BYU volleyball: Cougars end regular season with a loss

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  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    April 13, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    BYU has already clinched 1st place and the #1 seed in the MPSF tournament, so they were really playing for nothing versus Hawaii, UCSB and UCLA, while the other teams were fighting for seeding in the tournament.

    I expect the Cougars to play much better back on their home court with conference tournament and a possible national championship on the line.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    April 13, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    Adversity can either be the catalyst to regroup and be better or the poison pill that will breed doubt in your abilities and diminish your capacity to believe in yourself. Hopefully these last two losses will do the former and a happy ending to the season is still possible!

    Go Cougars!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 13, 2014 1:05 p.m.

    esodije makes some good points. This team has struggled with passing and setting all year long. And in all our losses that I have seen this year (and especially the national championship game last year) it seems like every hit offensively is met with 3 blockers from the opposition.
    Did BYU peak too early and the other teams peaking right at the right time?
    I hope not. I hope that they aren't relying on the home court advantage too much because they aren't playing too well now and they have a huge target on their back; and teams are starting to figure them out.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    April 13, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    It's frustrating for this Cougar fan to watch another season waft away into the ether. I've started to realize that it isn't just a matter of BYU playing progressively worse--by the end of the season, the other teams seem to have BYU completely figured out, and the Cougs simply don't have any new wrinkles to throw at them. Deception and variation are the key to any successful volleyball offense, and when the other teams put up a solid block on virtually every set, no matter the location or the speed, you know you're tipping your hand somehow. Yes, execution is an issue--the passing hasn't been great, and Tyler Heap hasn't yet come into his own as a setter--but I think coaching has a lot to do with it, too.