BYU Athletics Blog | 2009

Utah State and the BYU Nike Classic

Sep 09, 2009 - Posted by Marisa Boaz at 12:08 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

What a busy week it has been! We are well into our pre-season and have been learning and improving a lot. This week we had four matches. We played Utah State in Logan on Tuesday and then had the Nike Classic this Friday and Saturday for our home opener at the Fieldhouse. (It was great to be back in the Fieldhouse with all our wonderful fans! Also can I say how much the freshman loved it! ) On Friday we played Cal Poly, and on Saturday we played Weber State and Kansas State. ---By the way, it was too funny to see a group of well-known BYU athletic personnel (I won't name names) huddled around a TV screen on the score tables at our game. And then suddenly, everyone stood up with their hands in the air and hollered with excitement—all in the middle of a play. We soon found out our great football team had just beat Oklahoma 14-13!!!!!!!

This week we unfortunately had two loses (Utah State and Kansas State), along with our two wins (Cal Poly and Weber State). The good news is that we have improved a lot as a team and have made some changes that seem to be working well. The best part is that we all feel motivated to help this team succeed. We are looking forward to this next weekend when we play in Nebraska.

Life outside of volleyball has been full of school, Church, family and friends. Before the tournament on Friday we had a special pre-game meal where everyone's family (mainly parents and spouses) were invited to eat a great meal, catered by Legends and get to know one another better. Chelsea Goodsell's mom made everyone a special bag of Chex Mix covered in white chocolate....yum! Everyone loved it. Thanks Goodsell family!

Since we travel during the season, everyone has to be extra diligent in their school work, talking to teachers and seeing that assignments are turned in before we miss class. Some of us, including freshman, need to get in a certain number of study hall hours in each week, too. We can squeeze in some study time when we travel, but it can be a little distracting because we are always having too much fun together.

Well I better get to the library to study before we leave tomorrow at 8am for Nebraska! Go Cougars!

Oklahoma Pre-Game Fireside

Sep 05, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:39 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Friday's Fireside

Last night’s fireside at the Carrollton Stake Center featured talks by defensive back Landon Jaussi and wide receiver Spencer Hafoka. Both concentrated on the subject of “Becoming Disciples of Christ”.

Jaussi started by defining disciples as people who earnestly seek to make and keep covenants with our Heavenly Father. He stated service, prayer and scripture study as examples of discipleship. The junior also referred to his mission to Taiwan as life changing.

“My mission was the most amazing experience of my life,” said Jaussi. “For those of you who are contemplating whether or not to go, read the Book of Mormon daily and the Spirit will speak to you and help you feel the desire to serve.”

Following his talk, Jaussi teamed up with Coleby Clawson, Nick Alletto, Travis Uale and Grant Nelson for a musical number. The group sang the hymn “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy”.

Hafoka was the next to speak, focusing primarily on faith and how it can help you live a higher standard.

“Times are difficult right now and everyone is fearful of different things,” he said. “The Gospel of Jesus Christ will help us through our trials and help us return to live with our Father in Heaven.”

He went on to say that the first step on the path to discipleship involves prayer, humility and faith.

“When we believe in and act on principals of Jesus Christ, our faith will increase,” he said.

The team continued its tradition of singing, “We’ll Bring the World His Truth” before Holly and head coach Bronco Mendenhall took their turns speaking to the congregation.

Two Days to Go

Sep 03, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 6:27 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The Cougars held their last full practice this afternoon before their season opener in two days.

Thursday's Hero

Today the team honored Alva Hunter, an 86-year-old man from American Fork who suffers from primary lateral sclerosis, a disease which causes gradual deterioration of the body's nerves and muscles.

Defensive lineman Russell Tialavea presented Alva with a bag of BYU gifts, saying, "We respect you and know that what you go through every day is much harder than what we go through."

Team captain Jan Jorgensen then asked Alva to sign the team flag which has been carried out before every game each of the past five seasons.

