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BYU men\u2019s volleyball coach Shawn Olmstead is a runner.

While at the Final Four with the women\u2019s team in 2014, Olmstead ran through the streets of Oklahoma City to relax and get away from the hoopla. The week after the Cougar men\u2019s team lost in the NCAA championship match to Hawaii in May, Olmstead took a run on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Two weeks ago, Olmstead drove three hours to Wyoming, slept in his car and ran up to King\u2019s Peak.

What does Olmstead think about while he\u2019s running?

Lots of things, but mainly how he\u2019s going to rebuild his roster and maintain the excellence of the Cougar program.

\u201cIt\u2019s really what I\u2019m looking forward to,\u201d Olmstead said. \u201cI know it sounds crazy. We\u2019re not going to be the team we were the past two years. As a coach, that\u2019s actually very exciting for me. This team has been so reliant on guys like Gabi (Garcia Fernandez). Even though we have so many guys coming back without experience it\u2019s an opportunity to create a new brand and a new culture.\u201d

Fernandez, along with middle blockers Filipe de Brito Ferreira and Miki Jauhiainen, are playing professionally. Setter Wil Stanley had some overseas opportunities but has decided to begin his coaching career as an assistant with the University of Utah women\u2019s team. Zach Eschenberg will begin dental school after his wife, Kennedy, finishes her eligibility with the BYU women\u2019s volleyball team this fall.

Those five players helped the Cougars to a 37-5 record and near the top of the national rankings over the past two seasons.

Junior outside Davide Gardini has spent the summer working out with the Italian national team and will be one of two returning starters, along with libero Mitch Worthington.

The rest of players most Cougar fans don\u2019t know \u2026 yet.

\u201cWe have a lot of guys who have been in our gym but haven\u2019t played,\u201d Olmstead said. \u201cCOVID really limited our schedule last year so we couldn\u2019t go as deep into our roster as we would have liked.\u201d

Omstead and his coaching staff will have this summer and the fall to get the youngsters ready for their big moment.

Sophomore middle blocker Gavin Julien (6-foot-8) will help out at BYU volleyball camps the next two weeks before flying to Anaheim to train with the Team USA program.

\u201cI\u2019m incredibly excited for that and our season,\u201d Julien said. \u201cIt\u2019ll be nice having more of a role. I think everyone who\u2019s coming back is excited to get in there and get ready to play. The second group has gotten really close the past two years.\u201d

Opposite hitter Alex Ah Sue (6-4) and middle blocker Branden Oberender (6-7) have some experience. Olmstead compares redshirt freshman Anthony Cherfan (6-6) to former Cougar and Team USA standout Ben Patch in terms of athleticism. Olmstead said Cherfan can touch 12 feet, 3 inches.

Redshirts Miks Ramanis (6-6) and Jack Palmer (6-8) have \u201chigh potential,\u201d according to Olmstead. The Cougars will add another Italian in 6-7 middle blocker Alessandro Gianotti.

Zeo Meyer, who started the first match of the 2021 season when Stanley was injured, is one of four players who will have the opportunity to step in at setter. Noa Haine (Hawaii), high school All-American Truman Morely and Bartosz Suwinski (Poland) will also compete at setter this fall.

\u201cWe\u2019re more comfortable with larger numbers at that position so we can train as much as possible,\u201d Olmstead said. \u201cIt will create some good competition.\u201d

Sophomore Jon Stanley was the Cougars designated server last season.

\u201cAll of these guys are hungry,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m hungry to finally get a chance to play more. We should have a lot of energy coming into the season. I feel like we\u2019re finding our own way. We know how to play and vibe together while maintaining our connection of the court. We have each other\u2019s backs.\u201d

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BYU women\u2019s volleyball has embraced the transfer portal entering the fall 2021 season and brought in three new players: University of Utah All-American right side Kenzie Koerber and liberos Aria McComber (Washington State) and Gretchen Reinert (Santa Clara).

Clearly, BYU coach Heather Olmstead is focusing on passing and serve-receive \u2014 and for good reason.

The Cougars struggled in their pass game in a 3-0 Sweet 16 loss to No. 1 seed Wisconsin during the NCAA Tournament this spring and bringing in two experienced liberos as well as a six-rotation star like Koerber addresses those issues.

Integrating those three players into a roster with a veteran returning group as well as the No. 5 recruiting class in the country is foremost in the Cougars offseason preparation.

\u201cOur approach will be the same,\u201d Olmstead said. \u201cThere\u2019s not much time to learn our system. We\u2019ll do the best we can to get everybody up to speed and get playing. We have three weeks (from the start of fall camp on August 9) until our first match. These transfers, they happened in a combination of ways. Some of it was kind of random but we had connections to all the kids that helped us.

\u201cThere are more kids available since the NCAA has given everyone an extra year because of the pandemic. It\u2019s a unique situation and we\u2019re going to take advantage of it if it\u2019s the right thing for us.\u201d

A welcome change

The addition of Koerber \u2014 as well as the return from a church mission by middle blocker Heather Gneiting \u2014 means BYU could field a starting lineup of five All-Americans in Koerber, Gneiting, setter Whitney Bower, middle blocker Kennedy Eschenberg and outside hitter Talyn Ballard-Nixon.

The 6-foot-3 Koerber is so competitive that she has kept track of her record during team scrimmages this summer. So far, she\u2019s 11-0.

\u201cI just refuse to lose,\u201d she said. \u201cI think I can help take charge in that aspect of the game and bring intensity any time we\u2019re on the court.\u201d

Koerber was a second team All-American at Utah this spring, her third All-American citation. She totaled 163 kills last season \u2014 second only to first-team All-American Dani Drews \u2014 while leading Utah in aces (26) and finishing third in blocks (44). The Utes made four NCAA appearances and two trips to the Sweet 16 during Koerber\u2019s four years on the Hill.

Koerber was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 2019 and said she was looking for more than just impressive statistics and on-court success.

\u201cUtah was a great experience but I feel like there were things in my life I didn\u2019t achieve,\u201d she said. \u201cI felt like I needed to be somewhere I could progress more as a person and BYU is a perfect place to do that. I felt like I wanted to be pushed in different ways.\u201d

Koerber played for Olmstead \u2014 and with Gneiting \u2014 during the summer of 2019 on the U.S. Collegiate National Team in Japan.

\u201cCoach Olmstead was really personable and I felt like she really cared about me as a player and a person,\u201d Koerber said. \u201cWe are very similar in that we both have a strong desire to win and we\u2019re both very competitive. I want to do big things in my last year of volleyball and we have the power to do that.\u201d

Koerber was familiar with most of BYU\u2019s current players but it took some time to adjust to new terminology and having married teammates. She came to Provo in early June and is hard at work as the Cougars host numerous volleyball camps.

\u201cIt almost feels like I\u2019m a freshman again,\u201d she said. \u201cI have a clean slate and this summer has been awesome. It\u2019s the breath of fresh air I really needed.\u201d

Koerber feels her leadership and skills can help the Cougars make a big run in the NCAA Tournament this fall.

\u201cI truly believe we can win it all,\u201d she said. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of talk about having five All-Americans and getting back to the Final Four and none of that scares me. I thrive off that. If we can fit into all our roles and click together we can be unstoppable.\u201d

A serious student

McComber earned her bachelors degree in Business Administration with a minor in Chinese from Washington State this spring. She\u2019ll be pursuing her masters in environmental science at BYU with plans to focus on corporate sustainability.

