Women's Volleyball Blog

Getting to Know Nicole Warner

Sep 28, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:00 am | Permalink

Nicole Warner

Year: Junior

Position: Middle blocker

Height: 6-2

Academic major: Exercise science

Favorite color: Aqua blue

Favorite musical: Phantom of the Opera

Favorite movie: The Proposal

Favorite place to eat: In-N-Out or Cafe Rio

Athlete crush: Jourdain Scoubes- he’s my boyfriend and an amazing basketball player.

Favorite place to travel: Hanalei, Hawaii

Someone you look up to: My mom, Kris Warner

Motto/favorite quote: “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or the faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”

Something few people know about you: People always ask if I like being tall. I LOVE IT! I love it so much that I proudly wear heels every chance I can!

If you were queen for a day, you would: Solve world hunger.

Why did you decide to come to BYU? I have Cougar-blue blood.

Getting to Know Jennifer Hamson

Sep 28, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:54 am | Updated: September 28, 2011 10:56 am | Permalink

Jennifer Hamson

Year: Sophomore

Position: Opposite hitter

Height: 6-6

Academic major: Exercise Science

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite musical: Les Miserables

Favorite movie: The Princess Bride

Favorite place to eat: Zupa’s

Favorite actor/ or actress: Morgan Freeman

Favorite place to travel: California

Someone you look up to: My mom

Motto/favorite quote: Work hard so you can play harder.

Something few people know about you: I did gymnastics when I was younger.

If you were queen for a day, you would: Try to meet a lot of great and famous athletes.

Top three things you did this summer: Played pickup, went swimming and family vacations

Why did you decide to come to BYU? BYU is somewhere I could get an education, play sports and it has a great environment.

Bittersweet Senior Night

Nov 18, 2009 - Posted by Brooke Taualii-Soon at 3:04 pm | Permalink

Last week was a fun, yet bittersweet week for BYU Volleyball. We were able to play our last two home matches of the 2009 season and honor our four seniors who we will miss tremendously.

We started off the week with three great practices. Then, on Wednesday, we were able to do a Dorm Storm to advertise our matches.

Thursday was game day! We had a short serve-pass and then ate a team meal in the film room. When it was time to play, we came out strong and the Cowgirls were not able to stop us all night. Everyone played great and it was a fun game to watch. Our seniors were all able to play and contribute to the win which was good.

Friday we got back in the gym with a laser-like focus and ready to upset the #1 team in our conference, Colorado State. We practiced for a few hours and then some of us went to the season-opener for Men's Basketball where we got to go on the court at halftime and throw t-shirts and volleyballs out to fans while our last home game was announced.

Saturday came quick! Some of the underclassmen decorated the seniors' lockers and each senior was given a picture in a picture frame and their favorite snacks. We got in the gym for a little bit early in the day and then had Jimmy John's sandwiches (a team favorite) delivered to the film room. We talked about our game plan while we ate together. Then we had a couple hours before we had to be back for treatment and pre-game routines.

The men's volleyball team had an Alumni game during that time so many of us went to go cheer on our coaches (who happen to be alumni), Shawn and Chris. It was fun to watch them play and watch to see if they are actually doing the things that they tell us to do every day in practice :).

Finally, the night came and as I said, it was bittersweet. Our seniors were recognized and presented with their families (parents and husbands) before the game. We fought for five long sets and although the numbers and stats were in our favor, Colorado State came out on top.

We love our seniors so much and we are so sad to see them go but we know that they are going to do great things wherever they decide to go. We are excited for them to start their lives beyond BYU volleyball and can't wait to hear about all of their exciting adventures. Kayla, LauLau, Spec, and MoMo - thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to this team. We love you and you will definitely be missed!

Recovering Cosmo's Head

Nov 11, 2009 - Posted by Kiana Rogers at 9:53 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Last week we traveled to Texas to play TCU and also to Albuquerque to play New Mexico. It has been a while since we have traveled and road trips are always so fun with the team. We first arrive in Fort Worth, Texas and the weather there was so nice and warm, a big change from Utah. We ate at great restaurants of course. A lot of the girls on the team were sick, so we ate at Panera Bread twice because soup heals everything. We practiced when we first got there and watched film afterwards to help us prepare for our match. Thursday came fast, and we were out to beat the Horned Frogs. However, we did come up short and didn't play our absolute best. The loss was hard, but it gives us more motivation to work and play harder.

We arrived in New Mexico on Friday and had a lot of down time before we had a great practice later that night. Of course we ate at Mimi's Cafe for lunch; pumpkin muffins are the best thing in this world! We felt really prepared going into the match on Saturday, and all were very excited to play New Mexico again. The match was intense and both us and New Mexico played really well. Despite the close loss to the Lobos, we all felt we played as hard as we could. The week came to an end, and we had a six a.m. flight, which meant leaving at four a.m. for the airport. It didn't help that "The Dark Knight" was on TV that night, so staying up until one a.m. to watch a three-hour movie wasn't probably the best thing to do. We made it back to Provo safely very early. Because of the tough weekend, we have a stronger fight in us to play harder and beat both Wyoming and Colorado St. on our home court. We are very excited, especially to celebrate senior night Saturday night.

Funniest memory of last week: Watching Stephanie Lau wear Cosmo's head and walk around the hotel with the head of a cougar as people just stared. We thought it would be even more funny to scare our teammates with Cosmo's head on Stephanie's little body by knocking on their hotel doors and growling. We recovered Cosmo's head (our mascot) from TCU. Apparently TCU accidentally took it from the football game and they gave it to us to bring back to Provo. Very funny!

Two Great Wins at Home

Nov 02, 2009 - Posted by Morgan Lloyd Sorensen at 12:11 pm | Permalink

This past week we played two great teams and came out on top. Winning is always a great feeling, especially since we've been working so hard.

On Tuesday, October 27th, we played a very strong UVU team, probably the best team they have had. UVU has beaten every team in Utah (except BYU) this season including University of Utah, Weber State, Utah State and SUU. They came out strong in the first and second set, making it close, but losing 25-22 and 30-28. The third set we dug ourselves a hole and lost 15-25. Not to be shaken up, we came back and won the fourth set 25-23.

The Wolverines are a scrappy team who has a lot of emotion and passion, and it was with a lot of confidence and teamwork that we captured the win.

On Thursday, October 29, we were excited to take on the UNLV Rebels! The most exciting part of our night was honoring our Athletic Trainer, Gaye Merrill, with Dig-Pink. It was our Breast Cancer Awareness game, in which we were proud to honor our wonderful trainer who is a breast cancer survivor. The whole crowd was in Pink, as was our team. Gaye takes such great care of our team and never complains. We are so thankful to have such an amazing woman healing all our injuries and taking care of any little boo-boo we have. What a woman. We love to spoil Gaye and we hope that she knows how much we really love and appreciate her.

After starting out slow against UNLV and losing the first set 18-25, we stepped it up and won the next three in a row, quite confidently: 25-15, 25-23 and 25-14. The Rebels are a great team and we are glad to have another win under our belt, especially as we are fighting to win our conference and go to the NCAA tournament at the end of our season. We are working hard every day and have our goals in sight. Thanks to everyone for your support! Go Cougars!

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!