Weekly Aggie Update

Feb. 21, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 21, 2010

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

This Week
Thur., Feb. 25 --- at Hawai'i, 10 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State (22-6, 11-2) will play its final road game of the regular season the week as it travels to Honolulu to face Hawai'i (9-17, 2-10) on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. (MT). USU is 9-4 all-time against the Rainbow Warriors which includes a 1-3 road record. USU defeated UH earlier this year in Logan, 98-54.

Last Week
W, 67-61 --- LOUISIANA TECH
W, 68-58 --- WICHITA STATE
• Utah State went 2-0 at home last week as it defeated Louisiana Tech (67-61) and Wichita State (68-58). Against the Bulldogs, junior forward Tai Wesley had a game-high 16 points and tied his season-high with six assists, while junior guard Pooh Williams scored 15 points. Senior guard Jared Quayle recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while junior forward Nate Bendall had 11 points and nine boards. USU shot 46.6 percent overall (27-58), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (6-15) and 63.6 percent at the free throw line (7-11). Louisiana Tech shot just 37.5 percent from the field (21-56) and just 27.3 percent from behind the arc (6-22), but made 13-of-15 (.867) free throws. Against the Shockers, Wesley scored a game-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists, while Bendall had 12 points and four boards and sophomore forward Brady Jardine came off the bench to score 11 points and grab seven rebounds. Quayle finished the game with seven points, nine rebounds and a season-high tying seven assists. USU shot 51.0 percent overall (26-51), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (5-10) and 73.3 percent at the free throw line (11-15). WSU shot just 40.0 percent for the game (22-55) and just 35.0 percent behind the arc (7-20). The Shockers were also 7-of-10 (.700) at the free throw line.

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

This Week
Sat., Feb. 27 --- NORTH DAKOTA, 11 a.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (3-3) will play just one match this week as it hosts Montana on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
W, 7-0 --- NORTH DAKOTA
• Utah State won its only match of the week as it defeated North Dakota at home, 7-0. Junior Hailey Swenson recorded a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-0, 7-5), freshman Jaclyn West won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-0), sophomore Kristina Voytsekhovich posted a straight sets win at No. 3 singles (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Monica Abella won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-3, 6-2), junior Taylor Perry won in three sets at No. 5 singles (0-6, 7-6, 10-3) and senior Britney Watts posted a straight sets win at No. 6 singles (6-3, 6-2). Swenson and West also notched a 9-8 win at No. 1 doubles, while Abella and Voytsekhovich won, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles, and Watts and Perry teamed up for an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Tues., Feb. 23 --- at New Mexico State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 27 --- IDAHO, 2 p.m.
• Utah State (12-13, 4-8) will continue Western Athletic Conference action this week as it plays at New Mexico State (16-11, 6-7) on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., and then hosts Idaho (7-18, 5-7) on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. USU is 11-16 all-time against NMSU and 6-11 all-time against the Vandals. New Mexico State defeated USU, 56-55, earlier this year in Logan, while the Aggies defeated Idaho on the road, 57-55.

Last Week
L, 63-69 --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State went 0-1 last week as it lost to league-leading Fresno State, 69-63, at home. Junior guard Amber White scored a career-high 27 points in the game as she was 12-of-24 from the field, while junior guards LaCale Pringle-Buchanan and Alice Coddington posted nine points each, and sophomore forward Banna Diop posted eight points and eight rebounds in just her third start this season. Utah State was 24-of-59 (.407) field goal shooting, hitting 7-of-17 (.412) behind the three-point arc. USU was 8-of-12 (.667) at the free throw line. Fresno State ended the night shooting 38.1 percent (24-63) from the field, hitting 7-of-18 (.389) from three-point range. The Bulldogs were 9-of-10 at the charity stripe in the second half, including 6-of-6 in the final 27 seconds to keep the Aggies at bay, ending at 14-of-16 (.875).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Fri., Feb. 26 --- at Montana State, 5 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 27 --- vs. Sacramento State, Bozeman, Mont., 1 p.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (5-4) will travel to Bozeman, Mont., this weekend for a pair of matches as it faces Montana State on Friday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m., and then plays Sacramento State on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.

