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WAC volleyball

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The bracket for the 1996 Western Athletic Conference volleyball tournament has been released, with the inaugural 12-team WAC tournament slated for Tuesday through Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas.

Pacific Division champion and the nation's third-ranked team, Hawaii (29-1, 16-0) is the top seed, while Mountain Division champ and 25th-ranked BYU (22-6, 15-1) is the No. 2 seed. San Diego State (20-9, 13-3) is No. 3, followed by New Mexico (17-10, 13-3), Utah (19-11, 10-6), Fresno State (21-9, 9-7), UTEP (19-9, 10-6), Rice (15-17, 9-7), Wyoming (14-16, 8-8), San Jose State (10-19, 5-11) and UNLV (5-20, 3-12).

Play begins Tuesday, and No. 5 Utah meets No. 12 UNLV at 3 p.m. The top four seeds get first-round byes. BYU meets the CSU-Wyoming winner at 8:30 p.m. Saturday's title game is 2 p.m.

Brigham Young

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The women's basketball team signed Angela Burgess to play for the Cougars next year. The 6-foot-4 center, from Irvine, Calif., is currently playing at Umqua Junior College in Roseburg, Ore.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Today's NCAA Championships at Tucson, Ariz., is where the Colorado-BYU rivalry in women's cross country continues.

The sixth-ranked Cougars and third-ranked Colorado were the two automatic qualifiers from the Rocky Mountain region. Two of the nation's six at-large bids also came out of this region with Colorado State and Northern Arizona.

Lauren Adams of Utah(Park City) is an at-large individual entry in the NCAA meet.


Billy Harvey and Scott Piercy, both from the Las Vegas area, have committed to attend BYU and play for a Cougar golf team that will return all but one player next year. The two recruits are teammates at Bonanza High School where they led their team to the Nevada state championship last year.

Harvey, a 1996 Rolex Junior All-American, comes to BYU after an impressive first-place finish at the Lake Tahoe Classic over the summer. He was a Nevada state junior amateur champion for three straight years.

Piercy placed no lower than 17th in the seven tournaments he played during the summer, finishing with a scoring average of 72.6.

WAC HONOR: BYU's Amy Steele has been named the WAC Mountain Division player of the week. Over the six games during two weekend matches, the 6-2 junior middle blocker hit .415 with 12 digs, seven blocks, five assists and one ace.

WRESTLING: Two BYU wrestlers finished in the top four of two weight classes at Saturday's St. Louis Open.

Rocky Smart and Rangi Smart both finished four in the 150- and 158-pound weight divisions, respectively. In the double-elimination tournament, the pair won four matches and lost two.

Gary Sanderson, at 142, had the team's best individual record with five wins and two losses, but he was unable to place in his class' top foursome.


MEN'S SWIMMING: Utah placed fourth in the Minnesota Invitational with a score of 500.

Minnesota won with 1409.5, followed by Iowa State (663) and Wisconsin (528.5).

Top performers for the Utes were Cory Sinclair, fifth in the 200 back (1:52.31); Magnus Ronnewall, fourth in the 100 free (45.90); and Magnus Arronson, sixth in the 200 fly.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Utah hosts Weber State Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.

Utah is coming off a 73-54 win Friday over perennial Big Sky power Montana. The Utes lead the Utah-Weber series 3-0.

The visiting Wildcats are 0-2 after going winless at the Nevada Holiday Inn Classic last weekend, with losses to St. Joseph's and Northern Iowa.

ACADEMIC HONOR: Utah center Chad Folk, a senior from Vancouver, British Columbia, has been named to the GTE Academic All-District football team. Folk, who started all 11 games for Utah and is the strongest player in Utah football history, carries a 3.70 GPA in elementary education.

Utah State

BASKETBALL CAMP: Basketball coach Larry Eustachy will conduct a fundamentals-oriented Christmas Camp Dec. 23-24 at the Smith Spectrum. Areas of instruction include shooting, ballhandling, passing and team concept. Fee is $49. Contact assistant coach Kevin Dustin, 797-1860.

SOFTBALL CLINIC: Softball coach Lloydene Searle, who's won more games than any other coach at USU in her 17 seasons, will conduct her seventh annual fastpitch softball clinics on three dates, Dec. 14, Jan. 11 and Feb. 8. Early registration fees (received a week prior to the start of one of the clinics) are $30, with late registration $40 for the all-day courses at Nelson Fieldhouse. Contact assistant coach Jennifer Power, UMC 7400, Logan, Utah 84322-7400.

SOCCER HONOR: Junior forward Jamie Riley was named honorable mention on the 1996 all-Big West Conference women's soccer team. Cal Fullerton's Dolores Browning and Cal Poly's Alex Crozier were named BWC player and coach of the year.

Southern Utah

MEN'S BASKETBALL: A.J. Mexican, a 6-7, 200-pound senior at San Juan High School, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Southern Utah University during the November signing period.

Mexican averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as a junior to earn second-team all-state honors. The center-forward is expected to contend for 2A player of the year honors this season and has been nominated to play in the McDonald's All-America game.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Mandi Shaheen scored 22 points and Krista Smith hit a 15-foot baseline jumper with seven seconds left to break a 62-62 tie and give SUU a 64-63 upset victory over Oklahoma Saturday in the Bertha Teqgue Memorial Classic in Stillwater, Okla.

SUU (1-1) plays at Nebraska Tuesday night as the Thunderbirds face a Big 12 opponent for the third straight time.

Junior colleges

SLCC SOCCER: The Salt Lake Community College men's club-level soccer team finished in third place at the NIRSA national collegiate soccer championships on Saturday. The Bruins, who were the only junior college team invited to the 16-team tourney, lost their semifinal game against Baylor, 3-0. SLCC's Jared Henderson, a forward, and Jon Miller, a right defender, were selected to the all-tournament team.