PROVO — College football season is over, and men's basketball is winding toward the single-site NCAA Tournament around Indianapolis, but BYU's campus is about to get plenty busy this spring.
Because of schedule alternations and season cancellations sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, BYU will host nearly all of its 19-team athletic department from January to May. Everything from basketball to baseball to men's and women's volleyball and women's soccer — not to mention spring football in March and off-campus sports like golf and cross country — will be held over the coming months.
So buckle up, grab a Diet Coke, and dive into every spring schedule here, which will be updated with forthcoming additions.
Picked No. 16 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason coaches' poll, Heather Olmsted and the Cougars were selected to finish second to San Diego in the West Coast Conference by the league's 10 head coaches Wednesday.
The Cougars earned 72 total votes, with one first-place vote, as sophomore setter Whitney Bower, senior outside hitter Taylen Ballard-Nixon and senior middle blocker Kennedy Eschenberg all earned All-WCC honors.
BYU opens the season Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 12 p.m. PST at Portland. Every match in the conference-only schedule will be played at a single site on consecutive afternoons; the Cougars will open at home Feb. 2-3 against Santa Clara.
The lone exception will be the Cougars' home-and-away match with San Diego, on March 19 in San Diego and March 20 in Provo.
Jan. 26-27: at Portland
Feb. 2-3: vs. Santa Clara
Feb. 9-10: vs. Gonzaga
Feb. 16-17: vs. Loyola Marymount
Feb. 23-24: at Pepperdine
March 5-6: at San Francisco
March 12-13: vs. Pacific
March 19-20: vs. San Diego
March 26-27: vs. Saint Mary's
The top-ranked BYU men's volleyball team was cruising toward a potential national championship, earning an epic two-match split with rival Hawaii days before the season was canceled the week of March 13, 2020, due to the pandemic.
But the team returns every member of last year's team, including outside hitters Gabi Garcia Fernandez and Davide Gardini, setter Wil Stanley, and middle blockers Felipe de Brito Ferreira and Miki Jauhiainen. Head coach Shawn Olmstead's club also added Luke Benson, a 6-foot-7 outside hitter from Newbury Park High School who was the MVP of the Marmonte (California) League in 2019, among other honors.
With all that coming back, it was no surprise when the Cougars were picked No. 1 in the country by the AVCA coaches' poll and projected to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for the fifth time in the past six years if they can navigate the following conference-only schedule:
Feb. 4-6: vs. UCLA, 7 p.m. MST
Feb. 12-13: vs. Pepperdine, 7 p.m. MST
Feb. 18-20: vs. Grand Canyon, 6 p.m. MST
Feb. 25-27: at Grand Canyon, 6 p.m. MST/12 p.m. MST
March 4: at Concordia Irvine, 7 p.m. PST
March 5: at Southern California, TBA
March 12-13: vs. Stanford, 6 p.m. MST
March 19-20: at Pepperdine, 1 p.m. PDT
March 26-27: at Concordia Irvine, 7 p.m. PDT
April 2-3: vs. Southern California, 6 p.m. MT
April 9-10: at UCLA, 5 p.m. MT
MARK YOUR CALENDARS 📆 Presenting you with the Spring 2021 Schedule! Fans will be limited to family only until further notice. pic.twitter.com/EgJUGUiPxF— BYU Women's Soccer (@byusoccer_w) January 20, 2021
Led by 2021 National Women's Soccer League draft pick Mikayla Colohan (Orlando Pride), the BYU women's soccer team will open 2021 with an exhibition match Jan. 30 against Weber State at the Zions Bank Real Academy.
Colohan will play with the Cougars through the 2021 spring season and is eligible to return for the 2021 fall season, as well.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play in the NWSL," she said. "I'm excited to be a part of the Orlando Pride organization and look forward to representing the city of Orlando. I plan to bring my very best and hope to help the Pride in any way I can."
