BYU Athletics Blog

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!

Cummard in Germany

Aug 11, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:32 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard has reported to camp for Alba Berlin. He was featured by the Berliner Morgenpost (in German of course) so take a look. Anyone else out there think we should put chain nets up in the Marriott Center?

Ainge Takes Trip to Mexico City for Basketball Without Borders

Aug 10, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:14 pm | Permalink

Former BYU Cougar Austin Ainge and head coach of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League spent four days in Mexico City as part of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program. Read about it here.

First Practice in the Books

Aug 08, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:51 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Only 28 days remain until BYU's season opener against Oklahoma in Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 5!

The first practice of fall camp is in the books. Check out the practice report and video HERE.

This morning the team held its traditional run up Y Mountain. Sophomore wide receiver McKay Jacobson was the first to reach the top, with fellow receiver Matt Marshall only a few steps behind.

Photos courtesy of Cort Trejo

Fall Camp Begins

Aug 08, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:35 am | Permalink

Fall camp has officially started with players reporting yesterday. Keep an eye out for daily practice reports, photos, online chats and player journals.

Only 28 days until our season opener!

Photos courtesy of Cort Trejo

Fredette's Summer Season Ends

Aug 07, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:23 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette scored 23 points and had three assists and three steals as his 518 squad fell to Da Bombers in the King of Kings Summer League in Utica New York. It was the final game of the summer for 518.

In three games Fredette scored 90 points (30.0 per game) and had 15 assists (5.0 per game), seven steals (2.3) and nine rebounds (3.0).

Cougars on National Teams Update

Aug 04, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:00 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

It’s about that time for an update for the Cougars playing with their Senior National Teams. Jonathan Tavernari and Brazil are playing in the Super Four Tournament in Argentina. In the first game on Aug. 1 Brazil defeated Australia 74-71 with Tavernari contributing 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 shooting from downtown. He also had two rebounds and two steals.

On Aug. 3 Brazil fell 90-80 to Uruguay with Tavernari contributing 15 points. The four-team event concludes tonight with Brazil taking on Argentina and Uruguay facing Australia. The same four teams will compete in Rio de Janeiro starting Aug. 7 with Brazil taking on Uruguay and Argentina facing Australia.

From there Brazil will practice until heading to Puerto Rico for the Tuto Marchand Cup from Aug. 18 to 20, the final preparations for the Tournament of the Americas to be contested from Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.

Charle Abouo and the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) National Team will begin play at the FIBA Africa Championships (Afrobasket) in Libya on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Cote d’Ivoire is a member of group A and will play against Nigeria in its first game.

Revving Up to Benefit Child Abuse Prevention

Aug 01, 2009 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 1:31 pm | Permalink

Saturday morning BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and several members of his coaching staff participated in a fun event to benefit local child abuse prevention programs.

Coach Mendenhall led a large group of motorcycle riders on the benefit ride called the Black Leather and Cougar Blue Motorcycle Ride. The ride originated at Timpanogos Harley in Lindon and went up Provo Canyon and past Kamas before returning to Lindon.

Coach Mendenhall said he first started riding at the suggestion of his brother Mat, who was a standout defensive end for the Cougars in the late 70s before going on to play for the Washington Redskins in the NFL.

"I used to think my commute to work was too long, but now I wish the commute was longer," Coach Mendenhall explained about his enthusiasm for riding. "My youngest son Raeder loves riding. He demands to ride up front so he can feel the wind in his face."

Coach Mendenhall expressed his total willingness to lend his support to the cause of benefiting local child abuse prevention programs. "If as the BYU football coach I can help increase awareness for this cause I think that's great."

Offensive coordinator Robert Anae and defensive coordinator Jaime Hill joined Mendenhall on the benefit ride along with many Cougar fans, some former players and other members of the community.

Coach Mendenhall spent time talking to fans and the media during the morning while riders registered at Timpanogos Harley and enjoyed an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Riders paid $25 to participate on the ride with any passengers coming along for just $10. The cost included breakfast, lunch, a pin and a bandana.

The Exchange Club of Utah Valley, Salisbury Homes and Timpanogos Harley teamed to sponsor the event with proceeds benefiting the Family Support and Treatment Center and other local child abuse prevention programs. Many volunteers came out, including those representing the sponsoring entities, to help run the event. The event is one of several benefit rides sponsored by Timpanogos Harley, which also runs the Timpanogos Disability Support Center, a service that customizes wheelchairs for children.

In addition to the ride, the ride sponsors gave away a 2009 Harley-Davidson Street Bob.

Just prior to the event, Coach Mendenhall talked live with Mel Kiper of ESPN about the BYU team and the upcoming season. Fall Camp gets underway in less than a week now with the first practice scheduled for next Saturday, Aug. 8.

Open Practices During Fall Camp

Jul 31, 2009 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 6:40 pm | Permalink

Three practices will be open to the public during Fall Camp for Cougar fans interested in seeing the 2009 team as it prepares for the upcoming season.

Open practices are scheduled for the first day of two-a-days on Friday, Aug. 14, with both the 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. practices being open to the public. The 5 p.m. practice will be open to help those who may otherwise have difficulty attending during the day.

The team's practice on Tuesday, Aug. 18 will also be open to the public. The practice on the 18th begins at 10 a.m. and is the same day of the annual Cougar Kickoff event held to meet the team that evening at 6 p.m. Taking place during Education Week, the practice on the 18th also provides fans attending the annual campus event with an opportunity to see the team.

All practices will be held on the team practice field, which is located just north of the Student Athlete Building. Fans are reminded that the use of video or camera equipment, including cell phone cameras, is not permitted during practice sessions.

Fall Camp Open Practices

Friday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. — Student Athlete Building Practice Field

Friday, Aug. 14, 5 p.m. — Student Athlete Building Practice Field

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. — Student Athlete Building Practice Field

Wardenburg Feature

Jul 30, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:53 pm | Permalink

Assistant coach John Wardenburg was featured by the Tri-County News in Kiel, Wis., the town where he grew up.