Weekly Aggie Update

March 15, 2011

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
2011 NCAA Tournament, Tucson, Ariz.
Thur., Mar. 17 --- vs. Kansas State, 8 p.m. (TruTV)
Sat., Mar. 19 --- vs. Wisconsin/Belmont, TBA
• Utah State (30-3, 15-1) is the No. 12 seed in the Southeast Region in Tucson, Ariz., and will play fifth-seeded Kansas State (22-10, 10-6) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 17 at approximately 7:57 p.m. (MT) at the McKale Center. The game will be televised nationally on TruTV (Comcast Ch. 44). USU is 0-4 all-time against KSU.

Last Week
2011 WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
W, 58-54 --- vs. San Jose State
W, 77-69 --- vs. Boise State
• Utah State won the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend as it defeated San Jose State (58-54) in the semifinals and Boise State (77-69) in the championship game. Junior guard Brockeith Pane was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while senior forwards Nate Bendall and Tai Wesley were both named to the all-tournament team. Against SJSU, Pane had 16 points and Wesley had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Bendall added five points and 12 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 37.0 percent (20-54), including 21.4 percent from three-point range (3-14) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (15-21). SJSU shot 37.3 percent (19-51), including 26.3 percent from three (5-19) and 73.3 percent at the line (11-15). Against BSU, Pane had 19 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Wesley finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, three assits and three steals. Bendall had a season-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals, and senior guard Brian Green scored 12 points. USU shot 53.1 percent overall (26-49), including 37.5 percent from three (3-8) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (22-26). BSU shot 39.7 percent (23-58), including 23.1 percent from behind the arc (6-26) and 81.0 percent at the free throw line (17-21).

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

Next Competition
Tues., Mar. 22 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (10-6, 2-1) will return to action on Tuesday, March 22 when it hosts Weber State at 12 p.m., at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Competition
L, 1-6 --- at Boise State
• Utah State went 0-1 last week as it lost at Boise State, 6-1. Senior Nikita Ryashchenko scored the only point for USU with a three sets win at No. 6 singles (3-6, 7-6, 10-8). Ryashchenko also won his doubles match as he teamed with senior Jakob Asplund for an 8-6 win at the number three position. Other Aggies to compete against the Broncos include seniors Bryan Marchant and Alex Thatcher, sophomore Sven Poslusny and freshman Fredrik Peterson.

Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament, Logan, Utah
Thur., Mar. 17 --- ARIZONA, 5:30 p.m.
• Utah State (17-14, 10-6) will host Arizona (21-11) in the first round of the 2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament on Thursday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. USU is making it's first postseason appearance since the 1981-82 season. The Aggies are 5-4 all-time against the Wildcats.

Last Week
2011 WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
W, 72-67 --- vs. New Mexico State
L, 76-86 --- vs. Fresno State
• Utah State advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas as it defeated New Mexico State (72-67) in the quarterfinals and lost to eventual tournament champion Fresno State (86-76) in the semifinals. Against NMSU, sophomore guard Devyn Christensen had 19 points, sophomore center Banna Diop had 15 points and junior forward Ashlee Brown had 10 points and 10 rebounds. USU shot 37.0 percent in the game (20-54), including 26.7 percent from three-point range (4-15) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (28-32). NMSU shot 35.9 percent from the field (28-78), 18.2 percent from three (4-22) and 87.5 percent at the line (7-8). Against the Bulldogs, Christensen had a team-high 19 points, while Brown had 17 points. Sophomore guard Jenna Johnson scored 16 points and DIop had 11 points. USU shot 14-of-29 (.518) from the field, hitting half of its three-pointers (6-of-12). The Aggies also were 12-of-16 (.750) at the free throw line.Fresno State shot 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the field, hitting 14-of-37 (.378) of it three-pointers and 12-of-17 (.706) from the free pitch stripe.

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

Next Competition
Thur., Mar. 24 --- at San Francisco, 1 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 25 --- at San Jose State, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (8-3, 0-1) returns to action on Thursday, March 24 when it plays at San Francisco at 1 p.m. USU will then play at San Jose State on Friday, March 25 also at 1 p.m.

