HONOLULU, Hawaii - In five sets (25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 36-34, 15-12) the No. 4 BYU men's volleyball team defeated No. 11 Hawaii on the road, Friday.
Sophomore Taylor Sander tied the record for total attempts in a single match, in the rally-scoring era, with 58 on the night. Sander finished the match also adding 23 kills, nine digs and five blocks to lead his team.
Senior Futi Tavana set a new record in the match for total blocks in a single match, in the rally-scoring era, with 14 to lead all players. The previous record was held by himself, set his freshman year. Tavana also contributed 14 kills.
Four Cougars recorded double-digit kills against the Warriors for the first time this season to have more than one player in a match with 10+. Robb Stowell contributed 16 to lead all players while Joe Kauliakamoa, Josue Rivera and Jaylen Reyes added 15, 11 and 11, respectively. Stowell also added 10 kills while Rivera had 13.
The Cougars took sets one and two in the same score, 25-23, for an early lead in the match before the Warriors took set three also in the same score.
With the match on the line, the Warriors took the fourth set 36-34 to send it to five. The Cougars held a 24-21 lead before three-straight Hawaii points tied the score at 24 and sent the set into a back-and-forth scoring attack that eventually went in favor of Hawaii.
In set five, BYU took an early 3-0 lead before Hawaii answered with three points of its own. The set tied against at 5, 10 and 11 before the Cougars took the lead and match final with a 15-12 score.
Hawaii and BYU will meet again tomorrow at 7 p.m. HST/11 p.m. MT in the same arena. Check the BYU men's schedule page for updates on how to follow the match.
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