After redshirting last fall while giving birth to her first child, All-America-candidate Sunny Mahe returned to the court for the Cougars in the spring. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
The spring season revealed a bright outlook for the BYU women's volleyball team as it prepares for its fall schedule.
"During the spring our team has made a lot of good progress," BYU head coach Karen Lamb said. "We have become a more offensive team, while reducing our errors and improving our serving. We also blocked at a very high level."
BYU compiling an 8-2-4 record during spring play while developing a talented roster that could make the Cougars the most improved team in the nation this fall. Last year BYU suffered through the most injury-plaqued season in school history, earning a 14-19 record and finishing second at the Mountain West Conference Tournament despite having nine of its players smitten by injuries. In addition, starters Sunny Mahe and Lauren Richards as well as top recruit Lindsy Lewis sat out last year as redshirts.
"We have a lot of talent coming back, including three key redshirts returning," Lamb said. "Great things are happening with this team, and we're making tremendous improvements."
2003 Spring Play Results
Eastern Michigan Tournament (March 22, 2003)
BYU 0-1-4: In five two-game matches, BYU split with Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley State, Loyola-Chicago and Michigan State. The Cougars lone loss was to Michigan.
University of Utah Spring Tournament (March 29)
BYU 5-0: The Cougars defeated Montana State, UVSC, Weber State, Utah and Utah State.
BYU Spring Tournament (April 4)
BYU 3-1: The Cougars defeated UVSC, Weber State and Idaho State, while falling to Utah.