Utah State

VOLLEYBALL: Utah State's women's volleyball team has been picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll by the Western Athletic Conference coaches. Hawaii, which has won 12 straight WAC titles, was once again selected as the league favorite. Utah State opens the 2008 season on Aug. 29 against Brigham Young. USU's first home match will be against Weber State on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

BYU

SWIMMING: BYU head swimming coach Tim Powers announced Monday that longtime Cougar women's assistant Shari Skabelund will be serving as an assistant coach on BYU's newly combined coaching staff working with men's and women's teams. Powers also announced he has completed his staff with the addition of former Cougar swimmer Tamber McAllister as a part-time assistant coach.