WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Sept. 20 --- at Arkansas State, 5 p.m. MT (ESPN3)
Utah State's football team (2-1) will continue its 2014 season at Arkansas State (1-2) on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. (MT). The game will be streamed live on ESPN3. USU is 3-2 all-time against the Red Wolves, including a 0-2 road record.
W, 36-24 --- WAKE FOREST
Behind a dominant defense that scored two touchdowns and limited Wake Forest to negative 25 yards rushing, Utah State rallied from an early 7-0 deficit with 29 unanswered points to beat the Demon Deacons, 36-24, for its first-ever win against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent last weekend. Along with its two touchdowns, Utah State's defense sacked Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford a total of six times, spearheaded by three from senior DE B.J. Larsen. The Aggies also intercepted Wolford twice, including once by senior LB Zach Vigil, who returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to open Utah State's scoring after Wake Forest had scored on a 70-yard interception return of its own. Sophomore S Devin Centers also had a defensive score, scooping up a fumble and darting 47 yards to the end zone. Senior SS Frankie Sutera had the other interception, snaring a Wolford pass at midfield and returning it 24 yards to the WF 26-yard line, which set up the Aggies for a 6-yard touchdown toss from senior QB Chuckie Keeton to senior TE Jefferson Court at the 4:46 mark of the second quarter for Court's first career score. Sutera and sophomore LB Nick Vigil led Utah State with nine tackles apiece, with Nick Vigil logging 2.5 tackles for loss. In all, the USU defense posted a total of 14 tackles for loss. Wake Forest finished with 232 yards, gaining 257 passing, as Wolford was 20-of-50 with two interceptions and two touchdowns. The negative 25 yards rushing allowed by USU is the third-best defensive performance in school history. USU accumulated 391 yards of total offense with 331 through the air and 60 on the ground led by junior WR Hunter Sharp who caught a career-high 12 passes for a career-best 138 yards.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Sept. 19 --- UTAH, 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 21 --- UC RIVERSIDE, 12 p.m.
Utah State's soccer team (3-2-1) will continue its 2014 season this weekend with a pair of home matches against Utah (5-0-2) on Friday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. and against UC Riverside (4-1-1) on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 12 p.m. (MT). USU is 4-11-0 all-time against the Utes and 1-2-2 all-time against the Highlanders.
W, 3-0 --- at Sam Houston State
T, 1-1 (2OT) --- at Houston
Utah State posted a 1-0-1 record last week with a 3-0 win at Sam Houston State and a 1-1 double overtime tie at Houston. Against the Bearkats, USU got goals from senior midfielder Lexie Morgan, senior midfielder Kylie Dibb and senior forward Lauren Roundy. Overall, the Aggies out-shot SHSU, 21-10, as junior goalkeeper Jeannie Woller concluded the match with five saves. Against the Cougars, sophomore midfielder Jayne Robison scored USU's only goal in the 50th minute.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Wed., Sept. 17 --- UTAH, 7 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (4-5) will continue its 2014 season this weekend with a home match against in-state rival Utah (9-0) on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. USU is 25-43 all-time against the Utes.
at Hawai'i Outrigger Challenge
L, 0-3 --- at No. 22 Hawai'i
W, 3-1 --- vs. San Francisco
L, 1-3 --- vs. No. 25 UCLA
Utah State posted a 1-2 record last weekend at the Hawai'i Outrigger Challenge as it lost to No. 22 Hawai'i (3-0), defeated San Francisco (3-1) and lost to No. 25 UCLA (3-1). Against the Rainbow Wahine, sophomore OH Kaylie Kamalu had 11 kills, while senior OH Rachel Orr had six kills and 10 digs. USU hit .054 (27-22-93) in the match and UH hit .220 (39-15-109). Against the Dons, senior MB Kaitlyn VanHofff, who was named to the all-tournament team, recorded a career-high 16 kills and senior OH Jamaica Alisa had a career-high 14 kills, while Orr added 13 kills and 14 digs. Senior S Paige Neves had 18 digs and four kills, and senior LIB Ashlan Rogers-Court recorded 17 digs. USU finished the match hitting .214 (65-26-182) and USF hit .157 (63-34-185). Against the Bruins, VanHoff had 14 kills and Rogers-Court had 13 digs. USU hit .141 (39-20-135) in the match and UCLA hit .209 (58-26-153).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thur.-Sat., Sept. 18-20 --- at BYU Fall Invitational, All Day
Utah State's women's tennis team will continue its 2014 fall season this weekend at the BYU Fall Invitational, which begins on Thursday, Sept. 18 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 20.
