PROVO — The No. 3 BYU men's volleyball team stays at home again this weekend with matches on Friday and Saturday against No. 12 UC Santa Barbara. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on BYUtv and online live at byutvsports.com/gameday.
The Cougars are riding a 10-3 overall record and four-game winning streak this season with its most recent wins coming over Cal Baptist at home last weekend in 3-2 and 3-1 match scores.
Senior Robb Stowell leads the Cougar offense with 167 kills followed closely by teammate Josue Rivera who is contributing 136. Eight other BYU players also join Stowell and Rivera with double-digit kills on the year. Russ Lavaja leads the team with 83 blocks and Joe Kauliakamoa leads the squad with 424 assists.
The Cougars are outblocking their opponents this season 169.5 to 86.0.
The Gauchos are traveling on a 4-8 overall record this season, and most recently are coming off a loss at Long Beach State after winning vs. Cal State Northridge two days before. Miles Evans leads the team as the only player to record 100+ kills with 173. He’s joined by nine other players who are also recording double-digit kills. Dylan Davis leads the team with 40 blocks.
BYU leads the overall series 27-20 against the Gauchos and are 16-6 against them when they play in the Smith Fieldhouse.
Whitney Jordan works in the BYU Athletic Communications with the women's soccer and men's volleyball teams. She can be reached at [email protected] for questions relating to soccer and [email protected] for volleyball questions.