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Wil Stanley (3) congratulates his team during a 3-1 win over Pepperdine to move No. 2 BYU men's volleyball to a 12-0 start. (Courtesy: BYU Photo)

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Here's a look at each schedule happening at BYU this spring, including both ranked volleyball teams

By Sean Walker, | Updated - Jan. 22, 2021 at 5:06 p.m. | Posted - Jan. 20, 2021 at 6:50 p.m.

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.

Women's Volleyball

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

Men's Volleyball

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

Women's Soccer

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

BYU Baseball

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

BYU Softball

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

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