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Day 2: Prague and match vs. Brno

May 12, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 3:03 pm | Updated: May 12, 2014 3:11 pm | Permalink

On their second day in Europe, the Cougars did some sight seeing and played their first match against a foreign opponent.

The team took a walking tour of Prague, which including visiting a church, climbing a tower and seeing the changing of the guard at the president's house.

Monday evening the team competed against the Brno club team, winning 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 23-21) after a tough fifth set. Volejbal Brno led 14-12 in the fifth set, but the Cougars bounced back for the 23-21 fifth-set victory.

Freshman Tim Dobbert led BYU with 19 kills, followed by Josue Rivera's 15 kills, Jake Langlois's 12 and Matt Underwood's 11.

"We started a little slow, but we had 10 days without practice coupled with almost 30 hours of travel, so it took us a set to start playing well," BYU head coach Chris McGown said. "We got the chance to play almost our entire bench, and had some great moments to keep the match alive in the fifth set. I loved that right off the bat we had a challenging match, and that our players experienced a tough road environment. Our hosts were amazingly gracious, and it was really an honor to compete with them."

BYU will play one more match in Prague Tuesday before heading to Maribor, Slovenia, by way of Vienna, Austria.

The craziest thing that's happened to the team so far (from junior outside hitter Phil Fuchs): "They overbooked our flight from Amsterdam to Prague, and Devin Young and his wife, Marie, had to stay there an extra night. Now that they are here, Devin's bag was lost, and he still doesn't have it!"

Day 1: Travel to Prague

May 11, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:53 pm | Permalink

The team reached Prague Sunday after a long couple days of travel. One of their layovers was in Amsterdam, where they were able to see a little of the city before their last flight to Prague.

From outside hitter Phil Fuchs:

"We are in Amsterdam waiting for our flight to Prague. We went out to the city to check out some of it, with some people going to the downtown, and others taking a bus to see the Anne Frank house. The weather is super rainy and windy, which made it very interesting to walk around. A lot of us were very cold. Some of us ended up taking naps in the Marriott lobby."

Check back for more updates from Europe!

Three Cougars named to U.S. Men's National Team

May 07, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:26 pm | Permalink

Three former Cougars have been selected to the 22-player U.S. Men’s National Team preliminary roster for the 2014 FIVB World League.

Outside hitter Taylor Sander, who was named AVCA National Player of the Year April 30 for his senior season performance, is one of three college players named to the team. He is joined by middle blockers Futi Tavana, who played at BYU from 2009-12, and Russell Holmes, who played for the Cougars from 2004-2008. Holmes competed with the Olympic team in 2012.

Another former Cougar, Mike Wall, is an assistant coach for the team.

The national team will compete against Russia in Long Beach, California, June 6-7. The next week (June 13-14), the team will face Serbia in Chicago before facing Bulgaria in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, June 20-21.

The coaches will select 14 players of the 22 named to the team to compete each weekend.

For more information, visit the USA Volleyball website.

Chicago: Day 2

Apr 30, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 8:53 pm | Updated: April 30, 2014 8:58 pm | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball headed to the Joseph J. Gentile Arena in the morning for early practice and a prematch press conference. Coach Chris McGown and players Taylor Sander and Devin Young addressed the media before watching film on their opponent, Stanford. Read the press conference transcript.

The Cougars then had the afternoon off before heading to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Awards Banquet where senior Sander was presented with the top honor, Player of the Year, in his role as a first-team All-American. 

No. 2 seed BYU faces No. 3 seed Stanford in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament tomorrow at 7 p.m. EDT.

Chicago: Day 1

Apr 29, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:34 pm | Updated: April 29, 2014 9:37 pm | Permalink

After a day filled with travel to Chicago, the BYU men's volleyball team arrived at its hotel near the campus of Loyola University Chicago. Players streamed the NCAA tournament play-in matches from their phones during the travel period. The Cougars will begin tomorrow with practice and a press conference at the Joseph J. Gentile Arena in preparation for their NCAA tournament semifinal match on Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT.

Hatch named finalist for Off the Block/Springbak Blocker of the Year

Apr 16, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:19 am | Updated: April 16, 2014 11:39 am | Permalink

BYU middle blocker Michael Hatch was named one of three finalists for Off the Block/Springbak National Blocker of the Year on BYU Sports Nation Wednesday. The winner of the award will be announced Tuesday.

Hatch leads the No. 4 Cougars with 1.34 blocks per set, good for No. 4 nationally. 

The voting committee for this award was comprised of more than 20 college men’s volleyball head coaches and volleyball reporters from around the nation.

For the complete release, visit offtheblockblog.com.

U.S. Men's Junior National Team opens play

Aug 22, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:43 pm | Permalink

The U.S. Men's Junior National Team (MJNT) opened play at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship with a 3-1 (25-11, 25-18, 27-29, 25-14) win over Rwanda in Pool C, on Thursday in Izmir, Turkey.

BYU opposite Ben Patch scored 15 points on 12 kills, one block and two aces.

The United States (1-0) will play Serbia on Friday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. EDT.

The MJNT converted 63.41 percent of its attacks for points while limiting Rwanda to only 39.08 percent. Though Rwanda had 29 errors to the United States' 30, the U.S. had the advantage in kills (52-34), blocks (10-4) and aces (10-5).

