WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 7, 2015
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Sept. 11 --- at Utah, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
• Utah State’s football team (1-0) continues its 2015 season this week as it plays at Utah (1-0) on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. USU is 29-78-4 all-time against the Utes, including a 17-53-4 road record.
W, 12-9 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
• Utah State redshirt junior WR Andrew Rodriguez returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to lead the Aggies to a come-from-behind 12-9 season-opening victory against Southern Utah last weekend. Rodriguez’s return, which gave Utah State (1-0) its only lead of the game, was the third-longest in school history and tied for the second-longest in Mountain West history. USU junior LB Nick Vigil recorded a game-best 13 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss. In his first game back since suffering a season-ending knee injury at Tennessee (8/31/14), senior LB Kyler Fackrell added five tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and a career-high tying 2.0 sacks. Senior LB LT Filiaga, who was also playing in his first game since suffering a season-ending injury at Wyoming (11/7/14), tallied six tackles for the Aggies, who limited Southern Utah (0-1) to just 163 yards of total offense and 2.5 yards per play. In his first action since reinjuring his surgically repaired knee against Wake Forest (9/13/14), redshirt senior QB Chuckie Keeton completed 16-of-33 passes for 110 yards and one interception as the Aggies won their 10th-straight home game. Sophomore RB LaJuan Hunt led the Aggies offensively as he rushed for 80 yards on 23 carries, while junior RB Devante Mays added 51 yards on the ground on just four carries. Utah State finished with 250 yards of total offense.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Sat, Sept. 19 --- at Montana State Invitational, 9 a.m.
• Utah State’s men and women’s cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 19 when they compete in the Montana State-hosted Bozeman Running Company Invitational at 9 a.m.
M: 1/2; W: 1/3 --- AGGIE INVITATIONAL
• Both the Utah State men and women won their own Aggie invitational last weekend. On the men’s side, junior Colby Wilson and sophomore Justin Sheets finished side-by-side as the duo finished the 7K course in 20:44. Sophomore Dillon Maggard gave the Aggies a 1-2-3 finish as he crossed the line in third with a time of 20:45. The top-eight finishers on the men’s side were USU student-athletes as BYU transfer Ben Johnston finished fourth (20:52) and sophomore Jonathan Stutz took fifth (21:05). Freshman Kody Gould (21:08), freshman Andrew Rummens (21:11) and freshman Kaden Winter (21:22) rounded out the top-eight. Kashley Carter led the way for the USU women as the true freshman captured individual honors in her first collegiate race by finishing the 5K course in 17:40. Two other Aggies finished in the top-five as sophomores Jackie Heaps (18:09) and Kelsey Yamauchi (18:12) placed third and fourth, respectively. A total of seven Aggie women placed in the top-10 as junior Tori Parkinson took sixth (18:26), freshman Shannon Maloney placed seventh (18:27), senior Jacqueline Winterton finished ninth (18:39) and sophomore Caroline Weiler captured 10th (18:42).
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
at USC Classic
Thur., Sept. 10 --- at #8 USC, 11 a.m. (MT)
Fri., Sept. 11 --- vs. Pepperdine, Los Angeles, Calif., 1:30 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Sept. 11 --- vs. Idaho State, Los Angeles, Calif., 6 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s volleyball team (2-5) continues its 2015 season this week as it travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in the USC Classic. USU will begin the tournament on Thursday, Sept. 10 against the host Trojans (6-0), who are ranked eighth in the nation, at 11 a.m. (MT). USU will conclude the tournament on Friday, Sept. 11 with matches against Pepperdine (6-1) and Idaho State (5-2) at 1:30 p.m. (MT) and 6 p.m. (MT), respectively. USU is 1-7 all-time against the Trojans, 5-9-1 all-time against the Waves and 23-28 all-time against the Bengals.
