PROVO The Brigham Young University men's tennis team went 2-1 over the weekend at the Boise State Spring Break Invitational. With wins over Nevada and Yale, the Cougars squad full of underclassmen is now 12-6 overall.
"I was pleased with our weekend, considering the competition," said head coach Brad Pearce. "I think it was a great effort on our part to come back with two wins over two talented teams."
The Cougars will now begin Mountain West Conference play this weekend, and Coach Pearce knows that his team will be in for a challenge. "Our conference is going to be very good this year," he said. "Every single match is going to be a dogfight this year. We need to be well prepared for each match and then we just have to play well. "
Returning champion UNLV is returning nearly their whole team, as is New Mexico. San Diego State and TCU will be the other teams to watch for as they both have fared well in their non-conference schedule. "We don't have the experience that other teams have," said Pearce. "We have a lot of freshman, but we have won a lot of matches so far this year and we are excited to start conference."
After being on the road for a long time early in the season, and before heading to Boise last weekend, the Cougars enjoyed back-to-back weekends playing at home, and Pearce feels that those hard-fought home wins have improved his team.
"I think that the back-to-back weekends with two matches in a day were important for us," he said. "They were physically challenging, but it was good to be home. Those matches made all or our guys tougher."
TRACK AND FIELD: BYU senior Jacob Gustafsson led the Cougars this weekend at the Willie Williams/Dave Murray Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. last weekend. Gustafsson qualified for regionals and finished in second place in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute 50.41 seconds. While Gustafsson was the only regional qualifier on Saturday, during Friday's competition five others between the men and women's teams were able to qualify on their first opportunity of the outdoor season.
SWIMMING AND DIVING: For the first time in her career, sophomore Tawni Jones was named to the All-American team as a second team member after her 14th-place finish on the 3-meter board at nationals. Jones was the only Cougar to qualify for this year's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. She also dove from the 1-meter board in at nationals and finished in 26th place.
SOFTBALL: The Cougars went 5-1 last week, with their only loss coming from No. 5 Stanford on Saturday. But following that game the Cougars rebounded by beating Wisconsin later on in the day. Trailing by three runs for five innings of Saturday's game, the bats came alive as Kristen Delahoussaye hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and Amanda Vance knocked in the two game-tying runs in the bottom of the seventh. The fourth run came off a wild pitch.
RUGBY: After losing a close game to local men's division Park City Haggis earlier in the week, the BYU Rugby team rebounded by trouncing Air Force Saturday 54-10. Captain Steve St. Pierre, who recorded three tries on the day, led the Cougars. The Cougars are now 9-4 on the season.
GYMNASTICS: The Cougars finished second in a tri-meet against the University of Arizona and Cal State Fullerton last Friday. The solid team performance sparked a score of 194.225.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: The women's tennis team struggled this weekend while on the road. On Friday they suffered a loss to Cal Berkley and on Saturday it was Fresno State that got the better of the Cougars. BYU is now 8-8 on the season.
MEN'S TENNIS: vs. UC Irvine today at noon; at Las Vegas vs. UNLV on Thursday, vs. TCU on Friday and vs. Air Force on Saturday.
BASEBALL: vs. Oregon St. today at 1 p.m.; at Oral Roberts Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
RUGBY: vs. Utah State on Friday at 7 p.m.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: vs. UNLV, Friday at 10 a.m.; vs. San Diego State, Saturday at 10 a.m.
TRACK AND FIELD: at ASU Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
GYMNASTICS: at Utah, Friday at 7 p.m.SOFTBALL: at Southern Utah today doubleheader.