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Turns out the BYU women\u2019s soccer team was a no-doubter when it came to the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Waiting for an at-large bid is always a nerve wracking experience, especially in a year with so much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

The Cougars \u2013 11-3-1 overall but second in the West Coast Conference with a 7-1-1 record \u2013 were ranked No. 17 last week and held a No. 18 RPI, so coach Jennifer Rockwood was confident her team would be in.

BYU was tabbed as a No. 12 seed on Monday (the top 16 teams are seeded) in the 48-team field, which means a first-round bye. The Cougars will play the winner of the Virginia and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville first round game on May 1 at WakeMed Field in Carey, North Carolina.

\u201cWe\u2019re really excited about the opportunity to head to the NCAA Tournament this year,\u201d Rockwood said. \u201cWe\u2019re really excited about our seeding and the brackets and we\u2019re looking forward to playing our first game May 1. It\u2019s been an extraordinary year for us with a lot of ups and downs. Our team has been resilient and continues to improve. We got a lot of games in, more than most teams this spring, and I think that really benefited us. The players are excited to see how good we can be.\u201d

The Cougars lost road games at No. 2 seed UCLA and No. 8 seed USC in the preseason. BYU lost a 2-1 decision to Santa Clara in WCC play and the Broncos earned a No. 11 seed. Later in the season, the Cougars traveled to Santa Clara for a non-league and picked up a 2-1 victory.

In 2019, BYU completed an unbeaten regular season (18-0-1), won three home matches in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the regional finals (Elite 8) before losing to eventual champion Stanford.

This year\u2019s tournament will be held entirely in North Carolina.

\u201cThis is definitely the most unique postseason play I\u2019ve ever been a part of,\u201d Rockwood said. \u201cI felt we had the credentials to get an at-large bid but you just never know until you see your team on the board. There was a little more nervousness than usual. I\u2019m excited about having a more national grouping for the brackets. In our sport the tournament is usually broken up with region matchups. We\u2019ve never really had a true national tournament that\u2019s not been broken up regionally. We\u2019ll see a lot of different matchups that we haven\u2019t been seeing in the first and second rounds.\u201d

Virginia has a long history in the NCAA\u2019s and finished the 2021 regular season with a 10-4-2 mark. SIU-Edwardsville was 8-2-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

\u201cWe still don\u2019t know exactly when we\u2019re leaving, who we\u2019re playing or where we\u2019re staying,\u201d Rockwood said. \u201cWe\u2019ve learned through this Covid season to go with the flow and that\u2019s what we\u2019ll continue to do.\u201d

This is BYU\u2019s 21st NCAA Tournament appearance \u2013 all under Rockwood \u2013 and eighth in the past nine seasons.

WCC champion Santa Clara (7-1-0) will play the winner of the first round match between Ohio State (7-2-3) and Stony Brook (6-3-0).

Utah Valley (12-4-4), which claimed the Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship on Saturday, will open the NCAA\u2019s on April 28 with a first-round matchup against Memphis (8-3-0). The winner of that match will go on to play No. 6 seed Arkansas (11-3). This is UVU\u2019s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 1 overall seed is Florida State (11-0-0). The championship match is scheduled for May 17.

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BYU men\u2019s tennis took down rival Utah 4-1 on Senior Day at the Outdoor Tennis Courts on Saturday, extending its win streak to seven matches heading into the final road trip of the season next weekend.

\u201cWe\u2019re thrilled about the win over the University of Utah,\u201d BYU head coach Dave Porter said. \u201cIt\u2019s a good team and big in-state rivalry. We\u2019re more pleased to keep the momentum going that we\u2019ve built in the last few conference matches as we prepare for maybe the toughest road trip of the year down to play Pepperdine and LMU. We\u2019re enjoying the moment, but we\u2019re putting it to the side quickly and making preparations to get through finals and get ready for the next two matches in Los Angeles.\u201d

The Utes started the match winning the doubles point, earning wins at both No. 3 and No. 2 doubles, with the match at No. 1 doubles going unfinished tied at 5-5. That would be Utah\u2019s only point of the afternoon, however, as the Cougars took four straight singles matches to win the match.

At No. 5 singles, Mateo Vereau Melendez quickly beat Mathias Gavelin 6-2, 6-3 to tie the match a 1-apiece. After taking the first set handily, Ben Gajardo rallied from down 2-0 in the second set, winning the tiebreaker 6-2 to earn a win at No. 3 singles.

Sean Hill followed with a win in the No. 1 spot, beating Franco Capalbo, 6-1, 6-4. In the No. 6 spot, Matheus Ferreira Leite fought back in each of his sets, taking the first 7-5, and second 7-6 (4), to clinch the match for BYU.

