After a disappointing conclusion to 2012, the BYU men's volleyball team is once again a contender for a national championship.
The No. 2-ranked Cougars, who open the season Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. against Hawaii in the Smith Fieldhouse, return talent and experience at nearly every position, including All-American Taylor Sander at outside hitter.
For 2013, the Cougars bring plenty to the table, including two All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selections, senior middle blocker Russ Lavaja and sophomore outside hitter Josue Rivera. Sophomore Jaylen Reyes started 11 games at libero last year, while senior Ryan Boyce had five starts at setter.