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Utah State

WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: With both teams coming off impressive outings, Brigham Young (1-1 and ranked eighth in the NCAA) visits ninth-ranked 1-1 Utah State Thursday night in the Smith Spectrum at 7 in the first of their two regular-season meets.

The Cougars have beaten Southern Utah and scored 193.225 to drastically improve their national ranking last Friday in a loss at Utah, paced by sophomore transfer Angela Anderson (38.675 all-around), freshman three-event star Natalie Emig and senior Elisabeth Crandall. Utah State has also infused young talent like freshman Amber Jamison (38.6, fourth-best USU mark ever) and Jessica Parker (9.8 bars) and scored 192.65 to defeat No. 16 Boise State Monday. It was the first time USU broke 190 in January.

Brigham Young

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Nationally ranked at No. 10, BYU lost its first home match of the season Wednesday night to seventh-ranked Southern California 8-15, 15-8, 9-15, 15-13, 16-14. The loss breaks a Cougar win streak over USC dating to March 1994.

Two freshmen showed promise. Outside hitter Oswald Antonetti led both teams with 23 kills, and Ryan Millar, a middle blocker, led all players with eight blocks.

BYU hosts Loyola Marymount Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

WAC HONOR: BYU diver Scott Turner, who won both boards at the BYU Diving Invitational last week, was named Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week Tuesday.

Turner set a WAC three-meter board record (590.35) and hit a WAC season-best 513.1 on the one-meter board. Both qualify Turner for March's Zone E Regional.

TRACK AND FIELD: Looking to improve on already top performances, BYU's women's and men's track and field teams travel to Pocatello for a tri-meet with Idaho State and Boise State Saturday.

It will be the men's first team-scored meet of the year. Last week 18 members of the women's team won a team-scored event in Minnesota.

Two male athletes (Felix Andam, 55m, and Erik Lundmark, high jump) have already hit provisional marks but are aiming higher to assure NCAA-championship spots. Those pushing toward qualifying include Fikre Wondafrash in the 800-meter run, Marek Samseli in the triple jump and Jim Roberts in the shot put.

For the women, Amy Christiansen has already an automatic spot in the shot put. Christiansen and Dawn Tabla have provisional marks in the 20-pound weight throw, Janeth Caizalitin Alder in the 3000 meters. On the verge of qualifying are Marsha Mark (55m hurdles), Windy Jorgensen (200 meters) and Courtney Pugmire (3000meters).

WRESTLING: Heber City will be the site of Friday's wrestling match when BYU hosts PAC-10 power Oregon at 5:30 p.m. at Wasatch High School.

BYU, 2-4, is led by John Kelly at 126 pounds, undefeated in dual competition and 14-4 this season.

Assistant coach Larry Nugent will direct the team in the absence of coach Mark Schultz, spending time with his family following the death of his brother last week.

SWIMMING/DIVING: A trio of conference meets are on tap for BYU's teams this week.

The men's team opens with a dual meet at Air Force Academy. The men and women then join for a double-dual at Wyoming Friday, and the women wrap up against conference-favorite Colorado State Saturday.

Both the Cougar men (4-2) and women (9-2) are undefeated in dual meets against WAC teams.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Michelle Domanico, a senior from Las Vegas, was named WAC Player of the Week.

In 18th-ranked BYU's 8-1 win over Boise State Friday, Domanico won at No. 5 singles against Kim Vocker in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. She also won the No. 2 doubles match with Angela Jewell.

MEN'S TENNIS: The men's tennis team heads to California this weekend to take on eight-ranked USC Friday in Los Angeles, UC-Santa Barbara Saturday and the University of San Diego Monday. The Cougars are looking for their first win of this season; it lost to Utah 5-2 Jan. 26.


ON ACCOUNT OF SNOW: Because of heavy snow, fans attending the Utah-UTEP basketball game Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the Utah-New Mexico game, Saturday at 6:30 p.m., both in the Huntsman Center are urged to park in the lot west of Rice Stadium and ride the shuttle.

WOMEN'S TENNIS Utah will host three of the best teams on the country over the next four days in the Eccles Tennis Center.

On Friday, the Lady Utes will play No. 1 University of Florida in a 3 p.m. dual match. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Utes will play No. 5 Duke. And at 2 p.m. Monday, they play No. 4 Santa Barbara.

It will be, says Utah coach John Tsumas, "an opportunity for people to see some excellent tennis. I don't know that we've ever had a field this strong come in to play on our home court."

Utah expects to have a good team this year, led by Jennifer Jensen-Smith, Diana Marek, Mirja Wallmark, Linda Engblom, Rebecca Foulger, Angie Olsen, Jamie Zenger and Molly Sanderson.

SWIMMING: The Utah men's and women's swimming teams travel to Wyoming for a double-dual meet against the host Cowboys and South Dakota. Following Friday's 5 p.m. meet, the Ute women compete at Colorado State Saturday at 11 a.m.

Utah is coming off Jan. 27 losses to nationally ranked Arizona - the U. men lost 187-115, while the women suffered a 176-119 defeat.

Weber State

BIG SKY HONORS: Weber State center Mika Brown was named the Big Sky Conference player of the week on Tuesday after leading the Wildcats to a pair of victories over Idaho and Eastern Washington.

The 6-foot-2 senior scored 42 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the two games, shooting 80 percent from the floor.

Brown added one steal and four blocks in the two games.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: After a two-week break, the Wildcats travel to Las Vegas for a dual match against New Mexico State, and defending Big West Champion Nevada-Las Vegas. Weber meets NMSU at noon Saturday and then faces host UNLV at noon Sunday, with both matches at the Fertitta Tennis Center in Las Vegas.

Weber State opened the season with two wins defeating Montana State 7-2 and Idaho State, 7-2, both at Pocatello.

Southern Utah

WOMEN TRIUMPH: The women's basketball team scored a season-high 91 points, downing Division II Mesa State 91-52 Tuesday in Cedar City. The win brings SUU's record to 10-11, while the Mavericks fall to 10-8.

Cherri Frandsen led the Thunderbirds going eight for 10 from the field, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.