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

April 15, 2013

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 15, 2013

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

This Week
Tues., April 16 --- UTAH, 1:30 p.m.
Tues., April 16 --- UTAH VALLEY, 4 p.m.
Wed., April 17 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 4 p.m.
Fri., April 19 --- LOUISIANA TECH (DH), 2 p.m.
Sat., April 20 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 1 p.m.
• Utah State softball (8-33, 2-10) will have six home games this week as it hosts Utah (18-23-1) and Utah Valley (24-15) in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 16 at 1:30 and 4 p.m., respectively and host Southern Utah (11-26) on Wednesday, April 17 at 4 p.m. USU will then host Louisiana Tech (21-19, 6-6) in a three-game Western Athletic series during the weekend as the two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, April 19 beginning at 2 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.

Last Week
Postponed --- at Utah Valley
L, 0-5 --- BYU
L, 1-3; L, 1-2 --- at Seattle
L, 0-8 (5) --- at Seattle
• Senior infielder Christine Thomsen hit .417 (5-12) last week as Utah State lost to BYU (5-0) and was swept in a Western Athletic Conference series at Seattle (3-1, 2-1, 8-0). Thomsen began the week by going 2-for-3 at the plate against the Cougars and then went 1-for-3 in each of the three games against the Redhawks, including an RBI single in USU's 2-1 loss to SU in game two of the series.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210

This Week
Sat., April 20 --- IDAHO, 10 a.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (5-12, 1-6) will continue its 2013 season this weekend as it hosts Idaho in a Western Athletic Conference match on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m., at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.

Last Week
L, 1-6 --- at UTEP
L, 2-5--- at New Mexico State
L, 1-6 --- vs. Denver, Las Cruces, N.M.
• Utah State lost all three of its matches last week at UTEP (6-1), at New Mexico State (5-2) and to Denver (6-1) in Las Cruces, N.M. Against the Miners, sophomore McKenzie Davis posted a three-sets win at No. 1 singles (6-4, 5-7, 10-7), while senior Julie Tukuafu and freshman Ashley Stuhlmann notched an 8-3 win at the third doubles position. Against NMSU, Davis won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-1) and teamed with freshman Kallie Sperry for an 8-6 win at the first doubles position, while Tukuafu and Stuhlmann recorded an 8-0 win at the third doubles position to give USU the doubles point. Against the Pioneers, Stuhlmann posted a three-sets win at No. 6 singles (7-5, 3-6, 11-9). Other Aggies to compete during the week included senior Kristina Voytsekhovich and sophomore Hillary Hays.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210

This Week
Thur., April 18 --- at Air Force, 1 p.m.
Fri., April 19 --- at Denver, 1 p.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (7-12, 2-3) will continue its 2013 season with a pair of road matches this week as it plays at Air Force on Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m., and then plays at Western Athletic Conference foe Denver on Friday, April 19 at 1 p.m.

Last Week
W, 6-1 --- SEATTLE
L, 2-4 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
W, 4-3 --- UT ARLINGTON
• Utah State posted a 2-1 home record in Western Athletic Conference play last week with wins against Seattle (6-1) and UT Arlington (4-3), and a loss to New Mexico State (4-2). Against the Redhawks, senior Sven Poslusny posted a three-sets win at No. 1 singles (6-1, 5-7, 6-2), sophomore Matt Sweet won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-1), sophomore Marcus Fritz won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-2, 6-2), sophomore Curran Wearmouth won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-3), and sophomore Tanner Dance won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (7-6, 7-6). In doubles play, Poslusny and Sweet posted an 8-2 win at the first position, junior Andrew Whiting teamed with Fritz for an 8-5 win at the second position, and junior Fredrik Peterson teamed with Wearmouth for an 8-5 win at the third position. Against NMSU, Sweet posted a three-sets win at No. 3 singles (6-3, 4-6, 6-2), while Whiting and Fritz recorded an 8-4 win at the second doubles position, and Peterson and Wearmouth notched an 8-6 win at the third doubles position to secure the doubles point. Against the Mavericks, Poslusny won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-1), Fritz won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (7-5, 6-2), and Whiting won in three sets at No. 6 singles (1-6, 6-2, 6-3). USU also won the doubles point as Poslusny and Sweet notched an 8-2 win at the first position, while Fritz and Whiting recorded a 9-8 win at the second position.

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

Next Competition
Fri.-Sat., April 26-27 --- at BYU PING Cougar Classic, All Day
• Utah State men's golf will continue its 2013 spring season on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 when it competes in the BYU hosted PING Cougar Classic.

