WOMEN'S SOCCER: The University of Utah women's soccer team (0-2-1) faces a pair of in-state rivals this week, beginning with a Friday road trip to Logan to face Utah State University at 4 p.m. The Utes then host Utah Valley on Sunday, kicking off at 1 p.m.
Senior center-back Lauren Dudley will return to the Ute lineup this week after serving a one-game suspension for receiving a pair of yellow cards at BYU. In her absence, Utah started with four underclassmen on the back line, including freshman Avery Ford and sophomore Jenny Hutton, who did a solid job of filling in while playing out of their natural positions, gaining invaluable experience and development.
Utah State enters Friday's match undefeated, including consecutive 2-1 wins against Portland State at home and on the road at Colorado College and Northern Colorado. The Aggies opened the season with a 1-0 shutout win against Weber State at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Aggies are led offensively by Shantel Flanary, who has already racked up 11 points this season on five goals and one assist. She has scored the game-winning goal in all four of USU's victories this year.
Utah Valley comes into Sunday's match looking to end a three-game skid since winning its season-opener against Portland State. With each of their four matches coming at home, the Wolverines' match against Utah begins a stretch of six consecutive road matches.
Utah holds an 11-2-0 all-time record against Utah State, including a 4-1 record on the Aggies home field. Utah has never lost to Utah Valley, holding a perfect 4-0 record against the Wolverines, including a 3-0 mark at home.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: After recording its first victory of the season Saturday, the BYU women's volleyball team gears up to take on four more teams starting with Weber State at home tonight. On Friday and Saturday, the Cougars will participate in the Kansas State Invitational against Idaho, Georgia Southern and host Kansas State.
"We are always excited to play against in-state competition," head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "Tuesday and this coming weekend in Kansas will be another opportunity for us to see our team progress and make changes. This entire week is filled with good competition that will help us move our group forward. Going on the road will be a valuable experience for the kids on our team, both young and old."
The Cougars (1-2) begin the week with their fourth-straight home match against the Wildcats (0-3) at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse. The match is the 60th face-off between in the teams, with BYU holding a 59-0 record. Both teams boast new head coaches, with former BYU men's volleyball head coach Tom Peterson leading the Wildcats and former BYU men's volleyball player Olmstead leading the Cougars.
Over the weekend, BYU launched its season with a 3-0 loss to No. 8 Illinois, a 3-1 victory against UC Santa Barbara and a 3-0 loss to WCC foe Saint Mary's. Despite the losses, opposite hitter Jennifer Hamson, setter Heather Hannemann and outside hitter Jessica Jardine recorded career highs in all three matches, including 20 kills by Hamson against Saint Mary's.
The Wildcats opened their season with a 3-0 loss to in-state opponent Utah, a 3-0 loss to Northwestern and a 3-2 loss to Cal State Northridge.
SOFTBALL: BYU head coach Gordon Eakin and the Cougar softball team announced the 2011 fall schedule in addition to its 2012 Western Athletic Conference schedule among other games.
BYU will begin its inaugural season in the WAC with a homestand against WAC defending champion New Mexico State on March 23-24.
The Cougars will also welcome Hawai'i, Utah State and San Jose State to Provo while traveling on the road to play at Fresno State, Louisiana Tech and Nevada.
After closing out the regular season in Reno, BYU will participate in the WAC Tournament starting May 10 in Las Cruces, N.M.
BYU also knows who it will play in two preseason California tournaments. In San Diego, the Cougars will face former Mountain West Conference rival San Diego State on Thursday, March 1. The following day, BYU will go up against Cal State Northridge and St. Joseph's before facing Long Beach State and Charlotte on March 3.
Two weeks later, March 15-17, BYU will participate in one of the premiere tournaments in the country, the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. On Thursday, March 15, BYU opens with a contest against the Big 10's Purdue and the Pac-12's Arizona State. On March 16, the Cougars play UC Davis and Arizona, then close out the tournament on March 17 with a St. Patrick's Day game against Penn State.
Other games, including other tournament sites and matchups, in addition to broadcast information, will be announced at a later date.
Fans will have multiple chances to see the Cougars in action during the offseason this fall thanks to six intrasquad Blue-White games over the next two months beginning with a scrimmage Thursday, Sept. 29. Other scrimmages will be held on Oct. 10, 12, 17 and 19.
BYU will also host five games this fall against various schools from around the state at Gail Miller Field beginning with weekend games against College of Southern Idaho on Oct. 7 and Salt Lake Community College on Oct. 8. BYU will also play host to Snow College, Southern Utah, and Salt Lake CC the following weekend, Oct. 14-15. The Cougars close out the fall schedule on Oct. 22 with a doubleheader at Dixie State
FOOTBALL: Weber State head coach Ron McBride will have a weekly coaches show from 7-8 p.m. each Wednesday throughout the 2011 football season.
The show will originate from Wasatch Front Kia at 895 Riverdale Road and will be broadcast live on AM-1280 KZNS and FM-97.5 "The Zone." The first show will originate this Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Carl Arky, longtime voice of the Wildcats, will host the show, which will include interviews with Coach McBride and Wildcat players, as well as student-athletes and coaches from other Weber State athletic teams.
The show is open to the public to attend.
VOLLEYBALL: The Weber State University women's volleyball team returns to action tonight, taking a quick trip south to face in-state rival Brigham Young University.
First serve between the Wildcats and Cougars is set for 7 p.m. at Smith Fieldhouse, and will be televised live on BYUtv.
The Wildcats, despite strong play and several standout performances during last weekend's Utah Classic in Salt Lake City, enter the match with an 0-3 overall record. BYU enters the match at 1-2, knocking off UC Santa Barbara 3-1 in the second match of the BYU Nike Invitational for its lone win.
This will be the 53rd meeting between the two schools, who began playing in 1974, with BYU holding a 52-0 record vs. Weber State. The Cougars are 25-0 vs. the Wildcats in Provo.
FOOTBALL: Utah State head coach Gary Andersen's weekly radio show will start airing this evening. The show, which will air mostly on Thursdays, runs from 6:05-6:45 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU and 610kvnu.com, as well as streamed on UtahStateAggies.com.
The Copper Mill Restaurant and Elements Restaurant will rotate hosting the show, starting with The Copper Mill. The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Host Al Lewis will recap the previous week and preview the upcoming game, taking questions from the audience and listeners.
The Aggies will play their season-opener on Saturday, Sept. 3 at No. 23 19 Auburn at 10 a.m. (MT), which will be aired on ESPN2.
After its season-opener at Auburn, Utah State's home-opener is on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT), taking on in-state foe Weber State, marking the first time that USU and WSU have squared off since 2001. Utah State leads the all-time series, 11-1. The Aggie-Wildcat match-up will have special meaning for Andersen, who will be facing his mentor, Weber State head coach Ron McBride. Andersen played for McBride at Utah in 1985-86.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Utah State women's soccer player Shantel Flanary was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for the second-straight week. She also earned Utah State America First Credit Union Athlete of the Week. This is the first USU honor of the 2011 season.
Flanary, a senior forward from Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS), scored three of Utah State's four goals last week as the Aggies went 2-0 with a pair of 2-1 road wins against Colorado College and Northern Colorado. In USU's win over the Tigers, Flanary scored the game-winning goal in the second half. In Sunday's victory against the Bears, she tallied her fourth game-winning goal of the season, scoring twice in the victory.
Flanary has scored in all four of the Aggies' matches this season. She has five goals and one assist for 11 points to lead both the team and the WAC. Her assist of sophomore Jennifer Flynn's first collegiate goal ties her with Charity Weston for second in school history in career assists with 12. She is now just three away from tying Lindsey Smart's record of 15 career assists.
This week, Utah State begins its longest homestand of the season. The match on Friday, Sept. 2, against Utah will be the first of four-straight home matches. The battle with the Utes will be Utah Youth Soccer day with the Utah Youth Soccer Association doing clinics prior to the match. After the match, both Utah State and Utah will sign autographs at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.
