BYU volleyball knocked out of the NCAA tournament after 5-set loss at Kentucky

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  • venicesurfer Detroit, MI
    Dec. 11, 2017 4:34 p.m.


    WCC is a mediocre conference. A few good teams but a lot of very weak teams. They get a favorable seeding based on their conference (i.e. strength of schedule) ... and BYU has been fortunate to get home court advantage in the 1st round a few times in the past couple of years.

  • CA Dreamer Thousand Oaks, CA
    Dec. 10, 2017 11:25 a.m.

    The official BYU Volleyball roster has Veronica Jones-Perry listed as a Junior (not a Senior as mentioned in the article). If that is correct, great to have her back next year.

    Dec. 9, 2017 3:50 p.m.

    Fun team to watch--BYU has a great future. I was very impressed with Lake (digs, hustle, etc.) and it is great she is only a sophomore.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 9:00 a.m.

    Title should have been: Ever so close to winning was the BYU Women's Volleyball team in Kentucky in 5 sets.

    Why do the Cougars get the tough article-title while the Utes look like heroes? Both did a great job going 5 sets in very difficult matches.

    Go BYU Cougars!

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    Dec. 8, 2017 5:44 p.m.

    Great season and fun team to watch. The Y has a great team coming back with some great recruits coming in. Thanks for all your hard work and the class and sportsmanship in which you play. Go Cougs!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 8, 2017 5:41 p.m.


    Correct. Revenue sports (football and basketball) tend to follow the P5/G5 divide. Olympic sports are more of a toss-up.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Dec. 8, 2017 4:01 p.m.

    BYU will have to replace Cosy Burnett in the middle next year. Kennedy Redding seems ready to step in.

    BYU should be back in Sweet 16 next year...and perhaps a little further.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Dec. 8, 2017 3:29 p.m.


    "As long as any Cougar team plays in the WCC, they will not have good enough competition to improve their level of play on the national level."

    Clueless comment about the WCC.

    BYU has been a national power in volleyball since joining the WCC - SIX straight Sweet Sixteens and a National Championship runner up finish.

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 3:00 p.m.

    Great match and great effort. I especially love to see the faces of the Cougars, they're always having fun playing no matter the outcome.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 2:54 p.m.

    The NCAA has a problem. Playing in a national tournament should not be held on ANY team's home court, especially when it reaches the sweet 16 level. The deck was stacked against BYU from the beginning, based on their seeding.

  • Always 2020 Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 8, 2017 2:52 p.m.

    In the coaches poll Kentucky is ranked 6th and BYU is ranked 7th, so the way this played out was exactly what the coaches saw. The error is with the individuals doing the NCAA seeding.

    BYU has made it to the sweet sixteen the last six years in a row and in 2014 made it to the national championship. That's what you call competing on a "national level."

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Dec. 8, 2017 2:48 p.m.

    Wrong to pin this one on the WCC. How did the Gonzaga men nearly win it all in basketball last year?

    And even if the WCC level of competition is the problem, the WCC is miles ahead of other college leagues in sportsmanship, respect for opponents, and integrity. WCC level of athletic competition may be roughly equivalent to MWC. But, WCC leaves MWC in the dust in most other measures.

    BYU has always had to deal with poor seeding. That won't change even if they get into a P5 conference.

    And, both this year and last, the women almost took down a higher-seeded team on their home court. All they can do is do their best. Another great year for women's volleyball. It's been fun to watch. Cool thing is, almost all of the ladies are back next year.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    Dec. 8, 2017 1:59 p.m.

    I thought the Cougs had something going when they went up 6-2 in the last set, but Kentucky just overpowered them with height and more variety on offense.

  • LDSAZ Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 8, 2017 1:34 p.m.

    Great match. Congratulations to the Lady Cougs. It was a great season. Although one doesn't recognize your abilities on the national stage, I certainly do. Well played.

  • PRSomega Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 1:26 p.m.

    BYU was barely beaten by higher ranked team at their home court. Either Kentucky was ranked too high or BYU was ranked too low. Regardless, their ranking should have been closer.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 1:07 p.m.

    A disappointing but not unexpected loss. As long as any Coug team plays in the Wcc, they will not have good enough competition to improv their level of play on the national level. Plus, they get poor seeding.