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Mark A. Philbrick, BYU
Erica Lott (10) hits the ball during last Friday's win over Middle Tennessee State. Lott is a former Mountain View high standout.

PROVO — The Brigham Young women's volleyball team's Cinderella run through the NCAA Tournament came to an abrupt halt with a 3-0 loss to top-ranked Penn State last Saturday in University Park, Pa.

The Cougars' 30-23, 30-15, 30-18 loss to the Nittany Lions in the round of eight ended BYU's season record at 24-8.

Chelsea Goodman led the Cougars with 13 kills, while Bryn Porter had 10. Goodman, Rachel Dyer and Amy Schlauder were named to the Regional All-Tournament Team, marking the first time in program history three Cougars have received that honor.

In the round of 16, BYU swept Middle Tennessee State, 30-28, 30-22, 34-32, last Friday. Goodman had 19 kills, and Dyer recorded 15 and added eight blocks.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The Cougars are ranked second in the MPSF volleyball preseason coaches' poll. BYU, which received 105 points and five first-place nods, was edged out by Pepperdine, who tallied 108 points and five first-place votes.

The Cougars — 23-6 overall last season — then played host to and swept the University of Puerto Rico, 31-29, 30-20, 30-27, last Saturday. Jonathan Charette led BYU with six kills.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: BYU split a pair of games at home last week, losing to New Mexico State before thumping Utah Valley.

Last Wednesday, the Cougars were edged by the Aggies, 54-52. Mallary Gillespie-Carling led BYU with 16 points and six assists.

Three nights later, BYU (4-5) got back on the winning track with a 72-52 victory over the Wolverines. It is the Cougars' largest margin of victory this season.

Shawnee Slade had a game-high 15 points, followed by Carling's 13. A pair of freshman made significant contributions. Mindy Nielsen had six rebounds, five steals and five blocks, while Jazmine Foreman contributed eight assists.

The Cougars next play at home on Saturday at 4 p.m. against UCLA.

ICE HOCKEY: The Cougars (10-3-2) swept a home-and-away series against the University of Utah last weekend, winning 13-3 in Provo on Friday and 11-3 in Salt Lake City on Saturday. BYU has now won five of its last seven games.

BYU's next game is Friday at home against Utah State at 8 p.m. their last game before the holiday break. Play will resume against the same Aggies on Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m. The next night, BYU plays host to Weber State's Division I squad at 8:30 p.m.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Brigham Young recently announced two signings for the 2008-2009 season — McCall Jones and Romina Nedakovic.

Jones chose to play for the Cougars after being recruited by many of the top programs in the country, including No. 1-ranked Georgia Tech, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA and No. 10 Southern Cal. Jones is ranked third in California, and is the younger sister of former BYU player Lauren Jones (2003-07).

Salt Lake City's Nedakovic is the No. 1 senior women's player in Utah and is also ranked No. 2 in the Mountain Region.


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