The Cougars will head to California for the final weekend of the regular season. BYU will face #30 Pepperdine at 2 p.m. PDT, for a chance to win the West Coast Conference regular season title and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars will then visit LMU at 1 p.m. PDT Saturday.

Baseball loses third straight to Omaha

OMAHA, Nebraska \u2014 A three-run fifth inning gave Omaha a 4-1 victory over BYU in the final game of a three-game baseball series on Saturday at Tal Anderson Field.

\u201cIt was a tough weekend for us,\u201d said associate head coach Brent Pratt. \u201cWe had chances this weekend to get a key hit, or make a big pitch or a timely play and unfortunately that didn\u2019t happen. That\u2019s what baseball is all about and we didn\u2019t do those three things very this weekend.\u201d

BYU (11-20, 6-6) scored first in the top of the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Cole Gambill led off with a double through the left side. After Joshua Cowden drew a walk, both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Danny Gelalich. Freddy Achecar then ground out to second base to score Gambill and give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.

Omaha (15-16, 7-5) responded with a run of its own in the top of the second to tie the game at 1-1. The Mavericks took the lead for good in the sixth inning with three runs off two walks, two Cougar errors and a timely single by sophomore catcher Eduardo Rosario that drove in two runs.

BYU had runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings but were unable to come up with a key hit to bring in a run. Four Cougars collected hits, while Achecar had the lone RBI of the game.

The Cougars are back in action on at 4 p.m. Tuesday versus Dixie State at Miller Park. BYU looks to avenge a 4-5 loss to the Trailblazers early in the year on March 13 at Bruce Hurst Field in St. George.

The game will be broadcast live on the BYUtv App and BYUtv.org as well as the BYU Sports Network—BYU Radio FM 107.7, BYUCougars.com and the BYU Cougars app.

Dominguez sets Dominican Republic records

BYU swimmer Josue Dominguez broke three national records in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke for the Dominican Republic this weekend at the VI Dominican Republic International Swim Open 2021.

On Friday, Dominguez broke the Dominican Republic record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.14. Next, Dominguez broke two more records on Saturday morning with an easy speed of 28.14 in the 50-yard breaststroke and a time of 1:00.68 in the 100-yard breaststroke time trial.

\u201cIt\u2019s truly an amazing journey as a coach,\u201d BYU swimming sprint coach Shari Skabelund said. \u201cHe has calmly done what he has needed to and we are so grateful we had the resources to prepare him.\u201d

BYU throwers post all-time marks

POCATELLO, Idaho \u2014 BYU track and field\u2019s Sierra Freeland, Sable Lohmeier El-Bakri and Gretchen Hoekstre each cracked the BYU Top 10 list in their respective events at the Bengal Invitational on Saturday.

Freeland matched her personal best of 15.51m/50-10.75 in the women\u2019s shot put, set during this past indoor season, to rank No. 4 all-time on the school\u2019s outdoor top 10 list. The senior now holds the No. 4 outdoor shot put and the No. 7 indoor shot put marks on the BYU Top 10 board.

After cracking the top 10 in the women\u2019s hammer throw last week, Lohmeier El-Bakri tossed the sixth-best discus throw in program history with a mark of 52.04m/170-9. Hoekstre also earned a spot on the school\u2019s all-time list with a throw of 51.75m/169-9, marking the ninth-best toss in BYU history.

Jesus Serrano clocked a 50.77 in the men\u2019s 400m hurdles to beat his previous personal record by 1.28 seconds. His time currently ranks No. 18 nationally.

Jaslyn Gardner ran a 23.92 to win the women\u2019s 200m while Andrew Stuart took second in the men\u2019s 200m with a time of 22.08.

Lauryn Ford placed second in the women\u2019s long jump with a season-best 5.75m/18-10.5 and Conner Kennedy took second in the men\u2019s long jump with a distance of 7.23m/23-8.75.

The Cougars will return home to host the Robison Invitational. The meet will take place Wednesday to Saturday in Provo at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex.

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All the reasons Wisconsin is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA women\u2019s volleyball tournament were readily apparent in Saturday\u2019s regional semifinal match.

The reasons BYU had advanced that far were a lot harder to come by.

The undefeated Badgers had won 42 of the 45 sets it had played coming into the match and dominated in every facet against the Cougars, sweeping their way to a 25-20 25-17, 25-12 victory at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb.

Wisconsin \u2014 the NCAA runner-up in 2019 \u2014 moves on to the regional finalstoday against the Ohio State-Florida winner.

