BYU Sweeps LMU for Share of West Coast Conference Title

  0 Wendy Mayer | November 21st, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, WCC


  • No. 10 BYU def. Loyola Marymount 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-16)
  • BYU moves to 28-2, 17-1 WCC; Loyola Marymount falls to 16-14, 9-9 WCC
  • Provo, Utah
  • Attendance: 2,705
  • Box Score 


PROVO, Utah – BYU closed out the regular season on a seven-match win streak, clinching a share of the West Coast Conference title with a sweep of Loyola Marymount on Tuesday night.

The Cougars outhit the Lions .314 to .109 and outblocked them 12-5 in the win.

Junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry and sophomore outside McKenna Miller notched 11 kills apiece to pace the BYU attack, each hitting over .300. Senior opposite Cosy Burnett added seven kills and six blocks, while hitting at a team-best .462 clip. Junior outside Lacy Haddock added five stuffs, while junior defensive specialist Sydnie Martindale and sophomore libero Mary Lake pulled up a team-high eight digs.

Junior opposite Sara Kovac downed nine kills, while three other players turned in five or more putaways. Sophomore middle Emma Johnson (6), sophomore outside Savannah Slattery (5) and sophomore outside Megan Rice (5) made up the group. Johnson and Slattery put up two blocks apiece, while senior libero Kristen Castellanos managed a match-high 12 digs.

BYU outhit LMU .379 to .162 in the opening set as Jones-Perry downed five kills and Burnett notched three blocks. Up 9-7, the Cougars scored eight of the next 10, with three blocks, two by Burnett, and three kills, to vault ahead 17-9. LMU narrowed the gap to three at 18-15 with kills by three different players and an ace by Tess Reid. A pair of Haddock blocks and kills by Miller and Jones-Perry helped push the Cougars to a 24-18 edge. A Burnett putaway closed out the 25-19 win.

The Cougars raced out to an 8-3 start in Set 2 as LMU committed three errors and three BYU players notched kills. A pair of Redding blocks pushed the advantage to 13-6. The Lions countered with a 5-1 run, including two kills and a block by Kovac, to cut the deficit to three at 14-11. BYU scored five of the next six to go up 19-12 and never allowed LMU closer than four the rest of the way. A Jones-Perry kill gave the Cougars their first set-point try at 24-18, and another three points later capped the 25-20 win. BYU held LMU to a .091 hitting effort in the set with help from five blocks.

The teams split the first 12 points of Set 3, before BYU broke away with a 10-4 run. Burnett turned in two kills, a block and an ace in the rally. Trailing 16-10, Loyola Marymount scored five of the next seven points, including two Cougar errors and kills by Lindsay Carr and Alexis Morrow, to make it a three-point game at 18-15. BYU stopped the comeback short by wrapping up the match on a 7-1 run. Three Lion miscues and two Miller putaways made it 23-15 Cougars. Senior middle Madeline Graham added a kill and a block to cap the 25-16 victory and the match.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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