BYU men's volleyball: Cougars positioned for improvement after a tough 2019 season

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  • Sand Flea FALLING WATERS, WV
    April 26, 2019 1:33 p.m.

    I love watching this ball team even in a bad year like this. They have some amazing talent and a great coach. The staff and players will improve and I look forward to being back on top.

    -Go Cougars!

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    April 26, 2019 9:19 a.m.

    The last Stanford match in the MPSF tournament was a pleasant surprise, but the BYU back row played pretty miserably all year. The Sander brothers spoiled Coug fans with their ability to finagle kills off poorly located sets, not to mention their stellar serve-receive skills. With bad passing and poor setting, BYU looked very ordinary this year, despite having two great pin-hitters in Garcia-Fernandez and Gardini.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 25, 2019 5:46 p.m.

    I appreciate the author’s optimism, but this was the worst BYU Men’s VB team in over decade. And the McKendree game left me with very little confidence in our depth or our future. In that embarrassing match Olmstead left almost all the starters on the bench to the bitter end in a loss to a very poor team. With the exception of Ah Sue at OH and Oberender at MB, it was a very disappointing effort by the backups.

    The Sander brothers excelled at EVERY aspect of the game. This year’s team had no one like that. Garcia and Gardini are pretty good pin hitters but their serving, serve-receive, passing, and defense need much improvement. The middle blockers are serviceable and have much potential, but their lack of a quality libero and a quality setter after Stanley went down really hurt this team this year.

    The match against Hawaii really showed us how far this team has yet to go to be considered elite. They were lethal at every position and made BYU look very ordinary by comparison.
    Hopefully the next recruiting class will fill some of Cougs’ gaping holes.