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

April 2, 2012

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 2, 2012

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

Last Week
2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament Championship Game
L, 67-70 --- MERCER
• Utah State (21-16, 8-6) concluded its 2011-12 season with a 70-67 home loss to Mercer in the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Junior forward Kyisean Reed led Utah State with 15 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Preston Medlin had 14 points and five boards. Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists, and senior point guard Brockeith Pane had 10 points and five assists. USU finished the game shooting 41.5 percent (22-53), including 30.4 percent from three-point range (7-23) and 72.7 percent at the free throw line (16-22). Mercer shot 40.4 percent (23-57), including 28.6 percent from behind the arc (6-21) and 78.3 percent at the charity stripe (18-23).

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., April 7 --- at NCAA Regional, Salt Lake City, Utah, 6 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (5-16, 1-2) will have three gymnasts compete in the NCAA North Central Regional Championships, held on Saturday, April 7 in Salt Lake City as senior Rebecca Holliday, sophomore Paige Jones and freshman Sarah Landes will all be competing in the all-around.

Last Competition
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.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Thur., April 5 --- at Hawai'i-Pacific, 1 p.m.
Fri., April 6 --- at Hawai'i, 7 p.m.
Sat., April 7 --- vs. San Jose State, Honolulu, 3 p.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (8-6, 1-0) continues its 2012 season this week as it travels to Honolulu to face Hawai'i-Pacific on Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m. (MT), Hawai'i on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. (MT), and San Jose State on Saturday, April 7 at 3 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
W, 4-3 --- SANTA CLARA
W, 5-2 --- at Weber State
• Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week as it defeated No. 74 Santa Clara at home (4-3) and won at Weber State (5-2). Against the Broncos, freshman McKenzie Davis won at No. 2 singles (6-7, 6-4, 7-6 (16-14)), junior Kristina Voytsekhovich won at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-2), senior Romina Nedakovic won at No. 4 singles (6-3, 6-1), and junior Julie Tukuafu won at No. 6 singles (4-6, 6-2, 6-2). USU also won one of the doubles matches as Davis teamed with junior Jaci West for an 8-7 (8-6) victory at the first position. Against the Wildcats, West won at No. 2 singles (6-3, 4-6, 6-4), Voytsekovich won at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-0), Nedakovic won at No. 4 singles (6-4, 6-0), and senior Monica Abella won at No. 5 singles (6-4, 6-3). USU also won the doubles point against WSU as West and Davis posted an 8-7 win at the first position, Voytsekovich and Nedakovic notched an 8-4 win at the second position, and Tukuafu and freshman Kimberly Watts recorded an 8-3 win at the third position.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

Next Week
Fri., April 13 --- IDAHO, 2 p.m.
Sat., April 14 --- HAWAI'I, 10 a.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (4-9, 0-2) will continue its 2012 season next week as it hosts Idaho on Friday, April 13 at 2 p.m., and Hawai'i on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. in a pair of Western Athletic Conference matches at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.

Last Week
L, 0-7 --- vs. Fresno State, Boise, Idaho
• Utah State lost its only match of the week to 26th-ranked Fresno State (7-0) in Boise, Idaho. In singles play, junior Sven Poslusny lost at the No. 1 position (6-2, 6-1), freshman Marcus Fritz lost at the No. 2 position (6-1, 6-2), sophomore Fredrik Peterson lost at the No. 3 position (6-1, 6-2), freshman Matt Sweet lost at the No. 4 position (6-4, 6-4), junior Lenny Whiting lost at the No. 5 position (6-3, 6-1), and senior Nate Ballam lost at the No. 6 position (6-4, 5-7, 4-10). USU did win one of the three doubles matches as Ballam and Sweet posted an 8-4 win at the third position. In the other two doubles matches, Poslusny teamed with Fritz for an 8-4 loss at the first position, while Lenny Whiting and sophomore Andrew Whiting lost at the second position, 8-2.

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

This Week
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.

Last Competition
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.

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

This Week
Tues., April 3 --- at Utah Valley, 4 p.m.
Fri., April 6 --- at Fresno State, 7 p.m.
Sat., April 7 --- at Fresno State (DH), 2 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (10-22, 2-4) will begin its week with a single game at Utah Valley (20-10) on Tuesday, April 3 at 4 p.m., before returning to Western Athletic Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Fresno State (24-13, 4-1). The two teams will play a single game on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. (MT), followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, April 7 beginning at 2 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 0-7 --- at Utah
L, 7-8 (9); L, 1-3 --- NEVADA
W, 4-0 --- NEVADA
• Junior pitcher Mandy Harmon tossed her second complete game shutout in WAC play in leading Utah State to a 4-0 win against Nevada in the series finale Saturday. In USU's 4-0 win, Harmon fanned five hitters, allowing only two hits to the 26 batters faced, and also delivered an RBI sacrifice fly. Harmon finished the week with a 1-2 record and a 5.00 earned run average as she allowed 20 hits in 21.0 innings pitched, while striking out 10. USU lost the first two games of the series to UN by scores of 8-7 (9) and 3-1, and began the week with a 7-0 loss at Utah.

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

Next Week
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.

Last Competition
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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