No. 9 BYU heads down to UTEP/New Mexico State Invitational

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BYU's Camry Godfrey Willardson celebrates during match with UMBC earlier this season (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
BYU’s Camry Godfrey Willardson celebrates during match with UMBC earlier this season (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

The No. 9 BYU women’s volleyball team (5-1) will have another opportunity to defeat a top 25 team for the first time this season when they face No. 14 Colorado State (6-1) this Friday in the opening match of the UTEP/New Mexico State Invitational.

The Cougars are looking to get their first resume builder win over a top 25 team this weekend after last weeks tough loss to No. 5 Washington in five sets. BYU will face off against Colorado State on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Colorado State’s lone loss this season came from No. 3 Wisconsin in straight sets.

BYU will then hop on the bus and head three and a half hours south to play UTEP (1-5) also on Friday at 7 p.m. This will be the first meeting since 1998 between BYU and UTEP. The Cougars are a perfect 24-0 all time against the Miners.

BYU will finish the invitational by traveling back to Las Cruces to face New Mexico State (3-3) on Saturday at 12 p.m. BYU is 29-5 against New Mexico State and won the last meeting between the two of them in the first round of the NCAA tournament back in 2012.

Video streaming is available for Friday evening’s  match against UTEP through UTEP’s athletic website and Saturday’s match against New Mexico State is available to watch and stream on ESPN3.

Jennifer Hamson (19) gathers with teammates.(Photo by Savanna Sorensen/BYU Photo)
Jennifer Hamson (19) gathers with teammates.(Photo by Savanna Sorensen/BYU Photo)

Jennifer Hamson nominated for 2014 Senior CLASS Award

BYU’s All American, Jennifer Hamson, was nominated this week for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. The Senior CLASS Award stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. Those nominated for the award have notable achievements in four areas of excellence, community, classroom, character and competition. Hamson is one of only 30 women volleyball players to make the list. The list will be dwindled down to 10 athletes halfway through the season.

 

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