Last Week
22nd/24 --- at Wyoming Classic, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Utah State finished in 22nd-place out of 24 teams at the Wyoming hosted Cowboy Classic with a 54-over 614 (322-292). Gonzaga won the tournament championship with a 14-over 574 (299-275), while UC Santa Barbara's Glen Scher took medalist honors with a 2-under par 138 (70-68). Junior Tanner Higham shot a final round 2-over 72 to finish tied for 40th-place for USU with a 9-over 149 after carding a 7-over 77 during his opening round. Senior Brendan Dennis tied for 80th-place with a 14-over 154 (81-73), while freshman Seokwon Jeon tied for 100th with an 18-over 158 (86-72). Freshman Reed Platke finished tied for 116th with a 22-over 162 (78-84) and junior Zach Waxler tied for 119th-place with a 23-over 163 (88-75).

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

This Week
Thur.-Sat., April 18-20 --- at Mt. SAC Relays, All Day
Fri.-Sat., April 19-20 --- at MARK FALDMO INVITATIONAL, All Day
• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will continue its 2013 season at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20, and host the Mark Faldmo Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20.

Last Week
NTS --- at Sacramento State Invitational
• Utah State's men and women's track & field teams had five student-athletes win gold in their respective events at Sacramento State's Mondo Mid-Major Challenge in Sacramento, Calif., last weekend. The USU men tallied 127 points to place second as a team, while the Aggie women ended the day with a fourth-place team finish with 96.5 points. Overall, Utah State had 34 top-six finishes during the three-day meet. Winning their individual event for the Aggies included sophomore Chari Hawkins in the women's high jump with a leap of 1.71m (5-07.25), junior Keeley Eldredge in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 56.55m (185-06), along with sophomores Travis Johnson in the men's triple jump with a mark of 14.14m (46-04.75), Nic Bowens in the men's 200m dash (21.57) and senior Will Henry in the men's 100m (10.57). Earning second-place honors for the USU women were seniors Stephanie Burt in the 3,000m steeplechase (10:57.82) and Alex Litzsinger in the 5,000m (17:12.89), as well as sophomore Jodi Williams in the high jump with a mark of 1.68m (5-06.00) and junior Kaylee Hartshorn in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 43.35m (142-03). With the mark in the javelin, Hartshorn now ranks sixth in school history. Hawkins continued her strong day with a third-place finish in the 100m hurdles (14.14) and a fifth-place effort in the long jump with a mark of 5.49m (18-00.25). Placing second for the USU men was freshmen Cole Lambourne and Briton Page in the 400m and 800m races with a personal-best times of 47.81 and 1:49.44, respectively. Junior Kyle McKenna also placed second in the 5,000m (14:34.66), as did sophomore Eric Shellhorn in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:09.21) and the 4x100m relay team (41.17), which consisted of Bowens, Henry, Lambourne and freshman Kalon Weston. Bowens also placed third in the 200m (21.57), as did Weston in the 400m hurdles with a personal-best time of 53.35. Sophomore Jacob Barton also finished third in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:20.37) and junior Xavier Williford Jr. rounded out the top-three placers with a leap of 2.00m (6-06.75) in the high jump. Fourth-place finishers for the Aggie women included senior Ruth Hilton in the 3,000m steeplechase (11:19.11), sophomore Ashley Robison in the 5,000m (17:39.50), sophomore Mariah Thompson in the high jump with a mark of 1.68m (5-06.00) and senior Aubriann Bosen in the heptathlon with a personal-best point total of 4,727. Freshman Jacqueline Winterton placed fifth in the 5,000m (17:43.90) and sophomore Melanie Heslop finished sixth in the discus with a toss of 42.75m (140-03). The 4x100m relay team that consisted of senior Bri Campbell, freshmen Mikkell Minnoch and Kaitlyn Wilcox, along with Hawkins placed fifth with a time of 48.19. Shellhorn also placed fourth in the men's 1,500m (3:52.31), while senior David Cluff crossed the finish line in fourth-place for the men's 3,000m steeplechase (9:38.33). Sophomore Michael Cardinal placed fourth and fifth in the shot put and discus with personal-best throws of 16.64m (54-07.25) and 49.81m (163-05), respectively, while senior Tyler Killpack finished in fifth-place for the 800m with a personal-best time of 1:50.53. Rounding out the top-six placers for the USU men was freshman Sam Nelson who cleared a personal-best 4.70m (15-05.00) to place fifth in the pole vault and senior Sam Hawkins who tallied a personal-best point total of 5,675 to claim sixth-place in the decathlon.

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