\u201cI want to help the world become more green,\u201d she said. \u201cThe best step for that is to work with corporations and their supply chains and teach them how to be more earth friendly.\u201d

While in Pullman, McComber was a two-time Pac 12 Academic Honor Roll awardee and was named to the WSU Presidential Academic Honor Roll nine consecutive times.

Back in 2018, McComber told her coaches at Washington State that she was planning on graduating in three years and would be looking for a graduate school.

She made good on that goal.

\u201cI took 18 credits every semester and went to school every summer,\u201d McComber said. \u201cHeather told me it was going to be a hard load as a grad student and playing volleyball at BYU, but I\u2019ve always wanted to learn as much as I can while playing volleyball as much as I can.\u201d

McComber, who is from Hawaii, was recruited by BYU while in high school and developed a relationship with assistant coach David Hyte. She ultimately chose Washington State.

\u201cUp front, it was important for me to find a way to finance my additional schooling,\u201d McComber said. \u201cThat\u2019s when the doors opened for me at BYU. The girls here have been super nice and reached out to me before I got here. They\u2019ve helped make my transition way smoother.\u201d

McComber appeared in all 16 matches and all 62 sets for Washington State during the spring season, starting at libero. She was second on the team in digs with 158 and totaled 59 assists.

\u201cI\u2019m hoping to add more depth to the passing and the defense,\u201d McComber said. \u201cThat way we give our hitters more options and the freedom to do what they need to do. This team is going to be a top four contender this season. I\u2019m coming from a program that went to the NCAA\u2019s every year I was there and every weekend in the Pac 12 was a battle. I know BYU is top notch when it comes to that.\u201d

McComber has a pretty strong tie to BYU as well. Men\u2019s volleyball players Wil and Jon Stanley, also native Hawaiians, are related by marriage. McComber calls them her \u201cextended brothers.\u201d

\u201cWe talked on the phone and they told me how much they love it here and how big volleyball is,\u201d she said. \u201cThey\u2019re a big reason why I came here.\u201d

Coming home again

Reinert was a two-year starter at libero for Santa Clara, totaling 709 digs, 173 assists and 42 aces during her career. She graduated with a bachelor\u2019s degree in communications and a minor in retail studies this spring.

\u201cI\u2019m not going to lie, I was freaking out a little bit,\u201d she said. \u201cIt wasn\u2019t going to work out financially for me to stay at Santa Clara. I really want to coach after I\u2019m done playing volleyball and be a graduate assistant somewhere. My Santa Clara coach (Erin Lindsey) told me if there was any ounce of me that still wanted to play, I should enter the transfer portal. BYU contacted me within 24 hours. I was like, \u2018The BYU we play in the WCC?\u2019 I couldn\u2019t believe it so I took a screen shot of the e-mail they sent me and talked to Jonny (assistant coach Jonny Neeley) that day.\u201d

Now she\u2019s going to wear Cougar blue, preparing for the season and a masters degree in public administration. Reinert said playing the Cougars twice a year during WCC play has helped her acclimate to life in Provo.

\u201cIt\u2019s definitely different,\u201d she said. \u201cAt Santa Clara there\u2019s no honor code but it\u2019s a Jesuit school. We lived in Provo for 11 years and I was born here so I was prepared for it and it wasn\u2019t too much of a culture shock.\u201d

Reinert\u2019s ties to the state of Utah run deep. She was raised in Provo while her father, Jeff Reinert, was coaching at BYU as an assistant (1991-94) and then as head coach at Utah Valley (1994-2002). He is currently the head coach at junior college powerhouse Southern Idaho.

Twin Falls is about a four-hour drive to Provo and would provide opportunities for Jeff Reinert and his wife, Trish, to see their daughter in action at the Smith Fieldhouse.

\u201cI\u2019m so excited for BYU fans to be cheering for me in such a great atmosphere,\u201d Gretchen Reinert said. \u201cWhen I played at Santa Clara, even though they weren\u2019t cheering for us, it was still the best place to play volleyball in the conference.\u201d

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BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe announced Tuesday the naming of Diljeet Taylor as BYU women\u2019s cross country head coach.

Taylor was previously cross country associate head coach and will continue to serve as associate head coach for BYU men\u2019s and women\u2019s track and field.

\u201cWe are thrilled to name Diljeet as head coach, and we are incredibly thankful and amazed at everything she has done for BYU track and cross country,\u201d Holmoe said. \u201cWhat she has accomplished, including securing a national championship in cross country this past season, is something to make all of Cougar Nation proud. But even more important than what she\u2019s done, is who she is. She is an incredible human being, with an incredible amount of character, who has guided BYU student-athletes in important and meaningful ways. We are so fortunate to have Diljeet here at BYU.\u201d

In five seasons since joining the BYU track and field and cross country coaching staff, Taylor has helped the Cougar women earn 10 All-America honors in cross country and 54 All-America honors in distance and middle distance track events.

\u201cI continue to be grateful for the administration here at BYU who have shown me an incredible amount of value over the past five years,\u201d Taylor said. \u201cThe support I have received has empowered me to give my best to our program. I look forward to continuing to build the women in our program so they can compete at the highest level in the NCAA. Our success here is a direct result of having the right women at the right place.\u201d

Taylor was instrumental in the BYU women\u2019s track and field and cross country program being named the 2020-21 USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women\u2019s Program of the Year. She guided the women\u2019s cross country team to win the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championship while her distance athletes scored every team point in a pair of top-10 finishes at this year\u2019s two track and field championship meets.

This year\u2019s women\u2019s cross country national title marked the first team championship in the sport since 2002. Four Cougars received All-America honors in the championship performance, the most All-Americans on one BYU team since 2003. Following the season, the USTFCCCA named Taylor the 2020 National Women\u2019s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Taylor has guided the women\u2019s cross country team to five consecutive top-12 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, including four top-10 finishes. In 2019, women\u2019s cross country finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA Championships. The Cougars finished seventh in 2018, 11th in 2017 and 10th in 2016.

Under Taylor, the Cougars have claimed the last three West Coast Conference cross country titles (2018-20). She coached Erica Birk-Jarvis and Whittni Orton to WCC individual titles and her student-athletes have collected 33 All-WCC accolades and four WCC Freshman of the Year honors. Taylor has been named the WCC Women\u2019s Coach of the Year following each conference title the last three seasons.

On the track, Taylor\u2019s women\u2019s distance athletes have tallied 88 of the 94 team points scored at the last eight indoor and outdoor NCAA track and field championship meets. Her distance athletes have led BYU to three top-20 finishes at the indoor track and field championships and two top-25 finishes at the outdoor track and field championships.

At the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships, Taylor coached the women\u2019s distance medley relay team to an NCAA title and Courtney Wayment to an NCAA title in the 3000 meters, marking the first time a BYU athlete/squad had won either event. Her distance athletes scored all 29 points at the championship meet to lead the BYU women\u2019s team to a seventh-place finish, the best finish since 2009.

Taylor added another national champion at the 2021 NCAA outdoor championships, coaching Anna Camp-Bennett to an NCAA title in the 1500 meters. The women\u2019s team finished 10th in the final standings, the program\u2019s first top-10 finish since 2005, with Taylor\u2019s distance athletes tallying all 20 of the team\u2019s points. Just prior to the outdoor championship meet, Taylor became the first BYU coach to be named the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Women\u2019s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Since Taylor\u2019s arrival to Provo, the women\u2019s distance squad has been rewriting the distance and middle distance top 10 lists in the BYU track and field record book. Her athletes currently hold five program records in indoor events and four program records in outdoor events. In total, Taylor\u2019s athletes hold 48 spots on program\u2019s top 10 lists, including the entire top 10 list for the women\u2019s mile.

