Feb. 3, 2014
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 3, 2014
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Wed., Feb. 5 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
Sat., Feb. 8 --- BOISE STATE, 4 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Utah State men's basketball (12-9, 2-7) will continue Mountain West play this week with a pair of home games as it hosts Nevada (12-10, 7-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683) and Boise State (15-7, 5-4) on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 32-15 all-time against the Wolf Pack including a 16-3 home record, and 28-9 all-time against the Broncos including a 17-0 home record.
L, 65-78 --- NEW MEXICO
L, 57-74 --- at Wyoming
Utah State dropped a pair of Mountain West games last week with a 78-65 home loss to New Mexico and a 74-57 road loss at Wyoming. Against the Lobos, senior center Jarred Shaw had 15 points, senior guard Preston Medlin had 13 points and a career-high nine assists, and sophomore forward Kyle Davis scored 10 points. USU shot 42.6 percent (23-54), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-12) and 86.7 percent at the free throw line (13-15). UNM shot 45.8 percent (27-59), including 42.1 percent from three (8-19) and 84.2 percent at the line (16-19). Against the Cowboys, senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had 12 points and Medlin added 11. USU shot 40.4 percent overall (21-52), including 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 61.5 percent at the free throw line (8-13). UW shot 53.3 percent (24-45), including 57.1 percent from three (8-14) and 85.7 percent at the line (18-21).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Feb. 7 --- at BYU, 7 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (5-3) continues its 2014 season with a dual meet at BYU on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
1st, 195.225 --- at Air Force/vs. Seattle Pacific
Utah State scored a season-high 195.225, its highest score since 2007, to win the Air Force hosted tri-meet along with Seattle Pacific last weekend. Utah State notched a 49.075 on vault, a season-high 48.925 on bars, a season-high 48.550 on beam and a season-high tying 48.675 on floor, contributing to the 195.225 total. Air Force finished second with an overall score of 192.875 and Seattle Pacific came in third-place with a total score of 190.225. Junior Sarah Landes won the all-around with a season-best 39.100, as she had season-best scores in all but one event, landing a 9.800 on vault, 9.825 on bars, 9.750 on beam and 9.725 on floor. The Aggies had a strong showing on the event leader board, claiming three of the four titles. Sophomore Miranda Kerr tied for first-place on vault with a 9.850, while sophomore McKinzey Martinez claimed the bars win with a 9.850. Freshman Bailey McIntire got her fourth event win of the season, finishing first on floor with a 9.825.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Wed., Feb. 5 --- at Nevada, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 8 --- at Boise State, 2 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (10-10, 4-5) will continue Mountain West play this week with a pair of road games at Nevada (10-10, 5-4) on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. and at Boise State (12-8, 7-2) on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. USU is 10-9 all-time against the Wolf Pack and 8-17 all-time against the Broncos.
W, 75-69 --- at New Mexico
W, 80-75 --- WYOMING
Utah State went 2-0 in Mountain West play last week with a 75-69 road win at New Mexico, followed by an 80-75 home win against Wyoming. Against the Lobos, senior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 30 points and freshman guard Lynette Johnson scored a career-high 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 44.1 percent (26-59), including 14.3 percent from three-point range (1-7) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (22-26). UNM shot 39.6 percent (21-53), including 42.9 percent from three (9-21) and 60.0 percent at the line (18-30). Against the Cowgirls, Schlott scored 38 points, junior center Franny Vaaulu had 14 points, and sophomore guard/forward Stephanie Bairstow recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 45.8 percent (27-59), including 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-11) and 88.0 percent at the free throw line (22-25). UW shot 41.8 percent (28-67), including 28.6 percent from three (6-21) and 61.9 percent at the line (13-21).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Feb. 7 --- SEATTLE, 11 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 8 --- at Utah, 12 p.m.
Utah State men's tennis (2-4, 0-0) will continue its 2014 season this week with a home match against Seattle on Friday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m., followed by a road match at Utah on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Noon.
W, 5-2--- MONTANA
L, 3-4--- MONTANA STATE
Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week with a 5-2 win against Montana and a 4-3 loss against Montana State. Against the Grizzlies, freshman Dennis Baumgartner posted a three sets win at No. 1 singles (3-6, 6-5, 6-5), junior Marcus Fritz won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-3), freshman Sebastian Schneider won in three sets at No. 5 singles (3-6, 6-5, 10-3), and senior Andrew Whiting posted a straight sets win at No. 6 singles (6-0, 6-2). USU also won all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point as Baumgartner and Fritz posted a 6-3 win at the first position, junior Matt Sweet and Schneider notched a 6-3 win at the second position, and junior Sean Levesque teamed with Whiting for a 6-2 win at the third position. Against the Bobcats, Baumgartner posted a three sets win at No. 1 singles (6-5, 3-6, 6-4), senior Fredrik Peterson won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-5), and Schneider won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-3, 6-4). Baumgartner and Fritz also notched a 6-2 win at the first doubles position, but USU lost the other two doubles matches to lose the doubles point.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thur., Feb. 6 --- at Idaho State, 1 p.m.