\u201cWe knew we needed to serve way tougher than we did,\u201d BYU coach Heather Olmstead said. \u201cWe knew they were a good serving team and we knew we needed to pass well. I think we did that early and got some good block touches. We knew our assignments and we were slowing them down. We did a good job on (Dana) Rettke but other people we couldn\u2019t get stops on.\u201d

No. 16 seed BYU wilted under the Badgers service pressure and struggled to pass the ball efficiently, sending setter Whitney Bower scrambling all over the floor to chase down the ball. The result was very few in-system swings for the Cougars and a low hitting percentage of .152.

\u201cWisconsin is a great serving team and a great passing team,\u201d Bower said. \u201cWe were just trying to do the best we could. They were really effective in both of those areas. That caught us a little bit off guard, even though we practiced for it. We just tried to play our game.\u201d

BYU kept the first set close and closed to within 18-16 on a Madi Allen ace. But Wisconsin surged to the end and won 25-20, eventually forcing seven Cougar hitting errors.

BYU\u2019s passing struggles continued in the second and third sets, which allowed the Badgers to play from the lead the majority of the time. Erin Livingston\u2019s kill put the Cougars down five (22-17) in the second set but that was as close as they could get.

Wisconsin went on a 7-0 run in the third set and led 12-3, cruising to the finish by hitting .486.

\u201cThey were in system a ton tonight,\u201d Olmstead said. \u201cOffensively I thought we matched up well with them but we were out of system. I thought that if we were in system we could score but our passing really held us back being able to take the best swings we possibly could.\u201d

BYU slowed down Rettke, the Badgers\u2019 6-foot-8 All-American, holding her to a .094 hitting percentage and just six kills. But Molly Haggarty led Wisconsin (15-0) with 14 kills and Devyn Robinson added 11 to keep the Badgers rolling. Wisconsin had little trouble passing BYU\u2019s serves and gave setter Sidney Hilley (33 assists) multiple options offensively.

The Cougars, which committed 17 hitting errors, had nine kills from Kate Grimmer. Defensively, Allen finished with a team-high 14 digs and Bower added 11.

\u201cI\u2019m super proud of our team and how they battled, even though it wasn\u2019t our night,\u201d Olmstead said. \u201cIt was really a fantastic tournament and we feel privileged to play here in Omaha.\u201d

BYU\u2019s entire starting lineup returns for the fall 2021 season. That includes seniors Taylen Ballard-Nixon and Kennedy Eschenberg and Bower, the West Coast Conference setter and player of the year. In addition, All-American middle blocker Heather Gneiting is expected to return from a church mission and the 2021 recruiting class brings in six new players.

\u201cThis has been like the best ride ever,\u201d Bower said. \u201cIt was such a fun experience, especially here in Omaha to be a part of the tournament and the Sweet 16. We\u2019re so grateful to have wonderful coaches who prepared us and got us in this position. We grew in a lot of areas that made it possible for us to reach the Sweet 16.\u201d

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It took a trio of crucial plays for the Utah Valley women's soccer team to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2017.

But Wolverine sophomore defender Jenna Shepherd, senior keeper Isabel Jones-Dawe and senior defender Cassidy McCormick were up to the task.

They came up with a couple of key saves and a big penalty-kick finish to propel UVU to the 1-0 win over Seattle in Saturday's WAC Championship match in Phoenix.

\"We are absolutely thrilled,\" Wolverine head coach Chris Lemay told the WAC Digital Network broadcast after the win. \"I couldn't be more happy for this group of young women because I love them and I'm so proud of them.\"

The first big moments for UVU were on the defensive end of the field as the Redhawks \u2014 the No. 2 seed who tied the Wolverines for first place in the regular season \u2014 had a pair of dangerous chances to go in front.

The first was a corner kick where the ball bounced around in the box with a couple of Seattle players tapping it around until Redhawk junior midfielder Bailey Hall flicked it past the Jones-Dawe, who was sliding in.

It was headed straight for the mouth of the goal except that Shepherd \u2014 a former American Fork star who was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year \u2014 calmly kicked it off the line.\u00a0

Seattle had a chance on the rebound but the follow went wide and the game remained scoreless.

In the 20th minute, the Redhawks had another chance when Hall stole a UVU pass just outside the Wolverine penalty box and had a clean look.

Her shot was rifled toward the top of the net but this time it was Jones-Dawe who came up big. She leapt in the air and stretched out to get a hand on the ball, tipping it over the top and out of danger.

Those saves kept the game scoreless in the first half and, although the Wolverines came out stronger after halftime, it remained that way until less than 15 minutes remained.

