MEN'S TENNIS: In what is sure to be an exciting weekend of tennis, the No. 45 Cougars will face the University of San Francisco and regional rival No. 29 Boise State.
The Cougars take on the Dons Friday evening and the Broncos Saturday evening.
"There's no magic formula," BYU coach Brad Pearce said. "We're simply sticking with the routines we've adopted in preparation for our matches so far this season."
Despite their first loss of the season last week against No. 24 Arizona, the Cougars recovered with a 5-2 win over South Alabama. BYU continues to move up in the rankings, coming in at the No. 45 spot this week. The ranking is the highest for the program since 2001.
BYU has defeated San Francisco in the two previous meetings between these teams. The last contest resulted in a 5-2 Cougar win in the 2006-2007 season. The Dons are currently 4-3 on the season and overcame UC Davis in their last match.
"San Francisco is a quality team and a good program," Pearce said.
"And Boise State is a big regional rivalry. It is a good team that is well-coached."
Boise State will take on another local rival, No. 70 Utah, Friday before heading to Provo. The Broncos are 3-3 on the season and lost to then-No. 8 Stanford last week. BYU leads the all-time record 16-13 but has not beaten BSU since 2002. The Cougars suffered a close 4-3 loss in Boise, Idaho last season. Players from both squads competed in various tournaments throughout the fall including the Utah Fall Tennis Classic, the Boise State Classic, the Utah Intercollegiate Tournament and the ITA Mountain Region Championship.
"We feel confident going into the matches," Pearce said. "But we know that we have to play with great heart and intensity and really go after it to come away with two victories this weekend."
Both matches begin at 5:30 p.m. at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
Admission is free and the courts are located south of the Smith Fieldhouse. The team will provide pizza and prizes to fans. All BYU "Y Lot" parking lots are open to the public after 4 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING: BYU teams lead the rankings with 125 and 133 points, respectively, through day one of the 2010 MWC Swimming and Diving Championships. Wyoming is second for the men with 94 points, and on the women's side, Wyoming has earned 109 points for second place.
UNLV is third in the men's standings with 80 points, followed by TCU (79), Air Force (71) and Utah (60). For the women, San Diego State is third with 81 points, followed by Utah (74), New Mexico (63), Colorado State (61), TCU (54), UNLV (30) and Air Force (18).
Day two events begin with the men's 1-meter springboard and men's and women's 500-yard freestyle preliminaries at 11 a.m. MT. The finals competition starts at 5 p.m. The 2010 MWC Swimming and Diving Championships conclude Saturday.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: A challenging weekend at home awaits the No. 68 BYU women's tennis team. The Cougars face No. 40 Arizona Friday and No. 22 DePaul Saturday.
"We're trying to keep being aggressive and trying to build up for conference play," BYU assistant coach Lauren Spencer said. "We want to gain momentum and confidence so when the conference matches come around we'll be ready to go."
After a week off, BYU will get the chance to continue developing that confidence and momentum. The 3-4 Cougars' last outing was a 6-1 rout of then-No. 65 Denver. Current ITA rankings put sophomore McCall Jones at No. 77 in singles and the duo of Jones and classmate Megan Price at No. 24.
"The girls are ready to play again," Spencer said. "They are rested and looking to get out there and compete again."
First up for BYU will be the 7-1 Wildcats of Arizona. UA has one singles player ranked in the top-100 in Natasha Marks who holds the No. 88 spot. Last week, the Wildcats defeated No. 43 St. Mary's 4-2.Comment on this story
BYU and Arizona last met in 2006 when the Cougars fell 4-1 in the first round of NCAA tournament play.
The next hurdle for BYU will be an 8-1 DePaul squad. The Blue Demons beat Louisville 5-2 last week to extend their winning streak to six matches. DePaul is having a strong season, moving up more than 20 spots to earn a program-high No. 22 ranking. This will be the inaugural meeting of the two teams.
Friday's match begins at 11 a.m. and first serve is set for 10 a.m.
Saturday. Both matches will be held in the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts, south of the Smith Fieldhouse. Admission is free and BYU "Y Lot" parking lots are open to the public after 4 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.