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2. National status of BYU volleyball

December 14, 2018

2. Does the Cougar women’s volleyball program deserve to be considered nationally elite?

LLOYD: The results for BYU over the past few years have definitely put the Cougars in the conversation. This is the seventh straight year BYU has reached at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, with a championship runner-up finish in 2014 and the Final Four this year. That is consistency over a long period of time. The only thing lacking is actually summiting the mountain. Only seven programs have a national title banner to their name this century, so to truly be a national powerhouse BYU needs to break into that sorority.

DICKSON: I think that question was answered when BYU lost its first match of the season and still earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. I’ve felt like in years past that the NCAA has undervalued the Cougars when it comes to seeding. But this time, they got it it right, no matter how much Texas fans whine about it. It’s interesting to note that five teams from the WCC made the NCAA Tournament and only two from the Big 12. That’s respect.

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