PROVO, Utah – McKenna Miller’s 12 kills helped No. 13 BYU women’s volleyball dominate Pacific in three sets (25-22, 25-11, 25-17) Saturday afternoon at the Smith Fieldhouse.
“I thought our energy was good today,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “I thought we had a really nice balanced offense and a really good defensive effort. Overall, I thought it was one of our most complete volleyball matches this year.”
Miller led the team with 12 kills while Amy Boswell, Lacy Haddock and Whitney Young Howard each contributed seven. Mary Lake added 11 digs and Lyndie Haddock recorded a career-high three aces in the win to go with 34 assists. BYU (16-2, 5-1 West Coast Conference) tallied nine total team blocks to Pacific’s (10-9, 4-3 WCC) four.
The Tigers got on the board early with two kills before an attack error gave BYU its first point of the match and sparked a 6-2 run. Pacific fought back with the next four points to establish an 8-6 lead. Lyndie Haddock capped off a Cougar four-point streak with BYU’s first ace of the day to take back the lead, 10-8. Danelle Parady-Stetler and Howard teamed up for a block followed by a Pacific service error to extend the Cougars’ advantage to four. The Tigers notched the next two points to bring them back within two, down 19-17. BYU rallied to maintain its lead and a Boswell kill brought the Cougars up 23-19. BYU won the set on a Pacific service error, 25-22.
BYU brought energy to the second set as Boswell posted the Cougars’ first three kills. Pacific struggled to keep up with BYU’s pace of the game from there. A strong defensive save from Lake then gave BYU an 8-5 lead, and forced Pacific to take a timeout, before generating a 7-2 run to bring the score to 15-7. A Howard kill later increased the Cougars’ lead to nine at 18-9. A Tiger attack error then gave BYU a double-digit lead at 20-10. BYU finished the set by scoring the next five of six points to win it 25-11.
The Tigers opened the third set 5-0 to force BYU into an immediate timeout. A Boswell kill gave the Cougars their first kill of the set. BYU built on that momentum to rally back and tie the score 6-all on Miller’s ninth kill of the match. A block by Howard and Parady-Stetler extended the Cougars' advantage to five. BYU continued to maintain its advantage as a Lacy Haddock kill brought the Cougars up 17-11. A Howard kill then solidified the Cougars’ 22-14 lead. The Tigers attempted to fight back but BYU won the set on another Howard kill, 25-17.
The Cougars hit the road for next week’s matches against Portland on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. PDT and Gonzaga on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12 p.m. PDT. Both matches will be streamed live on TheW.tv. Links to live stats and a video feed can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – No. 13 BYU women’s volleyball returns home to the Smith Fieldhouse this week for a pair of conference matches against Saint Mary’s and Pacific.
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The Cougars (14-2, 3-1 West Coast Conference) beat Pepperdine on the road in four sets before falling in a tight three-set match against No. 6 San Diego.
- BYU faces off against Saint Mary’s (8-8, 3-2 WCC) Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. MDT.
- The Cougars lead the Gaels in the overall series history 9-7 and picked up two sweeps last year.
- BYU has won four-straight against Saint Mary’s.
- The Gaels won two of three matches last week – against San Francisco and Pepperdine – falling to Loyola Marymount in four.
- Saint Mary’s currently sits in fourth place in the league standings.
- The Gaels went 6-22, 1-17 WCC a year ago.
- The Cougars will then compete against the Tigers (10-7, 4-1 WCC) Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. MDT.
- BYU leads Pacific in the overall series history 10-7, including wins last year on the road in five and at home in a sweep.
- The Tigers have never beaten the Cougars while in the West Coast Conference (six attempts).
- Pacific is off to a hot start in league play, having won four of five with the only loss coming against Pepperdine.
- The Tigers are in second place in WCC play, a half a match ahead of BYU.
- Pacific finished tied for fifth in league play last year with a 17-13, 8-10 WCC record.
Thursday’s match against Saint Mary’s will be a ROC party. There will be free pregame pizza for the ROC as well as free In N Out vouchers to 100 random members of the ROC. Additionally, there will be free bandannas for students on the floor as well as a spikeball tournament.
Saturday’s match against Pacific is Family Day. Entire families can enter with a $15 family pass. Pass of all Pass holders will get into the match for free. Additionally, there will be four hot dogs available for purchase for $4. There will also be free face painters, games, giveaways and prizes.
Thursday’s match will be broadcast on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio. Saturday’s match will be streamed live on TheW.tv. Links to live stats and video/audio feeds can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.