Women's Volleyball Blog

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.

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.