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Royce Hinton | Posted: 6 Sep 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

BYU starts tournament with a win

PORTLAND, Ore. –  Sophomore Alexa Gray led the No. 25 BYU women’s volleyball team (3-2) to its third win of the season in a sweep (25-22, 25-17, 25-17) against tournament host Portland State Friday night.
“This was a great match for us to start the weekend,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “I felt we played a complete match and were fairly consistent the entire three sets. We have two great opponents tomorrow and look to continue with our success and drive.
Gray had 13 kills and just one error on 33 attempts to hit .364 in the victory. Sophomore Camry Godfrey contributed 32 assists and senior Kathryn LeCheminant and freshman Whitney Young helped with a combined nine total blocks. Liberos Tia Withers Welling and Ciara Parker combined for 22 digs in the Cougar victory. Young got her first career start in the win, contributing five kills, three digs and five total blocks.
A Gray kill put the first points on the board for either team, and she continued to impress by scoring five of BYU’s first six points from kills. The two squads continued to trade scores until a pair of Viking attack errors gave the Cougars a 14-12 edge. Another duo of Portland State errors gave BYU its largest lead of the set at 18-14. After a Cougar timeout, the Vikings were able to tie the set 18-18. Portland State had trouble overcoming BYU’s offense in the end as the Cougars took the first set 25-22.    
Several errors opened up the second set for the Vikings, giving BYU an early 6-3 lead. Portland State remained close with the Cougars until a 4-0 run gave BYU a 12-6 lead. It was all Cougars from that point as they took a double-digit lead at 18-8 after a 5-0 run. Despite a last-minute 5-1 run from the Vikings, Godfrey took the set for BYU 25-17 with a service ace.
The Cougars came out strong in the beginning of the third and final set, taking a 5-2 lead. Portland State stormed back, coming within two points of BYU at 9-7. A pair of LeCheminant kills extended the Cougar lead to 18-12, forcing a Viking timeout. Portland State couldn’t stop BYU in the end, as the Cougars took the match with a 25-17 set victory.
Portland State falls to 2-3 on the season and will face Oklahoma and new WCC opponent Pacific on Saturday.
The Cougars continue play in Oregon on Saturday by heading to the University of Portland to play Fresno State in the Portland Nike Invitational. The match begins at 10 a.m. PDT. Later that evening, BYU will head back to the Portland State Tournament to compete against Oklahoma at 5 p.m. PDT. Links to live stats for both matches and streaming video for the Fresno State match can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.
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Royce Hinton | Posted: 5 Sep 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

Cougars hit the road for a second tournament


PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s volleyball team travels to Portland, Ore., this weekend to compete in the Portland State Tournament, its second invitational of the season.

The No. 25-ranked Cougars (2-2) first face host Portland State on Friday at 6 p.m. PDT.

This will be the ninth matchup between the two teams, with BYU taking a 3-0 win last season in Provo.

So far, the Vikings are 2-2 on the year with losses coming at the hands of No. 5 Washington and No. 12 Oregon.

On Saturday the Cougars will continue play by heading to the Portland Nike Invitational with a match against Fresno State at 10 a.m. PDT at the University of Portland.

This is the 17th matchup between BYU and the former WAC foe. BYU leads the all-time series 15-1 and won last in Provo 3-0 in 1998.

The Bulldogs are 1-2 so far this season, winning in five sets to Rice and losing in five sets to both Cal State Northridge and WCC opponent Santa Clara. Fresno State plays against WCC foe Portland on Friday before facing the Cougars.

BYU will finish out tournament play by heading back to Portland State to play against the University of Oklahoma on Saturday at 5 p.m. PDT.

The Cougars and Sooners last squared off in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2012, with BYU sweeping Oklahoma in three sets in Provo. This will be the seventh time the two teams have competed against each other, with the Cougars holding a 5-1 lead in the series.

The Cougars' two loses of the season came against No. 25 Creighton and Hampton Inn Invitational host Bowling Green State.

Links to live stats can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page. Live streaming will be available for BYU’s matches against Portland State and Fresno State.