Last Week
W, 4-3 --- WEBER STATE
W, 7-0 --- MESA STATE
• Utah State went 2-0 last week with a pair of home wins against Weber State (4-3) and Mesa State (7-0). Against the Wildcats, junior Alex Thatcher recorded a straight sets win at No. 4 singles (6-4, 6-1), senior Amit Maharaj posted a straight sets win at No. 5 singles (6-2, 6-2), and freshman Nikita Ryashchenko won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-3, 6-1). Juniors Jakob Asplund and Bryan Marchant notched an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles and Maharaj teamed with freshman Sven Poslusny for an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles to give USU the doubles point. Against the Mavericks, Asplund won at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-0), Poslusny won at No. 2 singles (7-5, 6-3), Thatcher won at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-0), Maharaj won at No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-4), Ryashchenko won at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-1) and freshman Jose Limon won at No. 6 singles (6-2, 4-6, 10-4). Asplund and Marchant also recorded an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles, while Poslusny and Maharaj won, 8-0, at No. 2 doubles, and Ryashchenko teamed with sophomore Nate Ballam for an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 25-27--- at WAC Championships, Boise, Idaho, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will travel to Boise, Idaho this week for the 2010 WAC Indoor Championships which will be held from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27. The Aggie men finished second at last year's indoor championships, while the Aggie women placed fourth.

Last Competition
NTS --- at Boise State Open
NTS --- at Washington Husky Classic
• Utah State track and field competed well in a split weekend with athletes at both the Boise State Open and the Washington Husky Classic. For the second week in a row, an Aggie men's athlete set a new Utah State school record, this week by sophomore Brian McKenna in the 5,000m. McKenna set a new USU record clocking in at 14:20.09, in 41st place at the Husky Classic at Seattle, Wash. The previous record of 14:20.15 was posted by Seth Wold in 2006. McKenna's time is the fastest in the WAC thus far this season. Sophomore Daniel Howell (14:32.26) and Nick Bolinder (14:56.33) both ran new personal-best times in the event as well. Last week, Aggie junior Mike Pyrtle set a new Utah State record in the 60m clocking in at 6.71. Senior Steve Strickland took 15th in the invite only heat of the 3,000m at the Husky Classic clocking in at 8:10.67, which is second in Utah State history and also a WAC-best time. Senior Erin Stratton finished fifth in the mile clocking in at 4:55.59 to rank seventh on the Utah State school record list and is the fastest time in the WAC to date this season. In the women's 3,000m invite only heat, sophomore Kim Quinn ran a 9:54.42, finishing 47th. At the Boise State Open, junior Joe Canavan set two new PR's in winning the shot put with a distance of 17.44m (57-02.75) and taking second in the weight throw at 18.55m (60-10.50). Sophomore Spela Hus won the shot put with a distance of 14.44m (47-04.50) and took 12th in the weight throw with a mark of 13.68m (44-10.75). Freshman Bri Campbell took second in the high jump, clearing 1.65m (5-05.00). Sophomore Ruth Hilton finished seventh in the 3,000m with a new PR time of 10:17.30. Junior Phillip Noble took second in the heptathlon with 4,703 points, which is sixth-best in USU history.

