WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 16, 2015
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Wed., Feb. 18 --- at San José State, 8 p.m. (ROOT)
Sat., Feb. 21 --- FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Utah State men's basketball (14-10, 7-5) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it plays at San José State (2-22, 0-12) on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683) (MT) and hosts Fresno State (12-13, 7-5) on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., in a game that will be streamed live on the internet via ESPN3. USU is 54-21 all-time against the Spartans including a 17-13 road record, and 31-22 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 21-6 home record.
W, 75-62 --- NEVADA
Utah State posted a 1-0 Mountain West record last week with a 75-62 home win against Nevada. Against the Wolf Pack, junior guard Chris Smith scored 18 points, sophomore wing Jalen Moore had 17 points, redshirt freshman forward David Collette had 14 points and freshman guard Julion Pearre had 12 points. USU finished the game shooting a season-high 59.5 percent (25-42), including 56.3 percent from three-point range (9-16) and 72.7 percent at the free throw line (16-22). UN shot 41.1 percent (23-56), including 42.9 percent from behind the arc (6-14) and 71.4 percent at the charity stripe (10-14).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Feb. 20 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 7 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (4-3, 1-3) continues its 2015 season this week with a home meet against Southern Utah on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
L, 194.475-195.925 --- at #12 Boise State
Utah State lost a Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference dual meet at No. 12 Boise State last weekend by a final score of 195.925-194.475. USU's 194.475 was made up of a season-high 48.950 on vault, a 47.850 on bars, a 48.850 on beam and a season-high 49.125 on floor. In the all-around, junior McKinzey Martinez finished second with a 39.275 (vault: 9.850, bars: 9.825, beam: 9.750, floor: 9.850), and senior Sarah Landes took third with a 38.725 (vault: 9.800, bars: 9.850, beam: 9.250, floor: 9.825). Individually, Martinez placed fourth on vault with a 9.850, and junior Jillian Chappel recorded a 9.800 to tie for fifth place with Landes. On the bars, sophomore Bailey McIntire put up a career-high 9.850, tying with Landes for third, while Martinez grabbed a 9.825. USU took the top two scores on beam, as redshirt sophomore Hayley Sanzotti and junior Michelle Yasukochi both recorded career-highs of 9.875 to tie for first place. Sophomore Charly Belliston flipped her way to a 9.800 to take fourth place, while Martinez grabbed a 9.750 to tie for seventh. On floor, USU took four of the top five spots, including a 9.850 for McIntire and Martinez to tie for second, and a season-high 9.825 for senior Susie Miller, tying her with Landes for fourth-place. Sanzotti put up a 9.775 to tie for sixth, helping USU earn a season-high team score of 49.125.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Feb. 18 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21 --- at Fresno State, 3 p.m. (MT)
Utah State women's basketball (6-18, 3-9) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it hosts San José State (11-12, 5-7) on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., and plays at Fresno State (17-6, 9-3) on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. (MT). USU is 14-6 all-time against the Spartans and 2-16 all-time against the Bulldogs. Live streaming of the game is available at utahstateaggies.tv.
L, 44-49 --- at Nevada
Utah State posted an 0-1 Mountain West record last week with a 49-44 road loss at Nevada. Against the Wolf Pack, freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu scored 17 points and freshman guard Tilar Clark had a career-high 10 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 28.6 percent (16-56), including 23.5 percent from three-point range (4-17) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (8-16). UN shot 27.9 percent (17-61), including 22.2 percent from behind the arc (4-18) and 68.8 percent at the charity stripe (11-16).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Feb. 20 --- vs. Lewis-Clark State, Bozeman, Mont., 10 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 20 --- vs. Montana State-Billings, Bozeman, Mont., 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21 --- at Montana State, 9 a.m.
Utah State women's tennis (6-3, 0-0) continues its 2015 spring season this weekend with three road matches as it plays Lewis-Clark State and Montana State-Billings on Friday, Feb. 20 in Bozeman, Mont., at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively before playing at Montana State on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 9 a.m.
W, 6-1 --- at UW-Green Bay
W, 4-3 --- vs. Akron, Madison, Wis.
