#10 BYU women’s volleyball fell to San Diego in a rematch of the Cougars lone conference loss of the season in five sets on Friday night (25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 16-25, 9-15).
The Cougars came into the match on a six-match win streak since losing to the Torreros on October 18, and came out strong in the first set. The Cougars led by as many as eight in the first set, going up 17-9. The Torreros would gnaw at the BYU lead, but the Cougars would close out the set and win 25-18.
The second set was tight from the first serve, with neither team ever leading by more than three in the set. With the score tied at 23, San Diego would score the final two points of the set to even things up at a set apiece.
BYU would respond in set three, with another tight finish. BYU had four blocks in the set, which helped them to a 26-24 set win. However, the fourth set was dominated by San Diego, and they tied things up with a 25-16 set win over the Cougars.
The fifth set was all San Diego, as they jumped out to an 8-4 lead before the Cougars called a timeout. A second run by the Torreros extended the lead to 11-5, and the set was pushed out of reach. BYU would fall 15-9 and lose the match.
The result means that BYU is now in second place in the WCC behind the Torreros at 14-2 in conference play. The Cougars will need help from another conference member in order to get a share of the WCC title.