PROVO The Brigham Young men's volleyball team swept a trio of opponents as the No. 1 Cougars improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season.
Last Friday, BYU beat No. 10 Indiana University-Purdue Fort Wayne in four games (30-23, 32-30, 23-30, 30-26) in front of a crowd that BYU head coach Shawn Patchell called "hostile." Ivan Perez led the Cougars with 22 kills.
"It was very hostile, just how we like it," Patchell said. "The fans were on the floor for a lot of the game. Ivan played well and did a nice job. He served well and was lights out with two different setters."
The next night, BYU was stretched to a full five games, but came out victorious, 23-30, 30-18, 26-30, 30-20, 15-13, over Lewis University. Perez had 20 kills.On Monday, the Cougars won 3-1 (31-33, 33-31, 30-19, 30-24) over No. 14 Loyola-Chicago, as Russell Holmes led the way with 13 kills, six blocks and three service aces.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The Cougars (8-7) had their four-game winning streak with a home loss to rival Utah last Saturday.
BYU fell to the Utes, 80-49, Saturday night in a game that marked the first time since 1996 that Utah defeated the Cougars by at least 30 points.
Senior Mallary Gillespie-Carling led the Cougars with 21 points and a season-high five 3-pointers. The Utes (14-3) were led by Leilani Mitchell's 24 points.Last Wednesday, BYU beat UNLV, 67-55. Gillespie-Carling had a season-high 26 points.
TENNIS: The men's and women's Cougar teams split a pair of matches at home last Saturday.
The men beat Eastern Washington, 4-3 to improve their record to 3-0.
The women were not as fortunate, falling 5-2 to Arkansas. With the loss, the Cougars' record dropped to 2-2.Up next, both teams will hit the road, with the men traveling to face UCLA and Loyola-Marymount on Friday and Saturday. The women will travel north to take on Washington State and Washington that same weekend.
SWIMMING AND DIVING: The BYU women overcame Colorado State at home last Thursday, 158.5-136.5, in a matchup between the conferences two top teams.
The Cougars are next in action at Air Force today at 6 p.m.
BYU senior Jorge Azevedo was named the Mountain West Conference men's swimmer of the week, while teammates Rachel Grant and Tawni Jones were tabbed the MWC women's swimmer and diver of the week.Azevedo won three individual events and was part of four first-place relay teams against TCU. Grant was victorious in all three individual events and was a part of a pair of first-place relay teams against TCU. Jones was first in two diving events against TCU and San Diego State.
ICE HOCKEY: The Cougars went 1-1-1 in three games last week on a California road trip.
After beating Loyola-Marymount, 9-3, in Harbor City, Calif., on Thursday, they tied Long Beach State, 2-2, in Lakewood, Calif., the next night, before losing 4-1 to the same team on Saturday.BYU (13-5-2) next takes on Eastern Washington on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at home, before heading to Ogden on Saturday to face Weber State's Division I team at 8:15 p.m.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Even though the Cougars season is over, honors continue to come, in the form of four more awards.
Top Drawer Soccer announced its College Team of the Season, while the 2007 NSCAA/adidas College Women Scholar All-West Region teams were also unveiled recently.
Senior goalkeeper Erika Woodbury nabbed second team recognition from Top Drawer Soccer and junior forward Katie Larkin received honorable mention status.Woodbury also made the first team on the NSCAA/adidas College Women Scholar All-West Region list, while junior defender Jessica Harmon-Carter was named to the second team. Woodbury is a Fitness/Wellness Management manor and carries a 3.65 GPA. Harmon-Carter is an Exercise Science major with a 3.77 GPA.
TRACK AND FIELD: The men's and women's teams completed their second indoor meet of the season this time in Flagstaff, Ariz.
High jumper Bryce Bergen tied for first in the high jump, while Chase Dalton won the long jump, and pole vaulter Matt Weirich set a national provisional mark.
For the women, Mindy Robins and sophomore Kindy Longmore finished second in the long jump and 200 meters, respectively.The teams will be in Lincoln, Neb., for the Nebraska Holiday Inn Invitational Friday and Saturday.
RUGBY: The Cougars had their annual Blue & White scrimmage recently in three 20-minute quarters. The entire roster saw action in the game that BYU coaches used to evaluate talent and different combinations to use in the regular season.BYU starts its season Friday at the Red Rock Tournament in St. George. The team will take on the University of Central Washington at 4 p.m.