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College sports roundup: No. 4 BYU volleyball extends streak to 7 matches

Deseret News wire services

Published: Friday, March 23 2012 11:37 p.m. MDT

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — To extend its winning streak to seven matches, the No. 4 BYU men's volleyball team swept (29-27, 25-11, 25-16) No. 9 Long Beach State on the road, Friday.

Freshman Josue Rivera led all players with a career-high four aces while also contributing eight kills, six digs and two blocks.

Three Cougars recorded double-digit kills in the victory, led by senior Robb Stowell's 14. Taylor Sander and Futi Tavana contributed 13 and 10, respectively. Tavana also added a match-high six blocks.

Men's golf

BYU EXTENDS LEAD: At Goodyear, Ariz., the Cougars extended their lead to 14 strokes over second-place Denver after a day two 14-under 274 at the Desert Shootout on Friday. Sophomore Justin Keiley came up huge for the Cougars, shooting a 7-under 65. Keiley's round helped him jump from fourth place to first, tied with Alex Ching of San Diego.

UTAH PLACES 15TH: At Lakeside, Calif., the Utes posted a 15th-place finish Friday at the Barona Creek Golf Club. Freshman Gentry Hicks shot 221 to tie for 50th place.

USU TAKES FIFTH: At Arroyo Grande, Calif., Utah State finished in fifth-place at the Cal Poly-hosted Lamkin Grip Match Play Challenge with a 3.0-2.0 win against Towson in the consolation match here Friday at Cypress Ridge Golf Course.

Women's tennis

UTAH SWEPT BY USC: The 35th-ranked Utes (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12) dropped a 7-0 decision to third-ranked USC Friday, at the Eccles Tennis Center. The Utes return to action Sunday against top-ranked UCLA at 11 a.m. MT.

Baseball

BYU SPLITS WITH PORTLAND: At Portland, Ore., Mason Marshall helped BYU (8-9) baseball maintain first place in a doubleheader split Friday with a 3-2 win over the University of Portland (14-4). Portland came back to win game two of the twinbill, 3-1, where BYU left-hander Mark Anderson was tagged with his first loss of the season against four wins.

OREGON 3, UTAH 1: At Eugene, Ore., Joe Pond threw six innings, allowing two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. He earned the loss to fall to 2-3 on the year.

SOUTHERN UTAH 7, CHICAGO STATE 6: At Cedar City, catcher Taggart Lunceford drove in two runs, including the go-ahead score in the bottom of the fifth, to help Southern Utah improve to 4-16 on the year.

UVU 10, SACRAMENTO STATE 6: At Orem, Utah Valley got three hits and three RBIs from Kai Hatch and used a seven-run fourth inning to top Sacramento State at Brent Brown Ballpark. The Wolverines (8-11) rebounded from their home-opening loss on Thursday to stop a hot Hornets (12-12) team that entered the game with five straight wins.

DIXIE STATE SWEEPS ACADEMY OF ART: At St. George, the Red Storm pounced on the visiting Urban Knights in convincing 8-1 and 18-4 victories at Bruce Hurst Field to take three of four games in a Pacific West Conference series.

SLCC SWEEPS USU-EASTERN: At South Jordan, the No. 15 Bruins (19-4) swept the Golden Eagles 6-0 and 4-3. Braden Anderson led the charge with two triples.

Softball

UTAH FALLS IN PAC-12 DEBUT: At Seattle, senior first baseman Tia Palauni hit a home run in her third consecutive game, but the Utes fell to No. 3 Washington, 5-1, at Husky Softball Stadium.

UTAH STATE TOPS LOUISIANA TECH: At Ruston, La., junior pitcher Mandy Harmon tossed a complete-game shutout and the Aggies halted a nine-game losing streak.

SLCC SWEEPS N. IDAHO: At Taylorsville, the fourth-ranked Bruins (31-6) posted two wins over North Idaho, 4-3 and 7-5.

SUU SWEPT: At Macomb, Ill., the Thunderbirds were swept in a pair of run-rule games at Western Illinois University, falling to the Leathernecks 8-0 in both.

UVU HURLER TOSSES SHUTOUT: At Farmer's Branch, Texas, Cassie Herrera threw a three-hit shutout to lead UVU (14-6-1) to a 1-0 victory over Nebraska-Omaha.

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