\"At halftime we adjusted a couple of things,\" Lemay told the WAC Digital Network. \"We talked about tempo and movement off the ball. We talked about trying to play our brand of soccer, which is what got us here but we had some how forgotten for three halves. In the final half, we executed really, really well.\"

UVU got a high, drifting cross from freshman defender Grace Beeston (a Skyridge grad) that created problems in the Seattle penalty box.

It bounced, allowing Wolverine sophomore midfielder Heather Stainbrook to come charging in. She collided with a Redhawk defender and the ball bounced free.

Another Seattle defender touched it but UVU senior midfielder Breanna DeWaal swooped in and pushed it away. The Redhawk then clipped DeWaal, drawing the whistle and early the golden opportunity from the penalty spot.

Lemay told McCormick \u2014 who made a pressure-packed penalty kick in the shootout win over New Mexico State in the semifinals on Thursday \u2014 to step in and take it.

\"It means the world to me that my coach trusted me to take that PK,\" McCormick told the WAC Digital Network broadcast. \"I'm on Cloud-9, honestly.\"

She slowly approached the ball, noted the move from the Seattle keep to over McCormick's left and easily slid the ball inside the right post for the game's only goal.

\"I've done it before all the time in practice,\" McCormick told the WAC Digital Network broadcast. \"It was just another PK. It could be the game-winner and it was, but I knew I could do it.\"

That turned out to be all the scoring UVU needed as the defense kept the Redhawks from equalizing for the rest of the match.

That meant the Wolverines got to celebrate when the final whistle blew.

\"It's amazing,\" McCormick told the WAC Digital Network broadcast. \"I couldn't ask for a better team or a better year. It's my senior year and it's the best to be able to continue on. This is great.\"

UVU will now wait to see how things will shake out as the Wolverines prepare for the third trip in program history to the NCAA tournament. The entire tournament will be played in the Cary, North Carolina, area with the first rounds taking place on April 27-28.

The matchups will be announced on Monday at 11 a.m. on NCAA.com.

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Before Saturday\u2019s final home match against Portland, BYU women\u2019s soccer honored two seniors from the 2109 season, five seniors who will likely chose to return and play in the fall, two seniors who are graduating in April and Portland\u2019s two seniors.

The pandemic created a very unusual Senior Day.

The match between No. 17 BYU and Portland was much more what the home fans have come to expect at South Field as the Cougars rolled to a 4-0 victory, scoring half as many goals in one outing against the Pilots as the vistors had allowed in nine previous games.

\u201cPortland has done a great job all year,\u201d BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood said. \u201cA lot of the scouting report was that they haven\u2019t given up many looks. They\u2019ve only given up eight goals all season. We knew it was going to be hard getting in behind them but the way we moved the ball we were just wearing them down. Even though we didn\u2019t get a lot of shots, the looks we got were really good and effective.\u201d

BYU scored a pair of goals in a three-minute span of the first half to take control. In the 15th minute, Bella Folino gathered in a loose ball in the box after an initial volley by Cameron Tucker and fired in a shot for a 1-0 lead.

Just short of three minutes later, Rachel McCarthy blasted in a bomb from about 30 yards out into the side netting for a 2-0 advantage.

In the 19th minute, BYU goalkeeper Cassidy Smith came racing out from her line to challenge Portland\u2019s Hannah McCord and was assessed a yellow card in the box. Smith responded by stoning McCord\u2019s penalty kick, a goal that would have surely turned momentum to the visitor\u2019s side.

\u201cCass is always making big-time saves like that,\u201d BYU senior defender Josie Gelalich said. \u201cWe definitely have that trust and faith in her to make those kind of saves.\u201d

In the 33rd minute, McCarthy\u2019s shot was deflected away but stayed in the box. Breckin Mozingo beat the Portland keeper to the loose ball and slotted a shot into the goal for a 3-0 lead.

Ashton Brockbank Johnson completed the scoring for the Cougars in the 54th minute, taking a Tucker pass and sending a hard shot that scooted between the Portland keeper\u2019s legs for a 4-0 lead. Rockwood was able to pretty much clear her bench the last ten minutes of the game.

Two seniors who were honored were Brinley Buhler and Josie Manwell, who were both injured in the spring of 2020. Two other players \u2013 Natalie Clark Ball and Gelalich \u2013 are graduating this month. Ball is going to be a zookeeper in Memphis, Tennessee and Gelalich, who majored in Human Development with a minor in physiology, will join her husband Danny (currently in the BYU baseball team) at graduated school.