This is the first time in school history that Utah State has started a season with a perfect 4-0-0 record. The Aggies' previous best start was 3-0-0 in 2009. USU is now 3-0-0 against Big Sky Conference teams this season with wins over Northern Colorado, Weber State and Portland State. The Aggies have one more match against a Big Sky Conference team when they take on Idaho State on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. in Logan.
ANTHEM TRYOUTS: Utah State athletics will be holding open tryouts on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. for individuals interested in performing the Star Spangled Banner at Aggie athletic home events this year.
Each performance is limited to two minutes or less. Selected performers will have a chance to perform the National Anthem at a variety of Utah State Athletic sporting events, including volleyball, gymnastics and men's and women's basketball.
The tryouts will be held on the third floor of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Individuals interested in auditioning need to enter the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum from the west side, where parking will also be available.
For more information, contact Taylor Stucki at 801-548-5581 with the Aggie Athletics Marketing Office. For complete schedules for USU volleyball, gymnastics, men and women's basketball, log on to www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Charly Booth, a junior goalkeeper from Bountiful (Viewmont HS) collected her second career Summit League Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honor after helping Southern Utah to a 1-0-1 record last week against a pair of Missouri Valley Conference teams in the Mortenson Mountain Classic.
In the 2-1 win over Northern Iowa, the junior collected three saves, one of those coming in the final seconds to help preserve the victory. She also recorded an assist on the match-tying goal vs. the Panthers. Against Drake, Booth recorded four saves to up her weekly total to seven.
MEN'S SOCCER: Damir Sabanovic and Dennis Sellis, both of Westminster College, were named Frontier Conference men's soccer players of the week.
Sabanovic, a 6-foot-3 junior goalie from Salt Lake City, was named defensive player of the week. Westminster lost 1-0 to Baker College.
Sabanovic recorded eight saves in the match.
Sellis, a 6-foot senior forward from Salt Lake City, was named offensive player of the week. Sellis recorded six shots with three on goal. One hit the post in the 56th minute from a set piece and sent another shot just high in the 58th minute.
On Monday, the Westminster men's soccer team got a goal from Sellis in the 24th minute and made it hold up for a 1-0 win over Rocky Mountain College on Monday evening at Dumke Field.
With the win, the Griffins even their record at 1-1 on the year while Rocky slips to 0-2.
Skyler Doran set-up the Sellis goal with a slide pass from just outside the 18-yard box. Sellis collected the ball and fired past the Rocky keeper Joachim Soderstrom for his first goal of the year.
Next up for the Griffins is a Sept. 2 match against La Sierra. The contest will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Dumke Field.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: The Westminster College women's soccer team erupted for five goals en route to defeating Rocky Mountain College 5-2 on Monday afternoon at Dumke Field.
The five goals by the Griffins (2-1, 1-0 Frontier) are the most they have ever scored at home and they come in the Frontier Conference opener for each team. The win also snaps a two-game losing streak against Rocky (0-2) and gives Westminster an early advantage in conference.
Westminster got on the board early when Alyssa Hill lobbed a shot over the Rocky keeper from about 20 yards out in the 15th minute. Malin Johansson had tried to head the ball out of her own box, but it landed on the feet of Hill who then lifted over the goalie's head and into the net for her first goal of the season.
It was then time for freshman Carissa Cooper to take control of the match for the Griffins. Cooper struck a cross from Heather Hillam inside the far post in the 34th minute to make it 2-0 for Westminster.
Then just 17 seconds before halftime, Cooper dove and got her head on a cross from Corie Walch and put it in the net for a 3-0 Griffin advantage at the intermission.
Margo Hickman would join the scoring party in the 49th minute. Her third goal of the year came off an excellent cross from Hill. Walch would then add her name to the list of goal scorers with a strike in the 78th minute for her first tally of the season.
Sarah Snoozy collected a rebound goal for Rocky in the 84th minute and then Chloe Pennisi redirected a corner kick for a goal in the 87th minute to reach a final score of 5-2.
Dayna Winter-Nolte picked up the win just hours after being named the Frontier Conference defensive player of the week. She posted three saves in claiming her second win of the year.
Westminster will return to action on Friday, Sept. 2, when they host Biola at Dumke Field. That game will begin at noon and precede the men's game with La Sierra at 3:30 p.m.