PROVO The Brigham Young University men's tennis team fought through two physically demanding matches last Friday against Cal Poly and Montana State.
The long Cal Poly match ended with the Cougars narrowly defeating the Mustangs 4-3. Then after a short break, they ousted Montana State 6-1.
"We do these doubleheaders because there is only so many match days you can schedule in college tennis," said BYU head coach Brad Pearce. "We have a really young team and we feel it's important to get them as much match-play as possible."
After opening up this year 3-0 at home in January, the Cougars sputtered while on the road throughout the entire month of February. With the two wins last weekend, the Cougars are now 8-5 on the year.
"I think it has been really needed to be back home this past weekend and this weekend as well," said Pearce.
BYU will play Pacific and Portland Friday in another back-to-back competition, and Pearce knows that these matches are good preparation for the team's future.
"I think every match they are learning new things," said Pearce. "Not only just about technical aspects, but I think the strategy and the mental aspects as well. This past weekend was a big break through on the physical end. I think they all were pushed."
While an NCAA Championship still seems a ways away, the Cougars hope that by pushing through these tests, at some point down the road their experiences will pay off.
"If you are going to win a NCAA championship the idea is to prepare your team to go all the way in the tournament," said Pearce. "We have got a long way to go but I think that is what you try to gear for as a team."
Gymnastics: BYU upset No. 23 Southern Utah University last Friday with a 194.550-193.300-win in the Marriott Center. Senior Alethea Boon tied for first place in the all-round with a score of 38.975.
Track and Field: Two Cougars improved their shot at getting qualified for this week's Indoor National Championships, while at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational last weekend in South Bend, Ind.
Carlee Clark-Platt ran a career-best 2:06.41 800-meter run, which positions her for a bid into the NCAA Championships. Angela Wagner finished fourth in the mile with a time of 4:40.44. The Cougars are hopeful their marks will be enough to get them in position for the championships.
Swimming and diving: Twenty-seven Cougar swimmers and divers were named to the 2007-2008 All-Mountain West Conference Team this past week. There were 16 women and 11 men from BYU, and seniors Jorge Azevedo, Travis Price, Jamie Bloom and Angela Goodson-Price all received the honor for their fourth time.
Softball: The Cougars opened up strong at the 2008 Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas, with a 10-0 shutout over Illinois. Senior first baseman Dani Snow went 4-for-4 in the game and knocked in five runs to help the route.
But the rest of the weekend would not go quite as smoothly. The Cougars dropped their three remaining games to No. 3 Texas A&M, Illinois and No. 22 Louisiana Lafayette and now sit at 12-10 on the season.
Baseball: After opening up the weekend with a win against San Jose State, the Cougars dropped two games before rebounding by beating UC Davis 11-8 Saturday at the River City Classic.
Junior Dan Vargas hit two doubles and a solo homerun in the game, but nothing was bigger than the RBI single he hit in the eighth inning to put the Cougars on top for good. After going 2-2 on the weekend, the Cougar sluggers now post a 6-7 record.
Lacrosse: The Cougars got back to their winning ways at home Saturday getting 6 goals in both the second and third quarters to beat Michigan State 18-6.
Rugby: The BYU Rugby team beat Utah 30-27 at home Saturday afternoon.
Baseball: vs. Utah Valley, Tuesday at 6 p.m.; at San Diego State, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Men's tennis: vs. Pacific, Friday at noon; vs. Portland, Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Women's tennis: vs. South Carolina, Thursday at 4 p.m.
Rugby: vs. Utah Valley, Friday at 7 p.m.
Lacrosse: vs. Arizona State, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Track and field: at NCAA Indoor Championships, Friday and Saturday.
Softball: vs. Nebraska, in Las Vegas, Friday and Saturday.Swimming and diving: at Zone Diving in Oklahoma City, Thursday through Saturday.