VB | Gaels Push No. 10 BYU In Utah
The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team took a set from the 10th-ranked Cougars before falling, 3-1, in Provo, Utah
PROVO, Utah -- West Coast Conference leader and 10th-ranked BYU thought it would breeze past the Saint Mary's women's volleyball team on Saturday, but not before the Gaels had something to say about it. Saint Mary's came back to win set three and kept set four close before the Cougars pulled away for a 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18) win at George Albert Smith Fieldhouse.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BYU (23-2, 12-1 WCC) sprinted out the gate in set one with leads of 5-0 and 10-1, cruising to a 25-15 set win. The Cougars hit .441 in the set while holding Saint Mary's (7-17, 3-11 WCC) to .088 hitting.
- Saint Mary's came alive in sets two and three, forcing seven ties and three lead changes in the second and 14 ties and nine lead changes in the third. BYU closed set two on an 8-3 run, but it was SMC who used a 4-1 sprint to win the third frame, 25-23. Sienna Young's kill and ace capped the set victory for the Gaels.
- BYU settled back in for the fourth set, holding off the Gaels who were still within two points at 9-7. An 8-2 run made it 17-9. SMC committed its most attack errors in a set during the fourth, finishing with an even .000 hitting percentage (nine kills, nine errors).
NUMBERS TO KNOW
- Three Gaels notched double-doubles. Lindsey Knudsen had a team-high 10 kills and 14 digs. Alexsa "Crash" Parker tallied 19 assists and 12 digs. Fellow setter Mary Hernandez had 16 assists and 11 digs.
- Alex O'Sullivan had her second double-digit blocks performance of the season with a match-best 10 blocks. She also hit a match-high .429 with four kills.
- BYU's Veronica Jones-Perry led all players with 24 kills on 54 attempts. Kennedy Redding had 10 kills and nine blocks. Lyndie Haddock posted 48 assists.
- The Gaels travel to Stockton on Saturday to wrap up its three-match road trip at Pacific.
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