PROVO – Junior Tambre Haddock led the No. 25 BYU women’s volleyball team to a 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-8, 25-11) victory over in-state opponent Utah Valley University on Tuesday night.
“I liked our composure,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “We lost some tight points there in the first set, but I thought the girls were able to pull it together for the last three. The girls made some adjustments and loosened up a bit. I was proud of our team.”
Haddock finished the match with 18 kills, 14 digs and six blocks. Liberos Tia Withers Welling and Ciara Parker combined for 35 digs in the Cougar victory, while Camry Godfrey contributed 56 assists, a career high. Haddock, junior Hannah Robison and freshman Amy Boswell combined for 17 blocks.
The Wolverines got off to a quick 7-4 start in the first set from a string of Cougar attack errors. Shortly after, BYU began to find a rhythm, tying the match multiple times. A Hannah Robison kill gave the Cougars their first lead of the match at 21-20, forcing a UVU timeout. After a series of BYU set points, the Wolverines came back to tie the match at 24-24. A pair of kills from Wolverine Kalani Norris ended the set with a 26-24 UVU win.
The second set began with both teams exchanging points until a Gray kill gave the Cougars a 5-4 lead. Haddock gave BYU its first four-point lead of the set, 12-8, from a trio of kills that forced a Wolverine timeout. The Cougars maintained a comfortable four-point lead throughout most of the set, and a Kathryn LeCheminant kill gave BYU a 20-14 lead that forced a UVU timeout. A series of Cougar errors soon put the Wolverines within striking distance, down just two points at 22-20. After three set points and a BYU timeout, the Cougars were able to put away the set, 25-22, from a UVU attack error.
Boswell put the first points on the board in the third set with a kill, followed by a quick Cougar attack to put BYU up 16-3. The Wolverines struggled to find momentum early on, using both timeouts before the Cougars put up 15 points. BYU easily took the set at 25-8, going 9 of 9 on sideouts. Haddock led the Cougars on offense in the third set with six kills, eight digs and a service ace.
Despite the third set blowout, UVU came out fighting in the fourth set. The Wolverines remained within two points of the Cougars until a Gray kill gave BYU a 9-6 lead. It was all Cougars from that point as BYU jumped ahead of the Wolverines by nine at 18-9. The match was won from a LeCheminant and Godfrey block, as the Cougars took the set, 25-11.
The Cougars return to the court Friday and Saturday against Portland State, Fresno State and Oklahoma in the Portland State Tournament. BYU first plays tournament host Portland State at 6 p.m. PDT on Friday. Links to live stats can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page. A live video feed will be available for the Portland State match.
Royce Hinton is the women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.