Less than two weeks ago, the BYU men's volleyball team stumbled home after a disastrous four-match losing streak put their title hopes in jeopardy.
Thank goodness for some good old-fashioned home cooking.
The Cougars righted the ship in a hurry and didn't lose a single set during an impressive three-match run to the Mountain-Pacific Sports Federation title, capped by the sweep of Stanford Saturday night.
That success landed BYU the No. 2 seed in this week's NCAA men's volleyball tournament in Chicago, putting it just two matches from its first title since 2004.
The Cougars head to the final week of volleyball feeling confident about their ability to go all the way.
"In the third set, when it was tied, I just felt like we got this," BYU head coach Chris McGown said after Saturday's win. "That was my overriding sense and it's been that way the entire year. Even when we were down at UCLA and Santa Barbara, I kept expecting something to happen. When it doesn't happen, you wonder how we didn't win that because I feel like we always have that in us. I think the overwhelming sentiment for our team is 'hey, we got this.' "
Loyola Chicago, who enjoyed a spectacular season and went 27-1, was an easy pick as the No. 1 seed. The Ramblers beat BYU 3-0 in the first match of the season.
By virtue of their success this year, both Loyola and the Cougars earned byes to the semifinals, which will be played on Thursday.
BYU (21-8) will face the winner of Tuesday's first-round contest between No. 3-seed Stanford (22-8) and No. 6-seed Erskine (21-6).
The Cougars have defeated the Cardinal three times this season, winning 3-1 in Provo on Jan. 24, 3-2 at Stanford on Feb. 15 and then finishing it off with the 3-0 sweep Saturday in the MPSF championship in Provo.
A neutral-site fourth showdown appears likely, although there is always a chance that the Erskine Flying Fleet could pull off a stunning upset.
In just their second season of competition, the Flying Fleet defeated the University of Mount Olive Trojans to win their first Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship and get their spot in the NCAA tournament.
The Ramblers will be in the other semifinal, where they will meet either No. 4 seed Lewis (23-7) or No. 5 seed Penn State (24-6).
Loyola does have an extra advantage, since they are hosting the tournament.
BYU's contest against Stanford or Erskine will take place at 5 p.m. MDT on Thursday.
The semifinal matches will be streamed on NCAA.com, with ESPNU broadcasting the final match Saturday at 6 p.m. MDT.