"We put the pressure on them that we needed to and got some good touches in the third set," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "We need to come out with more energy going forward, but we did what we needed to do to finish the match."
Patch led the Cougars (3-1) with a game-high 16 kills on a .303 clip in three sets of play. The senior also recorded two service aces. Jake Langlois finished the match with 13 kills, as well as two service aces and six digs. Joseph Grosh and Leo Durkin led the defensive effort with three blocks apiece, with Durkin also tallying 32 assists.
BYU ended the match with a .239 clip in comparison to a .145 clip by Concordia Irvine (5-5). The Cougars also tallied five service aces to the Eagles' two.
Both teams battled back and forth through the first set. Concordia Irvine took the 8-6 lead off a BYU service error. The Cougars then rallied, scoring three-consecutive points to tie the game at 9-all. With multiple BYU service errors, the Eagles pulled ahead 20-18. A Patch kill tied the set at 22-all. On an attack error by Concordia Irvine, BYU pulled ahead late, 24-23. With a block by Durkin and Price Jarman, the Cougars won the set, 25-23.
The Eagles opened the second set on a 5-2 run. Backed by multiple kills from Patch and Langlois, the Cougars then went on a 10-1 run to take the 12-6 lead, forcing an Eagle timeout. Concordia Irvine closed the spread to four, 15-11, but BYU regained the six-point, 21-15 advantage on a kill by Miki Jauhiainen. A service error by the Eagles ended the set, 25-17, in the Cougars' favor. Patch led all players with 11 kills after two sets of play.
Concordia Irvine took the early 4-0 lead in the third set, forcing a Cougar timeout. Recording his 12th kill of the match, Patch put BYU on the board, 6-1. The Eagles led through the majority of the set, with their largest lead being eight. The Cougars closed the gap to four, 22-20, on a kill by Patch. BYU rallied back from a 24-20 deficit to win the third and final set, 26-24, on a Concordia Irvine attack error.
BYU continues play at home against McKendree on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. MST. The match will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Links to live stats can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.