BYU women’s volleyball quest for a WCC championship

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BYU woman's volleyball team celebrating a win earlier this season. (The Universe)
The BYU women’s volleyball team celebrates a win earlier this season. (The Universe)

It’s time to look and see how BYU stands in the WCC and nationally with the No. 14 BYU women’s volleyball team’s regular season winding down.

WCC Standings

                                                                                                       WCC           PCT.         Record

                                                                      #14 BYU                   12-2           .857             21-4

                                                                      Santa Clara               10-4           .714             20-7

                                                                       San Diego                 9-5            .643            16-10

                                                                          LMU                       8-5            .615             20-5

                                                                         Pacific                     8-5            .515             19-7

                                                                       Gonzaga                   6-7             .462            14-9

                                                                   San Francisco              5-9              .357           12-14

                                                                     Pepperdine                4-9               .308           10-15

                                                                    Saint Mary’s                4-9               .308            7-14

                                                                       Portland                   1-12             .077            6-18

Key matches and dates

Friday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Smith Fieldhouse: BYU will be looking to avenge its five-set, nail-biting loss to San Diego. San Diego is the defending WCC champion, and with only a few games left in the season, a win for the Cougars will put them in solid position to win the conference. This will also be BYU’s last home game of the year and its senior night, where it will say goodbye to Jennifer Hamson, Tambre Nobles, Hannah Robison and Tia Withers Welling.

Dec. 5: The NCAA tournament starts, and the Cougars start the journey for their third-straight Sweet Sixteen.

Dec. 18–20: The Final Four and Championship games take place in Oklahoma City. If the Cougars get on a roll at the right time, they can find themselves competing for a championship.

What BYU needs to do to win the conference

BYU is in good shape to win the conference championship as long as it continues to win. If BYU wins its match on Friday and Santa Clara doesn’t lose they would only need one more win to clinch at least a share of the conference title. The Cougars have their hardest match left on the schedule at home, and they have already beaten the teams they face on the road. BYU’s future is in its own hands.

National attention

BYU has been ranked all season long and currently is ranked at No. 14. BYU leads the nation in blocks per set with 3.85. BYU also has the two leading blockers when it comes to blocks per set. Whitney Young is first, with 1.90 blocks per set, and Amy Boswell is second, with 1.63 blocks per set. Whitney Young also leads the nation in total blocks, with 148 blocks. Boswell was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team. Boswell is the only player chosen from the WCC and currently has a 3.92 GPA.

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