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CARRYING THE BALL: They may be rivals on the gridiron but they were together early this morning on the streets of Provo and Salt Lake with a long stretch of I-15 in between.

The Army ROTC battalions of Utah and Brigham Young University met on the BYU campus at midnight to personally escort today's game ball from BYU to Rice Stadium for today's WAC showdown at 10:30 a.m.

The cadets alternated 1-mile legs and were scheduled to arrive at the stadium around 7:30 a.m. After recuperating with some doughnuts and orange juice they were scheduled to present the ball to game officials.

This is the second year for the joint activity. Last year cadets escorted the ball from the U. of U. campus to Cougar Stadium.

Brigham Young

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: BYU kept the streak and the dream alive with a 15-8, 15-9, 15-2 win over UTEP Friday night in Provo.

The win extended BYU's match winning streak to 19 and assured the Cougars of no worse than a tie for the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division title. It also solidified the Cougars' chances at fulfilling their goal of a 15th trip to the NCAA tournament.

BYU's Gale Johnson, the WAC Mountain Division Player of the Year, led all players with 21 kills, 13 digs and a .349 hitting percentage. Teammate Amy Steele was close behind with 15 kills and a .323 percentage.

BYU improved its record to 21-6, 14-1 in the WAC. BYU hosts second-place New Mexico tonight in a match that decides the division championship in the regular-season finale..

DIVING: Nate Cook, BYU's lone representative at the USC Diving Invitational in Los Angeles, finished a close second to Nate Smith of the Trojan Diving Club.

Cook, a senior and last year's WAC Diver of the Year, scored 525.95 points to Smith's 533.6 points.


WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Led by a 22-kill performance from Jenny Pavley, New Mexico (17-9 overall, 13-2 WAC) defeated Utah (18-11, 9-6 WAC) 16-18, 15-7, 15-6, 15-9 Friday at Crimson Court.

Utah was led by Sara Shakula, who logged 17 kills, 12 digs and a .295 hitting percentage.

Utah hopsts UTEP at 7 p.m. tonight at Crimson Court.

Southern Utah

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Oklahoma State shot 73 percent from the field in the first half to race to a 51-18 halftime lead and an eventual 97-44 win over Southern Utah Friday in Stillwater, Okla.

The loss spoined the coaching debut of the Thunderbirds' Joe Hillock. Toni Torres led SUU with 11 points in the season-opener for both teams. SUU plays Oklahoma tonight in the second round of the Bertha Teague Classic.

Junior Colleges

SLCC SOCCER: As the only junior college team invited to the NIRSA club-level collegiate soccer championships in Austin, Texas, the SLCC Bruins are creating quite a stir.

The men's team won its four-team pool in the first round - 1-1 tie with Grand Valley, Mich., 4-3 win over James Madison and 2-1 victory over Kansas - to advance to Friday's quarterfinal round. The Bruins then outlasted Miami of Ohio, winning on Jeremy Harryman's penalty kick in the extra session. SLCC goalie Brian Ormsby blocked a Miami penalty kick.

SLCC will take on Baylor this morning at 10:30 in the semifinals. BYU and Kansas play in the other semi, with the winners meeting in the afternoon for the title.

The SLCC women were eliminated in the first round. They lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to Miami, Ohio, lost 2-1 to James Madison and beat Kansas State, 2-1.