The No. 14 BYU women’s volleyball team defeated Utah Valley University on Saturday night at Lockhart Arena in four sets (25-21, 22-25, 26-24, 25-17).
“I’m really proud of the team effort and how hard we fought tonight,” said BYU coach Heather Olmstead. “Utah Valley played great and put pressure on us where we had to respond. Roni, McKenna and Cosy really carried us offensively. I thought Mary was great in the back row passing and digging. Overall, it was a great team win.”
Veronica Jones-Perry started the team off with the first two of the team’s 16 kills in the first set.
BYU had three blocks, one of which was from Sara Hamson which evened the score at 9-9.
Jones-Perry had another two kills, which gave the Cougars an 11-10 lead.
After multiple errors from UVU, BYU took the first set 25-21.
The second set went back and forth until the Wolverines were able to pull ahead at 9-7.
However, later on, BYU’s Kennedy Redding had back-to-back blocks to cut Utah Valley’s lead to one point at 13-12.
After Utah Valley scored six straight points, the Cougars were able to score six of the next eight points.
However, the Wolverines took the second set 25-22 with a kill.
In the third set, Mary Lake had an ace that tied the score at 8-8.
Jones-Perry and McKenna Miller both had kills later on in the set, giving the Cougars a 16-10 advantage.
Tied at 25, BYU scored and a kill from Cosy Burnette sealed the third set for BYU at 26-24.
BYU started off strong in the fourth set, scoring four of the first five points.
Jones-Perry had a kill and ace, which were part of a 6-0 BYU run that gave the Cougars an early 11-3 lead.
UVU couldn’t recover and BYU clinched the match with a 25-17 fourth set win.
The Cougars will open West Coast Conference play with road games at Santa Clara on Thursday and San Francisco on Saturday.