BYU Athletics Blog | November 2009

Utah Pregame Fireside

Nov 28, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 1:15 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Last night's fireside was more of a musical fireside, with numbers by both players and coaches on the team.

The first number was "I Heard Him Come," performed by McCall Clark, a friend of the team. Academic All-American and team captain Matt Bauman, along with defensive lineman Brett Denney were next. They played "Nearer My God to Thee" on their violins, with linebacker Grant Nelson accompanying them on the piano.

Manase Tonga, Spencer Hafoka, Travis Uale, Anthony Heimuli and Tevita Hola stood up next to sing a Tongan hymn. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae, his brother Alan and Mark Atuaia added two Hawaiian songs.

The final musical number featured the entire team as it stood to sing, "We'll Bring the World His Truth."

Air Force Pregame Fireside

Nov 21, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 6:46 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Well another win is in the books! Congrats to the team on a great win against the Air Force Academy.

Here's a recap of the fireside last night:

The first speaker of the night was true freshman Jared Richardson. Using an example of when he was younger, he reiterated the importance of having a positive outlook rather than a negative one.

"This Gospel teaches all the wonderful things we can do, not the things we can't do," he said.

Quoting Matt. 14 he referred to the story of Peter walking on the water.

"What was it that motivated Peter to walk on water," asked Jared. "It was his focus on the Lord. He only started to sink when he shifted his focus on fear and worries."

Next Jared spoke about the importance of service to others.

Alma 36:24-25

24 Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

25 Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors

He told of a story from when his younger sister, McKay, was about four years old. While on a family road trip his father stopped to help a young mother on the side of the road with car troubles. As she saw all her brothers helping, McKay asked what she could do. Everyone ignored her until the distressed mother was almost back on her way. McKay came up and gave the woman a flower and handwritten note. The mother started crying and expressing her deep appreciation for the act of kindness.

"That day McKay affected that lady's life a lot more than we could have," shared Jared.

Following Jared's talk, Cort Trejo, football operations intern, and his brother performed a duet to the musical number, "Be Still My Soul". Cort played the harmonica while his brother played the piano.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Ogletree was the next to speak. He opened by reading Helaman 3:35.

35 Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.

"When I think of someone who yields themselves to Christ, I think of a disciple," said Brandon.

Having served his mission in Chile, Brandon shared a conversation he had with an LDS woman in one of his areas. After seeing her constantly go out of her way to help others, even when she didn't have much of her own, he asked her why she did it.

"She told me, 'Well isn't that what we're supposed to do,'" he recalled. "I was always taken aback by her generosity. I hope I can become like her."

Brandon went on to share a quote by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: "You and I won't ever find ourselves on that cross, but we repeatedly find ourselves at the foot of it. And how we act there will speak volumes about what we think of Christ's character and his call for us to be his disciples."

Bittersweet Senior Night

Nov 18, 2009 - Posted by Brooke Taualii-Soon at 3:04 pm | Permalink

Last week was a fun, yet bittersweet week for BYU Volleyball. We were able to play our last two home matches of the 2009 season and honor our four seniors who we will miss tremendously.

We started off the week with three great practices. Then, on Wednesday, we were able to do a Dorm Storm to advertise our matches.

Thursday was game day! We had a short serve-pass and then ate a team meal in the film room. When it was time to play, we came out strong and the Cowgirls were not able to stop us all night. Everyone played great and it was a fun game to watch. Our seniors were all able to play and contribute to the win which was good.

Friday we got back in the gym with a laser-like focus and ready to upset the #1 team in our conference, Colorado State. We practiced for a few hours and then some of us went to the season-opener for Men's Basketball where we got to go on the court at halftime and throw t-shirts and volleyballs out to fans while our last home game was announced.

Saturday came quick! Some of the underclassmen decorated the seniors' lockers and each senior was given a picture in a picture frame and their favorite snacks. We got in the gym for a little bit early in the day and then had Jimmy John's sandwiches (a team favorite) delivered to the film room. We talked about our game plan while we ate together. Then we had a couple hours before we had to be back for treatment and pre-game routines.

The men's volleyball team had an Alumni game during that time so many of us went to go cheer on our coaches (who happen to be alumni), Shawn and Chris. It was fun to watch them play and watch to see if they are actually doing the things that they tell us to do every day in practice :).

Finally, the night came and as I said, it was bittersweet. Our seniors were recognized and presented with their families (parents and husbands) before the game. We fought for five long sets and although the numbers and stats were in our favor, Colorado State came out on top.

We love our seniors so much and we are so sad to see them go but we know that they are going to do great things wherever they decide to go. We are excited for them to start their lives beyond BYU volleyball and can't wait to hear about all of their exciting adventures. Kayla, LauLau, Spec, and MoMo - thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to this team. We love you and you will definitely be missed!

