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BYU volleyball: Cougars open MPSF play vs. CSUN, LBSU

By Rachel Hawks

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7 2014 8:28 p.m. MST

No. 9 BYU men’s volleyball returns to the Smith Fieldhouse for its 2014 home opener against Cal State Northridge on Friday at 7 p.m. MST on BYUtv. The Cougars will end the weekend hosting No. 1 Long Beach State on Saturday at 7 p.m. MST.

BYU looks to rebound after a 0-2 start last weekend as the team begins conference play. Senior outside hitter Taylor Sander led the Cougars with 26 kills on the week.

Cal State Northridge (0-1, 0-0 MPSF) comes off a 3-1 loss to Pacific on Saturday in the UCSB tournament. The Matadors will host Cal Baptist on Wednesday before traveling east to Provo.

Jakub Ciesla led CSUN with 12 kills. Brian O’Gorman led in blocks with seven, and Bradley Sakaida led in digs with seven.

Long Beach State (1-0, 0-0 MPSF), which defeated Harvard, 3-1, on Saturday, will also face Cal Baptist on the road Thursday before facing BYU.

Taylor Crabb led the 49ers against Harvard with 19 kills on a .429 clip. Dalton Ammerman also had double-figure kills with 18, hitting .353. Andrew Sato recorded 14 digs for Long Beach State.

Links to live stats for both matches and live video streaming (vs. CS Northridge) can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.

Rachel Hawks is the men's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.

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