Weekly Aggie Update

Feb. 28, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 28, 2011

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

This Week
Wed., Mar. 2 --- at New Mexico State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sat., Mar. 5 --- at Louisiana Tech, 5 p.m. (Altitude)
• Utah State (26-3, 13-1) will play its final two games of the 2010-11 season on the road this week at New Mexico State (14-15, 8-6) on Wednesday, March 2 at 9 p.m. (MT), and at Louisiana Tech (12-18, 2-12) on Saturday, March 5 at 5 p.m. (MT). The game against NMSU will be televised live on ESPN2 and its game against LTU will be televised on Altitude. USU is 34-27 all-time against the New Mags, including a 9-18 road record, and 11-2 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 3-2 road record.

Last Week
W, 84-68 --- IDAHO
• Utah State won its only game of the week, defeating Idaho at home, 84-68. Senior forward Tai Wesley led USU with 22 points and seven rebounds in the game, while junior guard Brockeith Pane added 18 points and senior guard Brian Green finished with 15 points. USU shot 50.0 percent for the game (26-52), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (6-15) and 86.7 percent at the free throw line (26-30). Idaho shot 41.0 percent (25-61), including 40.0 percent from behind the arc (8-20) and 66.7 percent at the charity stripe (10-15).

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

This Week
Fri., Mar. 4 --- CAL STATE FULLERTON, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-12, 0-4) will have its final home meet of the 2011 season on Friday, March 4 as it hosts Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m.

Last Week
L, 193.150-196.550 --- UTAH
L, 192.650-195.475 --- at No. 13 Boise State
• Utah State gymnastics lost both of its duals last week to Utah (196.550-193.150) and at No. 13 Boise State (195.475-192.650). Against the Utes, USU posted six individual career highs on the way to a 193.150 team total, its second-highest of the season. Senior Jackie Dillon and freshman Rachel Vaske posted top all-around scores with a 39.025 and 38.600, good for tying for third and placing fifth, respectively. Dillon also had a career-best 9.850 on floor, good for fourth, finishing as the Aggies' top placer in the event. USU scored a 48.125 on vault, a 48.650 on bars, its season-best 48.075 on beam and a 48.300 on floor. Against the Broncos, junior Nicole Simoneau won the bars title with a 9.800. Dillon was second in the all-around with a 38.450, while freshman Rachel Vaske posted a 38.225 to finish third. Vaske and Dillon were USU's top beam performers, part of three-way tie for fourth with a 9.675 each, tying Hailey Gasper of BSU. Senior Lyndsie Boone was the top Aggie on vault, placing sixth with a 9.700 while Dillon was the top floor finisher, finishing seventh with a 9.700. For the second-straight meet, the Aggies scored a season-best on beam, posting a 48.200. USU also scored a 47.925 on vault, 48.425 on bars and a 48.100 on floor for the final score of 192.650.

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

This Week
Thur., Mar. 3 --- at Hawai'i, 10 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 5 --- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
• Utah State (15-12, 9-5) will play its final two games of the 2010-11 season this week at Hawai'i (10-17, 4-10) on Thursday, March 3 at 10 p.m. (MT), and at San Jose State (2-25, 2-12) on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. (MT) USU is 7-8 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine and 8-4 all-time against the Spartans.

Last Week
W, 72-61 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
L, 70-78 --- LOUISIANA TECH
• Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week with a 72-61 win against New Mexico State and a 78-70 loss to Louisiana Tech. Against NMSU, junior forward Ashlee Brown had 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals, sophomore center Banna Diop had 13 points, and senior guard Alice Coddington finished with seven points and 11 rebounds. USU shot 43.1 percent overall (25-58), including 41.7 percent from three-point range (5-12) and 85.0 percent at the free throw line (17-20). NMSU shot just 36.6 percent (26-71), including just 12.5 percent from behind the arc (2-16) and 87.5 percent at the charity stripe (7-8). Against LTU, Brown posted her ninth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Diop added 10 points and 11 boards for her third double-double on the year. Sophomore guard Devyn Christensen also scored in double-figures for USU, finishing with 15 points. USU shot 36.6 percent from the field (26-71), 31.8 percent from three-point range (7-22) and 68.8 percent at the free throw line (11-16) The Lady Techsters shot 42.9 percent (27-63), including 29.4 percent from three (5-17) and 73.1 percent at the line (19-26).