New Mexico Pregame Fireside

Nov 14, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:09 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Last night's fireside featured talks from senior linebacker Coleby Clawson and senior running back Manase Tonga.

Coleby centered his talk around one of his ancestors, Moses Clawson. After discovering Moses' handwritten autobiography in the Special Collections area of the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, Coleby has learned valuable lessons on discipleship. Moses was baptized into the Church in 1835 after getting an original copy of the Book of Mormon.

After joining the Church he wrote, "Persecution raged immediatley with unrefuted anger."

"Being a disciple has never been easy," said Coleby. "There are always things to throw us off the path."

He went on to relate how Moses crossed the plains and eventually settled parts of southern Utah. While experiencing many trials, he never lost his faith or dedication to the Gospel.

"We all have weakness and trials," said Coleby. "But if you ask yourself, 'Do you believe these things,' you'll be able to overcome some of those weaknesses."

He ended his talk expressing gratitude for his father's great example of discipleship.

"I'll always remember those acts of love and service," he said. "I've learned a lot through the examples of others."

The musical number that followed featured four wide receivers, McKay Jacobson, BJ Peterson, Brett Thompson and Spencer Hafoka. They sang the hymn "Ye Elders of Israel".

Following the musical number Manase opened his talk by expressing his appreciation for the team firesides. He was present in 2005 when Bronco Mendenhall held the team's first fireside in Albuquerque. BYU has held a fireside before every game since then.

After being removed from the football program for 16 months following the 2007 season due to academic reasons, Manase returned this past August. He told of an experience he had with Mendenhall upon his return.

"I went to see him in his office and the first question he asked me was, 'What got you in that situation in the first place,'" recalled Manase. "I couldn't pinpoint an exact moment, but I did know that it started with one bad decision."

He said that while he was gone from BYU he kept in close contact with his position coach, Lance Reynolds.

"He would always tell me something that LaVell Edwards always said, 'The most important things in life are options,'" recalled Manase. "Options come by way of making good decisions. If you chose to make bad decisions, like quicksand, you'll slowly begin to sink."

Manase closed by sharing a poem entitled "I'd Rather See a Sermon" by Edgar Guest.

I'd rather see a sermon

than hear one any day;

I'd rather one should walk with me

than merely tell the way.

The eye's a better pupil

and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing,

but example's always clear;

And the best of all preachers

are the men who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action

is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it

if you'll let me see it done;

I can watch your hands in action,

but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver

may be very wise and true,

But I'd rather get my lessons

by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you

and the high advice you give,

But there's no misunderstanding

how you act and how you live.

Recovering Cosmo's Head

Nov 11, 2009 - Posted by Kiana Rogers at 9:53 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Last week we traveled to Texas to play TCU and also to Albuquerque to play New Mexico. It has been a while since we have traveled and road trips are always so fun with the team. We first arrive in Fort Worth, Texas and the weather there was so nice and warm, a big change from Utah. We ate at great restaurants of course. A lot of the girls on the team were sick, so we ate at Panera Bread twice because soup heals everything. We practiced when we first got there and watched film afterwards to help us prepare for our match. Thursday came fast, and we were out to beat the Horned Frogs. However, we did come up short and didn't play our absolute best. The loss was hard, but it gives us more motivation to work and play harder.

We arrived in New Mexico on Friday and had a lot of down time before we had a great practice later that night. Of course we ate at Mimi's Cafe for lunch; pumpkin muffins are the best thing in this world! We felt really prepared going into the match on Saturday, and all were very excited to play New Mexico again. The match was intense and both us and New Mexico played really well. Despite the close loss to the Lobos, we all felt we played as hard as we could. The week came to an end, and we had a six a.m. flight, which meant leaving at four a.m. for the airport. It didn't help that "The Dark Knight" was on TV that night, so staying up until one a.m. to watch a three-hour movie wasn't probably the best thing to do. We made it back to Provo safely very early. Because of the tough weekend, we have a stronger fight in us to play harder and beat both Wyoming and Colorado St. on our home court. We are very excited, especially to celebrate senior night Saturday night.

Funniest memory of last week: Watching Stephanie Lau wear Cosmo's head and walk around the hotel with the head of a cougar as people just stared. We thought it would be even more funny to scare our teammates with Cosmo's head on Stephanie's little body by knocking on their hotel doors and growling. We recovered Cosmo's head (our mascot) from TCU. Apparently TCU accidentally took it from the football game and they gave it to us to bring back to Provo. Very funny!

The Ball Wizard

Nov 11, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:01 am | Permalink

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2009-10 Commercial

Nov 09, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:35 pm | Permalink

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