No. 1 BYU dominates USC in three sets

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The No. 1 BYU men’s volleyball team easily defeated USC in three sets Friday night behind an efficient offensive effort.

BYU players talk about their performance together. The Cougars defeated USC in a dominating three sets Friday night. (Ari Davis)

“I felt the energy was good from the start,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “They stayed at it with not too many lows. I really like what they did tonight.”

The Cougars took control of the match right from the start, hitting an impressive .636 in the first set. Jake Langlois had four of BYU’s eight aces in the set with Ben Patch adding another. After the strong effort the Cougars won 15-25.

In the second set the Cougars posted a .700 hitting percentage compared to the Trojans’ .154. Patch lead the offense with seven kills while Brenden Sander contributed four more. BYU held USC to 13 points in the set to win by 12.

Early in the third set the Cougars pulled all starters but it didn’t slow the team down. They posted a .391 clip and held USC to a -.115 hitting percentage. Robbie Sutton distributed five assists to lead all players in the set as the Cougars finished the match with a 15-25 win.

BYU is set to play the Trojans again Saturday night in the Smith Fieldhouse in their last regular season game.

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