Women's Volleyball Blog

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.

Women's volleyball recognized at annual awards banquet

Jan 15, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:05 am | Updated: June 30, 2014 9:55 am | Permalink
 

 

BYU women's volleyball closed the 2013 season with its annual awards banquet Tuesday evening in the Blue Zone of LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The Cougars finished the season with a 24-7 overall record and a 15-3 second-place West Coast Conference finish. BYU advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. 

Family and friends gathered together to share a meal as well as watch highlight reels, listen to speeches and accept awards following a successful 2013 season.

The following Cougars were recognized for their achievements in 2013:

Third-team All-America: Alexa Gray
AVCA All-Pacific South Region First Team: Alexa Gray
AVCA All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention: Camry Godfrey
First-team All-WCC: Alexa Gray, Kathryn LeCheminant
All-WCC Honorable Mention: Tambre Haddock, Ciara Parker
WCC Freshman of the Year: Whitney Young
WCC All-Academic First Team: Ciara Parker, Tia Withers Welling

Cougars prepare for battle against No. 6 USC

Dec 12, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 7:02 pm | Updated: December 12, 2013 7:30 pm | Permalink

Following a day spent studying for finals and watching film on their opponent, BYU women's volleyball took to the Galen Center for a press conference and practice. At the press conference BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead, sophomore Alexa Gray and junior Tambre Haddock addressed the media. The Cougars then practiced for an hour and a half in the unfamiliar USC court. 

Michele Fellows Lewis inducted to Utah Sports Hall of Fame

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 10:32 am | Permalink

Former BYU women’s volleyball player Michele Fellows Lewis was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Lewis was inducted alongside former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon, Ron McBride, Billy Casper and Marv Fleming. Her induction comes a year after her husband, Chad Lewis, was inducted for his BYU football career. She was previously inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 2003.

Over her four-year career at BYU, Lewis helped lead the women’s volleyball team to heights it had never before reached. During her last three years at BYU, Lewis led the Cougars to an 84-12 record, two WAC Championships and their first NCAA Final Four appearance.

Before coming to BYU, she was the captain of the 1989 and 1990 National Junior Olympic Champion Nevada Gold Team. She also helped lead Bonanza High to the 1987 Nevada State Championship and was selected first-team high school All-American by Volleyball Monthly.

Lewis played in 13 games as a freshman and continued to excel as a sophomore. That year she was named WAC Player of the Week for Oct. 14-19. She was also named Academic All-WAC, Cougar Club Academic Athlete, All-WAC second team and AVCA first team All-West. She led the Cougars in hitting percentage (.268) and aces (36), was second in kills (411) and was third in digs (339).

As a junior, Lewis continued to dominate, being named All-WAC first team, All-America second team by AVCA and honorable mention All-America by Volleyball Monthly. She was named AVCA first team All-West, Academic All-WAC and a Cougar Club Academic Athlete for the second year in a row. She also led BYU in hitting percentage again.

That season, Lewis led the Cougars to a 29-4 record, with all four losses coming against teams that made the Final Four.

As a senior, Lewis helped BYU to its first-ever Final Four appearance, the first by any WAC school. At the Final Four honors banquet, she was selected to speak on behalf of the All-Americans. Although BYU lost to Penn State, the season was one of the best in BYU women’s volleyball history.

Lewis won WAC Player of the Year honors that year, and was named All-WAC first team and All-America first team by the AVCA and Volleyball Monthly. She was also named AVCA first team for the third year in a row. She finished the season third in kills per game (3.94), fifth in career kills (1185) and seventh in career block assists (272).

Former BYU volleyball player competes internationally

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:57 am | Updated: August 20, 2013 10:18 am | Permalink

Former BYU women’s volleyball player Nicole Warner is in France to compete in a national league called Ligue Nationale de Volley for eight months. Warner will compete on the Quimper Elite 29 squad with teammates from France, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Africa and other countries.

Practice began on Friday, with the teams’ first match taking place on Sep. 27.

To find out more about the league, visit their official website, and read Warner's blog as she documents her experience.

Warner played middle blocker at BYU from 2008-2012 and helped the Cougars advance to the region semifinals in the NCAA tournament last year.

Omaha Day 2

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:43 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 10:23 am | Permalink

Following prepping for finals and film, the team headed to the CenturyLink Center for the prematch press conference and practice. After Shawn Olmstead, Heather Hannemann and Jennifer Hamson addressed the media, the Cougars got their first look at the volleyball court.

After practice, the team went to the Winter Quarters Visitors Center to see the pioneer museum and the gingerbread house display. Families and groups from the area created the gingerbread houses for the display.

The team then walked around the temple grounds, the pioneer cemetery and monuments.

Omaha Day 1

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:12 am | Updated: December 6, 2012 11:14 am | Permalink

After an evening of travel with lots of airplane turbulence, the BYU women's volleyball team landed safely in Omaha, Neb. They checked into their hotel, right by the CenturyLink Center, where they will play against Oregon Friday at 4 p.m. CST. 

2012 media guide now available online

Aug 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:25 am | Permalink

The 2012 BYU women's volleyball media guide is now available online. The guide contains all the information about the 2012 season in one location. BYU media guides are no longer printed.

Visit the 2012 media guide here.

Seven Cougars named to WCC Honor Roll

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:39 am | Updated: July 17, 2012 11:01 am | Permalink

BYU women’s volleyball received seven WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades for the 2011-12 season.

Rookie defensive specialist Tia Withers received Gold Honors, which are given to letterwinners who completed more than 12 graded credit hours per term and maintain above a 3.75 GPA.

In the Silver Honors category, sophomore Kimberli Boswell, sophomore Jennifer Hamson and junior Nicole Warner represented BYU with GPAs higher than 3.5. Sophomore Coriann Clark Thompson, junior Kendalyn Hartsock and freshman Katie Vaughn received Bronze Honors.

View BYU’s official release for a complete list of honor roll award winners.

Getting to Know Christie Carpenter

Jan 04, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:27 am | Updated: January 4, 2012 10:31 am | Permalink

Class: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Height: 6-1

Academic major: Exercise and wellness

Academic minor: Business

Favorite color: Green (yellow in close second)

Favorite movie: I love too many

Favorite place to eat: My house w/ my mom cooking

Favorite musical: Wicked

Someone you look up to: Everyone in my family

Athlete crush: Dwayne Wade

Favorite actor: Julia Roberts/Ryan Reynolds

Favorite place to travel: La Jolla, Calif.

Something few people know about you: I’m 1/12 Indian.

If you were queen for a day, you would:

Throw a ball.

Favorite quote/motto: “Keep on keeping on.”

When did you decide to come to BYU? As soon as I came out of the womb.