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Jones-Perry helps No. 3 BYU past No. 10 USC in straight sets
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Senior outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry helped No. 3 BYU women’s volleyball past No. 10 USC in straight sets (30-28, 25-21, 25-14) Friday morning at the Al McGuire Center in the first match of the Marquette Invitational.
“Our team was really focused and came out with good energy this morning,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “I liked the way we served and played defense. I'm proud of the way Roni attacked. She took good, high swings.”
Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 26 kills (one shy of the three-set BYU rally-scoring era record) on a .442 clip. Lyndie Haddock-Eppich contributed 34 assists and 11 digs while Mary Lake added 15 digs. Heather Gneiting put up four blocks and Danelle Stetler had 10 digs. McKenna Miller collected eight kills and a career-high five aces while Kiani Moea’i put up three aces in the win.
USC (5-2) took a 5-2 lead against BYU (6-0) to start the match after four-straight kills. The Cougars came back to even the score at 8-8 following an ace and kill from Miller. A 5-1 Women of Troy run pushed USC ahead 16-13, forcing Olmstead to take a timeout. The Women of Troy remained in front by three before a trio of Jones-Perry kills tied things up at 21-all. BYU had two set points before USC took two of their own, ahead 27-26. The Cougars had another pair of set points before ultimately taking the set 30-28 on an out-of-system kill by Miller.
Jones-Perry gave BYU its first three points of the second set as it led 3-1 early on. The Cougars were ahead four, 6-2, following back-to-back Miller kills, but the Women of Troy went on a 4-0 run after an ace to even the score at 6-6. The teams remained neck-and-neck until three-straight Miller aces pushed the Cougars back in front 13-10. Two-consecutive Haddock-Eppich kills made it 17-12, forcing USC to use its second timeout of the set. The Women of Troy slowly worked their way back into the set, trailing by two at 19-17 following consecutive BYU errors. The Cougars led by as many as four again at 23-19 before BYU took the set 25-21 from two more Jones-Perry kills.
An ace each from Miller and Moea’i gave the Cougars a 6-1 advantage to start the third set. A Gneiting and Haddock-Eppich block then extended BYU’s lead to eight at 13-5. Three more kills from Jones-Perry, a Moea’i ace and a Haddock-Eppich kill gave the Cougars a double-digit lead, 18-8. The two sides traded points from there until two final Jones-Perry kills ended the set and match for BYU at 25-14.
The Cougars next play Syracuse Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. CDT, also at the Al McGuire Center. The match will be streamed on Facebook Live and a link to live stats can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.
No. 3 BYU hits the road for Marquette Invitational
PROVO, Utah – No. 3 BYU women’s volleyball hits the road this week for a trio of challenging matches against No. 10 USC, undefeated Syracuse and No. 25 Marquette in the Marquette Invitational.
The Cougars (5-0) won the BYU Nike Invitational with victories against West Virginia, then-No. 1 Stanford and Wichita State. Roni Jones-Perry was named the tournament MVP and was honored as the WCC and AVCA Player of the Week.
No. 10 USC
- BYU faces USC Friday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. CDT, at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis.
- The Trojans lead the all-time series history against the Cougars 13-6. USC has won the last five meetings between the two squads, but the teams are 6-6 when playing on a neutral court.
- The Trojans are 5-1 so far this season, picking up impressive victories against ranked opponents Kentucky, Creighton and Florida.
- USC is led this season in his first year by former Portland head coach Brent Crouch.
- The Trojans were picked to finish second in the Pac-12 this season, receiving one first-place vote. They finished 25-10, 14-6 last year and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
- BYU competes against Syracuse Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. CDT, at Marquette.
- The Cougars won the only other meeting all-time in the history of the two squads, picking up a sweep in 1989.
- Syracuse is a perfect 2-0 to start the 2018 season, with wins over New Hampshire and Connecticut.
- The Orange were picked to finish ninth in the ACC this year after going 22-14, 12-8 last year.
No. 25 Marquette
- BYU faces host Marquette Saturday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. CDT.
- The Cougars are 2-0 all-time against the Golden Eagles, having last won a five-set matchup on a neutral court in 2013.
- Marquette is 5-1 to start the year, only falling at ranked Baylor along the way.
- The Golden Eagles are the favorite to win the Big East, according to the preseason coaches’ poll, after going 22-10, 15-3 a season ago.
There will be a video stream for the match against Marquette. Live stats will be available for all three matches. Links can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.