LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - AUGUST 28, 2017
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Sept. 1 --- at #9 Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (MT) (ESPN)
• Utah State’s football team (0-0) will begin its 2017 season this week at ninth-ranked Wisconsin (0-0) on Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN. USU is 1-1 all-time against the Badgers.
• Utah State, who was picked to finish sixth in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West, welcomes back 14 starters (O-6, D-8) and 38 letterwinners (O-16, D-20, S-2) from last year’s team that went 3-9 and finished sixth in the Mountain Division with a 1-7 league mark. Of its seven league losses last season, five were by a combined 29 points (5.8 points per game).
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Sept. 2 --- USU SAGEBRUSH INVITE, 9:30 a.m.
• Utah State’s men and women’s cross country teams will begin their 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2, when they host the Sagebrush Invitational on the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course, which is located at 1498 N. 800 East in Logan. The men will run at 9:30 a.m., while the women will race at 10:15 a.m.
• Utah State’s men’s cross country team has won six conference championships in the last 12 years (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), but is looking for its first since joining the Mountain West in 2013. The Aggies return 10 men off of last year’s team that finished fourth with 131 points at the Mountain West Championships. Out of the returnees, senior Dillon Maggard was the top finisher at the MW Championships as he earned all-MW honors after finishing fourth with a time of 24:08.10. Sophomore Luke Beattie earned MW Freshman of the Year honors after finishing 35th with a time of 24:47.30. The Aggies concluded the team season by placing eighth at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships, where Maggard led the way as he placed eighth overall with a time of 31:02.20. Individually, Maggard continued his season at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships, where he became just the second male Aggie runner and third overall to earn All-American honors after he placed 12th with a time of 30:03.90. It was the best finish in school history at the NCAA National Championship meet.
• Utah State’s women’s cross country team, which won Western Athletic Conference titles in 2006 and 2008, respectively, placed sixth with 148 points at the 2016 Mountain West Championships. Seven of the nine women who competed in last year’s MW Championships return for the Aggies this season, highlighted by junior Kashley Carter. For the second season in a row, Carter earned second-team all-conference honors after placing eighth with a time of 20:45.20 at the MW Championships, which was the best finish for an Aggie woman at the meet since USU joined the league in 2013. The Aggies concluded the season by placing eighth at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships, where Carter again paced the Aggies with a 15th-place finish after crossing the line with a time of 20:28.50.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
UTAH STATE INVITATIONAL
Fri., Sept. 1 --- PACIFIC, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 2 --- MONTANA STATE, Noon
Sat., Sept. 2 --- UC SANTA BARBARA, 7 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (2-1) continues its 2017 season this week as it begins its home season by hosting the Utah State Invitational. USU will open the tournament on Friday, Sept. 1, as it hosts Pacific (1-2) at 7 p.m. USU will then play two matches on Saturday, Sept. 2, hosting Montana State (1-2) at noon and UC Santa Barbara (0-3) at 7 p.m., respectively. Other matches during the tournament include UC Santa Barbara against Montana State on Friday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m., Pacific against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m., and Pacific against Montana State on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 4:30 p.m. USU is 7-29 all-time against the Tigers, 9-3 all-time against the Bobcats and 5-34 all-time against the Gauchos. All three USU matches will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos.
at Arkansas Classic
W, 3-0 --- vs. Louisiana-Monroe
W, 3-1 --- vs. CSU Bakersfield
L, 0-3 --- at Arkansas
• Utah State posted a 2-1 record last weekend at the Arkansas Classic, picking up wins against Louisiana Monroe (3-0) and CSU Bakersfield (3-1), before losing to Arkansas (3-0). Against ULM, senior outside Lauren Anderson recorded 13 kills and hit .440 (13-2-25) and was followed by senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey with 10 kills, hitting .364 (10-2-22). USU hit .309 (39-9-97) during the match to ULM’s .123 (34-21-106). Against CSUB, Anderson recorded 22 kills, one shy of her career high, and was followed by senior outside Rachel Gale-Hammond (12 kills), DeCoursey (11 kills) and junior middle Lauren O’Brien (10 kills). Gale-Hammond was one of two Aggies to record a double-double during the match, coupling her kills with 10 digs and was joined by junior setter Kassidy Johnson with 50 assists and 12 digs. Overall, USU hit .280 (59-14-161) to the Road Runners’ .242 (54-18-149). Against Arkansas, DeCoursey led the Aggies with seven kills as USU hit .175 (28-10-103) to the Razorbacks’ .422 (53-10-102). Following the tournament, Anderson and Taylor were named to the Arkansas Classic all-tournament team. Anderson finished the weekend with 41 kills, 18 digs and five service aces, hitting .279 (41-10-111). Taylor recorded double-digit digs in all three matches, totaling 53 on the weekend and averaging 5.30 per set.
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Sept. 1 --- at Idaho State, 4 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (2-1-1) continues its 2017 season this week with a road match at Idaho State (1-2) on Friday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. USU is 9-5-1 all-time against the Bengals.
L, 0-2 --- at UTAH
T, 1-1 (2OT) --- CS FULLERTON
• Utah State posted an 0-1-1 record last week, as it fell at No. 18 Utah, 2-0, before playing to a double-overtime 1-1 draw at home against Cal State Fullerton. Against the Utes, the Aggies tallied 10 shots, but were unable to score, while senior goalkeeper Sara Cobb earned six saves. Against the Titans, Utah State benefited from an own goal off the opponent to even the score in the 36th minute. Cobb recorded a career-high eight saves in the tie. On the week, Utah State took 18 shots with five on goal, while the Aggies’ opponents combined for 29 shots with 17 on goal. Senior goalkeeper Sara Cobb played the entirety of both matches and tallied 14 saves, while allowing three goals.
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