Big Samoan--- Title IX is the ruling that says you have to have as many
women's sports as men's. Since women don't play football, there
has to be another sport that is just women to compensate. For a lot of schools,
that's volleyball. I'm not sure about every sport at BYU but I know
we dropped men's gymnastics a few years ago which is one place that may
allow for men's volleyball. Some may do it with women's field hockey
or something else. Hope that helps.
It looks like the semifinals will be streamed on NCAA.com Thursday, BYU at 11pm
EST. The championship game will be the following Saturday at 9pm EST on ESPNU. I
wish BYUTV would pick up the semifinals.
The LBSU game seemed even more exciting than the UCLA match. It's great to
have such TV coverage.
@idabluePenn State and Loyola played during the season and Penn
State won in a sweep, 3-0.
Patch probably deserved tournament MVP. But interestingly, not only did he not
get MVP, he didn't even make the all tournament 1st team. What's up
with that? Sander was selected as the tourney MVP and Young and Rivera joined
him on the All MPSF Tournament 1st team.
@slsGoing into the Conference Tournaments, Loyola was actually ranked
higher than Penn State, (even though Penn State had a better overall record). So
that is probably the reason Loyola got seeded higher than Penn State. On the
same token, Long Beach State was ranked higher than UC Irvine on the national
polls and LBSU beat UC Irvine in the Tourney, so LBSU really should have gotten
the bid. In my mind LBSU got totally hosed by the selection committee in favor
of the defending national champions.
@ Blue Coug,Thanks for the enlightenment. I guess my head is too
deep into the sand and BYU sports that I'm totally oblivion to the nuances
that covers all the sports. To be honest, I don't even know what Title IX
is or what it entails but I suppose it has to do with football gobbling up all
the money leaving little or none for the other sports, is that it?. What a
shame!Anyhow, thanks for enlightening me bro! Very much appreciated. No
wonder the big boys in football and basketball, eg. Alabama, LSU, Mia, Mich,
Fla. State, N.C, Duke, Kentucky, etc, don't have volleyball and rugby in
their schools sports programs. Again, what a darn shame!As for the
Cougars run in both sports, all I can say is Cheeeehhhoooooo! Beautiful
can't even describe it for me. I just love, love, love it! Go Cougars!!!
I'm really disappointed at the NC pairings. Giving UC Irvine the at-large
berth wasn't so bad, although it seemed like LBSU's number 2 ranking
and the fact that they beat the Anteaters in the MPSF tournament would get them
the bid. However, to seed Loyola number 3 and stick BYU with the semi-final
match up with Penn State was a real error.The semi-final match is
the real title game. If BYU gets knocked out in the semi-final, there will be a
lot of disappointed BYU fans.I've heard that BYU's
Santiago was chair of the selection committee. If so, Cougar fans have a right
to be really upset.
It is good to see the team is clicking on all cylinders going into the
nationals.I am still a little bothered by the setter play however. You
have the NPOY on your team and he gets about 1/2 or less the sets that Patch
gets. Don't get me wrong. Patch is one of the best outside hitters in the
league and a very important reason for BYU's success. But Sander is still a
little stronger hitter and more experienced, but Boyce clearly favors Patch over
Sander, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I think they would be more
effective as a team if the ball were distributed more evenly. I
think this team will be very good next year, depending on the quality of play of
Patch's replacement at OH. As good as this team is right now, they would be
even better next year if Patch were to return for one more year before his
mission...... Yeah, I know. Those darn priorities ;-)
thebigsamoan"... this sport also seems to be totally nonexistent
here in the east, especially among the SEC, ACC, and other major conferences. I
wonder why?"Penn State and Ohio State both have excellent
men's volleyball teams, but the main reason more schools don't have
men's volleyball - football and Title IX. In order to balance the number of
scholarships for men and women, most schools can't afford to sponsor
Loved watching the games, very exciting play and great to see the team (and
crowd) pull off many wins.Go Cougars!
Watched the UCLA game and this game on TV. Far more exciting than watching PGA
golf, major league baseball or even the NBA for sure!
Awesome effort boys! Winning makes watching BYU sports so much fun. Already
looking forward to watching the final four this weekend. Too bad other Utah
schools don't have teams competing in this sport. It would've been
fun to see how all Utah teams fared against each together. Likewise, this sport
also seems to be totally nonexistent here in the east, especially among the SEC,
ACC, and other major conferences. I wonder why?Even so, great run
for the Cougars so far! Hope they bring home the trophy again. Go
What a team! And what a great sport! The competition is fiercely competitive
and the matches are so incredibly close. Thanks Cougars for giving us fans a
great season. Two more wins would be just incredible. I cannot recall such
enthusiasm in my home.
Way to go, Cougs! Can't wait to go to LA this week! Let's represent at
Pauley Pavilion, fans!
Congratulations Cougars on a stellar MPSF tourney run. Two wins more for another
national championship!Go Cougs!
Was at the game with my wife. These guys are really fun to watch. Wish I could
go to UCLA to watch the National title games. (Wife is hosting at BYU
Women's conference so were going to watch on TV or the internet) Maybe I
can get to the Rugby National Title game. Good hunting guys, bring home the