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No. 15 BYU notches sixth sweep of the season
SAN FRANCISCO – No. 15 BYU women’s volleyball defeated San Francisco in straight sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-21) at the War Memorial Gym in San Francisco on Friday afternoon.
Sophomore setter Whitney Bower recorded her second consecutive double-double with 37 assists and 10 digs while helping the Cougars hit .364 on the day. Senior outside hitter Taylen Ballard-Nixon connected on 11 kills and sophomore opposite Kate Grimmer totaled 10 kills on a .500 clip.
Senior middle blocker Kennedy Eschenberg led the team in blocks for the fifth match in a row with six. Freshman libero Madi Allen and sophomore libero Grace Wee both ended the match with 10 digs apiece. Allen also led the team from the service line with three aces.
BYU (9-1, 8-1 WCC) outblocked San Francisco (5-6, 5-6 WCC) 9-1 while holding the Dons to a .235 hitting percentage.
Eschenberg connected on three early kills to put the Cougars up 10-4 to start the first game. The Dons answered with their own 10-4 run to even the score at 14. The two teams battled back and forth, resulting in a 23-23 tie. A kill by Ballard-Nixon broke the deadlock and an ace by Tayler Hifo gave BYU the 25-23 win.
San Francisco opened the second set with a 7-5 lead. Three kills by Grimmer broke an 11-11 tie and helped the Cougars claim an 18-15 advantage. BYU increased its lead to 23-18 with kills by freshman outside hitter Erin Livingston and Grimmer. Ballard-Nixon connected on a kill to end the set, 25-20. The Cougars finished with a .519 hitting percentage in the second game while holding the Dons to .188.
Three aces by Allen helped BYU jump out to a 10-3 lead in the third game. The Cougars continued to have success from the service line as Hifo dropped her second ace of the afternoon to make the score 14-7. Following several San Francisco errors, freshman middle blocker Leilani Dodson recorded three kills late in the set to clinch the sweep, 25-21.
BYU and San Francisco will play the second match of the season series Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m. PST. The match will be broadcast on the WCC Network.
No. 15 BYU set to play San Francisco
PROVO, Utah – No. 15 BYU women’s volleyball will face San Francisco March 5-6 at the War Memorial Gym in San Francisco.
The two matches are both scheduled to start at 1 p.m. PST and will be streamed on the WCC Network.
No. 15 BYU Cougars (8-1, 7-1 WCC)
- BYU remained in the top 15 of the AVCA national poll for the fifth week in a row
- The Cougars moved to 8-1 and 7-1 in league play after splitting its series at Pepperdine last week
- BYU ranks No. 9 in the NCAA DI in assists per set (13.61), No. 13 in hitting percentage (.287), No. 26 in kills per set (14.16) and No. 30 in aces per set (1.87) – the Cougars lead the WCC in each of the four categories
- In the WCC, sophomore setter Whitney Bower ranks No. 2 in aces per set (0.45) and No. 3 in assists per set (10.39)
- Senior outside hitter Taylen Ballard-Nixon leads the team with an average of 3.36 points per set and 133 total points while averaging 3.68 kills per set (114 total)
- Defensively, senior middle blocker Kennedy Eschenberg leads the team in blocks per set with an average of 1.10 (22 total) and freshman libero Madi Allen leads the team with 4.42 digs per set (137 total)
- BYU is 20-0 all-time against San Francisco, including 9-0 on the road
- BYU head coach Heather Olmstead is 10-0 against the Dons, 5-0 in San Francisco
San Francisco Dons (5-5, 5-5 WCC)
- San Francisco lost consecutive matches to No. 18 San Diego last week to drop to .500 on the season and in league play
- Four of the five matches won by the Dons have gone to five sets
- Junior outside hitter McKenna Marshall leads the team with 166 kills (3.86 kills/set), 12 aces (0.28 aces/set), and 187.5 points (4.36)
- Defensively, sophomore middle blocker Orsula Staka leads the Dons with 42 blocks (0.98 blocks/set) and senior libero Anna Dalla Vecchia has totaled 208 digs (4.84 digs/set)
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