lgarnett | Posted: 14 Mar 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU defeats UC Irvine in three-set match

main image
Image

PROVO, Utah—No. 3 BYU men's volleyball defeated No. 8 UC Irvine at home Friday evening in a brief three-set battle 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-17).

“They are a physical team in every position,” head coach Chris McGown said. “I think to some extent that they were a little road weary. The travel caught up with them a little bit.”

Highlights and Interviews

Taylor Sander led the way with 19 kills on a .424 clip. He was helped out by freshman Tim Dobbert, who had 10 kills on a .318 clip and a career-high four blocks. Middle blocker Micheal Hatch contributed six blocks, backed up by Josue Rivera and Devin Young with five apiece (a season high for Rivera). Tyler Heap had 41 assists.

BYU (14-4, 14-2 MPSF) came from behind to win the first game of the set 25-22 against UC Irvine (14-9, 11-8 MPSF). BYU took the lead late in the set with a 4-0 run which was the result of four UC Irvine errors. Dobbert widened the gap with an impressive ace followed up by a hit that resulted in two crucial Cougar points.

BYU won the second set of the match 25-22. The Cougars battled back and forth with the Anteaters throughout the second set all the way to set point. BYU dominated with 17 kills in the second set while UCI only had 12. Dobbert closed the second set with his second ace of the night.

The Cougars trailed for the first portion of the third set, earning their first lead at 9-8. The Anteaters tied again at 11-11 before BYU took the lead once more and held it through the end of the match. Rivera closed out the third game of the match with an ace. BYU had 13 kills in the third set while Irvine only had five. 

“For us, it’s really nice to be at home,” McGown said. “That’s a really good team, and I’m sure we will see more of them down the road.“

BYU will play UC San Diego Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. MDT. The match will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYU Radio. 

Recent Stories

Image
Davide Gardini hits over block
Current and former Cougars named to 2021 Volleyball Nations League rosters

Three former BYU players will compete with Team USA later this month in Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Current BYU…

Image
Gabi waves to fans
Garcia Fernandez signs professional contract with Italian club A.S. Volley Lube

CIVITANOVA MARCHE, Italy — Friday, May 15 A.S Volley Lube announced the signing of former BYU Opposite Gabi Garcia…

Image
BYU vs Hawaii playing in national championship match
BYU falls to Hawaii in 2021 NCAA title match

BYU men’s volleyball fell 3-0 in National Championship match against Hawaii (21-25, 19-25, 16-25) Saturday night.

Image
"bring it home" national championship graphic
No. 2 BYU to face No. 1 Hawaii in 2021 National Championship match

No. 2 BYU will face No. 1 Hawaii in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship match two years in the making…