WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 19, 2015
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Tues., Jan. 20 --- at Nevada, 8 p.m. (MT) (MWN)
Sat., Jan. 24 --- at UNLV, 6 p.m. (MT) (CBSSN)
Utah State men's basketball (10-7, 3-2) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a pair of Mountain West road games at Nevada (6-10, 2-2) on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network, and at UNLV (10-8, 1-4) on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. (MT). in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 33-15 all-time against the Wolf Pack including a 13-12 road record, and 3-29 all-time against the Rebels including a 1-15 road record.
W, 71-59 --- AIR FORCE
Utah State posted a 1-0 Mountain West record last week with a 71-59 home win against Air Force. Against the Falcons, junior guard Chris Smith scored 20 points and tied his career-high with five assists, sophomore wing Jalen Moore scored 15 points to go along with a career-high four assists, and junior guard Darius Perkins recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 assists. USU finished the game shooting a season-high 54.2 percent from the field (26-48), including a season-high 56.5 percent from three-point range (13-23), and was 6-of-9 (.667) at the free throw line. AFA shot 41.5 percent (22-53), including 40.9 percent from behind the arc (9-22) and 54.5 percent at the charity stripe (6-11).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Jan. 23 --- at BYU, 6 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (1-1, 0-1) continues its 2015 season this week with a dual match at BYU (3-1, 0-0) on Friday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.
L, 194.525-196.025 --- at No. 17 Denver
Utah State gymnastics opened up Mountain Rim Gymnastics competition with a 196.025-194.525 loss at No. 17 Denver last weekend. USU posted a 48.750 on vault, a 48.800 on the uneven bars, a 48.300 on the balance beam and a 48.675 on the floor on the way to its team score. DU recorded a 49.250 on vault, a 48.725 on uneven bars, a 48.575 on the balance beam and a 49.475 on the floor to earn its score. Junior McKinzey Martinez competed in her first career all-around and finished second with 39.075 as she placed second on the uneven bars (9.850), fifth on the vault (9.800), seventh on floor with a career-high 9.775 and eighth on the beam (9.650). Sophomore Bailey McIntire took third in the all-around with a career-high 39.025 as she won the beam title with a 9.800 and tied for third on floor exercise (9.875). Junior Jillian Chappel set a new career-high on vault with a 9.850 to tie for third, redshirt freshman Keri Peel placed fourth on the uneven bars (9.775) and junior Michelle Yasukochi tied for fourth on the balance beam (9.700).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Jan. 21 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 24 --- UNLV, 2 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (4-13, 1-4) continues its 2014-15 season this week with two Mountain West home games as it hosts Nevada (6-9, 2-2) on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. and UNLV (6-10, 3-2) on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. USU is 10-10 all-time against the Wolf Pack and 2-16 all-time against the Rebels. Live streaming of the game is available at utahstateaggies.tv.
W, 69-53 --- at Air Force
Utah State posted a 1-0 Mountain West road record last week with a 69-53 win at Air Force. Against the Falcons, freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu scored 15 points and tied her career-high with eight assists, while senior forward Franny Vaaulu scored 13 points and fellow senior forward Ingrida Strikas added 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 42.1 percent (24-57), including 30.0 percent from three-point range (3-10) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (18-30). AFA shot 29.6 percent (21-71), including 30.0 percent from behind the arc (6-20) and 83.3 percent at the charity stripe (5-6).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Jan. 24 --- WEBER STATE, 9 a.m.
Sat., Jan. 24 --- COLORADO MESA, 1 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 25 --- SAN DIEGO STATE, 10 a.m.
Utah State men's tennis (3-0, 0-0) continues its 2015 spring season this weekend with three home matches as it hosts Weber State and Colorado Mesa on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. USU will then play its first Mountain West match of the season as it hosts No. 68 San Diego State on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. All three matches will be played at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.
W, 7-0 --- vs. Eastern Washington, Spokane, Wash.
