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No. 1 BYU Improves to 27-0
APTOS, Calif. – The No. 1 BYU women’s volleyball team defeated Pacific (25-17, 25-19, 25-17) to earn its 27th-straight win Saturday afternoon.
Earning their 21st sweep in 27 matchups this season, the Cougars (27-0, 17-0) received contributions from up and down the roster in the victory. Nine different players had a kill, 11 had at least one dig and eight players registered a block or more.
Ranked No. 1 in the nation with an average hitting percentage of .331, BYU hit .383 in the match. Meanwhile, the Cougars held Pacific (12-16, 7-10) to a .118 mark; BYU was No. 2 in the nation in opponent hitting percentage at .135 coming into the weekend.
The match was moved from Pacific’s campus in Stockton to Cabrillo College in Aptos because of poor air quality due to the recent fires in the state.
“We want to thank Cabrillo College for hosting us today; they really made us feel at home,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “Everyone was ready to play today and we had great energy. I’m proud of the team’s ability to stay focused this weekend.”
Senior Roni Jones-Perry led all players with 16 kills on a .519 hitting percentage. Junior Mary Lake had nine digs and a pair of aces while senior Lyndie Haddock-Eppich again filled the stat sheet with 35 assists, six digs, four blocks and three kills. Junior Kennedy Eschenberg hit a team-high .625, going 6-for-8 with two blocks.
With the score 6-5 early in the first set, a kill by Eschenberg and back-to-back aces by Lake eased the BYU lead out to 9-5. The Cougars made their move a short time later, scoring eight unanswered points in a team effort that included a kill by Madelyn Robinson, an ace by Danelle Stetler, two kills by Gneiting and a block by Gneiting and Haddock-Eppich to give BYU a 17-8 lead. BYU hit .440 in the set as a team with Gneiting and Jones-Perry collecting four kills apiece.
Down 6-3, BYU went on another 8-0 run to take an 11-6 lead thanks in part to back-to-back kills by Robinson and defense at the net. The Tigers continued to fight, but Jones-Perry’s three kills gave BYU the final three points the Cougars needed to take the set, 25-19.
Pacific and BYU battled in a close third set. Five different Cougars had at least one block, led by three from Emily Lewis-Bushman, a career high. Jones-Perry added four kills in the frame which ended on a kill by Haddock-Eppich, 25-17.
BYU will look to finish the regular season undefeated for the first time in program history at Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. PT. The game will be streamed live on TheW.tv.
No. 1 BYU Travels to Face SMC, Pacific
PROVO, Utah – No. 1 BYU women’s volleyball will look to secure an outright West Coast Conference championship and stay undefeated this weekend on the road at Saint Mary’s and Pacific.
The Cougars (25-0, 15-0 WCC) clinched a share of the conference title on Senior Day last Saturday and need a win in their final three games to claim it outright. BYU has now won five-straight conference crowns.
Freshman Heather Gneiting earned her first WCC Player of the Week award after registering double-digit kills against both Santa Clara and San Francisco. Gneiting is a national freshman of the year candidate, currently No. 3 in the nation in hitting percentage at .428 and No. 16 in the nation averaging 1.44 blocks per set.
BYU is No. 1 for the 10th-straight week heading into the penultimate week of the regular season. The Cougars’ 25-straight wins to start a season are the most in program history.
Earlier this year against Saint Mary’s, BYU won 25-10, 25-14, 25-13 and totaled a .531 hitting percentage, a top five mark in the nation for a single match this year. BYU is 14-6 all-time against the Gaels, though BYU head coach Heather Olmstead is a perfect 7-0 since taking over in 2015.
BYU defeated Pacific almost two months ago by a score of 25-12, 25-20, 25-14 in Provo. The Cougars lead the series 15-7 with a perfect 7-0 record under Olmstead.