PROVO — Any volleyball player would be ecstatic hitting at a .438 percentage in any match and BYU's Jake Langlois was certainly happy with his eight kills at that same .438 percentage during his team's straight-set win over No. 12 CSUN (25-21, 25-18, 25-15) on Friday.
Amazingly enough, Langlois' hitting percentage happened to be the lowest on the team. Ben Patch, who had eight kills, swung at a .667 rate while Brendan Sander, who led the team with 11 kills, had .588 percent of his swings go for points.
Overall the Cougars compiled a .536 hitting percentage, speaking loudly to just how dominant they were in the win.
“I’m totally fine hitting .430 and being the worst attacker on the team,” Langlois said with a laugh. “That’s awesome.”
The Cougars, currently ranked No. 2 nationally, came out firing on all cylinders and progressively got better as the match continued. They also had 11.5 team blocks to just three for the Matadors along with six to one advantage with service errors.
“I liked how our guys came out right from the start,” said BYU coach Shawn Olmstead. “We did a lot of really good things for sure.”
Olmstead's team has been doing a lot of really good things for the last month. After dropping a straight set decision to Long Beach back on Jan. 23 the Cougars have won nine straight, all of them straight-set wins.
But for Olmstead, he prefers not to think of his team's 27 straight sets won, focusing instead on getting better and better with every match.
“If we can just keep getting better and better then our ceiling with these guys is very, very high,” Olmstead said. “So they can keep going, and pushing, and that’s what I believe they want to do.”
According to Langlois, BYU's current streak has everything to do with a positive mentality from start to finish.
“Our energy has been really good in all of our matches,” Langlois said. “So our goal is to have as much energy as we can at the beginning of the set and then once we hit 20 (points), just go as hard as we can. And it’s been working out for us.”
That energy allowed Olmstead to empty some of his bench in the third set, something extremely rare when playing against ranked opponents.
“It was nice, but I still wish there were guys we could get in and that’s a hard dilemma,” Olmstead said. “You still had some opportunities for guys, so you’re happy with that.”
Coming off what may have been their most dominant performance to date, Cougar players and coaches are very pleased with the current state of the team.
“Since I’ve been playing I think it’s the best we’ve been playing,” Langlois said. “We have every piece. At every position we have someone who is confident and strong and good at what they do. So it’s fun.”
The Cougars will look to continue their impressive run on Saturday facing off against the same CSUN team before heading to the islands to take on Hawaii.
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