Utah State women's tennis (3-0, 0-0) will continue its 2014 season this week with a road match at Idaho State on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m.
W, 5-2--- at Chicago State
W, 6-1--- vs. South Dakota, Chicago, Ill.
W, 7-0--- vs. Valparaiso, Chicago, Ill.
Utah State women's tennis began the 2014 season with wins at Chicago State (5-2), and against South Dakota (6-1) and Valparaiso (7-0) for its first 3-0 start in school history. Against the Cougars, junior McKenzie Davis won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-4, 6-0), sophomore Kallie Sperry won in three sets at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-7, 10-5), freshman Nina Guensler won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-0, 6-3), and freshman Lexi Turley posted a straight sets win at No. 4 singles (6-4, 6-2). USU also claimed the doubles point as Davis and Sperry recorded a 6-1 win at the first position, while Guensler and Turley notched a 7-6 win at the second position. Against the Coyotes, Davis won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-0), Sperry won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-4), Guensler won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-0), Turley won in straight sets an No. 4 singles (6-0, 6-0), and freshman Cassiday Branstine won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-1). USU also won the doubles point as Davis and Sperry posted a 6-2 win at the first position, while Guesnler and Turley notched a 6-2 win at the second position. Against the Crusaders, Davis won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-1), Sperry won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-0), Branstine won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-4), Turley won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-0), sophomore Ashley Stuhlmann won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-2), and freshman Katie Sweet won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-3, 6-0). USU also won the doubles point as Davis and Sperry posted an 8-1 win at the first position, while Sweet teamed with sophomore Amber Stuhlmann for an 8-2 win at the third position.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Thur.-Sun., Feb. 6-9 --- at Southern Utah Tournament, St. George, Utah
Thur., Feb. 6 --- vs. Southern Utah, 2 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 6 --- vs. Idaho State, 4 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 7 --- vs. Grand Canyon, 4 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 8 --- vs. East Carolina, 11 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 8 --- vs. UT Arlington, 1:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 9 --- vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 1:30 p.m.
Utah State's softball team (0-0) will begin its 2014 season on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Southern Utah hosted Red Desert Classic against the host Thunderbirds at 2 p.m., and will then play Idaho State at 4 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 7, USU will play Grand Canyon at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 8, USU will play East Carolina and UT Arlington at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. And on Sunday, Feb. 9, USU will conclude the tournament against Nebraska-Omaha at 1:30 p.m. USU returns eight starters and 14 letterwinners from last year's team that ended the season 11-43 and 5-16 in Western Athletic Conference play. Leading the way for USU this spring is junior outfielder Hailey Froton who earned second-team all-WAC honors a year ago.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Feb. 8 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's indoor track & field teams will continue its 2014 season at the Boise State Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 8.
NTS --- at New Mexico Team Invitational
Junior Chari Hawkins won the high jump with a height of 1.83m (6-00.00) and senior Keeley Eldredge hawked a distance of 18.38m (60-03.75) to place seventh in the weight throw as the duo set new school records and led the Aggie women last weekend at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Hawkins' high jump performance improved her own conference-best mark and ranks tied for eighth in the nation this season. It is the second school record the Rexburg, Idaho native has broken in as many weeks after setting a new top-mark in the pentathlon at the New Mexico hosted Cherry & Silver Invitational last weekend. Eldredge's performance in the weight throw ranks eighth in the Mountain West this season. Junior Rachel Orr tied for fourth in the high jump with a jump of 1.68m (5-06.00). Senior Alex Litzsinger chipped in a fourth-place finish of her own with a time of 10:27.50 in the 3,000m and junior Ashley Robison followed in eighth with a time of 10:42.23. Freshman Cierra Simmons placed sixth in the mile with a time of 4:59.31. Additionally, the women's 4x400m relay team (Mikkell Minnoch, Bailee Whitworth, Kylie Ross and Kaitlyn Wilcox) finished in 3:49.36 for sixth-place. On the men's side, sophomore Briton Page paced the Aggies with a third-place finish in the 800m with a time of 1:51.54. Fellow sophomore Spencer Russell finished close behind in seventh with a time of 1:53.63 and freshman Colby Wilson finished the 3,000m in 8:35.09 to claim fourth. Senior Bryce Hall placed fifth in the weight throw (18.21m/59-09.00) and seventh in the shot put (16.94m/55-07.00). Junior Nic Bowens finished sixth in the 60m with a time of 6.73 and was followed by sophomore Parker Bluth, who finished in 6.79 for seventh. Senior Silas Pimentel took seventh in the 200m with a time of 21.37. Finally, USU's men's 4x400m team (Parker Bluth, Nic Bowens, Silas Pimentel and Cole Lambourne) finished in 3:14.59 for seventh-place.
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