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BYU/UVU roundup: Cougar women’s volleyball sweeps Wolverines

By Staff | Sep 19, 2021


BYU's Maddie Allen (in white) and Gretchen Reinert celebrate winning the BYU Invitational with a sweep of Michigan State at the Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. (BYU Courtesy Photo)

No. 15 BYU women’s volleyball swept Utah Valley University on Saturday in the Lockhart Area (25-16, 25-18, 25-20), moving to an 18-0 record over the Wolverines all-time.

The win brings BYU’s record to 10-1 on the season. The Cougars managed 48 kills and a .367 hitting percentage compared to UVU’s 32 kills and .163 clip. Defensively, BYU had 43 digs and four blocks.

Opposite hitter Kenzie Koerber led the Cougars with 18 kills and eight digs. Junior setter Whitney Bower tied her season-high of four kills and boasted an .800 clip.

Next week, BYU will host Pacific in the Smith Fieldhouse in a West Coast Conference matchup on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. MDT.

Cougar women’s soccer loses in OT

No. 18 BYU women’s soccer moved to 5-3-1 on the season with a 2-1 loss to Utah State in extra minutes at South Field on Saturday night.

It’s the first time the Aggies have ever beaten the Cougars. Utah State was 0-13 against BYU until Saturday night dating back to 1996.

“We created a lot of opportunities to score,” said Jen Rockwood, BYU head coach. “They came out, they had a couple opportunities and made the most of them. We had the ball most of the game and couldn’t find ways to score.”

In the 99th minute, Utah State’s Tenzi Knowles blasted a shot into the back of the net, bringing the score to 2-1 and securing an Aggie win. The game-winning goal was the first of Tenzi Knowles’ Aggie career.

The Cougars took 30 shots in the game, compared with Utah State’s six. Mikayla Colohan led with 12 shots, with five on target. Cameron Tucker followed with five shots.

BYU will head into a bye-week, so its next game won’t be until October 2 as the Cougars face Gonzaga on the road at Luger Field. The game will take place at 7 p.m. PDT and will be available on the BYU Sports Network — BYU Radio 107.9 FM/BYU Cougars App.

Wolverine women’s soccer plays at Alabama

The Utah Valley University women’s soccer team wrapped up non-conference play with a 3-0 road loss to Alabama on Sunday evening at Alabama Soccer Stadium.

The Wolverines finish non-league play with a 5-4-0 record and now open WAC play on Thursday at home against Grand Canyon.

“I thought we put together some really good sequences, but unfortunately there were times we didn’t do as well,” said Utah Valley head coach Chris Lemay. “We are now going to focus all of our energy on getting recovered and starting WAC play at 0-0. We now get to reset. We certainly got what we wanted out of the non-conference segment of the schedule. We challenged ourselves and we learned a lot. We’ve identified areas where we need to improve and that’s what we’re going to focus on.”

UVU cross country comes in third, sixth at Oklahoma State meet

The Utah Valley University women’s cross country team posted a third-place finish out of a stacked 15-team field while the men placed sixth out of 16 teams at the renowned OSU Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday morning in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Returning NCAA qualifiers Maddie Bench Empey and Britain Reynolds paced the Wolverine women and men on the day. The senior Bench Empey led the women’s squad with an 11th place finish by covering the 6K course in a blazing time of 21:20.9, while the junior Reynolds finished 31st to lead the men with an 8K time of 24:34.0.

“We ran pretty well today. There was some big-time competition here with some ranked teams, All-Americans and returning National Champions, but our men and women came here and went toe-to-toe with them and competed very well,” head UVU coach Scott Houle said. “Britain and Max Mahon ran strong for our men’s team while Maddie Empey ran an impressive race to finish 11th, which is a great feat at a meet like this. Overall, I’m really excited with how our women ran to finish third and beat some very strong teams. I’m also proud of Mazzie Melaney and our freshman Caila Odekirk and all of our girls for having solid races to round out our team score. I feel that we accomplished just what we came here to do and I’m looking forward to our next meet.”



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