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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's spring sports continue this week with men's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track & field all in action.
Utah State's spring sports continue this week with men's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track & field all in action.

March 25, 2013

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 25, 2013

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

This Week
Wed.-Sat., Mar. 27-30 --- at Texas Relays, All Day
Fri., Mar. 29 --- at Utah Valley Collegiate, All Day
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 29-30 --- at Stanford Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will begin its 2013 season at the Texas Relays from Wednesday through Saturday, Mar. 27-30. USU will also have individuals competing at the Utah Valley Collegiate on Friday, Mar. 29 and at the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 29-30.

Last Competition
NTS --- at Washington Qualifier
• Senior distance runner Alex Litzsinger led a strong performance from the Utah State women and men's indoor track & field teams as she broke the school record in the women's 3,000m (9:41.22) to place fifth overall at the Washington hosted UW Final Qualifier. Freshman Tylee Newman followed Litzsinger close behind as she placed sixth with the third-fastest time in school history (9:44.61) in the women's 3,000m. On the men's side, freshman Briton Page and senior Tyler Killpack finished first and second in the men's 800m for the second-straight week with times of 1:50.36 and 1:50.85, respectively. Furthermore, Page now ranks third all-time in Aggie history as Killpack now ranks fifth in the school's top 10 list.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210

This Week
Wed., Mar. 27 --- vs. UC Santa Barbara, Boise, Idaho, 1 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 28 --- at Boise State, 1 p.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (5-7, 0-1) will continue its 2013 season with two matches this week as it plays UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 1 p.m. in Boise, Idaho and then plays at Boise State on Thursday, Mar. 28 at 1 p.m.

Last Week
W, 6-1 --- LAMAR
• Utah State won its only match last week with a 6-1 home victory against Lamar. In singles play, senior Sven Poslusny won in straight sets at the No. 1 spot (6-2, 7-6), junior Fredrik Peterson won in three sets at the No. 2 spot (1-6, 6-3, 7-6), sophomore Matt Sweet won in straight sets at the No. 3 spot (6-1, 6-2), sophomore Sean Levesque won in straight sets at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 7-5), and sophomore Curran Wearmouth won in straight sets at the No. 6 spot (6-2, 6-1). In doubles play, Poslusny and Sweet posted an 8-6 win at the first position, Peterson and Levesque recorded an 8-4 win at the second position, and sophomore Marcus Fritz teamed with junior Andrew Whiting for an 8-3 win at the third position.

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

Next Week
Sat., April 6 --- at NCAA North Central Regionals, TBA
• Utah State gymnastics (5-14, 0-5) will travel select individuals to the NCAA North Central Regional Championship on Saturday, April 6 at a site to be announced.

Last Week
4th, 195.100 --- at WAC Championships, Cedar City, Utah
• With season-high scores on two events, Utah State finished fourth at the Western Athletic Conference Championships with a season-high score of 195.100. No. 23 Boise State won the WAC title with a score of 196.225, just topping No. 13 Denver who finished second with a 196.125. Sacramento State finished ahead of the Aggies with a 195.500, while Southern Utah notched 194.925 to finish fifth. San Jose State finished in sixth-place with a 194.700. Picked to finish last in the preseason polls, the Aggies had a solid meet with a season-best overall score of 195.100. The team also had season-high scores on bars with a 49.225 and beam with a 48.625, while scoring a 48.900 on vault and a 48.350 on floor. Three Aggies ended the night earning all-WAC honors, as junior Paige Jones was named to the all-WAC first-team with a career-best 9.900 on bars tying for second. Freshman Michelle Yasukochi was named to the all-WAC second-team on beam after scoring a career-high 9.825 to tie for fourth. And sophomore Sarah Landes earned second-team all-WAC honors in the all-around for the second year in a row after notching a 39.175 as she finished tied for fourth overall.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210

