PROVO, Utah—No. 14 BYU women's volleyball won its 21st-straight game at the Smith Fieldhouse by defeating Pacific in three sets (25-18, 25-23, 25-17) with help from strong defense Saturday afternoon.
“I thought we were scrappy on defense today, which increased our energy and effort,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “We asked them to be scrappy because Pacific is a scrappy team. Our passing was solid, and if we can get in rhythm with our passing, we’re a very dangerous team. I loved our effort today.”
BYU (21-3, 11-2 West Coast Conference) was led by Alexa Gray, who had a double-double consisting of 20 kills and 12 digs. She also five blocks in the win for the Cougars. Amy Boswell had 12 kills and four blocks, and Sophie Cram also added four blocks in her second career start. Ciara Parker added 14 digs in the defensive effort of the Cougars.
Pacific (14-11, 5-9 WCC) won two-straight points after an error on the opening serve of the first set by Parker. A pair of Gray kills and a solo block by Boswell then allowed them to take the lead, 6-4. The teams traded points until BYU won four-consecutive points on serves from Parker to make the lead 15-8. Makenna Santiago and Lacy Haddock each had multiple digs that were important for the Cougars to give them a comfortable 22-14 lead. However, the Tigers scored six-straight points to bring the score to 24-18. Their momentum was stopped when Gray ended the first set with a kill down the middle, giving BYU the first set 25-18.
Three kills early in the second set helped the Cougars jump to a 4-1 lead. Pacific responded with strong defense until Cram blocked a kill by Pacific’s Alicja Wilk to stop the Tiger’s progress at 8-5. Pacific’s Maycie Labass had two-straight kills and Cosy Burnett would block her third ball to make the score 14-10 for BYU. The teams would again trade points for the majority of the game until Gray had two kills in a row to put the Cougars ahead 22-20. Pacific responded with strong defense to bring the game to 23-22, but BYU closed it out 25-23 on a kill by Boswell.
Boswell opened the third set with a block and a kill to give her team a 2-0 lead. She and Gray traded kills for the next few points to put the Cougars up 7-3. Pacific’s errors would extend the Cougars’ lead to 9-4, but would respond with strong blocking, making the score of the game 11-8. Gray ended its defensive run with a kill to make it 12-8. She added two more before a Pacific timeout, giving the Cougars a 14-8 lead. Three-consecutive kills extended their lead to 17-10, and the front line added some blocks to make the lead 23-15. BYU closed out the set on a kill from Gray, ending the match 25-17.
BYU’s next game will be away against WCC opponent Portland on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 p.m. PST. The game will be streamed live on the TheW.tv.
PROVO, Utah – No. 14 BYU women’s volleyball stays at home this week for another pair of West Coast Conference matchups against Saint Mary’s and Pacific.
Last Time Out
The Cougars (19-3, 9-2 WCC) swept rival No. 24 San Diego for the second-consecutive time this season to create a tie at the top of the league standings. Alexa Gray led the way with 11 kills while Whitney Young Howard added a team-high nine blocks in the win.
- BYU first faces off against the Gaels (6-16, 1-11 WCC) Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. MST.
- The Cougars won the last meeting between the two schools earlier this year, picking up a sweep.
- BYU leads the overall series 8-7.
- Saint Mary’s enters the contest having lost nine-straight matches and is currently sitting in 10th place in conference standings.
- The Cougars next face the Tigers (14-9, 5-7 WCC) Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. MST.
- BYU won a come-from-behind five-set thriller at Pacific earlier this season.
- The Cougars also hold the edge in this overall series 9-7.
- The Tigers have won just four of their last 10 matches and have lost their last two.
Both matches 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 women’s volleyball schedule page.
Thursday’s match will be a ROC Party while fans will be able to meet the team and get autographs following Saturday’s match.