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Sweep Victory Tops Off Regular Season
MALIBU, Calif. -- The No. 2 BYU men's volleyball team completed their regular season with a sweep (27-25, 26-24, 25-16) over the No. 13 Pepperdine Waves on the road Saturday.
Three Cougars finished in double-digit kills with junior Robb Stowell's 17 leading the way. Taylor Sander and Otavio Souza joined him with 13 and 10, respectively. Souza's .529 attacking percentage led all players and Sander's 10 digs, added to his 13 kills, made for his first career double-double.
Set one featured a fiesty back-and-forth battle with the Waves taking the lead at 17-14 before BYU tied it up at 19 and 20-all on their way to a 27-25 set victory while holding off two set points for the Waves.
The second set again went long with an eventual 26-24 score in BYU's favor. The Cougars took a quick 4-2 lead and continued from there, taking their largest set lead at 15-9 before the Waves fought back with a 4-0 run. With the set tied at 24, the Cougars took the victory with back-to-back kills from Souza and Stowell.
BYU took control of the third set with an 11-7 lead to start and an eventual 25-16 victory. The Waves fought back but were unable to catch the Cougars as they completed their 11th season sweep.
The 2011 MPSF tournament will begin April 23 and will be played at member institutions based on their standings in the conference.
Road Games Wrap Up Regular Season
The No. 2 BYU men's volleyball team will make its final road trip of the 2011 regular season this weekend as they head to No. 13 Pepperdine to play Friday and Saturday, April 8 & 9, at 7 p.m. PT.
Junior Robb Stowell leads the attack for BYU on 362 kills and a .331 attacking percentage. Teammates Taylor Sander, Futi Tavana and Alex DaPron join Stowell in double-digit kills with 293, 212 and 162 respectively.
Tavana currently leads the team with a .459 hitting percentage and is the only players with over 100 blocks for a 143 total. He also is currently ranked second in the nation for his total blocks per set with 1.52.
Setter Joe Kauliakamoa has recorded 823 assists this season as he paces the Cougar offense, averaging 10.04 per set. Setter Ryan Boyce has recently been splitting time with Kauliakamoa for 175 total assists and a 3.89 average.
The Cougars lead the overall series against Pepperdine 27-19 after going 1-1 against them last season. The Waves, however, own the road record with a 19-6 advantage against BYU when playing on their home court.
The Waves host the Cougars with a 9-13 overall record after having won three of their last five matches. Pepperdine has four players currently recording triple-digit kills on the season with Maurice Torres’ 320 leading the way. Chase Ross, Cory Riecks and Matt Pollock have tallied 116, 191 and 180 respectively.
Pepperdine are currently ninth in the MPSF standings with BYU in second.