It was a full weekend slate for BYU Athletics, as 10 Cougar squads saw action in 14 matches, winning nine of their contests.
While the dominating fall season is now finished for BYU Athletics, the winter sports have all begun. This last weekend saw a myriad of Cougar teams compete, some for the first time this season.
Let’s take a look at how all of the teams fared:
The Cougars finally returned to the Marriott Center this week for the first time in a month for two games, and they finally found themselves back in the win column.
BYU beat Portland easily on Thursday night, running away with the game 79-56. They couldn’t break away from Santa Clara the same way on Saturday night, but held on to beat the Broncos 80-74.
The team now sits at 11-8, and they’re in second place in the WCC with a 3-1 conference mark.
While the men were at home the women’s team headed out for two games, and both were close wins for the Cougars. On Thursday they took down Pacific 77-74, then edged St. Mary’s 74-73 on Saturday.
BYU is 14-3 on the season, and they sit in first place in the conference at 6-0, a half-game ahead of No. 14 Gonzaga.
The Cougars tipped off their season with a duo of Top 15 opponents. Hosting No. 7 Ohio State on Thursday, followed by No. 14 Ball State on Saturday. BYU looked good in both matches, winning both in straight sets.
Sophomore Gabi Garcia Fernandez led BYU in kills in both matches, finishing with 31 combined 31 over the weekend.
BYU started off their season with a match against rival Utah, and while they fell to the Utes they finished with their best ever score (196.475) in an opening meet.
Junior Shannon Evans led the Cougars in the all-around with a score of 39.400.
The Cougars hosted a pair of in-state meets over the weekend. On Friday BYU took down Weber State 6-1, then beat rival Utah 4-0 on Saturday.
While the Cougars didn’t face off in a team meet, they took part in the Metroplex Mania in Dallas, facing off in individual matches with various schools.
The final matches will happen on Monday, but between Friday and Saturday BYU went 3-4 in doubles matches and 7-9 in singles matches.
Track and Field
Both the men and women took part in the BYU Indoor Invite, a tune-up for the indoor track season, competing with runners from Utah Valley, Westminster College, and a good number of runners with no college affiliation.
Of the 44 events that BYU competed in, they won 23 of them.
Swimming and Diving
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In their final home meets of the season, both the men and women’s teams hosted Grand Canyon. The men were missing two major divers (Nathan Gonzales and Morgan Cooper) and lost to the Antelopes 169-130.
On the flip side, the women took down Grand Canyon 170-101. Both teams will head north to take on Utah on the 26th.
Deseret First Duel
With BYU’s loss to Utah in Gymnastics and win in Men’s Tennis, the Cougars lead the Utes in the Deseret First Duel 12-11. Swimming and Diving will be the next chance for points in two weeks.