Weekly Aggie Update

Feb. 21, 2011

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sat., Feb. 26 --- IDAHO, 7 p.m. (CW30)
• Utah State (25-3, 12-1) will play its final home game of the 2010-11 season on Saturday, Feb. 26 against Idaho (15-11, 7-6) at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, USU will honor its six seniors in Nate Bendall, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams. The game will be televised live on CW30. USU is 32-13 all-time against the Vandals, including a 14-1 record at home.

Last Week
W, 75-65 --- at No. 23 Saint Mary's
• Utah State won both of its games last week as it defeated Montana Western (100-66) at home and No. 23 Saint Mary's (75-65) on the road. Against the Bulldogs, senior forward Tai Wesley had 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while senior guard Brian Green also scored 20 points. Senior forward Nate Bendall finished with a season-high 15 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward Brady Jardine had 11 points. USU finished the game shooting 56.9 percent (37-65), including 59.1 percent from three-point range (13-22) and 76.5 percent at the free throw line (13-17). UMW shot 37.5 percent (24-64), including 33.3 percent from three (11-33) and 63.6 percent at the charity stripe (7-11). Against the Gaels, Wesley posted his sixth double-double of the season and 15th of his career with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while junior guard Brockeith Pane also scored 22 points to go along with four assists and a season-high four steals. USU shot 50.0 percent overall (24-48), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (2-6) and 78.1 percent at the free throw line (25-32). SMC shot just 39.0 percent (23-59), including 40.9 percent from three (9-22) and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (10-13).

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Mon., Feb. 21 --- EASTERN WASHINGTON, 12 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 24 --- at North Texas, 1 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 25 --- vs. Temple, Denton, Texas, 10 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 25 --- vs. Seminole College, Denton, Texas, 1 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26 --- vs. Collin County CC, Denton, Texas, 9 a.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (3-2, 0-1) will have a busy week as it hosts Eastern Washington on Monday, Feb. 21 at 12 p.m., at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club, and then travels to Denton, Texas this weekend for matches against North Texas, Temple, Seminole College and Collin County Community College on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-26.

Last Week
L, 0-7 --- at UNLV
W, 4-2 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State went 1-1 last week as it lost at No. 35 UNLV (7-0) and defeated UC Riverside (4-2). Against the Highlanders, sophomore Jaclyn West won at No. 1 singles (6-2, 7-6), senior Hailey Swenson won at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-3), sophomore Kristina Voytsekhovich won at No. 3 singles (2-6, 6-3, 6-2), and junior Brianna Harris won at No. 6 singles (6-3, 6-3). Other Aggies who competed during the weekend include senior Taylor Perry, and juniors Romina Nedakovic and Julie Tukuafu.

Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Thur., Feb. 24 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 3 p.m.
• Utah State (14-11, 8-4) will play its final two home games of the 2010-11 season this week as it hosts New Mexico State (11-14, 5-6) on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., and Louisiana Tech (20-5, 12-0) on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. USU is 11-18 all-time against NSMU, and 1-11 all-time against LTU.

Last Week
W, 67-51 --- at Idaho
• Utah State won its only game last week, defeating Idaho on the road, 67-51. Sophomore guard Devyn Christensen had 15 points, five assists and five steals, while junior forward Ashley Brown had 14 points and five steals. Sophomore center Banna Diop added 12 points and eight rebounds, and sophomore guard Jenna Johnson finished with 11 points. USU shot 46.4 percent overall (26-56), including 25.0 percent from three-point range (2-8) and 59.1 percent at the free throw line (13-22). Idaho shot just 37.3 percent (19-51), including just 18.8 percent from behind the arc (3-16) and 62.5 percent at the charity stripe (10-16).

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Thur., Feb. 24 --- at SMU, 1 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 25 --- vs. Collin County CC, Dallas, Texas, 9 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 25 --- vs. Seminole College, Dallas, Texas, 1 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26 --- vs. Texas-Arlington, Dallas, Texas, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (8-3, 2-0) will travel to Dallas, Texas this weekend to play matches against SMU, Collin County Community College, Seminole College and Texas-Arlington on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-26.

