No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball defeats San Francisco and Santa Clara

Ari Davis
Mckenna Santiago bumps the ball earlier this season. Santiago and the Cougars went 2-0 this week. (Ari Davis)

No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball beat both San Francisco and Santa Clara in four sets this past week.

“Our serving was on point tonight,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “It was a good team effort offensively and defensively.”

Thursday night the Cougars were led by senior Amy Boswell in the win over San Francisco. Boswell had 13 kills on a .522 clip and five solo blocks, the second most in BYU rally-scoring history.  Lyndie Haddock set 28 assists while Mary Lake picked up 22 digs. Whitney Young Howard put up five stuff blocks to add to the teams season high 15 blocks. The Cougars also served eight aces.

BYU won the first set easily beating the Dons 25-10. However, in the second set the Dons came out strong and led the entire game. The Cougars battled back to come within two at 19-17, but the rally proved to be too late and they lost the set 21-25.

The third and forth set the Cougars found their groove and defeated San Fransisco 25-13 and 25-9.

On Saturday afternoon BYU faced Santa Clara and were victorious, defeating the Broncos in four sets (25-15, 15-25, 26-24, 25-12).

Once again the Cougars won the first set easily but lost focus in the second set, losing 15-25. In the third set both teams battle to hold on to the momentum of the game and the Cougars came out on top to win by just two points (26-24). BYU came out strong in the fourth and final set beating the Broncos by more than 10 points (25-12) to win the match.

The Cougars were led by freshman Mckenna Miller who put down 16 kills. Lake picked up another match high 26 digs as well as served the teams only two aces of the match. Boswell and Howard both contributed in the defensive effort with six blocks while Lyndie Haddock had 40 assists.

The Cougars will play their last game of the regular season Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Loyoal Marymount. BYU will then wait to be seeded and start NCAA tournament play.

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