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

Next Competition
Thur.-Fri., Mar. 24-25 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
• Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Thursday, March 24 when it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly Intercollegiate.

Last Week
9th/15 --- at Washington State Getaway
• Utah State finished in ninth-place at the Washington State hosted Snowman Getaway held at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., with a 30-over par 894 (283-310-301). Sophomore Brendan Dennis shot an even-par 72 during his final round and finished tied for 29th with a 6-over 222 (71-79-72). Senior Benjamin Schilleman shot a final round 75 and also tied for 29th with a 6-over 222 (71-76-75), while fellow senior Tyson McFarland shot a final round 78 to tie for 29th as well at 6-under 222 (69-75-78). Junior Austin French finished tied for 50th with a 12-over 228 (72-80-76), and fellow junior Chanse Godderidge tied for 68th with a 20-over 236 (77-80-79).

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

This Week
Sat., Mar. 5 --- at Boise State, 6 p.m. • Utah State's men's tennis team (10-5, 2-0) will travel to Boise, Idaho this weekend to face Boise State in a Western Athletic Conference match on Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m.

Last Week
L, 0-7 --- at SMU
W, 6-1 --- vs. Collin County CC, Dallas, Texas
W, 6-1 --- Seminole College, Dallas, Texas
L, 2-5 --- vs. Texas-Arlington, Dallas, Texas
• Utah State went 2-2 during the week as it defeated Collin County Community College (6-1) and Seminole State College (6-1), and lost at SMU (7-0) and to Texas-Arlington (5-2). Against Collin County CC, senior Jakob Asplund won at No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-0), freshman Fredrik Peterson won at No. 3 singles (6-0, 7-6), senior Bryan Marchant won at No. 4 singles (6-2, 6-0), senior Alex Thatcher won at No. 5 singles (6-0, 6-3) and senior Nikita Ryashchenko won at No. 6 singles (6-0, 6-1). USU also won the doubles point as sophomore Sven Poslusny teamed with Marchant for an 8-2 win at the first position, Peterson and Thatcher won 8-1 at the second position, and Asplund and Ryashchenko won 8-1 at the third position. Against Seminole State College, Ryashchenko won at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-3), Peterson won at No. 3 singles (6-3, 6-3), Marchant won at No. 4 singles (2-6, 6-3, 6-4), Thatcher won at No. 5 singles (7-5, 6-4), and junior Lenny Whiting won at No. 6 singles (6-3, 6-1). USU also won the doubles point as Poslusny and Marchant won 8-3 at the first position, and Asplund and Ryashchenko won 8-4 at the No. 3 position. Against Texas-Arlington, Asplund won at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-3) and Marchant won at No. 4 singles (2-6, 6-3, 6-3).

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

This Week
Tues., Mar. 1 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (7-3, 0-1) will have one match this week as it hosts Weber State on Tuesday, March 1 at Noon at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
W, 7-0 --- EASTERN WASHINGTON
L, 1-6 --- at North Texas
W, 7-0 --- vs. Temple, Denton, Texas
W, 7-0 --- vs. Seminole College, Denton, Texas
W, 7-0 --- vs. Collin County CC, Denton, Texas
• Utah State posted a 4-1 record during the week with wins against Eastern Washington (7-0), Temple College (7-0), Seminole State College (7-0), Collin County Community College (7-0), and a loss at North Texas (6-1). Sophomore Jaclyn West went 4-1 at No. 1 singles during the week winning all four of her matches in straight sets. Senior Hailey Swenson also went 4-1 at No. 2 singles, winning her four matches in straight sets. Sophomore Kristina Voytsekhovich posted a 4-1 record at No. 3 singles, with three of her four matches in straight sets. Junior Romina Nedakovic had a 4-1 record at No. 4 singles as she won all of her matches in straight sets. Junior Julie Tukuafu also went 4-1 in singles play at the No. 5 spot, winning all four of her matches in straight sets. And junior Brianna Harris went 5-0 during the week at No. 6 singles, winning four of her matches in straight sets. In doubles play, Swenson and Nedakovic posted a 3-2 record at the first position, West and Voytsekhovich notched a 4-1 record at the second position, and Tukuafu teamed with senior Taylor Perry for a 4-1 record at the third position.

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

This Week
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 Competition
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.

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

This Week
Sat., March 5 --- at Washington, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will return to action on Saturday, March 5 when it travels to Seattle, Wash., to compete in the University of Washington hosted Final Qualifier.

