No. 2 Women’s Volleyball
Highest Ranking: 1
Postseason: Advanced to the Final Four before falling to Stanford
There was no team in women’s volleyball that was as dominant than BYU. The Cougars started the season 26-0 which included taking down No. 1 Stanford, No. 10 USC, No. 24 Utah, and No. 25 Marquette. The women were the NCAA favorites and appeared to be well on their way to a national championship rematch with Stanford.
In fact, the Cougars were so dominant that at one point in the season from September 1st to November 2nd the Cougars outscored their opponents 54-2 in sets. That would be like BYU Football scoring 54 touchdowns in a span of games while only allowing two to be scored on them. That is how dominant the team was.
Everything slowed down when McKenna Miller went down with an injury against Santa Clara towards the end of the season. The Cougars lost the last regular season game of the year to Loyola Marymount which cost them the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Instead they got the 4th overall seed (still a one seed) and got matched up with Stanford in the Final Four instead of the final.
Despite the injury, the Cougars knocked off Utah, Florida and Texas to make it to the Final Four, an accomplishment in itself.
This season may a bit of a rebuilding year for the Cougars with the departure of Roni Jones- Perry, but don’t be surprised if they are still a top ten team this upcoming season.