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BYU volleyball team rolls over Pacific Tigers

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PROVO — The sixth-ranked BYU men's volleyball team overpowered No. 15 Pacific 3-1 (30-24, 30-28, 25-30, 30-28) Friday night in the Smith Fieldhouse. With the win, the Cougars (2-1, 2-1 MPSF) improved to a perfect 6-0 over the Tigers (1-3, 0-2) at


"I thought the match was pretty well-played," BYU coach Carl McGown said. "They are a good veteran team. They have a couple of early season losses because they suspended some of their starting players. Pacific has a couple of excellent middles , and we were fortunate to win in four games tonight."

BYU, led by its seniors Joaquin Acosta and Mike Wall, set the offensive tone in the in the first two games by blowing through the Pacific defense.

Acosta was virtually unstoppable in the first game as he compiled eight kills with no errors, on ten swings. (.800) The Cougars traded points with the Tigers to 16-16; at which point BYU went on a decisive 7-2 run to seize the momentum, and the game.

"Joaquin was spectacular the whole night, especially in the first game," McGown said.

In the second game, BYU led by as many as six points (26-20), before staving off a late Pacific rally. Opposite-side hitter Wall took charge of the game as he had eight kills in nine attempts. With the Cougars holding the momentum and a 2-0 lead, McGown rested some of

his starters to give his reserve players some court action. Freshman setter Carlos Moreno arrived at BYU from Brazil last Saturday, and he made his collegiate debut at 3-3 of the third game.

"He's been in our gym for less than a week, and he's had to completely change the way he sets the ball," McGown said. "He's adapted tremendously."