Taylor had a combination of seven current and former athletes qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, including Abraham Alvarado, Camp-Bennett, Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes, Orton, Claire Seymour and Wayment.

Prior to BYU, Taylor coached at Cal State Stanislaus from 2007 to 2016. She was originally hired as the head coach of the men\u2019s and women\u2019s cross country programs and also served as the distance coach for men\u2019s and women\u2019s track. In June of 2013, she was named director of track and field and cross country, overseeing the men\u2019s and women\u2019s programs.

During her time at Cal State Stanislaus, Taylor guided All-American Courtney Anderson to an NCAA Division II championship in the 1,500 meters in 2014. From 2013 to 2016, the distance and cross country programs accumulated 16 All-America honors, including consecutive runner-up finishes at the indoor championships by the distance medley relay team.

From 2004 to 2006, Taylor trained with Nike\u2019s Farm Elite Team, an Olympic development program that makes its home at Stanford University. She also served as an assistant coach to Keith Spataro at Menlo College before taking over as head coach in 2005.

Taylor attended Cal State Stanislaus as a student-athlete from 1999 to 2002. She was a three-time All-American in indoor and outdoor track and field as a specialist in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters. She set the school indoor record in the 800 meters in 2002. That same year she finished second at the NCAA Division II National Championship meet and finished her career second on the outdoor track all-time list in both the 800- and 1,500-meter events.

In 2002, Taylor was named Cal State Stanislaus Female Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. She was also the most dominant runner for the Warriors during that time, earning Most Valuable Runner from 2000 to 2002. Taylor served as a team captain for the Warriors for two years.

Taylor graduated cum laude from Cal State Stanislaus in 2002 with a bachelor\u2019s degree in liberal studies. She is married to former Cal State Stanislaus basketball player Ira Taylor and they have two children.

Taylor was born and raised in Ceres, Calif. She is of Indian decent and grew up in the Sikh religion. Taylor is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors BYU. While in the past head coaches throughout BYU Athletics have often been members of the church, it has been a practice but not a policy.

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Here\u2019s what\u2019s going on inside Darnell\u2019s head. We\u2019re all in this together and I\u2019ve got your back. Just know I would jump in front of a train for you, as long as the train wasn\u2019t moving.

Hopeful

On Monday Seneca Knight, who has played at both San Jose State and LSU, will announce his choice for his next college basketball program.

Mark Pope and the BYU coaching staff hope it\u2019s the Cougars. They\u2019ve been working hard to fill the last roster spot and Knight is their target.

Knight visited Provo this weekend with his parents, according to Robby McCombs of Vanquish the Foe. Knight is a 6-foot-7 wing who can score (17 points per game while playing at San Jose State) and his length would be a big addition to the Cougars rather smallish guard line.

Exhibit A: BYU\u2019s loss to UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament can be directly attributed to the Bruins big guards having their way offensively.

Knight also visited Georgia Southern and Idaho and has been contacted by Minnesota and Virginia Tech.

Part of our lives

I was thinking about the upcoming 2021 BYU football season the other day and realized that college football didn\u2019t play a really big part in my life growing up.

Back in the day, we could only get two and a half channels (ABC and NBC full, CBS half) with our TV antenna so I didn\u2019t get a chance to see a ton of games. I saw exactly one BYU football game live until I came to college.

Growing up in Oregon, the Ducks were OK at football and the Beavers was dreadful. I followed pro football, basketball and baseball much more than college football.

Now, there\u2019s a palpable sensation the closer college football gets. BYU begins fall camp the first week of August and the Cougars go to Las Vegas to play Arizona the first week of September.

I can\u2019t imagine my life without college football, by far my favorite sport to follow.

Pay attention

If you want to learn more about the impact of name, image and likeness on college sports you\u2019d do yourselves a favor by tuning into Ben Criddle\u2019s ESPN 960 radio program Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Criddle brings on the best and most informed guests to break down what is happening and what the whole thing means. It\u2019s been a strong start to NIL at BYU and other universities around the country. Opportunities are there for athletes to make some money.

My position has always been that most college athletes already get paid. It\u2019s called a scholarship and it\u2019s worth a lot of money, especially to those of us who had to work three jobs and take out loans and grants to go to school.

On the other hand, I don\u2019t begrudge athletes their new opportunities to make some dough, but I wish it was more regulated. Because you know someone (looking at you SEC programs) will take advantage of the athletes and ruin it for everybody.

Once a Ute?

I had lively conversations recently with the three transfers to the BYU women\u2019s volleyball team for a feature that will run this week. Kenzie Koerber (Utah), Gretchen Reinert (Santa Clara) and Aria McComber (Washington State) all have interesting stories to tell about how and why they came to Heather Olmstead\u2019s program.

Koerber said she was kind of surprised at the response from Utah fans and most of her teammates when she announced she was leaving the Hill for Provo since they were mainly supportive and pleasant. She did say Utes coach Beth Launiere wasn\u2019t happy, and you can\u2019t blame her: Koerber is a three-time All-American and a second team honoree this spring.

She said her name isn\u2019t spoken much around the Utes program now that she\u2019s gone.

I guess if the football coach at Utah can refer to BYU as \u201cthe team down south,\u201d Launiere can refer to Koerber as \u201cthe left-handed right side hitter down south.\u201d

Too much hoops

TBT (The Basketball Tournament) can flood my Twitter timeline with as many tweets as it wants and I still don\u2019t have much interest.

When Jimmer was playing, or Dave Rose was coaching, there was a curiosity and it helped fill a couple of summer story slots.

Maybe if they shared some of that million dollar prize money, I\u2019d pay more attention. Most of the players in the tournament are G League or European worthy at best.

Hard to get excited about that, or the Elam Ending (which I don\u2019t like).

I guess the timing has something to do with it since we\u2019re still deep into the NBA Finals. The Olympics begin at the end of this week and we\u2019ll be watching the B team compete for the USA since the big stars don\u2019t want to risk their careers after just finishing the NBA season (not that I blame them). It\u2019s hard to get excited to watch JaVale McGee and Keldon Johnson (who?) represent the red, white and blue against the world\u2019s best.

If they win a gold medal, it will be a surprise, to be perfectly honest.

I seriously have more interest in watching the USA women\u2019s team.

That\u2019s what I like

By the way, an amazing finish to Game 5 of the NBA Finals as the Milwaukee Bucks got a key steal from Jrue Holliday and a dunk by Giannis Antetokounmpo with less than a minute to go to help secure the win.

It\u2019s a great story that former Cougar Elijah Bryant is one game from earning an NBA championship ring after playing a couple of years in Israel.

I\u2019m kind of cheering for the Bucks for that reason and the fact that I hate it when Suns star Chris Paul flops and flails about trying to draw fouls.

Come to think of it, most of the NBA flops and flails in attempts to draw fouls. Seriously, it\u2019s getting worse than soccer, and that\u2019s saying something.

What puzzles me is that officials fall for this buffoonery. They should know better at that level of the game.

Call him what you want

Nicknames used to be a thing in sports, but not so much anymore. That\u2019s why I got a chuckle over a social media reference from Criddle, who commented on a picture of Cougar wide receiver Puka Nacua that his nickname should be \u201cPukachu.\u201d

As in \u201cgotta catch \u2018em all.\u201d

If you have kids that are young adults now, ask them about Pokemon.

