BYU men's volleyball: Sander leads the Cougars to another MPSF championship with a four-set win over UCLA

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  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    April 23, 2018 9:47 a.m.

    I don't have a problem with playing UCLA on their home court in the semi-finals.

    In order to be the best, you have to beat the best, and BYU is the only program in the country that has an overall winning record versus the 19-time National Champion Bruins.

    Long Beach State is the best team in the country, but beating UCLA on their home court may be a tougher challenge.

    At the very least, BYU will be playing in their fifth Final Four in the last six seasons, a remarkable accomplishment.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 22, 2018 5:23 p.m.

    UCLA is a very good defensive team. They made some phenomenal digs and service returns. BYU dominated with blocks, something they have always done very well over the years.

    8 yrs of a Sander playing for BYU has been amazing. And I especially appreciate that they stuck around for 4 yrs when others of lesser talent chose to leave early.

    UCLA will get the home court advantage in the nationals. Since 1970 BYU has hosted the national tournament once. UCLA has hosted it 13 times! Several other California schools, Penn State, Ohio State—have also hosted it multiple times. What’s up with that? Why the discrimination and blatant favoritism?

  • Pugman Tremonton, UT
    April 22, 2018 12:18 p.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin:
    You care, cause you commented. You care a lot because you're always commenting on Cougar articles. Why don't you spend more time commenting on Ute articles. They could sure use it when you compare how many posts on Ute articles compared to Cougar articles. And yet that obsessed fan base would have you believe they've moved on from BYU.....yeah, right

  • Floridacougfan Davenport, FL
    April 22, 2018 11:51 a.m.

    No need to bring Utah into this conversation since they don't even field a team. This is top notch competition between superb programs. BYU is a powerhouse in this sport and it is fun to watch. The Cougs have a legitimate shot at a National title. I am very excited about the possibilities in the NCAA tournament. Go Cougs!

  • steve24/7 Sandy, UT
    April 22, 2018 10:55 a.m.

    Way to go Cougs! I read the SB Nation story about this win and the writer made it sound like the only reason BYU won was because of home court advantage. Like they don't have talented guys? The SB story makes it sound like BYU got lucky and accidentally backed into their win.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 22, 2018 9:32 a.m.

    @Striker

    "Little bro is going to have a fit and tell us how #2 UCLA wasn't really legit and blah blah blah."

    I'm pretty sure most USU fans don't know that BYU-P even has a volleyball team, to say nothing about even caring how they did.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    April 22, 2018 8:43 a.m.

    I think this team certainly have what it takes to win it all this year. They just need to avoid getting slow starts and playing catch up. Here's hoping this year they will finally get over the hump and win it all.

    Go Cougars!!!

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    April 22, 2018 8:06 a.m.

    Fun in SFH last night. UCLA took the first with some very weird things: a server hit the net for dribble overs three times and the cougs could not get back into system as the guy served for six or seven points ... seemed like forever. After that, the guy didn't serve a point that I recall, hitting the net until the coach took him out. After losing that set, the Cougs put on their game faces and the big guns started firing and they were in control after that.

    UCLA was tough and quick, but BYU had the cannons. Place was packed and really noisy. UCLA never quit and it was tough all the way. Great match.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    April 22, 2018 8:05 a.m.

    Congratulations to the BYU Cougars for capturing the league title on a stellar win over UCLA, a very good team!

    The article announcing this win was hidden on page B8 in the printed DN. This was such a great achievement. It deserved better coverage. I'm glad to see it in a prominent place online.

    Thank you to the Sanders' brothers, Taylor and Brendon, for 8 powerful years and additions to this volleyball team. What will we do without you? We have loved watching the closeness and trust this team shows on court.

    Good luck in the NCAA tournament! Go Cougars!

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 22, 2018 6:29 a.m.

    BYU off to another Final Four!
    Little bro is going to have a fit and tell us how #2 UCLA wasn't really legit and blah blah blah. Awesome, dominating win. This team is really solid. Go take down #1 Long Beach!

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    April 22, 2018 6:25 a.m.

    It isn't mentioned elsewhere but this was the Cougars third consecutive MPSF tournament championship. Considering the amazing teams in the conference that is quite an accomplishment.

    Can the cougars make it to the national championship game? I think so. Can they defeat an undefeated Long Beach State team. Crossing my fingers!

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    April 21, 2018 11:19 p.m.

    After a rough first set, BYU got their act together and won the next three sets over a very good UCLA team.

    Congratulations to the Cougars on another MPSF tournament championship. Good luck in the NCAA tournament.

    After back-to-back National Runner-up finishes, it's time to seal the deal and hang another National Championship banner in the SFH.

    Go Cougs!