Rado Parapunov laid down a match-high 13 kills and seven digs, and Patrick Gasman and Colton Cowell added seven kills apiece as No. 1 Hawaii swept past second-ranked BYU, 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 on Saturday night at the Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Wil Stanley was one of three seniors whose final season was abruptly cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, and any conversation about the seniors' return for a fifth or sixth year has to start with the Oahu-born setter.
Garcia Fernandez poured in 17 kills, seven digs, two aces and two blocks, and BYU held the Flyers below .300 hitting en route to a 25-22, 25-15, 26-28, 25-20 Thursday in the NCAA Tournament semifinals in Columbus, Ohio.
Christensen is the second draft pick from BYU this year, joining starting quarterback Zach Wilson after his No. 2 overall selection by the New York Jets, and the third pick from the state of Utah, alongside Desert Hills tackle Penei Sewell.
Wilson's career is just beginning, even if he will be celebrated — certainly, for now — as the next great quarterback to wear the Mean Green, the second time in four years the Jets have selected a quarterback with a top-five pick.
With one day left until BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (presumably) is drafted second overall by the New York Jets, former BYU greats John Beck and Steve Young think the Corner Canyon product can find success with the Gang Green.
Each day leading up to the draft, KSL.com will take a look at the Utah products projected in the latest selections, starting with a pair of projected top-10 picks in Corner Canyon's Zach Wilson and Desert Hills' Penei Sewell.
Patrick Kinahan, KSL.com Contributor | Posted Apr 27th - 10:13am
An uneven sophomore season that included three turnovers in a bowl loss and a thumb injury that caused him to miss several games were exactly the struggles Zach Wilson needed to progress in his football career.
Former BYU basketball center Kolby Lee has committed to Dixie State, the junior from Meridian, Idaho, announced Monday on social media, a day after fellow BYU transfer Jesse Wade opted to move on to "the next chapter" of life.
BYU will face one of three teams in the semifinals, all conference champions: EIVA champ Penn State (21-3) and Conference Carolinas champ Belmont Abbey (15-7), who will contest a play-in match; and No. 3 Lewis, the 20-2 champion of the MIVA.
Zach Eschenberg had a match-high 13 kills, and No. 2 BYU men's volleyball posted 13 blocks to book its spot in the NCAA Tournament with a win over Pepperdine in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship match Saturday in Provo.
Gabi Garcia Fernandez had 12 kills, four aces and four blocks as top-seeded BYU men's volleyball swept No. 4 Grand Canyon, 25-14, 25-19, 29-27 in Friday's semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo.
As part of the rules established by the conference, seeds 2-7 will essentially be re-bracketed following the first round, with top-seeded BYU playing the lowest remaining seed available in Friday's late semifinal (7 p.m. MDT, FloVolleyball).
No. 12-seeded BYU earned one of 16 byes to the second round, and will face the winner of ACC foe Virginia and SIU Edwardsville from the MAC. The Wolverines (13-4-3) will face Memphis in the first round, with the winner advancing to face SEC co-champion Arkansas.
Rachel McCarthy had a goal and an assist, and No. 17 BYU struck first through Bella Folino's goal in the 14th minute and never let up in cruising past visiting Portland, 4-0 in the final match of the spring regular season Saturday afternoon at South Field.
Eschenberg was one of three players with double-digit kills, netting 11 kills and a season-high-tying eight blocks, to help No. 16-seeded BYU sweep UCLA, 26-24, 31-29, 25-17, in Thursday night's second round of the NCAA women's volleyball tournament at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Fernandez had 13 kills, three digs and three blocks, and Wil Stanley added 35 assists, six digs, five blocks and three kills to help No. 2 BYU to its 10th consecutive victory, 25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 25-20 over USC on Friday night in the Smithfield Fieldhouse.
In addition to a dozen recently departed players, such as likely NFL draft picks Zach Wilson, Brady Christensen and Matt Bushman, BYU added several players who graduated last year to showcase themselves in front of scouts and personnel from 31 NFL teams.
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson won't be alone in working out for all 32 teams in the National Football League; he'll be joined by 24 former teammates from two years' worth of graduating classes at the NFL Network-televised event.
The disappointment will never go away, but BYU women's basketball has plenty of reasons to feel optimistic — starting with the return of all four seniors from the 2020-21 squad who will take advantage of an extra season of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shaylee Gonzales had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead BYU, but the third-seeded Arizona Wildcats were able to hold of the Cougars, 52-46 Wednesday evening at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.