That\u2019s all there is for now, but for this: This week\u2019s social media gem comes from @Jamesjimmyjimm, who tweeted, \u201cI wanted to make a belt out of my watch collection but I realized it would be a waist of time.\u201d

Dad joke, I know, but still funny.

Have a great week, be kind to everyone and try to stay cool. Fall is coming.

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Which is the best conditioned athletic program on the BYU campus?

The Cougar women\u2019s soccer team makes a strong case.

Coach Jennifer Rockwood estimates her players run 7 to 9 miles during a typical match. BYU is known for its high pressure defense, quick-strike offense and end-to-end style. The team works hard during the offseason with strength and conditioning coach Turreal Moore, culminating in a stunningly difficult fitness evaluation the players call, \u201cRepeats.\u201d

Here\u2019s how it works: The players line up and sprint 60 yards with a time limit of 10 seconds. Approximately 40 seconds later, they line up to do it again. The run is repeated 45 times, nearly an hour of running.

\u201cIt\u2019s brutal,\u201d Rockwood admitted. \u201cI don\u2019t know how they do it.\u201d

When Bronco Mendenhall was the head football coach at BYU the Cougars dreaded the \u201cBeep Test,\u201d a conditioning drill that involves continuous running between two lines 20 yards apart, changing direction to whistles or beeps.

\u201cWe\u2019ve done the beep test for conditioning in the past,\u201d Rockwood said. \u201cThis one is harder than any beep test, I can guarantee you.\u201d

All-American midfielder Mikayla Colohan said the most difficult part of this grueling test is how long it takes.

\u201cWe build up all summer to take the test,\u201d she said.

Peak conditioning is among the reasons BYU has been so successful in soccer. Rockwood has won more than 400 games in her career and the Cougars have qualified for the NCAA Tournament 21 times in the past 26 years.

\u201cOur conditioning is huge, especially because of our style of play,\u201d Colohan said. \u201cWe\u2019re a very fit, fast, athletic team. It\u2019s a big advantage for us to be able to go longer than our opponent because of our fitness. We play at a high level and it\u2019s great to be able to play at that level and not sacrifice technique or our high quality soccer because we\u2019re tired.

\u201cWe\u2019re a high press team and that\u2019s what we\u2019re known for. We really catch a lot of teams off guard because they are not used to playing under so much pressure.\u201d

Last season BYU posted an 11-4-1 mark and earned a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament, falling to Virginia 2-0 in the second round. The Cougars were the only blemish on the season record of West Coast Conference foe Santa Clara, which ended up winning the national title.

\u201cAll our players are pretty fit,\u201d Rockwood said. \u201cCam (Cameron Tucker) can run for days and \u2018Kayla (Colohan) is not too far behind her. We have a very mentally tough group that is competitive and passionate about the game. In soccer you don\u2019t get to call a time out and catch you\u2019re breath. You just keep going.\u201d

The Cougars have been busy for the last seven weeks holding soccer camps on campus. Rockwood said they\u2019ve worked with nearly 3,000 campers. The team begins preseason workouts in early August and will begin the season with an exhibition match at South Field against Weber State on August 14, followed by the home opener against Ohio State on August 19.

BYU returns all but one starter from the spring season.

\u201cWe have unfinished business,\u201d Rockwood said. \u201cWe\u2019re anxious to get on the field and put things together again.\u201d

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If you are the golfer in the lead in match play, you always want to shut the door as soon as possible.

If you leave it open even a crack, you never know what might happen.

On the other side, if you are trailing, the mentality is always that it isn\u2019t over until it\u2019s over.

All four of the golfers with Utah Valley ties who won both of their matches at some point had to come from behind in the 2021 Utah State Amateur Championship at Alpine Country Club in Highland on Thursday.

The most stunning was the rally BYU golfer Brock Goyen pulled off in the round of 32 against Cameron Tucker.

Tucker had cruised through the first 13 holes, winning five of them and refusing to give any back to Goyen.

\u201cWhen I was five holes down with five left to play, I definitely didn\u2019t expect to come out on top,\u201d Goyen said.

But the match was about to change dramatically.

With nothing to lose, Goyen got more aggressive as he tallied a birdie on No. 14 and then blasted a great drive that helped him win with a par on No. 15.

\u201cI had a little momentum and I knew if I kept hitting good iron shots and kept putting well, I could come back,\u201d Goyen said. \u201cI think he got a little rattled, although it\u2019s hard to say. He definitely didn\u2019t hit as good a shots as he had all day coming down the stretch.\u201d

Goyen proceeded to win the next three holes, forcing a playoff the hole that looked all but impossible only an hour before. He then got one final birdie to cap off the improbable rally.

\u201cI don\u2019t know how I did it but I did,\u201d Goyen said. \u201cYou have nothing to lose so you might as well go for it. No. 15 isn\u2019t really a driver hole but I told myself I was going to hit driver on it and play it as it is. That gave me momentum and I was able to finish it out.\u201d

Goyen said he felt like some of that momentum from his big comeback helped him in his round of 16 match against Cougar teammate Max Brenchley.

\u201cMax is a great competitor and I love him to death,\u201d Goyen said. \u201cI was able to hit good shots today and didn\u2019t find myself in too much trouble. I was able to put some pressure on him and able to come away with the win.\u201d

Goyen advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-and-3 win over Brenchley.

Two recent BYU grads also joined their former teammate in the quarterfinals, each having to put together a rally of their own.

After winning 3-and-2 in the morning, Spencer Dunaway found himself down by two holes to Ryan Brimley heading into the turn.

\u201cRyan is a great player and he was playing awesome on the front,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cI think I shot even par and I was two down. To start the back-nine, I had to light a fire. I don\u2019t think I missed a shot on the back.\u201d

He won holes No. 10 and 11, then won four of the next five holes to pull away for the 4-and-2 victory.

\u201cI was a little nervous but when I got it back to all square, the nerves kind of went away,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cTo see the ball starting on line time after time, I was like, this is pretty awesome. It just gave me more confidence and I was able to take more aggressive swings.\u201d

Hirsch went down early by two holes in his morning round and one hole in his afternoon round, but each time he got things together and took care of business, advancing with a 3-and-1 win over Justin Shluker and a 3-and-2 win over Leo Torres.

The other golfer with local ties to reach the quarterfinals was Lehi\u2019s Carl Jensen \u2014 who also needed to make a big comeback.

Jensen trailed former UVU golfer Jake Godfrey by two holes with three to play, but made some great shots down the stretch.

\u201cIt was shocking,\u201d Jensen said. \u201cHe (Godfrey) didn\u2019t make any mistakes. The only bogey he made was on the last hole, I think. It was just a lot of fun. To birdie No. 16 and No. 17, it was a lot of fun.\u201d

Jensen, like Goyen, said his mentality was to go for it because there wasn\u2019t much to lose.

\u201cI was going pin hunting,\u201d Jensen said. \u201cWith the spot I was in, I had to make birdies and I finally pulled off a golf shot.\u201d

His birdie on the par-3 16th hole kept him alive, then he was able to scramble his way to another birdie on No. 17 (a par-5).

His drive landed in a fairway bunker, his second shot landed in a green-side bunker and his third shot was still 20 or 25 feet from the hole. The putt, however, was perfect and Jensen showed his elation with a fist pump.

\u201cWe were begging for it to keep going,\u201d Jensen said.

He then was able to defeat Godfrey with a par on No. 18, securing his spot in the quarterfinals.

