Blue and White Scrimmage Shows Off Cougar Talent

PROVO -- After the women's volleyball match Saturday night, the BYU men's volleyball team faced off in the annual Blue and White scrimmage.

Head coach Tom Peterson watched from the bench as his players split up into two teams, led by assistant coaches Shawn Patchell and Grayson DuBose.

Patchell's blue team earned the 2-1 win (36-34, 30-27, 13-15), which was led by senior Chris Gorny and junior Michael Burke. Junior setter Carlos Moreno also powered the blue team to a win, controlling the momentum of the match. Seniors Fernando Pessoa and Jon Alleman led the white team to a win in game three.

In the first match both teams pushed for a win, tying the score several times. The blue team came up with the win, with help from Burke and middle blocker Aaron Ferre. Freshman Josh Jergensen announced during the scrimmage, leading the crowd in cheers for both teams and sometimes embarrassing the players.

Alleman and Moreno, who were both named Second-Team All-American last season, return to the Cougar squad this season and hope to lead BYU back to the NCAA Championships.

Gorny hit over .500 in eight matches last season, including a personal-best .846 in the MPSF semi-final match against No. 2 Hawaii. Peterson is experimenting with line-up rotations, moving Gorny to the outside. Pessoa also saw action from the outside, and will be another asset to the team this season.

The Cougars will compete in another scrimmage this Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.