Cougar women finish ranked No. 18 in Coaches’ Poll

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PROVO, Utah— After its impressive run in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships, BYU women’s basketball finished ranked No. 18 nationally in the final USA Today Sports Division I Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

The Cougars had been receiving votes in the weekly poll since January when they had a 13-2 record. Entering the NCAA tournament, BYU was five spots out of the Top 25 with 27 votes.


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Blue Cougars shut out red Cougars, 3-0

Brennon Lund extended his hitting streak to eight games and stole a base in a 3-0 win over Washington State in Pasco. (Photo by BYU Photo/Todd Wakefield)

PASCO, Wash. – Pitchers and a pair of seniors led BYU to its first-ever victory over Washington State in the Evergreen State, 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Before 3,360 fans, the blue Cougars (13-21) defeated the red Cougars (15-14) at Gesa Stadium, home of the single A Tri-City Dust Devils, instead of playing at Wazzu’s home campus at Pullman. BYU had never beaten WSU in six previous games in the state of Washington.

BYU records 16th no-hitter in program history

Tori Almond started the Cougars off right in the circles striking out three over two innings. (Photo by Todd Wakefield/BYU Photo)

OREM, Utah – A strong all-around effort and the combined pitching of Tori Almond, McKenna Bull and Ashley Thompson gave BYU softball its 16th no-hitter in program history in a 9-0 victory over Utah Valley on Tuesday.

No. 3 BYU finishes regular season in California

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PROVO, Utah—No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball finishes the regular season on the road at No. 5 UC Santa Barbara and No. 10 UCLA Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. PDT.

BYU (18-6, 18-4 MPSF) hosted both opponents two weeks ago, taking down the Gauchos (15-8, 14-8 MPSF) in five sets and the Bruins (16-10, 13-9 MPSF) in four. The Cougars need one more win in conference play to secure the outright Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title.

Hamson to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jennifer Hamson has been selected to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team this summer in Minneapolis.

In conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, the program will run from June 22 to July 1. Hamson is one of 36 collegiate volleyball players from around the country selected to participate.

Broderick wins second straight WCC Player of the Week

Broderick had two game-winning hits last week. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Freshman catcher Sydney Broderick was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for the second week in a row.

Broderick came through in the clutch when the Cougars needed it and joins teammate Katie Manuma as the only player to receive two WCC weekly honors this season. Broderick recorded a walk-off bunt single on Tuesday against Utah State and then tallied the go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the seventh in the series finale at San Diego.

Battles with Top 25 teams

Catcher Jarrett Jarvis had the game-winning RBI in BYU's two victories last week vs. Pacific. (Photo by BYU Photo/Todd Wakefield)

Games at No. 24 Pepperdine and No. 14 UC Santa Barbara highlight the next week of baseball for BYU, but first the Cougars play at Washington State on Tuesday.

The WSU Cougars (15-13, 6-3 in the Pac-12) have also been nationally ranked this season, but are not currently in the top 25.  BYU (12-21, 4-8 in West Coast Conference) plays that Tuesday night contest away from the WSU campus in a special game at Pasco, Wash., at 6:30 PDT.

BYU ranked No. 19 in Directors' Cup standings

PROVO, Utah — Midway through the winter sports season, BYU is ranked No. 19 nationally in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings with a score of 316.50.

All five fall sports teams — men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and football — and men's indoor track and field contributed to the score, with three teams finishing in the top 20 in the country.

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