BYU men's volleyball: No. 2 Cougars pull out 5-set thriller vs. 5th-ranked Santa Barbara

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  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 29, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    Agree with esodije. As was the case last year the Achille's heel of this team is at the setter position. That makes the difference between a champion and a runner-up.

    It is refreshing to see a guy come off the bench when one of the starters isn't playing well and make a huge impact in the game. BYU would have lost that match if not for Underwood's rising to the challenge. I feel a little bad for Underwood and Heninger, both good enough to start but end up riding the bench most of the time.

    That was the first I heard that Taylor's younger brother will be playing for the Cougars next year. Talk about huge shoes to fill! I hope he can handle that kind of pressure where he will constantly be compared to his brother, perhaps the best all-around volleyball player BYU has ever had.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    March 29, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    Missed an exciting game because I was attending my daughter's final BYU choir concert before graduation next month,

    but I'll be at the BYU-UCLA volleyball game tonight,

    as well as the BYU football spring game this morning,

    while catching the BYU-Connecticut Sweet Sixteen in between.

    An exciting day of BYU sports!

    Good luck to all of the BYU teams today!


  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    March 29, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    An entire volleyball season can turn on one bad match--as the Cougs well know from years past--so I was really glad to see them pull it together last night in the fourth and fifth sets and eke out the win. I've been saying since the season started that BYU's fortunes will rise and fall with Tyler Heap; his set placement hasn't been great all year, and though bad passing has had a lot to do with it, last night's match brought all his issues to the fore. It's great to have a 6'6" setter, especially on the front row, but he's got to start setting a better ball for BYU to have a real chance to win the NC. What amazes me is how many kills Taylor Sander is able to get on low, tight (i.e., bad) sets--he's not only physically gifted and finely trained but extremely smart.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    March 29, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    What the heck happened the second and third sets? It was like watching two different Cougar teams! Passing was terrible and it looked like they were just not "into" it. It is a good thing that they showed up the last two sets.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 29, 2014 12:20 a.m.

    I love this BYU volleyball team. And, a TEAM they truly are!! They all work together in preparation, in attitude, in absolute physicality, and are true winners in every sense of the word. Good luck Saturday night. We are cheering for you.

    Go Cougars!