Last Competition
W, 5-2 --- WEBER STATE
• Utah State won its only match of the week, defeating Weber State at home, 5-2. Sophomore Jaclyn West won at No. 1 singles (6-2, 7-5), senior Hailey Swenson won at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-1), sophomore Kristina Voytsekhovich won at No. 3 singles (6-2, 6-0), and junior Romina Nedakovic won at No. 4 singles (6-0, 6-0). Utah State also won the doubles point as Swenson teamed with Nedakovic for an 8-2 win at the first position, while Voytsekhovich and West posted an 8-1 win at the second position, and senior Taylor Perry and junior Julie Tukuafu notched an 8-6 win at the third position. Other Aggies to compete during the match include junior Brianna Harris.

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 Competition
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).

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Sat., Mar. 19 --- at Oregon State (DH), 1 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 20 --- at Oregon (DH), 1 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (5-19) will play a pair of doubleheaders this weekend at Oregon State on Saturday, Mar. 19 and at Oregon on Sunday, Mar. 20. Both doubleheaders will begin at 1 p.m.

Last Week
at Long Beach State Tournament
W, 9-6; L 3-4 --- at Cal State Bakersfield
W, 3-1; L 1-4 --- at Cal State Bakersfield
L, 1-2 --- vs. Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach, Calif.
L, 0-1 --- vs. Saint Mary's, Long Beach, Calif.
L, 1-4 --- vs. Sacramento State, Long Beach, Calif.
L, 0-1 --- vs. Sacramento State, Long Beach, Calif.
L, 0-2 --- at Long Beach State
• Sophomore pitcher Mandy Harmon helped Utah State to a 2-7 record last week as it split a four-game series with Cal State Bakersfield winning 9-6 and 3-1 and losing 4-3 and 4-1, followed by five close loses at the Long Beach State Invitational against Cal State Fullerton (2-1), Saint Mary's (1-0), Sacramento State (4-1, 1-0) and Long Beach State (2-0). In USU's 9-6 win over Cal State Bakersfield, Harmon struck out seven in six innings to earn the win. She also earned the victory in the Aggies' 3-1 nine-inning win over the Roadrunners. She pitched brilliantly in a pair of 1-0 losses against Sacramento State and Long Beach State. For the week, she pitched 36.0 innings allowed only 11 earned runs for an ERA of 2.14. Harmon finished the week with a 2-4 record.

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Mar. 19 --- at WAC Championships, San Jose, Calif., 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (2-14, 1-4) will travel to San Jose, Calif., this weekend to compete in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. (MT). USU placed third at last year's meet.

Last Week
3rd, 193.150 --- at Southern Utah/vs. Iowa
• In its regular-season finale, Utah State gymnastics tallied a season-high on vault to pace the Aggies to a 193.150 final score in a meet at Southern Utah with No. 17 Iowa. The Hawkeyes won the tri-meet with a 196.450 while the host Thunderbirds tallied a 195.400. USU scored a season-high 48.600 on vault, a 48.475 on bars, a 47.500 on beam and a 48.575 on floor for its final score of 193.150. Seniors Lyndsie Boone and Jackie Dillon tied each other for fourth in the all-around, both posting 38.875's, while freshman Rachel Vaske was eighth with a 38.000. Boone was USU's highest placer on vault, finishing 10th with a 9.800, as well as the top Aggie on beam scoring a 9.700 to tie for seventh. Dillon was the highest Utah State gymnast on floor, tying for seventh with a 9.775, while junior Nicole Simoneau was the top Aggie on bars with a 9.750 to place eighth.

Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Fri.-Sat., March 18-19 --- at Arizona, Texas, All Day
• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will begin its season in Tucson, Ariz., at the University of Arizona hosted Willie Williams Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 18-19.

Last Week
NTS --- at NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas
• Utah State senior high jumper Clint Silcock finished the indoor season tied for 11th-place with Major Clay of Indiana State at the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend College Station, Texas. Both Clay and Silcock cleared 2.15m (7-00.50) on their first attempt. Silcock was undefeated prior to the championships, winning the high jump in all six meets in which he competed in the indoor season, including capturing his third-straight WAC Championship on Feb. 26. Junior Sonia Grabowska made her second appearance at the NCAA Championships, also qualifying in 2009, the last time that the NCAA Indoor Championships were held at College Station, Texas. Despite another great indoor season, she did not clear a height in the finals, trying 4.00m (13-01.50) three times. Grabowska and Silcock both own the USU school record in their events, 4.25m (13-11.25) and 2.24m (7-04.25), respectively. For their efforts, Silcock was named a second-team All-American and Grabowska garnered honorable mention All-American honors.

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