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NCAA.com | March 4, 2014

Preview: LBSU hosts BYU in top-three matchup

PROVO, Utah -- Second-ranked BYU men’s volleyball hits the road again for matches against No. 3 Long Beach State on Friday and Cal State Northridge Saturday.

BYU (12-3, 12-1 MPSF) took down the 49ers in their last meeting, defeating then-No. 1 Long Beach State 3-1 in the Cougars’ home opener. BYU followed that performance by taking down the Matadors in straight sets the following night.

Riding a six-match win streak, the Cougars lead the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with only one loss in conference play. BYU avenged its lone conference loss Saturday by sweeping Pepperdine at the Smith Fieldhouse.

Taylor Sander leads the Cougars and is No. 2 in the nation with 4.57 kills per set. Michael Hatch is No. 3 in the nation with 1.51 blocks per set.

Long Beach State’s Taylor Crabb leads the nation with 5.05 kills per set, helped out by Connor Olbright who leads the nation in assists per set with 11.86.

Cal State Northridge is led on offense by Damani Lenore and Sam Holt with 3.06 kills per set and 2.83 kills per set, respectively.

The weekend matches are BYU’s last road matches until April.

Notes:
Top-ranked Loyola Chicago, on a 13-match win streak, is idle until March 13. ... Both fourth-ranked Pepperdine and sixth-ranked Southern California will play host to No. 10 Stanford and Pacific this weekend. ... No. 5 UCLA will look to rebound from its two losses against No. T8 Hawaii last weekend when it plays No. 7 UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego. The Rainbow Warriors, meanwhile, will battle with the team it is tied with in the poll, UC Irvine.

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