L, 1-3 --- UTAH
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W, 3-1 --- MIDDLE TENNESSEE
L, 1-3 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
L, 0-3 --- SAN FRANCISCO
• Utah State posted a 1-3 home record last weekend as it lost to Utah (3-1), defeated Middle Tennessee (3-1), and lost to both Southern Utah (3-1) and San Francisco (3-0). Against the Utes, junior OH Kaylie Kamalu had 15 kills and eight digs as USU hit .140 (47-28-136) and UU hit .254 (52-20-126). Against the Blue Raiders, sophomore OH Rachel Gale had a career-high 18 kills as USU hit .219 (54-20-155) and MTU hit .160 (51-28-144). Against the Thunderbirds, Gale and Kamalu each had 17 kills as USU hit .118 (47-28-161) and SUU hit .152 (51-26-165). And against the Dons, Gale had 10 kills as USU hit .135 (31-18-96) and USF hit .370 (49-12-100).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Thur., Sept. 10 --- at #9 BYU, 7 p.m. (BYU TV)
Sun., Sept. 13 --- IDAHO STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (3-2-1) continues its 2015 season with a pair of matches this week as it plays at No. 9 BYU (4-0-0) on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., and then hosts Idaho State (1-4-1) on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. The match at BYU will be televised on BYUTV. USU is 0-11-0 all-time against the Cougars and 8-5-1 all-time against the Bengals.
L, 1-2 --- vs. Iowa, Missoula, Mont.
T, 1-1 (2OT) --- at Gonzaga
• Utah State posted an 0-1-1 record last week as it fell to Iowa, 2-1, in Missoula, Mont., before battling to a 1-1 draw at Gonzaga. Against the Hawkeyes, junior midfielder Katie Flynn put the team on the board with her first goal of the season in just the third minute of action, which was assisted by fellow junior midfielder Lauren Harmon. Against the Bulldogs, junior forward Jessica Brooksby put the Aggies up first, scoring in the 48th minute of play on an assist from freshman midfielder Jordyn Chung-Hoon. Senior Jeannie Woller played all 200 minutes in goal during the weekend and gave up three goals, while notching 11 saves.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 12-13 --- at Air Force Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will begin its fall schedule this weekend at the 47th annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 54-hole tournament, which will be played on the Blue Course at the Eisenhower Golf Club, gets underway Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8:15 a.m. The tournament consists of two rounds on Saturday and a final round Sunday that starts at 7:30 a.m.
• Junior Tanner Jenson led USU last season with a stroke average of 72.50 over 14 rounds, senior Seokwon Jeon had a stroke average of 72.76 over 25 rounds, junior McCoy Willey had a stroke average of 74.16 over 25 rounds and junior Eli Rogers had a stroke average of 75.14 over 14 rounds. At last year’s Air Force Invitational, USU finished ninth in the 16-team field with an 18-over 882 (293-288-301). Jenson led the Aggies as he tied for seventh with a 4-under 212 (70-70-72), while Jeon tied for 58th at 10-over 226 (75-76-75), and Willey finished tied for 62nd at a 12-over 228 (75-74-79).
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 11-13 --- USU INVITATIONAL, All Day
• Utah State women’s tennis begins its 2015 fall season this weekend as it hosts its own USU Invitational.
• Utah State returns five student-athletes from the 2014-15 squad that set a school record with 14 dual-match wins. The Aggies also posted USU’s first postseason win since 2005 when it topped UNLV (4-3) in the Mountain West Tournament. Last season, the Aggies recorded their highest-ever national ranking, climbing as high as No. 62 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. The Aggies return juniors Nini Guensler and Lexi Turley, and sophomores Sabrina Demerath, Meghan Lyall and Maggie O’Meara. Guensler leads all returners with 38 career singles wins, including 24 last season as she ended the year ranked No. 16 in the Mountain Region. O’Meara earned all-Mountain West honors in doubles last year, as her 17 dual match wins led the team. Lyall earned the match-clinching point in USU’s first-ever win against BYU. The Aggies bring in four newcomers in junior UT-Arlington transfer Ekaterina Tugarinova and freshmen Jenna Kane, Alice Patch and Monika Van de Vondel. Utah State will look to replace McKenzie Davis, who ended her career as the school’s all-time leader in total wins (168), singles wins (91) and doubles wins (77).
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