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Cougars Record Fourth-Straight Sweep
PROVO -- For the first time since 2005 the BYU women’s volleyball team (7-12, 2-3 MWC) recorded its fourth-consecutive sweep of the season Thursday with a victory over conference foe Air Force (2-18, 0-8 MWC) at Elaine Michaelis Court.
Despite establishing an early 2-0 lead in games, the Cougars fell behind the Falcons in game three 22-20 before rallying back to a set point after an Air Force attack error. Sophomore rightside hitter Kimberli Boswell completed the game-three comeback with her first career service ace.
“It feels great that we are starting to turn things around,” BYU head coach Shay Goulding said. “We’re not playing any more physical than we have been, but we are putting it together mentally and I’m happy to see that.”
The Cougars held the Falcons to a -.013 hitting percentage, recording eight team blocks to stop the Falcon offense. Junior outside hitter Christie Carpenter and senior middle blocker Stephanie Snow led the offense, recording eight kills each, fueled by sophomore Heather Hannemann’s 15 sets.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 10-2 lead after junior outside hitter Christie Carpenter rallied for five-consecutive points behind the service line. BYU didn’t look back as junior middle blocker Nicole Warner recorded four kills to give the Cougars a 25-17 win and a one-game lead.
The Cougar defense took over in game two, recording five team blocks and 15 team digs. Senior middle blocker Stephanie Snow and Carpenter led the offense with two kills each as BYU recorded eight kills on 19 attempts.
BYU returns to Elaine Michaelis Court on Saturday as they take on UNLV at 7 p.m. The first 250 fans receive a free pink BYU T-shirt in promotion of breast cancer awareness and fans who wear pink will be admitted for one dollar.
Three-Match Week For Spikers
PROVO -- With back-to-back road wins, the BYU women’s volleyball team (5-12, 1-3 MWC) will travel to Weber State Tuesday, before coming home to host Air Force Thursday and UNLV in a pink out Saturday. All matches begin at 7 p.m. MT and BYUtv will be broadcasting the UNLV match live.
“We have three solid matches this week and we will take them each one at a time,” BYU head coach Shay Goulding said. “The team has regained much of the confidence that they have lacked lately and I expect it will carry over into this week. The team feels good, and their attitudes are great. They are excited to get out and continue to prove themselves. We feel very fortunate that our two Mountain West opponents will be here at home it puts us in a great spot to continue to press forward.”
Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness month, the team will be planting tulips Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. before having the “pink-out” match against UNLV at 7 p.m. Saturday. Coming off two-straight road sweeps, the Cougars are ready to continue their winning ways.
Up first will be Weber State in Ogden, Utah. BYU leads the all-time series 57-0 with the last meeting being a 3-0 win for the Cougars in Provo. The Wildcats are 2-17 overall, and 0-7 in the Big Sky Conference. They are led by Bethany Wray on the attack with 228 kills at 3.21 kills per set. Weber State is coming off a nine-game losing streak and recent 3-0 losses to Utah Valley and Sacramento State.
The Cougars will return to Provo to jump back into Mountain West Conference play, hosting Air Force Thursday at 7 p.m. The Falcons enter play this week with a 3-15 record and an 0-5 MWC record. AFA is led offensively by Caroline Kurtz who has 236 kills and is averaging 3.58 kills per set. The Falcons have lost their last five matches, all in conference play. BYU leads the all-time series against Air Force 24-1.
Finishing out the week will be UNLV in a pink-out match to promote breast cancer awareness Saturday in the Smith Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. The Cougars lead the all-time series 23-6, the last meeting a 3-1 win at home. The Rebels are led by Sara Nehf on the attack with 212 kills, averaging 3.16 per set.
“UNLV has battled well with all of their opponents this year and we expect no less when they come to our court on Saturday,” Goulding said. “Saturday is our ‘Pink-Out’ match. We hope to have a great crowd there to support us as well as to celebrate and honor Breast Cancer Awareness month.”
After this week the Cougars will travel to New Mexico and TCU on Oct. 21 and 23.