No rest for the weary, Cougar volleyball back at it

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After a weekend sweep of three opponents — including Utah — in the Utah Invitational, the BYU women’s volleyball team is back in action today, against Utah State in Logan.

The Cougars (9-2) will be looking to extend an eight-match win streak, while the Aggies, (7-6) are hoping to end a three-game losing streak.

Lately, no team has had an answer for the Cougars’ level of play.

“We have good team chemistry and we will continue to work hard in practice,” coach Shawn Olmstead said.

At the invitational, the Cougars knocked off a tough Eastern Michigan team and dominated UC Riverside and the University of Utah. Sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Hamson and junior setter Heather Hannemann were named to the all-tournament team. Senior outside hitter Christie Carpenter was given tournament honors and was named the Utah Invitational MVP.

“We can always improve, but the kids are playing well together,” Olmstead said.

Despite the win streak, the Cougars say they have no plans of letting up.

“We will practice hard before the match and make the adjustments we need to make,” Hamson said.

After playing four games in four days last week, BYU only had one day to get ready for Utah State. However, short preparation has not seemed to keep the Cougars from dominating their opponents.

“We kept up our intensity during the [Utah Invitational],” freshman Katie Vaughn said, “and hopefully we can keep it up.”

The Utah State match begins at 7 p.m. The Cougars will also play two matches in California this weekend. BYU will first face Cal State Fullerton on Friday night and then Cal State Northridge on Saturday afternoon.

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