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

This Week
Fri., Feb. 26 --- at Cal State Fullerton / vs. UCLA, 8 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-10, 0-3) will continue its 2010 season this weekend as it travels to Fullerton, Calif., to compete in a tri-meet with Cal State Fullerton and UCLA on Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 186.675-195.075 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
L, 190.725-195.350 --- BRIGHAM YOUNG
• Utah State went 0-2 last week as it lost at home to No. 19 Southern Utah, 195.075-186.675, and to Brigham Young, 195.350-190.725. Against the Thunderbirds, senior Heather Heinrich was second in the all-around posting a season-high 38.800. Heinrich was USU's top vaulter, tying for third with a 9.675, as well as the top Aggie on beam with a 9.725, tying her season-high and finishing tied for fourth. She also finished the night as the top USU gymnast on floor with a 9.675 to tie for fifth. Freshman Amanda Watamaniuk was third in the all-around with a 36.575, while sophomore Haley Hogan was fourth with an all-around score of 36.525. Watamaniuk and Heinrich were part of a three-way tie for fourth on bars with SUU's Melissa Johnson, all posting 9.725's, as Watamaniuk tied her career-high and Heinrich registered a new season-best. USU scored a 46.875 on vault, a 48.050 on bars, a 47.125 on beam and a 44.625 on floor. Against the Cougars, Heinrich was Utah State's lone event winner, collecting the all-around title with her career-best 39.100, as she was second on beam with a 9.800, a season-high and USU's highest beam score this season, as well as second on floor with a 9.825, also the highest score of the season for the Aggies. USU logged a 47.725 on vault, 47.675 on bars, 47.700 on beam and 47.625 for a 190.725 total, the Aggies' best score in their last four meets, ranking as their fourth-best overall score of the season. Utah State's beam and floor scores were the third-best of the season while the vault and bars scores are both No. 5 on the Aggies' top score lists this season.

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

Next Competition
Thur.-Fri., Mar. 25-26 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate Arroyo Grande, Calif., All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Thursday, Mar. 25 when it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly Intercollegiate.

Last Competition
5th/11 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
• Utah State's men's golf team opened its 2010 spring season with a fifth-place finish out of 11 teams at the Southern Utah University hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational on Feb. 8-9. The Aggies wrapped up the two-day, 36-hole tournament with a 13 over-par 589 (294-295). Freshman Tanner Higham led the Aggies with rounds of 70 and 74 to finish tied for sixth with an even-par 144 in his best collegiate finish of the season. Juniors Benjamin Schilleman and Chanse Godderidge finished tied for 14th for USU with a three-over 147 as Schilleman had rounds of 72 and 75, and Godderidge had rounds of 76 and 71. Freshman Brendan Dennis tied for 24th with a six-over 150 (72-78), junior Tyson McFarland shot a 10-over 154 (79-75) to tie for 45th and senior Thad Truman finished 51st with an 11-over 155 (76-79). Utah State also had two players compete as individuals as senior Brandon Broadhead placed tied for 52nd with a 12-over 156 (77-79), while sophomore Austin French finished 68th with a 23-over 167 (89-78).

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

Next Week
at Colorado State Classic
Fri., Mar. 5--- vs. North Dakota State, 9 a.m.
Fri., Mar. 5 --- vs. Utah Valley, 11 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 6 --- vs. South Dakota State, 9 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 6 --- at Colorado State, 11 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 7 --- vs. North Dakota State, 9 a.m.
• Utah State's softball team (5-3) will take the week off before returning to action on Friday, Mar. 5 when it competes in the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. USU will begin the tournament against North Dakota State and Utah Valley on Friday, Mar. 5, before playing South Dakota State and Colorado State on Saturday, Mar. 6. USU will then conclude the tournament on Sunday, Mar. 7 against North Dakota State.

Last Week
at Campbell Cartier Tournament, San Diego, Calif.
W, 7-4 --- vs. Washington
L, 3-13 (6) --- vs. Western Kentucky
Cancelled --- vs. UC Santa Barbara
L, 1-6 --- vs. Penn State
Cancelled --- at San Diego State
• Utah State went 1-2 last weekend at the at the Campbell-Cartier Classic hosted by San Diego State University as the Aggies defeated No. 1 Washington (7-4), and then lost to Penn State (6-1) and Western Kentucky (13-3). USU also had games against UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State cancelled due to inclement weather. During the tournament, freshman designated player Kali Cancelosi went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the Aggies win against Washington. For the week, she hit .429 (3-7) and reached base in all three games.

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