BYU men's volleyball: Team effort landed Cougars in NCAA Final Four

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  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    May 2, 2013 11:03 p.m.

    Congratulations BYU on a great 3-game sweep of Penn St to advance to the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship on Saturday!

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    Thebigsamoan probably didn't mean Sunday School boys as a derogatory term, but it is a strange characterization of championship athletes. If that were the unique quality of the BYU team, most coaches would start sending their athletes to church.

  • Wally Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 2, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    Re:BigSamoan and thanks to papi-chulo
    Penn State has won three national championships, one fewer than BYU. BYU started NCAA play about when Penn State won their first championship. For most of this entire season the top ten have all been western schools. Penn State was occasionally ranked fifth or worse and Loyola was never in the top ten. In the history of the forty-one NCAA championships there have only been three champions from east of BYU -- Penn State twice and Ohio State once. BYU has been ranked #1 most of the season and has two on the 1st team All-America team and Ben Patch as newcomer of the year. And the MPSF Coach of the year. Chris McGowan. So these RMs and Sunday School boys are doing just fine thank you.

  • papi_chulo Ogden, UT
    May 2, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    @ thebigsamoan
    ...sunday school boys?? And you are a BYU fan? Odd. Penn State has only won two National Championships in Mens volleyball ever...they won in 2008 and then back in 1994. So even though they may have been in the final four, it doesn't mean much, because mens volleyball is a lot different than other sports tournaments. There are only 3 conferences that get automatic bids and then one at large bid that make up the final four every year. So if you win your conference tournament, then you automatically get to go to the final four. And to be honest, volleyball is a west coast sport, not an east coast sport. There are a lot better competition with all of the California and Hawaii schools than the competition that Penn State plays...such as Harvard or Princeton. Not saying that they aren't good, but just saying that it is my opinion that the competition out west is better. And since I have played competitive volleyball against both east and west coast, I think my opinion is a pretty valid one.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    May 2, 2013 6:05 a.m.

    Looking forward to a great match up against Penn State. I'm a little nervous about hearing that Penn State has been in the final four consecutively the last 15 years. Hmmm, sounds like the Sunday School boys have got their work cut out for them tonight. I wonder how many NC Penn State won during their long run of Final Four appearances, anyone know? I'm just curious! But it should be a very exciting match up though, and I can't wait!

    Go Cougars!