A balanced attack led the No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball team past LIU Brooklyn in three sets (25-16, 25-8, 25-13) Friday afternoon at Nationwide Arena.
"I thought this was a really good team win tonight," BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. "We did a great job of serving as a team and that helped us get the win."
Veronica Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 14 kills and five digs. Lyndie Haddock and Alohi Robins-Hardy each added a team-high 18 assists while Mary Lake chipped in 13 digs. Haddock and Amy Boswell each collected four blocks, and Cosy Burnett put up 10 kills on a .667 clip. McKenna Miller added 10 kills and Makenna Santiago contributed 11 digs in the win.
BYU (4-0) jumped out to a 6-2 lead early in the first set against LIU Brooklyn (0-4) with kills from Jones-Perry, Boswell and Haddock. The Cougars stayed ahead by as many as five until a 4-1 Blackbird run brought LIU Brooklyn within two, down 10-8. The teams remained close until a pair of Burnett kills extended BYU’s advantage back to five at 15-10. Another 4-1 rally from the Blackbirds forced the Cougars to take a timeout leading by just three, 17-14. BYU quickly took the next six-straight points, capped off with a kill from Miller, before taking the set 25-16 on a service error.
The Cougars took an 8-1 lead to start the second set with kills from multiple players and an ace from Lake. Haddock and Whitney Young Howard later teamed up for a block to extend BYU’s advantage to 12-4. Another 5-0 Cougar run quickly forced LIU Brooklyn to take its final timeout of the set, trailing 17-5. A trio of consecutive Jones-Perry kills helped BYU pull ahead, 23-8, and an attack error gave the Cougars the set, 25-8.
The third set began with BYU taking a 7-3 lead after a Miller kill. The Blackbirds then went on a 5-0 run to take the lead at 8-7. The teams remained close from there until back-to-back aces from Lake pushed the Cougars ahead, 14-10. BYU then went on a 9-0 run to go up by double digits at 23-11. The Cougars cruised from there, completing the sweep, 25-13, on a service error.
BYU concludes play in the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. EDT, when it faces off against tournament host No. 11 Ohio State. 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.