No. 2 BYU win streak in double digits with sweep over No. 12 CSUN


The No. 2 BYU men’s volleyball swept No. 12 CSUN in three sets behind Brenden Sander’s season-high 15 kills at the Smith Fieldhouse Saturday night.

Brenden Sander prepares to serve in front of the home crowd. Sander had his season-high 15 kills in the BYU win over CSUN. (Natalie Stoker)

“Overall, I’m just really pleased with our performance,” said BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead. “It was a great team effort. We were able to get a few new faces in and get some good touches. Our pin hitters were really strong and our serving has gotten better, so that’s a big deal for us. I thought overall on the weekend we got better, and that’s what we are focusing on is improvement.”

Sander’s .667 hitting percentage on the night ties his season-high. Jake Langlois contributed 10 kills and eight digs on the night.

The Cougars held the Matadors to a .059 hitting percentage behind Michael Hatch’s eight blocks. Price Jarman, Langlois, and Tim Dobbert added six blocks each to the defensive effort.

BYU never allowed the Matadors to reach 20 points in a set, winning the first two 25-16 and the third 25-19. The Cougars have now won 10 matches in a row without dropping any of the 30 sets.

BYU will face Hawai’i next on Wednesday at 7 p.m. HST in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

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