Joseph Hovey | Posted: 7 Jan 2023 | Updated: 2 Feb 2023

Browne, Ramanis help BYU hit its way to 3-1 win over No. 14 Lewis

main image
Kupono Browne

PROVO, Utah — Kupono Browne and Miks Ramanis combined for 30 kills as BYU men’s volleyball surged past No. 14 Lewis for a 3-1 win (25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 25-17) on Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.

Browne recorded 16 kills on a 0.522 clip, the second-highest hitting percentage of his career. The junior from Honolulu, Hawaii also registered three blocks.

Ramanis totaled 14 kills and five digs, while Luke Benson also reached double-figures with 11 kills. Teon Taylor fortified BYU’s side of the net with a team-high five blocks, while also adding seven kills. Setter Heath Hughes exceeded his BYU debut on Friday as he poured-in 47 assists and seven digs.

As a team, BYU hit 0.438, its highest since a 3-0 win over Concordia on March 11, 2022. The Cougars posted 54 kills as a team while holding Lewis to 38 at a hitting percentage of 0.267. Max Roquet led the Flyers with 10 kills, three digs and a block. 

Set One

Errors hampered both teams in the first set with BYU recording seven and Lewis 11. The Flyers and Cougars traded errors to a 15-14 BYU lead at the first media timeout. The Cougars came out of the break and found separation to a 19-16 with three momentum-building blocks. Browne and Taylor combined for back-to-back blocks in the sequence.

Kills from Taylor, Benson and Browne helped BYU build a set-high lead at 24-19 before Ramanis finished the set with a winning kill.

Set Two

Lewis notched an early ace and took off to a 6-3 lead before BYU responded with three-straight points led by a Benson kill and Browne ace. Browne would finish with four aces on the night.

The Cougars and Flyers then alternated ties and one-point leads until Lewis pulled ahead on a pair of BYU attacking errors. Despite kills from Ramanis, Benson and Hughes, the Cougars were unable to overcome six errors down the stretch and fell 25-23.

Lewis tied the match after hitting 0.316 and holding BYU to 0.192.

Set Three

The Cougars’ attack found new life as they hit at a clip of 0.750 to win the third set 25-17. After consecutive Lewis kills BYU led 9-8. The Cougars responded with a 3-0 run behind kills from Browne and Ramanis along with an ace from Hughes.

A bad set and service error from the Flyers, coupled with another Browne ace, helped BYU roll to a six-point lead at 17-11. The Cougars would open a match-high eight-point lead at 24-16 following a Benson kill. The Cougars registered 13 kills to the Flyers’ 10 while holding Lewis to a 0.316 clip in the third.

Set Four

After building a 2-1 match lead, BYU hit 0.433 and cruised to the win. Back-to-back Ramanis aces gave BYU a quick 7-2 lead before a collection of Cougar errors and a Lewis kill helped the Flyers tie it at 11.

Ramanis resuscitated the Cougar attack with three-consecutive kills. BYU further bolstered its lead and ultimately put the match away with a 6-1 run. Ramanis, Taylor and Hughes combined for a resounding block to finish the set with the 25-17 victory.

BYU (2-0) remains at home for two matches versus Fairleigh Dickinson on Jan. 20-21. The Cougars will battle the Knights on Friday at 7 p.m. MST on BYUtv/BYUtv app.

Recent Stories

Trent Moser to FIVB 2023 World Championship
Moser added to 2023 FIVB Men's U21 World Championship Roster

BYU men's volleyball freshman outside hitter Trent Moser has been added to the official travel roster for the 2023 FIVB…

Trent Moser on preliminary roster for U21 Pan American Cup
Moser added to USA Volleyball roster for the U21 Pan American Cup

USA Volleyball announced that 12 current and incoming NCAA men’s volleyball players have been selected to the U.S.…