WOMEN'S TENNIS: Weber State's Inalise Pienaar and Elana Smit claimed Monday's women's open doubles championship at the Hamlet Homes Park City Labor Day Tournament with a 7-5, 7-5 straight-sets win over Leigh Walsh and Cinthia Saucedo of the University of Utah.
Pienaar and Smit entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and quickly advanced to the second round as their first-round matchup withdrew from the draw. In the second round, the WSU pair battled to a 7-5, 7-5 win over Cheyenne Reveche and Jessica Watts.
Following a easy 6-1, 6-3 straight-sets win over Cassie Kasteler and Irina Kotoglou, Pienaar and Smit found themselves in the finals facing the Utes' No. 1 doubles team.
Pienaar is a sophomore who hails from Graaff-Reinet, South Africa. Smit is a senior from Pretoria, South Africa.
MEN'S GOLF: SUU opens the 2005 fall season this weekend, and the Thunderbirds hope things go like they did in last year's opener at the same tournament.
SUU opened at Air Force's Gene Miranda Invitational last year and came away with a team victory, setting the stage for one of the most successful seasons in the school's history.
Returning for the Thunderbirds this season are senior Kenny Ebalo, junior Jesse Wheeler, sophomores Eric Nilsson and Jared Brader and redshirt freshman Nate Page.
Ebalo, who received a fifth year of eligibility from the NCAA last spring, set the SUU season stroke average record last year at 71.5, shattering the previous mark. Ebalo also became the first Thunderbird golfer to qualify for NCAA postseason competition last year, earning an at-large berth to the West Regional after finishing in a tie for the Mid-Con individual championship and leading the league in stroke average.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL:UVSC's Maegan Hoyt and Lacee Koelliker were honored for their performances last week against Kansas and Montana State. Hoyt was named Division I Independent Volleyball defensive player of the week and Koelliker the setter of the week.
In two matches against Big 12 power Kansas and Big Sky foe Montana State, Hoyt notched 42 total digs, averaging an impressive 5.25 digs per game, and 21 digs per match.
In the same two matches, Koelliker notched 79 total assists, averaging 9.88 digs per game and just less than 40 assists per match. She also kept the defense off balance with 13 kills and a .333 hitting percentage.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: UVSC looks to pick up its first win of the season today when it plays at Idaho State at 5 p.m. The Wolverines (0-2) have lost to instate schools Weber State and Utah. Idaho State (0-4) is also winless on the year and the team has scored only one goal.
ATHLETICS: The University of Utah has made plans to participate in the relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at Saturday's football game against Utah State. The evacuees now living in Camp Williams have been invited to attend the game and will be provided free tickets, concession vouchers, transportation and T-shirts. A pregame tailgate has been organized by the unofficial fan Web site, Utefans.net. In addition, the University will be collecting donations for the relief effort at the gates.