PROVO In the middle of a three-week homestand, the BYU men's volleyball team looks to rebound from Saturday's Stanford upset as the Cougars play host to one-win Pacific for a pair of weekend matches.
Having slipped to second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings, BYU (12-1, 7-1 MPSF) meets Pacific (1-14, 1-11 MPSF) at 7 p.m. both tonight and Saturday in the Smith Fieldhouse.
The Tigers' sole win this season, however, came against the same Stanford squad that swept the Cougars in three games in their last outing.
In addition to suffering its first defeat, BYU also dropped from the top spot in the two national rankings now No. 3 in the CBS College Sports Network/AVCA coaches Top 15 and No. 2 in the Molten/Volleyball Magazine. BYU is hoping to have two of its top opposites starter and team captain Jonathan Charette and reserve Kent Tuttle back at full strength this weekend.
Charette was out all last week battling bronchitis and tried to come in midway in Saturday's loss but wasn't in top form. And Tuttle, one of several backups used in his place, sprained an ankle midway through Friday's match.
BYU leads the overall series 18-5, including a perfect 11-0 in Provo. The Cougars have downed the Tigers in the past four meetings and eight of the last nine.
BYU head coach Shawn Patchell said after Saturday's loss to Stanford that he was anxious to see how his squad would respond to their first defeat of the season.Last year, the 23-6 Cougars won their first nine matches before suffering their first loss, but it was the start of a four-match slump, with three of the four defeats league losses. BYU lost one other regular-season match and then lost in the MPSF Tournament semifinals to eventual NCAA champion UC Irvine.