Jordan Christiansen | Posted: 14 Nov 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

No. 1 BYU Travels to Face SMC, Pacific

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PROVO, Utah – No. 1 BYU women’s volleyball will look to secure an outright West Coast Conference championship and stay undefeated this weekend on the road at Saint Mary’s and Pacific.

The Cougars (25-0, 15-0 WCC) clinched a share of the conference title on Senior Day last Saturday and need a win in their final three games to claim it outright. BYU has now won five-straight conference crowns.

Freshman Heather Gneiting earned her first WCC Player of the Week award after registering double-digit kills against both Santa Clara and San Francisco. Gneiting is a national freshman of the year candidate, currently No. 3 in the nation in hitting percentage at .428 and No. 16 in the nation averaging 1.44 blocks per set.

BYU is No. 1 for the 10th-straight week heading into the penultimate week of the regular season. The Cougars’ 25-straight wins to start a season are the most in program history.

Earlier this year against Saint Mary’s, BYU won 25-10, 25-14, 25-13 and totaled a .531 hitting percentage, a top five mark in the nation for a single match this year. BYU is 14-6 all-time against the Gaels, though BYU head coach Heather Olmstead is a perfect 7-0 since taking over in 2015.

BYU defeated Pacific almost two months ago by a score of 25-12, 25-20, 25-14 in Provo. The Cougars lead the series 15-7 with a perfect 7-0 record under Olmstead.

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