L, 1-6 --- at Wisconsin
Utah State posted a 2-1 road record last week with wins at Wisconsin-Green Bay (6-1) and against Akron (4-3), before falling at Wisconsin (6-1). Against the Phoenix, USU swept the doubles point as sophomore Lexi Turley and freshman Maggie O'Meara won at the first position (6-3), sophomore Nini Guensler and freshman Meghan Lyall won at the second position (6-0) and junior Amber Stuhlmann and freshman Sabrina Demerath won at the third position (6-1). In singles, Guensler won in three sets at the No. 1 spot (6-4, 2-6, 10-8), Turley won in straight sets at the No. 3 spot (6-1, 6-0), Lyall won in three sets at the No. 4 spot (4-6, 6-2, 10-4), Demerath won in straight sets at the No. 5 spot (6-1, 6-3) and Stuhlmann won in straight sets at the No. 6 spot (6-0, 6-1). Against the Zips, USU swept the doubles point as Turley and junior Kallie Sperry won at the first position (6-0), senior McKenzie Davis and O'Meara won at the second position (7-6), and Guensler and Lyall won at the third position (6-1). In singles, Davis shut out her opponent at the No. 1 spot (6-0, 6-0), Guensler won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (7-6, 6-4) and Sperry won in straight sets at the No. 3 spot (7-5, 7-5). Against the Badgers, USU lost the doubles point, while Demerath was the only Aggie to win her match, as she defeated her opponent at the No. 5 spot in straight sets (7-6, 6-3).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sun., Feb. 22 --- at Montana State, 9 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 --- vs. Montana State-Billings, Bozeman, Mont., 2 p.m.
Utah State men's tennis (10-2, 1-0) continues its 2015 spring season with a doubleheader in Bozeman, Mont., on Sunday, Feb. 22. The Aggies will face Montana State at 9 a.m. and Montana State-Billings at 2 p.m.
W, 6-1 --- NORTHERN COLORADO
Utah State posted a 1-0 home record last week, defeating Northern Colorado, 6-1. Despite losing the doubles point, the tandem of sophomore Karan Salwan and freshman Jaime Barajas won at the third position (6-2). In singles, sophomore Jack Swindells won in straight sets at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 1-6, 6-1), sophomore Dennis Baumgartner won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (6-2, 6-3), senior Marcus Fritz won in straight sets at the No. 3 spot (6-0, 6-1), Salwan won in straight sets at the No. 4 spot (6-0, 6-3), Barajas won in straight sets at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 6-3), and senior Matt Sweet won in straight sets at the No. 6 spot (6-2, 7-5).
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 26-28 --- at Mountain West Championships, All Day (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Utah State's indoor track & field teams will continue its 2015 season next weekend as it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 2015 Mountain West Championships from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28. Last season, the Aggie men placed fourth at the Mountain West Indoor Championships, while the Aggie women placed sixth. Senior sprinter Nic Bowens was named the league's Outstanding Performer at last year's Indoor Championship as he won both the 60m (6.61) and 200m (21.11) setting school records in both events. Senior multi-eventer Chari Hawkins was also named the league's Outstanding Performer at last year's Indoor Championship as she won the pentathlon with a school and meet record 4,173 points, while also placing second in both the high jump (1.74m/5-08.50) and 60m hurdles (8.44). Hawkins was also named the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year.
