Redshirt freshman Amy Schlauder saw her first playing time in a BYU uniform as the Cougars went undefeated at their spring tournament Friday.
PROVO -- The BYU women's volleyball team started the month off right with an excellent showing at the Cougars' spring tournament. BYU defeated Snow College, the College of Southern Idaho, Utah State and Utah to register an undefeated record for the day.
"We definitely showed promise," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "As we try to refine our systems and get things in place, we'll continue to show improvement."
The Cougars began the day with back-to-back two-game sweeps as they conquered Snow College 30-16, 30-15 and then overcame CSI 30-20, 30-24 in a hard-fought battle. After a short break, the team was back in action against Utah State, whom the Cougars lost to in five games during the 2004 season. The outcome was much different this time as BYU recorded the 30-19, 30-24 win.
In the final match of the day, the Cougars took on instate rival Utah. BYU came out strong in the first game, going on an early run to take an 11-8 lead. After allowing Utah to catch up, the Cougars put together an impressive 8-1 spurt to gain a 22-14 advantage and never looked back, cruising to the 30-19 win.
Game two looked to be more of the same as BYU took an early 6-2 lead, but the Utes fought back and evened the score at 20. After a block gave Utah its first lead of the match, BYU found itself playing catch-up, eventually falling 30-28.
With the match even at one game apiece, the two teams decided to play a third game to 15 to settle the score. Both squads battled it out at the start with neither team able to take more than a one-point lead. However, a Lauren Richards kill sparked BYU on a 4-0 run, giving the Cougars an 11-7 lead. The Utes tried to fight back but came up short as successive kills by Chelsea Goodman and Rachel Dyer sealed the match for the Cougars.
"We just came out and played well today," Watson said. "I'm especially happy with our outside hitters. They were consistent and played with personality. We're trying to create ourselves no matter who we play."