NTS --- at Colorado State Invitational
Utah State kicked off its 2014-15 campaign at the Colorado State Invitational last weekend against student-athletes from Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Weber State. Competing for USU were freshmen Sabrina Demerath, Erin Freeman, Meghan Lyall and Maggie O'Meara. Freeman posted a perfect 4-0 record in singles play, while going 2-2 in doubles competition with Lyall. Lyall compiled a 1-3 singles record, while Demerath ended the weekend with a 2-2 record in singles play and a 3-1 record in doubles action with O'Meara, who recorded a 1-3 ledger in singles play.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 29-30 --- at Colorado Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2014 fall season on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29-30 when it competes in the Colorado Invitational.
1st/6 --- at Weber State Invitational, Victor, Idaho
9th/16 --- at Air Force Invitational
Utah State shot a final round 1-under 287 to finish with a 7-under 857 (294-276-287) to win the Weber State hosted Battle in the Tetons held in Victor, Idaho. Overall, it is Utah State's first tournament win since Oct. 17, 2009 when it won the Utah Collegiate Shootout held in St. George, Utah. USU posted a seven-shot win over second-place Utah Valley who finished with an even par 864 (295-293-276). The Aggies sat in fourth-place in the six team field following its first round 6-over 294, before shooting the team low round of the tournament Monday afternoon with its 12-under 276. Individually, USU sophomore Tanner Jenson finished the tournament in second-place with a 6-under 210 (74-64-72) for his best-ever collegiate finish. Jenson, who shot a course-record and collegiate low 8-under 64 during his second round, was just one shot away from tying for medalist honors as Southern Utah's Fidel Concepcion carded a 7-under 209 (66-71-72). Both Jenson and Concepcion had even par rounds of 72 on Tuesday. Junior Seokwon Jeon also finished in the top five for USU as he shot a final round 4-under 68 to finish fourth overall with a 4-under 212 (72-72-68). Other Aggie finishers included sophomore McCoy Willey who finished seventh with a 1-under 215 (74-69-72), while senior Grahm Schmaltz placed 23rd with a 7-over 223 (74-71-78) and sophomore Eli Rogers finished tied for 28th with a 12-over 228 (77-76-75).
Utah State finished ninth in the 16-team Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy, over the weekend with an 18-over 882 (293-288-301). Jenson shot an even-par 72 during his final round to finish tied for seventh with a 4-under 212 (70-70-72). For Jenson, it is his second-straight top-seven finish after he finished second at the Weber State hosted Battle in the Tetons earlier in the week. Schmaltz finished tied for 32nd with a 4-over 220 (73-68-79), while Jeon tied for 58th at 10-over 226 (75-76-75). Senior Zach Waxler finished 61st, shooting an 11-over 227 (75-77-75) and Willey finished tied for 62nd at a 12-over 228 (75-74-79).
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Sept. 20 --- at Montana State Invitational, 9 a.m.
Utah State's men and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 20 when it travels to Bozeman, Mont., to compete in the Montana State Invitational.
M: 2/4; W: 3/4 --- AGGIE INVITATIONAL
Senior Eric Shellhorn led the way for the Utah State cross country teams as he crossed the finish line in 20:55.34, good for third at the Aggie Invitational held on Aug. 30. Sophomore Tori Parkinson was the top finisher for the women at the Aggie Invitational for the second-consecutive year, placing ninth with a time of 19:50.86. In the team standings, the Aggie men finished in second-place behind Wyoming, while the Utah State women garnered the third spot behind Wyoming and Utah Valley, respectively. Sophomore Colby Wilson finished closest to Shellhorn in the men's four-mile race, snagging fifth-place with a time of 21:11.97. The third-fastest Aggie in the men's race was junior Tom Derr, who placed 10th with a time of 21:36.88. Three-straight Aggie's finished 15th, 16th and 17th, as senior Mike Bills (21:52.39), freshman Justin Sheets (22:00.80) and junior Kade Jensen (22:11.58) crossed the finish line in respective order to round out the top-20 for the Utah State men. In the women's five-kilometer race, freshman Kelsey Yamauchi finished right behind Parkinson in 10th, crossing the finish line in 19:52.32. Fellow freshman Hannah Malone was close behind, recording a time of 20:01.48 to take 12th. Also placing in the top-20 for Utah State was junior Amanda Stoudt (20:18.61), sophomore Elizabeth Winters (20:21.74) and junior Karlee Deeter (20:27.11), garnering the 18th, 19th and 20th spots.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 19-21 --- at Weber State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's tennis team opens its 2014 fall season at the Weber State Invitational, which begins on Friday, Sept. 19 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 21.
Utah State finished the 2013-14 season with nine dual match wins, its most since the 2010-11 team posted 12 victories. The Aggies return their top three players from a year ago in sophomore Sebastian Schneider who tallied 17 total wins, sophomore Dennis Baumgartner who posted 14 total wins, and senior Matt Sweet who recorded 12 singles victories.
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