Cougars can clinch MPSF title vs. UCLA

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  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 7, 2012 8:46 p.m.

    BYU WINS 5th and deciding set 18-16 on two quick kills. The Cougars can clinch the MPSF regular season championship with a win tonight in Al Scates' final regular season home match as UCLA's legendary head coach.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 7, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    Thanks for the update. It still doesn't seem fair that the final point was reversed after incessant whining by the UCLA coach. My concern tonight is BYU often starts slow "out of the gates."

    I would certainly like an explanation by the MPSF officials.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 7, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    Update on Friday's match:

    The MPSF reviewed final minutes of Friday's match and ruled that the match will be replayed from 16-16 in the 5th set with UCLA serving tonight at 7 pm. Following the conclusion of that match, BYU and UCLA will play their already scheduled Saturday match.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 7, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    As summarized on another blog:,

    Rivera hit an ace. The line judge ruled the ball out, but did so in a strange manner. But, the referee overruled and said the ball was in, giving BYU the point and a 17-15 win in the set, and a 3-2 win in the match. After falling down two sets to zero, BYU scored a huge, huge win and inched closer to the MPSF Tournament #1 seed.

    Then, "legendary" coach Al Scates took to the floor and argued with the referee for no less than 10 minutes, which it turns out is against the rules for several reasons (get to that in a moment). After the debate, it was ruled the point would be replayed. Since the players had been standing on the court after a long, tough match had reached it's conclusion, and Rivera was cold, he buried the replayed serve into the net. Eventually, UCLA prevailed 20-18 and won the match.

    Rules aside, in what sport does a coach get to argue the final, deciding call after the game is declared over, and devoid of video replay the referee reverses his call?

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 7, 2012 11:24 a.m.


    So apparently there was an ace served by Rivera that ended the match with a BYU victory, only to be reversed after a 10 min delay, resulting in the Bruins coming back to win the set and match. Did the officials steal a victory from us? What happened?

  • mvcougar ,
    April 6, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    Where Josue Rivera will be missed is first his passing, then digs and serves.

    I'll be at UCLA cheering for the Cougars!!!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 5, 2012 10:39 p.m.

    An opportunity for the Cougars to take a huge step towards their goal of winning another national championship.

    Good luck against the Bruins.

    Go Cougars!