The BYU women's volleyball team will play five matches over 13 days in Argentina. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- In an occurrence as rare as the Summer Olympic Games, the BYU women's volleyball team will embark on a 13-day tour of Argentina, departing Provo on Thursday.
Due to the NCAA's Intuitional Foreign-Tour Limitations policy (188.8.131.52), Division I teams in every sport are only able to conduct a foreign tour once every four years.
The trip will mark the team's seventh foreign tour, stretching back to 1983, but first to South America. BYU's last foreign tour was in the spring of 2004 when the Cougars traveled through Europe.
This year's tour will take the Cougars throughout Argentina, including stops in Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Resistencia, Rosario and the world-famous Iguazu Falls. BYU will play five matches along the way, including a May 5 contest against the Argentine Junior National Team.
"We are all naturally very excited about this trip," said BYU head coach Shay Goulding. "It will be a great experience to play some highly competitive matches in the international arena."
The trip will be familiar territory for two Cougars as senior Rachel Dyer and junior Ashton Hansen have both played in Argentina before. Dyer traveled to the country in the summer of 2005 with the USA Select Team while Hansen played on the IVA High Performance All-Star team that traveled to Argentina in the summer of 2004. Goulding also traveled to Argentina with Hansen's team as an assistant coach.
Coming off a 24-8 season that saw BYU reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and finish No. 12 nationally, the Cougars are ready to see how they match up against international competition in preparation for a demanding 2008 campaign.
"I expect this trip to be a terrific opportunity for the staff and the team to really create some important relationships that will solidify us as we head into the fall next season," said Goulding.
Periodic blog entries and photos will be available on the BYU women's volleyball homepage at www.byucougars.com/volleyball_w/.
BYU Women's Volleyball Foreign Tours
Germany, Austria, Italy and Yugoslavia (1983)
Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia (1987)
Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland (1991)
Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria (1995)
Israel, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland (1999)
Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany (2004)
NamePos.Ht.Cl.Hometown (Previous School)
Janvier BeaumontL5-7Jr.Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Torrey Pines)
Ashton HansenMB6-4 Jr. Idaho Falls, ID (Idaho Falls)
Christy PayneS5-7So.Pleasanton, CA (Saint Mary's)
Casey Speredon OH6-0 RFr.West Valley City, UT (Granger)
Christina MeasomOH 6-0 So. Lehi, UT (Lehi)
Marisa VandersteenMB 6-1 Jr. Sandy, UT (Brighton)
Kiana RogersS5-11 So. Diamond Springs, CA (Union Mine)
Melissa LakeL5-5Fr.Palm Springs, CA (Palm Springs)
Brooke Taualii L 5-11 RFr. Torrance, CA (North Torrance)
Bryn Porter OH5-10 Sr. Camarillo, CA (Thousand Oaks)
Christy Carpenter OH 6-1 So. Cedar Hills, UT (Lone Peak)
Stephanie Lau DS 5-10 Jr. Edmonds, WA (Kamiak)
Rachel Dyer MB 6-1 Sr. Encinitas, CA (La Costa Canyon)
May 1 Leave for Argentina
May 2 Arrive in Buenos Aires
May 3 Visit Buenos Aires Temple
Evening match vs Banco Nacional en Ramallo (top league club team)
May 4 Church in Buenos Aires and free day
May 5 Morning Practice
Evening match vs Argentina Jr National Team
May 6 Iguazu
Repel down a waterfall
Zip line over the jungle!
May 7 Visit Iguazu Falls
May 8 Santa Fe
Evening Match vs Reconquista (top league club team)
May 9 TBA
Evening match vs TBA
May 10 Resistencia
Evening match vs Resistencia Chaco (top league club team)
May 11 Rosario
Free day in Rosario
May 12 Depart for home
May 13 Arrive in SLC