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Anonymous | Posted: 3 Feb 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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BYU Defeated By Stanford At Home

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PROVO, Utah – The No. 1 BYU men’s volleyball fell to No. 7 Stanford at home on Friday night 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 20-25, 18-20) in the Smith Fieldhouse. The Cougars were playing without sophomore standout Taylor Sander, who watched from the bench with a broken hand, but had senior middle blocker Futi Tavana back on the court after sitting out for the first seven matches this season.

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"I thought Stanford played really good volleyball tonight," said BYU head coach Chris McGown. "They have a lot of nice athletes on that team. They passed really well, were consistent all night long and were siding out at around 75 percent which is off the charts good. During the break, in the locker room we talked about two things: we have to serve a little better and be more aggressive with our swings. We need to understand that we can’t be passive against a team this good. We need to more aggeressive with our serving and passing, more so than we have been in other matches."

Tavana led the Cougars with 13 kills while Robb Stowell followed closely behind with 10 kills of his own. Russ Lavaja led the team in blocks with five in the match, including one solo block. Joe Kauliakamoa assisted on 30 points.

The Cougars got off to a slow start as Stanford took a 10-6 lead early in the first set, forcing first-year head coach Chris McGown to call a timeout. Still, BYU struggled to chip away at the Cardinal lead. Stanford would go on to extend its lead to seven with the score 17-10. Stowell, with his team trailing by six, recorded back-to-back kills to bring the Cougars within four. Strong hitting by BYU was ultimately not enough to overcome the deficit in set one.

The Cougars came out with noticeably higher energy in the second set taking an early 8-6 lead. Tavana took over in the end of set two making three key plays (a kill and two assisted blocks) in the final four points of the set for BYU. A kill by Steve Rindfleisch would give the Cougars the set victory, 25-20.

Tavana led BYU in the third set as BYU fell 25-20 with 4 kills. The Cougars also received a strong boost from the bench from Rindfleisch who contributed 3 kills in the set. The fourth set was dominated by Stanford as Cardinals took an early 9-5 lead and never looked back.

BYU will have a second chance against Stanford tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.

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wcraft | Posted: 31 Jan 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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#1 Cougars Back In Action This Weekend

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Quick Look
No. 1 BYU: 6-1, 4-0 MPSF

No. 7 Stanford: 5-2, 2-1 MPSF

The No. 1 BYU men's volleyball team kicks off its February action with a pair of matches against No. 7 Stanford in the Smith Fieldhouse this Friday & Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, at 7 p.m. MT. BYU leads the overall series 25-13 and has a 13-4 advantage all-time when playing at home. 

BYU received a No. 1 ranking from both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine this week for the third consecutive time. 

The Cougars return to action after almost two weeks off. In their last outing, they defeated then No. 5 USC at home in consecutive nights. Taylor Sander currently leads the team with 142 kills and is accompanied on the stat sheet by Robb Stowell, Josue Rivera, Russ Lavaja, Quentin Smith and Andrew Heap who are also recording double-figure kills.

Russ Lavaja’s 42 blocks lead the team and, again, five other players join him in recording double-digit blocks for the season. BYU is outblocking its opponents this season 80.5 to 39.5 so far this year.

The Cardinal is coming off a win and loss at the Ken & Dave Dunlap Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, where they fell to Penn State and, most recently, defeated Ohio State on the road. Stanford is 5-2 on the season and 2-1 in conference action. They are led by Brad Lawson’s 81 kills and six other players with double-figure kills so far this season. Evan Barry has tallied 279 assists and Eric Mochalski leads the team with 15 total blocks.

BYUtv will be broadcasting Friday’s match live and online at this link with play-by-play from Jarom Jordan and color commentary from Steve Vail. Saturday’s match will be available through live stats only. Live stats are available for both matches through the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page. Gametracker is launched by clicking on the “Live Stats” link for the appropriate game on the schedule.

Fans call also follow the team on Twitter for live updates.

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