\u201cIt\u2019s been crazy,\u201d Josie Gelalich said. \u201cThis season have been nothing like I expected. I\u2019m so grateful we\u2019ve been able to have a somewhat normal season. We were able to play 18 games and had a good season of competing. There\u2019s no better way than ending on a win like this and it feels good.\u201d

BYU (11-3-1 overall, 7-1-1 WCC) awaits an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

\u201cI feel really comfortable with it,\u201d Rockwood said. \u201cWe\u2019ve had a fantastic season. We were very intent on playing some really tough competition. We could have gone a lot softer like some teams did but we really pushed it. Our three losses were to top 15 teams then we beat Santa Clara, which was a really significant win for us. We had a solid win against Pepperdine and they were in the Top 25 when we played them. You never know for sure, but I feel like we\u2019ve done what we needed to do to get into the tournament.\u201d

The NCAA will announce pairings for the 48-team tournament field on Monday. The entire tournament will be held in Carey, North Carolina and the surrounding area beginning April 27.

In 2019, BYU advanced to the Elite Eight before losing the eventual champion Stanford.

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Keepers in soccer are used to sacrificing their bodies as the attempt to prevent the opposing team from getting the ball into the net.

Skyridge junior keeper Cole Barker did just that in Friday\u2019s Region 4 battle against Westlake in Lehi \u2014 and paid a heavy price.

But if he ends up being hurt, he can face it with the knowledge that his injury preserved a 1-0 victory for his Falcons.

With under a minute to play, the Thunder were pushing hard up the field, desperate to get an equalizer while Skyridge put just as much effort into trying to keep Westlake from scoring.

Thunder senior forward Drew Brown got to the ball and made a brilliant move near the corner of the penalty box, drilling a gorgeous shot toward the far post that looked destined to be the tying goal.

That was until Barker hurled himself high into the air, stretching out as far as he could and somehow managing to snag the ball before crashing hard to the ground.

The impact was so violent that Barker didn\u2019t get up off the ground for a long time and had to be carted off the field \u2014 but it proved to be enough.

\u201cThat was big,\u201d Skyridge head coach Jerry Preisendorf said. \u201cIt\u2019s not my favorite way of winning, just trying to keep people on the net, because I think we\u2019re better than that. We should be possessing the ball down the field. That\u2019s something we have to work on, but a win is a win is a win is a win, especially in this region, the \u2018region to death.\u2019\u201d

The battle of two of the top teams in the league lived up to the billing as both squads had their moments.

The home team was able to get the first big break as they were able to push into Westlake\u2019s penalty box.

\u201c(Senior Austin Wallace) made a combination and got through, then a defender tripped him in the box,\u201d Preisendorf said. \u201cIan Nielson (also a senior) stepped and took the penalty kick, putting it in the net. Austin and Ian played all 80 minutes in the middle, which takes a lot of endurance.\u201d

That proved to be all the scoring that the Falcons could manage \u2014 but it was all they needed thanks to some strong play at the backend.

\u201cWe\u2019ve had one other shutout, so that was great for the defense especially,\u201d Preisendorf said. \u201cWe were trying to do things a little bit different and so I thought the boys did really well there. I thought the first 20 minutes were good. Playing that way for 80 minutes instead of 20 would be nice.\u201d

On the other side, Westlake once again was able to make a lot of passes but had a tough time overcoming an early deficit.

The Thunder, who won a postseason tournament after the 2020 season was canceled, feel like they are getting everyone\u2019s best shot, so they know they have to rise to the challenge.

Seizing the momentum is also big for Westlake, since falling behind allows opponents to drop defenders team and limit the opportunities for the Thunder possession game to create opportunities.

Both Skyridge and Westlake hope to continue to improve as they move through April and begin building toward the state playoffs.

\u201cWe\u2019re probably in the top five in the state now, but to be the top one we\u2019ve got to get over that hump of just being comfortable with where we\u2019re at and keep working every practice,\u201d Preisendorf said. \u201cThat\u2019s something our players have done and they constantly want to learn. I think if we can get to where we have the patience that we need, we could be really good. We\u2019ve got to have patience in the way we play.\u201d

The Falcons (8-2, 2-1) next play at Lone Peak on April 21 while the Thunder (7-3, 2-2) will host league-leading Corner Canyon on the same evening.

Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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BYU\u2019s 3-0 sweep of UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Women\u2019s Volleyball Tournament on Thursday was a perfect example of what happens when a plan comes together.

The Cougars logged a season-high 16 blocks in a 26-24, 31-29, 25-17 victory, fighting off a set point in Set 1 and seven \u2014 count \u2018em, seven \u2014 set points in the second before dominating in the third to advance to the Sweet 16 for the eighth time in the past nine seasons.

