PROVO, Utah – The Brigham Young University men’s volleyball team is hoping to keep its nine-game streak alive.
Head coach Shawn Olmstead said they knew something needed to change after the team lost to Ohio State in the NCAA Championship match last season. The players have since changed their strategy when it comes to serving. This year, the team is more aggressive and assertive, even if it means they miss a little more.
Coach Olmstead said he knew they needed to put a much bigger emphasis into their approach to serving as a group and individually. He also said they’ve really focused on making sure the players are comfortable when it comes to serving.
Outside hitter Jake Langlois said they want to hit the ball harder and into more difficult places for the opposing team. This new mindset appears to be working – the team has connected on 82 percent of serving attempts and received 94 percent, an improvement from previous seasons.
Coach Olmstead said they’re just keeping focused on the next game to prepare for the NCAA tournament.
BYU will play at Pepperdine University on March 10.