Senior Day Sweep Against San Francisco
PROVO, Utah - Behind an all-time hitting performance, No. 1 BYU women's volleyball defeated San Francisco (25-12, 25-12, 25-9) in the Smith Fieldhouse on Senior Day in front of 4,213 fans.
With the win, the Cougars (25-0, 15-0 WCC) clinched at least a share of their fifth-straight West Coast Conference championship. A win in any of their last three games will give the Cougars the outright title.
Playing their first match without All-American McKenna Miller after Miller suffered a torn ACL on Thursday, the Cougars rallied to hit at a .537 clip, the second-best percentage in the rally scoring era and fourth-best overall in program history.
Roni Jones-Perry led with 12 kills and two aces with Heather Gneiting adding 10 kills and six blocks. Three players had eight kills apiece: Kennedy Eschenberg, who also hit at a .800 clip, Madelyn Robinson, and Lacy Haddock, setting a season high.
Haddock, Jones-Perry, Lyndie Haddock-Eppich, Sydnie Martindale and Danelle Stetler were honored before the match for Senior Day. (See the end of story for each players' Senior Day bio.)
"I’m grateful for Lyndie, Lacy, Danelle, Syd and Roni," BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. "They each bring something special to our team. They all played great today."
BYU set the tone early with the first five points of the set. A big play came with the Cougars up 19-10, when Stetler and Jones-Perry had digs en route to BYU winning the point and extending its lead to 10. A kill by Gneiting finished the set at 25-12. Seven different Cougars had a kill in the first frame led by Jones-Perry with five.
Gneiting and Jones-Perry dominated the middle of the second set with kills on six-straight plays between them for a 12-1 Cougar lead. Jones-Perry put BYU up 18-4 when she became the third Cougar in the rally-scoring era to record 100 career aces. A final ace by Stetler ended the set, 25-12.
BYU scored five straight in the middle of the third set, including a spike from Jones-Perry to put the Cougars up, 13-4. BYU scored five-straight to end the match, including a pair of Haddock kills and a final ace by Jones-Perry.
The Cougars will travel to Saint Mary's to play the Gaels on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. MT before visiting Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. MT.
A libero and defensive specialist from Heber, Utah, Sydnie Martindale has been a member of the program the past two seasons after transferring from Snow College where she was an All-Region First Team selection and two-time regional defensive player of the year.
As a Cougar, Martindale has played in every game the last two years, including 50 starts. She had a career high 15 digs in BYU’s Sweet 16 game last season against Kentucky and four assists vs. Marquette earlier this year. For her career she has totaled 40 assists, 18 aces and 287 digs.
An outside hitter from Longmont, Colorado, Lacy Haddock has 368 kills, 263 digs, 120 blocks, 19 aces and 14 assists in 89 matches at BYU.
A WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and WCC All-Academic honoree, Haddock was third on the team in kills per set in 2016. Her career highs include 14 kills against Santa Clara, 15 digs vs. LMU, and seven blocks and two aces against Saint Mary’s.
An outside hitter from Bluffdale, Utah, Danelle Stetler redshirted with the program in 2014 before becoming an every-game contributor the last four years for the Cougars.
With career totals that include 161 kills, 43 assists, 24 aces, 37 blocks and 356 digs in 90 matches played, Stetler set season highs with 8 kills and two blocks against Duke and had a season-best 10 digs against No. 10 USC.
A setter from Longmont, Colorado, Lyndie Haddock-Eppich has been a three-year starter at BYU and is an All-Conference and Academic All-Conference performer.
This season, Haddock-Eppich has earned two WCC Player of the Week awards, including a 31-assist match in a win over No. 24 Utah. She is currently ranked 28th in the nation and second in the WCC in assists per set and tenth in the conference in blocks per set.
Against Portland on October 25, Haddock-Eppich became the fifth Cougar in the rally scoring era to reach 3,000 career assists. Along with 204 kills, 35 aces, 261 blocks and 680 digs, Haddock-Eppich’s current 3,136 assists is currently third in the rally scoring era and seventh all-time at BYU.
An outside hitter from West Jordan, Utah, Roni Jones-Perry was a 2017 All-American and is once again one of the top hitters and servers in the nation this year, currently ranking No. 8 in points per set, No. 12 in kills per set and No. 29 in aces per set nationally and first in the WCC in those same categories.
Named to the All-WCC Freshman Team in 2015, Jones-Perry is also an All-Region, All-WCC and Academic All-WCC honoree in addition to earning national player of the week honors twice and WCC player of the week honors four times in her career.
One of just 16 BYU players to ever record more than 1,000 kills, Jones-Perry’s current total of 1,307 is fifth in the rally scoring era and 12th all-time at BYU and her 99 career aces ranks third in program history in the rally era. Jones-Perry also has career totals of 44 assists, 430 digs and 221 blocks.
BYU women’s volleyball season tickets for the upcoming 2023 campaign will go on sale beginning Wednesday, July 26.