The BYU men's volleyball team opens up its 1991 home schedule this weekend with a solid 1-2 punch this week, as the Cougars host Southern California and Long Beach State - the 1990 NCAA champion and runner-up, respectively.
Starting its second season of intercollegiate competition, BYU opens its Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Association league play with tonight's 7:30 p.m. game against defending league champion Long Beach State, which starts the season ranked third nationally by Volleyball Monthly.Then it's defending NCAA champion and top-ranked USC that makes its visit Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The preseason favorites to repeat as national titlists, the Trojans are led by 6-foot-senior standout Bryan Ivie, a dominant player who was part of the U.S. National team during the off-season and who is expected to be part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team.
The Cougars started their season with a two-day, eight-match participation at the UC-Santa Barbara tournament last weekend. BYU's biggest achievement was a victory over fourth-ranked Stanford, as the Cougars finished 12th in the 24-team tournament. One of the matches of the preseason meet counted in BYU's overall record - a loss to ninth-ranked Hawaii.
All but two of BYU's games this season - away games at Ohio State and Penn State later this month, will be broadcast live on KSRR Radio (1400 AM).