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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.

Jones-Perry excels For Team Blue in CNT play

Jun 28, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 5:33 pm | Updated: June 28, 2017 9:39 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry played well in her second match with the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team Wednesday evening in Minneapolis.

Jones-Perry started all three sets played for the second night in a row as her Team Blue fell in three sets (25-19, 25-18, 25-21) to Team White. She collected eight kills, three blocks and two aces during the match.

Team White jumped out to an early lead in the first set, 13-10 at the technical timeout. Despite a block from Jones-Perry, Team Blue as a whole had trouble on the defensive side of the ball through the back half of the set. Team White ultimately came out with a 25-19 win with Jones-Perry contributing five kills for Team Blue in the set.

The second set started again with Team White dominating early, taking a 14-8 advantage. Jones-Perry added a kill on a 4-0 Team Blue streak near the end of the set, forcing a Team White timeout. It wasn't enough, however, as Team White took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-18 set two win.

Team Blue took a four-point lead to begin the third set, going up 8-4 with help from a strong block. Team White came charging back, however, taking a 16-15 edge after a cross-court kill. Jones-Perry continued her defensive effort, collecting two more blocks to help Team Blue. Team White completed the set comeback, though, winning 25-21 on a Team Blue attack error.

Jones-Perry will compete with Team Blue again Friday, June 30, at noon CDT on Court 20 in the semifinals of the CNT-Minneapolis tournament. A live video stream will be available on USA Volleyball's website.

Click here to read USA Volleyball's recap of the match.

Jones-Perry competes in first match with Team USA

Jun 27, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 5:31 pm | Updated: June 27, 2017 8:38 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry excelled while competing in her first match with the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team Tuesday evening in Minneapolis.

Jones-Perry started all three sets played in a loss (28-26, 25-15, 25-15) with her Team Blue squad against Team Red. She collected a team-high 10 kills on 25 attempts in her debut.

In the first set, Team Red narrowly edged out Team Blue 28-26. Jones-Perry collected six kills alone in the first set, including back-to-back kills to fight off set points. It wasn't enough, though, as Team Red took the early lead.

Team Red took control early in set two, winning 25-15. Jones-Perry again played well, racking up four more kills.

Team Blue took a four-point lead early in the third but mistakes proved costly as Team Red again dominated to end the set and match 25-15.

Jones-Perry and Team Blue will compete again Wednesday, June 28, at 5 p.m. CDT on Court 19 against Team White. A live video stream will be available on USA Volleyball's website.

USA Volleyball's recap of the match can be found here.

 

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