March 26, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 26, 2012
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, Logan, Utah
Wed., Mar. 28 --- MERCER, 7 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
Utah State men's basketball (21-15, 8-6) will play its final game of the 2011-12 season against Mercer (26-11) on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m., in the championship of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The game will be televised live nationally on Fox College Sports (Comcast Ch. 263, DirecTV Ch. 623). USU is 1-0 all-time against the Bears.
2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament
W, 77-69 --- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
W, 105-81 --- OAKLAND
Utah State posted a 2-0 home record last week with wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament against Loyola Marymount (77-69) and Oakland (105-81). Against the Lions, sophomore guard Preston Medlin had 26 points and eight rebounds, while senior point guard Brockeith Pane had 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. Senior forward Morgan Grim also scored in double-figures with 16 points and eight boards. USU finished the game shooting 39.2 percent from the field (20-51), 23.8 percent from three-point range (5-21) and 91.4 percent at the free throw line (32-35). LMU shot 40.9 percent (27-66), including 36.4 percent from three (8-22) and 50.0 percent at the line (7-14). Against the Grizzlies, Medlin had 26 points and a career-high tying nine rebounds, while Pane scored 20 points to go along with 10 assists for his first career double-double. Grim also had a double-double, his fourth of the year, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger tied his career-high with 17 points. USU shot a blistering 63.8 percent from the field (37-58), including 75.0 percent from three-point range (12-16) and 76.0 percent at the free throw line (19-25). OU shot just 36.6 percent (26-71), including 37.1 percent from three (13-35) and 72.7 percent at the charity stripe (16-22).
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Sat., Mar. 31 --- vs. Fresno State, Boise, Idaho, 5:30 p.m.
Utah State men's tennis (4-8, 0-1) will continue its 2012 season this week in Boise, Idaho as it plays Fresno State in a Western Athletic Conference match on Saturday, Mar. 31 at 5:30 p.m.
L, 0-7 --- vs. Alabama-Birmingham, Boise, Idaho
Utah State lost its only match of the week to 73rd-ranked Alabama-Birmingham (7-0) in Boise, Idaho. In singles play, junior Sven Poslusny lost at the No. 1 position (6-2, 4-6, 6-4), freshman Marcus Fritz lost at the No. 2 position (6-2, 6-2), sophomore Fredrik Peterson lost at the No. 3 position (6-2, 6-4), junior Lenny Whiting lost at the No. 4 position (6-2, 6-4), senior Nate Ballam lost at the No. 5 position (7-5, 6-7, 10-6), and sophomore Andrew Whiting lost at the No. 6 position (6-3, 6-4). Poslusny also teamed with Fritz for an 8-7 loss at the first doubles position, while Lenny Whiting and Andrew Whiting lost at the second doubles position (8-1), and Ballam and Sweet lost at the third doubles position (8-4).
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., April 7 --- at NCAA Regional, Salt Lake City, Utah, 6 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (5-16, 1-2) will travel select individuals to the 2012 NCAA Regional in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m.
5th, 194.775 --- WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State notched its second-best score of the season with a 194.775 on the way to a fifth-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championships held last weekend in Logan. USU began the meet with a 48.825 on bars, followed by a 48.600 on beam, a 49.100 on floor and a 48.250 on vault. WAC newcomer Denver won the team title with a 196.350, while Sacramento State was second with a 195.675. Southern Utah was third with a 195.025, while San Jose State was fourth with a 194.800 and USU was fifth. The Aggies' fifth-place finish matches last year's finish, while the 194.775 score was their second-best WAC Championship score behind a 195.175 in 2007. Freshman Sarah Landes earned a pair of all-WAC honors, collecting first-team honors by tying for second on floor with a season-best 9.875, the highest score on floor for the Aggies this season. Landes also earned second-team all-conference accolades in the all-around, finishing sixth with a 39.125. Senior Rebecca Holliday earned second-team all-WAC honors by placing fourth on beam with a career-best 9.875. It was her third all-WAC honor of her career and the 9.875 ties the fourth-best in school history, becoming the 25th Aggie gymnast with a 9.875 or higher. Freshman Kaitlyn Betts tied for fifth on vault to earn second-team all-league honors with a 9.825 and fellow freshman Christina Nye nabbed a tie for sixth on floor with a career-high 9.850 for second-team all-conference accolades. The Aggies' five all-WAC awards ties 2008 for the most in USU's seven years in the conference.
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Mon., Mar. 26 --- SANTA CLARA, 12 p.m.
Tues, Mar. 27 --- at Weber State, 11 a.m.
Utah State women's tennis (6-6, 1-0) continues its 2012 season this week as it hosts Santa Clara on Monday, March 26 at 12 p.m., inside the Sports Academy & Racquet Club, followed by a road match at Weber State on Tuesday, March 27 at 11 a.m.
L, 3-4 --- SAN FRANCISCO
W, 6-1 --- LOUISIANA TECH
Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week as it lost to San Francisco (4-3) and defeated Louisiana Tech (6-1) in a pair of home matches. Against the Dons, freshman McKenzie Davis won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (7-6, 6-3), while senior Monica Abella won in three sets at No. 6 singles (1-6, 6-3, 10-7). USU also won the doubles point as Davis and junior Jaci West notched an 8-3 win at the first position, while senior Romina Nedakovic and junior Kristina Voytsekhovich posted an 8-4 win at the second position. Against LTU, West won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (7-6, 7-5), Davis won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-2), Voytsekhovich won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-0), Nedakovic won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (7-6, 6-2), and junior Julie Tukuafu won in three sets at No. 6 singles (7-5, 3-6, 11-9). In doubles play, West and Davis notched an 8-3 win at the first position, and Nedakovic and Voytsekhovich posted an 8-5 win at the second position.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Fri.-Sat., April 6-7 --- at New Mexico Invitational
Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will continue its 2012 season on Friday and Saturday, April 6-7 when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M. to compete in the New Mexico hosted Don Kirby High School and Collegiate Invitational.
