Weekly Aggie Update

April 4, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 4, 2010

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Thur.-Sat., April 8-10 --- at UCLA Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will return to action on Thursday, April 8 when it travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational.

Last Week
NTS --- at BYU Invitational
• Utah State collected three titles and eight second-place finishes last weekend at the BYU Cougar Invitational. Junior Clint Silcock won the high jump clearing 2.17m (7-01.50) and fellow junior Shannon Prince won women's discus with a new personal-best distance of 47.80m (156-10.00), which is the eighth-best mark in Utah State history. Eight other Aggies earned second-place in their respective events, part of USU's 14 top-three finishes on the day. Collecting one of the USU women's second-place finishes was junior Alica Holt clocking in at 2:12.82 in the 3,000m steeplechase. It was her first time competing in the event in her collegiate career. Freshman Aubrie Haymore finished second in the 400m at 56:56, a new personal best. In the pole vault, junior Sonia Grabowska took second-place by clearing 3.65m (11-11.75). Senior Elaine Connolly also finished second in the 800m in 2:12.82. Senior Nick Karren took second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.69, while junior Mike Pyrtle took second in the 100m clocking in at 10.67. Junior Joe Canavan finished second in the shot put with a toss of 17.48m (57-04.25) and sophomore Damian Szade tabbed second in the triple jump with a distance of 6.93m (22-08.75). Overall, the Aggies had 14 top-three finishes adding third-place marks in the 1500m by senior Steve Strickland (3:53.25), junior Eric Larson (1:53.78) in the 800m and sophomore Daniel Cruz (51.75,169-09.50) in the hammer throw.

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

This Week
Mon.-Tues., April 5-6 --- at Wyoming Cowboy Classic, Scottsdale, Ariz., All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Monday, April 5 when it travels to Scottsdale, Ariz., to compete in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic

Last Competition
T5th/8 --- at Lamkin Grip Match Championship, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
• Utah State finished with a 1-2 record at the Cal Poly hosted Lamkin Grip Match Play Championship held at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif., as it defeated Utah Valley, 3&2, in its final match of the championship. Utah State began the tournament with a 3&2 loss to eventual tournament champion Sacramento State, followed by another 3&2 loss to LaVerne. Junior Chanse Godderidge led Utah State as he won all three of his matches, while fellow junior Benjamin Schilleman went 2-1 during the tournament. Seniors Thad Truman and Brandon Broadhead each posted one win. Godderidge began the tournament with a 5&4 win against Sacramento State, followed by a 7&6 win against LaVerne and a 1 up win against Utah Valley. Schilleman won his first two matches by scores of 4&3 and 3&2, before losing his final match against UVU, 1 down. Truman and Broadhead lifted the Aggies to the 3&2 win against Utah Valley as Truman posted a 3&2 victory, while Broadhead won 2&1. Freshman Tanner Higham also competed for USU and lost all three of his matches.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Mon., April 5--- NORTHERN ARIZONA, 12 p.m.
Fri., April 9 --- vs. Fresno State, Las Cruces, N.M., 1 p.m.
Fri., April 9 --- at New Mexico State, 5 p.m.
Sat., April 10 --- vs. Nevada, Las Cruces, N.M., 5 p.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (7-7, 1-1) will play four matches this week as it hosts Northern Arizona on Monday, April 5 at Noon at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club, followed by three matches in Las Cruces, N.M, during the weekend against Fresno State, New Mexico State and Nevada.

Last Week
L, 1-6 --- at Santa Clara
L, 1-6 --- vs. Hawai'i, San Jose, Calif.
W, 6-1 --- at San Jose State
• Utah State went 1-2 last week as it lost at Santa Clara, 6-1, and to Hawai'i, 6-1, before winning at San Jose State, 6-1. Against the Broncos, freshman Kristina Voytsekhovich recorded a three sets win at No. 3 singles (6-4, 5-7, 10-8) for Utah State's only point of the match. Against the Rainbow Wahine, senior Britney Watts scored USU's only point at No. 6 singles by scores of 3-6, retired. Against the Spartans, USU got wins from junior Hailey Swenson at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-0), freshman Jaclyn West at No. 2 singles (7-6, 6-1), Voytsekhovich at No. 3 singles (6-2, 7-5), sophomore Monica Abella at No. 4 singles (6-4, 6-1), and junior Taylor Perry at No. 5 singles (7-6, 6-4). USU also won the doubles point as Swenson and West combined for a 9-7 win at the number one spot, while Abella and Voytsekhovich won at the number two spot, 8-6.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda- (661) 713-4424

This Week
Wed., April 7 --- at Weber State, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (10-9, 0-3) will play one match this week as it travels to Ogden to face Weber State on Wednesday, April 7 at 1 p.m.