\u201cMy dad has been a member at Alpine Country Club since I was 9-years-old,\u201d Jensen said. \u201cWe\u2019ve played a lot of golf on this golf course. It was special.\u201d

In addition to Goyen, Dunaway, Hirsch, Jensen, Brenchley and Godfrey, three other golfers with local ties reached the round of 16 but weren\u2019t able to make the plays they needed down the stretch.

Both former Salem Hills golfer Brock Nielson and BYU golfer David Timmins lost on the 19th hole after battling their opponents the entire match, while Cougar golfer and former Pleasant Grove star Keanu Akina had his match-tying birdie putt on No. 18 lip out.

Dunaway and Goyen will now face each other in the quarterfinals, while Jensen will play Utah golfer Blake Tomlinson and Hirsch will battle former Weber State golfer Luke Crapo. The other quarterfinal will pit former state amateur champ Dan Horner against Ute golfer Martin Leon.

The quarterfinal matches of the 2021 Utah State Amateur Championship will take place Friday morning, with the winners moving on to the semifinals on Friday afternoon.

All of the action will be at Alpine Country Club in Highland. For complete details and match brackets, go to http://UGA.org.

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Like pieces on a board during an aggressive game of chess, the Utah State Amateur Championship sees player after player get removed until only two remain.

Unfortunately for former BYU golfers Spencer Dunaway and Kelton Hirsch, BYU golfer Brock Goyen and Lehi\u2019s Carl Jensen, they weren\u2019t able to make it to the final pairing.

All four reached Friday morning\u2019s quarterfinals at Alpine Country Club but only Dunaway was able to survive to reach the afternoon semifinal match.

There he ran into a buzz saw as Utah golfer Martin Leon got hot and never let up.

\u201cRight off the bat, Martin started awesome,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cHe birdied the first hole. I hit mine to eight feet and just missed it, while he hit his to three feet. I got a bogey on No. 3, so I was down two after three holes. I missed an easy up-and-down on No. 7 and that kind of gave him another hole. Unfortunately, but so he was three. Then he made a great hit on No. 8 to six feet and made that birdie. I think I made the turn at even-par and he made it at 4-under-par, so I was four down through nine holes.\u201d

That put Dunaway in a tough spot and he know he had to be more aggressive if he wanted to get back into the match. That hurt him on No. 10, as his first shot when just barely out of bounds and he ended up losing another hole.

His best hope to rally was after Leon hit a shot in the trees on No. 11 and Dunaway made a par to get one hole back \u2014 but he wasn\u2019t able to maintain the momentum.

A bogey on No. 12 and a great sand shot by Leon put the Ute golfer back on top and Dunaway couldn\u2019t get a tough chip to drop on No. 13, ending the match with the 6-and-5 loss.

\u201cHe put the pressure on me where I kind of had to change up my game plan a little bit,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cI was trying to win the hole, trying to make something happen. I just couldn\u2019t do it.\u201d

Dunaway got his semifinal spot by building a lead on Goyen (his former BYU teammate) in his quarterfinal match and then holding on down the stretch.

\u201cBrock\u2019s a great player and he\u2019s been playing good all week,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cI just played really solid and I kind of just put a lot of pressure on him. I hit almost every fairway and I hit a lot of greens.\u201d

Dunaway was three holes ahead with four to play when Goyens got rolling.

\u201cHe just turned it on,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cHe made a 30-foot putt for birdie on No. 15, then on No. 17 he pounded a drive 380 yards and then hit the ball to a foot from the hole, getting the eagle. That meant we had to play No. 18.\u201d

Dunaway appeared to be in trouble as his first shot ended up with a bad lie in the left rough and his second found the sand trap guarding the green.

For Dunaway, though, that wasn\u2019t necessarily a bad thing.

\u201cI feel like a strength of my game is my bunker game for sure,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cI\u2019m very comfortable in the sand. I was able to hit that bunker shot to two feet so I put a lot of pressure on him.\u201d

Goyens couldn\u2019t get his birdie putt to fall and that ended his run as Dunaway got the 2-up victory.

Hirsch was in a battle with former Weber State golfer Luke Crapo in the quarterfinals, a match that required 20 holes to get a winner.

Hirsch nearly canned chip shots on both No. 18 and on No. 1 that would\u2019ve given him the win, but they refused to drop.

Crapo made a nice birdie putt on No. 2 and Hirsch ended up just missing the putt to tie it, giving Crapo the victory.

Jensen had a strong start to his quarterfinal match against Utah golfer Blake Tomlinson and led by two holes at the turn.

Tomlinson flipped the script, however, winning holes No. 10, 11, 12 and 13 to take the lead. Jensen couldn\u2019t find a way to rally and Tomlinson got the 2-and-1 win.

Tomlinson then knocked off Crapo, 5-and-4, in the semifinal, setting up a match with his Ute teammate Leon in Saturday\u2019s championship.

Although Dunaway wasn\u2019t able to reach the finals, he said he\u2019s happy with how his golf game is going at this point as he prepares to turn pro.

\u201cMy game is pretty consistent right now,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cI\u2019ve been playing great. I think my irons got a little shaky today, but they were actually more solid than my driver on the rest of the days. I fixed the driver today but the irons were off. It\u2019s one of those things but definitely I\u2019m playing some good golf.\u201d

He said it is weird to be thinking about transitioning from amateur golf but he hopes his timing is right.

\u201cThe next year, year-and-a-half, two years will be the most important years of golf in my life,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cBecause everyone at this level is so good, it\u2019s all about timing. This is the time for me so I\u2019m excited to get it going for sure.\u201d

For complete details from the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, as well as live scoring from the 2021 Utah State Amateur Championship final round at Alpine Country Club, go to http://UGA.org.

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For BYU golfer (and former Pleasant Grove basketball star) Keanu Akina, staying alive at the 2021 Utah State Amateur Championship at Alpine Country Club in Highland on Wednesday came down to a pressure-packed two-foot putt on Hole No. 18.

Recent Skyridge grad Carter Frisby\u2019s putt was similar but longer \u2014 maybe seven feet out.

It was tougher for BYU golfer Brock Goyen, who had to rally from a disastrous showing on No. 18 to win a sudden-death playoff on Hole No. 1.

Then there was Cougar golfer Max Brenchley, who forced extra holes by winning the last two and found a way to survive on the 20th hole

Such is life in match-play golf.

Sixty-four golfers competed in 32 matches and while some were blowouts \u2014 former Lone Peak golfer Braxton Leetham and former UVU golfer Jake Godfrrey only needed 14 holes to get 5-and-4 victories \u2014 but most of the duels came down to the end.

The pressure of the moment resulted in a golfer angrily firing his ball into the trees, another tossing his club 20 feet into the air, others pounding clubs on the ground or venting frustration through colorful language.

Others, however, got to experience the elation and the relief of surviving to play another day.

Goyen, for example, endured some highs and lows at the end of his round against Zach Dallimore before being able to get the victory.

\u201cIt was just an up and down battle,\u201d Goyen said. \u201cIt was very close. He made putts on top of my thoughts and so it was really consistent all day long. It wasn\u2019t one person up by a lot. It was just consistent and it was a lot of fun.\u201d

With the match tied on Hole No. 17, Goyen hit a brilliant second shot, knocking it close to the flag and making the birdie putt to take the lead.

The next hole, however, was the complete opposite as his drive went in the bushes and he couldn\u2019t recover, sending the match to the playoff.

\u201cIf I did get angry today, I tried to bottle it up right there and then just let it go and continue on,\u201d Goyen said. \u201cThat\u2019s all match play is. It\u2019s hole by hole, so the next hole can be totally different. Coming to the playoff hole I was like, \u2018well, I\u2019m going to play my game and hopefully in the end I comes out on top.\u201d

He was able to get the par to defeat Dallimore and move on to the Round of 32.

