VOLLEYBALL: The BYU women's volleyball team will begin the season ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Cougars, who finished last year at No. 12, are ranked 20th in the preseason poll released Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association."This preseason ranking is a great place for us to start our climb," said BYU head coach Shay Goulding, who begins her first year with the Cougars in 2008. "We're excited to get the season started on Aug. 29 against Utah State." BYU has a rich history of rankings in the AVCA Top 25 Poll. Among NCAA Division I programs, the Cougars are ninth all-time in total number of weeks ranked (288) and 11th in weeks ranked in the top 10 (123) and weeks ranked No. 1 (4). The Cougars have also traditionally finished strong, coming in eighth all-time in number of times ranked in the final poll (21), 10th in top-five final rankings (3) and seventh in weeks ranked No. 1 in the final poll (1). The Cougars began last season ranked No. 17 in the preseason poll and rose as high as No. 9 in the rankings before ending the year at No. 12.
FOOTBALL: Southern Utah's offense piled up 263 yards and scored three touchdowns, but the defense scored one of its own on an interception return as well as tallying four sacks as the Thunderbirds held their first full scrimmage of the 2008 fall season Saturday.
Quarterback Cody Stone completed 6-of-12 passes for 80 yards, including a 13-yard scoring strike to Nick Miller, while North Carolina State transfer Kenny Apilli carried 13 times for 63 yards and another score in the hourlong affair.
Brandon Griffith, who has moved from quarterback to wide receiver to safety and on to running back in the last 18 months, scored on a 3-yard dive and finished with 31 yards on eight carries while Deckar Alexander carried 10 times for 41 yards. Tysson Poots (22 yards) and Robert Ah Sue (21 yards) each had two receptions to lead the team.On the defensive side of the ball cornerback D.J Lucchesi made just one play but it was a big one as he stepped in front of a pass on his own seven yard line, then returned it 93 yards for a score. Linebacker Troy Bunting, a transfer from Utah, led the defense with seven tackles, while cornerback Colin Pretlow added five and broke up a pass. D.J. Senter, who is moving from safety to linebacker this year, added four stops.
GOLF: Dixie State College Athletics and The Dixie Athletic Club is hosting the second-annual DSC Hall of Fame/Dixie Athletic Club Cup Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 30, 2008, at the Sunbrook Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit DSC student-athletes and athletic scholarships.
The tournament will be played in a four-person scramble format with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., with check-in beginning at 7 a.m. Cost is $125 per player/$500 per team, which includes green fees, cart, and lunch. To sign up or for more information, call the Dixie Athletic Club office at 435-879-4275 or visit dixieclub.com.