PROVO, Utah -- BYU upset Long Beach State 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20) with the help of Taylor Sander, who had a season-high 24 kills, and Tyler Heap, who had a career-high 47 assists Saturday night.
“It’s a whole different deal when we’re here at home,” BYU head coach Chris McGown said. “The guys had great energy and really played together as a team. Everyone did their job and worked really hard and it’s early, but that was an important match for us.”
Sander also finished with a season-high 11 digs. Heap finished with three total career highs, also adding 11 digs and four blocks. Matt Underwood had a career-high seven digs. Josue Rivera earned season highs of his own with eight kills and eight digs. Devin Young was a wall for the Cougars (2-2, 2-0 MPSF) with a season-high eight blocks for a team total of 11. Sander finished with his first double-double of the season, contributing 11 digs of his own.
After falling behind in the first points, BYU took the lead 4-3 with Underwood and Rivera kills in the final set. LBSU’s Andrew Whitt swung hard with three kills to compete with BYU’s defense and tie the game at 8-8. Sander had a couple of his own along with Joseph Grosh and Underwood to help push the Cougars back into the lead at 12-9. BYU never looked back. With Rivera serving for match point, BYU played through a tough volley with Heap setting Sander up for the kill and win.
No. 4 Stanford 3, Grand Canyon 0
STANFORD, Calif. -- Behind an impressive defensive performance, Stanford swept Grand Canyon 25-20, 25-17, 25-18 on Saturday, at Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal moves to 3-0 on the year, while the Antelopes drop to 1-1.
Both teams got off to a slow start offensively, hitting below .100 in the opening set. However, the Cardinal settled in to the familiar confines of Burnham Pavilion and made quick work of the Antelopes, finishing with a .354 team hitting percentage.
The Cardinal not only passed well all night and played solid defense, but the team posted incredible side out percentages in the second and third sets (94 percent). Redshirt junior libero Grant Delgado again led all players with eight digs and is averaging 3.09 digs per set after three matches.
Tublin, who hit .389, was one of three Cardinal players to register nine kills on the night. He also tallied five digs and two aces in the win.
No. 6 Pepperdine 3, UC San Diego 0
MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine finished its MPSF opening weekend with a dominating 3-0 sweep against visiting UC San Diego to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Josh Taylor and Parker Kalmbach provided a strong one-two punch for the Waves, delivering a combined 26 kills.
Pepperdine won the 75 minute contest by set scores of 25-17, 25-19, 25-17.
Taylor led all hitters with 14 kills while hitting .440 (14 kills-3 errors-25 attempts). Taylor, a sure-swinging junior, is hitting an impressive .468 across the season’s two matches, while averaging 5.43 kills per set. Kalmbach wasn’t far behind, putting down 12 kills earned at a .375 (12-3-24) clip. Kalmbach, an opposite side hitter, added five digs and four blocks on the night.
Matt West set the Waves to the tune of a .387 (40-11-75) team hitting percentage. He led the match in both assists and digs with 35 and 10, respectively.
UCSD (0-3, 0-2 MPSF) hit just .133 (32-21-83) as a squad. Johl Awerkamp posted a season-high 11 kills for the Tritons.\
No. 7 UCLA 3, No. 14 Hawaii 1
HONOLULU -- UCLA won its fourth consecutive Outrigger Hotels Invitational after posting a 3-1 victory against Hawaii on Saturday night. Scores of the match were 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 25-16. UCLA returns home with a 3-1 record on the season.
The Bruins broke open a close battle in set one on a block by Trent Kersten which put UCLA in front 19-15. The visitors led 22-16 after a kill by Gonzalo Quiroga and went on to take the initial set 25-19.
In set four, UCLA established an early lead at 6-4 and gradually moved the margin out to 15-10 at the media timeout. The Bruins continued their steady play and led 23-16 after a kill by Robert Page. Spencer Rowe and Gonzalo Quiroga teammed up on a block to end the match at 25-16.
Page, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, led UCLA with 16 kills. Trent Kersten totaled 10 kills, hit .667 and had five blocks. Quiroga added 10 kills and seven digs. Rowe blocked six balls. Ian Sequeira registered nine digs. Steve O'Dell finished with 37 set assists and a couple of aces. Quiroga and O’Dell joined Page on the All-Tournament team.
No. 8 Lewis 3, Pacific 0
STOCKTON, Calif. – Lewis grounded out a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) victory against Pacific on Saturday at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Flyers improve to 2-2 on the campaign while the Tigers fall to 1-2 on the year.
The Flyers were led by sophomore middle blocker Bobby Walsh, who hit .312 collecting seven kills and two errors on 16 attempts while picking up three digs, a season-high three solo blocks and five block assists. Fellow middle blocker redshirt freshman Jacob Schmiegelt tallied six kills and one error on 10 attempts to swing .400 and four block assists.
Redshirt junior outside hitter Geoff Powell had seven kills, seven digs and three block assists while junior opposite Eric Fitterer chipped in six kills, seven digs and five block assists for the Flyers. Redshirt senior setter BJ Boldog tallied 24 assists, two solo blocks, and two block assists as junior libero Lucas Yanez had seven digs.
The Flyers posted a season-high 15.5 total blocks tallying five solo blocks and 21 block assists while holding the Tigers to 3.0 total blocks. Defensively, Lewis didn't allow a Pacific service ace, bouncing back after allowing a season high 14 the night before against Stanford.