Women's volleyball prepares for national semifinal match against No. 2 Texas

Women's Volleyball Blog | Dec 17, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 12:08 pm | Updated: December 17, 2014 7:38 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball traveled to Oklahoma City yesterday in preparation for its national semifinal match against No. 2 Texas. The Cougars began the day meeting with the ESPN talent and having a photo shoot. The team then practiced in the unfamiliar Chesapeake Energy Arena for 90 minutes before heading off to a press conference.

Amos, Chambers receive NSCAA scholar awards

PROVO, Utah – Senior defender Annie Amos received NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team honors on Wednesday. Amos and Sarah Chambers also received NSCAA Scholar All-West Region honors.

Amos, majoring in business finance with a 3.45 GPA, was named to the first team, while Chambers, a junior majoring in chemical engineering with a 3.91 GPA, earned honorable mention honors.

Koroma gets third true freshman team nod

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PROVO, Utah – BYU center Tejan Koroma earned his third national freshman award Wednesday, collecting Sporting News All-True Freshman honors.

Koroma has also been named to the 247 and the ESPN true freshman All-America teams.

Leslie has more than a degree in hand

Jordan Leslie will be the last BYU player to wear No. 9 in a game now that number has been retired for QB great Jim McMahon. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

This story was originially published in the BYU-Savannah State game program on November 22, 2014

Senior wide receiver Jordan Leslie is the ultimate dual-threat guy. The UTEP transfer finished his career as one of the all-time leading receivers in school history while also earning his mechanical engineering degree early.

Three Cougars receive All-America accolades

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named Jennifer Hamson, Alexa Gray and Amy Boswell Division I All-Americans, the associaton announced Wednesday.

BYU faces Memphis in Miami Beach Bowl

PROVO, Utah – BYU football heads to Miami Wednesday to prep for Monday's Miami Beach Bowl vs. Memphis, which is set to kick off at 2 p.m. EST.

ESPN will broadcast the game. A live radio broadcast is also available on the Cougar IMG Sports Network via byucougars.com, KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM and the BYU Cougars app. Pregame radio coverage starts at noon EST.

BYUtv's coverage of the game launches with Countdown to Kickoff at 1 p.m. EST on BYUtv and byutvsports.com. A postgame show begins after the conclusion of the game.

O-Lineman De’Ondre Wesley: football opened doors

De’Ondre Wesley never played until he was a prep senior, then was recruited by Arizona State, Oregon State and Utah after starring in junior college. (Photo by BYU Photo)

This story was originally published in the BYU-UNLV game program on November 15, 2014

While most college football players have been playing football for majority of their lives, De’Ondre Wesley only started his senior year in high school.

“Before, I just played for fun with friends, but that was pretty much it,” Wesley said.

Baseball was his previous sport before he decided to tryout for football, and it all came naturally for Wesley. His mother, Deonne Wesley, realized his athleticism when he was 10 years old.

Bailey named WCC Player of the Week

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San Bruno, Calif.  —  The West Coast Conference has named BYU’s Morgan Bailey the women’s basketball Player of the Week, for Dec. 15, 2014. The weekly honor is the first ever for Bailey and the first for the team this season.

Bailey, a 6-foot-2 senior forward from Orem and Timpanogos HS, helped guide the Cougar women to two wins over in-state rivals. In the two victories, she averaged 23.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.

Four-time rugby All-American anchors in grid backfield

New Zealander Paul Lasike, a senior in the Cougar grid backfield, led BYU to national rugby titles in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

This story was originally published in the BYU-Utah State football game program on October 3, 2014

Paul Lasike did not plan on playing football at BYU. Football was not even on his radar. And yet, in his senior year at BYU he is not only leading the BYU rugby team to championships, but he is also a strong member of the BYU football team.

No. 12 Cougars head to Oklahoma City for Final Four

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PROVO, Utah – No. 12 BYU women’s volleyball travels to Oklahoma City this week to play in the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

The Cougars will first face off against No. 2-seed Texas. With a win, BYU would advance to play either No. 1-seed Stanford or No. 5-seed Penn State.

Last week, the Cougars won a four-set thriller against No. 6-seed Florida State before sweeping No. 14-seed Nebraska to advance out of the Seattle regional.

No. 2 Texas