Women's Volleyball Blog

Packed in the Fieldhouse

Oct 27, 2009 - Posted by Courtney Honka at 10:27 am | Permalink

Hello Cougar Fans! What a busy week it has been, volleyball sure has been keeping us going! Monday night we had a chance to get out into the community and bring fans out to our rival game against Utah on Friday. We split up and spread out around Provo, talking to fans and handing out vouchers for our game. Tuesday we had a great practice and had time to get into the weight room one last time with our strength coach Tony before he left for BYU Hawaii. Wednesday evening we did our annual dorm storm at Helaman Halls. We visited with the freshmen and it was great to see them so excited about BYU volleyball! Thursday we were able to have a great full practice and really prepare for our game against Utah. Friday was the big day! The Fieldhouse was packed with Cougar fans and we were all excited to face the Utes. We came out very strong and won the first two sets, but unfortunately, after a long five-game battle and emotions running high, we fell just short. However, we are excited to get back in the gym and work hard to prepare for facing UVU and UNLV this week. Thank you for all your support and hope to see at the games!

3-1 Conference Start

Oct 07, 2009 - Posted by Kayla Walker at 1:11 pm | Permalink

With a confrence record of 3-1 now our season is off to a great start. This last weekend we got to go to Vegas and crush the UNLV rebels. We left provo Friday morning and got to spend the night hanging out at the most amazing house. Chelsea Nitta's uncle had us over for dinner. With the help from all of the Nitta's and Sager's we were stuffed full with a yummy homemade dinner. We could not have been more happy, and ready to play UNLV on Saturday afternoon. From the second we stepped on the court for the game, there was no question of who was going to win. It was a fun game to play in, and even more fun with all of our friends and family that were able to come. We love you all and are so grateful for your support. We are excited to host UNM and TCU at home this week, and look forward to adding a couple wins to our record, as well as securing our spot in the Mountain West Conference.

Nebraska Tournament

Sep 22, 2009 - Posted by Christina Measom at 10:21 am | Permalink

The tournament in Nebraska was a great learning experience for us and a definite benefit to our preseason. We learned a lot about ourselves and our teammates and about how good we really can be. In the Ameritas Tournament, we played some tough teams, No. 8 UCLA, No. 5 Nebraska and Virginia.

Against UCLA, we played well against a very good team, but not as well as we would have liked. In losing to the Bruins, we learned from that match that we had more to give than we had the night before and that we could play at a higher level.

The next evening we played Nebraska. Playing Nebraska in their stadium was an awesome experience. We are talking about 3,000+ people, 98-percent season ticket holders. They were the nicest, most courteous large crowd that I have ever played in front of and it was such a fun atmosphere to be in. Yes, they wanted Nebraska to win, but they also just wanted to see good volleyball. These fans would cheer for any great play made whether it was by the Huskers or us. There was no heckling or demeaning comments, but rather just a whole lot of people who enjoy watching this beautiful sport.

That night we came out with all we had, playing confident, collected and tough. We ended up taking the first set from Nebraska, something that no team has done on their home court since 2005. Although the next three games didn't end in our favor, we learned that we can play at a top level. I think in that match – the first game especially – we saw what we had in ourselves and what our teammates had in them. We played better than I think we knew we could and that taught us a lot about ourselves. I think that it showed us that we really are a good team and need to have confidence in our coaches, in our systems, in our teammates and in ourselves.

The next evening we played Virginia. Although Virginia is not ranked near as high as Nebraska or UCLA, we lost the match to them in four sets. I think that this match, although heartbreaking, was very good for us. It taught us that we need to bring our A game every time that we step on the floor. It taught us that we need to show every team the respect whether they are ranked in the top five or the bottom five. Good teams deserve to play against us at our best, to have good competition and maybe be humbled when we beat them. :) Not so good teams deserve our best as well, to teach them that they have some work to do, because when you play the Cougars you better expect the best.

Bring it on MWC, because you better believe that we will! WE'RE IN IT TO WIN IT!

