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NC Roundup: BYU sweeps Pacific

PROVO, Utah -- BYU set team and season highs for blocks and hitting percentage on the way to defeating Pacific in straight sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-19) Saturday night in the Smith Fieldhouse.

The Cougars (6-2, 6-0 MPSF) finished with 16 blocks and hit .377 on the night.

“I thought we played some really clean volleyball tonight,” BYU head coach Chris McGown said. “That’s not always easy when we’ve got different guys coming off the bench to maintain that cohesion and energy. I thought the guys that came in played great, and overall it was really nice night statistically.”

Taylor Sander led the Cougars with 12 kills and a season-high .706 hit clip after going the whole match without an attack error. Devin Young tied his season high of eight blocks, and Joseph Grosh had a career-high six blocks.

No. 2 Loyola Chicago 3, No. 13 Harvard 0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Joe Smalzer and Nick Olson each drilled eight kills as No. 2 Loyola Chicago swept No. 13 Harvard on Saturday. With the three-set win (25-19, 25-14, 25-14), Loyola improves to 6-1 on the season while Harvard falls to 0-3.

"It was great to go 2-0 on our first road trip and get wins against two quality teams," head coach Shane Davis said. "We're ready to turn our focus to Ohio State and our upcoming conference matches."

Cody Caldwell contributed seven of his own. For the seventh time this season, Olson also led the team defensively at the net with 4 blocks.

Loyola outhit Harvard .515-.044 and enjoyed a 42-23 advantage in kills.

No. 6 Stanford 3, California Baptist 0

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Sixth-ranked Stanford captured its first conference win Saturday sweeping Cal Baptist (25-15, 25-18, 25-18) in Riverside, Calif. The Cardinal moves to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Lancers drop to 2-5 on the year and 2-4 in the conference.

“I thought we played a really nice match tonight,” head coach John Kosty said. “We served and passed really well. I also thought we did a nice job on our block defense.”

As a team, Stanford hit .408 while holding Cal Baptist to a .176 clip and recorded eight team blocks. Sophomore setter James Shaw controlled the offense, racking up 31 assists. He also notched five kills and four blocks.

Senior outside hitter Brian Cook paced the Cardinal with 13 kills on 23 swings with just one error to hit .522. Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin chipped in with eight kills on a .400 hitting percentage to go to seven digs.

Stanford’s middles also performed well against Cal Baptist, combining for 13 kills on 16 attempts and eight blocks. Senior Denny Falls was 7-0-9 (.778) with three blocks, while junior Spencer Haly was 6-0-7 (.857) with a match-high five blocks.

Cal Baptist was led by Jonathan Tuttle’s nine kills and four digs. Kristopher Johnson added eight kills on a .467 attack percentage.

No. T8 UC Irvine 3, No. T8 UC Santa Barbara 2

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- After wnning the first two sets, UC Irvine held on to beat UC Santa Barbara 3-2 (25-21, 25-23, 16-25, 25-22, 17-15) at Rob Gym on Saturday.

UCI picks up its first five-set win of the year (1-3) and goes to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the MPSF. UCSB loses its second match in a row and is 3-2 on the year and 2-2 in the MPSF.

Opposite Zack La Cavera led UCI with 16 kills and a career-high six aces. Freshman Tamir Hersko added 10 kills, while outside hitters Connor Hughes and Kyle Russell each had eight kills, which is a season best for Russell. Freshman setter Michael Saeta had a career-high 53 set assists, a team-high 10 digs and four block assists. Middle blocker Scott Kevorken posted a season and team-high seven total blocks to go with five kills and middle blocker Collin Mehring had six kills and six total blocks.

UCSB was led by Austin Kingi with a match-high 17 kills. Evan Licht and Matt Hanley both recorded nine kills in the loss.

UCI went on a 7-1 run which included two kills and two aces by Zack La Cavera to open a 10-5 lead in the first set. The Anteaters would go on to win 25-21.

UCI trailed 13-9 in the second set before a pair of Collin Mehring kills was followed by two La Cavera aces to knot the score at 13-13. A kill by La Cavera and a Gaucho attack error put the Anteaters ahead 15-13. UCSB would out-score UCI 6-1 to jump to a 20-18 advantage. The Anteaters would score three of the next four, the last a Travis Woloson ace to tie the set at 21 all. UCI would win the set on another La Cavera ace 25-23.

The Gauchos would force a fifth game after winning 25-16 in the third and 25-22 in the fourth set.

In the final set, UCI held a 12-10 lead before UCSB scored four in a row and had match point 14-12. Two consecutive Gaucho errors gave UCI life, 14-14. After a UCSB kill, La Cavera had two kills and Scott Kevorken and Connor Hughes sealed the win with a block, 17-15.