After hosting the NCAA regional tournament games this postseason, the BYU Women's Volleyball team is poised to take on Stanford in the Final Four Thursday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.
In anticipation for what could be the team's biggest game of the season, here are 10 interesting facts about the history of BYU women's volleyball.
Past Final Four runs
BYU women’s volleyball is in its third NCAA Four Four (1993, 2014, 2018).
Last weekend, BYU women’s volleyball hosted its first NCAA Regional since 1986. The Cougars topped Florida (3-1) and Texas (3-0) to earn a trip to the Final Four.
Senior Roni Jones-Perry was named the MVP of the Provo Regional after totaling 25 kills and hitting .367 in the victory against Texas.
Facing a former foe
No. 4 seed BYU faces No. 1 seed Stanford in the NCAA semifinals on Thursday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The two teams faced off on Aug. 31 in Provo with the Cougars pulling off a 3-2 upset.
BYU’s all-time record against Stanford is 5-8. Against the other two teams in the Final Four, the Cougars are 3-9 against Nebraska and 3-3 against Michigan.
BYU is the top offensive team in the country with a .310 hitting percentage. Stanford is the No. 1 blocking team in the nation at 3.40 per set.
BYU has posted an overall record of 46-30 in the NCAA Tournament. Its 31 appearances rank 8th all-time.
The Cougars have 1,279 victories in program history, which ranks No. 3 all-time.
BYU seniors Roni Jones-Perry and Lyndie Haddock-Eppich where both named AVCA first team All-Americans. It’s the first time the Cougars have had two first team All-Americans since Michele Fellows and Charlene Johnson were so honored in 1993.
Head coach Heather Olmstead was an assistant on the last BYU team to reach the Final Four (2014). Her brother, current BYU men’s coach Shawn Olmstead, was the head coach of the Cougars that season.