Seven teams had games, meets, or matches for BYU Athletics over the weekend, and the Cougars walked away with wins nine of their eleven competitions.
After one of the strongest ever showings for BYU Athletics in their fall sports, the winter sports have started off just as hot.
In the second week of full activity in the winter sports, the Cougars played eleven total matches, meets, or games from Thursday through Saturday, and they came out on top in nine of them.
Here’s how each team fared over the weekend:
BYU’s two-game road trip was a mixed bag last week. The Cougars played arguably their best road game of the season on Thursday, beating Pepperdine 87-76 behind a career high 34 points from TJ Haws.
Saturday’s matchup at San Francisco was a nightmare, though, as the Dons used a 16-0 run in the first half to build a huge lead and keep their distance in a 82-63 Cougar loss.
On Thursday the Cougars pulled off their biggest win of the season, holding off No. 13 Gonzaga 70-68 to establish a firm hold at the top of the West Coast Conference Standings.
The emotional high from the big win carried over to Saturday in a bad way, though, as the Cougars came out flat against Portland, trailing by as many as many as 16 points in the first half. But BYU finished the game on a 19-3 run to win it 79-71 and extend their winning streak to 10 games.
It was a wild 18 hours for BYU Men’s Volleyball. The Cougars headed out on the road for a Friday night match with Penn State, and BYU escaped with the five-set win.
Then their Saturday night match with St. Francis was moved up to the morning due to weather, so the Cougars geared up for their second match in 16 hours. Fortunately the two schools are only about an hour apart, and BYU won their second match of the weekend in straight sets.
Gabi Garcia Fernandez led the Cougars with 27 kills in their Friday win, while freshman Davide Gardini paced them on Saturday with 11.
After recording their highest opening-meet score in program history against Utah, the Cougars came back down to earth at Utah State on Friday night. They still managed to beat the Aggies, but only scored 194.575 points, nearly two full points worse than the previous week.
BYU returns home this Friday for a second straight meet with Utah State.
The Cougars stayed unbeaten on the season with a 4-2 win at Florida Atlantic on Saturday. The team adjusted to the change in altitude and temperature, winning both doubles matches and three out of five singles points.
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In their first team match of the season, BYU Women’s Tennis took care of Weber State 5-2 at home. The Cougars won both doubles matches, and managed victories in four of the six singles points.
Track & Field
Friday’s Air Force Team Challenge marked the first scored meet for both the men and women, and both performed well. The men won their side of the four-team meet with 163 points, nearly 40 more than second-place Air Force.
On the women’s side the Cougars came up just short of the win, scoring 111 points and falling by 16.5 points to Colorado State.