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Published: Sunday, May 5 2013 12:24 a.m. MDT

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SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

Excellent play UC Irvine! They maintained composure and won the day.
I congratulate them and their new coach.
BYU had a great season and I enjoyed so many of the matches.
I feel rewarded for my time as a fan and I thank the team for all the highlights.
With Patch leaving for a mission I hope the Y can fill his big shoes.
UCI may have had the coach of the match but BYU has the coach of the year.
We still have other sports to watch with Baseball, softball, and Track and field (M&W)
So Go Cougars!!!
And Football is coming!

esodije
ALBUQUERQUE, NM

Volleyball isn't quite like soccer, where a team can dominate and still lose, but it still comes down to who's hot at the end, and Irvine had it all working tonight. BYU has been getting by on magic for several weeks--they really didn't even look that great against Penn State--but it finally ran out tonight. To lose the second and third games after being up 11-4 in one and 24-21 in the other pretty well sums up the evening: the better team won.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

I'm totally bummed. UCI had us extremely well scouted and were well coached. They had at least 2 blockers on every one of BYU's kill attempts. In fact every facet of UCI's game was just about as close to perfection as a team can get. In short, they played out of their minds. BYU actually played pretty well, except forPatch who probably had his worst game of the season.

UCI's defense was just ridiculously good. I don't think I have ever seen a defensive performance like that.

I really feel bad for Sander and the Cougs. This was their year.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

Each set was especially close, however, UCI dominated, and BYU couldn't answer. This was volleyball evenly matched, point for point and at its best. We still love this BYU team. They have been really outstanding this year. Thanks for a great season. Congratulations to UCI.

Go Cougars!

IQ92
hi, UT

This won't happen next year as BYU coaching will have learned to make adjustments. UCI simply focused on blocking Sanders and Batch. Can't really blame BYU for sticking with their two stars—after all, it had worked all season. Close and enjoyable match just the same. Both teams should hold their heads up.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

It was a hard fought match and both teams displayed amazing talents. In the end, the team that brought an extra dimension to their game, a solid brick wall, finally won out. It was an incredible display of defense by the Anteaters that did us in. Kudos to them!

Sad as it is, it's been a great season and I'm proud of the team's success throughout the year. I know we're all disappointed but there's always next year. Besides, all was not lost. Our rugby team won their national championship title so hoooraaayyy!!!

Go Cougars!

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@SLCWatch baseball look better this time this year and they will continue to improve. But, football is a long time waiting and I am ready to go fishing. Well prepared Irvine and you earned it and we had a good run but couldn't get it down. This season was fun Cougars!

rlsintx
Plano, TX

Awesome team and season. 7 points over 3 and the result would have been exactly flipped... that's being as good as your opponent. Congrats to UC-I, you had to beat one the two best to win it all and you did.

Bleed Crimson
Sandy, Utah

"UC Irvine sweeps Cougars in national title match"

LoL!

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Stay Classy, Chrissy, I mean, Bleed Crimson!

Bleed Crimson
Sandy, Utah

@ Rational

I'm not Chris B, But I'll take that as a compliment!

Gone fishin
Murray, UT

Bleeding Crimson,
And how did the Utes fare? I didn't see their name mentioned.

RepresentBlue
West Jordan, UT

@Bleed Crimson

BYU went .500 over the weekend for National Championships. Not bad by any measure. How many National Championships did the Utes win last weekend? Last year? Last decade?

Bleed Crimson
Sandy, Utah

@ Gone fishin

"And how did the Utes fare? I didn't see their name mentioned"

Really? Is that all you got? Utah's men don't play women's sports!

@ RepresentBlue

"BYU went .500 over the weekend for National Championships. Not bad by any measure. How many National Championships did the Utes win last weekend? Last year? Last decade?"

And yet Utah still has won more National Championships than BYU.

Utah 20
BYU 10

*Rugby is only a club sport and has no affiliation with the NCAA. Those National Championships do not count towards your 10 NCAA National Championships.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: Bleed Crimson

"Rugby is only a club sport and has no affiliations with the NCAA. Those National Championships do not count..."

BYU National championships

Men’s basketball, NIT, 1951 & 1966
Men’s track and field, 1970
Men’s golf, 1981
Football, 1984
Men’s soccer; 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
Women’s cross-country; 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002
Men’s lacrosse; 1997, 2000, 2007, 2011
Men’s volleyball; 1999, 2001, 2004
Men’s rugby; 1999, 2009, 2012, 2013

TOTAL: 27
TOTAL IN LAST DECADE: 6

University of Utah National Championships

Men’s Basketball (AAU); 1916
Men’s Basketball (NCAA); 1944
Men’s Basketball (NIT); 1947
Women’s gymnastics; 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995,
Men’s skiing; 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2003
Women’s skiing; 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2003
Women’s cross country (AIAW Division II); 1981
Men’s rugby; 2010

Bleed Crimson, you might want rugby to "count" (see Utah’s total for the last decade).

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

Bleed Crimson

"Utah's men don't play women's sports... Rugby is only a club sport and has no affiliation with the NCAA. Those National Championships do not count towards your 10 NCAA National Championships."

I'd be careful about confining national championships strictly to Men's NCAA National Championships.

BYU's Men's Volleyball Team has won more Men's NCAA National Championships(three) since 1999, than Utah's Men's teams have won during Utah's entire history - one, if you count the only indisputable championship in men's skiing in 1981; two, if you also count the disputable NCAA tournament championship won when the NIT tournament was the elite tournament of the day in 1944.

Utah's Men's Ski Team only won ONE NCAA championship, in 1981, before it became a coed championship, and that in a college sport so obscure and irrelevant, that only three other FBS schools even compete - Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Utah's Coed Ski team hasn't won a national championship since 2003.

Utah's Women's Gymnastics team hasn't won a national championship since 1995.

LOTR
Baltimore, MD

Gone fishin: "And how did the Utes fare? I didn't see their name mentioned"

Bleed Crimson: "Really? Is that all you got? Utah's men don't play women's sports!"

I'm sure UCLA, USC and Stanford would take exception to you referring to Men's Volleyball as a "women's" sport.

The truth is, the Utes aren't competitive in ANY men's sports. Since joining the PAC 12, the Utes have finished in the bottom half of the conference in every sport, in most cases dead last or next to last.

BYUHOCKEY
American Fork, UT

I didn't see the final four matches. was wondering if the BYU walk on freshman middle blocker Mike Hatch played. He was playing wonderfully during the middle of the season and helped BYU get back to #1 with his excellent blocking. Then he got benched in favor of Devin Young who is good but i thought Hatch played better overall. Also Ryan Boyce was having off and on games near the end of the season and was wondering if he struggled with his timing of sets?

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