Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's spring sports continue this week with softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track & field all in action.
April 3, 2017

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Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547

This Week
Wed., April 5 --- BYU, 4 p.m.
Fri., April 7 --- FRESNO STATE, 3 p.m.
Sat., April 8 --- FRESNO STATE, 3:30 p.m.
Sun., April 9 --- FRESNO STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (23-8, 6-3 MW) continues its 2017 season this week with four home games as it hosts BYU (23-10) on Wednesday, April 7, at 4 p.m., followed by a three-game Mountain West home series against Fresno State (24-13, 5-4 MW). The two teams will begin the series on Friday, April 7, at 3 p.m., followed by single games on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, at 3:30 p.m. and Noon, respectively. All four games will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos.

Last Week
W, 4-1 --- at Boise State
W, 7-3 --- at Boise State
L, 2-4 --- at Boise State
• Utah State posted a 2-1 Mountain West record at Boise State last weekend, as the Aggies posted back-to-back wins (4-1, 7-3) before closing the weekend in a 4-2 loss. USU utilized two pitchers on the weekend, with freshman Kellie White leading the team with a 2.69 ERA and nine strikeouts in her two complete games. Freshman outfielder Riley Plogger led the Aggie offense, as she batted .556 (5-of-9), while scoring two runs and adding two RBIs. Senior first baseman Paxton Provost was tops defensively, tallying 27 putouts.

Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361

Last Week
6th, 194.850 --- at NCAA Regionals, Seattle, Wash.
• Utah State gymnastics (9-16, 2-4 MRGC) concluded its 2017 season by placing sixth with a score of 194.850 at the NCAA Regional Championships, held last weekend in Seattle, Wash. No. 1-ranked Oklahoma placed first with a 198.075, while No. 13 and third-seeded Washington finished second with a 196.550. The Aggies, who were seeded fourth, recorded their third-highest team score in school history in a regional meet. Rounding out the six-team field was No. 12 and second-seeded Kentucky, which placed third with a 196.200, followed by fifth-seeded Stanford in fourth (195.575) and sixth-seeded BYU in fifth (195.025). USU began its evening on bars, where it recorded a 48.725 -- the second-highest team score in school history in a regional meet. Senior Bailey McIntire tied for 15th on the event with a 9.800, while sophomore Madison Ward and senior Keri Peel tied for 26th with a pair of 9.750s. The Aggies moved to beam in the second rotation, where McIntire tied for 20th with a 9.775. Freshman Elle Golison also tied for 20th and Peel tied for 24th with a 9.750. USU competed on floor in the fifth rotation, recording a 48.675. Ward led the Aggies on the event, tying for 15th with a 9.825. McIntire and fellow senior Hayley Sanzotti each tied for 27th on floor with 9.725s, while Peel and freshman Jazmyn Estrella tied for 29th with a pair of 9.700s. USU capped the meet strong with a 48.950 on vault, only finishing behind Oklahoma (49.575) and Kentucky (49.050). The Aggies' team score on the event set the school record for an NCAA Regional Championships meet. Golison, fellow freshman MaKayla Bullitt and junior Miranda Hone all tied for 13th on vault with a 9.800, while Ward and Estrella rounded out the Aggies' top-five scores by tying for 24th with 9.775s. Senior Katie Brown tied for 32nd with a 9.725.

Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri., April 7 --- at New Mexico, 12 p.m.
Sun., April 9 --- at Air Force, 10 a.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (10-7, 1-1 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend with a pair of Mountain West road matches as it plays at New Mexico (3-11, 0-0 MW) on Friday, April 7, at Noon and at Air Force (13-6, 0-0 MW) on Sunday, April 9, at 10 a.m.

Last Week
L, 0-7 --- WYOMING
• Utah State split a pair of Mountain West home matches last week, losing to Wyoming (7-0) and beating Colorado State (7-0). Against the Rams, USU took the doubles point as senior Nini Guensler and junior Sabrina Demerath won at the second position (7-6 (2)), and junior Maggie O'Meara and sophomore Jenna Kane won at the third position (7-5). In singles, Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 6-3), senior Ekaterina Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (6-4, 2-6, 7-5), sophomore Monika Van de Vondel won at the No. 3 spot (4-6, 6-2, 6-3), freshman Lucy Octave won at the No. 4 spot (6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-2), Demerath won at the No. 5 spot (7-5, 6-3) and freshman Hannah Jones won at the No. 6 spot (6-3, 6-1).

Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Thur., April 6 --- SAINT MARY'S, 3:30 p.m.
Fri., April 7 --- AIR FORCE, 11 a.m.
Fri., April 7 --- WEBER STATE, 4 p.m.
Sun., April 9 --- NEW MEXICO, 12 p.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (14-7, 2-0 MW), ranked 40th nationally, continues its 2017 season this week with four home matches. USU begins the week by hosting Saint Mary's (6-10) on Thursday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m. USU then plays two matches on Friday, April 7, as it hosts Mountain West foe Air Force (6-12, 0-2 MW) at 11 a.m. and Weber State (7-8) at 4 p.m. USU then concludes its week with another MW match against New Mexico (7-10, 0-1 MW) on Sunday, April 9, at Noon (MT). All home matches are streamed live at http://livetenniscam.com/sites/usutennis/.

