Women's Volleyball Blog | 2013

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.