Time to set up the appleTV. Wish this match could be broadcast on a typical
channel. We'd love to see a repeat of the game last Sat. then win the NC.
Two matches away from a National Championship, but it won't be easy having
to go through the #3 and #2 ranked teams on the road.Good luck
Re:BlueCougBYU is seeded 2 Chicago is ranked 1
Cougars need focus to win this game. Go cougars, Eat'em! Get the National
I thought the game is going to be on BYUtv. At least that's what I saw in
the paper today.
MJBBYU is ranked #1, Loyola-Chicago #2, and Stanford #3 in this
week's AVCA rankings.
I'm still wondering how Lewis got the nod over Pepperdine as an at-large
team in the tournament, especially after they lost last night to Penn State. If
Loyola is as good as their hype, they should walk all over Penn State, so that
match will provide a good barometer. The BYU-Stanford match will be epic, but
the fact that there's a rest day on Friday should allow the winner to
recover enough (barring injuries) to take on Loyola at full strength.
MJBThe official end of season rankings have BYU #1, Loyola #2,
Stanford #3, and Pepperdine #4, and Lewis #10. This is the Coach's Poll and
is supposed to be used is as a tool in determining seeding. However, the
knuckleheads at the NCAA played favorites and seeded Loyola #1 (which is partly
understandable since they beat BYU head to head early in the season when BYU was
still trying to figure out a starting lineup) and snubbed Pepperdine so Loyola
would have an easy pathway to the championship game. It is no secret that the
MPSF is miles ahead of any other conference in the nation in competitiveness. So
it is likely that the winner of the Stanford-BYU game will win the national
BYU has been playing exceptionally well as of late, but they did have an ugly 4
match losing streak just prior to the start of the conference tournament.
It's very apparent that the Cougars play much better in Provo than they do
elsewhere and that concerns me against Stanford. After watching a lot of
volleyball this year, I think BYU will likely beat Loyola for the title, if the
Cougars can get there. However, after losing 3 times to the Cougars already, I
have to give the Cardinal the edge against BYU in their semifinal matchup. I
think Stanford is the most-complete team in the country and the Cougars will
have to play their very best in order to come out victorious. Hopefully they can
do it, but I certainly have my doubts. GO COUGARS!!!
wendellBeating Stanford at Stanford gives me hope that BYU can do it
in Chicago, but it was a very close, see-saw, five set victory - 3-2 (25-22,
20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-7).Stanford has the edge in hitting and
digging. BYU has the edge in blocking and serving.BYU will have to
be playing at the top of their game to beat the Cardinal a 4th time.
Agree with wendell.Stanford certainly has the horses to win it all. They
hit better and pass better than any other team. On the other hand,BYU is
the best blocking team and they have Taylor Sander (who isn't utilized
enough, in my opinion). I think this game will come down to psychology. BYU has
shown they have their number this year and that may weigh in Stanford's
heads. On the other hand, Stanford will be super motivated to beat BYU away from
BYU's home court. There is no question BYU feeds off the energy of the home
crowd. They are a different team on the road.
It's quite obvious that the NCAA chose and seeded the teams to give the
host team the best possible chance of playing in the championship game.There's no other logical reason why #10 Lewis would be picked over
Pepperdine and 5 other available MPSF teams that were ranked higher.Placing both MPSF teams on the other side of the bracket ensured that the host
team wouldn't have to play a team from the best volleyball conference until
the championship match.
On a neutral court Stanford destroyed Pepperdine. I would think Stanford is
capable of doing that to BYU also on a neutral court. I see BYU as the slight
underdog here. I hope the Cougs approach this game with a chip on their
Go PAC 12 Stanford!
Chris bThe PAC 12 doesn't sponsor Men's volleyball.BYU
and Stanford belong to the "prestigious" MPSF conference. I have MPSF
bumper stickers all over my car.And BYU is the champion of that
prestigious conference for the 2nd year in a row. What conference does
Utah's Men's Volleyball belong to, and do you have the bumper stickers
for that conference?
Chris BSalt Lake City, UT"Go PAC 12 Stanford!"Oh, now we get it. Winning on the court/field no longer is the key for
Ute fans; I suppose that should be OK since you surely are rooting for the
PAthetiC-12. Or did you not know that that BYU has won three
matches and lost zero (on the court this year) vs. Stanford?We'll watch to see that "key" switched back.
Chris BWhy would U even care about a sport that the Utes are too
wimpy to even compete in?btw, BYU and Stanford are in the same
conference in Men's Volleyball, the MPSF. In reality, Utah is the team on
the outside looking in when it comes to Men's Volleyball - U don't
even have a team.-------------idablu"On
a neutral court Stanford destroyed Pepperdine."Stanford also
lost to BYU on their home court.I think it'll be a very tough,
hard fought match for both teams, and I wouldn't be surprised if it once
again goes to five sets.BYU surged ahead in the 5th set at Stanford
to win the match; hopefully, they'll be able to do it again.
idabluIdaho Falls, ID"Chris bThe PAC 12 doesn't
sponsor Men's volleyball.BYU and Stanford belong to the
"prestigious" MPSF conference. I have MPSF bumper stickers all over my
car.And BYU is the champion of that prestigious conference for the 2nd
year in a row."Spot on, idablu! Hey where can I get one of
those MPSF stickers? I have several acquaintances who would also like to obtain
some. However, one will be enough for my car.
CB goes up for a kill--but is stuffed at the net! Point BYU!
WA_Alum&DadActually, a stuff-kill, point-set-match for BYU.And a huge miscalculation on CB's part.BYU is already a
member of the most prestigious conference in the country in Men's
Volleyball and BYU has been one of the best programs in that conference since
becoming an NCAA-sanctioned program and joining the MPSF in Men's
Chris BIt's too bad the Utes don't field a Men's
Volleyball team. It would be fun crushing the Utes every year.Unfortunately for U, even your "conference" smack failed miserably -
BYU and Stanford both share the same conference affiliation in Men's
Didn't even know there was a Loyola in Chicago. Interesting the random
sports some schools specialize in, like the Loyola from Maryland and Johns
Hopkins are very good at lacrosse.Anywho, good luck to BYU.
They loaded the brackets so their home team doesn't play anyone hard. What
a shame that the real national championship will be played Thursday night at 5
pm MST! What follows after that will be minor league in character as a MPSF team
will win it all!! Go Cougs! You have to be up for this one game on your
own.......not much crowd support in the stands this time.Wish I was
there......just like ten thousand other fans wish!!
Go Cougars! Will that ACE Guy and Jarbari Parker going to be there and our
Cougar Nation in Chicago?
Hey Brandon Gurney, It would nice if you could let people know the time and who
will be broadcasting on T.V this volleyball game.
cdchttrtnThe BYU-Stanford volleyball match will be streamed live at
5:00 p.m. on NCAA dotcom / live
BYU-Standford game will be broadcasting (live!)on NCAAdot com and also live on
NCAA@Sports App, at 17:00 MST (19:00 EST). Ready, Set, GOOOOOO! COUGARS!