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MORGANTOWN, W.V. – Jennifer Hamson led No. 9 BYU women’s volleyball to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-18) sweep against Indiana University-Purdue Indianapolis (IUPUI) Saturday morning in its second match of the Gold & Blue Player’s Challenge.
“I thought offensively we had a nice match,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “Hannah (Robison) did a great job off the bench. We have a quick turnaround now to prepare against Toledo.”
Hamson led the Cougars with 15 kills and seven digs while hitting a .400 clip. Camry Godfrey Willardson added 43 assists while Ciara Parker contributed a team-high 16 digs. Amy Boswell took control of the block, collecting six to lead the team.
Whitney Young got things started for BYU (2-0) in the first set with a kill. IUPUI (1-1) kept the score within a point until a kill from Boswell put the Cougars ahead 7-5. The Jaguars then took their first lead at 13-12 from a block. BYU followed with a 7-1 rally to retake the lead with a 19-13 advantage. A trio of points from IUPUI got the Jaguars back in the set, cutting into their deficit to three at 20-17. The late run proved to be too short as Hannah Robison and Boswell ended the set 25-19 for BYU with a block.
The two teams traded points to begin the second set until a pair of Hamson service aces brought the Cougars ahead 6-3. Consecutive kills from Young then extended BYU’s lead to four at 11-7. It was all Cougars from that point as a 7-0 run brought BYU’s advantage to double-digits at 21-11. The Cougars easily took the second set 25-17 from an IUPUI attack error.
Two Robison kills helped bring BYU out to an early 6-3 lead in the third set. A block from the Jaguars followed to tie things up at 7 apiece after a 4-1 run. The score remained close until the Cougars went on a 4-0 run of their own to go back up 17-12. Alexa Gray contributed a trio of kills to help bring BYU ahead 22-16. Hamson ended the set and match with a kill, 25-18.
The Cougars conclude their invite in the Gold & Blue Player’s Challenge later Saturday when they take on Toledo. A link to live stats for the match can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – No. 9 BYU women’s volleyball begins the 2014 season by heading to West Virginia to take part in the Gold & Blue Player’s Challenge on Friday and Saturday.
Competing with the Cougars in the invitational is host West Virginia, IUPUI and Toledo.
BYU begins play on Friday at 7 p.m. EDT against tournament host West Virginia. This is the first ever match between the two schools.
In 2013, the Mountaineers went 20-13 overall and 5-11 in Big 12 conference play – good for a sixth-place finish.
West Virginia returns five starters and its libero to this year’s squad.
The Cougars will next face off against IUPUI, a 2013 NCAA tournament competitor, Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m.
The Jaguars finished the 2013 season with a 19-14 overall record, including going 11-3 in Summit League play. Following the conference tournament championship, the team earned its first ever berth to the NCAA tournament.
IUPUI returns three starters and its libero for 2014.
The two teams have never before met.
BYU concludes the Gold & Blue Player’s Challenge with a Saturday afternoon match against Toledo at 4:30 p.m.
The Rockets ended their 2013 campaign going 19-12 overall and 12-4 in MAC conference play. Toledo finished tied for first in West Division play and second overall.
Toledo returns just one starter for the 2014 season.
BYU leads the series with the Rockets 1-0 after picking up a 3-1 victory in 1999.
Links to live stats for all matches and a video stream for Friday’s West Virginia match can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.