VOLLEYBALL: The 2008 Utes' schedule features four teams that ended the season ranked in the top 25 of the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, with eight teams that reached the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Utah hosts two tournaments in the early part of the season, beginning with the Ute Invitational, Aug. 29-31. The Utes will play Utah Valley on Aug. 29 and Santa Clara on Aug. 31. Santa Clara reached the NCAA Tournament last year.
The Utes head to New Mexico State for the NMSU Tournament, Sept. 5-6. Utah's toughest match will be against Texas.
The Longhorns finished the year ranked sixth in the final AVCA poll. NMSU was also nationally ranked, while the Utes will also square off with Florida Gulf Coast and Houston.
The team returns home to host the Utah Classic, Sept. 12-13, which sees Purdue, St. Louis and Utah State travel to Salt Lake City. Purdue was an NCAA Tournament team, and Utah upset the No. 17 Boilermakers last season.
The Mountain West Conference slate starts on Sept. 18 at Colorado State. The Rams and Utes had several classic battles last year, including a 3-2 Utah upset of No. 20 and top-seeded CSU in the second round of the MWC Tournament. Other tough teams include BYU, which finished the season ranked 12th in the AVCA poll, along with reigning MWC Tournament champion UNLV.
Utah closes out the conference season with a three-game home stand, beginning with BYU on Nov. 14, then concluding against Wyoming (Nov. 20) and CSU (Nov. 22).
With the elimination of the MWC Tournament, the Utes will use the final weekend of November to travel to the University of the Pacific for the Bankers Classic. Utah will face Nevada in the first game on Nov. 28, with a second game on Nov. 29.
The NCAA Tournament begins on Dec. 4 with the first and second rounds. The NCAA Championship will be hosted in the Qwuest Center in Omaha, Neb., Dec. 18-20.The Utes finished the 2007 season 15-15, coming in second in the MWC Tournament.
BASKETBALL CAMPS: Utah State's head men's basketball coach Stew Morrill will conduct a Boy's Day Camp from June 9-12, and there is still room available for campers. The camp, for campers from second through ninth grade, will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon daily.
The camp is an opportunity for players to learn fundamentals. Ball-handling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defensive techniques will be taught. Campers also will participate in activities such as free-throw and hot-shot competitions, as well as one-on-one and team competitions. All campers will receive a Nike T-shirt.
WOMEN'S GOLF: Denise Larson, the only head coach the Utah Valley women's golf program has known, has announced that she is stepping down from the position to focus on raising her family.
"Although it was a hard decision to come to, I feel confident that the time is right for me to step away as head coach and focus my time and energy on raising my young family," said Larson. "I've been fortunate to have a talented, hard-working group of girls that have forged the way and put UVU UVSC women's golf on the map. I've greatly enjoyed coaching the girls and being a part of the athletic department and I'm excited to follow the team's progress from home."
Larson was hired in the summer of 2005 and started the women's golf program from scratch. She took the team from having just three eligible athletes in the program's first fall season to a competitor less than two seasons later, including senior Echo Thatcher recording two top-seven finishes during the 2007-08 season.