All-American Rachel Dyer will lead the Cougars through a competitive schedule in 2008. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- BYU head women's volleyball coach Shay Goulding today announced the Cougars' 2008 schedule. Continuing its tradition of competitive scheduling, BYU will play seven teams that qualified for the 2007 NCAA Tournament, including two that were ranked in final CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll.
"We are excited about our schedule in 2008," said Goulding. "We look forward to the challenge of playing some of the best teams in the country. This is a balanced, competitive schedule that will hopefully put us in a strong position for postseason play. I think our fans will be treated to some outstanding volleyball in the Smith Fieldhouse."
In addition to a full slate of Mountain West Conference action, the Cougars will play in three preseason tournaments. BYU will open the year hosting the annual Molten Classic on Aug. 29 and 30 featuring in-state rival Utah State, Tulane and 2007 NCAA Tournament-qualifier Missouri.
The Cougars will then travel to College Station, Texas, to compete in a tournament hosted by Texas A&M where BYU will face the Aggies along with NCAA Tournament-participants American and Siena. Preseason action wraps up the following week at the University of Wisconsin. In addition to facing the Badgers, who finished 2007 ranked No. 14 nationally, the Cougars will also take on Boise State and Central Michigan.
After starting the 16-match MWC schedule on Sept. 18, BYU will step out of league play on Oct. 24 for a match at Texas. The Longhorns advanced to the Elite Eight of last year's NCAA Tournament along with BYU while finishing the year ranked No. 6 in the country. This season will mark the first year that the MWC will not host a volleyball championship. The league's regular-season champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
BYU has a winning record against all of its 2008 opponents with first meetings against Tulane and Missouri set for this season. The Cougars' all-time record versus this year's competition is a dominating 399-97-1 (.804).
For the complete 2008 BYU women's volleyball schedule, visit the schedule page on the BYU women's volleyball homepage at www.byucougars.com.
All-Time BYU Record vs. 2008 Opponents
San Diego State36-16
Overall 399-97-1 (.804)