This Week
Fri., Mar. 29 --- at Louisiana Tech, 8:30 a.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 30 --- at UTSA, Ruston, La., 1 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State women's tennis (4-6, 0-1) will continue its 2013 season with two Western Athletic Conference matches this week as it plays at Louisiana Tech on Friday, Mar. 29 at 8:30 a.m. (MT) and then plays UTSA in Ruston, La., on Saturday, Mar. 30 at 1 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
W, 5-2 --- at Weber State
L, 2-5 --- at UT Arlington
• Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week as it won at Weber State (5-2) and lost at UT Arlington (5-2). Against the Wildcats, USU won four of the six singles matches as sophomore McKenzie Davis won in straight sets at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 6-2), senior Jaci West won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (6-1, 6-2), senior Kristina Voytsekhovich won in straight sets at the No. 3 spot (6-3, 7-5), and freshman Kallie Sperry won in straight sets at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 6-1). USU also won all three doubles matches as Davis and West posted an 8-5 win at the first position, Sperry and Voytsekhovich notched an 8-4 win at the second position, and senior Julie Tukuafu and freshman Amber Stuhlmann recorded at 8-7 win at the third position. Against the Mavericks, Davis posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-0) and West won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-4). Other Aggies to compete during the week include sophomore Hillary Hays.

SOFTBALL
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Fri., Mar. 29 --- NEW MEXICO STATE (DH), 2 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 30 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State softball (5-25, 0-3) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this weekend by hosting New Mexico State (17-13, 1-1) in a three-game series. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, Mar. 29 beginning at 2 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday, Mar. 30 at 1 p.m.

Last Week
Postponed --- UTAH
L, 1-2 --- at San Jose State
L, 0-8 (6); L, 1-4 --- at San Jose State
• Senior pitcher Mandy Harmon posted a 2.10 earned run average and struck out 10 batters in 10.0 innings last weekend as Utah State lost three WAC games to San Jose State by scores of 2-1, 8-0 (6), and 4-1. In the first game of the series, Harmon worked five innings and only allowed three hits and one earned run, while striking out seven batters. In the series finale, Harmon again pitched five innings and allowed three hits and two earned runs to go along with three strikeouts.

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

This Week
Thur.-Fri., Mar. 28-29 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate, All Day
• Utah State men's golf will continue its 2013 spring season on Thursday, March 28 when it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly hosted Cypress Ridge Match Play Championships. The tournament will conclude on Friday, Mar. 29.

Last Competition
6th/9 --- at Cal State Fullerton Invitational
• Junior Tanner Higham carded a final round 1-under 71 to move into a tie for sixth-place with a 3-over 219 (75-73-71) at the Cal State Fullerton hosted Folino Invitational last week. Higham was tied for 13th after 36-holes before tying for the best final round of the day with his 1-over 71. Utah State also performed well as it carded the third-best team score of the final round with an 8-over 296 to move from eighth into sixth-place in the nine-team field with a 36-over 910 (309-305-296). During its final round, USU shot nine shots better than it did the previous day and 13 shots better than it did during its opening round. Long Beach State took the team title with an 8-over 872 (294-289-289), while Loyola Marymount's Tyler Torano (75-67-72) and Sacramento State's Ryan Williams (69-70-75) tied for medalist honors at 2-under 214. Freshman Seokwon Jeon tied for 20th for Utah State with a 12-over 228 (78-78-72), while freshman Reed Platke tied for 22nd with a 13-over 229 (77-79-73). Senior Brendan Dennis tied for 42nd with a 22-over 238 (82-76-80) and fellow senior Kris Sayer tied for 45th with a 25-over 241 (79-78-84).

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

Last Week
2013 Women's Basketball Invitational
L, 69-77 --- SOUTH DAKOTA
• Utah State (18-14, 14-4) ended its 2012-13 season with a 77-69 loss to South Dakota in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational last week. Junior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 25 points to go along with eight assists, while senior guard Devyn Christensen added 16 points and senior guard Jenna Johnson finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots. Freshman forward Haylee Thompson added a career-high tying eight points to go along with a career-high seven rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 35.6 percent (26-73), including 20.8 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (12-15). USD shot 42.2 percent (27-64), including 41.2 percent from three (7-17) and 57.1 percent at the line (16-28).

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