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Stowell Leads Sweep On The Road
CHICAGO -- After a tough loss on the road yesterday, the second-ranked BYU men's volleyball team bounced right back and defeated Lewis University on the road in a sweep (26-24, 25-20, 25-14).
Junior Robb Stowell led the Cougars to against the Flyers with a match-high 14 kills and a .370 attacking percentage.
Senior Kevin Sagers joined Stowell in double-digit kills with 10.
As a team, the Cougars hit .415 compared to a .192 hitting percentage from Lewis.
After playing a close first set with a 26-24 final, BYU took sets two and three while holding the Flyers to 20 points in the second and just 14 in the third.
A 4-0 Cougar run highlighted set two as BYU gained the momentum it needed to take the victory.
Two straight kills from Alex DaPron and Futi Tavana helped the Cougars take set three and, eventually, the match.
Brian Muessenfechter and Ian Karbiener recorded 12 and 10 kills, respectively, for the Flyers.
The Cougars tallied 43 assists to the 28 from Lewis and 10.5 team blocks compared to the 6.5 from the Flyers.
Freshman outside hitter, Taylor Sander, did not make the trip to Chicago for violating team academic policies.
The Cougars will continue their four-match road swing with a trip to UC Santa Barbara next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. PT.
Road Games in Chicago This Weekend
The second-ranked BYU men's volleyball team will take its six-game winning streak on the road for two games in Chicago, Illi., against Loyola University and Lewis University on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. CT.
The Cougars are coming off a two-game weekend sweep of No. 5 UCLA at home with a 3-1 win on Friday and a sweep on Saturday in front of a season-high crowd in the Smith Fieldhouse.
Junior Robb Stowell leads BYU's loaded offense with 146 kills and 56 digs on the season while freshman Taylor Sander adds 126 kills himself. Joe Kauliakamoa has recorded 362 assists, and 53 digs, this season to pace the Cougar attack.
Loyola will host this weekend's game with a 5-3 season record as they look to win their first-ever match against BYU. The Ramblers are 0-4 against the Cougars all-time. Junior Mike Bunting leads the attack with 133 kills and a .455 hitting percentage this season.
Lewis is led offensively by redshirt sophomore Jay Petty with 101 kills and a .345 attacking percentage. The Flyers and Cougars last met in 2008 when Lewis took the five-set victory for their first in the 11-game series between the teams.
BYU continues its road game swing next weekend when they head to Santa Barbar, Calif., to compete against UCSB on Feb. 17 and 18 before returning to the Smith Fieldhouse on Feb. 24.