BYU SOCCER: PROVO — The No. 5 BYU women's soccer team picked up its first West Coast Conference win Thursday, beating the University of San Francisco 3-1 at South Field while remaining unbeaten at home.
"This is our first conference win of the year so it's a huge game for us," head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "The girls played really well tonight. We had good opportunities and I knew they were hungry after not scoring in the first 45 minutes."
After a scoreless first half, BYU (12-1-1, 1-0-1 WCC) came out of the break and immediately put pressure on the San Francisco defense, scoring the first goal of the game 18 seconds into the period. Michele Murphy scored the goal, her sixth of the season.
In the 66th minute, Kyleigh Royall scored her first goal of the year on a cross from Carlee Payne Holmoe to give the Cougars a two-point lead. The assist was the seventh on the season for Holmoe who is the Cougars' assist leader this season.
USF pulled within one goa,l in the 73rd minute, when forward Kelsey Moe found Rochelle Weerackoon in the box to put the Dons on the scoreboard. BYU answered in the 81st minute as Royall scored her second goal of the night.
"Kyleigh scored two huge goals for us tonight," Rockwood said. "She's been playing great for us off the bench and I'm really happy for her."
The Cougars controlled the tempo in the first half, taking 12 shots and four corner kicks. The home team seemed to be on the attack constantly, while the visitors failed to register a single shot attempt in the opening period. By the end of the game the Cougars had taken 23 shots while the Dons had attempted only two.
The Cougars are at WCC powerhouse Portland on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.
UVU SOCCER: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Utah Valley University recorded its third consecutive shutout win, defeating Great West Conference opponent Howard University 3-0 Thursday night at Greene Stadium.
UVU opened conference play last Friday with a 2-0 victory over NJIT in Orem.
"Three shutouts in a row, three wins in a row, and more importantly, two conference wins," said UVU head soccer coach Brent Anderson. "It was an excellent team effort tonight. We created some really nice scoring opportunities and did a good job of limiting their attack."
The Wolverines (4-10-1, 2-0-0 GWC) benefited early from an HU (0-14-2, 0-2-0 GWC) own goal in the 7th minute. With the early advantage after the Bison mishap, UVU racheted up the offensive pressure. The Wolverines would go on to outshoot HU 13-3 in the first half, and the attacking onslaught paid big dividends.
In the 12th minute, the own goal being the only tally on the scoreboard, UVU cashed in on its next attempt at goal. Senior defender Kelsey Cook found fellow senior Shalayne Janis, who weaved through the defense and finished for her first goal of the season.
The Wolverines struck again in the 27th minute. This time Haley Curtis, on the receiving end of a pass from defender Lexi Dunn, got behind the defense and scored a breakaway goal to push the advantage to 3-0 well before the halftime whistle.
The score was Curtis' third on the year and sealed the win for UVU.
Neither side scored in the second half, as redshirt freshman Jessica Duffin relieved senior Lauren Sack of her goalkeeping duties over the last 45 minutes. Sack went relatively unchallenged in the opening frame, leaving the match without a recorded save.
Duffin stopped three shots in the second half as the Wolverines recorded their third consecutive shutout victory.
Defenders Dunn, Kelsey Cook, and Caitlin Mortensen went the distance for UVU, playing all 90 minutes.
Conference play continues this Saturday with UVU traveling to Orangeburg, S.C. to face South Carolina State. The Bulldogs are currently atop the GWC standings, but fell 1-0 to Houston Baptist Thursday night.
BYU VOLLEYBALL: PROVO —The BYU women's volleyball team remained unbeaten at home beating Portland 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-12) Thursday. With the win, the Cougars improved to 6-0 on Elaine Michaelis Court.
The Cougars pushed their record to 17-1, 5-1 WCC. Portland falls to 6-15, 0-7 WCC on the season.
"We started out a little slow tonight," head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I told them to just keep the pressure on Portland and just let the points come to them. We calmed down and things just started to unfold and that's when we started to score more and play better."
Heather Hannemann notched her fifth double-double of the season with 28 assists and 12 digs. Alexa Gray and Jennifer Hamson led the Cougars with 10 kills each.
Christina Harris led the Pilots with 10 kills and Monica Jordan finished with 18 assists.
Portland jumped out to the early 10-5 lead in the first set, capitalizing on a couple of errors by the Cougars and forcing BYU to call a timeout. After the timeout, the Cougars responded with a 7-2 run led by the serving of Ciara Parker and three kills by Kimberly Dahl to tie the score at 13. The home team continued to press, keeping ahead of Portland by at least three points. Kathryn LeCheminant finished off the scoring with a block to win the set 25-22.
The back and forth battle continued early in the second set with both teams committing service errors, leaving the score knotted at 6-6. Three kills by Nicole Warner sparked a 6-1 run to push the lead to 12-7. Portland fought back to bring the score to 15-11 before BYU went on a 10-1 run to win the set, highlighted by four kills by Hamson and three kills by Gray.
