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Isom Named to Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI

Aug 14, 2017 - Posted by Tatiana Monsen at 12:38 pm | Permalink

Senior defender Taylor Isom has been named to the Top Drawer Soccer Women's Division I Preseason Best XI First Team for the 2017 season. 

A captain, Isom leads one of the best defenses in the nation. In 2016 Isom was named as the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and has already been named to the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list. 

Mentioned along with Isom are Stanford's Andi Sullivan, South Carolina's Savannah McCaskill, Rutgers Casey Murphy and Georgetown's Rachel Corboz. 

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Freshman Quick Kicks: Josie Guinn, Savanna Empey and Emma Bailey

Aug 01, 2017 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 2:33 pm | Updated: August 1, 2017 2:45 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Josie GuinnSavanna Empey and Emma Bailey are part of the influx of freshmen that will write the next chapter for BYU women's soccer.

All three were drawn to the program's tradition of excellence.

"The program is amazing," said Guinn, a native of Murrieta, California. "Even before I came to camp as a freshman, it's been a dream."

Guinn's parents attended BYU, as did her brother Gavin, who played basketball for the Cougars, and her older sister.

Empey also has connections to BYU athletics. Her father, Mike, is on the football coaching staff. She has a brother who will join the football team as a lineman and a sister committed to the soccer team for 2020.

A goalkeeper, Empey is excited to work with new assistant coach Brent Anderson, who was a keeper on Utah State's club team before becoming a coach.

"I'm pumped about that," she said. "Brent has been awesome to get to know and work with so far."

Bailey doesn't have a family tradition of attending BYU, as she'll be the first Cougar from her family. She tore her ACL twice in high school and is grateful BYU has stuck with her as she's recovered.

"They were so supportive the first time it happened," she said. "I wasn't worried about them dropping me the second time because I knew them, and they had supported me before."

The trio joins the team with high expectations.

"We hope to win the national championship," Guinn said. "It's a really big goal, but I think our team is capable of winning it."

Empey agreed.

"We've only been here a month or two, but the program is great and eveyone works so hard," she said. "So how do you expect anything less than that?"

Freshman Quick Kicks: Josie Manwill, Ellie Smith and Makaylie Moore

Jul 21, 2017 - Posted by Tatiana Monsen at 8:29 am | Updated: July 21, 2017 9:34 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Joining the BYU women’s soccer family this fall are Josie Manwill, Ellie Smith and Makaylie Moore.

Manwill, a Layton, Utah native, is a recently returned missionary after serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kobe, Japan. Before her mission, she played a spring season with the Cougars.

“I want to really improve just coming off a mission,” she said. “I really want to push myself to be at a point where I’m better than I was before my mission.”

As a goalkeeper, Manwill played for La Roca FC and Northridge High School. She was a four-year Utah ODP player and a four-time Utah State Cup champion. She has known from a young age that BYU was the school she wanted to play for as she desired to play for a competitive team that did not play on Sunday.

Smith, a midfielder from Alpine, Utah, joins her sister Cassidy Smith as a member of the team. “I’ve wanted to come to BYU since I came to Cubs Camp,” she said. “I’ve always loved the coaching staff and the girls and my sister is here so I wanted to come with her.”

She was a member of Celtic and attended Lone Peak High School where she was named to the Deseret News 5A All-State second team and the Daily Herald All-Valley honorable mention in 2014.

“[The seniors] all have a really good vibe of doing their very best and leaving it all here at BYU, and so that really helps the incoming freshman and everyone to just feel motivated,” Smith said of this year’s outlook. “So that’s a high expectation of just not letting them down and not letting the school down.”

Moore comes to Provo from Auburn, Washington. She played for Eastside and Thomas Jefferson High School. She was a four-time club state champion and in 2013 she was the UYSA national champion. BYU is the school everyone in her family has attended so she is grateful she has the opportunity to play for the Cougars.

“I liked the spiritual environment that it brought and not playing on Sundays was a really big deal,” she said. “It was also at a super competitive level and I wanted to play on a really good cohesive team.”

The midfielder is recently coming off an injury and hopes to improve this season and help the team in whatever her role may be.

Post-Team USA thoughts from Robins-Hardy

Jul 20, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 4:00 pm | Permalink

The following are thoughts from BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy regarding her time representing Team USA with the U.S. Collegiate Women's National Team in Europe from July 6-16.

