2004 Blocker of the Year Lindsy Hartsock will get a chance to compete in the Smith Fieldhouse for the first time this spring as the Cougars host their annual spring tournament Friday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- For the BYU women's volleyball team, spring means more than just sunshine and sandals. It also signals a return to competition as the Cougars will host a spring tournament Friday featuring 12 schools from around the area.
"We have four competitive dates in the spring," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "We want to use every one. Spring tournaments are great for getting lots of people playing time and for helping us evaluate how far we've come against someone other than ourselves."
The all-day event will give the Cougars a chance to flex their muscles after a busy winter of practice. BYU returns all but three letter-winners from last year's 19-11 team, including Blocker of the Year Lindsy Hartsock and All-MWC honorees Kim Wilson and Lauren Richards.
The event will consist of eight rounds of pool play starting at 2 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse. The Cougars will begin the tournament against Snow College and then face the College of Southern Utah at 3:30 and Utah State at 5:45. BYU will conclude the tournament with a 6:30 match-up against the University of Utah.
Several BYU alumni will also be on hand to compete in the event, playing in three matches throughout the day.
BYU will next compete in a tournament hosted by UVSC on Saturday, April 9th.
"We've made some steady improvements so far," said Watson. "We just want that trend to continue."