Cougars vs. Anteaters

Ed Chan
The BYU squad celebrates their hard-fought victory over UCI.

In a heated match between two of the top-ranked teams in the country on Friday, BYU climbed back from a 0-2 deficit to win over the Anteaters of UC Irvine. Although BYU Head Coach Chris McGown said the match wasn't "techincally beautiful," two players on the court that day set school records and fans were rewarded with five games of close competition.

The 6'8" freshman opposite Ben Patch led BYU with 35 kills, a school rally-scoring era record. The Provo, Utah, native made 11 errors for a hitting percentage of .375 and added eight digs and five blocks. On the UCI side, middle blocker Collin Mehring set a program record with 14 block assists. BYU's Russ Lavaja led the Cougars with eight blocks.

BYU took the final three sets to steal the match away from the Anteaters. No set was won by more than four points, with the final score tallying 22-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 15-11. UCI had a season-high 23 service errors.

With the victory, and another over UC San Diego on Saturday, BYU moves to 13-3 overall and 12-2 in the MPSF. UCI fell to 15-4 overall and 12-4 in the MPSF and will play Long Beach State on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.

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