PROVO, Utah – No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball hits the road this week, traveling to Long Beach State to compete in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament against No. 4 Hawai’i.
The Cougars (24-3, 16-2 MPSF) are the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will compete against the Rainbow Warriors (25-4, 14-4 MPSF), the No. 3 seed, Thursday, April 20, at 5 p.m. PDT. The winner will go on to face winner of No. 1 seed Long Beach State (25-3, 16-2 MPSF) and No. 4 seed UC Irvine (20-6, 13-5 MPSF) Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m. PDT.
No. 4 Hawai’i
- BYU swept Hawai’i in both matches in Provo earlier this season.
- The Cougars lead the overall series history with the Rainbow Warriors 40-18, but they are just 1-1 when facing off on a neutral court.
- Hawai’i finished in third place in the conference standings, falling twice to Long Beach State and twice to BYU.
- The Rainbow Warriors have won their last five matches after dropping the pair to the Cougars.
No. 1 Long Beach State
- BYU and Long Beach State split the regular-season series in Provo, with the Cougars winning in five the first night and the 49ers picking up the sweep the following night.
- BYU leads the overall series history with Long Beach State 32-23. The Cougars are just 11-14 all-time when facing the 49ers on the road.
- Long Beach State collected a share of the conference title with BYU after finishing 16-2 in league play.
- The 49ers have won their last four matches since dropping the five-setter to the Cougars.
No. 5 UC Irvine
- BYU and UC Irvine split the regular-season series in Provo, with the Anteaters winning in five the first night and the Cougars sweeping the next night.
- BYU leads the overall series history 47-17 with UC Irvine. The Cougars are 0-4, however, when playing the Anteaters on a neutral court.
- UC Irvine finished in fourth place in league play, a match behind Hawai’i.
- The Anteaters have picked up nine-straight wins after dropping a four-set match at Long Beach State.