BYU Rallies For Huge Win Over No. 3 UCLA
PROVO, Utah – The ninth-ranked BYU men’s volleyball picked up a big win over fourth-ranked UCLA in a grueling match that lasted five games.
After surrendering the first two games to the Bruins, BYU rallied to win the next three to come away with its best win of the season. The fifth set was especially thrilling as the Cougars faced a potential loss with the Bruins holding match point, up 14-13.
At that critical juncture, BYU’s Gabi Garcia Fernande came up with a kill to tie the game up at 14-all.
UCLA’s Ian Eschenberg delivered a kill to put the Bruins up again, but then committed a service error to knot it up once more, this time at 15-all.
From there, back-to-back kills by Davide Gardini completed the comeback win for BYU.
The Bruins won the first two games 32-30, 25-21. BYU won the last three 25-20, 25-16, 17-15.
With the win, the Cougars’ record improved to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in conference play. At home this season, the Cougars have been great with a record of 7-1 in the Smith Fieldhouse.
BYU will next host another Top 10 team in Pepperdine on Saturday at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on BYUtv.