W, 4-3 --- at Gonzaga
Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week with a 7-0 win against Eastern Washington and 4-3 win at Gonzaga. Against the Eagles, sophomore transfer Jack Swindells won a the No. 1 spot (6-4, 6-2), senior Marcus Fritz won at the No. 2 spot (6-4, 7-6), sophomore Dennis Baumgartner won at the No. 3 spot (6-2, 6-4), sophomore transfer Karan Salwan won at the No. 4 spot (6-1, 6-2), freshman Jaime Barajas won at the No. 5 spot (6-1, 6-2) and sophomore Sebastian Schneider won at the No. 6 spot (6-1, 6-0). In doubles, Baumgartner and Fritz teamed up for a win at the second position (6-0) and Salwan and Barajas partnered together for a win at the third position (6-2). Against Gonzaga, Baumgartner won at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 7-5), Salwan won at the No. 4 spot (7-5, 7-5) and Schneider won at the No. 6 spot (6-4, 6-4). In doubles, Swindells and senior Matt Sweet won at the first position (6-3) and Baumgartner and Fritz won at the second position (6-1).
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Jan. 24 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's indoor track & field teams will continue its 2015 season this weekend at the Boise State hosted Bronco Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 24.
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
Utah State's men and women's track & field teams kicked off the 2015 indoor campaign with some strong performances at the Boise State hosted Ed Jacoby Invitational held Friday and Saturday at the Jacksons indoor track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. In all, USU collected 19 top-five finishes at the inaugural meet of the season. In addition to its 19 top-five finishes, Utah State also had four individuals win event titles including senior Chari Hawkins in the high jump (1.78m/5-10), senior Sam Nielson in the triple jump (12.82m/42-00.75), senior Nic Bowens in the 60m (6.73) and senior Eric Shellhorn in the 3,000m (8:24.60), while the Aggie men's 4x400m relay team (freshman Clay Lambourne, junior Tanner Hunt, junior Cole Lambourne and junior Parker Bluth) set a school record with its second-place time of 3:11.33. USU's women's 4,000m distance medley relay team (freshman Hannah Malone, freshman Kelsey Yamauchi, junior Karlee Deeter, freshman Megan Perkins) also posted a win with a time of 12:15.12. Along with winning the high jump, Hawkins also posted a time of 8.62 in the 60m hurdles, helping her place second in the event, while Nielson added a fourth-place finish in the long jump (5.57m/18-03.25) to go along with her personal best mark in the triple jump, which is the second-best mark in school history. Senior Melanie Heslop added a fourth-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 16.79, (55-1) for the Aggie women, while senior Jodi Williams finished fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.70m (5-7). For the Utah State men, Bluth finished second in the 60m with a time of 6.78, while senior Dan Mosman captured third-place in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.37, and sophomore Brett McAdams finished fourth in the 800m posting a time of 1:53.94. Other top-performances for the Aggie men included junior Tom Derr (8:46.83), sophomore Colby Wilson (8:49.80) and senior Mike Bills (8:50.81) bringing home the third, fourth and fifth spots in the 3,000m, while sophomore Mitch Kalinin finished fifth in the pole vault (4.50m/14-9), and junior Kevin Allen finished fourth in both the shot put (15.24m/50-0) and weight throw (16.05m/52-8).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thur., Jan. 22 --- WEBER STATE, 11 a.m.
Fri., Jan. 23 --- IDAHO STATE, 11 a.m.
Fri., Jan. 23 --- COLORADO MESA, 7 p.m.
Utah State women's tennis (0-0, 0-0) will begin its 2015 spring season with three home matches this week as it hosts Weber State on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m., Idaho State on Friday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m., and Colorado Mesa on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. All three matches will be played at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.
Utah State had a strong fall tournament season, posting 73 total wins in singles and doubles play. Freshman Sabrina Demerath recorded nine singles wins, while sophomore Nini Guensler and senior McKenzie Davis both earned eight singles wins. Davis also won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Regional Tournament, becoming the first Aggie to win the tournament. As a result, Davis was ranked as the No. 1 singles player in the Mountain Region by the ITA. Freshman Maggie O'Meara recorded five singles wins, along with sophomore Lexi Turley. In doubles play, Guensler and Turley teamed up for five wins, while Demerath and O'Meara also grabbed five wins. Davis partnered with junior Kallie Sperry for four wins.
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