Strong play from outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry helped No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball cruise past Wyoming in three sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-14) Friday morning at Nationwide Arena to kick off the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic.
“I like how we came out ready to play today against a tough Wyoming team,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “We were focused and everyone contributed in the win.”
Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 11 kills on a .276 clip while adding four digs. Mary Lake contributed a team-high 10 digs, while Lyndie Haddock added 33 assists and six blocks. Whitney Young Howard and Amy Boswell collected five and six blocks, respectively, while McKenna Miller put up a team-high 12 kills in the win.
BYU (4-0) and Wyoming (1-4) got off to an even start in the first set, with a Howard kill tying things up a 5-all. The Cowgirls then went on a 6-1 run to take a 12-7 advantage. Helped by a pair of Boswell kills, the Cougars rallied with a 5-0 run to tie the set at 12 apiece. The teams went back and forth from there until BYU went ahead 18-16, forcing a Wyoming timeout. A trio of kills from Jones-Perry gave the Cougars set point before a Cowgirl attack error ended the set for BYU, 25-20.
A Haddock service ace helped the Cougars jump out to a 5-3 lead early in the second set. Another pair of kills and a block from Jones-Perry then propelled BYU to an 11-6 advantage, forcing an early timeout from Wyoming. Makenna Santiago contributed a pair of aces down the stretch before another Boswell kill put the Cougars ahead 15-8. The Cowgirls quickly countered with a 4-1 rally of their own to come back within four, down 16-12. BYU, however, continued from there with a 5-0 run to extend its lead to nine, 21-12. Despite a 10-2 Wyoming run, a Jones-Perry kill gave the Cougars the set, 25-22.
BYU opened up the third set with a 7-2 run to take an early advantage. A trio of Miller kills helped the Cougars stay ahead 10-7, which was then followed by a 7-1 BYU rally to extend the lead to eight at 16-8. The Cowgirls followed with a 4-1 run to come back within five, down 17-12, but four more quick points from the Cougars forced a Wyoming timeout with BYU ahead 21-12. The Cougars cruised from there, taking the set, 25-14, on a Miller kill.
BYU returns to action at Nationwide Arena on Friday at 5:30 p.m. EDT, where it faces off against LIU Brooklyn. Links to live stats can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.
Royce Hinton is the men's and women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.