No. 7 BYU & No. 9 San Diego Advance in NCAA Tournament
Cougars sweep American; Toreros power past LSU
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2017 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – For the third time in five seasons BYU and San Diego both won opening round NCAA Tournament matches and will compete for a chance to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 on Saturday. The No. 7 Cougars (29-2) swept American in Provo, while the No. 9 Toreros (25-4) took down LSU in four sets in Los Angeles at the Galen Center.
BYU will take on Oregon Saturday, while San Diego will take on host USC Saturday. The Cougars and Ducks is set for 6 p.m. PT at the Smith Fieldhouse, while the Toreros and Women of Troy have a 5:00 p.m. first serve from the Galen Center.
NO. 7 BYU 3, AMERICAN 0 – FIRST ROUND (Smith Fieldhouse)
PROVO, Utah — The No. 13 seeded BYU women’s volleyball team swept American University (25-11, 25-17, 25-16) in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.
Veronica Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 13 kills, three digs and two aces. McKenna Miller tallied 11 kills, while Cosy Burnett added 10. Lyndie Haddock recorded 37 assists and 10 digs for a double-double while Mary Lake contributed 20 digs in the win.
A Jones-Perry kill gave the Cougars the first point of the match, but the Eagles answered by taking an early 6-3 lead. A kill by Miller started a 6-0 run, forcing American to take a timeout. Two-consecutive errors by the Eagles gave the Cougars an 11-6 advantage. BYU then only gave up five more points as Cosy Burnett finished off the first set, 25-11, with a kill.
The second set started with a 5-0 BYU run, including kills by three different players. Back-to-back kills by Jones-Perry extended the Cougar lead to seven at 9-2. Two kills by Burnett and one by Miller gave BYU a 24-13 advantage. With the Cougars at set point, the Eagles scored four-straight points, their largest run of the set, before an attack error closed the set 25-17.
Jones-Perry opened the third set with three-consecutive kills, helping the Cougars earn an early 6-1 lead. Two kills by Miller and an attack error by American increased BYU’s lead to 10-3. The Eagles were unable to score more than two points in a row throughout most of the set. The Cougars later went on a 5-0 run, increasing their lead to 24-11. With BYU needing one point to close out the match, American went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead back down to eight points. A kill by Miller gave the Cougars the set and match 25-16, ending the Eagles’ 18-straight win streak.
The Cougars host 24th-ranked Oregon in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, December 2, at 7 p.m. MST. Live coverage will be available on BYUtv and ESPN3 and an audio broadcast can be heard on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143).
NO. 9 SAN DIEGO 3, LSU 1 – FIRST ROUND (Galen Center)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The No. 9 USD Volleyball team (25-5) defeated LSU 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday evening at USC's Galen Center, extending their winning streak to 15 matches.
After the teams split the first two sets, the Toreros found themselves down 19-14 in the pivotal third set, but reeled off a clutch 8-0 run to take the set on their way to a 3-1 victory (25-23, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21).
Three Toreros had double-digit kills, led by Jayden Kennedy 's 17. Lauren Fuller had 15 kills, one off her season-high, and Addie Picha had 13 on a .480 hitting percentage. Kristen Gengenbacher had her 12th double-double of the year with 52 assists and 11 digs. Lizzy Tardieu had 21 digs and Roxie Wiblin also had double-digit digs (10).
Tigers had a better hitting percentage than the Toreros, hitting for a .253 clip, committing just 18 errors, but USD made big plays in big moments down the stretch. USD hit .246 and had 72 digs to LSU's 65.
LSU took the first point of the match, but then the Toreros rattled off five straight points and held the lead for the remainder of the first set. The Tigers stayed close and pulled within two points at 20-18 and 24-22, but served in to the net on set point to give USD the first set 25-22.
The second set had 11 ties by the time it was 14-14, but then LSU began to pull away. They had a 7-1 run to give them a 21-15 lead, but the Toreros mounted a clutch run and tied the set at 24-24 before LSU eventually won the set 26-24. The Tigers hit .341 in the second frame, while USD hit .268.
The Toreros showed their grit and determination in the third set. Early on, it seemed nothing was going their way and USD fell behind 12-5 and 19-14. Then the Toreros started chipping away and went on an 8-0 run, scoring multiple clutch points, to take a 22-19 lead on their way to their second 25-23 win.
USD led for nearly the entire fourth set, although the Tigers kept it close throughout. It was their best set hitting-percentage wise, as they hit .295 as a team.
The Toreros will take on 10th-seeded USC Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. inside the Galen Center. The match will be streamed on Pac-12+.
DID YOU KNOW? At 6-0, the West Coast Conference is unbeaten in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournaments in men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.