Cougars make quick work of New Hampshire
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In its quickest match this season, the BYU women’s volleyball team took down New Hampshire 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-11) Friday for the team’s 10th consecutive win.
"It was a great way to start of the George Washington Invitational," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I was pleased with how we played. It was fun to be able to give a lot of kids some match experience."
BYU is now 10-0 on the season—its best start since 2005—while New Hampshire falls to 5-7. The win was BYU's seventh sweep of the season.
A shaky start didn’t deter the Cougars, who went on a 7-1 run to take a 17-8 lead in the first set. Outside hitter Jessica Jardine started the run with a kill, helped out by Hannemann, which was followed by two kills from middle blocker Nicole Warner and two from outside hitter Alexa Gray. Gray took BYU to a 10-point lead on a kill, setting the Cougars up for match point. Hamson took the set 25-14 with a kill.
UNH tied up the second set 5-5 before a 5-0 run put BYU ahead 10-5. The Cougars increased that lead to 22-10 with the Wildcats unable to rebound from a 7-0 BYU run. A UNH attack error gave the 25-12 set to BYU.
The Cougars didn’t give the Wildcats any room for error in the third set, racing out to a 7-1 start. UNH never got closer than six points after that, as BYU rolled easily to the 25-11 win.
The match lasted just barely over an hour. The team’s previous quickest match was 1:14.
The Cougars are back in action Saturday, with a noon EDT matchup with Princeton and a 7 p.m. EDT matchup with host George Washington.
BYU women’s volleyball season tickets for the upcoming 2023 campaign will go on sale beginning Wednesday, July 26.