Author: Matt Petersen

UVU Top 10: Dominating runs. Signature wins. Championships.

Here’s a look at the top 10 NCAA stories from the 2011-12 sports season at UVU.   10. Stellar start In 2010-11, the softball team won 20 games.   The 2011-12 version reached that mark at roughly the midway point this season, making for the best start in program history.     9. Cinderella in Chicago The women’s hoops team entered the Great West Conference Tournament in Chicago with a middling 5-5 conference record. The third-seeded Wolverines then qualified for the championship game by knocking off New Jersey Institute of Technology with one of its best games of the season, led by sixth man senior Jenna Johnson (18 points) and Erika Newbold (11 points, eight rebounds). Both Johnson and Newbold are graduating this year.   8. It’s in the blood Wolverines golfer Mason Casper had the best fall season of his career, cracking the nation’s top-10 in scoring average while notching four top-10 finishes in NCAA invitationals.   The son of PGA legend Billy Casper, Mason was far from the only weapon on the men’s golf team. The Wolverines logged three top-two finishes in the fall and have continued to contend in the spring with Michael Dart, Joey Olson, Brayden Eriksen and Stratton Schulz all turning in career performances.   7. Comeback over ‘Cuse Playing its fourth match in three days, Utah Valley’s volleyball team looked dead in the...

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Apology in advance to Wolverine spring sports

Nothing is worse than a story that cuts off just as it’s getting good. Unfortunately for UVU spring sports, it’s a yearly occurrence when it comes to their coverage from the UVU REVIEW.   Next week is the publication’s graduation issue, and after that there’s roughly a month-and-a-half layoff before summer issues are produced and printed by a new staff. Even online coverage, which until now has filled the gaps and covered games between print editions, falters a considerable degree.   Spring sports are the biggest losers in this lack of timeliness. Conference play has hardly begun. Team identities and individual stars have just begun to come to light. Worst of all, the conference tournaments take place during the aforementioned dead period, making for a startling silence during their loudest part of the season.   Editor-in-chief elect Jonathan Boldt has already expressed desires to ensure online coverage during the conference tournaments of baseball and softball, both of which are hosted by UVU in late May.   This isn’t an effort to put Boldt on the spot as much as an attempt to tell spring sports that yes, we’re aware of what you’re doing. Frankly it’s impossible to simply stop noticing. Baseball is in the midst of an 11-game winning streak. Softball continues its best start in program history. Track & field continues to dominate the Great West Conference.  ...

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UVU baseball pulls off “greatest victory” over No. 4 Arizona

With two outs in the top of the ninth, 2,014 strong stood up as UVU was on the brink of pulling a huge upset against the No. 4 team in the nation, Arizona. It was not easy to get to that point.   Goose Kallunki started the scoring in the game with a solo homerun in the bottom of the second. It was his third in the season and 20th RBI. Arizona gets one back in the top of the sixth inning but it by the bottom of the same inning, UVU was up by one again with Billy Burgess’ RBI double.   Jeremy Gendlek was the story on the mound as he went seven very strong innings, only giving up two runs and four hits. Head coach Eric Madsen couldn’t say enough about the performance.   “It was outstanding,” Madsen said. “For a guy to beat two ranked teams in one season as a starting pitcher is unbelievable. He pitched the same here as he did down in Arizona State. Awesome to see that happen for him. He held a club that’s hitting .327 at bay.”   The Wolverines scratched across three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 5-1 going into the eighth inning. After allowing the first batter to get on base, Jeremy Glendlek was relieved and received a standing ovation...

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UVU women’s lacrosse edges Utah State

Whether it was the warm sun and the hint of spring in the air, or the fact that this was their first home game, the UVU women’s cacrosse team definitely brought their A-game as they defeated Utah State 14-12 on Saturday.   Within the first few minutes of the game, both teams had scored and the pace was set – fast and competitive. As soon as one team scored, the other was eager to retaliate and the lead bounced back and forth between the two teams for the entire game.   By the end of the first half Utah State was ahead by one point, but the UVU players and UVU head coach, David Williams, were determined to win.   “Our strategy was to win, and start playing as a team,” Williams said.   According to UVU attackman Nikki Ballou, who was the team’s top scorer with four goals, one of the main focuses coming into this game was their transitions – the series of passes between players.   “Our transitions were amazing this game. They were really smooth,” Ballou said.   One transition toward the end of the game between Ballou and fellow teammate Christy Jones seemed to be the favorite for both the players and the fans. Jones passed the ball quickly and accurately to Ballou who scooped it out of the sky and sent it whizzing...

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Wolverines complete series sweep of Southern Utah

The Utah Valley University baseball team completed it’s second three-game series sweep against Southern Utah University this year on Saturday afternoon. This will be the last time that UVU baseball hosts SUU, as the Thunderbirds are shutting down their program after the season.   “It’s good to be able to win all of the games we played against them and do our job,” Goose Kallunki said. “They’re a dangerous team because they have a lot of energy and can come back and win at any time. To be able to beat them six times this year is really nice.”   The Wolverines got big-time production from their offense, winning 15-2. The Wolverines’ bats got going early as they jumped out to a 2-0 after the first inning and never looked back. Southern Utah seemed to hang around until Kallunki hit a towering home run that easily cleared the left-field fence.   “They were in the game and then he turned it around instantly with that swing.” UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. “It’s good for him to start hitting the ball with some power. It’s good to see him do that, we need that out of him.”   The Wolverines were also helped by left fielder Sean Moysh, who batted 5-of-6 in the game and scored three runs, which tied him with Billy Burgess for the game-high.   “I...

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