The Cougars will play home matches at the indoor fields in Herriman during the first month of the season, including the regular-season opener Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. MST against in-state rival Utah.
BYU will also play Pac-12 foes UCLA and Southern California in a Los Angeles road trip Feb. 12-15, along with nonconference matches against Missouri and Utah Valley.
Feb. 6: vs. Utah (Herriman, Utah), 5 p.m. MST
Feb. 12: at UCLA, TBA
Feb. 15: at USC, 3 p.m. PST
Feb. 20: at San Diego, TBA
Feb. 27: vs. San Francisco (Herriman, Utah), 5 p.m. MST
March 3: at Missouri, TBA
March 6: at Loyola Marymount, 1 p.m. PST
March 13: vs. Santa Clara, 1 p.m. MST
March 17: vs. Utah Valley, 4 p.m. MDT
March 20: at Pacific, TBA
March 27: vs. Gonzaga, 1 p.m. MDT
March 31: vs. Santa Clara, TBA
April 3: at Saint Mary's, 1 p.m. MDT
April 10: at Pepperdine, 1 p.m. PDT
April 12: at Pepperdine, 3 p.m. PDT
April 17: vs. Portland, 1 p.m. MDT
NCAA Championships first and second rounds: April 22
After having their 2020 season canceled as they were jumping into West Coast Conference play, Mike Littlewood and the Cougars return to Miller Park for a season that begins in late February.
Six of the Cougars' first seven series will be played on the road, beginning with a Texas two-step Feb. 19-22 at Texas State and Feb. 24-27 at Texas. BYU will also play at Pac-12 power Oregon State, Dixie State and WCC rival Loyola Marymount in the first month of the season, with a brief stop home via the home opener March 11 against in-state rival Utah.
The Utes and Cougars will play five times, with four of them in Provo.
Feb. 19-22: at Texas State
Feb. 24-27: at Texas
March 4-6: at Oregon State
March 11-13: vs. Utah (March 12 in Salt Lake City)
March 16: at Dixie State
March 18-20: at Loyola Marymount
March 23: vs. Utah Valley
March 25-27: vs. San Francisco
April 1-3: at Santa Clara
April 8-10: vs. Portland
April 13: vs. Utah
April 15-17: at Omaha
April 20: vs. Dixie State
April 22-24: at Gonzaga
April 26: vs. Arizona State
April 28-May 1: vs. Saint Mary's
May 6-8: at San Diego
May 13-15: at Pacific
May 18: vs. Utah
May 20-22: vs. Pepperdine
The Cougars had the 2020 season cut short due to the coronavirus after a 14-9 start and in the middle of a road trip to play No. 10 Alabama. They'll return to the diamond for competitive games beginning Feb. 11 in Tempe, Arizona.
BYU will play five tournaments away from Provo before opening Gail Miller Field with a doubleheader against Boise State on March 26.
Kajakawa Classic (Tempe, Arizona)
Feb. 11-13: vs. Arizona State, New Mexico State, Utah, Seattle U.
St. George Classic (St. George, Utah)
Feb. 18-20: Teams TBA
Arizona Tournament (Tucson, Arizona)
Feb. 25-27: vs. Arizona, Seattle U., Colorado State, Oregon State
Stanford Invitational (Stanford, California)
March 4-6: Teams TBA
Oklahoma Invitational (Norman, Oklahoma)
March 11-13: vs. Oklahoma, Houston, Liberty, Oklahoma State
March 26: vs. Boise State
March 27: vs. Southern Utah
April 1-2: vs. Baylor
April 6: vs. Utah State
April 9-10: at Saint Mary's
April 13: vs. Idaho State
April 14: vs. Utah Valley
April 15: vs. Southern Utah
April 23-24: vs. San Diego
April 27: vs. Utah Valley
April 30-May1: at Loyola Marymount
May 4: at Southern Utah
May 7-8: at Santa Clara
May 10: vs. Dixie State
May 11: at Utah State
May 14-15: vs. Pacific