No. 2 BYU defeats No. 1 UC Irvine
Anteaters erase two-set deficit, fall to Cougars in final frame
IRVINE, Calif. -- No. 2 BYU defeated No. 1 UC Irvine in five sets (25-22, 25-19, 15-25, 20-25, 15-9) on the road on Saturday to complete the weekend sweep and improve to 4-1 on the season.
Senior Robb Stowell contributed a season-high 21 kills, six digs and a .472 hitting percentage to lead the Cougars. Sophomore Taylor Sander joined Stowell in double-figure kills with 18 while also adding four aces, one of which won the match for BYU.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 BYU 3, No. 1 UC Irvine 2|
|No. 4 Stanford 3, No. 14 Loyola (Ill.) 0|
|No. 7 Penn State 3, No. 8 Ohio State 0|
|No. 9 Lewis 3, Springfield 0|
Setter Joe Kauliakamoa tallied 51 assists and Russ Lavaja totaled a game-high six blocks.
Behind three consecutive points at the end of the set, BYU took a 25-22 win in the first for an early lead in the match.
The momentum kept swinging with BYU in the second as it took its largest lead at 17-12 after a kill from Stowell. The Cougars continued with their lead and, after an ace from Josue Rivera, eventually took the 25-19 victory.
The Anteaters, however, proved they wouldn’t be deterred as they came out in the third and right away took a commanding lead. They led by as many as seven at one point and while BYU tried to catch up, UC Irvine kept moving forward and took the convincing 25-15 victory. In the second, for the space of 10 UC Irvine points, Stowell was the only Cougar able to put points on the board off three kills.
Set four was a similar story to set three with UC Irvine leading almost the entire time. The Cougars kept it close but a 5-0 run by the Anteaters was too much for BYU as they fell 20-25 to tie the match at 2-2 and send it to a fifth set.
In the fifth, the Cougars got up 5-2 early. Follow-up kills from Stowell, Lavaja and Quentin Smith gave them a further lead at 10-7, a lead they wouldn't relinquesh. Sander's ace gave BYU its match point for the road win.
Zachary La Cavera was the sole Anteater in double-figure kills with 10. He also contributed four aces and two blocks.