NTS --- at UC Irvine Invitational
Utah State senior thrower Spela Hus won the shot put with a toss of 14.63m (48-00.00) to lead Utah State to a solid finish at UC Irvine's Spring Break Collegiate Invitational last weekend. Overall, the Aggies placed 23 student-athletes in the top-five of their respective events. Taking second-place for USU were juniors Bailee Whitworth in the 100m (12.07) and Aubrie Haymore in the 400m (55.76), along with freshman Nic Bowens in the 200m (21.54). Bowens also finished third in the 100m (10.69). Senior Lindsey Spencer also tabbed second-place honors in the discus with a mark of 51.39m (168-07) to go along with a third-place finish in the shot put [13.94m (45-09.00)]. Freshman Devin Wright continued to throw well in the javelin as he took home his second-straight silver prize with a mark of 56.93m (186-09). Other top-five finishers for the USU women included seniors Sonia Grabowska who vaulted 3.86m (12-08.00) in the pole vault to place third. Freshmen Mariah Thompson and Rachel Orr each cleared 1.65m (5-05.00) to tie for fourth-place in the high jump, while fellow freshman Aubriann Bosen placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 35.91m (117-10). Senior Julia Stewart also took home a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 11.24m (36-10.50). Freshmen McKenzie Johnson and Shaleen Richardson joined Whitworth and Haymore to cross the finish line in the 4x100m relay with a time of 48.69, which was good enough for fourth-place. Other top-five finishers for the Utah State men included seniors Daniel Howell and Aaron Clements who finished fourth and fifth in the 1,500m with times of 3:54.51 and 3:54.87, respectively. Sophomore AJ Boully collected a fifth-place finish in the 400m hurdles (53.11), while the men's 4x100m relay time clocked in at 41.31 to also take fifth-place. The relay team consisted of Bowens along with senior Xavier Martin and juniors Silas Pimentel and Will Henry. Junior Jordan McMurray also placed fourth in the javelin [50.82m (166-09)]. During day one of the UC Irvine Invitational, Utah State captured three event titles as part of 10 top-six finishes. Winning their respective events for USU were seniors Lindsey Spencer in the hammer throw [59.56m (195-05)] and Daniel Howell in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:04.37), along with sophomore Kyle McKenna who broke the tape first in the 5,000m (14:42.53). Senior Kim Quinn placed third in the 5,000m (17:19.04), while sophomore Hannah Williams clocked in with the 10th-fastest time in Aggie history (10:59.92) to collect sixth-place in the 3,000m steeplechase. Freshman Melanie Heslop rounded out the top-six for the USU women as she placed fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.63m (169-05). For the Utah State men, senior Nick Bolinder and freshman Chris Martinez finished in fourth and sixth-places in the 5,000m with times of 14:46.97 and 15:18.13. Senior Aaron Clements tabbed second-place in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:11.51), while sophomore Bryce Hall threw a personal-best 56.58m (185-07) in the hammer throw to take home fourth-place.
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Wed., Mar. 28 --- at Utah, 4 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 30 --- NEVADA (DH), 2 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 31 --- NEVADA, 1 p.m.
Utah State's softball team (9-19, 1-2) will begin its week with a single game at Utah (21-8) on Wednesday, March 28 at 4 p.m., before returning to Western Athletic Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Nevada (9-22, 1-2) in its home opener. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, March 30 beginning at 2 p.m. (MT), followed by a single game on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. (MT).
W, 4-0 --- at Louisiana Tech L, 1-10 (5); L, 1-5 --- at Louisiana Tech
Junior starting pitcher Mandy Harmon (Las Vegas, Nev.) tossed a complete game shutout in Utah State's 4-0 win at Louisiana Tech in both team's WAC opener last weekend. In the first game of the three-game series, Harmon fanned six, while allowing only five hits to the 33 batters she faced. For the weekend, Harmon posted a 1-1 record with a 2.69 ERA as she struck out eight batters while allowing 11 hits in the weekend series as USU dropped the final two games by scores of 10-1 (5) and 5-1.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., April 9-10 --- at Wyoming Classic, Scottsdale, Ariz., All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2012 spring season on Monday, April 9 when it travels to Scottsdale, Ariz., to compete in the Wyoming Classic.
5th/8 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate
Utah State finished in fifth-place at the Cal Poly hosted Lamkin Grip Match Play Challenge with a 3.0-2.0 win against Towson to win the consolation bracket. Against Towson, sophomore Tanner Higham won his second match of the tournament with a 3&2 win against Matt Fry, as did freshman Brennan Coburn who defeated DJ Honan, 4&3. Freshman Andrew Paulson notched a 3&2 win against Trevor Sluman for his first victory of the tournament. Senior Chanse Godderidge lost his final match of the tournament against Joe Gunerman, 5&4, as did freshman Tanner Jenson who lost to Justin Koehler, 1 up. In its opening round loss to Fresno State (5-0), Higham lost to Brian Sunker, 4&3; Godderidge lost to Rufie Fessler, 5&4; Paulson lost to Nate Jessup, 5&4; Jenson lost to Jack Mulroy, 4&3; and Coburn lost to Keenan Nelson, 2 up. In its second match of the tournament against Cal Poly, Higham posted a 5&4 win against Booker Senatore, while Jenson won 3&2 against Johnny Castles. Coburn also won his match against Derick Strain, 2&1, while Godderidge earned a half point for USU as he halved his match with Matt Yount. The only Aggie to lose a point against Cal Poly was Paulson who lost to Alex Romo, 2 up.
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