Cal Baptist bows to BYU in three sets

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BYU volleyball swept Cal Baptist in three sets (33-31, 25-18, 25-20) Monday night at the Lancers’ home court, finishing up the last of three matches this weekend. This game makes the Cougars’ overall series lead against Cal Baptist 16-3.

“I thought we had really good energy tonight,” said BYU head coach Chris McGown. “It’s been a long trip. This was our third match in four nights, so to be able to rally and have some good energy out there on the floor I thought was big.”

Michael Hatch and Taylor Sander attempt a block against Long Beach State Photo by Whitnie Soelberg.
Michael Hatch and Taylor Sander attempt a block against Long Beach State. (Photo by Whitnie Soelberg)

Taylor Sander had 17 kills and two aces on the night. Josue Rivera and Michael Hatch led with four blocks each. The Lancers took a 6-3 lead in the first set and the Cougars fought back, tying it up at 14. BYU took a two-point lead after a kill by Rivera and an attack error by the Lancers.

After Cal Baptist matched the Cougars point by point, BYU got ahead with a kill by Carson Heninger at 23-22. Cal Baptist retaliated and tied with the Cougars at 23, 24, 25 and 26 before gaining a lead. BYU continued the tie four more times before Tyler Heap delivered an ace at 31-30. An attack error gave the Cougars the set at 33-31.

BYU took the lead in the second set at 8-3. The Cougars kept their energy up, and Sander increased their lead with a kill at 15-10. BYU took the set on another attack error by the Lancers.

The Cougars led again in the third set, but Cal Baptist battled back with a 4-0 run, tying the teams at 11. Leading by a narrow margin, the Cougars shut down the Lancers with a block by Matt Underwood and Michael Hatch at 22-19. Sander finished the match with two kills, ending the game 25-20.

“We got some nice contributions from some other guys that came off the bench and played hard. I thought we had a nice game plan against them, and we executed it pretty well,” McGown said.

The Cougars take a well-deserved break before going up against Pacific on Feb. 14.

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