Weekly Aggie Update

March 21, 2011

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Last Week
2011 NCAA Tournament, Tucson, Ariz.
L, 68-73 --- vs. Kansas State
• Utah State (30-4, 15-1) concluded its 2010-11 season with a 73-68 loss to No. 21 Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. Senior forward Tai Wesley led USU with 18 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Brockeith Pane had 17 points and senior guard/forward Pooh Williams finished with 16 points. USU shot 46.0 percent overall (23-50), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 76.2 percent at the free throw line (16-21). KSU finished the game shooting 40.7 percent (22-54), including 29.4 percent from three (5-17) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (24-28).

Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

Last Week
2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament
W, 103-95 --- ARIZONA
L, 63-102 --- at Brigham Young
• Utah State (18-15, 10-6) ended its season with a school-record tying 18 wins as it advanced to postseason play for the first time since the 1981-82 season as it participated in the women's postseason National Invitation Tournament. USU began its postseason run with a 103-95 home win against Arizona before losing at Brigham Young, 102-63, in the second round. Against the Wildcats, sophomore guard Devyn Christensen scored a career-high 27 points, while junior forward Ashlee Brown had 20 points, sophomore center Banna Diop had 17 points and eight rebounds, junior forward Maddy Plunkett scored a career-high 11 points, and sophomore guard Jenna Johnson finished with 10 points. USU shot 52.3 percent in the game (34-65), including 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14) and 78.4 percent at the free throw line. UA shot 48.6 percent overall (36-74), including 35.0 percent from behind the arc (7-20) and 66.7 percent at the line (16-24). Against the Cougars, Christensen was the only Aggie to score in double-figures as she finished the game with 14 points. USU shot 32.8 percent overall (22-67), including 44.4 percent from three (8-18) and 55.0 percent at the charity stripe (11-20. BYU shot 55.4 percent (36-65), including 50.0 percent from three (9-18) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (21-28).

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
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: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
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

This Week
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
Tues., Mar. 22 --- at Weber State (DH), 1 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 25 --- at Hawai'i, 10 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 26 --- at Hawai'i (DH), 8 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (5-23, 0-0) will begin its week with a doubleheader at Weber State (3-15) on Tuesday, March 22 at 1 p.m., before traveling to Honolulu this weekend as it begins Western Athletic Conference play against Hawai'i (22-9, 0-0) with a single game on Friday, March 25 at 10 p.m. (MT) and a doubleheader on Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 1-8; L 0-9 (5) --- at Oregon State
L, 3-11 (6); L, 0-9 (5) --- at Oregon
• Freshman utility player Kassy Uchida (Burbank, Calif.) hit .333 last weekend as Utah State lost two games at Oregon State (8-1, 9-0) and was then swept in a doubleheader at No. 15 Oregon (11-3, 9-0). During the weekend, Uchida had four hits and five total bases to go along with one run scored and one run batted in. In USU's first game against the Beavers she was 2-for-4 with a double, and in its final game against the Ducks she had one hit and one run scored.

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

Next Week
Sat., April 2 --- at NCAA Regionals, Denver, Colo., 6 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (3-18, 1-4) will return to action on Saturday, April 2 when it will have select individuals compete at NCAA Regionals in Denver, Colo., at 6 p.m.

Last Week
5th, 191.850 --- at WAC Championships, San Jose, Calif.
• Utah State finished fifth at the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championships Saturday at the San Jose Event Center, scoring a 191.850. Boise State won its third WAC title in the last four years, totaling a 195.700. Southern Utah, last year's champion, was second with a 194.825, while host San Jose State was third with a 193.925 total. Sacramento State scored a 193.550 to finish fourth, followed by USU's 191.850 and Cal State Fullerton was sixth with a 191.650. The Aggies scored a 47.750 on vault, a 48.475 on bars, a 47.175 on beam and a 48.450 on floor for a total of 191.850. Senior Jackie Dillon tied for seventh in the all-around with a 38.600, her fifth score this season of at least a 38.500. Freshman Rachel Vaske was ninth with a 38.250 and senior Lyndsie Boone was 11th with a 38.100. Dillon was USU's top finisher on floor, tying for eighth with a 9.800, as well as tying for 10th on bars with a 9.750. Junior Haley Hogan was the top Aggie on beam with a 9.675 and freshman Paige Jones was USU's top vaulter, scoring a 9.725 to tie for 15th.

Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

Next Week
Fri.-Sat., April 1-2 --- at New Mexico Invitational , All Day
• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will return to action on Friday, April 1 when it competes in the New Mexico Invitational.

Last Week
NTS --- at Arizona Classic
• Utah State track and field began their outdoor season on Friday in Tucson, Ariz., at the University of Arizona Willie Williams Classic and Dave Murray Distance Carnival at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. Seniors Clint Silcock and Eric Larson along with juniors Ruth Hilton and Daniel Howell led the Aggies by capturing their event on the first day of competition. USU had a total of 18 athletes tab top-five finishes. Silcock won his seventh high jump event on the year and first of the outdoor season as he cleared 2.11m (6-11.00), while Larson broke the tape in the 1500m with a time of 3:51.84, just ahead of fellow senior Hunter Nelson (3:52.97). Hilton and Howell each won their respective women's and men's 3000m steeplechase races, crossing the finishing line with times of 10:46.12 and 9:16.51, respectively. Howell also led a one-two-three finish in the event with juniors Steven Atkinson (9:28.38) and Aaron Clements (9:28.57). Placing in the top five for the USU women were freshman Kylie Hirschi, who captured second-place in the 400m hurdles (1:02.35), while junior Kim Quinn and freshman Hannah Williams took home third and fourth-places with their career-best times in the 1500m with times of 4:40.88 and 4:41.92, respectively. Rounding out the top five award winners for the Aggie women were a collection of fifth-place finishers in sophomore Kaylee Campbell in the 5000m (18:33.93), freshman Chari Hawkins in the javelin with a throw of 35.72m (117-02.00) and junior Spela Hus in the shot put with a mark of 14.64m (48-00.50). For the men, finishing in second-place of their events was junior Jeff Alley in the 200m with his career-best time of 21.46, freshman Jake Peterson in the 400m hurdles (56.32) and junior Brian McKenna in the 5000m (14:43.12). Sophomore Spencer Hall finished fourth and fifth in the discus and hammer throw events with marks of 48.50m (159-01.00) and 51.42m (168-08.00), respectively. On Saturday, sophomores Bri Campbell and Amber Thompson, along with junior Joe Canavan and senior Jason Holt each won their respective events in the final day of competition at the Willie Williams Classic and Dave Murray Distance Carnival. Campbell won the high jump event matching her career-best mark of 1.65m (5-05.00), followed by junior Madison Jensen who tied for third in the same event with a height of 1.60m (5-03.00). Thompson won the pole vault competition with a new career-best mark, clearing the bar at 3.55m (11-07.75) as junior Rachelle St. Jeor was close behind with a mark of 3.25m (10-08.00). Canavan, who redshirted the indoor season, returned to outdoor action with a bang by winning the shot put with a throw of 17.59m (57-08.50) and Holt took home the top spot in the 800m (1:52.74). USU had 18 athletes finish in the top five of their event for the second-straight day, matching Friday's total. Senior Ashlee Cannon and freshman Chari Hawkins ended the day in second and fifth-place in the 100m hurdles with times of 14.33 and 14.77, respectively. Junior Katelyn Heiner tabbed third-place in the 400m (55.54) with sophomore Aubrie Haymore trailing just behind in fourth with a time of 55.85. Senior Shannon Prince took fifth in the discus with a throw of 47.62m (156-03.00), while the Aggie women's 4x100m relay team took fourth-place with a time of 47.87. The relay team consisted of Cannon, freshman Lauren Hoskie along with sophomores Mercedes Blackwood and Bailee Whitworth. For the men, junior John Johnson collected second-place accolades after clearing 4.92m (16-01.75) in the pole vault with fellow junior Max Hansen tying for fifth-place with a height of 4.17m (13-08.25). Seniors Eric Larson and Mercer Owen ended the day in third and fifth-places in the 800m with respective times of 1:53.76 and 1:54.52. Collecting a third-place finish for the Utah State men was freshman Jake Peterson in the 110m hurdles (15.30), while senior Armahd Lewis and freshman Tanner Hunt placed fourth in the 100m (10.63) and 400m (48.40).

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