BYU men’s volleyball defends new No. 2 rank in win over No. 15 Cal Baptist

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A combined eight service aces fueled the BYU men’s volleyball team to defend their newly acquired¬†No. 2 rank against¬†No. 15 Cal Baptist.

Ari Davis
Erik Sikes saves the ball in the game against UCSB earlier this season. The Cougars defended their newly acquired No. 2 rank against No. 15 Cal Baptist in three sets. (Ari Davis)

The Cougars won all three sets with the closest score of 25-22 coming in the third set. The Cougars opened up a lead after trailing by one midway through the first set to eventually win with an authoritative 25-19 score. BYU won the second set in similar fashion to the first with the score of 25-20.

BYU received half of their eight service aces from Brenden Sander. Jake Langlois and Ben Patch contributed three and one aces respectively.

Patch lead the Cougars with the game high 17 kills on the night. Langlois and Sander also finished in double digit kills at 12 and 10 respectively. Leo Durkin posted 45 assists to help BYU with their .500 hitting percentage compared to the Lancers’ .351.

BYU is set to play Cal Baptist again Saturday night at 8:00 MST.

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