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
NTS --- at Washington Invitational
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
Utah State's men and women's track and field teams set two school records and collected 14 top-five finishes while competing in three meets held in New Mexico, Washington and Idaho last weekend. Leading the Aggie women was senior Sam Nielson who won the triple jump with a school-record leap of 12.89m (42-03.50), while the Aggie men's 4x400m relay team (freshman Clay Lambourne, junior Tanner Hunt, junior Cole Lambourne and junior Parker Bluth) broke the school-record for the third time this season with a time of 3:08.99, good enough for a first-place tie in the event. Other top performances for the Aggie men included senior Tom Derr winning the 5,000m with a time of 15:05.89, while freshman Clay Lambourne placed first in the 800m (1:52.46). Junior Cole Lambourne finished second in the 400m (47.14), with senior Nic Bowens placing third in the 200m (21.07), as well as Parker Bluth finishing closely behind Bowens with a time of 21.15. Additionally, redshirt freshman Dustin Randall finished fifth in the mile recording a time of 4:24.68 and sophomore Mitch Kalinin placed fifth in the pole vault (4.60m/15-01.00). On the women's side, junior Karlee Deeter won the 3,000m (10:10.28), while sophomore Kayla Lee placed third in the triple jump (11.05m/36-03.00). Freshman Megan Perkins finished fourth in the 800m (2:18.81), with sophomore Sydney Blair finishing fourth in the mile (5:07.43). Freshman Jackie Heaps placed fourth in the 3,000m (10:30.18), while senior Amber Thompson finished fourth in the pole vault (3.60m/11-09.75) and senior Chari Hawkins tied for fourth in the high jump (1.79m /5-10.50).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri.-Sun, Feb. 20-22--- at UC Riverside Tournament
Fri., Feb. 20 --- vs. Michigan State, 10 a.m. (MT)
Fri., Feb. 20 --- at UC Riverside, 3 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 21 --- vs. San Diego, 10 a.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 21 --- at UC Riverside, 3 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 22 --- vs. Michigan State, 10 a.m. (MT)
Utah State's softball team (1-8, 0-0) continues its 2015 season this weekend at the UC Riverside hosted Amy S. Harrison Classic. USU will begin the tournament against Michigan State (7-3) and host UC Riverside (6-4) on Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (MT), respectively. USU will then play San Diego (5-5) and the host Highlanders on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (MT), respectively, before concluding the tournament against the Spartans on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. (MT).
at UNLV Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic
L, 10-11 --- vs. Hawai'i
L, 4-12 --- vs. #7 UCLA
L, 3-11 (5) --- vs. Long Beach State
W, 6-5 --- vs. Indiana
L, 0-4 --- vs. CS Northridge
Utah State posted a 1-4 record last weekend at the UNLV hosted Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic as it lost to Hawai'i (11-10), No. 7 UCLA (12-4) and Long Beach State (11-3) in five innings, before recording its first win of the season against Indiana (6-5). USU then concluded the tournament with a loss to CS Northridge (4-0). Junior Noelle Johnson, sophomore Alleyah Armendariz and freshman Jordyn McCracken shared time in the circle, combining for an ERA of 11.20. The three allowed 54 hits and 43 runs on the weekend, striking out 15 batters and walking 18. The Aggies had seven home runs on the weekend, led by three from Armendariz and two, including a grand slam, from senior third baseman Nicole Arata. Arata led the team, hitting .533 between the five games with eight hits and seven RBI. Defensively, senior first baseman Hailey Froton led USU with 21 putouts and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Overall, the team hit .290 with 40 hits and 23 runs.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Mar. 23-24 --- at Cal Poly Match Play, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2015 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 23-24 at the Cal Poly Match Play Tournament held at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif.
5th/13 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
Utah State placed fifth as a team with an even par 576 (284-292) at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational held in St. George, Utah last week. For USU, its fifth-place finish marks the third time in six tournaments this year it has recorded a top-five placing and USU has now finished in the top 10 of every tournament it has competed in this season. Senior Grahm Schmaltz concluded his best-ever collegiate tournament with a 7-under 137 (69-68) to finish second individually. Schmaltz tied his collegiate-low round with a 4-under 68 during his final 18 holes and posted his best-ever tournament finish with his second-place showing, bettering his 11th-place finish at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational last fall. Schmaltz, who had a pair of rounds in the 60s during the tournament, entered the tournament with just two career rounds under 70. Joining Schmaltz on the leaderboard for USU was junior Seokwon Jeon who tied for 24th-place with a 2-over 146 (73-73) and sophomore McCoy Willey who also tied for 24th-place with a 2-over 146 (67-79). Willey began the tournament with a collegiate-low 5-under 67 during his first 18 holes. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament include senior Zach Waxler who tied for 42nd-place with a 5-over 149 (77-72) and junior Brennan Coburn who tied for 70th-place with a 13-over 157 (75-82). Sophomore Eli Rogers also competed for USU as an individual and tied for 42nd-place with a 5-over 149 (77-72).
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