Cougars to Compete in Blue and White Scrimmage

Senior Chris Gorny is one of the returning starters playing in the Blue and White Scrimmage Saturday after the women's volleyball match.

PROVO -- The BYU men's volleyball team will showcase its talent at the Blue and White Scrimmage Saturday following the 7 p.m. women's volleyball match at the Smith Fieldhouse.

"We have a lot of talented players this year," head coach Tom Peterson said. "We will be fun to watch this year. The scrimmage will be a good chance for the fans to come watch us before the season starts."

This scrimmage will split up the Cougars on two randomly selected teams, headed by assistant coaches Shawn Patchell and Grayson DuBose. Fans will get a chance to preview the BYU squad as they prepare for the upcoming season.

So far, the Cougars have split matches 2-2 at the Can-Am Challenge over Oct. 10-11, where BYU competed against top teams from the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The team will use the valuable experience from the tournament to improve before conference play begins in January.

"We have to get better at the little things," Peterson said. "We'll be tough to beat once we fix those little mistakes."

Returning starters who helped BYU win the MPSF Tournament last year and advance to the NCAA Championship match are: Carlos Moreno, Jon Alleman, Chris Gorny and Fernando Pessoa. Senior hitter Jon Alleman and junior setter Carlos Moreno were both named to Second-Team All-American last season.

Alleman led the Cougars in kills per game (3.93) and kills on the season (440) and was also named Second-Team All-MPSF along with Moreno. Moreno recorded 1567 assists on the season, the second highest in BYU men's volleyball history. Moreno also ranked third on the BYU roster in blocking with 87 blocks on the season.

Senior middle blocker Gorny ranked second on the BYU roster for blocking with 90 blocks last season. He also 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 Cougars are still in their pre-season, and according to NCAA regulations, only have three more weeks to be together as a team until the season begins in January.