Weekly Aggie Update
Aug. 31, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - AUGUST 31, 2008
Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will train for the next three weeks before competing in the Montana State Invitational in Bozeman, Mont., on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m.
Utah State's cross country teams opened the 2008 season at home as it hosted the Utah State Open at the American West Heritage Center. The Aggie women finished the meet in first-place ahead of Weber State and Utah, while the Aggie men placed second behind Weber State. Leading the way for Utah State on the women's side was freshman Jessie Chugg who placed third overall in the five-kilometer race with a time of 17:58.60. Senior Caroline Berry placed fifth for USU with a time of 17:58.8 and freshman Ruth Hilton finished sixth in 18:11.80, while junior Erin Stratton placed ninth (18:17.20) and sophomore Kim Quinn was 10th (18:21.50). On the men's side, senior Ben Kessen placed third in the four-mile race with a time of 19:47.30, while freshman Brian McKenna placed sixth in 20:00.20, and junior Steve Strickland finished seventh with a time of 20:08.70. Sophomore Chio Lopez (20:15.60) and junior Jason Holt (20:19.60) also placed in the top 10 for Utah State as Lopez finished ninth and Holt 10th.
Utah State's volleyball team will have a busy week with four matches, including its home opener against in-state rival Weber State on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU is 30-18 all-time against the Wildcats and has won nine straight matches in the series. USU will then travel to San Francisco, Calif., to participate in the USF Asics/Powerade Challenge during the weekend. The Aggies will begin the tournament against Texas-Arlington on Friday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. and then play UC Santa Barbara and the host Dons on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively. All-time, Utah State is 7-4 against Texas-Arlington, 5-33 against UC Santa Barbara and 0-1 against San Francisco.
Utah State began the 2008 season with three straight losses to No. 20 BYU (3-0), Missouri (3-1) and Tulane (3-0) at the BYU Molten Classic. Senior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh was named to the all-tournament team as she averaged 4.30 points, 3.60 kills, 2.30 digs and 0.60 service aces per game during the weekend. Senior middle blocker Rebecca Anderson also had a solid tournament for the Aggies as she hit .333 and averaged 1.70 kills and 0.90 blocks per game. Overall, USU hit .111 over the weekend and its opponents hit .303.
Utah State's football team will remain on the road this week as it travels to Eugene, Ore., to play No. 21 Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m. (MT). USU is 0-3 all-time against the Ducks, which includes two losses in Eugene. The last time the two teams met was on Sept. 29, 2001 in Logan as Oregon was ranked sixth in the country and won the game, 31-17.
Utah State lost its season opener for the 11th straight year with a 27-17 defeat at UNLV Saturday night. Sophomore QB Diondre Borel highlighted USU's offense as he gained 70 yards rushing on 15 carries and added 80 yards passing (8-16-0) after entering the game early in the third quarter. Borel also threw his first career TD, completing a six-yard pass to junior WR Nnamdi Gwacham late in the fourth quarter to make the final margin 10 points. Senior LB Jake Hutton had a team-high 12 tackles to lead a trio of Aggie defenders with double-digit stops. The 12 tackles for Hutton marks the third-straight game he has record at least 10 tackles dating back to 2007. UNLV finished the game with 353 yards of total offense (221 passing, 153 rushing) and Utah State recorded 314 total yards (203 passing, 130 rushing). The Aggies finished the game possessing the ball for 30:46 and ran eight more offensive plays (70-62), but also committed two turnovers in the contest that led to 10 Rebel points, which proved to be the difference in the game. UNLV finished the game with zero turnovers.
Utah State's women's soccer team (1-3) will return home this week as it hosts Texas State on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. and Northern Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. USU is 1-0 all-time against both TSU and UNC.
Utah State's women's soccer team dropped a pair of matches last weekend as it lost at Oregon, 1-0, and at Oregon State, 2-1. Against Oregon, the Ducks scored the only goal of the game at the 18:32 mark of the first-half and finished the match by out-shooting USU 17-5. Against Oregon State, the Beavers scored its first goal just 4:47 into the match and took a 2-0 lead later in the first-half. The Aggies finally got on the board in the second-half as sophomore Lauren Hansen scored her first goal of the season to make the final score 2-1. OSU finished the match with 12 shots as compared to 10 for USU.
Utah State's men's golf team will begin its 2008 season in Colorado Springs, Colo., in a tournament hosted by the Air Force Academy on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. USU returns seven letterwinners from last year's team including senior Devin Daniels who was the Aggies top individual finisher six times during the 2007-08 season. Other letterwinners returning for Utah State includes seniors Tyler Labrum, Jeremy Pack and Toph Peterson, juniors Brandon Broadhead and Thad Truman, and freshman Dan Heath.