NCAA Tournament

Tournament History
Preseason tournaments hosted by BYU have been a tradition since 1977. With the exception of two years (1993 and 1999), the Cougars have hosted at least one tournament each year. It is one of college volleyball’s longest running traditions, and although the name of the marquee tournament has evolved over the years from the BYU Preview to the BYU Invitational to the BYU Mizuno Classic to the BYU Molten Classic to the current BYU Nike Classic, the premise has always been the same – to gather top teams from around the country for intense competition.

In 1977 the inaugural BYU Preview featured 16 teams (BYU, BYU-JV, California, Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Portland State,Texas, Texas-Arlington, Texas Tech, Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Wyoming). The field grew to as many as 24 teams in 1984, but in recent years BYU has hosted anywhere from two to four teams.

Although the premise of staging the 1977 BYU Preview was for modest short-term gain, BYU has now hosted 36 tournaments in 30 years, winning 21 titles along the way. An excerpt directly from the 1984 BYU Preview program explains the simple beginnings:
“BYU coach Elaine Michaelis conducted her first volleyball invitational in 1977 to give her team, visiting teams and local fans a chance to preview some of the schools expected to play in the AIAW national championships that BYU was to host later that season. Her idea was that preseason competition among gifted teams would allow coaches and players to identify their flaws, exhibit their strengths and measure themselves against others as they began the march toward nationals. The response was so enthusiastic that her idea turned into a tradition.”

There have been many Cougar highlights, but one of the top moments in BYU tournament history was when BYU upended No. 1 Stanford before defeating No. 2 Long Beach State to take the 2000 tournament title. The Cougars also defeated No. 4 Stanford on the way to winning the 2006 crown and No. 10 Wisconsin while taking the 2007 title.

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Year Opponent Tourney
2008 Bryn Porter
2007 Chelsea Goodman
2006 Erica Lott
2003 Kim Wilson
2001 Sunny Mahe
2000 Nina Puikkonen
1997 Amy Steele-Gant
1992 Tea Nieminen Mizuno
1991   Invitational
1991 Sharon Egbert Mizuno
1988 Dylann Duncan Beehive
1987,86 Mariliisa Salmi  
1983 Karin Knudsen
1982 Valerie de Pourtales  
1981 Lisa Motes Connolly
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Year Opponent Tourney
2008 Malia Marquardt
2008 Bryn Porter
2007 Chelsea Goodman
2007 Rachel Dyer
2006 Lindsy Hartsock
2006 Amy Schlauder
2007, 06, 04 Erica Lott
2004 Kim Wilson  
2003 Lauren Richards  
2003,02 Carrie Bowers  
2001 Karina Puikkonen  
2001 Nina Puikkonen  
2001,00 Jackie Bundy
2000 Sunny Tonga-Mahe  
1997 Anna-Lena Smith
1997 Helen Hjorth
1997 Caroline Steuer-Bower
1995 Angie Tanner
1995 Amy Steele-Gant
1994 Marianne Clark
1994,92,91 Charlene Johnson Mizuno
1992 Michelle Fellows Mizuno
1991 Laura Warnock Mizuno
1990 Marinda Gorbahn-Ashman Inviational
1990   Mizuno
1989    
1990 Carla Gee Invitational
1990 Tea Nieminen Mizuno
1990 Tumua Matu'u Mizuno
1988 Cherie Sam Fong Beehive
1988 Jan Giles Beehive
1988 Dylann Duncan Challenge
1988 Jill Plumb Challenge
1987 Diane Campbell  
1987 Kathy Higbee  
1986,85 Sari Virtanen  
1986 Vicki Backus  
1984, HM Tami Hamilton  
1984 Karen Doane  
1983,82 Madge Ferreira  
1983 Raelyn Hoglund  
1982 Michele Nekota  
1981 Brigitte McBride  
1981 Andrea Westover  
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Year Opponent
First 21
Second 6
Third 5
Fourth 1
Sixth 2
Seventh 1
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OPPONENT Record
American 1-0
Arizona State 1-0
Boise State 3-0
BYU-JV 2-0
BYU-Hawai'i 1-1
California 2-0
Cal Poly 1-0
Central Florida 1-0
Central Michigan
Colorado 1-1
Colorado State 4-1
Fairfield 1-0
Florida 0-2
Georgia 1-0
Gonzaga 2-0
Houston 1-1
Idaho 2-0
Idaho State 4-1
Kansas 1-0
Kentucky 1-0
Long Beach State 2-2
Memphis 1-0
Minnesota 1-0
Missouri 1-0
Montana 4-0
Montana State 1-0
Nebraska 1-0
Nevada 1-0
New Mexico 1-0
New Mexico State 2-0
Northern Arizona 1-0
Northern Colorado 2-0
Northern Illinois 1-0
Northern Iowa 1-0
Ohio State 3-0
Oklahoma 0-1
Oral Roberts 2-1
Oregon 1-1
Pacific 1-2
Penn State 2-0
Pepperdine 1-1
Pittsburgh 1-0
Portland State 1-2
Rhode Island 1-0
Rice 2-0
Sacramento State 1-0
San Francisco 1-0
Snow College 1-0
Southern Illnois 3-0
Southern Utah 1-0
SW Missouri State 2-0
Stanford 2-0
Texas 3-1
Texas A&M 1-0
Texas A&M CC 1-0
Texas-Arlington 7-0
Texas Tech 2-2
Tulane 1-0
UCLA 0-1
UC Irvine 1-0
UC Riverside 1-0
UNLV 1-0
USC 0-2
Utah 3-1
Utah State 5-0
Utah Tech 1-0
Virg. Commonwealth 1-0
Wake Forest 1-0
Washington 4-0
Washington State 3-0
Weber State 4-0
Wisconsin 1-0
Wyoming 2-1


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