PROVO — Wild and memorable things usually happen when the BYU men’s volleyball team takes on UCLA, with Thursday night’s match at the Smith Fieldhouse very much following the form of one of the best volleyball rivalries in the country. In the end it was the Cougars, battling through injury and a 2-0 set deficit, winning out in a five-set thriller (30-32, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16, 17-15).

Closing things out was standout BYU freshman Davide Gardini, scoring consecutive kills off the block for the win over the No. 4-ranked Bruins. For the match Gardini scored a match-high 20 kills on a .255 while proving central in the Cougars’ turnaround and down the stretch.

“It was amazing, and it was just such a great match to be a part of,” Gardini said. “I saw it coming my way and I just wanted to close it out so bad. I’m just happy to do it for my team and all our fans.”

“I hope these guys understand how fortunate they are to be in these matches. …It’s exciting and I wouldn’t expect this to go any other way.”

BYU coach Shawn Olmstead

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