Last Week
W, 5-2 --- NEVADA
• Utah State went 2-0 last week as it defeated Portland State (7-0) and Nevada (5-2) in a pair of home matches. Against the Vikings, sophomore Sven Poslusny won at No. 1 singles (7-6, 7-6), senior Jakob Asplund won at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-4), freshman Fredrik Peterson won at No. 3 singles (5-7, 6-4, 6-3), senior Bryan Marchant won at No. 4 singles (6-3, 6-4), senior Nikita Ryashchenko won at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-3), and junior Lenny Whiting won at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-3). In doubles play, Poslusny and Marchant won at the first position (8-6), Peterson and junior Nate Ballam won at the second position (8-5), and Asplund and Ryashchenko won at the third position (8-2). Against the Wolf Pack, Asplund won at No. 2 singles (4-6, 7-5, 6-0), Marchant won at No. 4 singles (6-3, 3-6, 7-5), Ryashchenko won at No. 5 singles (6-2, 6-4), and Whiting won by forfeit at No. 6 singles. In doubles play, Poslusny and Marchant won at the first position (8-3), and Peterson and Ballam won at the third position by forfeit.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 21-22 --- at Washington State Invite, Chandler, Ariz., All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2011 spring season on Monday, Feb. 21 in Chandler, Ariz., at the Washington State hosted Snowman Invitational.

Last Week
6th/12 --- at Southern Utah Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational
• Utah State finished in sixth-place out of 12 teams at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational. Senior Benjamin Schilleman led USU as he tied for seventh with a 1-under 143 (67-76). Junior Chanse Godderidge finished tied for 23rd with a 2-over 146 (71-75), while sophomore Brendan Dennis tied for 40th with a 7-over 151 (76-75). Junior Austin French was 45th at 8-over 152 (76-76), and senior Tyson McFarland tied for 46th with a 9-over 153 (77-76). Utah State also had three players compete as individuals as sophomore Kris Sayer tied for 68th with a 19-over 163 (84-79), junior Quinn Jensen placed 73rd after shooting a 21-over 165 (81-84), and freshman Beau Ehlers was 74th at 24-over 168 (86-82).

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Feb. 25 --- UTAH, 7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 27 --- at Boise State, 2 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-10, 0-4) will compete in two meets this week as it hosts No. 3 Utah on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., and travels to Boise State on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

Last Week
L, 193.600-196.250 --- BOISE STATE
• Season high scores on bars, beam and floor led the way to a season-best team score of 193.600 for Utah State, as the Aggies were bested by the 11th-ranked Broncos of Boise State's who scored a 196.250. Junior Nicole Simoneau won the bars title with a season-high 9.875. Senior Jackie Dillon posted a career-high 38.650 in the all-around, boosted by a career-best tying 9.825 on floor, tying for fourth. Dillon also posted 9.675 on both vault and bars, and a 9.475 on beam. Freshman Paige Jones tied for second on floor with a personal-best 9.850. Senior Lyndsie Boone was the Aggies' top finisher on vault, tying for fifth with a 9.775, while freshman Cammi Muhr, junior Haley Hogan and Simoneau made up three-fourths of a four-way logjam for fourth on beam, all with 9.750's. USU posted a 48.250 on vault, and then season-bests of 48.675 on bars, 47.750 on beam and 48.925 on floor, for its season-high team total of 193.600. BSU registered a 49.275 on vault, a 48.975 on bars, a 48.975 on beam and a 49.025 on floor, for its winning score of 196.250.

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

Next Competition
Fri.-Sun., March 4-6 --- at Arizona Invitational Fri., Mar. 4 --- vs. Minnesota, 9 a.m.
Fri., Mar. 4 --- at Arizona, 3 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 5 --- vs. UC Riverside, 9 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 5 --- vs. Idaho State, 11 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 6 --- vs. Portland State, 11 a.m.
• Utah State's softball team (3-7) will return to action on Friday, March 4 when it travels to Tucson, Ariz., to compete in the Arizona Invitational. USU will begin the tournament on Friday, March 4 against Minnesota at 9 a.m., and host Arizona at 3 p.m. The Aggies will then play a pair of games on Saturday, March 5 against UC Riverside and Idaho State at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, before concluding the tournament on Sunday, March 6 against Portland State at 11 a.m.

