No. 7 BYU hosts San Francisco and Santa Clara
PROVO, Utah — Climbing up in the rankings, No. 7 BYU women’s volleyball remains at home to host West Coast Conference opponents, San Francisco and Santa Clara, on Oct. 28 and Oct. 30, respectively.
On Thursday at 7 p.m. MDT, the Cougars will face the Dons for the second time this season. Most recently, the teams faced off on Oct. 2 in San Francisco. There, BYU swept San Francisco, maintaining its undefeated all-time record of 23-0 against the team.
On Saturday at 1 p.m MDT, BYU will host Santa Clara. Back on Sept. 30 in the Leavey Event Center, the Cougars improved their all-time record against the Broncos to 17-4 after a sweep.
No. 7 Brigham Young University Cougars (19-1 9-0 West Coast Conference)
- The Cougars are on a 12-match winning streak
- The last time BYU was ranked No. 7 or higher was back in 2018
- On Monday, BYU swept the WCC weekly honors. Sophomore libero Madi Allen won Defensive Player of the Week and graduate opposite hitter Kenzie Koerber won Offensive Player of the Week.
- Junior middle blocker Heather Gneiting ranks No. 4 in the NCAA for hitting percentage, holding a .463 clip
- As a team, BYU ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.339), No. 2 in opponent hitting percentage (.112), No. 5 in match winning percentage (.950), No. 8 in kills per set (14.32), No. 14 in assists per set (13) and No. 15 in aces per set (1.94). BYU leads the WCC in all these categories.
University of San Francisco Dons (0-18, 0-10 West Coast Conference)
- Last week, the Dons were swept by two WCC opponents, Saint Mary’s and Pacific
- Shyia Richardson leads the team offensively with 166 kills. Defensively, Orsula Staka leads with nine solo blocks, 25 assisted blocks and 20 digs for the season.
Santa Clara University Broncos (8-12, 4-6 West Coast Conference)
- Most recently, the Broncos faced Pacific and Saint Mary’s. Santa Clara posted a 3-1 win over Pacific, but fell to Saint Mary’s in a tight 3-2 loss
- Santa Clara ranks No. 2 in the WCC in team digs (1,053), No. 2 in team service aces (137) and No. 2 in team total attacks (2,550)
- Kat Georgiadis ranks No. 2 in the WCC in digs per set (4.22) and No. 2 in total digs (329)
Broadcast Information – Oct. 28
Broadcast Information – Oct. 30
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Consistent with current Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU requirements, BYU Athletics will require masks in indoor venues when physical distancing isn’t maintained. This includes a requirement for those attending indoor athletic events, such as volleyball in the Smith Fieldhouse and inside the loges at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Wearing a mask will be required for entry to indoor BYU venues. Masks will not be required for outdoor BYU venues.
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The university will continue to monitor the situation and will reevaluate mask requirements at the end of September based on several factors including the immunization rate of the campus community, COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization rates, and guidance from health and government officials.