Cougars Set for Blue/White Scrimmage

Redshirt freshman Lindsy Lewis-Hartsock will make her much anticipated debut at middle blocker for the Cougars this season. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- After two weeks of grueling summer two-a-days, the BYU women's volleyball team will hold its annual Blue/White Scrimmage Saturday. The match will be played at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse, and admission is free.

With 21 players on its roster, summer competition has been intense and Saturday's scrimmage will provide a preview of the 2003 Cougar lineup.

"We're really pleased with where we are as a team," BYU coach Karen Lamb said. "There's still room for improvement, but we've made tremendous progress."

The Blue/White Scrimmage will be played as a regular match would, complete with officials. The match will be played to five games.

"We're looking forward to getting in a real match situation," Lamb said. "The scrimmage will provide us a chance to play with officials and in front of a crowd."

The Cougar coaching staff has been vigilant about keeping statistics through certain practice drills and scrimmages, which has increased the daily performance of the players.

Last year, numerous injuries inhibited the Cougars' ability to develop competitive practices. This year with an expanded roster that has included the return of injured and redshirt players and 11 newcomers, the talent pool has depth, and competition has increased.

"We have excellent team unity and I'm excited about our season," Lamb said. "Everything I've expected to happen hasn't happened. It's been unpredictable, but in a good way. We've had a lot of players stepping up their play."

The Cougars will open their season next week at the University of Florida Tournament, Aug. 29-30.