\u201cIt was really cool,\u201d BYU senior middle blocker Kennedy Eschenberg said. \u201cOur coaching staff had a really good game plan. I thought we executed it really well. We got good touches and that brought a lot of energy. Everyone \u2014 our pins, our middles, our back row \u2014 we were converting on those blocks and that was really huge.\u201d

Eschenberg ruined the Bruins with eight block assists and 11 kills while hitting .421.

\u201cKennedy was a beast,\u201d Cougar coach Heather Olmstead said. \u201cShe got in No.1\u2019s face (Emily Ryan) early and kind of stunned them. And she never stopped.\u201d

BYU (17-1) faces a daunting task in the regional semifinals: Top overall seed and unbeaten Wisconsin. The match was moved to Saturday to accommodate BYU\u2019s no-Sunday-play policy.

The Badgers (16-0) dispatched Weber State in straight sets on Thursday.

\u201cWe\u2019re super grateful to the NCAA for changing up the tournament for us,\u201d Olmstead said. \u201cWe talked about that as a team. We look forward to playing the No. 1 seed and we\u2019re anxious to keep getting better and see how good we can be.\u201d

UCLA led 11-7 in Set 1 and had set point at 24-23. The Cougars scored the next three points \u2014 a Taylen Ballard-Nixon kill, an ace from Abbey Dayton and another Ballard-Nixon score \u2014 to claim the first set 26-24.

BYU trailed by as many as six points in Set 2 but came back to tie it at 24-all on an Eschenberg kill. UCLA had seven set points but the Cougars fought off every one to stay alive. At 29-29, Whitney Bower and Leilani Dodson combined for a block and a 30-29 lead. Dodson and Erin Livingston combined to reject the next Bruins attack for the 31-29 win.

\u201cA couple of things were really important in those set points,\u201d Eschenberg said. \u201cWe were focusing on the moment and on the job we wanted to do. During those big moments, we had energy throughout the game. We had energy on the court, from our coaches and from the bench. It was just amazing and magical.\u201d

Consecutive blocks gave the Cougars a 16-12 lead in Set 3 and it was 20-13 after an ace from Abbey Dayton. At match point, Ballard-Nixon came flying out of the back row for a kill and the match.

Mac May led all hitters with 18 kills for UCLA, but the BYU defense was superb and held the Bruins to a .115 hitting percentage.

\u201cOur coaching staff did an excellent job on scout,\u201d Olmstead said. \u201cDave Hyte and Jonny Neeley were able to put together a plan. Our kids knew it and were comfortable with it. They felt like knew what UCLA was going to do. We got some stops early and they had to think about that. The 16 blocks were incredible, but we had many, many more block touches that were just fabulous. We were able to get transition out of those touches and that got us in some really good spots as well.\u201d

Ballard-Nixon led a balanced Cougar attack with 14 kills and five block assists and Erin Livingston added 12. Dodson served well and contributed seven block assists. Bower finished with 38 assists and 11 digs and libero Madi Allen had 13 digs.

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PROVO \u2014 BYU softball rolled past Southern Utah 8-0 Thursday afternoon at Gail Miller Field for its 12th consecutive win.

BYU tallied four runs in both the second and third innings before the mercy rule was applied in the middle of the fifth inning. The mercy-rule win was BYU\u2019s fifth of the season

Rylee Jensen\u2019s two-RBI double in the bottom of the second frame brought her within one double from tying the all-time program record

HannaJo Peterson launched a two-run homer to right to cap a four-run second inning. The home run was her fifth of the season.

Autumn Moffat-Korth notched four strikeouts and gave up just one hit through four innings on the mound.

The Cougars opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning, notching four runs in the frame. Kaylee Erickson drew a walk and Erin Miklus reached base on a bunt single before both came home on a deep double from Jensen off the top of the center-field wall. Peterson then homered to right to put BYU up 4-0.

In the bottom of the third, the Cougars poured on another four runs to go up 8-0. Epenesa first drove in Oyanguren, pinch-running for Arissa Paulson, with a double to left-center. Erickson reached on an infield single and Miklus was hit by a pitch to load the bases before a Jensen walk brought Martha Epenesa home.

With the bases loaded, Erickson then scored as Peterson reached on a fielder\u2019s choice before Miklus scored from third on a wild pitch to give BYU an 8-0 lead.

BYU returns to action next Wednesday when it will host in-state rival Utah at Gail Miller Field. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m MDT and the contest will be broadcast on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.

Baseball falls at Omaha 2-1

BYU (11-18) got the tying run to third base with one out in the ninth but couldn\u2019t get it across in a 2-1 loss at Nebraska Omaha on Thursday.

