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BYU Athletics Blog | July 2017

Freshman Quick Kicks: Josie Manwill, Ellie Smith and Makaylie Moore

Jul 21, 2017 - Posted by Tatiana Monsen at 8:29 am | Updated: July 21, 2017 9:34 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Joining the BYU women’s soccer family this fall are Josie Manwill, Ellie Smith and Makaylie Moore.

Manwill, a Layton, Utah native, is a recently returned missionary after serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kobe, Japan. Before her mission, she played a spring season with the Cougars.

“I want to really improve just coming off a mission,” she said. “I really want to push myself to be at a point where I’m better than I was before my mission.”

As a goalkeeper, Manwill played for La Roca FC and Northridge High School. She was a four-year Utah ODP player and a four-time Utah State Cup champion. She has known from a young age that BYU was the school she wanted to play for as she desired to play for a competitive team that did not play on Sunday.

Smith, a midfielder from Alpine, Utah, joins her sister Cassidy Smith as a member of the team. “I’ve wanted to come to BYU since I came to Cubs Camp,” she said. “I’ve always loved the coaching staff and the girls and my sister is here so I wanted to come with her.”

She was a member of Celtic and attended Lone Peak High School where she was named to the Deseret News 5A All-State second team and the Daily Herald All-Valley honorable mention in 2014.

“[The seniors] all have a really good vibe of doing their very best and leaving it all here at BYU, and so that really helps the incoming freshman and everyone to just feel motivated,” Smith said of this year’s outlook. “So that’s a high expectation of just not letting them down and not letting the school down.”

Moore comes to Provo from Auburn, Washington. She played for Eastside and Thomas Jefferson High School. She was a four-time club state champion and in 2013 she was the UYSA national champion. BYU is the school everyone in her family has attended so she is grateful she has the opportunity to play for the Cougars.

“I liked the spiritual environment that it brought and not playing on Sundays was a really big deal,” she said. “It was also at a super competitive level and I wanted to play on a really good cohesive team.”

The midfielder is recently coming off an injury and hopes to improve this season and help the team in whatever her role may be.

Post-Team USA thoughts from Robins-Hardy

Jul 20, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 4:00 pm | Permalink

The following are thoughts from BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy regarding her time representing Team USA with the U.S. Collegiate Women's National Team in Europe from July 6-16.

Representing USA on an international level was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I was able to meet a few girls from different colleges around the U.S. and I was able to represent BYU in a team full of those different girls. I loved being able to connect with the other girls and being able to get so close with them in such a short amount of time. We had lots of fun out in Europe - cliff jumping, alpine sliding and sight seeing. Another cool thing about this trip was experiencing different coaches from other colleges and seeing their type of coaching style. Being overseas is a totally different experience but it's definitely one of the best experiences ever. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to represent not only USA but also BYU in European countries. I loved every second of it and wish I could do it again.

Robins-Hardy and Team USA defeat Mountain West Conference All-Star Team to win title

Jul 14, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 12:16 pm | Updated: July 14, 2017 1:41 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy and the U.S. Collegiate National Team defeated the Mountain West Conference All-Star Team in three sets (25-15, 25-15, 25-13) to claim the title of the 13th Annual European Global Challenge Friday in Pula, Croatia.

Robins-Hardy contributed seven assists, two aces and a dig in the win. The squad as a whole hit at a .390 clip compared to just .012 for the Mountain West Conference.

The U.S. Collegiate National Team ended play in the European Global Challenge with a perfect 6-0 record.

Robins-Hardy and Team USA advance to finals of European Global Challenge

Jul 13, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 6:53 am | Updated: July 13, 2017 1:19 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy helped the U.S. Collegiate National Team defeat Italian team Falconara in four sets (15-25, 25-17, 25-15, 27-25) in the quarterfinals and Bring It Promotions (BIP) Midwest in four sets (25-19, 25-15, 19-25, 25-20) in the semifinals of the European Global Challenge Thursday in Pula, Croatia.

Robins-Hardy collected two kills and a block in the first match against Falconara.

The wins set up a championship match with the Mountain West Conference team.

The title match will take place Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. MT and will conclude Robins-Hardy and Team USA's play in the 13th European Global Challenge.

Robins-Hardy helps Team USA win all three pool play matches

Jul 11, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 10:09 am | Updated: July 12, 2017 11:11 am | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy helped the U.S. Collegiate National Team defeat Israel (U23) in three sets (25-17, 29-27, 25-6) and The Czech Republic (U23) in three sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-18) Tuesday as part of the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia.

The squad outblocked Israel 15-2 and had a 7-1 service ace advantage in the win.

In the second match against The Czech Republic, Robins-Hardy started - contributing 29 assists, three aces, two kills and two blocks in the win. She helped the team convert 46 percent of its attacks while hitting at a .247 clip. The team again outblocked its opponent by a 12-3 differential and had a 9-4 margin of victory in aces.

On Wednesday, Robins-Hardy helped her squad defeat Bring It Promotions (BIP) Midwest 2-1 (25-22, 25-14, 18-25). The team again had a .247 hitting percentage in the win.

Robins-Hardy will next compete Thursday, July 13, in the championship pool bracket. The quarterfinals take place at 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. MT with the semifinals taking place later on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. MT on simultaneous courts. The championship match is slated for Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. MT.

Post-Team USA thoughts from Jones-Perry

Jul 05, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:48 am | Permalink
The following are thoughts from BYU women's volleyball junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry regarding her time representing Team USA with the U.S. Collegiate Women's National Team in Minneapolis from June 22-30.
Having the opportunity to wear and represent USA over the past week and a half was incredible. The whole thing seemed a little surreal to me until I got there and saw my name on the back of a jersey - and that's when I realized that I was actually going to be a part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team for part of my summer. Nicki Holmes helped that to really set in when he explained to the group that there were less than 100 active members of the U.S. National Team at that time, and we were each one of them. That was really cool to think about. 
The week was one full of really good volleyball against some tough competition. The coaches there were super helpful and all really excited to be there. In a meeting with the whole group of us, more than half of the coaches said that the CNT program is their absolute favorite program to coach and this was made very obvious by the way that they were coaching and by how engaged they were throughout the week. The first few days of the week we had two practices a day in a big group format. The practices were really fast paced and I got a ton of touches. It was pretty exhausting honestly, but I learned SO MUCH. For the last half of the week, we were split into three teams and our practices were just with our own teams. This part was really cool because I got to know each of my teammates a lot better and we all got pretty close in just four days. 
During the competition, my team didn't play well at all during pool play. After pool play was over, a group of us chatted at dinner about what we needed to do in order to compete the way that we knew we could. The coaches also sat down and tried to come up with a better game plan that would really utilize each of our strengths. It was amazing to me just how much better my team played and how much control we had over that. On the last day of competition, we ended up winning both matches in five sets and winning the mini-tournament.
Throughout the week, I was constantly being asked by the other girls about BYU. This was really fun for me because it gave me a real chance to explain what I value and why BYU is the perfect fit for me. It also allowed me to help them to understand the values at BYU and the reasons that we do things the way that we do. 
Overall, this experience was one that taught me not only a lot about volleyball, but also a lot about who I am as an athlete and a person. It pushed my mind and body a lot harder than I expected it to and I'm grateful for that. I also made some friendships that I think will last a long time and I'm really excited to see how all of my teammates do during their own seasons. I'm grateful to have had this opportunity and I hope to have similar ones in the future.