MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Cougar Victor Batista will play with the Dominican Republic National Team in the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation's Continental Senior Championship in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sept. 10-15.
Batista has been a mainstay in the BYU lineup since 2004 when he arrived in Provo and immediately made an impact, helping the Cougars win their third national title and earning second-team All-America honors as a middle blocker.
TRACK & FIELD: Burke Bockman has been hired as an assistant coach to work with the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. He comes to Utah after spending two years as a graduate assistant coach at Wisconsin-La Crosse. There, he helped the Eagles win back-to-back national indoor titles in 2004-05 and the outdoor championship in 2004.
MEN'S TENNIS: Sophomore Zach Ganger and junior Miron Mann have been ranked No. 12 in the ITA 2005-06 preseason doubles poll. Ganger, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mann, from Toronto, Canada, competed in doubles play last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Together they compiled a 16-3 dual record and a 24-5 overall record.
SKIING: The Ute ski team wrapped up this year's recruiting season by signing eight athletes for the 2006 campaign. The alpine squad added Mikaela Grassl , Sunne, Sweden; Erika Hogan, Holmes, N.Y.; Kyle Kung, Girdwood, Alaska, Chelsea Laswell, Park City; and Scott Veenis, Massachusetts, Va. The nordic team added Fabian Figi, Betschwanden, Switzerland; Erik Gjomle, Stathelle, Norway; and Sara Schweiger, Schwangau, Germany.
MEN'S GOLF: The Wolverines open the 2005 fall season this weekend by competing in the 37th annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs.
Coach Tommy Johnson will take three veterans and two newcomers to compete. The veterans include Nos. 1 and 2 on the Utah Valley State career stroke average list, Nic van Vuuren and Cody Powers. Van Vuuren holds a career 74.0 stroke average, while Powers stands at 75.2 during his tenure. The other veteran is junior Chris Cole.
CROSS COUNTRY: Due to technical problems at the Big Sky offices this week, information was not received concerning the performance of Weber State's Seth Pilkington at the Utah State Invitational a week ago. Pilkington has been named Co-Runner of the Week, along with Northern Arizona's John Killian. In his first meet as a Wildcat, Pilkington crossed the line first at the USU Invitational in Logan. The sophomore won the 3.72 mile event in a time of 18:25.87, leading WSU to first place in the meet. Pilkington also finished ahead of the top two finishers in last year's Big West Conference Championship.