WOMEN'S TENNIS: In the final day of play in the consolation bracket, the 14th-ranked Cougars won another 5-4 match, defeating Arkansas on Saturday in Madison, Wis.
The Cougars are one of 16 teams participating in this year's Women's National Indoor Tennis Championships. BYU has played three long, hard fought matches and finishes in the championships with two wins and one loss.
BYU is 5-2 on the season.
After a 4-2 lead going into the doubles competition, the Cougars clinched the match with a win at the No. 1 doubles spot. The final two doubles matches were won by Arkansas for the 5-4 score.
"Our No. 1 doubles team played very well today, and they had a lot of confidence," said head coach Clark Barton. "In this type of tournament and in today's match we were expected to win, and the girls stepped up and got the job done."
Holly Parkinson, Eline Chiew, Adrien Jenkins, and Brooke Leavens won their singles matches with Chiew/Jenkins giving the Cougars the win at the No. 1 doubles position.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The Cougars swept the University of California San Diego in three straight games Saturday in the Smith Field House 15-5, 15-2, 15-4.
The Cougars soundly handled the Tritons in the first match with 20 kills and only five spike errors.
BYU's Shane Van Beest led the Cougars with 11 kills and eight blocks. Oswald Antonetti and Ryan Millar also faired well with seven kills each.
The Cougars only had nine hitting errors for the entire three games. This was a key factor in the win, Millar said.
BYU was hitting strong all afternoon with a hitting percentage of .518, a season best, and held UCSD to an .089 percentage.
GOLF: The Aggies finished off their first tournament of the spring just where they started it, in 18th place with a three-round total score of 892 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate Tournament at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Todd Tanner led the Aggies with a 5-under 67 on the final day to wind up with a three-round score of 209 .
On the final day Utah State shot 297 as a team to finish the tournament one shot ahead of the University of Alabama and three shots behind Weber State.
UNLV wound up with the team title, with a total score of 829 (-35), nine strokes better than runner-up Arizona. Doug LaBelle of New Mexico claimed individual honors with a 202 (-14), one shot ahead of Chris Berry of UNLV.
Utah State will return to action March 9-10 when the Aggies will play in the San Diego Tournament.
SOFTBALL: Teresa Leveque's hit in the eighth inning gave Utah State a 4-3 win over Toledo in the first game for the Aggies at the UNLV Softball Classic. The win improves Utah State's record to 4-1.
Martin relieved starter Tara Thompson with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the fifth and retired the first hitter she faced, preserving a 2-2 tie.
With the game tied at 3-3 after seven innings, the game went to a tie-breaker eighth inning. After Martin kept the Rockets off the board in the top of the eighth, Annie Roberts was placed on second to start the bottom of the inning for Utah State. Lisa Layton's sacrifice moved Roberts to third, bringing up Leveque, who then singled Roberts home with the winning run.
Martin picked up the win for Utah State, running her record to 3-0 on the season.
Utah State's first game of the tournament with California was rained out and will be rescheduled for later in the tournament. The Aggies are scheduled to play Washington and Loyola Marymount today.