BYU volleyball: No. 2 Cougars on the road vs. 49ers, Matadors

By Rachel Hawks

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, March 4 2014 3:35 p.m. MST

No. 2 BYU men’s volleyball hits the road again for matches against No. 3 Long Beach State on Friday and Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. PST.

BYU (12-3, 12-1 MPSF) took down the 49ers in their last meeting, defeating then-No. 1 Long Beach State, 3-1, in the Cougars’ home opener. BYU followed that performance by taking down the Matadors in straight sets the following night.

Riding a six-match win streak, the Cougars lead the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with only one loss in conference play. BYU avenged its lone conference loss Saturday by sweeping the Waves at the Smith Fieldhouse.

Taylor Sander leads the Cougars and is No. 2 in the nation with 4.57 kills per set. Michael Hatch is No. 3 in the nation with 1.51 blocks per set.

Long Beach State’s Taylor Crabb leads the nation with 5.05 kills per set, helped out by Connor Olbright who leads the nation in assists per set with 11.86.

Cal State Northridge is led on offense by Damani Lenore and Sam Holt with 3.06 kills per set and 2.83 kills per set, respectively.

Links to live stats for both matches and live video streaming for the Cal State Northridge match will be available on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.

The weekend matches are BYU’s last road matches until April.

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

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