Earlier this season, BYU men's volleyball coach Chris McGown, talking after a victory, said the Cougars had plenty of work ahead of them if they wanted to put themselves in a position to win a national championship.
Since then, BYU has steadily improved and now, after seven consecutive weeks at No. 1, is poised to reach the NCAA Tournament.
It begins Saturday when the Cougars (22-4, 21-3 MPSF) host No. 8-ranked Hawaii (11-16, 10-14) in the quarterfinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.