#3 BYU Rolls Through UCSD In Straight Sets, Propelled By Langlois

  0 Carly DeMarque | February 20th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News

Match Stats

  • #3 BYU def. UC San Diego 3-0, (27-25, 25-21, 25-22)
  • BYU improves to 12-2, 6-1 MPSF
  • UCSD falls to 5-9, 2-7 MPSF
  • Hosted by BYU
  • Match stats

The #3 BYU men’s volleyball team took down UC San Diego in straight sets to improve to 6-1 in MPSF conference play.

The Cougars were led by Jake Langlois who put down 13 kills on a .333 hitting percentage while Tim Dobbery added 10 kills. In the back court, Storm Fa’agata picked up six digs and Erik Sikes added five.

For UCSD Tanner Syftestad slammed down 13 kills, four digs and three blocks. Defensively at the net, Shayne Beamer blocked seven balls.

UCSD had a pair of serves for the set in the opening frame, but three-straight BYU points finished the set off. The second set was also fairly evenly matched until the end, while the third was all Cougars the whole way.

BYU was once again without First Team All-American Ben Patch, who hasn’t played a game for February 4th. At the time of his first missed game, the school said that Patch was not injured, and that it was a “coach’s decision” based on the competition the team was facing.

Press Release

Courtesy of BYU Athletics

Behind double-digit kill totals for Jake Langlois and Tim Dobbert, No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball swept UC San Diego (27-25, 25-21, 25-22) for the second-straight match Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.

“It’s good to go through some adversity and stay collected,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “There were some bumps, but our guys stayed composed and were able to pull out the win. It was a good opportunity to get some guys experience that they’re going to need as we go through the season.”

Langlois totaled 13 kills and Dobbert recorded 10. Both hit at a .333 clip. Dobbert, Miki Jauhiainen and Joseph Grosh led the Cougars with three blocks each and Wil Stanley had a team-best 27 assists.

BYU (12-2, 6-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) hit a .276 clip over the course of the match, while UC San Diego (5-9, 2-7 MPSF) had a .262 clip.

Unlike Friday night’s match, Saturday’s three-set contest didn’t count as a conference match for the two teams.

The Cougars took an early 8-3 lead in the first set thanks to a block and kill on back-to-back points from Dobbert and an ace from Stanley. The Tritons rallied to tie the set several times and take their first two-point lead at 19-17. Consecutive kills from Grosh and Dobbert knotted things up at 20-20, and the set was tied again at 22-22, 24-24 and 25-25. Jauhiainen served an ace and Dobbert and Grosh had a block on set point to give BYU the 27-25 set win.

BYU jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second set before UC San Diego quickly closed the gap. The two teams remained within one point of each other from the time the Cougars led 6-5 until they were up 13-12. With the Tritons again down one point at 16-15, Storm Fa’agata-Tufuga spiked Stanley’s set for a kill and a two-point BYU lead. The advantage extended to 19-15 after a pair of UC San Diego errors. The Tritons scored five of the next six points to tie the set at 20-20. Three Langlois kills over the next six points secured a 25-21 win for the Cougars.

The first lead for BYU in the third set came on a kill from Grosh to put the Cougars ahead 6-5. He followed that up with a kill and an ace in the next three points to put BYU up 8-6, and a UC San Diego error put the Cougars up three. Later, Zach Eschenberg gave BYU its first six-point lead (15-9) of the night with back-to-back kills. Tanner Skabelund got his first career kill to put the Cougars up 19-13. The Tritons narrowed their deficit to three points a couple of times and then to two points at 24-22. Andrew Lincoln got the final kill of the night to clinch BYU’s 25-22 third set and another sweep.

BYU travels to take on Stanford on Thursday and Friday next week. Thursday’s match will begin at 7 p.m. PST and can be streamed on Pac-12.com.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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