Last Week
W, 4-3 --- at UNLV
• Utah State won its only match last week, topping Mountain West foe UNLV, 4-3, on the road. The Aggies lost the doubles point, but senior Jack Swindells and sophomore Jonas Maier won at the second position, 6-4. In singles, Swindells won at the No. 3 spot (7-5, 6-0), sophomore Samuel Serrano won at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-2), freshman Sergiu Bucur won at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 6-0) and Maier won at the No. 6 spot (4-6, 7-6 (9), 6-4).

Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri., April 7 --- at Utah Spring Classic, All Day
Sat., April 8 --- at UCLA Invite, All Day
• Utah State's outdoor track & field teams will continue its 2017 season this week at a pair of meets as it competes in the Utah Spring Classic on Friday, April 7, and at the UCLA-hosted Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational on Saturday, April 8.

Last Week
NTS --- at Texas Relays
NTS --- at Utah Valley Invitational
• Utah State senior AJ Boully seized the crown in the men's 400m hurdles last weekend at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Boully performed at an elite level, edging out Texas hurdler and 2016 Olympian, Byron Robinson, to win the 400m hurdles with a time of 49.58. Boully's 400m hurdles time ranks third all-time in school history and first in the nation this season. USU's 4x400m relay team also took gold at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays as Boully, along with freshman Michael Bluth, junior Brady Martin and senior Joshua Gordon recorded a season-best 4x400m relay time of 3:06.72 to secure the victory. On the women's side, senior Christine Van Brocklin-Parker placed 37th in the prelims of the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.62. Parker also helped the Aggie squad of senior Breann Bate and freshmen Melanie Sullivan and Ellie Eastmond place 32nd in the prelims of the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:53.02.

Utah State's track & field teams also captured four event titles at the Utah Valley Collegiate Invitational last weekend. Overall, USU's women claimed three of USU's four event titles, and sophomore Brenn Flint got it started by winning the discus with a distance of 46.14m (151-4.50). Junior Tylee Newman-Skinner snagged the gold in the 800m with a time of 2:13.13, while her sophomore teammate Shannon Maloney finished third in the same event with a time of 2:14.87. Senior Mia Estes won the women's javelin for the second-straight week with a mark of 46.67m (153-01.50), while senior Devin Wright won the men's javelin with a distance of 62.23m (204-02). Freshman Maia Garren fortified the throwing corps with a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw, recording a personal-best mark of 47.54m (155-11.75). In other action on the men's side, sophomore Samuel Wing placed second in the 400m hurdles (53.92), while freshman Bannon Greer finished runner-up in the 800m (1:54.05) and freshman Oran Wasserman placed second in the hammer throw (53.08m/174-1.75).

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Week
Mon.-Tues., April 10-11 --- at Wyoming Invite, Scottsdale, Ariz., All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team continues its 2017 spring season on Monday, April 10, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Wyoming-hosted Cowboy Classic.

Last Competition
7th/12 --- at South Dakota State Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State senior golfer Tanner Jenson shot a final round 6-under 66 to finish tied for eighth with an 8-under 208 (73-69-66) at the South Dakota State-hosted Jackrabbit Invitational, held in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 10-11. USU finished the 12-team tournament in seventh place with a 7-under 857 (293-276-288). Nevada won the tournament with a 41-under 823 (277-266-280), while UNLV's Justin Kim took medalist honors with a 13-under 203 (67-68-68). For Utah State, its seventh-place finish marks the eighth time in eight events this year it is has finished in the top 10. After beginning the tournament with a 1-over 73, Jenson carded back-to-back rounds in the 60s, including a 3-under 69 during his second round on Friday and a season-best 6-under 66 during his final 18 holes on Saturday for his best 54-hole score of the season of 8-under 208. For Jenson, he now has four rounds in the 60s this season and 11 in his career, and eight rounds under par this year and 22 in his career. It is also his fourth tournament finish under par this season and the ninth of his career, not to mention his third top-10 finish of the season and the seventh of his career. Others competing at the Jackrabbit Invitational for Utah State included freshman Hayden Eckert, who tied for 25th place at 1-under 215 (72-71-72). For Eckert, his second round of 1-under 71 was his fifth round under par this season, while his 1-under 215 marked the first under par finish of his career. Utah State junior Braxton Miller finished the tournament tied for 27th at even par 216 (73-68-75), highlighted by his 4-under 68 during his second round, giving him four rounds under par this year and 15 in his career. USU senior Eli Rogers finished tied for 33rd at 2-over 218 (75-68-75), which included a season-best 4-under 68 during his second round, giving him four rounds this year and 11 in his career under par. Rounding out the Aggie competitors is freshman Chase Lansford, who finished 57th at 11-over 227 (75-73-79).

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