IRVINE — UC Irvine men's volleyball Coach John Speraw theorized that being elevated one spot this week to the No. 1 national ranking may have gone to his players' heads.
No. 2-ranked BYU, apparently miffed at losing its top spot, definitely took it to the host Anteaters' chin on Saturday with a 25-20, 25-21, 28-26 sweep that should give UCI what Speraw called some much-needed humility.
"I think it was good for us," Speraw said of the loss, in front of a charged-up crowd of 2,741 that was just starting to bring the noise in a dramatic third game. "Because I think we felt pretty good about ourselves and I don't think we should feel that good about ourselves."
UCI (4-1), which defeated BYU in four games on Dec. 6 at the UC Santa Barbara Invitational, was thoroughly outplayed by the Cougars in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener for both at Bren Events Center.