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BYU volleyball: white squad takes out blue in annual Blue/White match

By Royce Hinton

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 5:20 p.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 5:20 p.m. MDT

Senior Hannah Robison shined for the white squad as her team beat the blue Cougars, 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20), in the annual Blue/White scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Smith Fieldhouse.

"I was impressed with some of our freshmen today," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I thought they did a really nice job on the outside. Some of the girls have done a great job over the past few years at being role players. A few stepped up and played a bigger role today. I'm pretty pleased with what we're seeing right now."

Robison led the Cougars with 18 kills and a .326 hitting percentage. Alexa Gray, Danelle Parady, Jennifer Hamson, Amy Boswell and Cosy Burnett all posted double-digit kills for the match. Whitney Young led BYU in blocks with three, while Ciara Parker contributed a team-high 23 digs.

Burnett got the first point for the white team with a kill to the left side. The white Cougars maintained a slight lead until a kill by Hamson from the blue squad tied the score at 7 apiece. A trio of blue attack errors led to a 12-8 lead for white and forced the blue Cougars to call a timeout. Following the break, the blue side rallied to take its first lead at 18-17 on a Madeline Graham kill. The two sides traded the lead until the blue squad took set point on a block from Camry Godfrey Willardson and Graham that ended the set with a 25-21 blue victory.

A kill by Willardson in the second set gave the white team its first lead at 6-5. The score remained close as the two sides tied at points 10 and 14. A kill by Parady extended the blue squad's lead back to two at 16-14. The white team then went on an 8-0 run to bring the score to set point at 24-18. Two points later, a kill from Gray closed out the set, 25-19, for the white Cougars.

It was all white Cougars in the third set. A block from Gray and Boswell started things off for the white team. A kill from Robison topped off a 9-1 run that gave the white side a 10-2 advantage. The blue team rallied to bring the score to 14-7 with the help of a trio of kills from Parady. Attack errors from the white side kept the blue Cougars in the set after a pair of them brought the score to 19-14, white. Gray ended the set with a kill to give her side a 25-16 set three win.

The fourth and final set began with a 4-1 lead for the blue team from multiple white attack errors. The white Cougars clawed their way back into the set with a 5-0 run to give them a 6-4 edge. The two teams traded points until a Gray kill brought the white squad ahead, 12-8. A pair of kills from Parady, of the blue Cougars, cut the white team's lead to just three at 16-13. Finally, after a trio of set points, the white team ended the match with a 25-20 victory.

The No. 9 Cougars officially begin the season Friday, Aug. 29, when they travel to West Virginia to compete in the Gold and Blue Player's Challenge. BYU will face off against West Virginia, IUPUI and Toledo before returning home for the BYU Invitational from Sept. 5-6.

Royce Hinton is the women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.

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