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Published: Wednesday, March 23 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

The Warriors come to Provo with a six-match win streak in back-to-back- to-back sweeps over Pepperdine, Pacific and Long Beach State. Hawaii is currently 12-9 overall and 10-6 in conference with Jonas Umlauft leading the way on 397 kills in a .335 overall attack. Joshua Walker and Steven Hunt are also attacking in double digits with 267 and 164 kills, respectively.

BYUtv will broadcast both matches live with play-by-play from Jarom Jordan and color commentary from Steve Vail. The match is also available online at byutv.org/live.

SOFTBALL: Catcher Jessica Fitu has been named Mountain West Conference Softball Player of the Week for games played from March 14-20.

Fitu, a 5-9 senior from Walnut, Calif., was named the Hawaii Spring Fling Tournament Most Valuable Player for her performance over the six games. Three of the Cougars five wins were against Top 20 competition.

Fitu hit .400 (8 of 20) for the week with a slugging percentage of .900.

She started the tournament with back-to-back two-hit performances in wins over Iona (8-0) and Cleveland State (8-0 in five). Against Iona, Fitu drove in three BYU runs, while scoring two runs and driving one in against Cleveland State. Despite not reaching base in the Cougars' 4-2 loss to No. 9 California on Thursday, Fitu was solid defensively behind the plate with eight putouts. Later that day against No. 16 Hawai'i, Fitu put runs on the board in a 4-0 win with a two-run homer to go along with 15 putouts while guarding the plate.

In the tournament semifinals, BYU beat Hawai'i again, 2-1, getting one hit, an RBI and a run scored. BYU beat Cal in the finals, 7-2 with Fitu hitting 2-for-2 with three RBI, a run scored, a sacrifice, a double and a triple.

TRACK: Senior Oliver Whaley was selected as one of the Mountain West Conference Men's Outdoor track & field co-athletes of the week.

Whaley, a product of Kayenta, Ariz., won the hammer throw title at the SDSU Aztec Invitational last weekend in San Diego, Calif.


MEN'S BASKETBALL: The NAIA has announced that 59 Division I Men's Basketball student-athletes have been named 2011 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. For the second straight year Westminster led all institutions. This year the Griffins placed five student-athletes on the list.

Chris Cassity, Jeff Christensen, Tanner Gregory, Nick Hovda, and Ben Walker were all named to the squad from Westminster. This is the second time that Cassity, Gregory, and Walker have made the list. Christensen and Hovda made the team for the first time in their careers.

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The team had three players named a 2011 NAIA Scholar Athlete the national office announced today. Dani Evans, Nicole Lynch, and Michelle Pace all were named to the squad.

This is the third time that each of the student-athletes has received this honor from the NAIA. This also marks the fourth straight season that Westminster has had multiple recipients.


SOFTBALL: Snow and wet field conditions have led to the postponement of Tuesday's Utah State softball's doubleheader with Weber State in Ogden. The Aggies and the Wildcats are looking to reschedule the games for some time in April.

FOOTBALL: Head coach Gary Andersen will be speaking at the USU Partners In Business seminar presented by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business on Wednesday at 10:50 a.m. at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU campus. Andersen's presentation, "Leadership and a Plan to Win; Management of Players, Coaches and Self," is part of the day-long Principle-Centered Leadership Seminar.

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