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Balanced attack leads No. 1 BYU to sweep of Weber State
OGDEN, Utah – A balanced offensive attack led No. 1 BYU women’s volleyball to a sweep of Weber State (25-18, 25-18, 25-16) Saturday afternoon at the Swenson Gym to conclude nonconference play.
“We put together a solid match today,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “We took some really nice high swings and a lot of people got involved. I’m proud of the way the team has played through the preseason. We’re looking forward to starting conference play next week.”
McKenna Miller led the Cougars with 14 kills on a .455 clip. Jones-Perry followed with 13 kills on a .417 clip. Lyndie Haddock-Eppich collected 42 assists and Mary Lake had 10 digs. Heather Gneiting contributed three blocks and seven kills and Kennedy Eschenberg put up eight kills in the win.
Weber State (5-4) jumped out to a 5-2 lead to start the first set after several BYU (10-0) miscues. The Wildcats stayed in front at 11-9 following a block, but Eschenberg had back-to-back kills to put the Cougars ahead, 13-11. A 6-1 run extended BYU’s advantage to seven at 22-15, and a Jones-Perry kill ended the set 25-18.
The score was tied at 4-4 in the second set following a Weber State ace. A roll-shot kill from Madelyn Robinson pushed the Cougars ahead 8-4, forcing a timeout from the Wildcats. Weber State errors and kills by both Miller and Jones-Perry helped BYU stay ahead 18-9. Despite a 7-0 Weber State run on set point for the Cougars, BYU won the set 25-18 after an Eschenberg kill.
Just like the second set, the third set began tied 4-4. The Wildcats kept the set competitive, taking a 10-9 lead on a kill. BYU slowly inched ahead, however, taking a 16-12 lead on a Miller kill. Several more kills from Miller helped the Cougars to match point before a Gneiting kill ended the set 25-16.
BYU begins West Coast Conference play next, facing Pacific at home Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. MDT. The match will be televised live on BYUtv. Live stats can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.
No. 1 BYU takes on in-state foes No. 24 Utah and Weber State
PROVO, Utah – No. 1 BYU women’s volleyball takes on No. 24 Utah at home this week in the Deseret First Duel before hitting the road for a match at Weber State to finish nonconference play.
BYU (8-0) won the Marquette Invitational with sweeps of No. 10 USC, previously undefeated Syracuse and a four-set win of the host No. 25 Marquette. Lyndie Haddock-Eppich and Roni Jones-Perry were named to the all-tournament team while Jones-Perry was named the Most Valuable Player.
No. 24 Utah
- The Cougars take on the Utes (7-2) at the Smith Fieldhouse in the Deseret First Duel Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. MDT.
- BYU is 70-30 all-time against Utah and holds a 40-10 record when playing against the Utes at home.
- Each team won in five sets on the opposing team's court in the last two meetings.
- Utah went 2-1 at the Villanova Volleyball Invitational last week, falling to the host team before picking up wins against Temple and High Point.
- The Utes were picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 this season after going 24-10, 13-7 in 2017, advancing to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
- The Cougars travel to Swenson Gym to compete against Weber State (3-3) Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. MDT.
- BYU is a perfect 61-0 all-time against the Wildcats and are 26-0 when playing them on the road.
- The Cougars swept Weber State in last year’s meeting.
- The Wildcats travel to Utah Valley on Tuesday and Utah State on Friday before playing BYU.
- Weber State was picked to finish fifth in the Big Sky Conference this year. The Wildcats finished 9-20, 7-9 in 2017.
Thursday’s match against Utah will be televised live on BYUtv. Saturday’s match with Weber State will be streamed live by the Big Sky Conference. Live stats will be available for both matches on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.