Anonymous | Posted: 12 Jan 2000 | Updated: 28 Apr 2011

No. 8 Cougars Set to Battle Eleventh-Ranked Lewis in Weekend Series

PROVO, Utah -- The BYU men's volleyball team (1-0) will put its Smith Fieldhouse win streak on the line this weekend, hosting No. 11 Lewis on both Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15 in Provo. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (MST).

The Cougars are coming off a 3-1 victory over Loyola-Chicago on Saturday, marking BYU's 30th straight victory in the Smith Fieldhouse (5,000) and its 13th straight overall victory. The Cougars overall win streak dates back to last season, while the Smith Fieldhouse record spans nearly three years, dating back to March 28, 1997 (vs. UCLA).

Friday's match will be the first of the season for the Flyers, who finished the 1999 season ranked eighth in the nation and posted a 23-8 record. Lewis placed third in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association last season, recording a 10-4 conference record. The Flyers return four starters from last season, including 6-3 senior Eduardo Quinones who ranked second on the Lewis roster with 199 digs and 395 kills, averaging 4.1 kills per game.

"Over the years, Lewis has developed a solid volleyball tradition and has become one of the nation's top programs," BYU head coach Carl McGown said. "They are a team that is consistently in the top-10 every year. We have our work cut out for us against Lewis."

BYU is led by 6-5 sophomore Joaquin Acosta who picked up 25 kills in his Cougar debut against Loyola-Chicago on Saturday. The transfer from UC Santa Barbara hit 25-of-39 at the net (.487), picked up 11 digs and tallied five blocks. Sophomore Mike Wall ranks second on the BYU roster with 23 kills, while junior Scott Bunker leads the team with a .625 hitting percentage. The 6-5 native of Escondido, California paced BYU with 15 kills on 24 attempts without committing a single hitting error against the Ramblers.

Saturday's match will mark the Cougars' last home match before taking off for a three-match conference road trip next week. BYU will travel to No. 13 Pacific on Jan. 18, No. 14 Stanford on Jan. 19 and No. 6 Hawai'i on Jan. 21.

Recent Stories

Image
Miki Jauhiainen academic all america first team award
Miki Jauhiainen named to COSIDA Academic All-America first team

BYU graduate middle blocker Miki Jauhiainen was named to the 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Men’s At-Large…

Image
"Going for Gold" olypmics image
Three former Cougars headed to Tokyo Olympics with USA Volleyball

Three former Cougars have been named to USA Volleyball rosters for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. Taylor Sander…

Image
Players hold up MPSF Championship trophy
2021 Season Review

BYU men’s volleyball finished the 2021 season with a 20-4 record and a No. 2 national ranking. The team won its eighth…

Image
Miki Jauhiainen cheers
Three Cougars earn MPSF all-academic honors

MPSF Executive Director Al Beaird has announced the MPSF All-Academic Team for the 2021 men’s volleyball season, and…