Cole Gambill opened the ninth with a double and advance to third on a sacrifice from Hayden Leatham. Pinch hitter Bryan Call struck out and Brock Watkins was thrown out at first on another bunt attempt to end the game.

Cougar starter Easton Walker struck out 10 of the 20 batters he faced in his five innings of work.

Andrew Pintar, Gambill and Watkins had six of the seven BYU hits on the day.

Omaha starter Joey Machado struck out seven and allowed six hits in eight innings to earn the win.

The Mavericks (13-16) pushed across both of their runs in the third inning on four singles and held on for the victory.

The same two teams meet again on Friday at 6 p.m. MT. The finale of the series is Saturday at noon MT.

Lundell finished second in Western Intercollegiate

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. \u2013 Carson Lundell finished in a three-way individual tie at the conclusion of the final round at the 74th Annual Western Intercollegiate, but came up just short on the fourth playoff hole finishing runner-up to Joe Highsmith of Pepperdine.

\u201cLundell played some awesome golf this week,\u201d said head coach Bruce Brockbank. \u201cThis is such a tricky course and he played incredible even though he came up just a little short in the playoff.\u201d

While Lundell held the 36-hole lead heading into the final round, he got off to a rough start with three bogies over the first four holes. The junior from Alpine, Utah recovered over the final 13 holes making three birdies to force a three-way playoff with Highsmith and Puwit Anupansuebsai from San Diego State.

The trio played the first two holes of the playoff at even before an errant tee shoot on the third hole knocked Anupansuebsai out of contention. When Lundell\u2019s 7-foot par putt on the fourth playoff hole slid just by the hole Highsmith tapped in for the win.

Lundell finished the tournament with a three-round total of 5-under 68-66-72\u2014205 and tied for second with Anupansuebsai. He leaves Pasatiempo Golf Course with his third top-3 finish of the season and fourth of his career.

Kelton Hirsch gave the Cougars two top-25 finishers as he tied for 23rd with a three-round score of 6-over 69-73-74\u2014216.

Cole Ponich and David Timmins each recorded 220 for the tournament while Keanu Akina and Max Brenchley finished with 221 and 225, respectively.

As the team the Cougars posted a 54-hole total of 1077, giving BYU its third top-5 finish of the season. No. 7 ranked Pepperdine won the tournament at 1046, while Stanford was second at 1057. No. 23 San Diego State finished third at 1070, with Washington in fourth at 1074 and BYU fifth at 1077. Each of the four teams finishing ahead of the Cougars are ranked in the top-50 nationally.

\u201cI thought the guys did a pretty good job this week,\u201d said Brockbank. \u201cThe second round showed what we\u2019re capable of and gave us some momentum moving forward.\u201d

BYU returns to Provo where it will host the PING Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club on April 23-24.

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PHOENIX \u2014 After playing New Mexico State to a 1-1 double-overtime tie, Utah Valley advanced to Saturday\u2019s WAC Tournament championship match in a penalty kick shootout against the Aggies, 4-3.

\u201cThe first day that I took this job. I explained to the players that I wasn\u2019t going to judge them solely based on results, but I was going to judge them day in and day out on,\u201d said Utah Valley head coach Chris Lemay. \u201cDid they play to their potential? Did they give their all physically and mentally? Today we didn\u2019t do that. There have been games since I\u2019ve been here where we\u2019ve lost and I\u2019ve been very, very proud of the group. Today is not one of those days. We were fortunate to get away with the result, but we certainly didn\u2019t earn it. I\u2019m looking forward to putting out a different product on the field on Saturday.\u201d

Utah Valley opened the game with a goal in the first minute of the match as Nicole Ray sent a pass on the left side of the field to Sadie Brockbank. Brockbank then sent a ball to the front of the goal where Heather Stainbrook fired the ball into the back of the net to give the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead.

New Mexico State scored the equalizer in the 21st minute after Corey Kizer raced down the field and received a long pass from Hannah Leitner dribbled once inside the box and then sent the ball into the goal to tie things up, 1-1.

After playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation, the teams battled through a pair of overtime period without finding the back of the net. The teams were then forced to decide the match in a penalty kick shootout.

Utah Valley goalie Isabel Jones-Dawe picked up a pair of impressive saves against NM State\u2019s first two shooters. The Wolverines took advantage with four made picks by Sydney Bushman, Nicole Olanda, Stainbrook, and Cassidy McCormick to win the shootout and secure the team a spot in Saturday\u2019s tournament championship match.

