It's a rare opportunity for a school to have one of its athletic teams playing for a national championship, much less three of them. But that is exactly what will happen for BYU tomorrow as the Cougars' men's volleyball, men's rugby, and women's rugby will compete for national championships in their respective matches.
Here's more on each event:
BYU Men's Volleyball
UPDATE: Ohio State sweeps BYU 3-0 (32-30, 25-23, 25-17)
When: 6 pm MDT (on ESPN2)
Where: Penn State (Rec Hall)
The top-ranked Cougars will face second-ranked Ohio State and AVCA National Player of The Year Nicolas Szerszen on Saturday night.
To get to the championship game BYU dispatched Long Beach State behind an impressive performance from Brendan Sander, who is the younger brother of former BYU Volleyball star Taylor (who is currently on the U.S. national team). Brendan had 14 kills on 24 error-free swings.
BYU (27-3) will make its sixth appearance in the finals, seeking its fourth title. The Cougars also won titles in 1999, 2001, & 2004.
To bring home their fourth championship the Cougars will have to go through a tough Ohio State Buckeyes squad (30-3), that has won 22 straight matches and are in the finals for the second time after winning their first title back in 2011.
BYU men's rugby
UPDATE: Cal defeats BYU 40-29 to end BYU's 4 year run as national champions
When: 2 pm MDT (on NBCSN)
Where: Provo, Utah (BYU's South Field)
BYU's men's rugby team seeks its fifth consecutive title on Saturday. They face a very familiar foe in the Cal Bears, the same team they have beaten in the title match the past three seasons. Many wondered how BYU would replace Johnny Linehan who played a key role on BYU's last three championship teams, but decided not to play this year and focus his efforts on punting for the football team. The Cougars didn't seem to miss a beat as multiple players stepped up to fill the void and BYU cruised to a 22-0 record. The Cougars have only lost one match in the last four years and have never lost a match at South Field.
BYU women's rugby
UPDATE: Penn State defeats BYU 15-5
When: 2 pm MDT (on The Rugby Channel)
Where: Moraga, California (Saint Mary's College)
The women's rugby team also competes for a national championship at 2 p.m. MDT. They will face perennial power Penn State in California (Saint Mary's College). The BYU women have only been officially recognized as an extramural sport for The University for eight months now and are making their first championship appearance. They are lead by senior Jordan Gray (sister of former women's volleyball star Alexa Gray), Jessie Beck, and Rebekah Hebdon.
Broadcast live on: http://www.therugbychannel.tv/