Another day, another sweep over a ranked team for the Men’s Volleyball team.
BYU swept 14th-ranked Ball State (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) at the Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
The Cougars struggled early in the first set, going down 3-0 before easing into the game. Once the Cougars got going, however, they were hard to stop. BYU dominated the Cardinals on the net, recording 5.5 blocks in the first set. BYU extended a lead to 20-12, but the Cardinals went on a 5-0 run to make things interesting. BYU would respond with a 5-0 run of their own, capped off with a set point ace to win the first set by a score of 25-17. The Cougars held Ball St to a hitting percentage of -.034.
The Cougars and Cardinals traded point in the second set, and found themselves tied 16-16, before the Cougars went on a 9-3 run to finish the set, winning 25-19.
The Cardinals came into the third set fired up, and the Cougars initially struggled to gain traction in the early serves. The Cougars would eventually tie things up at 11, at which point they led the rest of the set. The Cougars hit a phenomenal .667 in the set, leading to a large lead that would be capped off by a Garcia Fernandez ace, giving the Cougars a 25-18 set victory, and sealing the sweep for the Cougars.
The Cougars were led by strong hitting from Garcia Fernandez and Davide Gardini, who hit .462 and .353, respectively.
The Cougars improve to 2-0, while Ball State falls to 2-3 on the season. The Cougars will spend the next month on the road, traveling to Penn State next on January 18.