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Jones-Perry and No. 9 Cougars win BYU Nike Invitational with sweep of Wichita State
PROVO, Utah – Roni Jones-Perry and No. 9 BYU women's volleyball won the BYU Nike Invitational after sweeping Wichita State (25-16, 25-12, 25-20) Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.
"I loved the way we came out focused tonight," BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. "We had a good game plan put together by our assistants and the team executed. I'm proud of the way the team played, particularly Roni. She was unstoppable. Lyndie was great all weekend, and I'm proud of the way she ran the offense."
Jones-Perry led BYU with 16 kills, hitting at a .682 clip. McKenna Miller added 12 kills while Lyndie Haddock-Eppich contributed 29 assists and 12 digs, making this her second double-double of the invitational. Mary Lake led the Cougars in digs with 13.
Jones-Perry, Haddock-Eppich and Lake made the all-tournament team, while Jones-Perry was named Most Valuable Player.
BYU (5-0) and Wichita State (4-2) keep it close in set one. The Cougars grabbed the lead early with two kills by Kennedy Eschenberg to bring the score to 5-2. Wichita State defended BYU, but kills from Madelyn Robinson, Haddock-Eppich and Jones-Perry helped their team keep the lead at 10-7. The Shockers battled back and brought the score within one point, but a kill from Robinson and a block by Heather Gneiting and Miller helped increase the lead back to 12-10. Wichita State managed to stay within three points during the set before tying it up for the first time at 15-15, forcing BYU to call a timeout. The Cougars came out swinging and went on an 8-1 run to grab the win at 25-16 off a kill from Jones-Perry.
Going into set two, the two teams kept it close at the start with things knotted up at 3-3. The Cougars then took a 3-0 run with two kills from Miller and an ace from Sydnie Martindale. Gneiting helped BYU with a kill and a block to make it 12-7. Wichita State had two service aces to bring it within two at 12-10. Kills from Robinson and three back-to-back blocks from Eschenberg, Jones-Perry and Robinson aided the Cougars on a 11-0 run to increase the advantage to 12, 23-11. A kill by Robinson took it to set point and BYU won set two at 25-12 on a Wichita State service error.
Jones-Perry started off set three with a kill and an additional kill by Miller brought the score to 3-1, which gave the Cougars an early lead. Wichita State tied it up at 4-4 and took an advantage at 7-5. A service ace by Miller helped the Cougars even it out at 7-7. Wichita State surged ahead and BYU battled to keep it within one point until the Cougars gained the lead again at 14-13. With Martindale serving, the Cougars had a 6-0 run with an ace, kills by Jones-Perry and Miller and a block by Gneiting and Miller to make it 19-14. Wichita State came back, which resulted in BYU calling a timeout at 21-19. The Cougars clinched set three and the match with a kill by Taylen Ballard on the outside, leaving set three at 25-20.
BYU faces USC in the first match of the Marquette Tournament Friday, September 7, at 10 a.m. EDT.
Stanford vs. Wichita State
No. 1 Stanford swept Wichita State in the fourth match of the BYU Nike Invitational Saturday afternoon (25-20, 25-20, 29-27).
In the first set, Stanford took an early lead at 5-1 racking up three kills. However, Wichita State came back to tie the score up at 10-10. After the teams went back-and-forth scoring a point apiece, the Cardinal regained the lead at 17-14. Stanford maintained the advantage until scoring set point at 25-20. The Cardinal took another early lead in the second set with a 5-1 run, including a block on the fifth point. The Shockers came back after a long lead by Stanford to tie up the match at 17-17. The Cardinal kept Wichita State from gaining the lead, though, and took the set at 25-20. Unlike the first two sets, the Shockers took the first lead at 2-1 in the third set and kept it until Stanford took their first advantage off a block at 12-11. The score stayed close, getting to 27-27, until the Cardinal came out on top at 29-27, taking the set and match.
Audriana Fitzmorris led Stanford with 13 kills, while Kathryn Plummer followed closely with 12. Jenna Gray contributed 47 assists and Morgan Hentz led Stanford’s defense with 19 digs.
West Virginia vs. Stanford
In the second match on Saturday, West Virginia faced off against No. 1 Stanford. The Cardinal swept the Mountaineers in three sets (25-9, 25-9, 25-12).
Kathryn Plummer and Audrianna Fitzmore led the way for the Cardinal in the first set with five and four kills, respectively. Jenna Gray also made an impact with nine assists and four digs in the first set.
Stanford jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second set, and led 20-5 at one point, eventually winning it 25-9. Gray got up to 19 assists after the second and finished the night with 33. Meghan McClure started making an impact in the second set with seven kills and seven digs.
The third set was a closer contest, with Stanford electing to sit many of its starters to give younger players experience. The Mountaineers brought the set within four, 10-6, but weren’t able to hold off the Cardinal as they ran away with the the third and final set 25-12.
McClure finished the match as the top-scorer with 12 kills to lead the Cardinal to victory. Stanford’s Morgan Hentz was the only player with double-digit digs in the match with 10.
No. 9 Cougars to host BYU Nike Invitational
PROVO, Utah – No. 9 BYU women’s volleyball is set to host the BYU Nike Invitational this week, hosting West Virginia, No. 1 Stanford and Wichita State.
The Cougars traveled to Duke for a pair of matches. BYU swept the Blue Devils the first night and won in four the following evening to improve to 2-0 on the season.
- The Cougars won the only other meeting with the Mountaineers in a sweep on the road in 2014.
- West Virginia is off to a 2-1 start to the 2018 season after picking up wins against Georgia Southern and Connecticut at the WVU Invitational last week.
- The Mountaineers were picked to finish ninth in 2018 in a competitive Big 12 conference.
- West Virginia finished 21-13 (6-10, 5th) last year, advancing to the semifinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
No. 1 Stanford
- BYU trails the series history with Stanford 8-4.
- The Cougars are 3-1 when playing the Cardinal at home and won the last meeting between the two schools in Provo in four sets.
- Stanford is off to a 2-0 start to the 2018 campaign with wins over American and Howard.
- The Cardinal received all possible first-place votes to repeat as the Pac-12 champions in the league’s preseason poll.
- Stanford finished 30-4 (19-1, 1st) in 2017, advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
- BYU is 2-11 all-time against teams ranked No. 1. Their last win against a top-ranked squad was against Stanford at home in 2000.
(RV) Wichita State
- BYU is 1-1 all-time against Wichita State.
- The Cougars lost in Provo in 2010 before defeating the Shockers in five sets in 2012.
- Wichita State is 3-0 on the year, having defeated James Madison, Howard and VCU.
- The Shockers were picked to finish first in the AAC for the second-straight season.
- Wichita State went 29-4 (20-0, 1st) last year. The squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
BYU will face West Virginia Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. MDT at the Smith Fieldhouse. Wichita State and West Virginia will then compete Friday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m. MDT. BYU and Stanford will then face off later that evening at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. MDT, Stanford and Wichita State will square off. West Virginia and Stanford will follow at 5 p.m. and BYU vs. Wichita State will complete the tournament with a slated start time that day of 7 p.m.
The BYU vs. Stanford match will be televised nationally on BYUtv. All other matches, including those not featuring BYU, will be streamed online by TheW.tv. Links to live stats for all matches can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.