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Online award and new rankings

Sep 03, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:08 am | Updated: September 5, 2012 10:40 am | Permalink

Senior Carlee Payne Holmoe was recognized on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week after her performance against No. 11 Long Beach State and Colorado College. 

TopDrawerSoccer.com ranks BYU at No. 39, in their Top 64 rankings, after its winning week and, now, 4-1-0 record.

Holmoe helped lead BYU to back-to-back shutouts at home and an undefeated home record to start the season. She recorded the gamewinner against the top-ranked 49ers to give the Cougars the 1-0 victory and an assist on BYU's first goal against Colorado College en route to a 2-0 win. 

The Cougars are also ranked No. 24 in this week's Top 25 from Soccer America

BYU plays at home on Thursday, Sept. 6, against No. 6 Penn State. The game begins at 7 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. 

Patch continues to dominate in NORCECA Championship

Sep 01, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 6:42 pm | Permalink

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team secured its spot in the 2012 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship (U-21) finals by defeating Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-16, 25-20 in Friday evening’s semifinal match at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

BYU men's volleyball incoming freshman Ben Patch led the U.S. with 16 points off of 13 kills and three blocks. With the win the U.S. (4-0), defending tournament champion, secured a spot in Saturday’s finals match against Canada. The top three finishing teams in the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship earn berths into the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship.

For a complete match recap and pictures, check out the article on teamusa.org.

Jr. National Team advances to NORCECA semifinals

Aug 31, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:40 am | Updated: September 2, 2012 12:09 am | Permalink

BYU’s freshman Ben Patch and the U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team routed Mexico 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 to capture Pool A in 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship (U-21).

With the win the U.S. (3-0) secured a spot in the semifinals Friday, bypassing the quarterfinal round. The top three finishing teams in the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship earn berths into the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship.

Opposite Patch delivered continuous shots from the right side for a match-high 12 kills, two blocks and 14 points. Patch started all three sets and built on the successful set-and-attack from the hands of team captain and setter Micah Christenson.

“Micah and I spoke before the match and we talked about wanting to find a connection tonight,” Patch said. “We figured that tonight would be the best night to bring it out since Mexico is a good team and we knew that if we played our game we would be contenders and we obviously showed that.”

For a complete game recap of the match and pictures, check out the story on teamusa.org.

Fourth Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:43 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 3:51 pm | Permalink

It was a record night for multiple BYU wide receivers. Junior Cody Hoffman brought his consecutive games of catching a pass to 20 and ended the night with three receptions and 46 yards.  Junior Skyler Ridley’s touchdown reception in the first quarter was his first career catch. He finished the night with 54 yards on six catches.

Defensively, BYU held WSU to under 300 yards of total offense, which marks the seventh-consecutive game BYU has held its opponents to under 300 total yards. BYU also held WSU to under 10 yards rushing. The last time they held an opponent to under 10 yards was against UTEP in 2010.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score BYU 30 WSU 6

Third Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:06 pm | Updated: August 30, 2012 11:07 pm | Permalink

Washington State took charge of the ball to start the half but gave it away quickly with an interception pass to BYU’s Jordan Johnson. The catch marked Johnson’s third career interception. Last year, BYU’s defense combined for 13 interceptions and held opponents to 13 touchdowns. Tonight, the defense has held Washington State to zero touchdowns and already picked up two interceptions.

On the offensive side of the football, BYU scored two field goals in the quarter. Under Bronco Mendenhall, BYU has averaged 18 points per game in its home openers but have almost doubled that output tonight. This game also marks the first time that a tight end (Friel) has had two touchdowns and over 100 yards since Dennis Pitta in 2009 against Air Force.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 30 WSU 6

Second Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 10:09 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 12:40 am | Permalink

BYU struck early in the second when quarterback Taysom Hill came in to finish off the drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kaneakua Friel. The play marked Hill's first collegiate appearance. After their own 57-yard drive, Washington State answered back to put themselves on the scoreboard with a 47-yard field goal.

BYU came back with another successful drive to set up kicker Riley Stephenson for a 28-yard field goal to put the home team up by 14. Following the score, BYU’s defense held Washington State to a three and out, gaining good field position on the punt. Kaneakua Friel then scored touchdown No. 3 for BYU on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Nelson.  Washington State fought back to end the quarter, ending the half on a 53-yard drive for a field goal.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 24 WSU 6

First Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 9:14 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 12:44 am | Permalink

BYU’s defense was forced to go to work early with Washington State on the offensive. After marching 60 yards, the Washington State offense found themselves at 3rd and 11 on BYU's 20-yard line. With the pressure mounting, Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel rolled out of the pocket to find an open receiver but instead found BYU linebacker Uona Kaveinga to send the favor back to BYU.

