WOMEN'S SOCCER: The University of Utah women's soccer team (0-2-1) faces a pair of in-state rivals this week, beginning with a Friday road trip to Logan to face Utah State University at 4 p.m. The Utes then host Utah Valley on Sunday, kicking off at 1 p.m.
Senior center-back Lauren Dudley will return to the Ute lineup this week after serving a one-game suspension for receiving a pair of yellow cards at BYU. In her absence, Utah started with four underclassmen on the back line, including freshman Avery Ford and sophomore Jenny Hutton, who did a solid job of filling in while playing out of their natural positions, gaining invaluable experience and development.
Utah State enters Friday's match undefeated, including consecutive 2-1 wins against Portland State at home and on the road at Colorado College and Northern Colorado. The Aggies opened the season with a 1-0 shutout win against Weber State at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Aggies are led offensively by Shantel Flanary, who has already racked up 11 points this season on five goals and one assist. She has scored the game-winning goal in all four of USU's victories this year.
Utah Valley comes into Sunday's match looking to end a three-game skid since winning its season-opener against Portland State. With each of their four matches coming at home, the Wolverines' match against Utah begins a stretch of six consecutive road matches.
Utah holds an 11-2-0 all-time record against Utah State, including a 4-1 record on the Aggies home field. Utah has never lost to Utah Valley, holding a perfect 4-0 record against the Wolverines, including a 3-0 mark at home.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: After recording its first victory of the season Saturday, the BYU women's volleyball team gears up to take on four more teams starting with Weber State at home tonight. On Friday and Saturday, the Cougars will participate in the Kansas State Invitational against Idaho, Georgia Southern and host Kansas State.
"We are always excited to play against in-state competition," head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "Tuesday and this coming weekend in Kansas will be another opportunity for us to see our team progress and make changes. This entire week is filled with good competition that will help us move our group forward. Going on the road will be a valuable experience for the kids on our team, both young and old."
The Cougars (1-2) begin the week with their fourth-straight home match against the Wildcats (0-3) at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse. The match is the 60th face-off between in the teams, with BYU holding a 59-0 record. Both teams boast new head coaches, with former BYU men's volleyball head coach Tom Peterson leading the Wildcats and former BYU men's volleyball player Olmstead leading the Cougars.
Over the weekend, BYU launched its season with a 3-0 loss to No. 8 Illinois, a 3-1 victory against UC Santa Barbara and a 3-0 loss to WCC foe Saint Mary's. Despite the losses, opposite hitter Jennifer Hamson, setter Heather Hannemann and outside hitter Jessica Jardine recorded career highs in all three matches, including 20 kills by Hamson against Saint Mary's.
The Wildcats opened their season with a 3-0 loss to in-state opponent Utah, a 3-0 loss to Northwestern and a 3-2 loss to Cal State Northridge.
SOFTBALL: BYU head coach Gordon Eakin and the Cougar softball team announced the 2011 fall schedule in addition to its 2012 Western Athletic Conference schedule among other games.
BYU will begin its inaugural season in the WAC with a homestand against WAC defending champion New Mexico State on March 23-24.
The Cougars will also welcome Hawai'i, Utah State and San Jose State to Provo while traveling on the road to play at Fresno State, Louisiana Tech and Nevada.
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