No. 13 BYU women’s volleyball opens WCC play with win

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Freshman McKenna Miller spikes the ball earlier this season. Miller and the Cougars swept Santa Clara on Thursday. (Ari Davis)

The No. 13 BYU women’s volleyball team swept Santa Clara in its first West Coast Conference game of the season (25-19, 29-27, 25-17) on Thursday night in Provo.

“I love the team effort tonight,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “I thought a lot of people stepped up, Lacy Haddock stepped up, over all the team stepped up.”

Sophomore Lacy Haddock led the Cougars with 14 kills on a .407 clip. Her sister Lyndie Haddock contributed a match high 38 assists. Mckenna Miller had 12 kills and Amy Boswell added nine kills.

The Cougars defeated the Santa Clara Broncos in the first set by jumping ahead early with assistance from several Miller kills. Santa Clara fought back to stay in it but a big kill from Boswell brought the Cougars to set point at 24-19. BYU then won the set on a solo block provided by Lacy Haddock.

The second set however, was a close game from the first serve, but ultimately the Cougars came out on top. The teams were tied at 6-6, 12-12 and 15-15, from there the Cougars pulled ahead to 24-21, but the Broncos fought back. Santa Clara scored the next three points and tied the set again at 24-24.  After several intense rallies with impressive scrappy play on both sides of the net the Cougars won the set 29-27 on a kill from Lacy Haddock.

BYU was able to carry its momentum into the third set and beat Santa Clara 25-17. After being tied at 5-5 the Cougars pulled away and with another big block from Lacy Haddock and a kill from Hannah Robison the Cougars won the third and final set.

After winning the first conference game of the season Lyndie Haddock said that she’s confident going into the rest of the season.

“I think we’re ready. Bring it on. We love adversity, we work hard and we love it,”  Lyndie Haddock said.

BYU will continue conference play Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. when they take on San Fransisco at the Smith Field House.

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