Preseason Action Prepares BYU for Upcoming Season

Returning starter, senior Chris Gorny, led the white team to a 2-0 win in the Blue and White Scrimmage, Oct. 25 at the Smith Fieldhouse. Gorny is here hitting middle last season against Hawaii in the Marriott Center.

PROVO -- In a mixture of a fun atmosphere and hard-nosed competition, the BYU men's volleyball team split up for another Blue and White Scrimmage of the preseason, last Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse.

The Cougars use this time of practice and scrimmaging to prepare for the tough competition in January.

"This match provided the pressure they need of playing in front of a crowd," BYU coach Tom Peterson said. "They can show off their skills to the fans."

Peterson and assistant coach Grayson DuBose volunteered to take part in the action as the referee and announcer for the scrimmage, spicing up the match with a little humor. But in between jokes, the Cougars gave the crowd a good show with hard hits and tough blocks.

"This gives us a chance to see what we need to work on," assistant coach Shawn Patchell said. "We know as soon as the season starts, we need to be ready. This is a time to refine our skills and work on our weaknesses."

The redshirts also got a chance to display their talent, as they faced off in the second match of the night. "It's beneficial for the redshirts to play in front of people because many go on missions for two years and don't get that chance," Patchell said.

In the first match, the returning players from last year took the court, blue against white. The white team came out on top 2-0 (30-28, 3-27), led by senior Chris Gorny and freshman Ivan Perez who registered eight and seven kills, respectively.

Junior middle blocker Michael Burke also helped the white team to the victory with five kills and seven blocks, hitting .670 percentage for the match.

For the blue team, senior Joe Hillman posted a .330 hitting percentage with nine kills. Sophomore Taylor Evans added a six kill, .630-hitting performance for the blue team, while the blue team finished with an overall .380 percentage.

In the second match, the white team earned the 2-0 win (30-27, 30-26), led by freshman Russell Holmes who recently returned from his mission. Holmes posted eight kills and five blocks for the white team and Reed Chilton added 23 assists.

The Cougars travel to Las Vegas over Oct. 31-Nov. 1 for their last tournament of preseason action.

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