Charles Koch Arena
1845 Fairmount St. Wichita KS 67260
No. 13 BYU Drops Match to No. 3 Texas
WICHITA, Kan. – No. 13 BYU women’s volleyball fell to No. 3 Texas 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-18) on Friday at the Shocker Volleyball Classic at Charles Koch Arena.
Senior McKenna Miller had 15 kills, five digs and three blocks for BYU (6-2) and sophomore Madelyn Robinson added 13 kills and eight digs. In the middle, sophomore Heather Gneiting recorded 10 kills and seven digs while junior Kennedy Eschenberg had nine kills and four blocks.
With the set tied at 11, Texas (3-1) scored five of the next six points to go ahead, 16-12. The Cougars chipped away in response, finally tying the game back up 19-19 on a Miller kill and Longhorn attack error. Up 22-20, three straight service errors and a kill by Texas tied the match again, 23-23. But the Longhorns’ fifth service error of the set and another attack error gave BYU the victory, 25-23.
Both teams exhibited their offenses in an extremely close second set that saw the teams combine for 39 kills out of 47 points. Texas took a 10-8 lead after which the two squads traded kills for almost the entire remainder of the set. The Cougars hit .354 in the set, but the Longhorns eked out the 25-22 win.
An ace by Bower and a block by Eschenberg and Miller gave BYU an early 6-4 lead, but the Longhorns scored five-straight points to go up 9-6. From there the Cougars fought but couldn’t overcome the deficit, with Texas winning 25-19.
Texas scored six of seven points to take a 16-11 lead in set four. The Cougar offense never could get going, with BYU falling by a score of 25-18.
The Cougars will finish their time in Kansas with a match on Saturday, Sept. 14, at noon CT against VCU.
Cougars Travel to Wichita for Three Matches
WICHITA, Kan. – After hosting back-to-back invitationals, the No. 13 BYU women's volleyball team will compete in the Shocker Volleyball Classic for three matches this week.
The Cougars (5-1) will play host Wichita State (3-3) on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. CT before taking on No. 3 Texas (3-1) the following day at 4:30 p.m. CT. BYU will close with a match against VCU (4-3) on Saturday, Sept. 14, at noon CT. Visit the schedule page for streaming and audio information.
BYU at Wichita Classic Game Notes
BYU most recently claimed the Doterra Classic titles with three wins last week to improve to 5-1 on the year with the lone loss against Marquette, currently ranked seventh in the country.
Senior outside hitter McKenna Miller leads the Cougars with 71 kills and was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week and Doterra Classic MVP for her efforts last week. Freshman Whitney Bower has started at setter in all six of BYU matches and is seventh in the country with 15 aces to go with 194 assists, 40 digs and nine blocks on the year.
BYU is traveling to Wichita State a year after defeating the Shockers in Provo, 3-0. Against Texas, the Cougars are 10-8 overall, including six wins in the last seven meetings between the two programs since 1992. BYU and VCU have met just once before, with BYU earning a 3-0 win in Provo in 2006.