BYU volleyball: Cougars sweep Penn State on senior night

Published: Saturday, April 14 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

BYU's Joe Kauliakamoa (left) and Russ Lavaja block a ball in their match during the Cougars win over Penn State University.

Jaren Wilkey, BYU

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PROVO — Taylor Sander's hard hitting helped the BYU men's volleyball team earn a senior-night sweep of No. 7 Penn State on Saturday, sending the Nittany Lions home with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-17) defeat.

"I thought we came out with a lot of good energy tonight," said BYU head coach Chris McGown. "We still didn't serve the way I would have liked us to, but we were better. It was nice to see that we were able to do some things in a match that we worked on last week. We're definitely improving."

The Cougars honored four seniors in Joe Kauliakamoa, Quentin Smith, Robb Stowell and Futi Tavana before the match began. Stowell leads BYU in the rally scoring era for career kills and Tavana leads for career blocks.

"... They all played really hard and I was proud of them and their effort tonight," McGown said.

Against the Lions, Sander led the Cougar attack with 20 kills on .515 hitting, aided by Kauliakamoa's 41 assists. Smith led the team with five blocks. Sander also contributed two aces to put him in third place for career aces in the BYU rally scoring era.

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