BYU MEN'S TENNIS: At Provo, in a match that came down to the wire, the BYU men's tennis team upset the No. 37-ranked Santa Clara Broncos 4-3 on Saturday in front of a large crowd at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
The win against Santa Clara (4-3, 0-1 West Coast Conference) marks the first BYU (7-2, 1-0 WCC) victory over a conference opponent this season and the third over a ranked team.
"It was a good match for us, Santa Clara is a good team," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "It was a good win not only because we beat a conference opponent, but a highly ranked conference opponent that has great wins over good programs already this year."
With the score tied at 3-3, BYU freshman Andrey Goryachkov earned a standing ovation as he defeated Eugene Muchynski 6-4, 7-5 in a closely contested match to give BYU the 4-3 edge.
Junior Patrick Kawka, who was recently named the WCC Player of the Month for January, upset No. 65 John Lamble 7-6(0), 6-3 on Court 1.
Sophomore Keaton Cullimore finished first as he quickly topped Tom Pham 6-3, 6-1 on Court 4. Francis Sargeant, who was the third to finish, also won in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, to give BYU a 3-1 advantage.
UTAH VALLEY SOFTBALL: At St. George, Tiffany Mills pitched a complete-game five-hitter for Utah Valley on Saturday and Dynasty Lauvai added a two-run homer as the Wolverines (3-1) defeated Oklahoma State, 3-1, at the Red Desert Classic.
The win marked UVU's first-ever triumph over Oklahoma State (2-2) of the Big 12 Conference in two tries. Prior to the game against the Cowgirls, the Wolverines fell to Idaho State, 11-3, in six innings.
UTAH STATE SOFTBALL: At St. George, the Aggies continued their play in the Red Desert Classic on Saturday, as they faced Loyola Marymount and Southern Utah. LMU standout starting pitcher Dana Waldusky put together a one-hit outing to corral the USU offense as the Lions went on to defeat the Aggies, 3-0. Utah State could not rebound against in-state rival Southern Utah, as the Thunderbirds defeated USU, 4-1.
The Aggies put together six hits in their outing against the Thunderbirds.
UTAH SKIING: At Midway, senior Miles Havlick earned his fourth consecutive victory, Einar Ulsund placed third and the University of Utah ski team improved to second place after the 15/20-kilometer freestyle races of the Utah Invitational on Saturday at Soldier Hollow.
The Utes finished in the runner-up position in the overall team standings with a total of 845 points. Utah finished behind only invitational champion Colorado. Utah led all teams in the men's 20K freestyle with 131 points, while the Utes were third in the women's 15K freestyle with 90 points. Ulsund joined Havlick on the podium in third place for the second consecutive competition for his seventh top-three effort of the year. The Trondheim, Norway native has finished fourth or better in all eight of Utah's races this season.
Freshman Niklas Persson came in in sixth place to tie for his best finish of the year. The Falun, Sweden native also took sixth in the 15 kilomter Classical race at the Denver Invitational on Jan. 20.
Utah's freshman duo completed the team's effort on the day, as Noe Bellet followed in 21st place and Tucker McCrerey was close behind in 23rd.
UTAH STATE TRACK AND FIELD: At Nampa, Idaho, Utah State's men's and women's track and field teams won three events as part of 16 top-six finishes at the Boise State Team Challenge in Nampa, Idaho on Saturday. Also, a handful of long-distance runners also competed for USU at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.
Winning their event for the Aggie women at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa was sophomore Brittany Bushman with a personal-best time of 5:10.38 in the mile race, along with fellow sophomore Jodi Williams, who tied her career-best height of 5 feet, 83/4 inches to win her third-straight high jump event title.
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