WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Two of the nation's leading preseason college basketball publications have ranked Utah's women's basketball team and junior forward Kim Smith among the nation's elite.
Street & Smith's rates Utah No. 24 preseason. Smith is included in the magazine's "Terrific 10" Preseason All-America team. Lindy's Sports has Utah ranked No. 25. Lindy's lists Smith as a member of the second team in its 2004-05 Preseason All-America Team.
The Utes were 24-7 last season and shared the regular-season Mountain West Conference championship with a 12-2 mark. Utah opens the exhibition season Nov. 2.
The regular season begins Nov. 19, when Utah hosts Stanford at the Huntsman Center. The Cardinal is ranked No. 7 by Street & Smith's and No. 9 by Lindy's.
MEN'S GOLF: Ron Harvey Jr. tallied the BYU golf team's best score of the Tucker Invitational on Saturday morning with a 2-under.
Harvey was the Cougars' most consistent golfer during the two-day event. Overall, he stroked a 1-under 215 to finish in 10th place.
SOCCER: With the conference season set to begin this week, BYU defeated Eastern Washington 1-0 Saturday in Cheney, Wash.
BYU (4-7-2) improved its play after a rough start in the first half and finished with 24 shots to eight for the Eagles. The game's lone goal came in the 77th minute, beginning with a throw-in by Krissa Reinbold to Jaime Rendich, who turned past her defender and sent the ball down the line to Courtney Asay. A low cross toward the goal by Asay was just inside the right post by Rendich, for her fifth goal of the season.
The Mountain West Conference season kicks off for BYU with two games at home: San Diego State on Thursday and UNLV on Saturday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Two days after sweeping New Mexico Lobos, BYU once again dominated its opponent, earning a three-game sweep (30-26, 20-18, 30-27) at Air Force Saturday night tomove to 7-6 on the year and 2-1 in the Mountain West Conference.
The Cougar offense, led by Kim Wilson with 13 kills, put up its best numbers of the season with a .405 hitting percentage. Setter Lauren Richards ended with 43 assists, nine digs and seven kills the Cougars will now return home for a three-match stretch against instate rival Weber State on Tuesday and against UNLV on Friday and San Diego State on Saturday.
VOLLEYBALL: Utah State's women's volleyball team dropped a three-game match to 23rd-ranked Long Beach State on Friday, 18-30, 26-30, and 22-30 to fall to 3-8 this season and 0-4 in the Big West Conference. The 49ers improved to 11-1 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Utah State now has lost 27 straight matches to Long Beach State and is 0-13 all-time against the 49ers on the road.
For Utah State, freshman Amanda Orgill led the Aggies with 11 kills and hit .250 in the match. Sophomore Kelsi Thoman paced USU's defense with 11 digs.
As a team, Utah State hit .222 in the match with 45 kills, while Long Beach State hit .371 with 54 kills. LBSU also won the battle at the net with 8.5 team blocks as compared to 6.0 for the Aggies.
Utah State returns to action on Saturday at UC Irvine.