PROVO Some matches are just confidence builders, and it was just what BYU's women's volleyball team needed in its three-game victory over UVSC on Tuesday night.
After losing a tough match to New Mexico last Saturday, the Cougars battled in Game 1 and then took the next two easily in a 3-1 (30-26, 30-19, 30-13) victory.
"I thought that we were very composed," BYU coach Jason Watson said. "Especially in Game 1 where UV was putting an enormous amount of pressure on us."
The Wolverines' loss ended its seven-match winning streak its longest of the season.
Game 1 was the closest that the Wolverines would come to knocking off the Cougars.
Utah Valley held 5-1 and 17-10 leads which BYU would come back to tie on both occasions led by great offensive play by Kayli Broadbent and Jessica Endres up front.
Down 23-26, the Cougars took the game in hand, scoring seven straight that closed out the game.
Errors by the Wolverines and great play by BYU's defense contributed to the winning rally. Two straight crucial attack errors by Broadbent and Endres on spikes down the line turned the game around by first tying the game and then giving away the lead.
"It was just unfortunate that we were playing such a great match up to that point and then just made a few crucial errors at that time," UVSC coach Sam Atoa said.
BYU rightside hitter Erica Lott's two kills after that seemed to be the turning point as the Wolverines didn't seem to be into the match from that point on.
"We thought we would do it over time (come back), get into a groove and everything will be just fine," Lott said.
Game 2 was all BYU. They kept a five to six-point lead until midway through the match. From there the Cougars went on a 10-2 run to pull away.
UVSC had an abysmal .021 hitting percentage in Game 2. BYU didn't fare too well either in its .216 hitting percentage in the second game.
A tough start to Game 3 put BYU on edge when they held a 11-10 lead before ripping off a 19-3 run that ended the match.
The Cougars' Chelsea Goodman earned her fourth straight double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs to put her just shy of the Mountain West record of 47 double-doubles.
Broadbent led UVSC with 12 kills and Cammie Manwill's 12 digs led the defensive side.
Next up for BYU is a trip to Salt Lake to face Utah on Friday and Watson said that the Cougar's win helps to prepare the team to take on its rivals."That's the only real way (in taking Game 1) we can go and be good when there is pressure," Watson said.
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