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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 14, 2016
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Sat., March 19 --- at Mountain Rim Champs., Boise, Idaho, 6 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (7-8, 3-2 MRGC) continues its 2016 season this weekend at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships, which will be held in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m.
L, 194.825-196.775 --- at #11 Arkansas
W, 194.725-191.025 --- at Illinois-Chicago
• Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week as it lost at No. 11 Arkansas, 196.775-194.825, and then closed out the regular season with a 194.725-191.025 win at Illinois-Chicago. Against the Razorbacks, USU recorded a 48.725 on vault, a 48.300 on bars, a 48.925 on beam and a 48.875 on floor. Junior Bailey McIntire finished second in the all-around with a 39.075, highlighted by a career-high-tying 9.825 on beam to tie for fifth, and freshman Madison Ward recorded a then-career-high 9.825 to tie for fourth on floor. Against the Flames, the Aggies won all four events, notching a 48.900 on vault, a 48.700 on bars, a 48.050 on beam and a season-high-tying 49.075 on floor. McIntire led USU as she won the all-around with a 39.150, as she tied for first on bars with a 9.775, tied for first on beam with a 9.775, tied for third on vault with a 9.775 and tied for third on floor with a 9.825. Other top-three finishers for the Aggies included sophomore Melanie Oster, who tied for first on bars (9.775) and placed third on beam (9.725), senior McKinzey Martinez, who tied for first on vault (9.800), senior Michelle Yasukochi, who tied for first on vault (9.800), freshman Madison Ward, who tied for first on floor (career-best 9.850) and tied for third on bars (9.725), senior Hayley Sanzotti, who tied for first on both floor (9.850) and beam (9.775), sophomore Keri Peel, who tied for third on floor (career-high 9.825), junior Katie Brown, who tied for third on vault (9.775), and senior JoAnna Cuba, who tied for third on bars (9.725).
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., March 18-19 --- at UC Irvine Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s outdoor track & field teams will begin its 2016 season this weekend at the UC Irvine Invitational on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19.
NTS --- at NCAA Indoor Championships, Birmingham, Ala.
NTS --- at USATF Indoor Championships, Portland, Ore.
• Utah State track & field senior Parker Bluth and sophomore Dillon Maggard both earned second-team All-American honors at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held last weekend in Birmingham, Ala. Maggard placed 12th in the semifinals of the mile with a time of 4:10.13, while Bluth placed 14th with a time of 21.21 in the semifinals of the 200m. Although Maggard and Bluth did not qualify for their respective finals, they each earned second-team All-American accolades for placing in the top-16 in their respective events. USU also had two individuals compete at the 2016 USATF Indoor Championships held last weekend in Portland, Ore. Sophomore Clay Lambourne competed in the first of four heats in the first round of the men’s 800m, where he finished 16th with a time of 1:53.10. Fellow sophomore Brady Martin participated in the third of four heats in the first round of the men’s 400m, as he placed 20th with a time of 48.41.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sat., March 19 --- BOISE STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State men’s tennis (13-5, 0-1) continues its 2016 spring season this weekend with a Mountain West home match against Boise State (9-7, 0-0) on Saturday, March 19 at 1 p.m.
W, 4-0 --- at Saint Mary’s
Mountain-Pacific Invite, Albuquerque, N.M.
