Late Defensive Surge Leads #3 BYU Past #14 CSUN

  0 Braden Keith | January 20th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News

Match Stats

  • #3 BYU Cougars def. #14 Cal State-Northridge Matadors 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-15)
  • BYU moves to 5-1 (1-0 MPSF); CSUN falls to 6-2 (1-2 MPSF)
  • The Matadome, Northridge, California
  • Attendance: 598
  • Match Stats

The 3rd-ranked BYU Cougars beat the 14th-ranked Cal State-Northridge Matadors 3-1 on Thursday in Northridge. The two teams started out very evenly matched, with the Matadors winning the first set, but as t he game wore on, BYU’s defense got better and better, and eventually CSUN succumbed.

Set-by-set hitting percentages for both teams:

1 .370 .370
2 .290 .242
3 .500 .100
4 .429 .083
Total .383 .212

BYU finished the game with 14 blocks and 37 digs – to just 3 and 28, respectively, for CSUN. 9 of those 14 blocks came in the last two sets.

Price JarmanJoseph Grosh, and Kiril Meretev each had 5 block assists for the Cougars. The offense was well-balanced, with only one player in double figures: their top hitter Ben Patch, who had 15 kills on 36 swings for a .278 hitting percentage.

CSUN had two players hit in double digits. Sophomore Arvis Greene went for 17 (..275 percentage) and  Bulgarian freshman Dimitar Kalchev added in 13 (.360 percentage).

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