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BYU volleyball: Cougars begin preparations for the 2017 season

BYU women’s volleyball officially began preparations for the 2017 season Tuesday with team practices.

The Cougars will continue to practice until their first scrimmage, the Blue/White match, held Saturday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. MDT, at the Smith Fieldhouse. Admission is free to the public.

BYU looks to build off its fifth-consecutive trip to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. The Cougars went 29-4 last season before falling to eventual runners-up Texas. BYU went 16-2 in conference play, winning its third-consecutive outright West Coast Conference title.

The Cougars return several starters from last year’s squad, including Veronica Jones-Perry, Lacy Haddock, Lyndie Haddock, Mary Lake and McKenna Miller. Additional players returning are Cosy Burnett, Emily Lewis, Danelle Stetler and Tristyn Moser who each started at some point last season.

The first official match of the season takes place at the Smith Fieldhouse on Friday, Aug. 25, at 12 p.m. MDT, against Saint Louis, as the Cougars host the BYU Invitational.

Royce Hinton is the men's and women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.