4,238 screaming Cougar fans just watched:
#4 BYU d. #8 Stanford 3-0
15-6, 15-11, 15-3
G1 started out fairly evenly. BYU head coach Carl McGown had said
earlier this week that BYU would try to exploit the middle because of
Stanford's outside tandem of Gabe Gardner and Andy Witt. However, BYU
did most of its damage in G1 from the ourside. Ossie Antonetti led the
way for BYU with 9 kills and BYU pulled ahead to win 15-6.
G2 was a little more hotly contested. Witt really got into his game,
but BYU still managed to pull ahead 9-5. At that point, Brad Griffith
came in to set for the Cardinal, replacing Joshua Lukens. That seemed
to spark the Cardinal slightly, but it only delayed the inevitable.
Toward the end of G3, Patrick Klein replaced Gardner. Stanford managed
to stave off a few game points and close the gap a little before
G3 was rather lopsided. BYU rambled to an 11-1 lead, at which point
Curtis Graham came in for Andy Witt. BYU had match point at 14-1, but
Stanford held on and got a couple of points before mishandling an
Antonetti serve on th 4th match point, I believe.
BYU's Antonetti was phenomenal and led all hitters with 19 kills. Ryan
Millar played very well and finished with 11 kills and 6 blocks, and
Rich Lambourne added 11 kills. Stanford was led by Witt's 15 kills.
Klein was the Cardinal's only other hitter in double-digit kills, with
10 (despite playing only a little more than one game).
Stanford seemed to be slightly disorganized. BYU executed very well and
never got fazed when Stanford tried to make a run.
Next up for BYU: Winnipeg comes into town for a couple of exhibition
matches next weekend.