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Jordan Christiansen | Posted: 9 Nov 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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No. 11 BYU Sweeps Past the Dons

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SAN FRANCISCO – No. 11 BYU women’s volleyball swept San Francisco 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-23) on Saturday.

Sophomore Madelyn Robinson had 13 kills and eight digs for the Cougars (22-3, 13-1) while sophomore Heather Gneiting added seven kills and six blocks.

Freshman Whitney Bower registered her seventh double-double of the year with 28 assists, 10 digs, five kills and two blocks. Junior Taylen Ballard-Nixon contributed four kills, four digs, five blocks and an ace.

"Madi took some smart swings today," BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. "I thought the team as a whole fought hard and I'm happy with the way we turned it on at the end of set three."

Box Score

Set 1

BYU played an errorless first set, hitting .385 overall while holding the Dons to a .143 percentage. A 4-1 run with kills by Eschenberg, Bower and Ballard-Nixon extended the Cougars’ lead to 11-6. BYU then maintained the lead through to the end, with a Gneiting kill ending the set at 25-17.

Set 2

The Cougars rolled early, going up 5-0. Miller had an ace followed by a block by Ballard-Nixon and Eschenberg. Robinson had a kill in between two additional kills from Ballard-Nixon to cap off the run. A kill by Gneiting and ace from senior Kiani Moae’i gave BYU a 23-10 lead before a kill by Bower gave BYU a 25-14 win.

Set 3

The final set was much closer with both neither team pulling ahead by more than one point for most of the set. San Francisco went on a 5-2 run late to take a 23-20 lead, but as the Cougars have done so often, they put on a late run. BYU scored the final five points of the set, including two kills by Miller, to sweep the Dons, 25-23.

BYU will next play at San Diego (20-5, 13-1) on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. PT in a match against the two league leaders.

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Jordan Christiansen | Posted: 5 Nov 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Jordan Christiansen

No. 11 BYU Continues WCC Play


PROVO, Utah – No. 11 BYU women's volleyball travels to Santa Clara and San Francisco this week as the Cougars continue their chase for another West Coast Conference title.

BYU will play at Santa Clara (16-8, 6-5) on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. PT and again on Saturday, Nov. 9 at noon PT at San Francisco. Both matches will be shown on the WCC Network.

At 20-3 overall and 11-1 in conference, BYU is tied with San Diego atop the WCC standings with six matches left to play. The Cougars are 14-4 all-time against Santa Clara, including eight-straight victories. Against San Francisco, BYU is 19-0 all-time, including 8-0 on the road.

All-American senior libero Mary Lake is 11 digs away from becoming BYU’s all-time career leader in the category coming into this week. The U.S. Senior National Team member has 1,783 career digs, trailing only Ciara Parker’s 1,793 set from 2012-15.

All-American senior outside hitter McKenna Miller has been on a tear lately, hitting above .450 each of the last three matches, hitting .524 in that time. All-American sophomore middle blocker Heather Gneiting has also come on lately, hitting above .400 in nine of her last 10 matches, including .533 in her last three.

The Cougars currently rank in the top 35 nationally in four major categories: No. 15 in hitting percentage (.274), No. 22 in opposing hitting percentage (.159), No. 25 in blocks per set (2.61) and No. 33 in aces per set (1.66).

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