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Natalie Orr | Posted: 8 Apr 2022 | Updated: 2 May 2022
Natalie Orr

No. 12 Stanford sweeps BYU in California


PALO ALTO, Calif. — BYU men’s volleyball suffered a 3-0 loss (29-27, 25-20, 25-22) against No. 12 Stanford in the Maples Pavilion on Friday night. 

The loss puts BYU’s overall record at 8-13 and 3-6 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. 

Offensively, Stanford led the night with 47 kills and a total hitting percentage of .420. BYU followed closely behind with 42 kills and had a .299 clip. Defensively, the Cardinal outblocked the Cougars 9.0-4.0.

Stanford’s Will Rottman tallied 18 kills and a .680 hitting percentage. Rottman ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in attacks per set (9.41), No. 7 in kills per set (4.14) and No. 8 in points per set (4.69). BYU senior outside hitter Davide Gardini led BYU with 16 kills and a .533 clip.

The teams started the night with 13 ties, trading points until 17-17. These points included four kills and an ace by Stanford’s Rottman and five kills by BYU’s Gardini. 

Kills by BYU freshman outside hitter Miks Ramanis and sophomore outside hitter Kupono Browne, paired with an ace by senior opposite hitter Alex Ah Sue, set the Cougars on a 3-0 run, creating the largest margin of the set at 21-17.

Stanford battled back with a 3-0 run of its own, featuring two aces by Rottman. Browne laid another kill, but two errors by the Cougars tied the set again at 23-23. Ramanis and Browne tallied additional points, but the Cardinal continued to tie the set another four times, thanks to three kills by Rottman. Ultimately, another BYU error sealed the set-win for Stanford at 29-27.

The Cougars racked up a 4-1 lead after a kill by Gardini and two aces by freshman middle blocker Teon Taylor. This advantage quickly diminished after four Stanford kills tied the set at 7-7. While the teams remained tight, two BYU service errors allowed the Cardinal to take its first lead of the set at 10-9.

Browne battled to keep the Cougars in the game, laying down two kills. However, eight kills by Stanford allowed it to maintain a 21-16 lead. In the end, two BYU service errors and Rottman’s 14th kill of the night secured Stanford its second set-win at 25-20.

The foes started the third set with three quick ties by 3-3. The Cardinal broke away with a 3-0 run, including a kill and a solo block by Stanford’s Luke Turner. BYU managed its third service error of the set, widening the gap to 10-6. The Cougars posted another two errors, followed with two kills by Stanford’s Kevin Lamp, giving the Cardinal a five-point advantage at 16-11.

From there, the teams traded kills and errors, including two kills by Browne. Another BYU service error brought Stanford to 20-16. At 24-20, sophomore setter Bartosz Slawinski smashed a kill and tallied an ace. This set off Gardini, tallying his 16th kill of the night. These last-minute efforts reduced Stanford’s lead to 24-22.

A final Rottman kill officially gave the Cardinal its third set-win at 25-22 and won the match.

Up next, the teams face off again on Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m. PST in the Maples Pavilion.


Natalie Orr | Posted: 5 Apr 2022 | Updated: 2 May 2022
Natalie Orr

BYU hits the road to face MPSF foe No. 12 Stanford


PROVO, Utah — BYU men’s volleyball is preparing for a two matches against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent No. 12 Stanford in the Maples Pavilion this Friday and Saturday.

The history between the Cougars and the Cardinal dates back to 1990. Currently, BYU leads the all-time series with a 40-22 record and is on a three-match winning streak against Stanford.

Brigham Young University Cougars (8-12, 3-5 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation)

  • BYU was last in action when it faced Pepperdine on the weekend of March 25 in the Firestone Fieldhouse for two matches. The Cougars picked up a 3-2 win on Friday and suffered a 3-0 loss on Saturday. 
  • Nationally, BYU ranks No. 16 in hitting percentage (.289), No. 17 in assists per set (11.31), No. 19 in blocks per set (2.013) and No. 20 in kills per set (11.96).
  • Senior outside hitter Davide Gardini ranks No. 11 in the NCAA in kills per set (3.82), No. 15 in points per set (4.42) and No. 19 in attacks per set (8.04).
  • Out of BYU’s 20 matches this season, head coach Shawn Olmstead has had 12 different starting lineups, as the Cougars rebuild after losing five starters from last season.
  • The Cougars finished the 2021 season with a 20-4 record, its eighth MPSF conference championship title, a trip to the NCAA national championship game and a No. 2 national ranking.

No. 12 Stanford University Cardinal (10-11, 2-6 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation)

  • Last week, the Cardinal extended its losing streak to three after posting two losses against Grand Canyon University in Phoenix (0-3, 1-3).
  • Nationally, Stanford ranks No. 12 in digs per set (9.12), No. 13 in kills per set (12.32), No. 13 in assists per set (11.55), No. 15 in hitting percentage (.290), No.16 in team attacks per set (27.33) and No. 22 in aces per set (1.42).
  • Junior outside hitter Will Rottman ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in attacks per set (9.41), No. 7 in kills per set (4.14) and No. 8 in points per set (4.69).
  • Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Ethan Hill ranks No. 4 in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.480).