McKenna Miller's errorless hitting helped propel No. 13 BYU women’s volleyball to its second sweep of the BYU Invitational with a victory over Cal Poly (25-16, 25-13, 25-20) on Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse to win the title.
“I’m really pleased with the way our girls came out focused with energy and followed the game plan,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “McKenna was fantastic — she was composed, she was fearless. She went up and scored. She saw the block well.”
Crisp passing and setting resulted in a .460 hitting percentage through three sets for BYU, compared to the Mustangs’ .186 clip. Freshman standout Miller once again came up big for the Cougars, earning 13 of the team’s total 45 kills without an error for a .722 clip. Mary Lake added a match-high 12 digs, and Lyndie Haddock added 34 assists. Amy Boswell contributed 10 kills and a pair of blocks in the win.
BYU freshman libero Lake opened the first set of the match with an ace to put the Cougars up 1-0. Cal Poly and BYU continued to battle back and forth, staying within two points of each other before the Cougars went on 3-0 run to have the 12-7 advantage. BYU continued to dominate the attack, going on a 4-0 run to lead 19-10. Boswell contributed five of the team’s 13 kills in the set. BYU remained calm, winning the first set 25-16 on a Cal Poly service error.
The Mustangs fought back in the second set, staying within two points. Five ties and five lead changes later, the Cougars broke away from an 8-8 tie, going on a 6-0 run to lead 14-8. Miller’s seven kills in the set propelled BYU to a 9-0 run, taking a 24-11 lead. BYU sealed the deal three plays later with a score of 25-13 on another Miller kill.
The Cougars kept their composure in the final set, the closest of the three. BYU scored six unanswered points to break away from an early 2-2 tie. The Cougars built a 10-7 lead, but the Mustangs fought hard to tie it 10-10. Six more ties occurred before BYU pulled away for good from a 20-all tie on a kill from sophomore Lacy Haddock. The Cougars came away with a 25-20 win, earning a 3-0 match victory.
Boswell and Lyndie Haddock earned all-tournament team selections, while Miller was named the Tournament MVP.
The Cougars will participate in the Sports Imports D.C. Kohl Classic beginning Friday, Sept. 2, in Columbus, Ohio. Wyoming, LIU-Brooklyn and Ohio State will also compete in the tournament. Links to live stats can be found on the BYU women's volleyball schedule page.