Hannemann continued her dominant serving into the third set to open with an early 6-0 lead. The Cougars went on another 8-2 run to force the Pilots to take another timeout. After BYU pushed the lead to 20-2, Portland fought back, going on a 9-4 run before Gray closed out the set with a block to finish the match.
The next match is Saturday at home at 7:30 p.m. against San Francisco on Elaine Michaelis Court on BYUtv.
WEBER STATE VOLLEYBALL: OGDEN —The Wildcats found their home footing in commanding fashion.
Led by a season high 10 kills and a career high .769 hitting percentage from junior outside hitter Shanae Burgin, the Weber State University women's volleyball team rolled to a dominating 25-14, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Eastern Washington on Thursday night at Swenson Gym.
"Shanae really gave us a big lift tonight,"?Weber State coach Tom Peterson said. "I thought we played well as a team. We've had a lot of good moments, but tonight we put those good moments together for longer stretches."?
Burgin also had had a career-high four service aces, part of 12 aces by the Wildcats against the Eagles.
"We served the ball well tonight; probably better than we have all season,"?Peterson said. "I'm just really pleased with our performance tonight."?
Senior middle blocker Dama Cox had nine kills and three service aces, while redshirt freshman Mariah Katoa had nine kills and two blocks.
Senior setter Caitlin Penrod had 31 assists, four kills, four digs, four blocks and pair of service aces, while senior libero Laurel Bodily had 12 digs and three service aces. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Audrey Gee had five blocks, the eighth time this season she's recorded at least that total.
Weber State finished the night with 41 kills, hitting .284, with 10 team blocks.
The Wildcats jumped out early in the first set and never trailed. The Eagles built an 18-13 lead, but the WSU rallied to cut it to 18-16. After EWU pushed the lead back to 20-17, the Weber State stormed back with a 6-1 surge to take a 23-21 and then closed it out on kills by Katoa and redshirt freshman outside hitter Rebecca Fuchs that gave the Wildcats a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was close early, with Eastern Washington holding a 10-9 lead, but the Wildcats gradually pulled away as Cox had seven of Weber State's 17 kills during the final set, including the set, and match, winning point.
The Wildcats improved to 8-12 overall (2-6 Big Sky) with their first home win of the season and their first three-set home win since beating Seattle 3-0 on Oct. 17, 2009. Eastern Washington fell to 0-9 in Big Sky play (0-20 overall).
Weber State will return to action on Saturday at 7 p.m. against league-leading Portland State. The Vikings will take on Idaho State in Pocatello, Idaho on Friday night, before traveling to Ogden.
SOUTHERN UTAH VOLLEYBALL: GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Southern Utah University faced an efficient North Dakota attack on Thursday night and fell in three sets as a pair of UND hitters averaged better than .500 during the contest. The loss drops the Thunderbirds just below North Dakota in the Big Sky Conference standings with a 4-5 and 5-4 record, respectively.
North Dakota led start-to-finish in the first set, scoring the opening point and then building a lead of as much as nine points. UND eventually took the frame 25-16, hitting .323 with 14 kills to Southern Utah's .214 percentage and 10 kills.
The Thunderbirds tallied the opening point in set two on a North Dakota attacking error, but fell behind midway through the set. A late 9-4 run by
Southern Utah tied the game at 19-19, but it was answered by five consecutive points by UND to give North Dakota a set point at 24-19. An Analaine Mailoto kill fought off one set point, but a final UND kill wrapped up the set for the home team 25-20.
The teams went back-and-forth through seven ties during the opening points of the third set as North Dakota broke the final deadlock at 7-7 with a 4-1 run to take a 12-8 lead and prompt a Southern Utah timeout. The Thunderbirds cut the margin to within one, 12-11, on a Gabi Mirand service ace, her team-leading 30th of the season, but were unable to get any closer down the stretch. UND weathered each Southern Utah run, including a late three-point push, to eventually take the match 25-19.
The Thunderbirds were held without a double-digit attacker during the match as Cashaana Renfro led the team with nine kills, hitting a team-best .33
(9-3-18). Renfro also led the team in blocks with one solo and assist as both teams struggled at the net, totaling 4.0 total blocks each.
North Dakota was led by a trio of double-digit attackers in Lexi Robinson (14 kills) and Ronni Munkeby (10 kills) and Ellen Krueger (10 kills). Krueger and Munkeby each hit over .500 on the night with Munkeby hitting a team-best .643 (10-1-14) and Krueger just behind with a .588 average with her 10 kills on 17 attempts with no errors.
Southern Utah will be back in action on Saturday night, facing the Big Sky conference's preseason No. 1, Northern Colorado, in Greeley. The match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with live stats and live video links anticipated to be available online at www.suutbirds.com.