PROVO, Utah – No. 13 seed BYU women's volleyball advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the fourth-consecutive year after sweeping Western Kentucky (25-23, 25-17, 25-20) Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.
“Congrats to Western Kentucky on a great season," BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. "I thought it was a great match. I'm super proud of our team and how we played. It was a great couple of days of back-to-back matches. We're excited for the opportunity to move on and keep playing volleyball."
BYU (28-3, 16-2 West Coast Conference) out-hit Western Kentucky (32-4, 15-1 Conference USA) with a .433 clip compared to .245. The Lady Toppers had five aces in the game, but the Cougars bested them in the blocks category 9.5 to 4.
Alexa Gray led all players with 22 kills. She had a .541 clip while also adding five digs and two blocks. Amy Boswell led in the blocks category with six while adding 10 kills in the win. Freshman Lacy Haddock added nine kills and seven digs, which was a team-high. Splitting setting duties, Camry Godfrey Willardson had 23 assists and Alohi Robins-Hardy had 13.
BYU will face No. 4 seed Nebraska in the regional semifinals in Lexington, Kentucky, on Friday, Dec. 11. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.