Smith Fieldhouse Provo UT 84606
PROVO, Utah- The BYU women’s volleyball team won its third tournament of the season beating Portland State 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 28-26). The Cougars extended their best start since 2005, improving to 9-0.
Portland State falls to 4-6 on the season.
“The biggest positive is that we won our home tournament,” head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “I thought we served and passed well throughout the tournament and our defense was good. We had a lot of digs, and we just need to be more disciplined on our blocking moving forward to our tournament next weekend.”
Jessica Jardine notched her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and a career-high 15 digs while Hamson registered her second double-double of the season with 15 kills and 11 digs. Hannemann also had her third double-double of the season with 37 assists and 12 digs. Ciara Parker led the defense with 17 digs.
Megan Ellis led the Vikings with 16 kills and 11 digs.
The opening set was tied at 3-3 before two straight kills by Hamson sparked a 5-0 run bringing the score to 8-3 and causing the Vikings to call a timeout. Portland State fought back, capitalizing on a few Cougar mistakes to bring the score to 18-16. Gray took the momentum back with a kill to spark a 7-4 run to help the Cougars close out the first set. They won the set on a service error by the Vikings.
The second set was dominated by runs. The Cougars jumped out to the early 9-3 lead, led by Hamson’s three kills and an ace. BYU maintained a seven-point lead until Portland State held on defensively and went on a 6-0 run to bring the score to 21-19. The Cougars regained their composure and finished the set on a 4-2 run led by two kills by Hamson.
Similar to the second set, the third set was dominated by runs. The Vikings opened up an early 6-5 lead before Gray started an 8-2 run to put the Cougars in front 13-7 with a strong kill and block. Portland State played tough defense and went on a 13-6 run to regain the lead late in the set at 20-19. BYU went on a 5-1 run to bring the score to 24-21 but couldn’t close out the match as the Vikings fought off four match points. Hamson finished out the set with a kill to win 28-26.
Next week the Cougars travel to Washington D.C. to play in the George Washington Invitational. Their first match will be Friday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. EDT against New Hampshire. They will also play Princeton and host George Washington the following day at noon and 7 p.m. EDT, respectively.
Bowling Green vs. Utah
In their final match of the BYU Nike Invitational, Bowling Green and Utah met for a close battle as the Utes edged the Falcons in a thrilling five sets (29-27, 26-28, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11).
Utah won the first set in extra points but found themselves behind after the third to Bowling Green (2-6). The Utes fought hard to earn back the two losses and improve their season record to 7-4. Morgan Odale led the Utes with 18 kills and 13 digs, while Chelsey Schofield and Bailey Bateman had 16 and 14 kills, respectively.
The Falcons took the lead halfway through the first set and pushed the score to a comfortable 22-17 lead, but the Utes came back with timely hitting and team blocks en route to a 29-27 first-set victory.
The second set was full of lead changes and tied scores. The Utes pulled ahead early to force a quick Falcon timeout, but Bowling Green pushed back, much like Utah in the first set, to overcome a four-point Ute lead and bring the game to another late tie. The Falcons earned the 28-26 win in the end to even the match at one set apiece.
Utah and Bowling Green fought point for point in the third set until the Falcons pulled away late to gain the 20-14 lead. The Utes fought back with a run of their own to cut the lead to four, but it wasn’t enough as the Falcons pulled away with the 25-21 victory.
Much like the first three sets, the Utes and Falcons battled for every point, but Utah pulled out the 25-22 win to force a game-five decision.
Utah jumped out to an early lead in the fifth with a five-point run to start the game and were ahead 8-2 at the side change. Utah did not relinquish the lead and finished strong to earn the five-set victory.
No. 21 Cougars host BYU Nike Invitational
PROVO, Utah—Following a duo of wins against top-25 teams, the No. 21 BYU women’s volleyball team welcomes Utah, Bowling Green and Portland State to Elaine Michaelis Court for the BYU Nike Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The Cougars (6-0) play Utah (6-2) at 7 p.m. MDT Friday in the team’s home opener. The teams will compete for the Deseret First Duel trophy and three points toward the overall Deseret First Duel count. Utah leads the Duel 3-0 after a win in women’s soccer.
BYU then faces Bowling Green Saturday at noon and Portland State at 7 p.m.
With 98 total kills, junior opposite hitter Jennifer Hamson averages 4.45 kills per set. Hamson was named MVP for both the Rice Invitational and the Shocker Volleyball Classic. Setter Heather Hannemann has had 260 assists in the last six matches and freshman libero Ciara Parker has tallied 112 digs. Both have been named to an all-tournament team since the start of the season.
Utah won the Aggie Invitational during the first week of the season, defeating in-state foes Utah State, Utah Valley, Southern Utah and Weber State. The Utes lost to Santa Clara and North Carolina Friday and Saturday, respectively, only defeating UC Davis in their weekend tournament.
Chelsey Schofield leads Utah with 3.82 kills per set, aided by McKenzie Odale’s 10.39 assists per set. Middle blocker Bailey Bateman could cause trouble at the net with an average 1.59 blocks.
BYU leads the series against Utah 65-29-0 after beating the Utes in the teams’ meeting last season on Crimson Court.
Bowling Green is 1-4 on the season after losing to Georgia Tech and Cleveland State over the weekend. The Falcons pulled off a four-set win Saturday at Indiana.
Leading the team is Danielle Tonyan with 3.56 kills per set and Paige Penrod with 3.33. Laura Avila averages 8.50 assists per set, while Ashley Dunn has 3.89 digs per set. Kaitlyn Skinner leads in blocks with 1.22 per set.
Saturday’s match is BYU’s first ever against Bowling Green.
The Vikings are 3-3 on the season after the Bankers Classic over the weekend. Portland State swept both Northern Illinois and Nevada Saturday after losing to Pacific Friday night. The Vikings finished second in the tournament.
Portland State meets UC Santa Barbara at home Tuesday night before heading to Provo for the weekend.
Jaklyn Wheeler leads the Viking offense with 4.14 kills per set. She’s aided by Garyn Schlatter with 11.36 assists per set and Kasimira Clark with 5.0 digs per set.
BYU hasn’t played against Portland State since 1984, when Portland State defeated the Cougars 2-1 in the BYU Preview Invitational. BYU leads the series 4-3-0.
How to watch
Tickets are available through the Marriot Center Ticket Office, which can be reached by calling 800-322-BYU1(2981) or 801-422-2981 (local), or at the Smith Fieldhouse Ticket Office up to one hour before the first match. For more information on tickets, visit the ticket page.