Brett Pyne | Posted: 24 Sep 1999 | Updated: 24 Sep 1999

Cougar Spikers Defeat California 3-0

STANFORD -- Senior outside hitter Caroline Bower helped No. 10 BYU to a 3-0 win over California Friday at the Pac-10/Mountain West Volleyball Challenge. Bower shared a team-high 12 kills with middle blocker Nina Puikkonen and totalled a match-high 15 digs to help the Cougars to a 15-11, 15-8, 16-14 victory.

"Caroline had her best match of the year," BYU coach Elaine Michaelis said. "She had 12 kills in 20 attempts without any hitting errors and she had 15 digs. She really had a nice night and we had a very strong offensive effort overall hitting .333."

Bower approached her career high attack percentage of .615 by hitting .600 while four Cougars hit .300 or better on the night. In addition to Bower, All-American setter Anna-Lena Smith hit .400 (5-1-10), Puikkonen .304 (12-5-23) and freshman Sunny Tonga hit .385 (6-1-13, .385), all in the third game while spelling Mari Carpenter.

With the win, BYU improves to 7-1 on the year while California drops to 4-5. The Cougars will play tournament host No. 7 Stanford Saturday at 8 p.m.

Recent Stories

BYU 2021 recruiting class ranked No. 7 by - graphic
Women’s volleyball recruiting class ranked No. 7 by

BYU women’s volleyball class of 2021 was ranked No. 7 in the nation by on Thursday, marking the third…

BYU women's volleyball receives AVCA Team Academic Award
BYU receives AVCA Team Academic Award

BYU women's volleyball earned the United States Marine Corps/American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic…

2021 BYU Women's Volleyball Schedule - graphic
2021 women’s volleyball schedule announced

The BYU women’s volleyball team has announced its 2021 schedule, including matches against 10 2020 NCAA Tournament…

Kennedy Eschenberg named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team.jpeg
Eschenberg named Academic All-American

BYU women’s volleyball middle blocker Kennedy Eschenberg was named to the 2020-21 Academic All-America Third Team,…