The BYU women’s volleyball team boarded a plane and flew to Brazil Thursday to begin a 14-day tour to compete against foreign teams, build unity among players and serve members of the international community.
“We are thrilled to be able to take this foreign tour to Brazil and Argentina,” head coach Shawn Olmstead said in a news release. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us as a team and a chance to build on team bonding and core values and also to compete with some outstanding volleyball teams. We’re equally excited to interact with members of the Church in Argentina and Brazil through service and church worship.”
Last year marked the Cougars’ most successful season since 2007. They finished 21-9 overall and 10-6 in the conference ranking third in their debut in the West Coast Conference. They have only lost three seniors from last year’s team and expect to build on the success going into the 2012 season. Their South American tour will help prepare the Cougars for the season that begins at the end of the summer.
The Cougars have eight matches scheduled during their stay as well as one service project in both Brazil and Argentina. Updates and photos of their activities will be available on their Facebook page throughout the tour. The team is expected to return to Provo on May 17.