Led by Jennifer Hamson’s eight kills, No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball defeated Utah Valley University, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16), to conclude the BYU Invitational on Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.
“I was pleased with the way the girls came out in a match like that the night after a tough one against Washington,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “I was really pleased with how we got a lead every set that gave us a cushion.”
BYU (5-1) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on UVU (1-6) behind kills by Alexa Gray and Young. The teams then exchanged runs throughout the first set with the Cougars holding a comfortable lead the majority of the way thanks to solid play at the net by Hamson, Young and Gray. Young and Willardson teamed up to block a UVU kill attempt to secure the set, 25-18, for BYU. Gray led the Cougars with four kills in the set.
Both teams exchanged points to begin the second set until a Hamson kill helped spark a 4-0 run to jump start BYU. With Parker serving later in the set, the Cougars went on a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 14-5. The Wolverines kept the set competitive by rallying from a 15-6 deficit to close within four at 19-15, but a Hannah Robison kill helped the Cougars regain momentum for the remainder of the set. A Young kill set by Willardson closed out the set for BYU, 25-18.
With Willardson serving to begin the third set, BYU jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead. The Cougars led by as much as eight at 16-8, but much like the second set, the Wolverines battled back to within four at 16-12. Kills by Amy Boswell and Hamson halted UVU’s run and kept the Wolverines from closing within six points the rest of the set. A service error by UVU ended the set with BYU winning the match, 25-16.
The Cougars went 2-1 during the BYU Invitational, losing to No. 5 Washington in five sets Friday night.
The Cougars now begin a four-game road trip beginning with No. 13 Colorado State on Sept. 12. The next home match will be against the University of Utah on Sept. 19, at the Smith Fieldhouse