#3 BYU Earns First Win Of 2018 In Four-Set Win Over #5 Lewis

  0 Kyp Harasymowycz | January 07th, 2018 | College - Men's Indoor, MIVA, MPSF, News


  • #3 BYU def. #5 Lewis, 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15)
  • BYU improves to 1-1; Lewis falls to 0-2
  • Provo, Utah
  • Attendance: 3024
  • Box score

PROVO, Utah – #3 BYU made adjustments, balanced its attack, and won its first match of the season over #5 Lewis in four sets (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15). Head coach Shawn Olmstead had a different mood Saturday night from their loss to Loyola Friday night.

“We made a few important adjustments between sets two and three and really tried to hammer home a few adjustments to their attackers,” said Olmstead. “The guys made adjustments, got some more touches on their attackers and things went from there.”

Hammered home, indeed. The Cougars hit .410 on the evening with three attackers in double-digit kills. Storm Fa’agata-Tufuga led the way with a match-high 13 kills on .500 hitting. Gabi Garcia Fernandez, the kills leader from the night before, finished the match with 12 kills on .409 hitting and 5 blocks. Rounding out the double-digit kill producers for BYU was Brenden Sander with 11 and also added a match-high 3 aces. Setter Leo Durkin ran the efficient offense with 40 assists and added 4 digs and 2 blocks to the defense. Miki Jauhiainen blocked a match-high 6 balls. Libero Erik Sykes finished with a match-high 7 digs.

Lewis was led offensively by Kyle Bugee with 11 kills. Ryan Coenen, the kill leader from the night before, finished with 9 kills. yet his errors did him in; he produced 10 attack errors and 7 of the Flyers’ 20 service errors. Ryan Van Loo got the bulk of the setting duties in the match, ending with 26 assists.

In short, it was Lewis’ errors that dictated the match. Lewis only hit .170 against BYU, with 24 hitting errors (14 unforced), 20 service errors, and 7 reception errors.


Courtesy of BYU Athletics

PROVO, Utah — No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball topped No. 6 Lewis in four sets (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15) Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.

“We made a few important adjustments between sets two and three and really tried to hammer home a few adjustments to their attackers,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “The guys made adjustments, got some more touches on their attackers and things went from there.”

The Cougars recorded a .410 clip on the night and more than doubled the Flyers’ blocks, 18 to seven. Storm Fa’agata-Tufuga led BYU with 13 kills, followed by Gabi Garcia Fernandez’s 12 kills and five blocks. Brenden Sanderadded 11 kills and had three of the team’s seven aces. Leo Durkin tallied 40 assists while Miki Jauhiainen also contributed five blocks.

Lewis got on the board first but both teams traded points often in the first set before tying it 8-all. The Cougars then capitalized on four-consecutive Lewis errors during a 4-0 run to go up 12-8. The Flyers came back, 13-12, before a kill from Fa’agata-Tufuga landed just inside the line for a 14-12 advantage.

BYU led by three twice, 17-14 and 19-16, but Lewis continued to fight back. A Cougar service error brought the Flyers within one, 21-20, before BYU pulled away for good. Fernandez’s two kills and a couple of Lewis errors gave the Cougars set one, 25-21.

The second set began similarly as the teams battled back and forth. The Flyers began to pull away midway through the second set, 12-8, after two BYU errors and a kill.

Lewis extended its lead to five, 14-9, before the Cougars fought back to trail 14-12. A kill from Sander, a Flyer error and a block by Fernandez and Jauhiainen aided the offensive outburst. Multiple Lewis errors kept BYU close before back-to-back kills from Jarman and Fernandez brought the Cougars within one 24-23. The Flyers narrowly edged BYU for the second set on a service error, 25-23.

In the third set, Lewis built an early 6-3 lead on a 4-0 run. The Cougars broke away from a 9-9 tie on a 3-0 run of their own to take a 12-9 lead. A kill from Fa’agata-Tufuga, ace from Jauhiainen and Flyer error contributed to the run.

BYU then extended its lead to six, 17-11, on a 6-2 run of Lewis errors and a kill from Jarman. Fa’agata-Tufuga recorded an ace, propelling the Cougars to a 10-point set victory. Wil Stanley served an ace for set point, 25-15, as BYU picked up a second set to lead the Flyers two sets to one.

The Cougars hit a .526 clip in the fourth set to end the match and take home the victory. Sander served back-to-back aces for an early 3-0 lead as BYU dominated the rest of the set. He recorded his third ace of the night to give the Cougars a seven-point advantage, 15-8. BYU maintained momentum to close the set, 25-15.

Courtesy of Lewis Athletics

Provo, Ut. – The No. 6 ranked Lewis University men’s volleyball team fell to No. 3 Brigham Young University 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15) Saturday (Jan. 6) in a nonconference match at Smith Fieldhouse.

Lewis was led by Kyle Bugee (Los Altos, CA/Homestead), who recorded 11 kills and four digs. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) added nine kills, Tyler Mitchem(Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) had seven kills and Dalen Instenes (Racine, WI/William Horlick) added six kills.

Ryan Van Loo (Burbank, CA/John Burroughs) added 26 assists and five digs. Jake Walenga (Frankfort, IL/Lincoln Way North) recorded 31 serve receives.

The Flyers hit .170 (40 kills-24 errors-94 attacks) for the match, while BYU hit .410 (46-12-83). BYU had 10 blocks for the match to 3.5 from Lewis.

Lewis moves to 0-2 on the year, while the Cougars go to 1-1 on the season.

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