Volleyball: St. Thomas has the top seed in this weekend’s conference volleyball meet at Macalester. The Tommies (19-10 overall, 10-1 MIAC) open their bid for their first conference crown since 1992 Friday night at 7:30 p.m. when they meet the winner of the Concordia-Hamline match. The winner plays Saturday in a semifinal match at 1 p.m. with the title match set for 5:30 p.m. The tournament winner gets an automatic NCAA tournament bid. The MIAC title is decided on a combination of regular season and tournament results. The Tommies closed out the regular season last Friday with a three-game home loss to St. Benedict.

Football: The UST football team’s hopes took a boot last Saturday when an 18-yard field-goal attempt was blocked on the last play of the game in a 22-20 loss to Bethel. The gridders (5-3 overall, 5-2 MIAC) play in the Fargodome tonight against Concordia at 8 p.m. If UST wins its last two games, and if Gustavus beats St. John’s Nov. 12 and there are no other upsets, there will be a five-way tie for first place in the MIAC. If that happens, UST will get the MIAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division III playoffs under the tie-breaker formula.

Cross country: The men’s and women’s cross-country teams fared well at the MIAC meets last weekend at Como Golf Course. The men finished second to St. John’s, placing five runners in the top 15. Heather Phillips was the individual winner of the women’s meet as the Tommies placed third behind St. Olaf and Macalester. It marked the second time that Phillips has won the conference individual championship — she also did it as a freshman in 1996). After a week off, the women and men’s teams will compete Nov. 13 at the NCAA Central Region Meet in Waverly, Iowa.

Men’s soccer: The UST men’s soccer team scored a 2-1 win over St. John’s last Saturday. The Tommies take a 7-9 overall record (4-5 MIAC) into Saturday’s 1 p.m. home game vs. Bethel. If the Tommies win and St. John’s loses to Concordia, UST will tie for fifth place in the MIAC. The women’s soccer team closed its season at 10-7-1 overall (5-5 MIAC) with a 3-0 loss to St. Benedict last Saturday. The Tommies tied for fifth place with St. Olaf in the conference.

Swimming: St. Thomas opened its 1999-2000 season last weekend with a nonscored relay meet for men and women at St. Catherine. The women crank it up for real Saturday in a dual meet at Concordia-Moorhead.

Men’s hockey: Just like in the movies, the men’s hockey team has a sneak preview of sorts Saturday night when they face their alumni at 6 p.m. Saturday in the State Fairgrounds Coliseum at 6 p.m. Sixteen regulars return for the Tommies, who begin their season Friday, Nov. 12, against Augsburg at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum.