Author: Kevin Olsen

The Wolverines sweep Weber State in UVU’s first home game.

It’s good to be home. The women’s volleyball team can’t deny that. The MAWL club, fans and family made a large, and loud, presence in Tuesday night’s home opener. This is what the team as been longing for ever since their Green and White game back in August and to end the night, the Wolverines swept Weber State University in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-17) match. “It was really nice to be able to see some of these girls that were struggling early to be able to have a good match at home,” head coach Sam Atoa said. “And for them to have the confidence that they can play this game.” UVU tried to find their groove during the first set which ended in a close 25-20 result. The groove was quickly found in the second set which appeared to be a nice combination of kills from Utah Valley along with errors from Weber State. The Wildcats lost the second set by mostly errors as they only had six kills along with 11 errors.  Bailey Farris led Utah Valley with four kills in the second set. Farris also had a service ace along with Erica Nish in the second set. Atoa expressed his emotions towards Nish’s success Tuesday night after coming back from her knee injury that happened last season and has kept her from most games this season. “It is...

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Sports Tracks

There were approximately 5,000 individuals present when the Utah Valley baseball team hosted the University of Utah back in May. At first glance, that seems like a good number, especially when it was the second largest crowd that Brent Brown Stadium has seen during a UVU game. But consider the fact that we were playing our neighbors who have die-hard fans willing to travel to Orem from Salt Lake City. The number of UVU fans was still too small, and my plea is that more of our students attend athletic events. Let me make one thing clear: I am not writing this with intent to shed negativity on our student body here at UVU. Something that is noteworthy, however, is the fact that we just don’t have die-hard fans. That is understandable. Just yesterday, in fact, my philosophy teacher Ben Rankin discussed with the class that statistically, UVU students work more hours a week and have larger commitments outside of school than any other university in the state. UVU is a commuter school, and for a lot of students, that is what attracted them here in the first place. UVU is also new to the sports world in comparison to our neighbors, BYU and Utah. Most of our student body grew up as Cougar fans and Ute fans, which was easy to do when the option of being a...

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Utah State University downs Utah Valley in Sunday afternoon match.

Coming off the road the Utah Valley women’s soccer team had a win and a loss under their belt along with a season opener win at home against UTEP. UVU came back home again on Sunday afternoon for a match against in-state rival Utah State where the Wolverines fell to the Aggies 1-2 in overtime. “Utah State, they’re a very good team and we knew they would be a tough team here,” said head coach Brent Anderson. “They just came off a loss and we knew they would be very motivated.” Within the first 10 minutes of the game Utah Valley appeared to control the ball and limit the Aggies from overtaking their territory. Utah Valley also showed strong defense at first as  Utah State’s Jade Tarver possessed the ball and had a clean look at the goal at one point but UVU’s Lexi Dunn defense allowed a turnover in the Wolverines favor. Utah Valley slowly started to lose the rythem in the first half allowing Tarver to score the first goal of the game in the right corner past goalkeeper Jessica Duffin who played the full 95 minutes. The goal was off an assist from Kendra Pemberton at the 27 minute mark. “I think the first half we didn’t play particularly well,” said Anderson. “We didn’t have much of a rhythm.” Throughout the rest of the first half,...

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Spiking another strong season

The women’s volleyball team played in their Green & White match Tuesday night in front of their fans in the Activity Center. The pre-season match allowed head coach Sam Atoa and company a chance to analyze their game play after losing a few experienced seniors from last season. The 2011-12 season was successful overall for the Wolverines. The team won 23 games on the season, beating their previous record of 21 total wins. They accomplished that goal along with winning their first ever Great West Conference Championship. To top it all off, the team averaged a 3.30 cumulative GPA...

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