BYU women’s volleyball team beats Portland in a tight 3-1 game

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The BYU women’s volleyball team beat Portland for the second time this season.

“I loved the way our team fought together,” head coach Heather Olmstead said of the 3-1 win. “Everyone was ready to play and contribute tonight. I’m proud of the way our back court defense stepped up. I think Portland played really well and put pressure on us but our team handled it well.”

BYU huddles during first game against Portland. BYU won against the Pilots a second time in a tight 3-1 game. (The Universe)
BYU huddles during the first game against Portland. BYU won against the Pilots for the second time this season in a tight 3-1 game. (The Universe)

The first set was neck-and-neck and Portland pulled ahead and won 24-26. The last three sets were equally suspenseful and fast-paced, but BYU won all three with the scores 25-20, 26-24 and 25-18 respectively.

The starters for the Cougars were Alexa Gray, Amy Boswell, Whitney Young Howard, Cosy Burnett, Camry Godfrey Willardson and Lacy Haddock.

Gray had a fantastic night and lead the team in three categories with 30 kills, 76 attacks and 32 digs. Willardson led the team with 33 set assists. Boswell made a total of seven blocks.

BYU outperformed Portland on many statistics. BYU made 76 kills, 72 set assists and 104 digs whereas Portland only made 54 kills, 53 set assists and 89 digs. Portland did make three more blocks than BYU which is surprising as BYU is nationally-ranked in blocking.

BYU heads to Washington to play Gonzaga on Saturday for the second time this season.

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