No. 9 BYU women’s volleyball returns home to the Smith Fieldhouse this week for matches against rival Utah, CSUN and UNLV.
Last time out
The Cougars (9-0) won the Idaho State Invitational during the weekend, picking up sweeps against Boise State, Missouri and Idaho State. Amy Boswell was named the tournament MVP, while Veronica Jones-Perry and McKenna Miller were also added to the all-tournament team.
BYU plays against Utah (7-2) on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. MDT. The Cougars lead the overall series history, 69-29, and have won the past five-consecutive meetings. The Utes won the North Marriott Harbour Challenge this past weekend, picking up wins against Texas State, CSU Bakersfield and Portland. Utah finished just 10-21, 4-16 (10th) in the Pac-12 in 2015.
BYU will next face off against CSUN (3-6) on Friday, Sept. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. MDT. The Cougars hold a perfect 9-0 record all-time against the Matadors, picking up a four-set win in the last meeting in 2011. CSUN has lost its last four matches, including against Eastern Washington, Wyoming and Samford last weekend. The Matadors finished with an 8-20, 7-9 (sixth) Big West record in 2015.
BYU will conclude the week by playing UNLV (9-0) on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m. MDT. The Cougars lead the overall series, 27-6, against the former Mountain West Conference foe and picked up a five-set win in the last meeting in 2010. The Rebels won the Texas A&M-CC Tournament during the weekend, winning against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and twice against UT Arlington to remain perfect on the year. UNLV is off to its best start in school history and is receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches' Poll. The Rebels finished 16-14, 9-9 (t-fifth) in the MWC in 2015.
Additional match information
Thursday’s match against Utah will be a royal match. Fans are encouraged to wear royal blue to the match. Friday’s match against CSUN is team night – full teams plus coaches will be admitted for $20. Additionally, there will be $1 drinks and popcorn. Saturday’s UNLV match is the alumni match. Former players are encouraged to RSVP with assistant coach Jonny Neeley at email@example.com.
Thursday and Friday’s matches will be broadcast live on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio. Saturday’s match will be streamed live on TheW.tv. Links to live stats and video/audio feeds can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.
Royce Hinton is the men's and women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.