BYU has been without their leading senior middle blocker, Price Jarman for nearly a month now after coming down with a hand injury in the team’s comeback win over Stanford on February 24.
During this match, Jarman played in all five sets of the match but was deemed unable to continue playing since then. He posted 6 kills and no errors on 12 swings for a .500 hitting percentage along with 6 block assists in the win. Jarman had put away 96 kills on a .428 hitting clip along with 79 blocks prior to his injury.
In his absence, freshman Felipe de Brito Ferreira has stepped up to put down 33 kills on a .500 hitting clip along with 42 blocks in 34 sets played this season.
An injury to a strong upperclassman is nothing new for the Cougars as they were without junior All-American Ben Patch for a stretch of matches during the 2017 season. After a 12 match absence from Patch he was back on the court to put down his 1,000th career kill. Patch was the team’s leading scorer and go-to opposite hitter when a play needed to be made.
Now, Jarman has been out of the lineup for 6 straight matches with a return date unknown at this point. The Cougars have won all of their matches since Jarman has been out of the team’s lineup and their past 13 matches on the year for an 8-0 mark in the MPSF.
The team is looking to take the MPSF to qualify for the NCAA Tournament with the automatic bid and make it to the title match for the third straight season – but with a different outcome this season after losing to Ohio State the past two seasons.