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BYU Olympic Sports: Hockey beats Utah State, wins Wasatch Cup

It was a rough week for BYU Olympic sports, but the hockey and men’s tennis teams both got wins against in-state rivals.

BYU Hockey

BYU hockey participated in the Wasatch Cup, hosted by Weber State. The tournament had four teams, including BYU, Weber State, Utah State, and Utah Valley.

The Cougars first played on Friday against UVU, and dismantled the Wolverines by a score of 11-3. It marked the Cougars fourth win over the Wolverines this season. Alex Barrus recorded a hat-trick for the Cougars.

On Saturday, the Cougars met the Utah State Aggies for their fifth match-up of the season, this time for the Wasatch Cup Championship. The Cougars went up 2-0 in the first period, before scoring a third in the second period to put the Cougars up 3-0. The Aggies would score two quick goals in the second period, before the Cougars would extend their lead to 4-2, and eventually win 5-3. The win gave the Cougars their first Wasatch Cup Title, and the Cougars are now 4-1 against the Aggies on the season, including three straight.

BYU hosts UVU at Peaks Ice Arena on Thursday at 7 pm.

BYU Women’s Basketball

The Cougars broke the Top 25 this week at No. 25 and traveled to Southern California to face Loyola Marymount on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday. Unfortunately, the newly ranked Cougars dropped both games, losing their hold on first in the conference standings. It also ended the Cougars win streak at 11 straight.

The Cougars are now 17-5 overall and 9-2 in conference. The Cougars host Saint Mary’s and Pacific on Thursday and Saturday this week at the Marriott Center.

Men’s Volleyball

Volleyball played their first games in two weeks at UC Santa Barbara on Friday and Saturday, and were swept in both. The Cougars are now 4-2 on the season. The Cougars will play at Pepperdine on Wednesday and at UCLA on Saturday.

Men’s Tennis

BYU men’s tennis team played against Utah State on Thursday evening and came away with a 4-3 victory. The Cougars improve to 5-2 after the win against the Aggies, and won all three in-state match-ups on the season.

Women’s Tennis

Women’s tennis lost to University of Denver on Saturday by a score of 5-2. The Cougars are now 1-1, and host Boise State and New Mexico this weekend.

Men’s Golf

Men’s Golf competed in the Arizona Invitational in Tucson on Monday and Tuesday and finished 9th of 16 teams that competed. The Cougars were led by Carson Lundell, who played a five under 208.

Dive

The men’s and women’s dive teams competed in the Air Force Invite and both came out on top. The men scored 114 in the event while the women scored 69 for a total of 183 overall. Second-place Utah was 63 points behind the Cougars in the event.

Gymnastics

Gymnastics competed in a three-team competition with Cal and Arizona State in Berkeley on Saturday. The Cougars took third of three in the competition, but Shannon Evans scored a career high 39.475 in the all-around.

The Cougars next travel to Colorado Springs for a meet with Air Force, Springfield, and Seattle Pacific.