Last Week
L, 10-18 (6) --- vs. #19 Stanford, Las Vegas, Nev.
W, 14-9 --- at UNLV
L, 2-5 --- vs. Cal Poly, Las Vegas, Nev.
W, 9-1 (5) --- vs. Cal State Northridge, Las Vegas, Nev.
L, 3-13 (6) --- vs. #1 UCLA, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Senior shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro (Auburn, Wash.) became Utah State's new career home queen last weekend at the UNLV hosted Louisville Slugger Desert Classic as she helped the Aggies post a 2-3 record with wins against UNLV (14-9) and Cal State Northridge (9-1), and losses to No. 1 UCLA (13-3), No. 19 Stanford (18-1) and Cal Poly (5-2). Kaneshiro set the school record for career home runs with two dingers in USU's 9-1 win against Cal State Northridge to give her 26 home runs in her career. Against the Matadors, Kaneshiro was 3-of-3 at the plate with three runs batted in. For the tournament, Kaneshiro hit .467 (7-15) with two home runs, two doubles and five runs batted in.

Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Wed.-Sat., Feb. 23-26 --- at WAC Championships, Boise, Idaho, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 23 when it begins competition at the 2011 WAC Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho. The Aggie men won last year's indoor title, while the women finished second.

Last Competition
NTS --- at Boise State
NTS --- at Washington
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams set two school records and won nine event titles during the weekend as the Aggies competed in both Seattle, Wash., and Boise, Idaho. Leading the way for USU during the weekend was a pair of juniors as Ruth Hilton ran herself to the top of the Aggie records book in the 3000m at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle with a time of 9:47.48 to finish 39th out 81 runners, giving her the USU record and the Western Athletic Conference season-best time. Joining Hilton in the record books at the Flotrack Husky Classic was fellow junior Daniel Howell, who ran a school-record time in the men's 5000m (14:11.62). Junior Kim Quinn also ran well in the women's 5000m ranking second all-time with a time of 17:06.22. Howell finished 40th out of 92 athletes with his career-best and the WAC season-best time of 14:11.62. Quinn also ran her career-best in the 5000m (17:06.22), finishing 49th out of 91 runners. Quinn's time is also a WAC season-best time, more than a minute ahead of second-place. In Boise, Idaho senior Clint Silcock won his fifth high jump title of the season clearing 7-02.25 (2.19m) to stay undefeated on the year. Also finishing in first-place for USU was senior Armahd Lewis with a career-best and WAC season-best time in the 60m (6.79). He also won the 200m, crossing the line at 21.79. Freshman Devin Lang won the mile (4:13.10) just three seconds faster than junior Aaron Clements, who finished in third (4:16.45). Junior Philip Noble took the top spot in the heptathlon 60m with his career-best time of 7.29, but did not compete in the 1000m of the heptathlon to get a total score. Winning events for the Aggie women were junior Katelyn Heiner in the 400m (55.81), freshman Hannah Williams in the mile (5:02.07) and junior Sonia Grabowska in the pole vault with a jump of 13-03.50 (4.05m). Utah State had two men and six women finish second in their event in Boise, including Eric Follett in the high jump with a mark of 6-06.25 (1.99m) and Sam Hawkins in the 1000m of the hepathlon (2:47.69). Hawkins finished the heptathlon with 3,810 points, placing ninth. Finishing in second for the women was sophomore Aubrie Haymore in the 400m (56.18), junior Jessie Chugg in the 800m (2:17.00), sophomore Alex Litzsinger in the 3000m (10:12.96), junior Spela Hus in the shot put (45-06.50 [13.88m]), senior Lindsey Spencer in the weight throw (57-08.50 [17.59m]) and freshman Candace Moyes in the high jump (5-03.00 [1.60m]). During day one in Boise, Junior John Johnson cleared 16-06.75 (5.05m) to win the pole vault, just shy of his career-best jump of 5.06m. Freshman Chari Hawkins took second in the pentathlon (3,718 pts.), breaking her Western Athletic Conference leading season-best total of 3,460 pts. She won the 60m hurdles (8.85), high jump (5-07.75 ([1.72m]) and tied for first in the long jump (18-08.50 [5.70m]), as well as finishing fifth in the 800m (2:35.37) and shot put (31-11.25 [9.73m]). Hawkins ranks fourth all-time in the Utah State women's indoor top 10 with her 3,718 points in the pentathlon. Also placing in the top five was sophomore Jen Schiess with a fourth-place (3,129 pts.) finish in the pentathlon right ahead of fellow sophomore Bri Campbell (2,988 pts.).

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