BYU looks for seventh, eighth and ninth straight wins during road test

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The No. 4 BYU men’s volleyball team hits the road to play No. 3 Pepperdine on Friday, No. 5 USC on Saturday and Cal Baptist on Monday to attempt to continue its winning streak.

BYU men’s volleyball coach Chris McGown was confident in his team’s plan for the upcoming games.

Jaylen Reyes and Josue Rivera pump each other up between points. Photo by Elliott Miller.
Jaylen Reyes and Josue Rivera pump each other up between points. (Photo by Elliott Miller)

“They’re obviously really good teams this year, playing at a really high level, but we’ll have good game plans against them,” McGown said. “It’s mostly just about going and executing them.”

The Cougars took down No. 6 Stanford and swept Pacific in three sets last weekend, continuing their domination during the season. Senior outside hitter Taylor Sander said the team would be gearing up for the upcoming games after their win against Pacific.

“We’re preparing mentally for the three games coming up next week and working hard in practice,” Sander said.

Sander leads the Cougars with 4.55 kills per set and leads the nation with 5.55 points per set.

No. 3 Pepperdine will play BYU after a 3–2 loss to Long Beach State, its first loss this season.

Josh Taylor leads Pepperdine’s offense with 4.86 kills per set, leading the nation. Nikola Antonijevic is ranked second in the nation with 1.6 blocks per set.

USC will then face the Cougars after losing 3–0 to Cal State Northridge last week.

Henry Cassiday leads the Trojan defense with 3.5 digs per set and is ranked second in the nation. USC is ranked No.1 in the nation for kills per set at 14.95.

Cal Baptist comes off a 3–0 win against Stanford last weekend and is set to play USC Jan. 29 before facing the Cougars.

Johannes Brink leads the Lancers with 4.44 kills per set and 1.61 digs per set.

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