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College volleyball: Y. spikers lose first match

Published: Saturday, Sept. 29 2012 11:49 p.m. MDT

MORAGA, Calif. — Jennifer Hamson's 16 kills weren't enough to pull off a win for the No. 11 Cougars, who drop to 15-1 after a 3-1 (25-15, 25-11, 19-25, 26-24) loss to Saint Mary's Saturday.

Hamson hit .419 against the Gaels (8-7, 3-1 WCC) and had four blocks. Freshman outside hitter Alexa Gray had 12 kills and three blocks, helped out by Heather Hannemann's 43 assists. Tia Withers had 10 digs to lead the team. Warner led in blocks with eight.

UTAH STATE VOLLEYBALL: At Arlington, Texas, a season-high 17 kills from Josselyn White and 11 kills from Shay Sorensen led the way in the Aggies' 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 27-25) sweep of UT Arlington.

WEBER STATE VOLLEYBALL: At Bozeman, Mont., Rebecca Fuchs had a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs, but it wasn't quite enough to lift the Wildcats in a 25-23, 25-11, 25-19 loss to Montana State.

SUU VOLLEYBALL: At Portland, Ore., the Thunderbirds (7-10, 3-3 Big Sky) jumped on Portland State early, capturing the first set 25-18, but were unable to maintain its momentum and eventually suffered a four-set loss.

WESTMINSTER VOLLEYBALL: At Salt Lake City, the Griffins (12-6, 5-2 Frontier) defeated Carroll College (Mont.) with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9 win.

SLCC, USU-EASTERN VOLLEYBALL: At Taylorsville, the No. 6-ranked Bruins (18-4, 3-1 SWAC) defeated Utah State University-Eastern (10-10, 1-2) in straight sets 25-15, 25-8 and 25-14.

BYU, UVU MEN'S SOCCER: At Provo, after a slow start, the Cougars pulled a resounding win over the Wolverines with a score of 4-1.

Defender Sterling Hancock headed in a pass from James Bindrup, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute. Toni Niccoli followed up quickly, scoring in the 36th minute. After two consecutive shots from Doug Clark, Niccoli cleaned up, finding the back of the net off a half-volley with four minutes to go, taking BYU into the half up 3-0.

Colby Bauer took the Cougars up to a 4-0 lead when he plowed past three defenders and scored in the 63rd minute.

Jonathan Luce scored for the Wolverines in the waning minutes of the game.

WESTMINSTER MEN'S SOCCER: At Salina, Kan., the Griffins (6-4-1) fell to No. 18 Kansas Wesleyan (5-2-2) by a score of 3-2.

BYU CROSS COUNTRY: At Springfield, Ore., led by junior co-captain Jared Ward, the No. 3-ranked BYU men's cross country team executed down the stretch to win the Bill Dellinger Invitational.

Oregon's Trevor Dunbar notched the best individual time (23:38), but the Cougars were able to show their depth by scoring five runners within a 20-second frame. When the race finished, BYU had edged the home team 32 to 49 for the victory.

Ward finished second overall and first for the Cougars with a time of 23:40.

UTAH CROSS COUNTRY: At Palo Alto, Calif., making her season debut, senior Amanda Mergaert captured third place to lead the Ute women to their second consecutive fourth-place finish at the Stanford Invitational.

Staying with the leaders throughout the entire race, Mergaert set a four-second personal best performance for the course with a time of 20:23.

UTAH STATE CROSS COUNTRY: At Falcon Heights, Minn., junior Kyle McKenna placed 14th with a time of 25:08.4 in the Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold 8K race at the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Senior Alex Litzsinger led the USU women, crossing the finish line in 21st-place with a time of 21:56.0 in the Jack Johnson Women's Gold 6K race.

As a team, the Utah State women finished in 11th-place with 310 points, while the Aggie men also placed 11th with 243 points.

UTAH VALLEY CROSS COUNTRY: At Minneapolis, Minn., for the second time in the their last three visits to the Roy Griak Invitational, the Wolverine men's and women's cross country teams finished in the top 10 behind a 13th-place finish by Cliff Nielson (25:06) and a 33rd-place finish by freshman Darian Sharp (22:21).

SUU CROSS COUNTRY: At Eugene, Ore., the Thunderbird women earned a second-place finish behind Oregon, a team ranked third in the nation, at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. The men finished third behind No. 3 BYU and No. 23 Oregon, coming in ahead of the Pac-12's Washington.

Jamie Smith led the women's squad for the second consecutive meet, finishing third overall with a time of 16:59 and cutting 26 seconds off her 2011 finish.

Nate Jewkes led the men in the 8K with a fourth-place time of 23:51.

BYU GOLF: At Albuquerque, the Cougars shot a final round 11-over par to finish tied for fourth place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate.

Senior Zac Blair led the Cougars during the final round, shooting a 74 (+2) to tie for 13th overall in the individual standings.

UTAH GOLF: At Albuquerque, the Utes finished with a team score of 902 (303-297-302), earning 10th place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate.

Junior Casey Halliday led the Utes with 221 (76-68-77), tying for 16th.

BYU TENNIS: At Berkeley, Calif., freshman BYU tennis player Mackenna Maddox advanced to the semifinals of the Cal Nike Invitational and two other Cougars from the women's team earned their way to the quarterfinals.

Maddox won her first match of the tournament by beating Blair Reed from South Florida, 6-2, 6-0. Her next victory came over Nevada's Sheila Smiley, 6-3, 2-6, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Maddox squeaked her way past Bianca Modoc from Fresno State, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Junior Desiree Tran and sophomore Meghan Sheehan-Dizon played together in the doubles round and beat their first opponents, Katharina Knoebl and Sophil Lohscheidt from Sacramento, 8-4. The pair fell in the quarterfinal round to Cal's Annett Schutting and Annie Goransson, 8-4.

UTAH STATE TENNIS: At Tulsa, Okla., in the opening round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's All-American Pre-Qualifying Championship, Sven Poslusny fought hard but fell in straight sets to Eastern Washington's Joseph Cohen (7-6 [7], 6-2) and heads to today's consolation draw.

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