Weekly Aggie Update
Sept. 16, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - Sept. 16, 2007
Football Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066 Utah State (0-3) will return home and begin Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday Sept. 22 against San Jose State (0-3) at 6 p.m. in its annual homecoming game. The game will be televised regionally by ESPN and carried by the Altitude network (Ch. 61). USU is 10-18-1 all-time against San Jose State, which includes a 21-14 loss in San Jose last year. The last time the Aggies defeated the Spartans was on Oct. 8, 2005 in Logan by a final score of 24-17. That win by USU was its first-ever Western Athletic Conference victory. San Jose State is 0-3 on the season after losing at Stanford 37-0 on Saturday. The Spartans began the season with a 45-3 loss at Arizona State, followed by a 34-14 defeat at Kansas State. Utah State is coming off a 54-3 loss at third-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday as freshman Peter Caldwell capped a 10-play, 46-yard drive with a 30-yard field goal for the Aggies only points of the game. USU managed 153 yards of total offense (87 passing, 66 rushing) as compared to 617 total yards by Oklahoma (274 passing, 343 rushing). Senior wide receiver Kevin Robinson had eight receptions on the day for 38 yards and ended the game with 121 yards of total offense as he had 71 kickoff return yards and 12 punt return yards. Junior linebacker Derrick Cumbee led the Aggie defense with eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
VOLLEYBALL Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State (5-6, 2-0) will continue Western Athletic Conference action this weekend as it plays at New Mexico State (10-2, 2-0) on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. and at Louisiana Tech (5-9, 0-2) on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 23-31 all-time against New Mexico State and 4-0 all-time against Louisiana Tech. Last weekend, Utah State began WAC play with a pair of home wins against Boise State (3-0) and San Jose State (3-1). Senior opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson led USU in both matches as she recorded 17 kills, seven digs, six blocks and four service aces against the Broncos, and then had her second double-double of the season against the Spartans with 13 kills, a season-high tying 13 digs, five blocks and two service aces. Overall, Nielson is hitting .179 and averaging 5.53 points, 4.38 kills, 2.06 digs, 0.79 blocks and 0.71 service aces per game. As a team, Utah State is hitting .132 on the year as compared to a .192 hitting percentage for its opponents.
SOCCER Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's soccer team (3-4) will return to the road this weekend as it plays at Gonzaga (4-2) on Friday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m., followed by a match at Eastern Washington (2-3) on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Noon. USU is 1-4 all-time against Gonzaga and 2-2-0 all-time against Eastern Washington. Utah State is coming off a solid week of action as it recorded a 2-1 record with a 4-3 win at Weber State, followed by a 2-1 loss to Oregon and a 1-0 overtime win against Idaho State at home. Utah State began the week by scoring the most goals in a single match since 2005 as Dana Peart (3), Abby Hunt (1), Alysa Adams (1) and Lauren Hansen (1) each hit the back of the net against the Wildcats. Hunt scored her second goal of the week against Oregon on a penalty kick, while Peart scored her second goal of the week in overtime to lift the Aggies to a 1-0 win against Idaho State. Overall Utah State is led by Peart, as the senior forward has scored four goals on the season to give her 14 in her career, which is tied for fourth all-time in school history.
CROSS COUNTRY Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will take the week before competing in the Oregon Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Eugene, Ore. Utah State competed in its second meet of the season last weekend in Bozeman, Mont., at the Montana State Invitational as the women placed first out of 13 teams, while the men finished third out of 11 teams. Senior Amy Egan led the women's team as she finished eighth overall in the three-mile race with a time of 17:28. Senior Stacie (Lifferth) Dorius finished 11th for USU (17:37), while sophomore Erin Stratton was 13th (17:41) and junior Caroline Berry was 14th (17:42). On the men's side, junior Seth Wold led the Aggie men as he finished second individually with a time of 24:36 in the five-mile race, while sophomore Jason Holt was 13th (25:25) and freshman Chio Lopez finished 16th (25:29). In two races this year Wold has a first and second-place finish, while Dorius has a seventh and 11th-place finish.
MEN'S GOLF Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State's men's golf team will continue its fall schedule this weekend as it competes in the Purple and Red Invitational, co-hosted by Weber State and Utah at the Valley View Golf Club in Layton, Utah. In its first competition of the fall season, Utah State finished in 18th-place at the 2007 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Junior Devin Daniels led Utah State as he tied for 51st overall with a nine-over par 225. As a team, Utah State finished with a score of 919. Daniels was tied for 30th with a three-over par 147 after shooting a 73 and 74 in the first two rounds, but shot a six-over par 78 during the final 18 holes to finish tied for 51st. Other Aggies who competed include junior Alex Putnam who tied for 76th with a 15-over par 231, junior Brandon Broadhead and freshman Dan Heath who tied for 89th with 19-over par 235s, and junior Jeremy Pack who finished 96th with a 22-over par 238.
MEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's tennis team continued play this past weekend at the Utah Fall Tennis Classic hosted by Brigham Young University. Freshman Jakob Asplund led USU during the open tournament with a 2-1 record as he defeated Matthew Cowley (6-0, 7-6) in the round of 64 and then defeated Jake Beherns (6-1, 6-2) in the round of 36 before losing to top-seeded James Ludlow (7-5, 6-3). Asplund also partnered with USU sophomore Oscar Ericsson to go 1-1 in doubles action. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament included senior Fernando Gallegos, junior Jonas Tyden and sophomores Matt Searle and Alex Thatcher. Utah State will conclude its fall schedule in the middle of October as it competes in the ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nev., from Oct. 17-21.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's women's tennis team will begin its fall schedule in Provo, Utah as it competes in the BYU Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 22. USU returns three players who competed last year including senior Bridgette Strickland and sophomores Brianna Harris and Britney Watts. Strickland was 5-14 in singles competition in 2007, while Harris was 8-10 and Watts was 1-1.