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Hawaiian wins MVP in home state

Senior midfielder Charlene Lui had a dominant homecoming in Hawaii this week, earning tournament MVP honors after BYU captured the title at the OHANA Hotels & Resort No Ka Oi tournament in Waipahu on Monday.

Lui, a native of Honolulu, scored a goal from 35 yards out just 33 seconds before the second overtime expired to give the Cougars a 1-0 victory over Hawai'i in the championship match. She joined teammates Katie Larkin, Natalie Nate, Claire Thomas, Jaime Beck and Carolyn Swenson on the all-tournament team.

In the tournament's first game, BYU began the season with promise by easy handling George Mason, 4-0. The goalfest was a team affair, as Nate, Swenson, Brooke Thulin and Jessica Harmon each scored a goal for BYU.

The impressive showing in Hawai'i gives BYU a 2-0 start to the season. Combined with two preseason games, the Cougars have outscored their opponents 12-0 in four games this fall.

The Cougars are now back in Provo, preparing for the regular-season home opener against Weber State, Friday at 7 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY: The BYU men's and women's teams will both run their first race of the season Friday at the BYU Alumni Invitational.

Friday's meet will be the first of three meets the Cougars will host this season. The teams will be back in action Sept. 10 in the BYU Autumn classic, and the school has the distinction of being the site for the NCAA Mountain Regional on Nov. 12.

Both teams were traditionally strong last year, each winning the Mountain West Conference title. The men went on to take fifth at nationals, while the women took eighth.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: After opening the season with a 3-2 win at Nevada last week, the Cougars return to Provo tonight for the home opener against Montana State. Game time is 7 p.m.

BYU finished with a 19-11 record last year and took third place in the Mountain West. But with six returning starters and a bright new coach, Jason Watson, expectations are high this year. The team has been tabbed to take the Mountain West this year, and one national preseason poll ranked BYU at No. 36.

The Cougars will play Kansas Friday at 7 p.m. in the second game of a two-game homestand before traveling to Idaho State next week.

MEN'S RUGBY: The BYU rugby club team held its first practice Tuesday. The team is coming off a 6-3 record in winter play earlier this year.

The Cougars have three weeks to prepare for the season opener against the University of Utah, which handed BYU two of its three losses in the winter season, including a painful, four-point defeat in the semi-finals at the national championships.

The team will hold its first team meeting tonight. The opener is Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. at Utah.

HOCKEY: The Provo IceCats are holding tryouts this week, looking for players that will help it improve on last year's 16-9-2 record, one of the best seasons in IceCat history. The team finished fifth out of 28 teams in the Western Region of the American Collegiate Hockey Association's Division II.

The team will led by returning veterans like forward Jimmy Burkhart and will be bolstered by the returns of Derek Battisiti and Jared Oscarson, who are coming back after LDS missions.

Tryouts began Wednesday and continue Friday. Provo's first game will be an exhibition game at Utah State on Sept. 17.