Representing USA on an international level was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I was able to meet a few girls from different colleges around the U.S. and I was able to represent BYU in a team full of those different girls. I loved being able to connect with the other girls and being able to get so close with them in such a short amount of time. We had lots of fun out in Europe - cliff jumping, alpine sliding and sight seeing. Another cool thing about this trip was experiencing different coaches from other colleges and seeing their type of coaching style. Being overseas is a totally different experience but it's definitely one of the best experiences ever. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to represent not only USA but also BYU in European countries. I loved every second of it and wish I could do it again.

Robins-Hardy and Team USA defeat Mountain West Conference All-Star Team to win title

Jul 14, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 12:16 pm | Updated: July 14, 2017 1:41 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy and the U.S. Collegiate National Team defeated the Mountain West Conference All-Star Team in three sets (25-15, 25-15, 25-13) to claim the title of the 13th Annual European Global Challenge Friday in Pula, Croatia.

Robins-Hardy contributed seven assists, two aces and a dig in the win. The squad as a whole hit at a .390 clip compared to just .012 for the Mountain West Conference.

The U.S. Collegiate National Team ended play in the European Global Challenge with a perfect 6-0 record.

Robins-Hardy and Team USA advance to finals of European Global Challenge

Jul 13, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 6:53 am | Updated: July 13, 2017 1:19 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy helped the U.S. Collegiate National Team defeat Italian team Falconara in four sets (15-25, 25-17, 25-15, 27-25) in the quarterfinals and Bring It Promotions (BIP) Midwest in four sets (25-19, 25-15, 19-25, 25-20) in the semifinals of the European Global Challenge Thursday in Pula, Croatia.

Robins-Hardy collected two kills and a block in the first match against Falconara.

The wins set up a championship match with the Mountain West Conference team.

The title match will take place Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. MT and will conclude Robins-Hardy and Team USA's play in the 13th European Global Challenge.

Robins-Hardy helps Team USA win all three pool play matches

Jul 11, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 10:09 am | Updated: July 12, 2017 11:11 am | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy helped the U.S. Collegiate National Team defeat Israel (U23) in three sets (25-17, 29-27, 25-6) and The Czech Republic (U23) in three sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-18) Tuesday as part of the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia.

The squad outblocked Israel 15-2 and had a 7-1 service ace advantage in the win.

In the second match against The Czech Republic, Robins-Hardy started - contributing 29 assists, three aces, two kills and two blocks in the win. She helped the team convert 46 percent of its attacks while hitting at a .247 clip. The team again outblocked its opponent by a 12-3 differential and had a 9-4 margin of victory in aces.

On Wednesday, Robins-Hardy helped her squad defeat Bring It Promotions (BIP) Midwest 2-1 (25-22, 25-14, 18-25). The team again had a .247 hitting percentage in the win.

Robins-Hardy will next compete Thursday, July 13, in the championship pool bracket. The quarterfinals take place at 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. MT with the semifinals taking place later on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. MT on simultaneous courts. The championship match is slated for Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. MT.

Post-Team USA thoughts from Jones-Perry

Jul 05, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:48 am | Permalink
The following are thoughts from BYU women's volleyball junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry regarding her time representing Team USA with the U.S. Collegiate Women's National Team in Minneapolis from June 22-30.
Having the opportunity to wear and represent USA over the past week and a half was incredible. The whole thing seemed a little surreal to me until I got there and saw my name on the back of a jersey - and that's when I realized that I was actually going to be a part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team for part of my summer. Nicki Holmes helped that to really set in when he explained to the group that there were less than 100 active members of the U.S. National Team at that time, and we were each one of them. That was really cool to think about. 
The week was one full of really good volleyball against some tough competition. The coaches there were super helpful and all really excited to be there. In a meeting with the whole group of us, more than half of the coaches said that the CNT program is their absolute favorite program to coach and this was made very obvious by the way that they were coaching and by how engaged they were throughout the week. The first few days of the week we had two practices a day in a big group format. The practices were really fast paced and I got a ton of touches. It was pretty exhausting honestly, but I learned SO MUCH. For the last half of the week, we were split into three teams and our practices were just with our own teams. This part was really cool because I got to know each of my teammates a lot better and we all got pretty close in just four days. 
During the competition, my team didn't play well at all during pool play. After pool play was over, a group of us chatted at dinner about what we needed to do in order to compete the way that we knew we could. The coaches also sat down and tried to come up with a better game plan that would really utilize each of our strengths. It was amazing to me just how much better my team played and how much control we had over that. On the last day of competition, we ended up winning both matches in five sets and winning the mini-tournament.
Throughout the week, I was constantly being asked by the other girls about BYU. This was really fun for me because it gave me a real chance to explain what I value and why BYU is the perfect fit for me. It also allowed me to help them to understand the values at BYU and the reasons that we do things the way that we do. 
Overall, this experience was one that taught me not only a lot about volleyball, but also a lot about who I am as an athlete and a person. It pushed my mind and body a lot harder than I expected it to and I'm grateful for that. I also made some friendships that I think will last a long time and I'm really excited to see how all of my teammates do during their own seasons. I'm grateful to have had this opportunity and I hope to have similar ones in the future.

