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BYU Volleyball sweeps Saint Francis, improves to 4-0

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BYU Volleyball brought the brooms back out and swept Saint Francis University (25-20, 25-15, 25-18) on Saturday morning.

The fourth-ranked Cougars visited small town Loretto to face the Saint Francis Red Flash(3-0) in the second match of their Pennsylvania road trip. After trading points early in the first set, the Cougars took control and dominated the rest of the match, winning comfortably in three sets. The first set was led Davide Gardini, who carried the Cougars to a 25-20 set win.

The Cougars opened the second set strong, as Wil Stanley served two aces to put the Cougars up 2-0. The Cougars then broke out to a 9-3 lead, and would not trail the entire set. Branden Oberender had an excellent set, as did Gardini, and the Cougars won 25-15.

The third set again opened favorably for the Cougars, and once again they never trailed in the set. The Cougars would rest Gabi Garcia Fernandez for the whole set, and Gardini would be rested once a comfortable lead was established. Oberender would lead BYU for the rest of the set, and the Cougars would win the set 25-18.

Gardini led the Cougars in the match, hitting .526 percent with eleven kills, four aces, and three blocks. Oberender was excellent in his first start, providing the Cougars with seven kills and four blocks while hitting .455 percent. Stanley was again active, providing 27 assists in the sweep.

The Cougars will have the next two weeks off before traveling to California to face UC Santa Barbara in a back to back with the Gauchos on February 1st and 2nd.