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Published: Thursday, April 26 2012 12:07 a.m. MDT

The Utes will host non-conference home games against Southern Utah (Aug. 23), rival BYU (Aug. 25) and Big 12 power Texas (Sept. 8). Utah's non-conference road slate includes matches at Colorado College (Aug. 30) and Weber State (Sept. 1) as well as an appearance at the Boise State Tournament, where the Utes will take on Portland State (Sept. 14) and the host Broncos (Sept. 16).

Utah begins its Pac-12 Conference schedule at Oregon State on Sept. 21, then returns to Salt Lake City for five consecutive home games at Ute Field. During that stretch, the Utes will host Washington State (Sept. 28), Washington (Sept. 30), defending national champion Stanford (Oct. 5), California (Oct. 7) and Oregon (Oct. 12).

The Utes will complete their regular-season schedule with five consecutive road games as they travel to USC (Oct. 19), UCLA (Oct. 21), Arizona State (Oct. 26), Arizona (Oct. 28) and Colorado (Nov. 2). The NCAA Tournament begins on Nov. 16, where the Utes hope to make their first appearance since 2006.

Women's tennis

BYU TOPS SAN FRANCISCO: At San Diego, with a 4-1 win over No. 7 seed San Francisco on Wednesday, the No. 6 seeded BYU women's tennis team advanced to the second round of the West Coast Conference Tennis Championships.

"The girls came out and played well today in the first round," BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "We're looking forward to carrying our momentum into tomorrow."

The Cougars (8-14) started the match strong, grabbing the doubles point over the Dons (6-13). The No. 1 doubles duo of senior Megan Price and freshmanMeghan Sheehan-Dizon posted a quick 8-1 win before freshman Morgan Anderson and sophomoreDesiree Tran defeated their Court 2 opponent, 8-4. Junior Aubrey Paul and freshman Lisa Waldron completed the doubles sweep, taking an 8-5 decision at No. 3 doubles.

The Cougars carried their momentum into singles with first set wins on five of the six courts. Paul extended BYU's lead to 2-0 after a straight set victory on Court 2 (6-4, 6-1) before Alana McMahon defeated Waldron on Court 6 to earn San Francisco its lone win of the match.

Playing at the No. 3 singles position, Sheehan-Dizon answered for the Cougars, picking up a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Melinda Akerbrant. After battling through three sets on Court 4, team captain Price pulled through to secure BYU's first round win.

The final two matches were not finished due to the Cougars' insurmountable 4-1 lead.

BYU advances to the second round where it faces No. 3 seed San Diego Thursday at 1:30 p.m. MDT. The Toreros (10-9) came away with a 5-2 win over the Cougars earlier this season.

The winner of the Tennis Championships will be crowned Saturday and will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Follow tournament updates at WCC Tennis Tournament Central.

USU HEADS TO WAC TOURNAMENT: To conclude the season, the Utah State is ready to hit the courts for the Western Athletic Conference Tennis Tournament at Las Cruces, N.M.

The sixth-seeded USU women will play No. 3 seed Idaho on April 26 at 9 a.m. (MT). The Aggies are currently 10-9 on the season and 2-2 in WAC play. The Vandals are 18-7 overall on the season, with a 3-1 conference record. This will be the first time the two teams have competed against each other this season.

Men's tennis

BYU BLOWS PAST GONZAGA: At San Diego, playing in its first ever West Coast Conference Tennis Championships, the No. 4 seed BYU men's tennis team routed No. 9 seed Gonzaga 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to the second round.

"We did a great job getting out on the doubles point," BYU coach Brad Pearce said. "Our guys played well in singles also. Getting off the courts with a win today is what we were looking for. Now we're looking forward to playing LMU tomorrow."

The Cougars (15-8) took all three doubles matches over the Zags (8-13). The No. 86 nationally ranked doubles team of Georgy Batrakov and Patrick Kawkaposted an 8-4 victory over their Court 1 opponent before freshman Keaton Cullimore and senior Michael Eraso finished on Court 3 with the same score. Playing on Court 2, junior Spencer Smith and freshman Francis Sargeant held their opponents to winning only one game in their 8-1 win.

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