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Cougars Complete First Sweep, Break Streak
SAN -- Breaking the eight-match losing streak, the BYU women’s volleyball team (4-12, 1-2 MWC) tallied its first sweep of the season at San Diego State (7-10, 2-3 MWC) Thursday (25-19, 25-23, 25-23).
"Everything that happened tonight was what we've been doing in practice all season, but it finally all fell into place tonight in a match," BYU head coach Shay Goulding said. "We gained confidence early on and made fewer mistakes than the other team to win it."
Senior Christina Measom came off the bench to lead the squad on the attack with nine kills while senior Stephanie Snow followed with eight on a .368 clip. Sophomore Nicole Warner had seven blocks while freshman Jennifer Hamson finished with six.
The Cougars got out to a 4-0 lead in set one, powered by kills from Christie Carpenter and Snow, as well as two-straight service aces by Hamson. The Aztecs gradually chipped away at the score, coming within one point at 17-16 after a 5-1 run. The Cougars answered back with a 6-0 run ending at 23-16 and after a 3-0 Aztec run, an SDSU service error and a kill from Carpenter ended set one 25-19.
"It was a different feel on the court," said Goulding. "It started with the solid play from Jennifer Hamson early in the first set that gave us the confidence to maintain our energy throughout the match."
In set two BYU got out to a 2-0 lead and maintained it throughout the set. Errors plagued the Aztecs, giving away 15 of the Cougars’ points.
Set three had the Cougars and Aztecs battling for the lead the entire game. BYU with a 19-14 cushion let its guard down, the Aztecs giving it a scare with a late 8-2 run, gaining the lead at 22-21. Solid play from Warner behind the service line put the Cougars up 24-22. Snow finished off the set and match with a kill to win 25-23, 3-0.
Up next for the Cougars is Utah Valley University Saturday at 7 p.m. in Orem. The match will be televised live locally on UVU-TV (Comcast Ch. 17).
Cougars Look to Break Losing Streak
PROVO -- Hitting the road for the first time in October, the BYU women’s volleyball team will travel to San Diego State Thursday and take on the Aztecs at 7 p.m. before returning to Utah for a 7 p.m. match at Utah Valley University in Orem Saturday.
“We are continuing to work hard and do better,” BYU head coach Shay Goulding said. “We just need to play smarter and error free with a competitive attitude to win. The team still knows they have what it takes, it’s just getting it done.”
Coming off a hard 3-0 loss at home to rival Utah, the Cougars are ready to snap the eight-game losing streak.
Up first will be conference opponent, San Diego State. BYU leads the all-time series 39-17 with the last meeting being a 3-1 win for the Cougars in San Diego. The Aztecs are 7-9 overall, and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. They are led by Kyley Sexton on the attack with 190 kills at 3.22 kills per set. SDSU is coming off two road losses against Colorado State and Wyoming.
The Cougars will go to Orem for the first time since the 2006 season. The Wolverines enter play this week with a 9-8 record and a 1-2 Great West Conference record. UVU is led offensively by Kayli Doxey who has 233 kills and is averaging 3.64 kills per set. UVU has lost the last two matches in the Dakotas and will play Weber State and Chicago this week before the Cougars show up Saturday. BYU leads the all-time series against UVU 6-0.
After this week the Cougars will travel to Weber State on Oct. 12 before hosting Air Force on Oct. 14 and UNLV on Oct. 16 at the Smith Fieldhouse.