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Utah State

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Utah State's women's basketball team will open its 2004-05 campaign with a practice open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Subsequent practices will not be open to the public.

Utah State returns four starters — Ali Aird, Jessica Freeman, Brittany Tressler, Christina Zdenek — and nine letter-winners from the 2003-04 team that went 5-22, finished in a tie for eighth-place in the Big West Conference with a 5-13 record, and advanced to the Big West Tournament, where it lost to Long Beach State 55-48.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Charlsie Harris scored on a header with one second left in overtime to provide the heroics for Utah State in a 2-1 victory against Long Beach State on Friday. The win keeps the Aggies spotless at home this season as they improved to 4-0 at Bell Field.

USU improved to 5-7-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the Big West with the triumph, which also pushed USU's unbeaten streak at home against conference opponents to six matches (5-0-1) dating back to last season.

VOLLEYBALL: Utah State's women's volleyball team lost a five-game match at Cal State Fullerton on Friday night by final scores of 23-30, 25-30, 30-23, 30-24, and 10-15 to fall to 5-11 this season and 1-7 in the Big West Conference.

Utah State had won nine straight matches against Cal State Fullerton going into Friday's match.

Carolyn Forbush led Utah State with 19 kills and nine digs, while Amanda Orgill added 17 kills and hit a team-high .371 in the match. Zuzana Cernianska also had 17 kills, while Kelsi Thoman had a team-high 20 digs.

Cal State Fullerton was led by Sarah Morrison who had 15 kills.

As a team, Utah State hit .219 in the match and held Cal State Fullerton to a .196 hitting percentage. USU recorded seven more kills (70-63) and nine more digs (65-56) while committing just three more hitting errors (31-28).

Utah Valley State

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The Wolverines hit the practice floor at 7 a.m. today in preparation for their first year with a full Division I schedule.

"It's exciting," coach Cathy Nixon said. "We really know we have a lot of work to do. It's like we are waiting in the starting blocks. We're ready to start accomplishing what we need to accomplish."

Nixon returns six players, four of whom were starters, from last year's 11-13 team. Miriam Palkki, Katie Wilson, Kaydee Allred and Courtney Lynn all started last season. Kelci Naihe and Jessica Scabby saw significant time off the bench.

VOLLEYBALL: The Utah Valley State women's volleyball team swept Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 30-21, 30-26, 32-30 on the road Friday night.

Weber State

VOLLEYBALL: The Weber State women's volleyball team lost its eight consecutive match, 3-2 to Sacramento State on Friday night. Game scores were 30-21, 30-27, 29-31, 28-30, 15-9.

Lindsay Harris had a career-high 18 kills and a season-high 12 blocks. Kolbie Murphey had 16 kills, Kaylie Kortsen had 14, and Lindsay Phillips posted 10. Setter Kaylianne Valenzuela had a double-double with a career-high 58 assists and a career-high 22 digs.

Southern Utah

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Valparaiso rallied with two late goals, including the game-winner in the game's 103rd minute, to come back and defeat Southern Utah's women's soccer team, 2-1, in double-overtime Friday afternoon in Valparaiso, Ind. The loss dropped the Thunderbirds out of a first-place tie in the Mid-Continent Conference standings to 2-2-0, 4-9-0 overall.

The Thunderbirds scored their only goal in the match in the final minute of the first half when senior Sarah Sillitoe found sophomore Ashley Smith inside the penalty box after securing a loose ball to vault SUU to a 1-0 lead.