Five new PR's at Weber State Twilight

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OGDEN, Utah – Five BYU athletes set new personal records Wednesday and Thursday at the Weber State Twilight Meet.

“This meet was a nice opportunity for many of our student-athletes to continue to get ready for the upcoming regional meet,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “A number of our sprinters and throwers actually have two meets this week. At the conclusion of the Weber State Twilight, many of them will be heading to Los Angeles for the Occidental meet on Saturday.”

Rucker and No. 26 Cougars claim 9-5 victory at Pepperdine

Mike Rucker improved to 10-0 with a 2.58 earned run average now after helping No. 26 BYU to a 9-5 win at Pepperdine on Thursday. (Photo by BYU Photo)

MALIBU, California (May 5, 2016)—Michael Rucker kept his record unblemished at 10-0 as he helped No. 26 BYU baseball to a 9-5 win at Pepperdine on Thursday.

The Cougars improved to 31-11 and just as important to 13-6 to remain in first place in the West Coast Conference.

One of Rucker’s shining moments came in the fourth inning. The junior right-hander walked the first two Waves in that frame before registering the his second of five strikeouts in the game on three straight pitches.

Sander leads No. 1 BYU past No. 4 Long Beach in four

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Brenden Sander led No. 1 seed BYU men's volleyball past No. 4 seed Long Beach State in four sets (25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18) Thursday night at Penn State's Rec Hall to advance to the national championship match.

Nabieva receives WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention

PROVO, Utah – After completing her first season at BYU, junior Natella Nabieva earned 2015-16 West Coast Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention, the league announced Thursday.

Nabieva, from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is a pre-management student and maintains a 3.55 GPA. In her first season for the Cougars, Nabieva earned a 9-11 singles record, playing mostly at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, and a 5-12 doubles record.

BYU prepares for Long Beach State

Men's Volleyball Blog | May 04, 2016 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 8:11 pm | Updated: May 5, 2016 2:06 pm | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball took to Rec Hall for its first practice at the foreign Penn State gym Wednesday morning. Following an intense hour and a half practice, Ben Patch, Brenden Sander, Jake Langlois and head coach Shawn Olmstead participated in a press conference for the media.

Hatch wins Elite 90 award for NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior middle blocker Michael Hatch was honored with the Elite 90 award for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball Championship, the association announced Wednesday.

Gray drafted fifth; to play internationally for Kixx

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Former BYU women's volleyball outside hitter Alexa Gray has been selected fifth in the KOVO Korean Volleyball draft and will play with GS Caltex Seoul Kixx.

Following an intensive try-out session from April 27-29, Gray was one of just six players drafted into the league out of 24 participants. She will play with Kixx from August 2016 to March 2017, with a contract renewal possible for an additional season.

BYU hosts Santa Clara for final home series this weekend

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PROVO, Utah – Looking to bounce back after a loss, BYU softball hosts West Coast Conference opponent Santa Clara for the final home series of the season this weekend.

BYU (30-18, 7-2 WCC) dropped its first game since April 9 in a 6-5 loss at Southern Utah on Tuesday. The Cougars are in first place after winning the last two conference series in sweeps, resulting in back-to-back WCC Player of the Week honors for BYU with Ashley Thompson and Lauren Bell each winning one.

Pre-match press conference quotes

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Below is a transcript of an NCAA pre-match press conference as BYU men's volleyball prepares to take on Long Beach State in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. EDT. The match will be streamed live on the NCAA.com website.

Shawn Olmstead | Head Coach

Opening Statement

No. 26 BYU comes up with too little too late in close one to UVU

Centerfielder Brennon Lund had two hits and scored two runs in the 11-inning loss to UVU. (Photo by Todd F. Wakefield/BYU)

PROVO, Utah — No. 26 BYU baseball’s 11th-inning rally was cut short as it fell 7-6 to Utah Valley Tuesday night at Miller Park.

"It was kind of a war of attrition. We were down to our last guys. You have to tip your hat to Utah Valley," BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. "They were down a couple of runs in the late innings away from home, and they found a way to get it done. I don't think we pitched particularly well tonight and they made plays. They got key hits and beat us tonight."