Photo by: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
Johl Awerkamp had team highs of eight kills and two blocks Saturday night against BYU.
Tritons Overpowered by No. 8 BYU in Home Opener
Release: Saturday 01/18/2014 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Eighth-ranked Brigham Young University produced a comprehensive 3-0 victory over UC San Diego in front of an electric crowd of 826 on hand for the Tritons’ 2014 home opener inside RIMAC Arena on Saturday night. Scores were 25-12, 25-19, 25-17.

After dropping each of its first four matches this season on the road, UCSD is left searching for a first win at 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). BYU, the 2013 national runner-up and 2014 MPSF co-favorite, won its fourth straight after back-to-back road losses in non-conference action to begin the campaign, improving to 4-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 in league play. BYU has now won all 35 meetings all-time between the sides.

BYU hit an efficient .354 (40-11-82) on the night and served 15 aces, including nine by reigning MPSF Player of the Year and MPSF Player of the Week Taylor Sander. The haul marked a new school record and tied for the third-highest single-match effort in league history, just two off the standard of 11 by USC’s Tony Ciarelli in 2012. Sander added a match-high 13 kills.

For UCSD, senior opposite Johl Awerkamp came up with eight kills while senior setter Mike Brunsting had 17 assists and a team-high nine digs.

UCSD held its first and only lead at 3-2 in the third frame after successive kills by redshirt freshman middle Mathew Schnitzer and Awerkamp. Five straight points by the Cougars, the last three of which were on Phil Fuchs kills, necessitated a timeout at 7-3. Sander’s final two aces, the latter the school-record-breaking ninth, coming out of the break made it 9-3 and sent BYU on its way to completing the sweep.

Jake Langlois, Matt Underwood (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) and Michael Hatch combined on a pair of triple blocks, late in the first and second sets. The Cougars trotted out to a 10-2 lead in the first and scored the first four points in the second.

A 5-0 run cut into a 21-13 deficit for the Tritons later in the second. Awerkamp punctuated an entertaining rally with a kill and freshman Griffin Galvin served his first career ace, leading to the evening’s first Cougar timeout during the positive stretch, but the visitors scored four of the next five points to close out the set.

Freshman outside hitter Calvin Manchenko appeared in the third set and registered his first collegiate kill for UCSD.

The Tritons are off to Honolulu, Hawaii, this Thursday, Jan. 23, for a two-match set at the University of Hawai’i on Friday, Jan. 24, and Sunday, Jan. 26.


Friday, October 24
W Tennis at Cal State Northridge Tournament
All Day
W Soccer at Sonoma State
12:30 PM
Rohnert Park
M Soccer at Sonoma State
3:00 PM
Rohnert Park
W Volleyball at Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:00 PM
Saturday, October 25
Cross Country vs. Triton Classic
9:00 AM
UC San Diego
Swimming & Diving vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo at Loyola Marymount
1:00 PM
Los Angeles
W Volleyball at Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
Sunday, October 26
W Crew vs. Row for the Cure
6:00 AM
Mission Bay
M Crew vs. Row for the Cure
7:30 AM
Mission Bay
Fencing at San Diego Open
9:00 AM
San Diego (Cathedral Catholic HS)
W Soccer at Humboldt State
11:30 AM
M Soccer at Humboldt State
2:00 PM
Wednesday, October 29
M Tennis at So Cal Intercollegiate Championships
All Day
Los Angeles
Thursday, October 30
M Soccer vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
4:30 PM
UC San Diego
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