BYU men's volleyball: Cougars beat Penn State in straight sets to advance to NCAA title game

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  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    May 3, 2013 9:12 p.m.


    "Great... but what was the score??? Swept by what margins?"

    BYU won 25-21, 25-16, 25-22.

    Scores were in the article and in the caption to the accompanying photo.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    May 3, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    Great... but what was the score??? Swept by what margins?

  • sls Columbia, MO
    May 3, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    I don't agree that the lower MPSF teams are necessarily better than the eastern teams. Penn State had big leads over BYU in sets 2 and 3. Loyola nearly took a set from UCI. Stanford, Pepperdine and Long Beach are supposedly among the elite MPSF teams and all of them got swept in the conference tournament.

    BYU has a big challenge tomorrow--to beat a very good team for the third time in one year. Good luck, Cougars!

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    May 3, 2013 2:00 p.m.


    Couldn't agree more. An 8-team NC tournament for Men's Volleyball is a no-brainer.

    The MPSF semis with #1 BYU, #2 Long Beach St, #3 UC Irvine, and #4 UCLA were more competitive than the NCAA Championship semis, with #13 Loyola-Chicago and #14 Penn St.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    May 3, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    I hope the NCAA will agree soon to go to an 8-team NC tournament format for men's volleyball. I'm not against having teams qualify automatically from the midwest and the east, but the walk-overs last night in the semifinals (UCI over Loyola and BYU over Penn State) demonstrated that the AQ teams from outside the MPSF typically aren't on the same level. Neither Loyola nor Penn State would have qualified for the MPSF conference tournament, so it doesn't make sense to put them in the national semifinal round.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    May 3, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    Congratulations Cougars on a dominating win over Penn St to advance to the national championship game!

    Saturday will be an historic day for BYU - playing for the Rugby national championship at 1pm on South Field and then playing for the Men's Volleyball national championship at 7pm in Pauley Pavilion.

    I'll be at the Rugby match and watching the Volleyball match on ESPNU!

    Go Cougars!

  • River City Coug Sacramento, CA
    May 3, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    So glad to see them playing so well. I wish BYU TV could have picked up the game. I did look to see if it was on. Here in Nor Cal we don't get much press about NCAA Volleyball. had nothing and even KSL did not have the results up this morning. Thank you Deseret News.

    I have stopped following BYU sports on Deseret News because of the vitriol in the comment board. Nice to see only positive comments. Thank you everyone.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    May 3, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    ESPN-U is currently listing the championship game on their "TV Guide" for 7 PM Mountain, Saturday evening.

    Great job Cougs, and stomp the Anteaters!

  • Gone fishin Murray, UT
    May 3, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    So does anyone know how many PAC 10 power teams were in the final four? My guess 0.
    I love my independance.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 3, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Impressive straight set wins (last couple of games). Good luck in finals!.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    May 3, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    @Tilka - not sure if it was on tv but went online to home of BYUCougar Atheletic Home Page" and go to Scedule to see if game being broadcast on tv. Well found it but watched it at online to my ipad at or .org. I also found out it might be on espn or espnu for this Saturday.

    Nice win Cougars! Wow, BYU Volleyball and Rugby tomorrow. Still no answer if going to be on tv or online for BYU Rugby yet. Anyone know?

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Tilka: It was on internet streaming video from the NCAA. They could learn a thing or two from BYUTV because it was choppy and not a very good feed.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    Hey There thebigsamoan! Your reference to the Sunday School boys was understood. The lost boys that mock will never understand and will not know the joys of righteous living. They think the joy is found in the destination alone and not the joyful journey with others. It probably drives them crazy when the Sunday School boys have success like post season play, national championships and high draft status and yet these little things are relegated to nice trophys but nothing like joy of the gospel, missionary service and eternal families. I for one extend a invitation to all who don't understand why a World Series ring or a Super Bowl ring is nothing compared to an eternal family to come unto Christ and have that dark and lost feeling replaced with hope, peace and the Light of Christ.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    May 3, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    Was this on tv anywhere?

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    CRUSHING DEFEAT of Penn State. First two sets the Cougars just ran away with it. Then the Cougars spotted Penn State a 7-1 lead in the third set, put the hammer down mid way through and made a 10-3 run to finish them off going away. Fantastic Domination. Best Cougar team ever! Looking forward to Saturday nigh! Go Cougars.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    May 3, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    Hoooweeeee!!! Those Sunday School boys are still on a tear in volleyball and I'm just loving it! Btw, my reference to "Sunday School boys" is not a dig at BYU. Anyone who read my posts in the past knows that I'm a diehard BYU fan and the reference was to counter the many noxious posts from the haters who constantly ridiculed BYU because the best athletes in the country will never choose BYU because of their honor code, or so they claimed. Thus my reference to no name Sunday School boys, choir boys, etc. It makes my heart warm when they win because for me, it truly eases the pain from the haters venom anytime.

    Go Cougars! Get that hardware and bring it home.