Aug. 22, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - AUGUST 22, 2011
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Aug. 26 --- at Colorado College, 4 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 28 --- at Northern Colorado, 12 p.m.
Utah State's soccer team (2-0) will travel to the state of Colorado this weekend for its first road matches of the season as it faces Colorado College (0-2) on Friday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m., and then plays at Northern Colorado (0-2) on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 12 p.m. USU is 0-0-1 all-time against the Tigers and 2-0-0 all-time against the Bears.
W, 1-0--- vs. Weber State, Salt Lake City
W, 2-1--- PORTLAND STATE
Utah State began the 2011 season with a pair of wins last week as it defeated Weber State (1-0) at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, and then defeated Portland State (2-1) in its home opener. Against the Wildcats, senior forward Shantel Flanary scored in the 33rd minute off an assist from senior defender Summer Tillotson. Against the Vikings, sophomore forward Mari Miyashiro tied the score at 1-1 in the 53rd minute and Flanary then scored the game-winning goal for the second-straight match in the 56th minute.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Aug. 26 --- vs. Pacific, Cedar City, Utah, 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 27 --- vs. Drake, Cedar City, Utah, 10 a.m.
Sat., Aug. 27 --- at Southern Utah, 7 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (0-0) begins the 2011 season this weekend at the Crystal Inn Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Southern Utah University. USU will begin the tournament on Friday, Aug. 26 against Pacific at 4:30 p.m., and conclude the tournament on Saturday, Aug. 27 against Drake and the host Thunderbirds at 10 a.m., and 7 p.m., respectively.
Utah State, who is picked to finish third in the Western Athletic Conference this season according to the league's coaches, returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that finished 24-9 on the season and in third-place in the WAC with a 9-7 mark. USU also won its first-ever WAC Tournament in 2010 and advanced to its fourth-ever NCAA Tournament. Highlighting Utah State's group of returners is senior outside hitter Liz McArthur who earned honorable mention All-American honors as a junior after being named first-team all-WAC and the Most Valuable Player of the WAC Tournament. McArthur ended the season ranking 32nd in the nation in points (4.59) and 34th in kills (4.00) per set. Utah State's two other returning starters are a pair of outside/opposite side hitters in juniors Shay Sorensen and Josselyn White. Sorenen averaged 2.20 kills and 0.81 blocks as a sophomore, while White averaged 2.41 kills, 1.87 digs and 0.94 blocks per set. McArthur, Sorensen and White were all-named to the WAC's 12-member 2011 preseason team. Other returnees include junior libero Laurel Bodily, junior setter Kassi Hargrove, and sophomore outside hitter Tumua Etimani. USU will also have the services of three redshirts this fall in sophomore middle blocker Nicole Gneiting-Theurer, freshman opposite side hitter Jamaica Alisa and freshman setter Paige Neves.
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