PROVO -- With the BYU women's volleyball team out of town, the men's team will face off in a Blue and White Scrimmage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 in the Smith Fieldhouse.
The scrimmage will split the volleyball team into two teams headed by assistant coaches Shawn Patchell and Grayson Dubose. Last week the Cougars showed off their talent in a scrimmage after the women's volleyball match, where fans could preview the team in an informal match.
This week's match will give the incoming freshman a chance to show off their skills in the scrimmage as well as the returning Cougars from last year's team who advanced to the NCAA Championship match.
This year's team features a handful of athletic players with experience under their belt. Returning starters include Carlos Moreno, Jon Alleman, Chris Gorny and Fernando Pessoa.
"We're deep in every position," BYU coach Tom Peterson said. "The guys are competing for the starting positions this season, so we're going to be exciting to watch this year."
Senior hitter Jon Alleman and junior setter Carlos Moreno were both named to Second-Team All-American last season. Senior Chris Gorny will add an offensive threat as he
hit over .500 in eight matches, including a personal-best .846 in the MPSF semi-final match against No. 2 Hawaii.
Senior libero Pessoa received All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors and led the team with 2.20 digs per game, totaling 176 digs on the season.
Junior middle blocker Michael Burke will be another asset to BYU as he received All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors in the his first year playing collegiate volleyball. Burke also ranked ninth in the NCAA in hitting percentage with a .468 average per game.
The regular season starts on Jan. 9, 2003 and the Cougars' first home match will be against Cal State Northridge at 7:00 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.