BYU blocks Stanford in another 3-0 sweep
PROVO, Utah – No. 2 BYU men’s volleyball posted its fifth consecutive sweep with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-15) win over Stanford on Saturday night.
The Cougars rode to victory by doubling up Stanford’s eight blocks with a season-high 16 total blocks. The Cardinal gave up 23 attack errors to BYU’s 11.
"It's always nice to be in Smith Fieldhouse in front of as many fans as are allowed at this moment, so that's exciting for the guys." Said head coach Shawn Olmstead. "We asked the guys to serve with a little more composure and put some mindful repetitions into their service approach, and they did that well, we limited our errors. We had a good amount of aces, but it also opened things up defensively. We had a lot of good blocks, we were able to key in on some things. It was a little up and down through the first two sets, but we were excited to see some other guys get minutes and opportunities right at the start."
Gabi Garcia Fernandez: 11 kills, 1 service ace, 0.47 hitting percentage, 5 blocks
Davide Gardini: 7 kills, 1 dig, 2, blocks
Branden Oberender: 2 kills, career high 8 blocks
Teilon-Jonathan Tufuga: 5 kills, 1 service ace, 6 digs, career 8 blocks
Will Stanley: 25 assists, 3 blocks
Zach Hendrickson: 9 digs
Reflecting on his career night Teilon- Jonathan Tufuga said, "I'm just very grateful for the opportunity to have my teammates trust me. We've been trying to make that a good focal point of our game, trusting each other, so I'm very grateful and very honored to have my setter [Will Stanley] to put me in a position to be successful."
The Cougars punctuated the opening set with service aces from Gabi Garcia Fernandez and Miki Jauhiainen. After Stanford tied the score at 18 with a kill, BYU ran away with the set on a 7-1 run, including two kills from Garcia Fernandez.
Both teams traded points to open the second set with the Cardinal tying the score at seven and the Cougars unable to stretch their lead past four. After two straight Stanford kills, the BYU lead was shrunk to one at 23-22, Garcia Fernandez responded with yet another of his 11 kills on the night. Stanley and Jauhiainen combined for the block to cap off a 25-22 win for the Cougars.
BYU kept the set out of Stanford’s reach with a 6-0 run to open. Five of the Cougars’ first six points came off blocks from Fernandez, Oberender and Tufuga. As the final set wore on, a trio of BYU sophomores came off the bench and immediately made an impact. Opposite hitter Alex Ah Sue recorded two kills, pushing the Cougars’ lead to nine at 19-10. Jon Stanley scored an ace on his first serve of the night and Gavin Julien finished the set with two consecutive kills.
The Cougars (10-2, 10-2 MPSF) will return to the court with a two-match road trip at Pepperdine in Malibu, California, March 19-20.
No. 2 men's volleyball to host Stanford Cardinal Friday and Saturday
PROVO, Utah. — No. 2 BYU will host Stanford for a pair of matches March 12 and 13 in the Smith Fieldhouse at 7:00 p.m. MST. The games will be broadcast on BYUtv and the BYUtv App.
A limited number of fans will be in attendance for the first time during the 2021 season. Tickets for Friday, March 12 are sold out with the March 13 tickets going on sale March 9.
“We’ve appreciated having the opportunity to play this season considering everything that's going on, but part of what makes BYU so special is the fans and environment in the Smith Fieldhouse,” said Junior Davide Gardini. “Having fans back, distanced and in safe circumstances, means a lot to us and it’s gonna bring back the environment that we all love.”
This could be the final time Stanford men’s volleyball will compete against BYU in the Smith Fieldhouse since their program is slated to be discontinued after the 2021 season. In July of 2020, Stanford announced the elimination of 11 athletic teams, including the two-time national champion men’s volleyball team.
No. 2 BYU Cougars (8-2, 8-2 MPSF)
BYU was voted No. 2 in this week’s NVA/ AVCA poll
The Cougars lead the conference in team offense and team defense
Setter Wil Stanley ranks third nationally in assists per set with 10.75
BYU is on a 3 game sweep streak after beating Grand Canyon, Concordia Irvine and USC.
Stanford Cardinal (0-5, 0-5 MPSF)
Stanford is currently 7th in the MPSF
Adam Chang ranks third in the MPSF in blocks per set with 1.11
BYU leads 39-22
Friday: Broadcast live on BYUtv; simulcast online and on the BYUtv App — https://www.byutv.org/player/f0c0dbc1-81c4-4dac-974c-03cec9becf0e/byu-volleyball-m-stanford-vs-byu-31221
Saturday: Broadcast live on BYUtv; simulcast online and on the BYUtv App — https://www.byutv.org/player/7dcfb693-3b68-49e6-a26c-361a85000975/byu-volleyball-m-stanford-vs-byu-31321
A limited number of tickets will be available for home games at the Smith Fieldhouse. For more information regarding game attendance, click HERE
Contact the BYU ticket office at BYUtickets.com or 801-422-2981