Last Week
L, 2-5 --- vs. Hawai'i Pacific, Honolulu
L, 3-4 --- vs. Idaho, Honolulu
Postponed --- vs. Fresno State, Honolulu
Postponed--- at Hawai'i
• Utah State went 0-2 last week as it lost at Hawai'i Pacific, 5-2, and to Idaho in Honolulu, 4-3. USU also had a pair of matches rained out as it was scheduled to play Fresno State and Hawai'i in Honolulu. Against the Sea Warriors, junior Bryan Marchant won at No. 3 singles in three sets (6-1, 3-6, 6-2) and freshman Nikita Ryashchenko won in three sets at No. 5 singles (7-5, 1-6, 3-1) for USU's only points in the match. Against the Vandals, junior Jakob Asplund won in three sets at No. 1 singles (6-2, 2-6, 6-3) and freshman Sven Poslusny won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (7-5, 7-5). USU also claimed the doubles point against Idaho as senior Amit Maharaj teamed with Poslusny for an 8-5 win at the number two spot and Ryashchenko teamed with junior Alex Thatcher for an 8-6 win at the number three spot.

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

This Week
Sat., April 10 --- at NCAA Regionals, Salt Lake City, Utah, 6 p.m.
• Three Utah State gymnasts were selected to the NCAA North Central Regional Championships on Saturday, April 10 at Salt Lake City, hosted by the University of Utah at UU's Huntsman Center. Senior Heather Heinrich and junior Lyndsie Boone were selected in the all-around, while junior Jackie Dillon was selected on bars. Four alternate positions were filled by USU gymnasts, as Dillon is the alternate on vault, freshman Amanda Watamaniuk is the alternate for both the all-around and bars, while fellow freshman Amelia Montoya is the floor alternate. This is Boone's third regional trip after qualifying on beam as a freshman in 2008 and in the all-around last season as a sophomore. It is Heinrich's second regional appearance after qualifying in 2008 in the all-around her sophomore season. Dillon will also be making her second regional trip, after also qualifying on vault last year.

Last Competition
3rd, 193.675 --- at WAC Championships, Fullerton, Calif.
• Utah State finished in third-place at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on March 27, tying the 2007 team for the best finish in its five years in the league. USU notched a team total of 193.675, the Aggies' second-best score of the season, as well as posting a season-best 48.650 on vault, second-best scores of 48.575 on bars and 48.200 on beam, and fourth-best score of 48.250 on floor. Southern Utah edged out two-time defending champion Boise State by .1, 195.800-195.700, while Utah State's 193.675 edged San Jose State's 193.600. Host Cal State Fullerton was fourth with a 193.175, while Sacramento State ended in sixth with a 192.650. Senior Heather Heinrich earned second-team all-WAC honors by finishing fourth in the all-around with a 38.950, her third year in a row earning all-conference honors. Sophomore Rebecca Holliday also earned second-team all-WAC accolades by finishing tied for fifth on bars with a 9.800 and tying for sixth on beam with a new season-high and career-best tying 9.825. Junior Jackie Dillon was the Aggies' other top 10 finisher tying for seventh on bars with a 9.775, a new season-high.

SOFTBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Tues., April 6 --- HAWAI'I, 3 p.m.
Wed., April 7 --- HAWAI'I (DH), 1 p.m.
Fri., April 9 --- at Fresno State, 7 p.m.
Sat., April 10 --- at Fresno State (DH), 2 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (14-15, 3-2) will play a pair of three-game WAC series this week as it hosts Hawai'i (28-11, 6-0) on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6-7, and then travels to Fresno State (25-13, 4-2) on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10. USU begins the week with a single game against UH on Tuesday at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Aggies and Bulldogs will begin its series with a single game on Friday at 7 p.m. (MT), followed by a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 1-3; L, 4-13 --- at Utah Valley
Postponed --- at Brigham Young (DH)
W, 12-4; W, 11-7 --- NEVADA (DH)
Postponed --- NEVADA
• Freshman designated player Kali Cancelosi (La Crescenta, Calif.) helped Utah State to a 2-2 record last week as it lost a doubleheader at Utah Valley by scores of 3-1 and 13-4, and then swept a doubleheader against Nevada at home by scores of 12-4 and 11-7. In the first of two games against the Wolf Pack, Cancelosi was 2-for-3 at the plate and then went 3-for-4 in game two with a pair of home runs. She also added two hits in the first game against UVU. For the week, Cancelosi hit .636 (7-for-11) with three RBI and two runs scored.

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