MEN'S TENNIS: Hard-fought championship matches brought the Iman's Court Open at BYU to an end Saturday afternoon and sent three Cougar tennis players home with second-place finishes.
Although athletes from the BYU men's tennis team weren't able to claim the title of champion in either the singles or doubles events, coach Brad Pearce said the tournament was a success and will be useful in the team's preparation for the upcoming season.
"It was a great tournament because everyone learned early on in the season some of the things they need to work on," he said. "Now we know what to focus on individually and as a team."
The Cougars came up short in both championship matches, but it wasn't for lack of effort. In the singles final, junior Dominik Kaufhold went up against Eric Roberson in a three-set match that lasted two-and-a-half hours. Kaufhold had double-set point at one time in the first set, serving with the lead 40-15. But Eric Roberson refused to lose, scoring four straight points to tie the set at five games each, then scoring four more points to go up six sets to five. Roberson went on to win the set 7-5.
The second set was just as exciting, ending in a tiebreak in which Kaufhold had to come back from four points down to take the set. However, in the third Roberson's style of play was too much for Kaufhold and allowed Roberson to win the match 7-5, 6-7, 6-2.
CROSS COUNTRY: Chelsea DiGrazia led the University of Utah cross country team as it finished fourth on 101 points today at the three-mile Montana State University Invitational.
"We ran much better this week than we've ran all year, and the results don't tell the whole story. I am very pleased with the girls' effort," said head coach Kyle Kepler.
Chelsea DiGrazia led the way again in finishing sixth with a time of 17:57. She also had a top-10 finish at the BYU Autumn Classic last week. Nicki Hugie and Ashlee Warnick ran well together, finishing 17th (18:26) and 19th (18:29), respectively. Kristin Taylor ran her best race of the year in finishing 23rd with a time of 18:54.
Utah State won the event with 24 points while the Aggies' Tiffany Strickland won the race, clocking in at 17:16.
VOLLEYBALL: Weber State closed out the preseason on a sour note Saturday, losing two matches in the Long Island Blackbird Invitational. The losses drop the Wildcats to 5-7 on the season as they get ready for Big Sky Conference play next week.
The 'Cats opened the morning with a 3-1 loss to host Long Island University. The Blackbirds won the first two games before Weber State won a wild one 41-39 in the third game. Long Island came back and won game four 30-22 to win the match. The 41 points scored in a game is the most points by Weber State or their opponents since rally scoring began in 2001.
In the match with the Blackbirds Weber State was outdug and out killed.
The 'Cats were led by Leah Burmeister who finished with 21 kills and 15 digs. Chelsea Bair had 12 kills and 19 digs. Brittney Bisaillon posted 10 kills. Weber State head coach Al Givens brought in freshman Krsti Lindley for her first action of the season and the Idaho Falls, Idaho native contributed with 13 assists.