An opportunity for the Cougars to take a huge step towards their goal of winning
another national championship.Good luck against the Bruins.Go Cougars!
Where Josue Rivera will be missed is first his passing, then digs and serves.I'll be at UCLA cheering for the Cougars!!!
mvcougarSo apparently there was an ace served by Rivera that ended
the match with a BYU victory, only to be reversed after a 10 min delay,
resulting in the Bruins coming back to win the set and match. Did the officials
steal a victory from us? What happened?
As summarized on another blog:,Rivera hit an ace. The line judge
ruled the ball out, but did so in a strange manner. But, the referee overruled
and said the ball was in, giving BYU the point and a 17-15 win in the set, and a
3-2 win in the match. After falling down two sets to zero, BYU scored a huge,
huge win and inched closer to the MPSF Tournament #1 seed. Then,
"legendary" coach Al Scates took to the floor and argued with the
referee for no less than 10 minutes, which it turns out is against the rules for
several reasons (get to that in a moment). After the debate, it was ruled the
point would be replayed. Since the players had been standing on the court after
a long, tough match had reached it's conclusion, and Rivera was cold, he
buried the replayed serve into the net. Eventually, UCLA prevailed 20-18 and won
the match. Rules aside, in what sport does a coach get to argue the
final, deciding call after the game is declared over, and devoid of video replay
the referee reverses his call?
Update on Friday's match:The MPSF reviewed final minutes of
Friday's match and ruled that the match will be replayed from 16-16 in the
5th set with UCLA serving tonight at 7 pm. Following the conclusion of that
match, BYU and UCLA will play their already scheduled Saturday match.
Thanks for the update. It still doesn't seem fair that the final point was
reversed after incessant whining by the UCLA coach. My concern tonight is BYU
often starts slow "out of the gates." I would certainly like
an explanation by the MPSF officials.
BYU WINS 5th and deciding set 18-16 on two quick kills. The Cougars can clinch
the MPSF regular season championship with a win tonight in Al Scates' final
regular season home match as UCLA's legendary head coach.