No. 1/2 Long Beach State and No. 3/3 BYU lived up and even surpassed all the hype surround the match.
BYU extended the nation’s longest winning streak and moved into first place in the MPSF as it beat Long Beach State 20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 17-15 on Friday at Smith Fieldhouse to open their two-match home series.
All-American outside attacker Jake Langlois had a team-high 20 kills on a .341 attack percentage, including the match-winning kill in the fifth-game overtime. In addition, opposite Tim Dobbert added 12 kills, five blocks and a career-high 16 digs.
Dobbert started in place of All-American opposite Ben Patch, who did not start for the 12th consecutive matches because of an injury. The Cougars (21-2, 14-1 MPSF) at match-point in the decisive fifth game though, inserted Patch into the match for a few plays, and he even had an attack attempt during a rally that the 49ers won to force overtime.
All-American outside attacker TJ DeFalco in the loss finished with a match-high 25 kills on a .340 attack percentage and led the 49ers (21-3, 14-2 MPSF) with 14 digs.
With this victory, BYU now has a half-match lead against second-place Long Beach State entering the series finale on Saturday.
Check out people’s reaction on Twitter to this classic MPSF match between BYU and Long Beach State.
— BYUtv Sports (@byutvsports) March 25, 2017
Probably the best regular season match I’ve ever seen https://t.co/cRWGHnH4jR
— Mike Guardabascio (@Guardabascio) March 25, 2017
— Jeremy Hall (@jeremyhall) March 25, 2017
— Liz Darger (@lizdarger) March 25, 2017
— Jarom Jordan (@jaromjordan) March 25, 2017
— MPSF Bias (@MPSF_Bias) March 25, 2017
— Tiff (@tiffersHI) March 25, 2017
Langlois closes out the match with a kill. WOW, that was as good as volleyball gets #BYUMVB
— Brandon Gurney (@BrandonCGurney) March 25, 2017
— Rob Espero (@robonthemic) March 25, 2017
— Brandon Johnson (@VB_GrowtheGame) March 25, 2017
— Puni Sanchez (@snowsurfah) March 25, 2017
— Dillon Olsen (@OlsenDillon) March 25, 2017
— Jim Vilk (@JimVilk) March 25, 2017
— Jared (@Yoder1Jared) March 25, 2017
— Nathan Farmer (@Mormon_madness1) March 25, 2017
— Rae Chang (@RaeAChang) March 25, 2017
Goal is to one day watch @BYUvolleyball play a match at home. Incredible stuff
— DJR (@_DanReilly) March 25, 2017
— paul smith (@PaulSmith_2019) March 25, 2017
— Sam Dodini (@microsamonomics) March 25, 2017
@offtheblock11 it really felt like 49ers lost that match
— The Line Shot (@thelineshot) March 25, 2017
— David Barton MD (@davidjbartonmd) March 25, 2017
This was a very good match. Long Beach and BYU both came to play.
— Treevis Volleyball (@treevisVBall) March 25, 2017