April 9, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 9, 2012
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.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
NTS --- at NCAA Regional, Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah State gymnastics' three gymnasts had solid outings Saturday night at the NCAA Salt Lake City Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Utah at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Freshman Sarah Landes finished 12th in the all-around with a 38.325, while senior Rebecca Holliday was 16th with a 38.125 and sophomore Paige Jones was 20th with a 35.400. Landes was looking like she might have a chance to go to nationals as one of the top two all-arounders not on a qualifying team, before having a wobble and fall on beam in her final event. The freshman posted 9.775's on both floor (T22nd) and vault (T19th), along with 9.700 on bars (T16th) and 9.075 on beam (T40th). Holliday scored a 9.650 on beam (T26th), 9.575 on bars (33rd), 9.550 on floor (T35th) and 9.400 on vault (40th) for her final score of 38.175 in her last meet as an Aggie gymnast. Jones struggled in her first two events, posting an 8.700 on bars (42nd) and an 8.050 on beam (42nd), before bouncing back with a 9.200 on vault (41st) and a 9.450 floor (38th). Saturday was Jones' second NCAA regional, while Holliday was making her first appearance at regionals, after being an alternate last year and just missing the previous two seasons. Landes was also making her first appearance.
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Tues., April 10 --- IDAHO STATE, 1:30 p.m.
Utah State women's tennis (8-9, 1-2) continues its 2012 season this week with a home match against Idaho State on Tuesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
L, 1-6 --- at Hawai'i-Pacific
L, 0-6 --- at Hawai'i
L, 2-5 --- vs. San Jose State, Honolulu
Utah State went 0-3 last week as it lost at Hawai'i-Pacific (6-1), at No. 55 Hawai'i (6-0) and to San Jose State (5-2). Against the Sea Warriors, junior Julie Tukuafu was the only Aggie to win a singles match as she notched a straight sets victory at the No. 6 position (7-5, 6-3). Junior Jaci West and freshman McKenzie Davis also won at the first doubles position, 8-7. Against SJSU, Davis won at No. 1 singles in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) for USU's only singles point. Utah State did win the doubles point as Davis and West teamed up for an 8-3 win at the first doubles position, while senior Romina Nedakovic and junior Kristina Voytsekhovich notched an 8-2 win at the second doubles position. Other Aggies to compete last week include seniors Monica Abella and Brianna Rowland, and freshman Kimberly Watts.
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
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 this 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.
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
Fri.-Sat., April 13-14 --- at Sacramento State Invitational
Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will continue its 2012 season on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 when it travels to Sacramento, Calif., to compete in the Sacramento State hosted Mondo Invite.
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
Utah State's men and women's track and field teams performed well at New Mexico's Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., as well as the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif., last weekend. USU's women won three events in Albuquerque while the Aggies placed 17 in the top five at the two meets. Winning events for the Utah State women were seniors Sonia Grabowska in the pole vault [3.98m (13-00.75)], Spela Hus in the shot put [14.45m (47-05.00)] and Lindsey Spencer in the discus [51.48m (168-11)]. At the Stanford Invitational, senior Daniel Howell placed ninth (8:48.25) in the top section of the 3,000m steeplechase, while fellow senior Aaron Clements captured fifth-place in the third section of the same event (9:02.43). Senior Kim Quinn crossed the finish line in the 5,000m with a time of 16:46.65 to place 16th, while junior Stephanie Burt and sophomore Hannah Williams finished 18th and 19th in the 3,000m steeplechase with times of 11:00.43 and 11:00.59, respectively. Finishing in third-place in their respective event at the Don Kirby Invitational were senior Jessie Chugg in the 800m (2:14.23), sophomore Bryce Hall in the discus [47.80m (156-10)] and freshman Travis Johnson in the triple jump with a leap of 14.57m (47-09.75). Hall also tied for fourth-place in the shot put with a toss of 15.61m (51-02.75). Other student-athletes placing fourth in their respective events were juniors Aubrie Haymore in the 400m (55.32), Amber Thompson in the pole vault with a mark of 3.68m (12-00.75) and John Johnson in the men's portion of the pole vault at 4.80m (15-09.00). Freshman Nic Bowens clocked in at a personal-best 10.51 to capture fourth-place in the 100m, while Bowen along with senior Xavier Martin and juniors Silas Pimentel and Will Henry had the fourth-fastest time in the men's 4x100m relay race. Capturing fifth-place for USU were juniors Kaylee Campbell in the 3,000m steeplechase (11:48.02) and Kenny Hamlett in the triple jump [14.13m (46-04.25)], along with freshman Mariah Thompson in the high jump [1.69m (5-06.50)] and Devin Wright in the javelin with a throw of 59.39m (194-10).
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Tues., April 10 --- UTAH VALLEY, 4 p.m.
Wed., April 11 --- WEBER STATE, 4 p.m.
Fri., April 13 --- at Brigham Young, 6 p.m.
Sat., April 14 --- at Brigham Young (DH), 1:30 p.m.
Utah State's softball team (11-25, 2-7) will begin its week with a pair of non-conference home games against Utah Valley (24-12-1) on Tuesday, April 10 at 4 p.m., and against Weber State (16-21) on Wednesday, April 11 at 4 p.m., before returning to Western Athletic Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Brigham Young (24-11, 4-3). The two teams will play a single game on Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. (MT), followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 beginning at 1:30 p.m. (MT).
W, 3-1 (9) --- at Utah Valley
L, 0-4 --- at Fresno State
L, 0-8 (5); L, 2-5 --- at Fresno State
Senior pitcher Dani Chaplin helped Utah State to a 1-3 record last week as it defeated Utah Valley (3-1) and was swept in a three-game series at Fresno State (4-0, 8-0, 5-2). Against UVU, Chaplin struck out a career-high 11 batters and did not allow an earned run in nine innings. She then allowed seven runs on four hits in 1.1 innings in USU's 8-0 loss to the Bulldogs. For the week, Chaplin finished with a 4.85 ERA and a 1-1 record as she allowed just seven hits in 10.1 innings pitched.
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