"Yeah, one of the better ones," Dobbert said humbly, deflecting the praise. "I think we blocked really well, and it all started with our serving and passing. That was probably the best thing we did tonight."
Fellow junior and opposite hitter Ben Patch, who has said he will turn pro after this season, did not play. Coach Shawn Olmstead said the two-time All-American "was available" although Patch has battled a groin injury most of the season.
"We just felt comfortable in the situations with Tim out there, and Tim did a phenomenal, outstanding job," Olmstead said.
Against Stanford (13-13), the Cougars (24-3) had plenty of firepower and didn't need to be at full strength. That will change next week at LBSU.
"We knew we were the better team, and had to wait until our run game," Dobbert said, alluding to the only time all night the Cardinal led, midway through the second set. "But yeah, a 3-0 [win], that was amazing."
BYU won the game, and Stanford lost it, from the service line. The Cougars had seven aces and Stanford one. The Cardinal committed 17 service errors to BYU's 13.
"We were really aggressive from the service line," Olmstead said. "Once we got them in certain positions passing, we thought we had a good idea what they were going to do, so we made good touches from there."
Stanford committed seven service errors in the first set, and the Cougars rolled.
"I mean, all credit to our servers," Olmstead said. "They got after it. That ratio there, seven aces to 13 errors, that is big-time. So, you are happy when you are up there, that's for sure."
The Cardinal put up a better fight in the second set, and led 11-8 after a couple kills by Clay Jones. BYU senior Jake Langlois engineered the turnaround with his serving after the Cougars fell behind.