Weekly Aggie Update
Sept. 21, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 21, 2008
Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 4 when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational.
Utah State senior Ben Kessen finished second individually to lead the Aggie men to a second-place team finish and freshman Ruth Hilton placed eighth to help the USU women finish second as well at the 2008 Montana State Invitational on Saturday. Kessen ran the 8K course in 24:36.0 and Hilton ran the 5K race in 17:38.0. Other Aggie men to finish in the top 20 included junior Jason Holt who came in eighth with a time of 24:58.0, freshmen Brian McKenna (25:16.0) and Daniel Howell (25:20.0), who finished 13th and 15th, respectively, and junior Steve Strickland who placed 16th (25:21.0). Top 20 finishers on the women's side include senior Caroline Berry who finished 10th (17:45.0), junior Erin Stratton who placed 11th (17:47.0), and sophomores Kim Quinn (18:01.0) and Alicia Holt (18:05.0) who finished 17th and 19th, respectively.
Utah State (3-9, 1-0) will begin a season-long four-match homestand this weekend against Fresno State and Nevada. USU will host the Bulldogs on Thursday, Sept. 25 and the Wolf Pack on Saturday, Sept. 27 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU is 7-5 all-time against FSU and 9-17 all-time against UNR.
After starting the season with eight straight losses, Utah State's volleyball team appears to be hitting its stride as it has won three of its last four matches including both contests last week against Utah Valley (3-0) and at San Jose State (3-2) to begin Western Athletic Conference play. Senior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh led USU against the Spartans as she recorded a career-high 21 kills to go along with 13 digs for her second double-double of the season. Sophomore middle blocker Katie Astle also performed well against SJSU with a career-high 10 kills, while sophomore libero Christine Morrill registered a career-high 25 digs. For the week, Astle hit .467 and averaged 2.12 kills and 1.25 blocks per set, while Osterloh hit .187 and averaged 3.75 kills, 2.38 digs and 0.88 blocks per set. Overall, USU is hitting .163 on the season as compared to a .259 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Utah State (1-3, 1-0) will take a week off before playing its final non-conference game of the season as it hosts No. 11 BYU on Friday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in Romney Stadium. USU is 33-41-3 all-time against the Cougars, which includes an 18-14-2 record at home.
Utah State won its first game of the season to improve to 1-3 overall (1-0 WAC) with a convincing 42-17 victory against Idaho at home Saturday. Freshman Robert Turbin rushed for 123 yards, including 106 in the second-half, as Utah State rolled up 580 yards of total offense. Those 580 yards are the most for a USU team since gaining 684 against Weber State in 2001, while its 356 rushing yards is the most since the 1999 season when it had 388 at Nevada. Turbin's 123 yards on the ground are the most for an Aggie since the 2006 campaign. Sophomore QB Diondre Borel scored Utah State's first touchdown on a 33-yard run in the second quarter and finished the game with 93 rushing yards. He also had 191 passing yards (12-21-1) and two TDs, which ties his career-high. Tied seven-all at the break, USU's first score of the second-half came on a 46-yard pitch and catch from Borel to freshman WR Stanley Morrison to tie the game at 14. The Aggies then took their first lead of the game with :34 seconds to play in the third quarter as junior TE Jeremy Mitchell hauled in a 15-yard scoring strike from Borel. Utah State's next score came via its defense as junior DE Darby Golden sacked Idaho's Nathan Enderle in the end zone, forcing a fumble that was recovered by senior DT Ben Calderwood. On the Vandals next possession, junior S James Brindley intercepted a fourth-down pass and returned it 34 yards to the Vandals' 41. USU quickly turned that INT into seven points as sophomore RB Curtis Marsh raced 41-yards down the right sidelines on the Aggies first play from scrimmage for the score. Utah State's final series of the game was its most impressive going 97 yards in 12 plays, 10 of which were runs, in 6:05 culminating with a 26-yard scoring run by Turbin.
Utah State's women's soccer team (4-5-1) will hit the road this weekend for a pair of non-conference matches at Cal Poly and Wyoming. USU will first play the Mustangs on Friday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m., followed by a match against the Cowgirls on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Noon. USU is 1-8 all-time against Cal Poly and 1-3 all-time against Wyoming.
Utah State's women's soccer team went 1-1 at home last week as it defeated UT-San Antonio, 2-0, and lost to Long Beach State, 3-0. Against the Roadrunners, USU received goals from junior Lindsey Smart and sophomore Lauren Hansen. Freshman Summer Tillotson assisted on Smart's goal and junior Andrea Seledde assisted on Hansen's goal.
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its fall schedule on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29-30 when it competes in the Oral Roberts Shootout in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Utah State's men's golf team finished in 10th place out of 17 teams at the Ron Moore Invitational hosted by Denver University with a team score of 886 (308-295-283). Sophomore Benjamin Schilleman was the Aggies top individual finisher as he placed tied for 24th with a three-over par 219 (72-75-72). Senior Devin Daniels tied for 34th with a four-over 220 (79-70-71) and fellow senior Toph Peterson tied for 46th with an eight-over 224 (81-74-69). Other Aggies who competed in the tournament include senior Tyler Labrum who tied for 67th with a 13-over 229 (78-80-71) and senior Jeremy Pack who tied for 87th with a 21-over 237 (79-76-82).
Utah State's men's tennis team will continue its fall schedule this weekend as it travels to Salt Lake City to compete in the Utah Intercollegiate Tournament from Thursday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 27.
Sophomore Jakob Asplund was Utah State's top performer at the Boise State Fall Classic last weekend as he advanced to the semifinals before losing, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7, to No. 7 ranked Stas Glukhov. Asplund, who was ranked No. 10 in the tournament, defeated four opponents during the week, including No. 5 ranked Christian Hodel. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament included seniors Mike Banks and Matt Braithwaite, juniors Amit Maharaj, Matt Searle and Alex Thatcher, and freshmen Jordan Barlow and Liran Braun.
Utah State's women's tennis team will return to action on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11 when it hosts the Utah State Invitational at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club in Logan.
Utah State's women's tennis team began its 2008 fall schedule at the BYU Invitational. Sophomore Hailey Swenson led USU as she advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation round before losing in straight sets. Other Aggies to compete during the weekend included senior Bridgette Strickland, juniors Cady Andelin and Marie Livingston, sophomores Jennifer Johnson and Taylor Perry, and freshman Monica Abella Calleja.