The breaks seemed to continually fall the way of the home team as BYU got the 3-1 (20-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-23) win despite being consistently out-performed on the stat sheet.
The Lancers out-hit the Cougars .269-.191 and out-blocked BYU 16-9.5, recording 10 more kills in the match. Those 10 kills were given right back, however, as CBU had 19 service errors to just 9 for the Cougars.
Blocks and hot hitting gave the Lancers an early lead in the opening set as CBU stuffed four BYU attacks through the first 10 points, but unforced errors on the serve and attack kept the Cougars within striking distance.
Back to back BYU errors would put the Lancers up 17-14, though, and draw a Cougar timeout. Out of the break Levi Cabral blasted an ace and then the Lancer block came up with another big stuff to give CBU a 19-14 lead.
The Lancers would ride that advantage to a its first set win of the trip. CBU hit .318 and had three aces in the opening game.
The Lancers trailed most of the second, but hung close until losing a point on a controversial net call and then a BYU block to fall behind 20-16.
CBU did not go away, though. The Lancers got back to back points on a solo block from Cabral and then a rip from Guilherme Koepp to pull within one. After the teams traded points, Cabral evened the set at 21-21, terminating a long rally with a kill off the Cougar block.
Cabral would continue to carry the Lancers, giving CBU set point with an ace that just nicked the top of the tape. BYU fought off game point twice, however, and then a Lancer error followed by an ace from Taylor Sander gave the home team the set.
CBU out-hit BYU .452-.346 and had seven more kills than the Cougars in the second game, but were out-blocked and out-aced 3-1.
The fiercely competitive nature of the match would only continue out of the break as the two teams traded points through the first half of the third game.
Two controversial points went the Cougars way, however, giving BYU a 22-18 lead.
Right out of the break the Lancers came back with another huge block to get within one at 22-21.
The comeback was not to be, though. After surviving set point a Lancer error would give BYU the third game win. CBU again out-hit and out-killed the Cougars in the game.
CBU came out firing in the fourth, going up 3-0 early and leading for the first half of the set. Two Lancer errors and a Sander kill gave BYU a 14-16 lead, though. The Cougars would hold on for the match clinching win.
Cabral led CBU with 21 kills, hitting .308 in the match. DeLyon came away with 10 blocks and eight kills, hitting .667.
Sander put up 17 for the Cougars.
CBU falls to 8-11, 5-9 with the loss.