Weekly Aggie Update

Sept. 13, 2010

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Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Sept. 18 --- FRESNO STATE, 6 p.m.
• Utah State's football team (1-1) will begin Western Athletic Conference play at home against Fresno State (1-0) on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised by the WAC Sports Network and broadcast live on CW 30. USU is 10-14-1 all-time against the Bulldogs, which includes an 8-3 record at home. USU lost the last meeting between the two teams, 31-27, on Oct. 31, 2009 in Fresno.

Last Week
W, 38-17 --- IDAHO STATE
• Behind senior quarterback Diondre Borel's passing and the running back attack, Utah State beat Idaho State, 38-17, Saturday in the first game on newly named Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Borel ended the night 21-of-26 passing for 255 yards, putting him over the 5,000 career yard plateau, becoming the seventh Aggie QB to reach that milestone and the first since Jose Fuentes in 2001. After Idaho State kicked a field goal on its opening possession, Utah State reeled off 38 unanswered points in building a 38-3 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Bengals added a pair of TD's in the last three minutes to close the gap. Four different USU running backs had over 30 yards rushing, led by senior Michael Smith's 86 yards on 12 carries, while fellow senior Derrvin Speight also had 12 rushes, finishing with 75 yards. The sophomore duo of Joey DeMartino and Kerwynn Williams added 38 and 32 yards, respectively. Speight, DeMartino and Williams all joined Borel with a rushing TD, just the second time since 1993 that USU has had four different players have at least one rushing TD, and the first time since 2008. Junior wide receiver Eric Moats had a team-high 65 yards, including a 15-yard TD catch, while sophomore wide receiver Dontel Watkins had a game-best six catches for 48 yards. Junior wide receiver Xavier Martin added 54 yards on three catches with a game-long of 39 yards. Defensively, junior linebacker Bobby Wagner had a team-high 10 tackles, while junior safety Walter McClenton added eight stops.

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Sept. 17 --- at Loyola Marymount, 5 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 19 --- at UC Riverside, 2 p.m.
• Utah State's soccer team (3-1-3) will play two road matches this week at Loyola Marymount (4-2-0) on Friday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m., and at UC Riverside (1-5-0) on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.

Last Week
W, 3-2 OT --- CAL POLY
• Utah State went 1-0-1 last weekend in a pair of home matches as it tied Colorado College, 1-1, and beat regionally ranked Cal Poly, 3-2, in overtime. Against the Tigers, junior forward Shantel Flanary scored the game-tying goal with a minute to play. Against the Mustangs, freshman forward Mari Miyashiro scored the game-winning goal seven minutes into overtime. USU also got goals from senior forward Lauren Hansen and Flanary.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Tues., Sept. 14 --- at Brigham Young, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 17 --- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 10 a.m.
Fri., Sept. 17 --- UTAH VALLEY, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 18 --- UC RIVERSIDE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (9-0) will have four matches this week as it plays at Brigham Young (3-6) on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., before hosting its inaugural Utah State Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18. USU will begin its tournament on Friday against Loyola Marymount (4-5) at 10 a.m., followed by a match against Utah Valley (1-8) at 7:30 p.m. Other matches on Friday includes UC Riverside vs. Utah Valley at 12 p.m., and Loyola Marymount vs. UC Riverside at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, Utah Valley plays Loyola Marymount at 10 a.m., and USU concludes the tournament against UC Riverside at 12 p.m.

Last Week
W, 3-1 --- at Montana
W, 3-1 --- vs. Temple, Missoula, Mont.
W, 3-0 --- vs. North Dakota, Missoula, Mont.
• Utah State went 3-0 last weekend as it defeated Montana (3-1), Temple (3-1) and North Dakota (3-0) to win the Montana Invitational. Junior outside hitter Liz McArthur led USU with 18 kills, while senior middle blocker Katie Astle and sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White each had 10 kills. USU hit .248 (59-22-149) in the match and Montana hit .142 (44-24-141). Sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had a career-high 14 kills to go along with a career-high five block assists against Temple, while McArthur also had 14 kills. USU hit .168 (48-24-143) in the match and TU hit .086 (46-33-152). McArthur and White each had eight kills against North Dakota, while Soresnen had seven kills. USU hit .134 (30-17-97) in the match and UND hit .000 (29-29-106).

Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Sat., Sept. 18 --- at Montana State Invitational, 9 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 18 when it travels to Bozeman, Mont., to compete in the Montana State Invitational.

Last Competition
M - 1/2; W - 4/6 --- UTAH STATE OPEN
• Junior Brian McKenna took top honors at the Utah State Cross Country Open for the second straight year to lead the Aggie men to a first-place finish. The Aggie women, who were led by junior Jessie Chugg, placed fourth overall in the season opening meet for both teams. Utah State had four of the top five finishers on the men's side in the 6K race led by McKenna who finished in 21:49.9. Junior Daniel Howell placed third for USU (22:02.8), while Hunter Nelson was fourth (22:34.0) and Chio Lopez fifth (22:40.8). The Aggie men took first overall and Weber State came in second with the Utah Ski team in third. Utah State also had four more runners finish in the top 10 on the men's side as freshman Kyle McKenna placed seventh (22:55.4), sophomore Michael Budge was eighth (23:08.6), senior Eric Larson came in ninth (23:12.6) and freshman Jacob Barton placed 10th (23:13.7). Other Aggie finishers on the men's side include junior Aaron Clements in 14th (23:34.4), junior Steven Atkinson in 16th (23:55.7) and sophomore Devin Lang in 22nd (25:16.3). Chugg led the Aggie women in the 5K race with a time of 17:39.3 to finish in 11th-place, while fellow junior Ruth Hilton was 15th (17:45.6) and senior Kim Quinn came in 23rd (17:57.2). Other Aggie finishers on the women's side include sophomore Alex Litzsinger who placed 36th (18:14.0), sophomore Stephanie Burt was 38th (18:17.7), sophomore Marissa Floodman was 42nd (18:33.3), sophomore Laura Hatch was 50th (19:04.5), freshman Ashley Robison was 53rd (19:11.0), freshman Brittany Fisher was 55th (19:18.5), senior Lexie Meyer was 57th (19:27.4), freshman McKayla Williams was 58th (19:38.7), freshman Hailey Dutson was 61st (19:50.8), freshman Michelle Kaaen was 62nd (19:54.9) and sophomore Hazel Richardson was 67th (20:15.0).

Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Thur.-Sat., Sept. 16-18 --- at Brigham Young Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's women's tennis team will begin its fall schedule this weekend in Provo, Utah at the Brigham Young Invitational from Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 16-18. USU returns six letterwinners from last year's team that finished 11-12 on the season including senior Hailey Swenson who posted a 13-9 record in singles play. Other returnees include senior Taylor Perry, junior Monica Abella, and sophomores Kristina Voytsekhovich, Jaclyn West and Mersadi Wilkins.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sun.-Mon., Sept. 19-20--- at Air Force Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's golf team will compete in its first tournament of the fall season on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 19-20 when it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Falcon Invitational. Utah State returns six letterwinners from last year's team that finished in eighth-place at the WAC Championship. Senior Benjamin Schilleman played 25 rounds last year and finished with a stroke average of 73.92, while junior Chanse Godderidge played in 16 rounds and had an average of 74.63. Sophomore Tanner Higham played in 25 rounds and had a stroke average of 74.80, senior Tyson McFarland played in 25 rounds and had a stroke average of 75.36, sophomore Brendan Dennis played in eight rounds and had a stroke average of 78.88, and sophomore Austin French played in eight rounds and had a stroke average of 81.00. USU has four current players who competed in the 2009 Falcon Invitational as Schilleman tied for 20th (72-68-77 -- 217), McFarland tied for 36th (73-70-77 -- 220), Higham tied for 101st (79-80-79 -- 238) and French tied for 103rd (76-80-83 -- 239).

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