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Utah Non-Revenue Sport Update

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This week's look at Utah's non-Revenue athletic programs.

The Utah women’s soccer team (3-4-3, 0-1-0) head to the Beaver state this weekend for their first conference road trip of the season. The Utes will travel to Corvallis first to take on the Oregon State Beavers (4-2-3, 0-1-0) on Friday at 5 pm MT, which will air live on Pac-12 Network. On Sunday The Utes will be in Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks (3-6-0, 0-1-0) at 2pm MT. The game will be aired on Pac-12 Mountain and Pac-12 Oregon regional networks. This will be a chance for the struggling Utes to get some momentum going, as they have traditionally fared well against the Oregon schools (3-3-0 against Oregon State and 7-2-1 against Oregon).


Utah volleyball will join the soccer program in Oregon this weekend. On Firday at 7pm MT, the Utes (7-6, 1-1) will meet the lowly Beavers (2-10, 0-2) at Gill Collesium in Corvallis. The match will be aired live on Pac-12 Network. Oregon State actually lead the series 9-5 and won in their last matchup 3-2 last September. On Saturday the volleyball takes the short trip down to Eugene to close out a three game road trip against the Ducks (7-4, 1-1). The match will be at 6pm MT but will not be televised unless you visit www.goducks.com/live. Utah won last year's match in November 3-1. The Utes will head home next week for a four game home stand, including matches against no. 11 ranked UCLA and no. 2 ranked USC.

Moving to Cross Country, the women head out on a big trip to South Bend, Indiana on Friday to compete in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. This meet will be the first big test for the cross country program this year as they will send their top 15 runners to compete against other schools from outside the mountain region. After beginning the year with mostly local meets, Utah will get a chance to challenge themselves with a much higher level of competiton. The course at Notre Dame is flat and not overly challenging, so the Utah runners will have an opportunity to see where they stand against some of the other top runners in the country. Redshirt senior Susannah Hurst Spencer has placed in the top five of every meet this season and hopes to continue that streak on Friday.

Lastly the Utah swimming program will welcome Pac-12 opponent USC to the Ute Natatorium on Saturday. The meet will kick off at 2pm MT. The Utah swimming team has eleven new members this season, including ten freshman. The Utah women are led by junior Stina Colleou who took sixth in the 200 breast and eighth in the 100 breast at last seasons Pac-12 championships, and sophomore Maddie Mesiel who finished seventh in the 1,60 free. Amanda Casillas leads the divers after she finished tenth in the one meter diver at last year's Pac-12 championships. USC will provide a good challenge as they are ranked no.12 in the College Swimming Association of America (CSAA) poll entering the season. LAst time the two schools met in January, Utah fell to the Trojans 119-91.