-7 independent record.
Additional Match Info
McKendree and Concordia Irvine will also face off against each other Friday, Jan. 13, at noon MST. Admission to the match is free.
BYU’s matches on Thursday and Friday will both be streamed live on TheW.tv. Saturday’s match against McKendree will be broadcast live on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Links to live stats for all matches can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.