Goyen\u2019s Cougar teammate, Brenchley, found himself in a hole against David Jennings and needing to make plays down the stretch.

\u201cIt\u2019s definitely not the spot you\u2019re looking to be in,\u201d Brenchley said. \u201cI felt like as long as I just kept fighting and made a couple of good shots down the stretch, make a birdie or two on 17 or 18, I would give myself a chance.\u201d

After making the rally, Brenchley still found himself watching Jennings hit a great putt that would\u2019ve won the match on Hole No. 1 (the 19th hole of the match) if it had gone in.

\u201cIf he would have asked me four feet out, I\u2019m saying that\u2019s dead center and taking my hat off to congratulate him on the match,\u201d Brenchley said. \u201cFortunately he just burned the edge and we got to go with one more hole. But yeah, it\u2019s nerve racking for sure.\u201d

Hole No. 2 is a par 5, which allowed Brenchley to take advantage of his ability to hit the ball a long ways. He was on the green in two, then two-putted for birdie. Jennings wasn\u2019t able to get his birdie putt to drop and Brenchley had the victory.

Those short putts with the match on the line may be makeable but Akina and Frisby agreed they aren\u2019t easy.

\u201cIt wasn\u2019t that far so I felt OK,\u201d Akina said. \u201cI just knew as long as I got a decent stroke on it, it should go in. There was a little ball mark right in front of my ball that I was trying to fix. I was really scared about it but luckily it didn\u2019t affect the shot.\u201d

Frisby \u2014 who made a clutch birdie putt on a playoff hole on Tuesday to reach match play \u2014 said he was apprehensive as he stood over his last putt.

\u201cI was nervous,\u201d Frisby said. \u201cIt was probably seven feet out and I had missed every single one of those during the match. I don\u2019t think I\u2019ve ever been that nervous over a putt, so it was a cool experience to be able to make that.\u201d

In addition to those four, other golfers with Utah Valley ties who made it to the Round of 32 were former BYU golfers Kelton Hirsch and Spencer Dunaway, BYU golfer David Timmons, former UVU golfer Jake Godfrey, Lone Peak golfers Cooper Jones and Evan Lawrence, former Lone Peak golfer Braxton Leetham, former Salem Hills golfer Brock Nielson, Provo\u2019s Darrin Overson and Alpine Country Club\u2019s Carl Jensen.

The second round of match play will take place on Thursday morning starting at 7:30 a.m., with the winners moving on to the Round of 16 on Thursday afternoon. All of the action will be at Alpine Country Club in Highland.

For complete details and match brackets, go to http://UGA.org.

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The BYU women\u2019s volleyball team announced its 2021 schedule on Wednesday, including matches against 10 2020 NCAA Tournament teams and five in-state opponents.

The Cougars will start the season hosting the doTERRA Classic on Aug. 27 with matches against Southern Utah and Long Island. BYU will conclude the invitational against UNLV on Aug. 28. UNLV won the 2020 Mountain West Conference title to receive the league\u2019s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament while Long Island represented the Northeast Conference at the tourney.

The following weekend, the Cougars will host the BYU Invitational presented by Zion\u2019s Bank from Sept. 2-4. The Cougars will open the invitational against 2020 Big Sky champion and NCAA tournament team Weber State on Sept. 2. BYU will then host in-state foe Dixie State on Sept. 3 followed by Michigan State of the Big Ten on Sept. 4.

The Cougars will head to Pittsburgh for the Panther Challenge to take on three 2020 NCAA Tournament teams in their first road trip of the season. BYU will play Bowling Green and Pitt on Sept. 10 before facing High Point on Sept. 11. Pitt finished the 2020-21 season No. 8 in the final AVCA national rankings following a deep tournament run to the NCAA Round of Eight.

On Sept. 16, BYU will host Utah in the Smith Fieldhouse to resume the in-state series following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Utes finished No. 17 in the 2020-21 final rankings after reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The two teams last met in 2019 where they split a pair of matches.

Two days later, the Cougars will head up University Parkway to play at Utah Valley in the UCCU Crosstown Clash on Sept. 18. BYU defeated the 2020 Western Athletic Conference champions last season before the Wolverines ended the season with their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

BYU will open West Coast Conference play on Sept. 23 at home against Pacific. The defending WCC champion Cougars will play each of their nine conference opponents home-and-away this year in hopes of winning their sixth league title in seven seasons. BYU, Pepperdine and San Diego are all coming off NCAA Tournament appearances last season. All three teams won at least one tournament match, with the Cougars advancing to the Sweet 16, and ended the season ranked in the top 25 in the final AVCA poll.

Following BYU\u2019s final regular-season match on Nov. 23 at San Diego, the Cougars will look to compete in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. BYU has qualified for the postseason every year since 2012.

Five All-Americans headline this year\u2019s BYU squad. All-Americans Taylen Ballard-Nixon, Whitney Bower and Kennedy Eschenberg return from last season\u2019s team. The Cougars also welcome back 2018 AVCA National Freshman of the Year Heather Gneiting while adding three-time All-American Kenzie Koerber, who transferred from the University of Utah.

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Recent Skyridge graduate Carter Frisby felt like he played pretty solidly in his second round of the 2021 Utah State Amateur Championship Tuesday morning, but didn\u2019t know if his two-round score of 148 (4-over-par) would be enough to make the match-play field of 64.

\u201cIt was solid,\u201d Frisby said. \u201cI missed a few pars here and there but it was solid. I honestly didn\u2019t think it was going to be enough, though, when I finished.\u201d

Since he started at 7:50 a.m., he chose to go back to his home in Lehi but didn\u2019t give up on the possibility that he would make the cut.

\u201cI just chilled but I was following the scores pretty closely,\u201d Frisby said.

As the day progressed and scores started rolling in, he realized he might still have a chance to play a little more golf.

He was confident enough that he headed to Alpine Country Club at 6 p.m. to start warming up for the potential playoff. At 7:30 p.m., he was on Hole No. 1, part of a group of 16 golfers playing for 11 spots.

As he stepped up in that pressure-packed moment, he elected to not be too aggressive since that had gotten him in trouble earlier in the tournament.

His choice paid big dividends this time.

\u201cYesterday when I played, I hit a 3-wood into that right bunker, so I just wanted to take that out of play. I went with my 3-iron. I\u2019ve been hitting my It really good all week. Luckily it put me at a perfect number, about 140 yards out. It was just a little half pitching wedge and I hit it perfect.\u201d

His second shot ended up less than 10 feet from the hole, giving him a chance at a birdie putt. In playoff golf, usually a par is enough to stay alive but he didn\u2019t want to leave anything to chance.

\u201cI wanted to make it,\u201d Frisby said. \u201cI wasn\u2019t thinking about anything else. I was just thinking, \u2018let\u2019s make this and go home.\u2019 Seeing it drop felt really good, especially because I missed a lot of those lengths today in my round. That felt really good.\u201d

Frisby knows that he\u2019ll be one of the lower seeds in Wednesday\u2019s first round of match play competition but said he relishes the challenge.

\u201cGetting in is what matters,\u201d Frisby said. \u201cSeeds matter \u2014 but also they don\u2019t. At the end of the day, we\u2019re all just playing against each other. I love it. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day, so I\u2019ve got to just go out and play well.\u201d

Frisby is preparing to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then figure out his plans \u2014 including golf \u2014 afterwards. That means he is just enjoying playing right now and is going to appreciate every opportunity.

