PROVO, Utah --- California Baptist University was looking to notch its second victory over a No. 1 opponent this year. It was not meant to be, as the No. 12 Lancers were swept by No. 1 BYU on Friday night.
It was a stark difference in attack percentage and sideout percentage that did the Lancers in, as they trailed the Cougars by over 20 percent in each of those categories. BYU earned its 14th win of the season by making quick work of CBU (25-13, 25-21, 25-20).
The Lancers dropped their 10th match of the season, and eighth in MPSF play. They had won their last two matches by sweep, but BYU repaid the favor tonight.
Guilherme Koepp and Levi Cabral both reached double-digit kills with 12 a piece, but it was not enough to overcome the No. 1 Cougars. BYU benefited from the home court advantage of having 2,759 fans in attendance, more fans than the Van Dyne Gym can hold.
Brett Anderson added 29 assists, upping his team-leading mark to 516. Taylor Sander of BYU led all players with 16 kills.
BYU never trailed in the first set, having three different point streaks of three or more and taking advantage of CBU's -.133 attack percentage.
The match got a little more even in the second set as CBU actually led in kills, 14-13, and hit .400. Cabral led all players with five kills in the second set, while Koepp and Aaron McCalmont each had three.
Six attack errors buried the Lancers in set number three as despite leading in kills, 14-13, they dropped another set to the Cougars.
Ryan Boyce led all players with 32 assists, and Amir Lugo- Rodriguez led both teams with five blocks.
The two teams meet in Smith Fieldhouse again tomorrow night where the Lancers will look to crack the tough BYU home court advantage.