Jones-Perry helps Team Blue defeat Team Red in Team USA title match

Jun 30, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 6:17 pm | Updated: June 30, 2017 9:27 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry helped Team Blue defeat Team Red in five sets (20-25, 26-24, 25-23, 24-26, 15-13) in the championship match of U.S. Colleigate Women's National Team play Friday night in Minneapolis.

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Jones-Perry collected 19 kills, a block and an ace in her final match with Team USA. The win gave Team Blue (2-2) the CNT-Minneapolis tournament title while handing Team Red (2-1) its first loss of the tournament.

Team Blue took a 9-3 lead to begin the decisive fifth set, but Team Red scored the next four-straight points to get back within two, down 9-7. Jones-Perry ended the run with a kill, but Team Red evened things up at 13-all. Team Blue scored the final two points on kills to win the set and match 15-13.

Team Blue jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set after an ace, but Team Red rallied with a 5-1 run to go ahead 6-4. From there, both sides had multiple service errors. Jones-Perry had a kill to help her team get back within four, trailing 16-12, but it wasn't enough as Team Red took the set 25-20.

Team Red continued to play well to start set two, taking a 13-6 advantage on a Team Blue service error. Jones-Perry's team battled back, though, as she blocked a ball and two plays later had a forceful kill to get within four again, down 14-10. After trailing 24-20, excellent serving helped Team Blue come back and ultimately take the set in overtime, 26-24. Jones-Perry had seven kills in the set.

Team Blue came out strong in the third set, going up 13-9 at the first technical timeout. Team Red came back within two, 17-15, but Team Blue continued to serve well, taking a 20-16 advantage. Jones-Perry then collected the set-winning kill, helping her team to a 25-23 set victory.

Team Red led by as many as five points to start the fourth set before a Jones-Perry ace put Team Blue ahead 13-12. The teams continued to battle back-and-forth from there before Team Red ultimately took the close set 26-24 to send the match to the decisive fifth set.

Senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy will next compete for Team USA in the Annual European Global Challenge from July 11-14 in Pula, Croatia.

Jones-Perry and Team Blue hold on in semifinals, advance to CNT finals

Jun 30, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 3:05 pm | Permalink

BYU women’s volleyball junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry continued to play well in the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team semifinals Friday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Jones-Perry started every set for the third-consecutive match and helped Team Blue come away with a victory over Team White in five sets (22-25, 25-15, 23-25, 15-13, 15-13).

In the first set, Team White came out on top 25-22 while Team Blue bounced back and took the second set, 25-15.

Team White narrowly edged out Team Blue in the third set, 25-23, with set point earned on a Blue error.

To keep the tournament on schedule, set four was played to 15 points instead of the typical 25. Team White took an early 4-1 lead before a kill from Jones-Perry tied it 6-6. The teams battled back and forth, evening the score five more times. Jones-Perry racked up four kills in the set, including two to tie the score at 11-11 and 12-12. Team Blue won the set 15-13.

The fifth and final set included five ties before Team Blue pulled away 15-13 as Jones-Perry added two more kills.

Jones-Perry and Team Blue will compete in the finals against Team Red Friday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. CDT on Court 19. A live stream video will be available on USA Volleyball's website.