It turned out that in addition to Frisby\u2019s birdie, 10 other golfers \u2014 including Utah Valley golfers Tyler Jones and Ron Davis \u2014 made pars. That meant there was only one extra hole of golf and the field of 64 was set.

Awaiting the golfers who survived the playoff are the golfers who played well in the two rounds of stroke play.

Leading the charge was former UVSC star and 2007 champion Nick Nelson, who fired a 138 (6-under-par) to take medalist honors and get the No. 1 seed.

It\u2019s been a long time since a No. 1 seed won the title, however, so other golfers near the top \u2014 including current and former BYU players Spencer Dunaway and Elijah Turner, who were part of a four-way tie for second at 139 (5-under-par) \u2014 will also be tough to beat.

Both Dunaway and Turner had chances to at least tie for medalist honors but said that wasn\u2019t their biggest goal.

\u201cIt\u2019s always a good thing and I feel like my games trending well,\u201d Dunaway said. \u201cI like the way I\u2019m swinging it. But there\u2019s a ton of good players and I wasn\u2019t really too worried about being medalist because honestly it means nothing really. It\u2019s going to be a long week hopefully and I don\u2019t know how many times the No. 1 seed has actually won the tournament.\u201d

Turner had a birdie putt on Hole No. 18 come up a couple of inches short but said that missing it wasn\u2019t a big deal.

\u201cI\u2019m not mad about it,\u201d Turner said. \u201cAs long as I make match play, it\u2019s fine. This is my home course so my whole mentality is just play like I normally do, I didn\u2019t try and do anything different.\u201d

The 64 players who made it to match play will compete in the first round at Alpine Country Club on Wednesday.

For the full bracket and other details, go to http://UGA.org.

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Former BYU center Matt Haarms has landed in Germany.

The 2021 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year has signed a contract with the Fraport Skyliners in Germany\u2019s top pro league, Basketball Bundesliga.

Haarms \u2014 a native of Sweden \u2014 spent just one year in Provo after transferring from Purdue.

Haarms said on the Skyliners team website, \u201cI have always dreamed of playing basketball professionally and I am extremely grateful that the Fraport Skyliners have given me this opportunity. I believe in the organization and the trainers and I am happy to work and live in such a great city.\u201d

During the 2020-21 season, Haarms averaged 11.3 points, five rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 55 percent from the field for the Cougars.

\u201cWe believe that Matt is a present and future player who brings a lot to the table and can help the team,\u201d Fraport head coach Diego Ocampo said. \u201cHe\u2019s a great player who is intimidating because of his size but still has good mobility. Offensive he is a complete player, he can close close to the basket, but also has other skills such as shooting from the middle distance and passing.\u201d

Eschenberg earns Academic All-American honors

GREENWOOD, Ind. \u2013 BYU women\u2019s volleyball middle blocker Kennedy Eschenberg was named to the 2020-21 Academic All-America Third Team, selected by CoSIDA.

Eschenberg, an elementary education major, was one of the top middle blockers in the nation while leading the Cougars to their eighth Sweet 16 in nine seasons. Named to the 2020-21 AVCA All-America Third Team, the senior ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Division I with an average of 1.58 blocks per set and No. 10 nationally with a .435 hitting percentage. Eschenberg totaled 135 kills and only 18 errors in 269 attempts while leading the team with 82 blocks.

The senior advanced to the Academic All-America ballot after being selected to the Academic All-District Eight First Team in June. Eschenberg marks the eighth BYU women\u2019s volleyball player to be named an Academic All-American; the 12th citation overall for the Program.

The Academic All-America Volleyball Team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The complete list of this year’s CoSIDA Academic All-America teams can be found on cosida.org.

Women\u2019s soccer gets five WCC home games in fall of 2021

SAN BRUNO, Calif. \u2013 The West Coast Conference released its 2021 women\u2019s soccer schedule on Tuesday. BYU will begin conference play on Saturday, Oct. 2 against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. The Cougars will conclude the regular season at home against Pepperdine on Saturday, Nov. 6.

BYU\u2019s nine-game conference slate features a matchup against each WCC team, with five home games and four away. The Cougars are scheduled to host St. Mary\u2019s, San Diego, Pacific, LMU and Pepperdine.

BYU announced its non-conference schedule last week, which is set to begin on Thursday, Aug. 19 with the home opener against Ohio State at South Field. The Cougars will also host USC, Marquette, Missouri, Idaho State and Utah State.

BYU will host an exhibition game at South Field against Weber State on Saturday, Aug. 14.

In 2020-21, BYU earned a 11-4-1 overall record and a second round appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Cougars lone conference loss was to Santa Clara, who went on to win the national title. BYU finished the 2020-21 season ranked No. 17 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.

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Since both Kelton Hirsch and Max Brenchley were part of the BYU men\u2019s golf team for the past year, it would be natural to think they had played a lot of competitive golf together.

That wasn\u2019t the case, however.

\u201cI think we played maybe two or three rounds together,\u201d Hirsch said Monday. \u201cObviously there\u2019s a comfort level because we\u2019ve hung out doing a bunch of stuff together and so it feels comfortable It\u2019s nice to be playing in a big tournament with a comfortable pairing and fun to watch him put up a low number.\u201d

The two ended up in the same threesome for the first two rounds of the 2021 Utah State Amateur Championship, which is being played at Thanksgiving Point golf course and Alpine Country Club.

In many ways, however, Brenchley and Hirsch are at different places.

The most obvious is where they are on the leaderboard after the first day.

Brenchley carded a 66 (6-under-par), which was enough to put him in a tie for first place with former UVU golfer Nick Nelson, one stroke ahead of former Cougar teammate Spencer Dunaway.

\u201cI feel like my game has been going in a good direction recently,\u201d Brenchley said. \u201cI\u2019ve been working really hard on my game and so I just felt like I was applying what I\u2019ve been working. on and I felt like that was a great what happened today. I was able to get the putter rolling today and had a couple putts and a couple of drives where I needed them.\u201d

Hirsch, on the other hand, ended up with a 74 (2-over-par) and is in a 24-way tie for 65th, which means he will be in a battle to get into the match-play field of 64.

\u201cI didn\u2019t play great today,\u201d Hirsch said. \u201cI hit a lot of good shots then got rewarded with some mud balls and tough stuff like that. Everybody has to play the same course and that\u2019s just how it goes. Then I didn\u2019t capitalize on a few opportunities that I had.\u201d

They are also at different points in their lives.

Hirsch just graduated from BYU and is considering turning pro. He also is preparing to begin a family as he and his wife Carly have a new baby due in a couple of months.

\u201cIt\u2019s kind of fun,\u201d Hirsch said with a smile.. \u201cIt\u2019s fun to not have the same pressure to play well this summer so I\u2019m ready to go in the fall because there\u2019s nothing coming up in the fall. It\u2019s a lot of fun just to come out of here and continue to compete. Maybe I\u2019m not as sharp as I usually am at this time of year but it\u2019s fun.

\u201cGoing forward, I\u2019m really not sure what\u2019s up next. I probably am going to turn pro and play in the Utah Open. But eventually I\u2019ll probably just be going to work and enjoying time with the new baby on the way.\u201d

Brenchley, on the other hand, is officially a BYU freshman and has only been back for a year from his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Florida.

Brenchley feels like has gained a lot from being around Hirsch, even if they were rarely paired together.

