Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with football, women's soccer, women's volleyball, and men's and women's cross country all in action.

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

This Week
Sat., Sept. 3 --- at #19 Auburn, 10 a.m., ESPN2
• Utah State's football team (0-0) will kickoff the 2011 season at No. 19 Auburn (0-0) on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. (MT) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

Preseason Notes
• Utah State is picked to finish fifth in the Western Athletic Conference this season after posting a 4-8 record in 2010, including a 2-6 league mark to finish in seventh-place. The Aggies return 46 letterwinners (29 offense, 16 defense, one special teams), including 17 starters (10 offense, six defense, one special teams) from last year's team including two-time first-team all-WAC selection in senior linebacker Bobby Wagner who was named the league's preseason Defensive Player of the Year this year.

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Sept. 3 --- UTAH STATE OPEN, 9 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will begin its 2011 season on Saturday, Sept. 3 when it hosts the Utah State Open at 9 a.m., at the American West Heritage Center, which is located south of Logan. The women will run a five-kilometer race during the meet, while the men will run seven kilometers. The Utah State men will compete against Weber State, while the Aggie women will run against BYU, Utah and Weber State.

Preseason Notes
• Utah State's men's cross country team has won five WAC Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and returns three seniors, including the 2009 WAC Male Athlete of the Year in senior Brian McKenna. Other all-WAC performers returning from a year ago include senior Daniel Howell who was named first-team all-WAC and junior Aaron Clements who was named to the second-team.

• Utah State's women's cross country team finished second at the 2010 WAC Championships and won team titles in 2006 and 2008. USU's women return one senior, Kim Quinn, along with junior Ruth Hilton who earned first-team all-WAC honors a year ago. Sophomore Kaylee Campbell also returns after garnering second-team all-WAC accolades in 2010.

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

This Week
Fri., Sept. 2 --- UTAH, 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 4 --- CAL STATE FULLERTON, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's soccer team (4-0-0) will play a pair of home matches this week as it hosts in-state rival Utah (0-2-1) on Friday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m., and Cal State Fullerton (1-1-1) on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. USU is 2-10 all-time against the Utes and 3-6 all-time against the Titans.

Last Week
W, 2-1 --- at Colorado College
W, 2-1 --- at Northern Colorado
• Utah State won both of its road matches last week as it defeated Colorado College (2-1) and Northern Colorado (2-1) for its best start to a season in program history. Against the Tigers, USU struck first in the 59th minute when sophomore midfielder Jennifer Flynn scored her first collegiate goal. The play was started by senior forward Shantel Flanary and was helped along by sophomore Kendra Pemberton. Less than three minutes later, the Aggies struck again when Flanary scored to give Utah State the 2-0 advantage off an assist from Pemberton, her second of the match, Overall, the Tigers outshot USU 21-2. Against the Bears, Flanary and the Aggies wasted no time getting on the board, scoring in the fifth minute of the match off of a pass from Pemberton. Utah State extended its lead to 2-0 in the 67th minute on a Flanary goal, her fifth of the season, which was unassisted.

VOLLEYBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Thur., Sept. 1 --- IDAHO STATE, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 2 --- SYRACUSE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 3 --- TEXAS STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (1-2) opens its home season this weekend as it hosts the second annual Utah State Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods. USU will begin the tournament on Thursday, Sept. 1 against Idaho State (1-3) at 7 p.m. The Aggies will then play Syracuse (3-0) on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m., and conclude the tournament on Saturday, Sept. 3 against Texas State (2-1) at 7 p.m. Other matches during the tournament will include Texas State vs. Idaho State on Friday at 5 p.m., Texas State vs. Syracuse on Saturday at 11 a.m., and Idaho State vs. Syracuse on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Last Week
L, 3-0 --- vs. Pacific, Cedar City, Utah
W, 3-0 --- vs. Drake, Cedar City, Utah
L, 3-2 --- at Southern Utah
• Utah State posted a 1-2 record at the Southern Utah hosted Thunderbird Invitational as it lost to Pacific (3-0), defeated Drake (3-0) and lost to SUU (3-2). Against the Tigers, senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur had a team-best nine kills, while freshman outside hitter Rachel Orr added seven kills. USU hit .083 (26-17-108) in the match and UOP hit .282 (50-15-124). Against the Bulldogs, McArthur recorded her first double-double of the season and 13th of her career with 11 kills and 10 digs, while junior outside hitter Josselyn White had eight kills, 11 digs, five block assists and two service aces. USU hit .178 (35-14-118) in the match and Drake hit .000 (31-31-128). Against the Thunderbirds, McArthur posted another double-double with 15 kills and 12 digs, while junior Shay Sorensen also had 15 kills in the match. Junior libero Laurel Bodily notched a career-high 18 digs and freshman libero Ashlan Rogers had a season-best 15 digs. USU hit .141 (49-26-163) in the match and SUU hit .146 (64-38-178).

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