"I want to congratulate Rwanda for their good game,” MJNT Head Coach Pete Hanson said in an FIVB press conference. “We were very emotional and had ups and downs during the game. I believe that we played good volleyball, but we have a lack of training. That’s why we made some mistakes. We will improve as the tournament progresses."

For more information about the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship, click here.

 

2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Name (Position, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
2 - Taylor Gregory (MB, Saugus, Calif., Long Beach State University, SCVA)
4 - Tony Ensbury (L, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Princeton University, SCVA)
5 - Driss Guessous (MB, Pasadena, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
6 - Michael Henchy (OH, Ventura, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
8 - Nicholas Olson (MB, New Berlin, Wis., Loyola University, Chicago, Badger)
9 - Ben Patch (Opp, Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University, Intermountain)
12 - Aaron Russell (OH, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State University, Chesapeake)
14 - James Shaw (S, Woodside, Calif., Stanford University, NCVA)
15 - Kyle Russell (OH, Loomis, Calif., UC Irvine, NCVA)
16 - Tom Jaeschke (OH, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola University, Chicago, Great Lakes)
17 - Matt West (S, Seattle, Wash., Pepperdine University, Puget Sound)
18 - D.J. White (OH, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Harvard University, SCVA)

Pool C (at Izmir, Turkey – Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 22: United States def. Rwanda, 3-1
Aug. 22: Canada def. Tunisia, 3-1
Aug. 23: Rwanda vs. Tunisia
Aug. 23: Serbia vs. United States
Aug. 24: Tunisia vs. Serbia
Aug. 24: Canada vs. Rwanda
Aug. 25: Serbia vs. Canada
Aug. 25: United States vs. Tunisia
Aug. 26: Canada vs. United States
Aug. 26: Rwanda vs. Serbia

Round Robin 17th-20th (Aug. 29-31)
The fifth-ranked teams after the first round will play a round robin to determine the classification 17th-20th.
 
Semifinals and Playoffs (Aug. 30-31)
The semifinals and playoffs rounds consist of a total of eight matches: two semifinal matches for the rankings 1-4, two matches for the classification 5-8, two matches for the classification 9-12 and two matches for the classification 13-16.
 
Finals and Playoffs (Sept. 1)
The finals and playoffs consist of a total of eight matches: the winners of the semifinals will play the final, 1st-2nd position. The losers of the semifinals will play for the 3rd and 4th rank position. The winners of the playoff 5-8 will play for the 5th-6th position and the losers of the playoff 5-8 will play for the 7th-8th position. The winners of the playoff 9-12 will play for the 9th-10th position and the losers of the playoff 9-12 will play for the 11th-12th position. The winners of the playoff 13-16 will play for the 13th-14th position and the losers of the playoff 13-16 will play for the 15th-16th position.

Sander leads Team USA to win over Dominican Republic

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:33 am | Permalink

Senior BYU sensation Taylor Sander led the United States as it held off the Dominican Republic to win its first pool play match of the men's Pan American Cup, 26-24, 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 15-7 on Monday in Mexico City.

Sander, an outside hitter from Huntington Beach, Calif., led the United States' effort with 19 points on 15 kills, three blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Jacek Ratajczak (Warsaw, Poland) added 14 points on eight kills, three blocks and a match-high three aces.

After the United States won the first two sets, the Dominican Republic came back to win the next two thanks to Elvis Contreras, who led all scorers with 22 points.
 
“It was a good match for both teams,” U.S. head coach, and former BYU coach, Shawn Patchell said. “We felt nervous in the beginning, had some trouble in the third and fourth sets. We could not stop [Jose Miguel] Caceres, but pulled out and improved our service. I am happy for this win.”

Former Cougar Russ Lavaja scored one point on one kill as a substitue at middle blocker.

The United States is 1-0 in Pool B and will play Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday and host Mexico on Wednesday.

For the full release, visit teamusa.org.

Mike Wall named U.S. Men's Assistant Coach

Jul 31, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 5:22 pm | Permalink

USA Volleyball annonced the hire of former Cougar Mike Wall as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team.

Wall played college volleyball at BYU where he was an opposite from 1997-2002 and led the Cougars to two NCAA National Championship squads. In 2001 and 2002, Wall was named an AVCA First Team All-American. After beating UCLA in three sets to take the 2002 NCAA championship, Wall was named the Final Four MVP and BYU's Most Competitive Athlete.

“Mike has high-level experience both in volleyball and in business,” U.S. head coach John Speraw (Los Angeles) said. “His talents will be invaluable to us both on the court and in the office as we work to build the U.S. Men’s National Team program.”

Wall has already worked with the team during its 2013 FIVB World League matches.

“I’m honored and excited to be joining John, Matt Fuerbringer and the USA men’s volleyball program for the next three years,” Wall said. “Our staff is committed to working hard for this group of athletes. I’m looking forward to the challenge."

For the full release and more information on Wall, visit teamusa.org.

Former Cougar wins World Series of Beach Volleyball

Jul 29, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:15 pm | Permalink

Former BYU volleyball player Casey Patterson and teammate Jake Gibb turned heads in the World Series of Beach Volleyball championship match in Long Beach, Calif., Sunday, coming away with a 22-20, 21-11 victory over Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins of Latvia.

The duos previously faced each other in the FIVB final in May in Argentina where the Latvians swept Patterson and Gibb, but the former Cougar and his partner most recently topped their opponent in straight sets earlier this month in Switzerland.

For the full article read here.

Patterson played at BYU from 2002-2005 and helped the Cougars to their most recent National Championship in 2004.