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.