WOMEN'S GOLF: Juli Erekson and Natalia Jimenez were named to the 2008 Mountain West All-Conference Team.Erekson, a senior from Chicopee, Mass., finished tied for 8th place at 9-over-par at the conference championships last week. Jimenez, a junior from Bogota, Colombia, led the Cougars at the tournament, finishing tied for 2nd place at 2-over-par.
SOFTBALL: BYU senior Daniela Snow and San Diego State senior Megan McDonald have been named Mountain West Conference Co-Players of the Week, while San Diego State senior left-hander Christina Ross has earned Pitcher of the Week honors.
Snow led BYU to a 2-1 record last week. Against
Utah Valley, she went 4-for-4 with three home runs, including a grand slam, and finished with a school-record eight RBIs. In a game against Utah, she went 2-for-2 with an RBI in the Cougars' five-inning, 8-0 victory.
On Tuesday, strong pitching solidified two shutout victories, 8-0 and 11-0, for the Cougars (33-15) in a non-conference doubleheader with Idaho State.
The Cougars' pitching staff allowed only four hits and no errors in the two games.
Shortstop Jessica Purcell went 5-for-6 between the two games, and first baseman Daniela Snow went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, while Amanda Vance extended her hitting streak to 15 games.BYU returns to conference play today with a doubleheader against San Diego State (34-13, 6-3), followed by two games against UNLV (22-30-1, 2-7) on Friday and Saturday.
TRACK & FIELD: BYU will be hosting the 2008 Robison Invitational today through Saturday at Clarence Robison Track.
Combined events were being held Wednesday and today, with running and field events being held on Friday and Saturday.The following teams have indicated they will be competing: BYU, Idaho State, Utah State, Barton County Community College, Utah Valley, Utah, Weber State, Southern Utah and selected athletes from Boise State.
MEN'S TENNIS: The Cougars are the No. 5 seed for the Mountain West Conference championship tournament which begins today at Fort Worth, Texas, where BYU will face defending MWC champion UNLV in the first round.The Cougars have a 2-4 conference record which includes a 4-3 loss to UNLV in their last meeting.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: The 20th-ranked Horned Frogs of TCU enter the 2008 Mountain West Conference women's tennis championship as the No. 1 seed after posting a perfect 8-0 record (18-4 overall) en route to the Mountain West regular-season title. The MWC Championships will be held today through Saturday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas.
Opening-round action began Wednesday, with quarterfinals matches today. Semifinal play takes place on Friday, with the championship matches scheduled for Saturday.A tie-breaker was also necessary to determine the No. 4 and 5 seeds, with Utah (14-8, 5-3 MWC) claiming the No. 4 spot over BYU (13-11, 5-3 MWC) based on the Utes' upset of the Cougars last Saturday. The Utes and Cougars square off against each other in the tourney quarterfinals this afternoon.
GOLF: The America Sky Men's Golf Conference has named Utah Valley golfer Nick Nelson as its Golfer of the Week for April 6-13. It's the second time this spring and the third time during the 2007-08 school year that Nelson has won the award. Nelson, a junior from Alpine, shot rounds of 67, 74 and 68 for a one-under-par total of 209 at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.
RUGBY: The UVSC men's rugby team defeated East Carolina University, 13-11, and defending national champion Middlebury College, 14-5, at the USA Rugby National Guard 2008 Collegiate Playoffs in Albuquerque, N.M., last weekend.The Wolverines go on to play in the USA Rugby Division II National Championship final against Radford University at Stanford University's Steuber Rugby Stadium on May 3rd.
TRACK & FIELD: The Thunderbirds finished off a busy week, in which their athletes participated in five meets and came up with a host of strong results.
Jackie Stoddard finished with a career-best 4,621 points in the women's heptathlon at the Mt. SAC meet in California, the third-best score in SUU history.On the men's side, Kaihe Akina went 22 feet, 5 1/4 inches in the long jump to finish first in his heat, and Ryan Barrus posted a first-place time of 15 minutes, 10.86 seconds in his heat of the men's 5,000 meters. Rob Nielson's toss of 156 feet, 11 inches was tops in his heat of the javelin.<
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Southern Utah University has signed two more players to national letters of intent, SUU head men's basketball coach Roger Reid announced.
Cory Davis, a guard from New Mexico Junior College, and Kemo Duncan, a forward from Spoon River Community College, have both announced their intentions to join the Thunderbirds next year.
Davis is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound point guard from Salem, Ore., who averaged 13.5 points, 4.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals at NMJC last year when he hit 45.2 percent of his shots and 42.6 percent of his 3-point attempts.Duncan is a 6-7, 210-pound power forward from St. Kitts & Nevis. He earned all-region honors his freshman year at Spoon River after averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game with four double-doubles.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: SUU women's head coach Steve Hodson announced the signings of Lyndie NeVille (Cody, Wyo./Sheridan CC) and Cassi Jones (Flagstaff, Ariz./Flagstaff HS) to national letters of intent, bringing the 2008-09 SUU signing class to seven.
MEN'S GOLF: The Thunderbirds' Nate Page, a junior from Orem, shot his best round of the Summit League championship tournament Tuesday to finish in a tie for first place but lost low-medalist honors in a one-hole playoff.
Page fired a final-round 69 to move up seven spots and finish at even-par 216 and in a tie with Western Illinois' Kyle Peterman atop the leaderboard but lost the playoff to Peterman, who was playing on his home track, the par-72 6,862-yard Harry Mussatto Golf Course.
SUU's Eric Nilsson, a senior from St. George, started the day tied for third at 146 but shot his worst round of the tournament, a 78, to finish tied for 20th at 224.
SUU shot 887 overall as a team to finish fourth behind champion Western Illinois, which shot 870, UMKC (880) and Oral Roberts (885).
On the women's side, Southern Utah finished its first season 10th after shooting 1,047, three shots behind IPFW.