Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the West Coast Conference has postponed the start of the fall olympic sports seasons until at least September 24.
The decision affects BYU’s cross country teams, as well as women’s soccer and volleyball. BYU is defending conference champions in three of the four sports postponed.
Men’s and women’s cross country hope to continue their dominance in the WCC and in the sport in general, with both teams coming off their best ever seasons. The men’s cross country team won the National Championship over traditional power NAU while the women’s team took second.
Women’s soccer lost several seniors this season, including 2019 leading goal scorer Elise Flake. BYU had to replace Lizzy Braby as well in the attack, as well as BYU’s defense in Alyssa Jefferson, Danika Serassio, Rachel Bingham, and Sabrina Davis. BYU had several transfers come in this season, including Brecken Mozingo from UCLA and and Natalee Wells from Utah. Olivia Wade also returned home from a mission to rejoin the Cougars, after an impressive freshman season in 2018. BYU also adds five new freshmen joining the team for the first time.
Women’s volleyball also has the task of replacing Cougar legends in Mary Lake and McKenna Miller. BYU volleyball adds four new freshmen to the roster this season.
All BYU fall sports teams should be conference favorites coming into the season.