W, 4-1 --- vs. New Mexico State
W, 4-0 --- vs. Pacific
L, 1-4 --- at New Mexico
• Utah State posted a 3-1 road record last week with a 4-0 win at Saint Mary’s before heading to the New Mexico-hosted Mountain-Pacific Invite and recording a second-place finish with a 4-1 win against New Mexico State, a 4-0 win against No. 58 Pacific and a 4-1 loss against host No. 63 New Mexico. Against the Gaels, the Aggies took the doubles point as junior Jack Swindells and freshman Jonas Maier won at the second position (6-4) and sophomores Andrew Nakajima and Jaime Barajas won at the third position (6-2). In singles, Barajas won at the No. 1 spot (6-4, 6-0), Maier won at the No. 2 spot (6-2, 6-4) and freshman Samuel Serrano won at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-1). Against NMSU, the red Aggies took the doubles point, but Barajas and Nakajima won at the third position (7-5). In singles, Barajas won at the No. 1 spot (7-5, 6-4), Maier won at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 7-5), Serrano won at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 6-3) and freshman Romai Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (6-4, 6-3). Against the Tigers, the teams only participated in singles and Maier won at the No. 2 spot (7-6, 6-4), freshman Luis Lopez won at the No. 4 spot (6-0, 3-6, 6-1), Serrano won at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 6-4) and Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (7-6, 6-1). And against the Lobos, UNM took the doubles point, while Swindells won at the No. 3 singles spot (6-2, 6-2).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., March 28-29 --- at UC Irvine Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will continue its 2016 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, March 28-29 when it competes in the UC Irvine Invitational.
7th/12 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
• Utah State shot a 3-over 291 during the final round of the Southern Utah-hosted Pat Hicks Invitational to finish the 36-hole tournament in seventh place with a 14-over 590 (299-291). Senior Seokwon Jeon shot a 2-over 74 in the final round to finish tied for fourth individually at 4-under 140 (66-74). Junior McCoy Willey posted a final round 4-under 68 to finish in a tie for 13th place at 1-over 145 (77-68). Junior Tanner Jenson finished tied for 28th at 5-over 149 (76-73), junior Eli Rogers tied for 55th at 12-over 156 (80-76) and freshman Keifer Higham placed 61st at 14-over 158 (81-77).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Tues., March 15 --- at Utah Valley, 2 p.m.
Sat., March 19 --- NORTHERN COLORADO (DH), 12 p.m.
Sun., March 20 --- NORTHERN COLORADO, 12 p.m.
• Utah State softball (9-10, 0-0) begins the head-to-head portion of its 2016 schedule this week with four games. The Aggies will play at in-state foe Utah Valley (4-20) on Tuesday, March 15 at 2 p.m. USU will then open the home season this weekend, hosting Northern Colorado (3-15) for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 19 with games at Noon and 2 p.m., as well as a Noon game on Sunday, March 20.
at UNLV Tournament
L, 6-8 --- vs. DePaul
W, 18-4 (5) --- vs. Valparaiso
L, 3-8 --- vs. DePaul
W, 8-3 --- vs. Santa Clara
W, 5-2 --- vs. Wisconsin
• Utah State posted a 3-2 record at the UNLV-hosted Rebel Classic last weekend. The Aggies opened the weekend with an 8-6 loss to DePaul, but followed with an 18-4 win over Valparaiso. Saturday also saw a split, as USU fell to DePaul a second time, 8-3, before topping Santa Clara, also 8-3. Tournament action concluded Sunday with a 5-2 win over Wisconsin. Four USU pitchers appeared in the circle over the weekend, compiling a combined earned run average of 4.38. The four allowed 43 total hits and 25 runs, while striking out 19 batters and walking 11. Senior Noelle Johnson led the group with a 2.17 ERA in the win over Wisconsin, while junior April Brown posted a 1-1 record with a 3.50 ERA. At the plate, junior utility player Alleyah Armendariz led the Aggies, batting .538 on the weekend with seven hits and a team-best six runs, as well as being one of three players to tally five RBIs on the weekend. Armendariz was also tops defensively, adding 21 putouts on the weekend, seeing time in right field and at first base.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Wed., March 23 --- at Weber State, 11 a.m.
Sat., March 26 --- MONTANA STATE, 11 a.m.
• Utah State women’s tennis (6-8, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season next week with two matches as its plays at Weber State (5-9) on Wednesday, March 23 at 11 a.m., and then hosts Montana State (4-9) on Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m.
L, 1-5 --- vs. CS Fullerton, Los Angeles, Calif.
