Cougar Fall Sports Off To A Hot Start

Lindsy Hartsock was named the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week Sept. 27, 2005 (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Several BYU programs are off to a hot start this fall with four teams -- soccer, cross country, golf and women's volleyball -- climbing the national rankings.

Soccer is off to a great start with a 9-0-1 record. The Cougars are No. 5 regionally and No. 12 nationally. Five athletes have been named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week in the first five weeks of the season. Players being honored include freshman forward Jessica Aquino (Sept. 6, 2005); senior forward Jaime Rendich Beck and defender Jessica Harmon (Sept. 19, 2005); sophomore midfielder Natalie Nate and sophomore goalkeeper Erika Woodbury (Sept. 26, 2005).

The men's and women's cross country teams are both in the top 10 nationally, with the men ranked No. 4 and the women tied for sixth. The men were victorious at the Griak Invitational (Sept. 24, 2005), and the women recorded a perfect score at the Big Wave Invitational in Honolulu (Sept. 17, 2005). Among these successes, sophomore Dustin Bybee was selected as the Mountain West Conference men's cross country athlete of the week (Sept. 14, 2005).

The men's golf team is currently ranked No. 7 in the GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll. The golf team opened the fall season with a second-place finish at the William H. Tucker Invitational (Sept. 17, 2005). The Cougars enter the fall coming off a No. 4 finish at the NCAA Championship last June -- the best national showing in 19 years.

The women's golf team opened the season by winning the program's first tournament since 2000 at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore., (Sept. 14, 2005). BYU held on to a six-stroke lead after a record-setting second round to claim the Oregon State Women's Invitational, finishing three strokes ahead of Oregon.

Riding a nine-match winning streak, No. 20 women's volleyball team is off to its best start since 1987. The Cougars have received three MWC Player of the Week honors and one National Player of the Week award. In addition to two MWC honors, junior middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock was named the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week after a career weekend to open up conference play (Sept. 27, 2005). Sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Goodman also earned MWC Player of the Week (Sept. 12, 2005).

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