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Know the Bro: Matt Underwood

Is Matt Underwood the next rising star for BYU Men's Volleyball?

BYU Men's volleyball warms up.
BYU Men's volleyball warms up.
(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

Matt Underwood may not be well known to Cougar fans before now, but if his performance yesterday is a sign of things to come, that is about to change.

Underwood scored three of BYU’s first nine points yesterday – finishing the match against Cal State Northridge with 10 kills and four blocks – both career highs for the sophomore outside hitter whose performance helped BYU win in straight sets.

Underwood played in only 5 matches his freshman season, totaling 3 kills, 6 blocks and 7 digs – so his performance in the Cougars 2014 home opener looks like a perfect start to the season.

Underwood comes to BYU from Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, where he was named Male Athlete of the year, 2009 CIF Division I Player of the year and 2009 Palomar League MVP. Underwood was also named to Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50.

Matt is the son of Tom and Lorie Underwood and has three sisters and two brothers. He is an honor roll student majoring in Exercise Science. He redshirted his freshman season in 2009 before serving an LDS mission in Guatemala.

Catch the Matt and the rest of the Cougars in action again tonight as they host No. 1 Long Beach State. The match begins at 7 pm in the Smith Fieldhouse.