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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, men's tennis, and men's and women's indoor track & field all in action.
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, men's tennis, and men's and women's indoor track & field all in action.

Feb. 6, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 6, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Wed., Feb. 9 --- at Idaho, 9 p.m. MT (ESPN2)
Sat., Feb. 12 --- FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m. (WAC TV)
• Utah State (22-2, 11-0) continues Western Athletic Conference action this week with a pair of games as it plays at Idaho (13-10, 6-5) on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. (MT), and hosts Fresno State (10-12, 5-6) on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The game against the Vandals will be televised live on ESPN2 and the game against the Bulldogs will be televised live on CW30 by WAC Sports TV. USU is 32-12 all-time against Idaho including a 15-6 road record, and 29-19 all-time against the Fresno State including a 19-5 record at home.

Last Week
W, 67-45 --- NEVADA
W, 77-49 --- BOISE STATE
• Utah State went 2-0 last week with a pair of home wins against Nevada (67-45) and Boise State (77-49). Against the Wolf Pack, junior guard Brockeith Pane had 18 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Brady Jardine had 14 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals. USU finished the game shooting 41.3 percent from the field (26-63), 22.7 percent from three-point range (5-22) and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (10-13). UN shot just 32.7 percent (18-55), including 11.8 percent from behind the arc (2-17) and 63.6 percent at the charity stripe. Against the Broncos, senior forward Tai Wesley had 22 points, six rebounds and a season-high three steals, while Pane had 10 points and seven assists, and senior guard Pooh Williams finished with 10 points and four assists. The Aggies shot a season-high 64.3 percent (27-42), including 62.5 percent from three (5-8) and 81.8 percent at the free throw line (18-22). The Broncos shot just 33.9 percent (19-56), including just 22.7 percent from behind the arc (5-22) and 60.0 percent at the line (6-10).

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

Next Week
Fri., Feb. 18 --- at UNLV, 2 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas, Nev., 10 a.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (2-1, 0-1) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19 when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete against UNLV and UC Riverside.

Last Week
L, 1-6 --- BOISE STATE
W, 6-1 --- PORTLAND STATE
• Utah State went 1-1 last week in a pair of home matches as it lost to No. 39 Boise State (6-1) and defeated Portland State (6-1). Against the Broncos, senior Hailey Swenson was the only Aggie to notch a win as she posted a three sets victory at No. 2 singles (7-5, 5-7, 11-9). Against the Vikings, Swenson won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Kristina Voytsekhovich won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-3, 6-2), junior Romina Nedakovic won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-0, 7-5), junior Julie Tukuafu won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-3, 6-3), and junior Brianna Harris won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-4). USU also won the doubles point as Swenson and Nedakovic posted an 8-2 win at the No. 1 spot, sophomore Jaclyn West teamed with Voytsekhovich for an 8-2 win at the No. 2 spot, and Perry and Tukuafu notched an 8-0 win at the No. 3 spot.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Thur., Feb. 10 --- IDAHO, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 12 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m.
• Utah State (12-10, 6-3) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts Idaho (12-8, 5-3) on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., and plays at Fresno State (15-7, 6-2) on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 6-12 all-time against the Vandals and 2-10 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Last Week
W, 79-73 --- at Nevada
W, 84-69 --- at Boise State
• Utah State increased its season-high winning streak to four games with a pair of road wins at Nevada (79-73) and Boise State (84-69) last weekend. Against the Wolf Pack, sophomore guard Devyn Christensen recorded her first career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with six assists, while senior guard Alice Coddington had 12 points and freshman guard Jennifer Schlott had 11 points. Sophomore center Banna Diop finished the game with eight points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. For the game, USU shot 50.8 percent (32-63), including 28.6 percent from three-point range (4-14) and 68.8 percent at the free throw line (11-16). Against the Broncos, Christensen scored a career-high 25 points, while Coddington had a season-high 17 points. Fellow senior guard Amber White had 11 points and junior forward Maddy Plunkett had 10 points. USU shot 50.8 percent overall (32-63), including 36.8 percent from three (7-19) and 72.2 percent from the free throw line (13-18). BSU shot 46.4 percent (26-56), including just 15.8 percent from behind the arc (3-19) and 58.3 percent at the charity stripe (13-24).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Thur., Feb. 10 --- at UNLV, 10 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 11 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas, Nev., 2 p.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (5-2, 1-0) travels to Las Vegas, Nev., this week for a pair of matches against UNLV on Thursday, Feb. 10 and UC Riverside of Friday, Feb. 11.

Last Week
W, 7-0 --- MESA STATE
W, 5-2 --- MONTANA STATE
• Utah State went 2-0 in a pair of dual matches last week with home wins against Mesa State (7-0) and Montana State (5-2). Against the Mavericks, sophomore Sven Poslusny won at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-1), senior Jakob Asplund won at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-3), freshman Fredrik Peterson won at No. 3 singles (6-2, 6-1), senior Bryan Marchant won at No. 4 singles (6-2, 6-0), senior Alex Thatcher won at No. 5 singles (6-2, 6-1), and senior Nikita Ryashchenko won at No. 6 singles (6-4, 6-2). The Aggies also captured the doubles point as Marchant and Poslusny posted an 8-1 win at the No. 1 spot, Peterson and Thatcher notched an 8-6 win at the No. 2 spot, and Asplund and Ryashchenko teamed for an 8-4 win at the No. 3 spot. Against the Bobcats, Poslusny won at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-1), Marchant won at No. 4 singles (6-3, 6-3), Thatcher won at No. 5 singles (6-2, 6-3), and Ryashchenko won at No. 6 singles (6-4, 3-6, 10-7). USU also won the doubles point as Marchant and Poslusny posted an 8-6 win at the No. 1 spot, Peterson and Thatcher recorded an 8-1 win at the No. 2 spot, and Asplund teamed with Ryashchenko for an 8-3 win at the No. 3 spot.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 11-12 --- at Boise State, All Day
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 11-12 --- at Washington, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will continue its indoor schedule this weekend with a pair of meets at the University of Washington and at Boise State University.

