“Eat ’em up Cougars!” A voice ripples through the crowded Smith Fieldhouse, breaking the silence of the customary pre-game prayer. It came from Martin Wright, a BYU volleyball superfan known as the “ace man.”
New players had the opportunity to contribute to BYU’s sweep of McKendree on Saturday night, as the Cougars’ typical starters cheered from the sidelines.
The BYU women’s volleyball team fell just short in its attempt to come back after being down two sets to No. 4 seed Texas. The Cougars pushed the game to a decisive fifth set but was unable to close out the fifth set and lost in the NCAA Regional Semifinals (23-25, 14-25, 26-24, 25-22, 14-16).
BYU women’s volleyball defeated UNLV in three quick sets to move on to the third round of the NCAA tournament (25-23, 25-21, 25-12).
The BYU women’s volleyball put up 14 team blocks to defeat Princeton in the first round of the NCAA tournament in three straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-23).
No. 13 seed BYU women’s volleyball will host the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA tournament and will start by playing unranked Princeton.