Women’s volleyball has returned

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After almost three weeks on the road, the BYU women’s volleyball team takes the court tonight to play No. 17 Pepperdine (13-5, 7-0).

BYU (16-5) lost 1-3 the last time they faced Pepperdine in early October. Now, the Cougars look to end the Waves undefeated conference record and climb in the WCC standings.

“We’re going into the game with a lot more confidence,” senior outside hitter Christie Carpenter said. “We have developed and grown very strong as a team the last couple of weeks. Also our defensive game has come a long way and that will be a big factor for us.”

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Nicole Warner goes for a kill against Santa Clara in their last home match. The Cougars will play No. 17 Pepperdine at home Thursday.
The Cougars need to play well defensively in order to compete with Pepperdine and control their offense.

“Both Portland and Gonzaga came out hard against us and it was a battle,” Carpenter said. “It helped show us that our hard work is paying off in certain areas and we are ready to prove that to Pepperdine this week.”

Coming off back-to-back wins on the road and returning home to play in the electric Smith Fieldhouse, the BYU Women’s volleyball team has momentum and confidence going into the match.

“There is no other gym like the Fieldhouse,” Carpenter said. “It has an atmosphere and a feel that you just can’t get anywhere else and we love to play there. We are comfortable and confident there and I think it’s an intimidating gym for other teams as well.”

BYU has been preparing the past few days for Pepperdine and feel their game plan will be successful.

“We are focused on our team right now,” Carpenter said. “We can beat any team that comes our way as long as we play the way we know how. Tactically we are focused on the usual things:  serving, serve-receiving, defense and ball control, [but] as long as these things are in check we can go a long way.”

Following Monday’s match, head Coach Shawn Olmstead said, “We have improved since the last time we played them and this week we can work on various things to get us ready for the match. We can hang with any team, it is just a matter of us going out and getting the things we need to done.”

The Cougars play in the Smith Fieldhouse also play Saturday at 7 p.m. against No. 16 San Diego. It will be the Cougars “Dig Pink” match where BYU helps with breast cancer awareness efforts.

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