Cougars Travel to Alberta for Can-Am Challenge

Junior Carlos Moreno, who earned NCAA Tournament All-Star Team at the Can-Am Challenge last year, joins the Cougars against top Canadian team this weekend.

PROVO -- The BYU men's volleyball team travels to the University of Alberta this weekend for the Seventh Annual Husky Oil Can-Am Men's Volleyball Challenge.

The Cougars will join three other top teams from the NCAA in the Can-Am Challenge and compete Oct. 10-11 against four of the top teams from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

In the Cougars' first tournament under head coach Tom Peterson, BYU won the trophy for the Best American Record (3-1) last season, and had two players named to the NCAA Tournament All-Star Team.

"This tournament will give us a handle on where we're at and what we need to improve on," said head coach Tom Peterson. "We'll be playing against great competition, and we'll get to use different combination of players."

The Can-Am Challenge brings four top NCAA teams against top Canadian teams in a unique country vs. country competition. BYU will only be playing against Canadian teams, but will get to watch other NCAA teams such Pepperdine, Long Beach State and U.C. Irvine compete.

"This will give a chance to measure ourselves against other teams," Peterson said.

Returning players from last season include junior setter Carlos Moreno, who was named to the NCAA Tournament All-Star Team last year at the Can-Am Challenge. Senior hitter Jon Alleman, who recorded match-highs in three matches last year, will also be leading the Cougar squad at the Challenge.

"Our team is looking forward to getting away and playing teams other than ourselves," Alleman said.

Senior middle blocker Chris Gorny and senior libero Fernando Pessoa will be other contributors for BYU, bringing depth to the team and experience from last season's play in the NCAA Tournament.

The Cougars will play two matches on Friday against Saskatchewan, who finished third in the 2003 CIS season, and Montreal. Saturday BYU continues play against Manitoba, 2003 CIS Champions, and host Alberta, 2002 CIS Champions. First match starts at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Friday Oct. 10        10 AM		  BYU  vs.	Saskatchewan

Pepperdine vs. Manitoba

12 AM Long Beach vs. Montreal

4 PM Manitoba vs. Irvine

6:30 PM Montreal vs BYU

Saskatchewan vs. Long Beach

8 PM Alberta vs. Pepperdine

Saturday Oct. 11 10 PM Pepperdine vs. Saskatchewan

Irvine vs. Montreal

12 PM Long Beach vs. Alberta

BYU vs. Manitoba

4 PM Montreal vs. Pepperdine

6:30 PM Manitoba vs. Long Beach

Sasketachewan vs. Irvine

8 PM Alberta vs. BYU