"This flag symbolizes our commitment to our university, faith and everything BYU stands for," said the senior defensive lineman.

Season Opener

Sep 03, 2009 - Posted by Heather Hannemann at 10:43 am | Permalink

Hey Cougar Fans! After two weeks of practice we made our way to Missouri for the Tiger Invitational. We arrived in Missouri and were anxious to play. After all our hard work we were ready to get into our Cougar uniforms and do our thing. Our first game was on Friday against Ole’ Miss, we played well and beat them in three. After a good night sleep we woke up ready to play our second match of the season against Texas State. We came out ready to play and beat them in three giving us time to prepare for our toughest match of the tournament against Mizzou.

It was a cat fight - Cougars vs. Tigers. Mizzou had their home crowd and they were ready to go. It was a tough match, both sides came out fighting but unfortunately we fell short. It was a great learning experience and we came back to practice ready to learn more and make improvements on our game. We are looking good and hungry for a win!! So come out this Friday and Saturday for the Nike Invitational and support your girls! See ya there!

Countdown...Four Days

Sep 01, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 8:59 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

We're only four days away from our season opener in Arlington! Excitement was in the air this afternoon as the team held its second practice of the week.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall did a live interview for ESPNU's College Football Special after practice, so hopefully you had a chance to hear that. Linebacker Matt Bauman and wide receiver O'Neill Chambers also had interviews, with The Mtn. via our Campus Cam.

Down to Five

Aug 31, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 5:00 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Five days until Oklahoma!

Monday Morning Press Conference

Today was our first Monday morning press conference of the 2009 season! Coach Bronco Mendenhall addressed and answered questions for about 20 minutes before the media had an opportunity to do one-on-one interviews with Andrew George, Andrew Rich, Brett Denney, Jan Jorgensen and McKay Jacobson. A partial transcript and video of the press conference is available here on the website.

Tickets Required for Oklahoma Pre-Game Fireside

We just got word today that due to the large crowd expected for the fireside Friday night, only those with tickets will be admitted to the Carrollton Stake Center. All others wishing to attend may go to either the Coppell Chapel or Richardson Stake Center. For more details, click HERE

Terrell Lyday Update

Aug 31, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:00 pm | Updated: November 29, 2011 5:08 pm | Permalink

After earned first-team All-MWC honors at BYU and leading the Cougars to an MWC title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001, Terrell Lyday took has game overseas and is enjoying a nice career.

Here are a few links to help you catch up with Lyday and see all of his accomplishments:

Terrell Lyday-Eurocup Profile

Terrell Lyday-Euroleague Profile

Euroleague player of the week in 2007

Six Days!

Aug 30, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:03 pm | Permalink

Less than one week remains until our season opener in Arlington! In six days the Cougars will face off against No. 3 Oklahoma in the new Cowboys Stadium.

Monday Morning Press Conference

Tomorrow marks the first Monday morning press conference of the 2009 season! BYU-TV will televise the conference live at 10 a.m. Fans can tune in to hear BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall's thoughts on fall camp and preparation for our upcoming game against the Sooners.

Another Chat, Another Hero

Aug 28, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:26 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

We had another successful online player chat this afternoon, this time with sophomore wide receiver McKay Jacobson. Thanks to all who participated!

Thursday's/Friday's Hero

The team honored another hero this morning at the conclusion of practice, 29-year-old Tommy Babcock from Ogden, Utah. Tommy suffers from Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which involves ongoing (chronic) inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

Tommy is a huge Cougar fan and was presented several BYU gifts by defensive back Brandon Bradley.

Nine Days

Aug 27, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:16 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The countdown to the Oklahoma game is officially in the single-digits! Only nine days until our season opener in Arlington.

Just a reminder about our online player chat with McKay Jacobson tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Today we had a chat with defensive lineman Romney Fuga. It went great. Thanks to all who submitted questions!