CROSS COUNTRY: It was a strong start for the BYU cross country team as both the men's and women's team finished first at the BYU Autumn Classic Saturday morning.
BYU's Stephan Shay finished first overall in the men's four mile with a time of 21:00.2, barely beating out Jimmy Grabow (21:00.3) from San Bernardino Valley College, who ran unattached, leading the Cougars to their first perfect score since 2004.
"Anytime you have a perfect score at a meet, you come out happy," said men's head coach Ed Eyestone. "I was impressed with Stephan's performance and the way Brandon Hebbert stayed on top for the majority of the race; that's one of the harder things to do and he did a great job keeping up the intensity."
The BYU women's team also came out on top, capturing the win with 35 points in the 5K and getting a chance to see what its young team is capable of accomplishing.
"Today was a very good performance," said women's Patrick Shane, "both individually and as a team. The first race of the season you never know what to expect, but these girls trained really hard at camp, and this summer, and coming here today shows that they know how to race."
It was an incredible opener for sophomore Anna Sperry who came out as the top Cougar with a time of 19:42.7 for a third place finish.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: The Cougars battled Big East foe to a scoreless tie after 90 minutes, but fell 1-0 after Marquette scored eight minutes into the first overtime Saturday night in Milwaukee.
"I felt like our team bounced back well from our last game," said head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "Obviously we're disappointed with the outcome, but it's a step in the right direction and it's going to help us learn and grow stronger as a program."
Freshman forward Auna Janis led the Cougars with three of the Cougars' 12 shots.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The No. 16 Cougars dropped their first match of the season on Saturday falling in four sets (16-25, 26-24, 18-25, 16-25) to Texas A&M in the championship match of the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas. Junior Kayla Walker and senior Rachel Dyer were each named to the All-Tournament Team.
"I'm obviously disappointed with how we lost, but Texas A&M is a great team playing on their floor in front of their fans in their tournament," said BYU head coach Shay Goulding. "I don't think it's a bad thing to be a little bit humbled during this point of our season. There's a lot we can learn from this weekend, and I think it will prove valuable going forward."
Walker led the way for the Cougars with 11 kills while senior co- captains Bryn Porter and Dyer each posted 10. Sophomore setter Kiana Rogers kept her double-double streak alive at five straight with 33 assists and 11 digs.
The Cougars topped American 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 25-15 in the Cougars' favor.