The two best blocking teams in the WCC met in Provo today. The Cougars looked to continue their momentum after sweeping Saint Mary’s in Provo on Thursday. BYU is currently ranked #14 nationally and sits alone atop the WCC standings.
BYU jumped out to a 15-10 lead, before allowing the lead to fall to two when it was 20-18. Whitney Young came up with a huge block to get the Cougars back to a 4-point lead. The Cougars had a total of five blocks in the set. Set point was earned on a kill by Alexa Gray.
Pacific patched up their defensive efforts and stymied the Cougars for most of the set. Several lead changes ensued and the teams finally broke even at 25. After a quick point, Hannah Robison hit a shot off the Tigers defense that fell out of bounds to give BYU a 2-0 set lead.
Pacific came out strong and did not need long to jump to a 13-8 lead. Alexa Gray and Whitney Young converted back to back kills to bring the lead down to 13-11. Sierra Parker converted an ace, Gray converted a kill, and the defense finished with a block to make it six straight points and retake the lead. The teams played each other even until Willardson and Boswell came up with a huge block to give BYU a 23-21 lead. Pacific recovered and tied it at 23 again. Hamson and Young teamed up for a block to give the Cougars the match. Hamson had a relatively quiet afternoon until game three when she became the biggest deciding factor by coming up with several blocks and kills.
15 total blocks for the Cougars in this set displayed a great defensive effort by the Cougars. BYU did struggle a bit early in their play close to the net, committing several violations to give away points. They look ahead now to possibly their toughest remaining regular season game this Friday against San Diego.
BYU will stay at home to take on San Diego in the Smithfield House on Friday, November 14th at 7:30 pm MST on BYUtv.