Utah Valley outshot NM State 24-11 on the day, including a 12-6 advantage on goal. Stainbrook and Brockbank led UVU with six shots apiece, including three each on frame. London Miller had five shots with one on net, while Amber Tripp had three shots, all on goal.

Jones-Dawe tallied five saves in the box in 110 minutes of action before coming through with a pair of big saves in the shootout.

Utah Valley now moves on to the tournament championship match on Saturday against the winner of tonight\u2019s match between No. 2 Seattle U and No. 3 Grand Canyon. Saturday\u2019s match will kickoff at 3 p.m. MDT and will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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The Maple Mountain boys soccer team hadn\u2019t forgotten how Salem Hills came to their field and handed them a disheartening 3-1 defeat on March 16.

Thursday afternoon, the Golden Eagles turned the tables and returned the favor.

The determined Maple Mountain players performed at a high level on both ends of the field, seizing control early and never letting the Skyhawks rally as the Golden Eagles secured the 4-1 victory.

\u201cThis was a big game for us,\u201d Maple Mountain head coach Lawrence Cullum said. \u201cThey were in front of us (in the standings) and they did beat us at our place in the first game of the season. That was a tough one to take, so we came out here ready to play. Winning is a great way to start the second half of our region play. We\u2019re hoping we can keep that motivation going.\u201d

It was impossible to ignore the contributions of senior Seth Krommenhoek, who was all over the field and made key plays on offense and defense.

\u201cSeth is truly a center back,\u201d Cullum said. \u201cWe moved him up to a forward position just because he gives us that stability up there. He allows us to set our pressure up top. It\u2019s a new position for him but he\u2019s excelling at it because he knows how to play. He\u2019s figuring out that position so as the next few games come up, he\u2019s going to be stronger and stronger. He definitely is getting everybody on his team involved.\u201d

Krommenhoek said he felt like the Golden Eagles put together the type of game they are capable of playing.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been working really hard at practice lately and bonding as a team,\u201d Krommenhoek said. \u201cIt really came out on the field today. We were running for each other, moving off the ball, and we were not afraid to push them around. I think that physicality gave us the edge today.\u201d

He started things off by getting free behind the Salem Hills defense and finishing a one-on-one opportunity just five minutes into the game.

\u201cThat was huge, right scoring right from the start,\u201d Krommenhoek said. \u201cIt\u2019s such a momentum shift. I\u2019ve been on the other side of it and it is so degrading on a team when you can score early. Being able to do that, to prove ourselves that we were in this game, that was really good for our team.\u201d

Although Maple Mountain created a number of shots, that was all the points the visitors could muster in the first half. The Golden Eagle defense, however, did a great job limiting the Salem Hills attack and forcing the Skyhawks to take a lot of long shots that weren\u2019t on frame.

In the second half, though, Maple Mountain broke the game wide open.

Krommenhoek alertly fired a long throw-in on a counterattack opportunity and the ball rolled to where junior midfielder Benny West was charging in. He hit the back of the net to double the Golden Eagle advantage.

Krommenhoek then got fouled in the penalty box and senior midfielder Addison Allen made the penalty kick. That was followed by a great pass from West to Krommenhoek for the fourth and final Maple Mountain goal.

Salem Hills got on the board when senior Brayden Thurgood weaved through multiple Golden Eagle defenders and got the ball across the line, but that was all the Skyhawks could manage.

The home team took advantage and created a number of opportunities during a stretch when Maple Mountain got focused on officiating decisions they didn\u2019t agree. Krommenhoek said the Golden Eagles finally realized how much the distraction was dragging them down.

\u201cIt\u2019s really hard when you start disagreeing with refs,\u201d Krommenhoek said. \u201cI still struggle with it but I\u2019ve noticed that when you start getting mad at a ref, it gets worse. I just hit a point where I caught myself getting mad at the ref too much. We just came together as a team and decided we weren\u2019t going to talk to the ref anymore. I think that helped us get in the right mindset.\u201d

Cullum said he feels like his squad has bounced back from some early injuries and now is showing just how good it can be.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been growing and growing and getting stronger and stronger,\u201d Cullum said. \u201cYou get a performance like this and this is what we want. We want to ascend so when state comes around, we\u2019re ready. I said to the team that if they keep giving us effort like this, I don\u2019t care who\u2019s on the other side of the field. It\u2019s going to be a game, and we\u2019re going to we\u2019re going to be able to give as good as we get.\u201d

Maple Mountain (6-3, 5-3) will look to keep rolling when it plays at Springville at 4 p.m. Tuesday while Salem Hils (5-5, 5-3) next plays at Provo on the same day at 7 p.m.

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