Van Dyne Gymnasium
Lancer Lane Riverside CA 92504
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Strong play from outside hitters Jake Langlois and Brenden Sander led No. 2 BYU men's volleyball to a second-consecutive sweep (25-20, 25-18, 25-19) over No. 15 Cal Baptist Saturday night at the Van Dyne Gymnasium.
"It was a good road swing for the guys," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "We learned some important things that can contribute to our improvement. A handful of players dug deep to play at a high level."
Langlois led the Cougars with 11 kills while tying for team-highs in digs (three) and blocks (four). Sander added double-digit kills of his own with 10 while hitting a .500 clip. Leo Durkin set the offense with 27 assists and Ben Patch had strong play at the service line, collecting a career-high three aces. Additionaly, Michael Hatch went a perfect 4-of-4 on attacks while adding a team-high tying four blocks.
Cal Baptist (8-9, 3-9 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) got off to a hot 5-1 start in the first set after several BYU (12-2, 8-2 MPSF) miscues. The Cougars then battled back to knot the score up at 8-all following a Lancer attack error. Down 14-11, BYU scored the next four-consecutive points to take their first lead of the night at 15-14 after a Langlois and Price Jarman block. A Sander kill and pair of Cal Baptist errors then helped the Cougars go up by three, 20-17, forcing a Lancer timeout. Sander then closed out the set 25-20 on a kill.
Durkin started the second set with an ace en route to a five-point 8-3 BYU lead. The Cougars were ahead 11-4 before Cal Baptist used a 4-1 rally to cut its deficit to four, down 12-8. BYU maintained at least a four-point advantage from there as a Jarman kill extended the lead back to five at 19-14. The Cougars cruised to the end of the set, taking it 25-18 after a Lancer service error.
A Patch kill brought BYU out to a closely contested 6-4 lead early in the third set. Another Sander kill then extended the Cougars' advantage to four at 11-7. BYU continued to stay in control of the set with a 17-11 lead after another Jarman kill. A pair of Tim Dobbert kills and a Hatch, Patch and Langlois block kept the Cougar lead at six, 21-16. BYU finished out the set and match, completing the sweep 25-19 on a Sander kill.
The Cougars return home to the Smith Fieldhouse next, taking on CSUN in a pair of matches beginning Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. MST. The match will be broadcast live on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio. Links to live stats and a video feed can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – No. 2 BYU men’s volleyball stays on the road this week for a pair of conference matches at No. 15 Cal Baptist.
Last Time Out
BYU (10-2, 6-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) traveled to the East Coast for matches at Princeton and NJIT. The Cougars swept both teams behind a combined 26 kills from Tim Dobbert to finish their nonconference schedule 4-0.
No. 15 Cal Baptist
- BYU will play Cal Baptist (8-7, 3-7 MPSF) on both Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. PST.
- The Lancers have won five of their last six matches, falling only to No. 1 Long Beach along that stretch. Additionally, Enrique de Diego won conference and national honors on Feb. 8 for an errorless performance over four matches.
- Cal Baptist currently sits tied for ninth in the conference standings with UC Irvine. The Lancers were picked to finish 11th in the preseason poll after a 6-22, 2-20 season in 2015.
- The Cougars lead the overall series history 19-3 and are 2-1 when playing at Cal Baptist. Last year, BYU swept the series at home, winning in four sets the first night before following that up with a sweep the next night.
- The Lancers are led this season by first-year head coach Derek Schmitt.
Both matches will be streamed online live by Cal Baptist. Links to the video feed and live stats can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.