Battle of Cougars in Blue/White Scrimmage

Sophomore outside hitter Kim Wilson led the offensive charge with 16 kills in the Cougars' Blue/White Scrimmage Saturday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- In prelude to its season-opening trip to the University of Florida Tournament next week, the BYU women's volleyball team staged its Blue/White Scrimmage Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.

The Cougars played a five-game match, during which all 21 players on the roster saw court action.

"I think we were a little jittery and nervous tonight," BYU coach Karen Lamb said. "But that's why we do this -- under the lights, with officials and in front of the fans. I think we've got the jitters out, though, and we're ready to start the season."

Offensively, BYU was led by the outside hitting duo of Kim Wilson and April Varner who had 16 and 13 kills, respectively. Lexi Brown was the other Cougar to finish with double-digit kills chalking up 10. Carrie Bowers, moved back to her natural rightside position this season, was the most efficient Cougar with a .300 attack percentage (eight kills).

On the defensive side of the ball, Bowers led all players with nine blocks, while redshirt freshman middle blocker Lindsy Lewis-Hartsock tallied seven.

"I'm really thrilled and very happy with the group we have and how we've come together as a team," Lamb said. "Tonight helped give us additional insight into our team. We're young, but we can refine and do the little things that will make us better."

The Cougars will depart for Gainesville, Fla., on Wednesday where they will open their season against American on Friday. BYU will also play Rutgers on Friday before concluding the tournament against No. 4 Florida on Saturday.

BYU will make its home debut, Sept. 12, against No. 18 Ohio State in the BYU Mizuno Classic.