L, 2-5 --- at Loyola Marymount
W, 7-0 --- at Concordia (CA)
W, 5-1 --- at UC Riverside
• Utah State posted a 2-2 road record last week with a 5-1 loss at Cal State Fullerton, a 5-2 loss at Loyola Marymount, a 7-0 win at Concordia (CA) and a 5-1 win at UC Riverside. Against the Titans, junior Nini Guensler won at the No. 2 singles spot (7-5, 1-6, 6-2) for USU’s only point as the two teams did not play any doubles matches. Against the Lions, LMU took the doubles point, but Guensler and sophomore Maggie O’Meara won at the second position, 6-0. In singles, freshman Monika Van de Vondel won at the No. 5 spot (6-0, 6-2) and sophomore Meghan Lyall won at the No. 6 spot (7-5, 6-3). Against Concordia (CA), USU took the doubles point as sophomore Sabrina Demerath and junior Ekaterina Tugarinova won at the first position (6-2) and O’Meara and Guensler won at the second position (6-3). In singles, Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 6-1), Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (6-0, 6-3), O’Meara won at the No. 3 spot (6-2, 6-0), Demerath won at the No. 4 spot (6-1, 6-2), Van de Vondel won at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 6-1) and freshman Jenna Kane won at the No. 6 spot (6-0, 6-2). Against the Highlanders, the teams only played singles, and Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 3-6, 6-4), Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 6-0), O’Meara won at the No. 3 spot (6-0, 4-6, 6-3), Demerath won at the No. 4 spot (6-2, 6-3), and Van de Vondel won at the No. 5 spot (6-1, 6-1). Also competing for the Aggies last week was junior Lexi Turley.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
2016 Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
W, 88-70 --- vs. #8 Wyoming
L, 65-71 --- vs. #1 San Diego State
• Utah State men’s basketball (16-15, 7-11) concluded its 2015-16 season by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championships last week as it posted an 88-70 win against eighth-seeded Wyoming in the first round, before falling to top-seeded San Diego State, 71-65. Against the Cowboys, junior guard Shane Rector scored a season-high 24 points to go along with a season-best six rebounds, while senior guard Chris Smith added 20 points, junior wing Jalen Moore scored 19 points and sophomore guard Julion Pearre finished with 14 points. For the game, USU shot 48.4 percent (31-of-64) overall, including 44.0 percent (11-of-25) from 3-point range and 83.3 percent (15-of-18) at the free throw line. UW shot 37.3 percent (19-of-51) overall, including 17.9 percent (5-of-28) from behind the arc and 79.4 percent (27-of-34) at the charity stripe. Against the Aztecs, redshirt junior forward Lew Evans scored 15 points, Moore had 14 points, Pearre scored 12 points, and Rector added 11 points and a season-high seven assists. USU finished the game shooting 41.7 percent (20-of-48) overall, including 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from 3-point range and 63.3 percent (19-of-30) at the free throw line. SDSU shot 39.7 percent (23-of-58), including 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from behind the arc and 63.3 percent (19-of-30) at the charity stripe.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
2016 Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
W, 59-35 --- vs. #10 Nevada
L, 47-55 --- vs. #2 Fresno State
• Utah State women’s basketball (14-17, 8-10) concluded its 2015-16 season by posting a 1-1 record in the Mountain West Championships last week with a 59-35 win against Nevada in the first round, followed by a 55-47 loss to second-seeded Fresno State in the quarterfinals. Against the Wolf Pack, sophomore guard Funda Nakkasoglu led the Aggies with 18 points, while junior forward Antoina Robinson recorded her first-career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 13 rebounds, and freshman guard Rachel Brewster tallied 12 points. Overall, USU shot 37.3 percent (19-of-51) from the field, 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from the 3-point line and 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the free throw line. UN shot 18.6 percent (11-of-59) from the field, 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from behind the arc and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the free throw line. Against the Bulldogs, Nakkasoglu led the team with 16 points, while freshman guard Katie Toole had a team-best 10 rebounds. Overall, USU shot 30.2 percent (16-of-53) from the field, 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from the 3-point line and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the free throw line. FS shot 31.7 percent (20-of-63) from the field, 15.4 percent (2-of-13) from behind the arc and 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the free throw line.
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