\u201cI feel like Kelton\u2019s always just super-positive out on the golf course,\u201d Brenchley said. \u201cI feel like no matter what\u2019s going wrong, he\u2019ll be like, \u2018let\u2019s go make four birdies in a row.\u2019 He has that kind of attitude and outlook on the game. I really appreciate that attitude and his positivity.\u201d

While Brenchley is virtually guaranteed a match-play spot and Hirsch heads into the second round of stroke play needing to battle, both players said their mindset has to be the same on Day 2.

\u201cI think you\u2019ve got to just play,\u201d Hirsch said. \u201cYou can\u2019t worry about where the line is or what\u2019s going on. You\u2019ve just got to go out and do your best and shoot as low as you can because seeding does help. When you\u2019re on that cut line, you\u2019ve got to just keep trying to go lower and get back into a good position where you can make a run during match play.\u201d

Brenchley said: \u201cI just have got to hit the shots right and make the putts. It\u2019s really just about getting to match play. You could be a No. 64 seed or a No. 1 seed and it doesn\u2019t matter at that point. It\u2019s just you versus the next guy. I want to go out there and keep the momentum that I have going.\u201d

Brenchley, Hirsch and all the other golfers who played the first round at Thanksgiving Point will play their second round at Alpine Country Club.

Nelson and BYU golfer Brock Goyen (68, 4-under-par, tied for fourth) will go the other direction, playing their second rounds at Thanksgiving Point.

The second round of the 2021 Utah State Amateur Championship is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

For complete details, including tee times and live scoring, go to http://UGA.org.

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Since 2009, five BYU golfers and one Lone Peak golfer have emerged victorious at the annual Utah State Amateur Championship golf tournament.

Here\u2019s the list of who has accomplished the feat:

Recently, however, Utah Valley golfers have found themselves in a bit of a drought.

For three straight years, golfers from outside the area have been the ones hoisting the first-place trophy.

The 123rd edition of the event brings new hope for local golfers, since it is being hosted in their backyard.

This week the 288 best amateur golfers in Utah descend on northern Utah County, starting on Monday.

They will test themselves against the Alpine Country Club and Thanksgiving Point golf courses in the two-round stroke play portion of the event, followed by six rounds of match play at Alpine Country Club.

It\u2019s never easy and this year will be no exception.

Three champions from the last decade will be in the field, including both Hirsch and Ogden (the other is Jon Wright, who won the title in 2014).

BYU will also have six other golfers in the event: Keanu Akina, Max Brenchley, Spencer Dunaway, Brock Goyen, David Timmins and Elijah Turner.

Brenchley and Turner both played their high school golf at Lone Peak and thus have played a lot of rounds at Alpine Country Club. That might prove to be an advantage, one that could make a difference in both the stroke play and match play competitions.

Don\u2019t count out current Knight golfers Cooper Jones and Evan Lawrence, or former Lone Peak star Tyler Jones. All three have the ability to make a deep run and put themselves in position to emerge victorious.

Other notable local golfers in the field include UVU\u2019s Ryan Seamons and Tanner Johnson, Skyridge\u2019s Carter Frisby and 1998 champ Darrin Overson of Provo.

There are also external factors that could come into play, since the temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 90s and low 100s this week.

When Fishburn won in 2016, he defeated former UVSC golfer Aaron Smith in the finals. Smith collapsed midway through his semifinal match and had to be taken to the hospital because of heat stroke.

The first round of the 2021 Utah State Amateur Championships is scheduled to tee off Monday at 7:30 a.m. at both Alpine Country Club and Thanksgiving Point golf course.

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PROVO, Utah \u2013 BYU women\u2019s soccer has released its non-conference schedule, which is set to begin on Thursday, Aug. 19 and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The Cougars kick off the season at South Field in Provo against Ohio State. BYU will also host USC, Marquette, Missouri, Idaho State and Utah State.

BYU will host an exhibition game at South Field against Weber State on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Here is the complete 2021 BYU women\u2019s soccer non-conference schedule:

In 2020-21, BYU earned a 11-4-1 overall record and a second-round appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Cougars lone conference loss was to Santa Clara, who went on to win the national title. BYU finished the 2020-21 season ranked No. 17 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.

At the conclusion of the 2020-21 season, senior Mikayla Colohan was named the WCC Offensive Player of the Year. Colohan, who accounted for 11 goals and five assists in the season, was also named First Team All-American.

In the upcoming 2021 season, BYU returns 10 starters, including Colohan, who was drafted by the Orlando Pride for a final season. Cameron Tucker, who recorded eight goals and eight assists in 2020-21, will also return. The Cougars lost two seniors, but due to an extra year of eligibility will return five others, including Colohan, Tucker, goalkeeper Cassidy Smith, Grace Johnson and Mikaylie Call. The incoming class features six new athletes and BYU and no new transfers.

The West Coast Conference will announce the conference schedule on Tuesday, July 13. Season tickets will be available for purchase on byutickets.com starting on July 13.

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BYU finished the 2020-21 athletic season ranked No. 17 in the nation in the Learfield Directors\u2019 Cup Division I final standings, the Cougars\u2019 highest finish since 2000-01, eighth Top-25 finish and third-highest finish in BYU history.

\u201cIt has been a remarkable athletic season, in a truly unprecedented time,\u201d said Tom Holmoe, BYU director of athletics. \u201cA huge congratulations to our resilient, tough, committed, passionate, fun-loving student-athletes and coaches for all that they were able to accomplish. To be 17th in the nation, among the athletic programs we are among, is something for all of Cougar Nation to be proud of.\u201d

The Directors\u2019 Cup annually ranks college athletic programs around the country by awarding points based on each institution\u2019s finish in NCAA Championships. The 17th-place placement this season is the highest of any program in the state of Utah and among schools currently in a non-Power Five conference.

In 25 years of the Directors\u2019 Cup, BYU has an average final ranking of No. 29 and has posted 14 top-30 finishes. The Cougars\u2019 highest finish was No. 12 in 1998-99.

Fourteen BYU teams contributed to the Cougars\u2019 871.25 point total, helping the program finish ahead of 48 universities in Power Five conferences.

Women\u2019s cross country led all BYU teams in scoring with 100 points, No. 1 among women\u2019s cross country programs after winning the national championship.

They were followed by men\u2019s volleyball (90), women\u2019s indoor track and field (72), men\u2019s cross country (69), women\u2019s volleyball (69), women\u2019s track and field (67.5), football (66), men\u2019s indoor track and field (57.75), men\u2019s track and field (57), gymnastics (53), softball (50), soccer (50), women\u2019s basketball (50) and men\u2019s basketball (25).

The Learfield Directors\u2019 Cup was created through joint efforts by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution\u2019s finish in the NCAA championships for both men\u2019s and women\u2019s sports.

The overall winner is the school that records the highest number of points in the Directors\u2019 Cup standings.

Here are the final standings from 2020-21:

  1. 1. Texas
  2. 2. Stanford
  3. 3. Michigan
  4. 4. North Carolina
  5. 5. Florida
  6. 6. USC
  7. 7. Alabama
  8. 8. Arkansas
  9. 9. Ohio State
  10. 10. Georgia
  11. 11. Virginia
  12. 12. Kentucky
  13. 13. UCLA
  14. 14. Notre Dame
  15. 15. LSU
  16. 16. Florida State
  17. 17. BYU
  18. 18. Oklahoma State
  19. 19. Texas A&M
  20. 20. Arizona State
  21. 21. Duke
  22. 22. Ole Miss
  23. 23. North Carolina State
  24. 24. Oklahoma
  25. 25. Oregon

Here is how BYU tallied its points:

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