Top-ranked Cougars finish WCC schedule with three road matches

November 15, 2018

The top-ranked BYU women’s volleyball team needs just one win in its final three matches to clinch their fifth straight West Coast Conference title.

There’s a lot more at stake in the final week of the season than just a WCC title. The undefeated Cougars (25-0) are trying to earn one of the top four seeds in the NCAA Tournament, which would ensure a home-court advantage in the first four rounds, as long as the Cougars keep winning.

The last Division I team to finish the regular season undefeated was Missouri in 2013 (34-0).

BYU will play three matches in five days to conclude the regular season, all on the road. On Thursday, the Cougars travel to Saint Mary’s. Earlier this season, BYU trounced the Gaels 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-13) while hitting .531 in Provo. On Saturday, BYU is at Pacific and the Cougars finish off WCC play on Tuesday at Loyola Marymount.

BYU has been a powerhouse during WCC play, winning 45 of the 47 sets it has played. Overall, the Cougars have won 75 of 81 sets.

Heather Gneiting is making a strong push for freshman of the year honors. She earned her first WCC Player of the Week award after registering double-digit kills against both Santa Clara and San Francisco. Gneiting is a national player of the year candidate, currently No. 3 in the nation in hitting percentage at .428 and No. 16 in the nation averaging 1.44 blocks per set.

The women’s college volleyball NCAA Tournament selection show is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 25.

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