Last Week
NTS --- at New Mexico
• Utah State's men's and women's track and field teams had 21 top-five placers during the two-day New Mexico Classic last weekend led by senior Clint Silcock who set a school record in winning the indoor high jump with a mark of 7-04.25 (2.24m), bettering the previous record of 2.23m set by Dave Hoffman in 1999. Silcock also hit the NCAA automatic qualifying provisional mark of 2.24m which will result in a trip the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. on March 10-12. He remains undefeated in the high jump this season and holds the Western Athletic Conference season-best height in the high jump. Other Aggie men to perform well included senior James Allred who took second in the 800m with a career-best and Western Athletic Conference season-best time of 1:50.06. Allred finished just seconds before senior Jason Holt at 1:51.61. Fellow senior Eric Larson also posted a career-best and WAC season-best time in the mile with a 4:11.72. Also placing in the top five for the Utah State men was freshman Tanner Hunt in third-place with his career-best time in the 400m (48.34). Joining Hunt in third- place for their respective events were junior Philip Noble in the unseeded pole vault 15-01.00 (4.60m) and the 4x400-meter relay team (3:16.58) which consisted of Hunt and fellow freshman Parker Bluth, along with sophomore Kendale Hamlett and senior Armahd Lewis. Finishing in the top five for the Aggie women was freshman Kylie Hirschi claiming second-place in the 800m with a career-best time of 2:14.68. Also taking second was the women's 4x400-meter relay team (3:47.08) made up of Hirschi, sophomore Aubrie Haymore, junior Katelyn Heiner and senior Heidi Peterson. Heiner and Peterson also finished fifth in the 400m (55.93) and 60m hurdles (8.91), respectively. Rounding out the top five for the USU women was junior Ruth Hilton crossing the finish line third in the mile (5:07.45). The fifth Aggie with a career-best was junior John Johnson with a 16-07.25 (5.06m) height in the seeded pole vault, finishing seventh. During the first day of action, senior Armahd Lewis finished third in the 200m (21.49), edging out USU freshman Parker Bluth's career-best time of 21.55. Junior Damian Szade took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 23-01.25 (7.04m) as freshman Jake Peterson also placed fourth in the 600m (1:21.42). Rounding out the top five for the Utah State men was sophomore Eric Follett who finished tied for fifth in the high jump (6-06.25 [1.99m]). Freshman Chari Hawkins set her new career-best height in the high jump 5-08.00 (1.73m), finishing tied for fourth-place. Also placing fourth in their respective events was senior Lindsey Spencer in the weight throw (52-08.75 [16.07m]) and sophomore Amber Thompson in the unseeded pole vault (11-09.75 [3.60m]). Junior Sonia Grabowska took fifth-place in the seeded pole vault competition with a mark of 12-09.50 (3.90m).

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Feb. 11 --- at Sacramento State, 8 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-8, 0-2) continues its 2011 season at Sacramento State on Friday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 192.195-194-000 --- at No. 19 Southern Utah
• Utah State gymnastics team lost at No. 19 Southern Utah, 194.000-192.125 in its only meet of the week. Junior Nicole Simoneau captured the bars title for the fourth time in five meets to lead Utah State to its second-best score of the season. Simoneau took top honors on bars with a 9.825. Senior Jackie Dillon was third on beam with a season-high 9.725, while Simoneau tied for fourth with a 9.700, tying her season-best. Senior Lyndsie Boone was third in the all-around with a 38.025. USU notched a 48.200 on vault, while posting a 47.900 on bars, a 47.475 on beam and a 48.550 on floor for its final score of 192.125, its second-best team total. The 47.475 on beam and the 48.550 on floor were also the second-best scores of the season and the vault score of 48.200 was the third-best of the year. SUU scored a 48.950 on vault, a 47.400 on bars, 48.475 on beam and a 49.175 on floor for a final score of 194.000.

SOFTBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri.-Sun., Feb. 11-13 --- at UCLA Invitational
Fri., Feb. 11 --- vs. Central Florida, 12:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 11 --- at UCLA, 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 12 --- vs. San Diego State, 10:30 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 12 --- vs. North Dakota State, 1:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 13 --- vs. San Diego State, 12:30 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (0-0) will begin its 2011 season on Friday, Feb. 11 at the UCLA Invitational against Central Florida at 12:30 p.m., and will then play host UCLA at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, Utah State will play San Diego State and North Dakota State at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively, and conclude the tournament on Sunday against San Diego State at 12:30 p.m. USU, who is picked to finish eighth in the WAC this season, return six starters from last year's team that ended the season 20-30 and 5-14 in conference play. Leading the way for USU this spring is senior infielder Kelley Kaneshiro who set a Utah State single-season record with 12 home runs in 2010.

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