Last Week
M: T1st/4; W: 2nd/8--- at WAC Championships, Boise, Idaho
• Utah State's men won a share of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship, while the Aggie women placed second, just one point away from first. For the Aggie men, it is its second-straight Indoor Championship. Six men's individual titles led the Aggies to the title, while the women finished second, getting eight top three finishers in the final day. The USU men tied host Boise State with 177 points each, while the Aggie women were one point behind five-time champion Louisiana Tech, 133-132. Senior Armahd Lewis was named Men's Co-Track Athlete of the meet while Tanner Hunt was named the Freshman of the Year. Senior Clint Silcock won his third-straight WAC high jump title as he cleared 7-02.25 (2.19m). Joining Silcock in the top six of the high jump were sophomore Eric Follett in third with a career-best jump of 6-10.25 (2.09m) and sophomore Kenny Hamlett in sixth (6-02.25 [1.89m]). Senior Armahd Lewis won two titles Saturday, winning the 60m dash in a career-best 6.77 and improving from No. 5 to No. 4 on USU's career top 10 list in the event. Lewis also broke the tape in the 200m, winning in a time of 21.46. Freshman Parker Bluth earned a pair of second-team all-WAC honors by finishing fourth in both the 60m (career-high 6.95) and 200m (21.91). Senior Eric Larson won the mile title in a career-best 4:09.32 time, improving from No. 8 to No. 7 on the Aggies' career top 10 list. Larson was one of four USU men to earn team points and all-WAC honors in the event as senior Hunter Nelson (4:14.46), junior Aaron Clements (4:14.59) and junior Chio Lopez (4:16.17) were fourth through sixth, respectively, all collecting second-team all-WAC honors. In the 800m, senior James Allred won his second-straight WAC title in the event, breaking the tape in 1:53.24, just ahead of fellow senior Jason Holt (1:53.86). Junior Daniel Howell was Utah State's sixth title collector, winning the 3,000m in an 8:26.54 time. Freshman Kyle McKenna was fourth (8:32.3) to earn second-team all-conference honors. While the women did not have title winners, the Aggies collected eight top three finishers, all earning first-team all-WAC honors, as well as several new marks in the USU records. Senior Lindsey Spencer and junior Spela Hus were second and third, respectively, in the shot put with marks of 48-08.25 (14.84m) and 47-00.75 (14.34m). Spencer's mark is the third-best in the Aggie record books, while Saturday's distance by Hus is just shy of her career-best mark of 14.42m, that got bumped down to No. 4. Junior Katelyn Heiner was second in the 400m in 55.32, the fifth-fastest time in school history, while freshman Kylie Hirschi was second in the 800m with a 2:12.70 time, No. 5 on USU's top 10 list. Freshman Hannah Williams was third in the mile with a 4:59.69 time, good for No. 10 on USU's top 10 list. Junior Ruth Hilton was second in the 3,000m with a time of 9:54.73, just ahead of classmate Kim Quinn, who was third (9:55.61). In the final event of the meet, the USU 4x400m relay team of sophomores Hollie Bosworth and Aubrie Haymore along with Hirshci and Heiner was third in a time of 3:44.82, No. 6 on the Aggies' top 10 list. Other all-WAC accolade winners for the USU men were three first-team honorees, including the 4x400m relay team of Bluth, Lewis, Allred and freshman Tanner Hunt, finishing second in a season-best time of 3:14.16, the fourth-fastest time in school history. Hunt also finished third in the 400m (season-best 47.99). Junior John Johnson was second in the pole vault (16-01.25 (4.91m). Four other Aggie men earned second-team all-WAC accolades, including freshman Jacob Peterson earned a pair of second-team honors with two season-bests times, placing fifth in the 800m (1:54.87) and sixth in the 60m hurdles (8.43). Sophomore Spencer Hall was fourth in the weight throw (57-05.50 [17.51m]), while junior Max Hansen was fifth in the pole vault (15-01.50 [4.61m]) on a judge's decision, and fellow junior Damian Szade was sixth in the triple jump (45-04.50 [13.83m]). Three USU women collected second-team honors, as senior Alexis Meyer was sixth in the 800m (2:16.64), while senior Alicia Wilkins (5:02.84) and sophomore Stephanie Burt (5:05.63) were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the mile.

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