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

Sep 1, 2013

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - September 1, 2013

FOOTBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sat., Sept. 7 --- at Air Force, 1:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
• Utah State's football team (0-1, 0-0) will play its first-ever Mountain West game this weekend at Air Force (1-0, 0-0) on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. (MT). AFA won the only previous meeting between the two teams, 38-13, on Nov. 8, 1969 at the Air Force Academy. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221).

Last Week
L, 26-30 --- at Utah
• Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton's 314 yards passing and 85 yards rushing were not enough as Utah State suffered a 30-26 loss at Utah to open the 2013 season. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak and three-game road win streak for the Aggies, as USU is now 7-3 in its last 10 road games dating back to the 2011 season. Senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen had a career-high five receptions for a career-best 107 yards for Utah State, while sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson added a career-best nine catches for a career-high 83 yards. Junior running back Joe Hill had a career-high 18 carries for 75 yards and a career-best seven receptions for 39 yards as the Aggies ended with 173 yards on the ground and 314 yards through the air for 487 total yards of offense. Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall also had his best night as an Aggie with career-highs in receptions (3), receiving yards (23) and touchdowns (2). Keeton was 31-of-40 passing with two touchdowns, posting new career-highs for both completions and attempts. The USU defense was led by senior linebacker Jake Doughty with a game-high 16 tackles, his second-highest of his career and his fifth game with double-digit stops. Senior safety Maurice Alexander posted 1.5 sacks as part of a career-high 11 stops, while junior linebacker Zach Vigil added 10 tackles, tying his career-high for the sixth time. Utah finished the game with 450 yards of total offense (302-passing, 148-rushing).

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

This Week
Mon., Sept. 2 --- NEBRASKA, 1 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 7 --- at Idaho State, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's soccer team (3-0) continues its 2013 season with a pair of matches this week as it hosts Nebraska (2-1) on Monday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m., and plays at Idaho State (2-1) on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. USU has never faced the Huskers and is 6-5-1 all-time against the Bengals.

Last Week
W, 1-0 --- UTAH VALLEY
W, 1-0 --- at UTEP
• Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week with a home win against Utah Valley (1-0) and a road win at UTEP (1-0). Against the Wolverines, junior defender Taryn Rose converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute for the only goal of the game. USU out-shot UVU, 16-11, as sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller had three saves. Against the Miners, junior midfielder Kylie Dibb scored the only goal of the match in the 47th minute and Woller posted five saves for her third-straight shutout to start the season, which is a school record. Overall, UTEP out-shot USU, 13-5.

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

This Week
Fri.-Sat., Sept. 6-7 --- at Portland Invitational
Fri., Sept. 6 --- vs. Wichita State, 11:30 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 7 --- vs. Pacific, 11 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 7 --- at Portland, 8 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (2-1) will continue its 2013 season at the Portland Nike Invitational this weekend. USU will start the tournament by playing Wichita State (2-1) on Friday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. (MT) and conclude the tournament with a pair of matches on Saturday, Sept. 7 against Pacific (3-1) at 11 a.m. (MT), and against host Portland (1-2) at 8 p.m. (MT). All-time, USU is 6-29 against the Tigers and 3-3 against the Pilots, while its match against the Shockers will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Last Week
at Utah Classic
L, 2-3 --- at Utah
W, 3-1 --- vs. Northern Iowa
W, 3-2 --- vs. Fairfield
• Utah State posted a 2-1 record at the Utah Classic last weekend with a five-set loss to the host Utes, followed by a four-set win against Northern Iowa and a five-set win against Fairfield. Against the Utes, junior outside hitter Rachel Orr had 15 kills and a career-high 16 digs, while senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani posted career-highs in both kills (11) and digs (14). Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard added 10 kills and four blocks. USU hit .114 (50-31-166) in the match and Utah hit .164 (64-33-189). Against the Panthers, Etimani again posted career-highs in both kills (13) and digs (15), while junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court had a match-high 23 digs. Junior setter Paige Neves added a career-high 22 digs and Brainard recorded a career-best 13 kills. USU hit .189 (51-18-175) in the match and UNI hit .175 (51-21-171). Against the Stags, Etimani recorded career-highs in kills (15) and digs (17) for the third-straight match, while Orr add a career-high 19 kills and Brainard had 12 kills. USU hit .185 (60-29-168) in the match and UF hit .164 (59-30-177). For the weekend, Orr and Rogers-Court were both named to the all-tournament team.

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

This Week
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 2-3 --- at Weber State Invitational, Victor, ID, All Day
Sun.-Mon., Sept. 8-9 --- at Air Force Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will begin its 2013 fall season on Monday, Sept. 2 at the third annual Battle in the Tetons hosted by Weber State University. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, will be held at the Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs Resort in Victor, Idaho. The tournament, which gets underway Monday at 8 a.m., will play at par-72 over the 7,373-yard layout. Teams will play two rounds Monday and the final round Tuesday. Scheduled to compete for the Aggies is senior Tanner Higham, junior Grahm Schmaltz, sophomores Seokwon Jeon and Reed Platke, and freshman Eli Rogers. Higham played 28 rounds for Utah State last season and finished with a stroke average of 73.57, while Jeon played 28 rounds and had a stroke average of 74.82. Platke also played 28 rounds a year ago and finished with a stroke average of 75.46. At last year's Battle in the Tetons, Utah State finished tied for third with a 24-over 888 (307-286-295), while Higham placed fifth individually with a 1-under 215 (74-71-70). Jeon tied for 15th with a 5-over 221 (79-70-72) and Platke tied for 24th with an 11-over 227 (74-77-76). USU will then play at the Air Force Invitational next Sunday and Monday, Sept. 8-9.

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584

Next Week
Fri., Sept. 13 --- at Utah Valley Invitational, TBA
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will continue its 2013 season on Friday, Sept. 13 when it competes in the Utah Valley Invitational.

Last Week
M: 1/2; W:1/2 --- AGGIE INVITATIONAL
• Utah State men's cross country senior Kyle McKenna (20:52.17) and women's freshman Tori Parkinson (19:33.71) each took the title in their respective races at the Aggie Invitational, ran at the Innovation Campus Wellness Park last weekend. The men ran a four-mile race, while the women's course consisted of five-kilometers. Utah State won both the men and women's team titles at USU's newly redesigned home course with 24 and 25 points, respectively. Utah Valley's Jason Lynch finished second after leading the way for the majority of the men's race before being passed by McKenna at the finish, with Aggie junior Eric Shellhorn (21:04.82) rounding out the top three. In the women's race, Parkinson was followed by UVU's Bridget Hazel (19:37.80) and Ivie Gonsalves (19:38.04), respectively. Several other USU men finished in the top-10 for the Aggies, including fifth-place finisher sophomore Kade Jensen (21:19.42) as well as freshman Colby Wilson (21:24.16) and junior Jacob Barton (21:27.47), who finished eighth and ninth, respectively. On the women's side, Utah State took the fourth through sixth spots with senior Alex Litzsinger (19:40.97), junior Ashley Robison (19:41.30) and sophomore Jacqueline Winterton (19:50.50). Freshman Cierra Simmons (19:57.03) rounded out the top-10 for the Aggies with a ninth-place finish.

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