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Cougars on to Beijing

May 15, 2016 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:45 am | Permalink

BYU concluded its Nanjing leg Saturday morning and has arrived in Beijing. While in Nanjing, the Cougars played three matches and took in some sightseeing. The team experienced the Nanjing Massacre Museum, walked on the Nanjing City Wall and got in some karaoke with some Nanjing locals. The Cougars had a great time in Nanjing and is looking forward to a great stop in Beijing. 

Women's volleyball prepares for Nebraska

Dec 10, 2015 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 12:24 pm | Updated: December 10, 2015 2:08 pm | Permalink

No. 13 seed BYU women's volleyball spent Thursday morning working on homework, studying for finals and studying film on No. 4 seed Nebraska. Before practice head coach Heather Olmstead, Amy Boswell, Alexa Gray and Ciara Parker fielded questions from the media in a press conference. Immediately after, the team took to Memorial Coliseum for the first time to practice on the unfamiliar court. The players then went to a team dinner spent the rest of the day resting and working on homework. 

Cougars travel to Kentucky to prepare for Sweet Sixteen match against Nebraska

Dec 09, 2015 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 7:45 pm | Permalink

No. 13 seed BYU women's volleyball traveled to Lexington, Kentucky, Wednesday to prepare for its Sweet Sixteen match against No. 4 seed Nebraska. The Cougars woke up before dawn to head to Salt Lake City International Airport. The team then spent a layover in Chicago working on homework and studying for finals. Following a flight to Louisville and a bus ride to Lexington, the BYU squad checked into its hotel after a 13 hour travel journey.

Women's volleyball prepares for Penn State in championship match

Dec 19, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 6:08 pm | Permalink

Yesterday, BYU women's volleyball practiced for its match against No. 2 Texas before winning a four-set thriller to advance to the championship match. The team signed autographs for fans after the match to end the day. Today, Jennifer Hamson and Alexa Gray started the day by attending the AVCA All-American brunch. The other Cougars worked on finishing finals before everyone headed out to the arena for another 90 minute practice. Ciara Parker, Hamson, Gray and coach Shawn Olmstead then headed to a press conference to address the media. The Cougars concluded the day with a team activity, heading to the movie theater to watch a film. 

BYU faces off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CST in Chesapeake Energy Arena against No. 5 Penn State in the national finals for women's volleyball. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and BYU radio.

Women's volleyball prepares for national semifinal match against No. 2 Texas

Dec 17, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 12:08 pm | Updated: December 17, 2014 7:38 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball traveled to Oklahoma City yesterday in preparation for its national semifinal match against No. 2 Texas. The Cougars began the day meeting with the ESPN talent and having a photo shoot. The team then practiced in the unfamiliar Chesapeake Energy Arena for 90 minutes before heading off to a press conference. Amy Boswell, Alexa Gray, Jennifer Hamson and coach Shawn Olmstead took turns addressing the media. The Cougars returned to the hotel following the press conference to study for and take finals. The team concluded the day by heading to the Championship Banquet, where Ciara Parker represented the squad on the stage. At the conclusion of the banquet, Boswell was awarded the Elite 89 award for women's volleyball.

BYU faces off against No. 2 Texas Thursday at 6 p.m. CST. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and BYU radio.

Women's volleyball prepares for battle with No. 6 Florida State

Dec 11, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:34 pm | Updated: December 11, 2014 9:36 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball began their first full day in Seattle by studying for finals and viewing film on their opponent. The Cougars then headed over to Alaska Airlines Arena for a press conference and practice. Coach Shawn Olmstead, junior outside hitter Alexa Gray and senior opposite Jennifer Hamson addressed the media and fielded questions. Following practice and a team activity, the Cougars returned to the hotel to continue school studies. BYU hits the floor Friday at 4 p.m. PST against Florida State with the winner advancing to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament against either No. 3 Washington or No. 14 Nebraska.

Cougars win first round of NCAA tournament, begin preparations for Arizona

Dec 04, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 7:47 pm | Updated: December 4, 2014 7:57 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball began the day with an early morning practice. Following lunch, the Cougars returned to McKale Memorial Center to face Seton Hall. After a sweep of the Pirates, BYU began preparations for the second round of the NCAA tournament by watching the No. 11-seed Arizona vs. Yale match. The Cougars spent the rest of the evening studying film and working on homework. BYU will face Arizona tomorrow with a 5:30 p.m. MST match start time. 

Cougars prepare for first round NCAA tournament match vs. Seton Hall

Dec 03, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 6:09 pm | Updated: December 3, 2014 7:53 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday before catching a bus to the University of Arizona's McKale Memorial Center. After a 90 minute practice in the unfamiliar court, the team turned in at the hotel to study film on the opponent and work on homework. The Cougars will have an early morning practice tomorrow in preparation for the 4 p.m. MST Thursday match against Seton Hall. 

New LED video displays added in Smith Fieldhouse

Aug 26, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 11:07 am | Permalink

In preparation for the upcoming 2014 women’s volleyball season, BYU has installed three new LED video displays around Elaine Michaelis Court at the Smith Fieldhouse.

The main scoreboard at center court has been replaced with a 9 feet by 16 feet, 6 mm LED display. Two new 3 feet by 12 feet, 10 mm displays have been added to the baselines. BYU partnered with YESCO Electronics, a digital signage solutions company out of Salt Lake City, on the production and installation of the new displays.

“We are thrilled to have these new video boards in the Smith Fieldhouse and are very grateful to the generous donors who helped make this possible,” BYU Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Events Manager Matt Nix said. “The Smith Fieldhouse is already one of the great volleyball venues in the country and these displays will just enhance the volleyball experience for our fans. In addition to live video and replays, we will also be able to display statistics and other information for all of the fans to see throughout the match. We are excited for this new addition to the already fantastic volleyball experience at BYU.”

In addition to use at men’s and women’s volleyball matches and gymnastic meets, the displays will also be available for use at all other non-athletic meetings and events hosted in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Hamson competes internationally for USA

Jun 30, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:54 am | Permalink

Senior opposite Jennifer Hamson returned home last week from an 11-day tour in China with the U.S. Collegiate National team.

Originally selected to participate as one of 36 players to play in Minneapolis, Hamson’s group was changed to one of just 12 headed to China.

The team participated in six matches against Chinese collegiate and adult teams.

The program was considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.

This was the second year that Hamson participated in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (formerly known as the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team) having previously participated in the summer of 2012.