BYU made the most of the turnover and pushed 80 yards on ten plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Riley Nelson found wide receiver Skyler Ridley in the back of the end zone for the first score.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 7 WSU 0

BYU vs WSU – Ticket and Broadcast Plans

Aug 29, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:53 am | Updated: August 30, 2012 1:52 am | Permalink

Tickets

Tickets to the BYU season opener vs. Washington State are still available. Contact the Marriott Center Ticket Office at 801-422-BYU1to purchase tickets, or order online at BYUtickets.com.

Broadcast Plans for Thursday, Aug. 30

Below is a list of television and radio programming for the first game of the 2012 football season.

6-7 pm MT (8-9 pm ET) — BYUtv: Cougar Conversations

BYUtv kicks off its coverage of the 2012 football season on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 6 pm (MDT) with an hour-long special called "Cougar Conversations." Hosted by Dave McCann, the special features BYU quarterback Riley Nelson like you've never seen him before. Nelson discusses everything from deciding to attend Utah State, his mission, transfer to BYU and adversity on the path to winning the starting quarterback job.

7-8 pm MT (9-10 pm ET) — BYUtv: Countdown to Kickoff Pre-Game Show

Get ready for the BYU game by watching the hour-long pregame show hosted by Alema Harrington and featuring Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Brian Logan, Jan Jorgensen, Greg Wrubell and Robbie Bullough. Hear interviews from current coaches and players, former players, get an ESPN preview, film breakdown and more.

6:30 pm (Pre-Game) 8:15 pm MT (10:15 ET) — KSL Radio: BYU vs. Washington State

1160 AM / 102.7 FM / KSL.com/ BYU Radio (SiriusXM channel 143)

Play-by-play: Greg Wrubell
Analyst: Marc Lyons
Sideline: Nate Meikle

Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:30 pm on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM, and coverage will continue on KSL until Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Convention. At that time, BYU coverage will be switched from KSL to KRSP 103.5 FM (The Arrow) until the Romney speech concludes, at which time the play-by-play will return to KSL. This change impacts only listeners hearing the game over-the-air on 102.7 FM and 1160 AM. KSL’s online stream, KSL apps with “listen live” capability and affiliates receiving the game via satellite will experience no interruption of BYU coverage at any point.

8:15 pm MT (10:15 ET) — ESPN: BYU vs. Washington State

Play-by-play: Joe Tessitore
Analyst: Matt Millen
Sideline: Shannon Spake

WatchESPN.com: The ESPN broadcast will also be available on WatchESPN.com, which is available to fans with video subscriptions with Time Warner, Verizon, Brighthouse and Comcast.

Conclusion of the ESPN broadcast — BYUtv Sports Post Game

After ESPN concludes its coverage of the game, tune in to BYUtv to see post game reaction on the field and at the press conference, as well as stats, highlights and analysis.

12:30 am MT (2:30 am ET) BYUtv Sports Game-Day Replay

After the postgame show watch the BYUtv version of the game as called by Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler and Robbie Bullough. Use #byutvsports to react to the game and BYUtv will use select tweets during its rebroadcast.

Patch and Jr. National Team secure second win

Aug 29, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:13 am | Permalink

The U.S. Men’s Junior (U-21) National Team swept its second straight opponent in the 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior (U-21) Continental Championship, topping St. Vincent 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 Tuesday.

BYU men’s volleyball’s freshman Ben Patch started the first set at middle blocker and posted three points off of two kills and a block.

Team USA will wrap up pool play Wednesday against Mexico.

For a complete recap of the match and pictures, check out the story on teamusa.org.

Patch with action in U.S. Junior National Team's opening win

Aug 28, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 10:08 am | Permalink

The U.S. Men’s Junior (U-21) National Team opened play at the 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior (U-21) Continental Championship with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 sweep over Honduras on Monday evening at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

BYU men’s volleyball’s incoming freshman Ben Patch started the first and second set at opposite hitter and posted three points off of two kills and a block. For a complete recap of the match and pictures, visit teamusa.org