BYU Women's volleyball NCAA first round match vs. Stony Brook 15

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Heather Olmstead talks with her team during a game in the first round of the NCAA tournament between Brigham Young University and Stony Brook University held Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

Head coach Heather Olmstead and the BYU women’s volleyball program have announced the addition of seven signees to the program. Joining the Cougars in 2019 are Erin Anderson, Morgan Bower, Abbey Dayton, Kate Grimmer, Morgan Johnson, Grace Wee and Callie Whitney.

Anderson, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Corona, California, is a PrepVolleyball Senior Ace who was named to the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships All-Tournament Team last year. A multi-year All-CIF selection, Anderson holds her school record for most kills in a season.

A 5-foot-8 libero from Nampa, Idaho, Bower is an Under Armour and PrepVolleyball High School All-American who holds her school record for career digs. A third-generation BYU student-athlete whose mother, Caroline, played volleyball and father, Danny, played basketball for the Cougars, Bower graduated early and joined the Cougars in January.

Dayton is a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Ladera Ranch, California. The league MVP her senior season after helping San Juan Hills High School to a fourth-straight league title, Dayton is an All-CIF, All-State, All-Orange County and All-League selection.

A 2018 Under Armour High School All-American, Grimmer was named the No. 22 senior in the country by PrepVolleyball. A 6-foot-1 opposite hitter, she is a 6A All-State selection and four-time All-Region honoree out of Queen Creek, Arizona.

Johnson was first-team All-Southwestern League, All-Region and All-Area out of Temecula, California. A 5-foot-11 outside hitter, Johnson is the daughter of James, a former All-WAC offensive lineman at BYU, and Gale Oborn Johnson, a former All-American outside hitter for the Cougars.

Wee, a 5-foot-6 defensive specialist, led ‘Iolani High School to state championships in 2016 and 2018. She is also an All-Hawaii and Honolulu Star Advertiser Fab 15 honoree.

A transfer from Salt Lake Community College, Whitney also joined the Cougars in January. A native of South Jordan, Whitney is a 5-foot-8 defensive specialist who was a two-time All-Region and two-time Academic All-American at SLCC. Two of her brothers, Brock and Derrick, played baseball at BYU.

BYU reached the NCAA Final Four this season, posting a 31-2 record and winning the West Coast Conference title.

The Cougars graduate All-Americans Roni Jones-Perry and Lyndie Haddock-Eppich but return second team All-American libero Mary Lake, AVCA Freshman of the Year Heather Gneiting at middle blocker and honorable mention All-American Kennedy Eschenberg, also a middle blocker. BYU’s Heather Olmstead was named the 2018 Coach of the Year as well.

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