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Jones-Perry and No. 10 BYU rally past Boise State in three
BOISE, Idaho – Junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry helped No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball rally past Boise State in straight sets (25-19, 26-24, 26-24) Thursday night at Bronco Gym to kick off the Boise State Classic.
“That was a fun match to be a part of,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “I'm proud of how much fight we showed in the second set. We served well and I thought our block was good. Overall, it was a great team win over a really good Boise State team.”
Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 15 kills. Alohi Robins-Hardy and Lyndie Haddock set the team with 15 and 14 assists, respectively, while Mary Lake contributed 13 digs. Cosy Burnett had a match-high eight blocks and McKenna Miller and Kennedy Redding each had eight kills in the win.
BYU (4-0) took a 6-2 lead early in the first set against Boise State (2-2) following a pair of kills from Redding. Fueled by Cougar errors, the Broncos stormed back to get within a point, trailing 8-7. Consecutive Jones-Perry kills then helped cap off an 8-0 BYU run to push her team back ahead by nine, 16-7. The Cougars stayed ahead 22-13 after another Jones-Perry kill, but Boise State rallied with a 5-1 run to make it 23-18, forcing Olmstead to take a timeout. Jones-Perry eventually ended the set 25-19 with a kill.
Four blocks helped the Cougars go up 6-3 to start the second set. The Broncos eventually pulled ahead 11-9 after back-to-back BYU errors. Multiple kills helped Boise State keep in front 17-11, forcing a Cougar timeout. A Burnett and Robins-Hardy block helped BYU get within a point, trailing 21-20, but the Broncos forced set point at 24-22 after a kill. The Cougars were undeterred, however, scoring the next four-straight points to take the close set 26-24.
Two kills from Redding evened the score at 4-all in the third set. A Jones-Perry and Redding block tied the score again at 14 apiece. After a media timeout, BYU scored four-consecutive points, helped by three Boise State errors, to take an 18-15 advantage. The Cougars stayed ahead, getting set point at 24-21 from a Bronco attack error. Boise State scored the next three points to even things up at 24-24, but two more Bronco attack errors gave BYU a 26-24 set and match win.
The Cougars return to Bronco Gym Friday, Sept. 1, at 5:30 p.m. MDT to face Missouri for a neutral-site match. The match will be streamed live by FloVolleyball. A subscription is required to view the stream. Live stats can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.
No. 10 BYU travels to Boise State Classic
PROVO, Utah – No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball hits the road for the first time in the 2017 season, traveling to Idaho to compete in the Boise State Classic this week.
The Cougars (3-0) will face off against host Boise State, Missouri and Sacramento State in a three-day invitational.
- BYU faces off against Boise State Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. MDT at Bronco Gym.
- The Broncos are 2-1 so far this season, winning their first two matches against North Dakota State and Weber State before falling to host Arizona State in the Sun Devil Classic.
- Boise State finished 26-7, 16-2 MWC a year ago, falling to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament to end the season.
- The Cougars are a perfect 7-0 against the Broncos, previously winning last year in three sets.
- The Cougars play the Tigers Friday, Sept. 1, at 5:30 p.m. MDT at Bronco Gym.
- Missouri began the season ranked at No. 19 but dropped out of the rankings this week after going 2-2 in the Culver’s Governor’s Challenge – beating Marshall and Middle Tennessee before falling to Northern Iowa and Austin Peay.
- The Tigers went 26-7, 16-2 SEC last year, falling to Minnesota in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
- BYU is 2-2-1 all-time against Missouri, winning the last meeting in 2016 in three sets.
- BYU concludes play in the Boise State Classic playing Sacramento State Saturday, Sept. 2, at noon MDT.
- The Hornets are off to a 3-1 start in 2017, beating UConn, Holy Cross and New Hampshire and falling only to St. John’s.
- Sacramento State finished 20-12, 13-3 in the Big Sky last year, ending play in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
- The Cougars haven’t played the Hornets since 2001 but hold a perfect 3-0 record against them.
All three matches will be available to stream from FloVolleyball. A subscription is required to view the streams. Live stats will also be available on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.