1. BYU volleyball legacy
1. The BYU women’s volleyball team has put together an amazing run in 2018. What do you think will be the legacy of these impressive athletes?
DICKSON: As time passes I think the legacy of this team will grow. Consider that the last time BYU had two first team All-Americans was 25 years ago. Consider that home win against No. 1 Stanford and taking that No. 1 ranking for 11 weeks. Consider that outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry and setter Lyndie Haddock-Eppich are among the best all-time at their positions. Heck, they may just be the GOAT’s at their spots. Middle blocker Heather Gneiting is the national freshman of the year and when her career is over, she might hold every blocking record there is.
A ton of credit goes to Heather Olmstead and her staff. Sometimes I look across the net at teams such as Stanford, Texas and Florida and I wonder how in the world BYU can beat them. The Cougars just have an amazing toughness and will to win.
LLOYD: I think this group of BYU volleyball players has established a mentality that will be the expectation for the future. Yes, the Cougars had some incredibly talented athletes as Darnell pointed out, but this was a team that was missing a couple of players expected to contribute (Sara Hamson got hurt before the season and Mckenna Miller went down in November) and still made a great run to the Final Four because it had the depth to overcome those losses. This was a team of fighters who didn’t back down from anyone, which is an approach that I believe will serve BYU well in years to come.