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!

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!

No More Two-A-Days!

Aug 24, 2009 - Posted by Christie Carpenter at 10:55 pm | Permalink

We’re all done with two-a-days! We all can’t believe how fast they went by this year, but we’re not complaining that they are over either. Everyone is playing very well and competing well. The chemistry on this team is excellent and we are all getting very excited for the games to start.

On Friday after practice we left for Park City for our little retreat. We stayed at the Andrus’ lovely home. When we first arrived we all walked on Main Street for a while and then met up for dinner. After dinner we made our way over to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (this is what I had been waiting for all day) and we all got a treat. Most of us got the “apple pie” caramel apple, which was very good. After this we went back to the house and the real fun began.

Freshman initiation is a great thing. Everyone has to go through it--it’s just the way of life for a team. It is fun for both parties—most of the time—and it brings the team closer together. Woke up the next morning and had a fabulous breakfast. Chef Shawn made us breakfast burritos that were delicious. We then had our team meeting, which got us all extremely pumped for everything to start. We set some great goals for ourselves and are all very motivated to reach them. After meetings we all went down the Alpine Slide. It was so fun! We had a great time and created some good memories.

We are all looking forward to another great week of volleyball. We have our Blue and White game on Tuesday and then we leave for Missouri this weekend!

Getting Ready for the Season

Aug 18, 2009 - Posted by Melissa Lake Wright at 9:10 am | Permalink

Hey Cougar fans! I hope everyone is getting ready for this year’s upcoming season! Things are looking great at this point. We have been blessed with a great new coaching staff and some talented new (and old) faces. This week has consisted of practice, treatment, food, more treatment and more practice. Then we top it all off with a good night’s rest and recuperation to get ready for the next day. This week has been tough, we can all attest to that. Our bodies are getting pushed to their limits, but it has been very rewarding. We are learning so much from our coaches both on and off the court. We are looking forward to bringing home the conference championship this year!

Tuesday night was the Cougar Kick-Off. It was great to see all of our fans out on the soccer fields showing their love and support. With all of your cheering and support, we are ready to begin the season.

Hope to see you at all of our games! Go Cougars!

Welcome to the Women's Volleyball Blog!

Aug 11, 2009 - Posted by Stephanie Lau at 9:10 am | Permalink

Our season has started! The time has come for double days, new practice gear, and all you can eat Cannon Center. We got started early on Friday morning with pictures. With all of us dolled up, we took individual and team photos over by the waterfall underneath the bell tower on campus. We then each did an interview for our new team Facebook page telling a little bit about our personal lives (be sure to add us as a friend and check them out)! The day proceeded with a series of meetings to set our season off right.

We met with everyone from our wonderful trainers to the hardworking compliance office, who make sure that we are all eligible to play within the NCAA. We also met with our Associate Athletic Director, Janie Penfield, who gave us a presentation on the Athletic Department and NCAA banned substances. Sandy Thomas, our academic advisor, also met with us to help us set our team G.P.A. goal for this next semester and make sure we are all on track towards graduation and being eligible. After we met with the all the awesome people that keep our team going strong, we had a team meeting to get us all set up for our season.

To finish off our first day, we headed to the training room to get our physical exams done. The next day we went to Helaman Halls to play volleyball at a function put on by BYUSA. We played with awesome people from the community and freshman living in the dorms. On Sunday, one of our new coaches, Chris McGown, invited the team over to his lovely home in Midway for dinner. If there is one thing we love to do as a team, it’s eating.

Monday marked the first day of practice for our 2009 season. There is no other feeling like playing in the Fieldhouse and we are so happy to be back! Although we had a competitive, high energy and constructive first practice, the excitement died afterward for the freshman when they learned they would experience part of their initiation. With approval from our head trainer, Gaye Merrill, the newcomers dipped all the way under in the cold pool, where the water is about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Welcome to the team!

Although we had a setback during our practice on Tuesday with a routine fire drill, we are making great progress in the gym and we are thrilled to be back. Go Cougars!