Weekly Aggie Update

Sept. 20, 2009

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Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat, Sept. 26 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 6 p.m.
• After playing its first two games of the year on the road, Utah State (0-2) will host Southern Utah (1-2) in its Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 1-0 all-time against SUU, defeating the Thunderbirds, 30-14, in Logan on Sept. 7, 2000. The game will not be televised.

Last Week
L, 30-38 --- at Texas A&M
• Junior quarterback Diondre Borel threw for a career-best 334 yards and the sophomore duo of running back Robert Turbin and receiver Stanley Morrison topped the 100-yard milestones for rushing and receiving, but it was not enough as Utah State lost to Texas A&M, 38-30, Saturday at historic Kyle Field. Turbin finished with 121 yards, becoming USU's first running back with back-to-back 100-yard outings since David Fiefia in 2003, after his 148 yards at Utah on Sept. 3. Morrison finished with a career-best 126 yards on six catches, while senior Omar Sawyer added a TD. Borel was 24-of-47 passing for a career-best 334 yards with one TD. Borel also rushed for 34 yards and two more scores, his second multi-TD rushing outing of his career. USU ended with 521 yards of total offense with 334 passing and 187 rushing. TAMU totalled 573 total offensive yards on 322 passing and 251 rushing. Sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner had a game-high 13 tackles, while senior safety James Brindley posted nine stops and junior defensive tackle Sean Enesi logged seven tackles.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Thur., Sept. 24 --- at New Mexico State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 26 --- at Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
• Utah State (8-4) will begin Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road matches at New Mexico State (4-5) on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., and at Louisiana Tech (9-6) on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 23-35 all-time against NMSU and 8-0 all-time against LTU.

Last Week
W, 3-1 --- vs. Butler
L, 2-3 --- at Kent State
W, 3-0 --- vs. Robert Morris
• Utah State went 2-1 last week as it defeated Butler (3-1) and Robert Morris (3-0), and lost to Kent State (3-2) in the Kent State Mizuno Open. Against Butler, sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur had 21 kills and sophomore opposite side hitter Emily Kortsen had 10. USU hit .276 (54-17-134) in the match as compared to a .203 (48-23-123) hitting percentage for Butler. Against Kent State, McArthur and junior outside hitter Lori Wilson-Beckstrom each had 11 kills, while Korsten recorded a career-high 17 digs. USU hit .195 (55-26-149) overall and KSU hit .250 (63-26-148). Against Robert Morris, McArthur led the team with 15 kills, while junior libero Christine Morrill had 13 digs. USU hit .330 (39-9-91) in the match as compared to a .112 (32-21-98) hitting percentage for RMU. USU had two players named to the all-tournament team in Morrill and junior middle blocker Katie Astle.

Contact: Kara Irving - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Thur., Sept. 24 --- UTAH (RIO TINTO STADIUM, SLC), 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 26 --- at Brigham Young 7 p.m.
• Utah State (4-4-1) will play a pair of in-state matches this week as it hosts Utah (5-4-1) on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., in Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City. USU will then play at No. 18 Brigham Young (8-1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. USU is 1-9 all-time against the Utes and 0-6 all-time against the Cougars.

Last Week
L, 0-2--- at No. 25 Washington
L, 1-3 --- at Seattle
• Utah State went 0-2 on the road last week as it lost at No. 25 Washington, 2-0, and at Seattle University, 3-1. Utah State's only goal during the weekend was scored by junior forward Lauren Hansen off a cross from junior midfielder Stefani Shiozaki.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Week
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 28-29 --- at Utah/Weber St. Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's golf team will take the week off and return to action on Monday, Sept. 28 when it competes in the Purple & Red Invitational hosted by Utah and Weber State at the Valley View Golf Club in Layton, Utah.

Last Week
18th/19 --- at Falcon Invitational
• Utah State's Benjamin Schilleman fired a final round 77 to finish tied for 20th-place with a one-over par 217 at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. As a team, Utah State finished in 18th-place with a 41-over 905 (297-292-316). Schilleman began the tournament with an even-par 72 and then carded a four-under par 68 during his second 18-holes and was tied for seventh heading into the final round. Junior teammate Tyson McFarland finished the tournament tied for 36th with a four-over 220 (73-70-77), and senior Thad Truman tied for 87th with a 17-over 233 (76-74-83). Also competing for USU were freshmen Tanner Higham and Austin French who finished tied for 101st and 103rd, respectively, with scores of 238 (79-80-79) and 239 (76-80-83).

Contact: Keiley Baldwin - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Thur.-Sat., Sept. 24-26 --- UTAH STATE OPEN, All Day
• Utah State's men's tennis team will begin its fall season on Thursday, Sept. 24 when it hosts the Utah State Open. The tournament will run from Thursday through Saturday. USU returns four lettermen from last year's team that went 8-13 on the season, including junior Jakob Asplund. Asplund posted an 18-17 singles record last year, including a 7-11 mark at No. 1 singles. Other players returning for USU this year include senior Amit Maharaj, and juniors Bryan Marchant and Alex Thatcher.

Contact: Keiley Baldwin - (435) 797-8584

Next Competition
Thur.-Sat., Oct. 8-10 --- UTAH STATE OPEN, All Day
• Utah State's women's tennis team will return to action on Thursday, Oct. 8 when it hosts the Utah State Open. The tournament will run from Thursday through Saturday.

Last Week
NTS --- at BYU Invitational
• Senior Britney Watts led Utah State at the BYU Invitational last weekend as she won the silver feed-in bracket with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Weber State's Brittiny Moore in the championship match. Watts finished the tournament with a 4-1 record in singles play. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament included junior Hailey Swenson who went 1-1 in the `A' bracket, freshman Jenny Phillips who went 1-1 in the `B' bracket, junior Taylor Perry and freshman Jaclyn West who went 1-1 in the silver feed-in bracket, freshman Kristina Voytsekhovich who went 2-1 in the `A' bracket, sophomore Carla Limon who went 0-1 in the silver feed-in, and freshman Sadi Wilkins who also went 0-1 in the silver feed-in bracket

Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584

Next Week
Sat., Oct. 3 --- at Notre Dame Invitational, 9 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 3 when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational.

Last Week
M-1st/12; W-4th/13 --- at Montana State Open
• Utah State men's cross country team won the Montana State Invitational last weekend, while the women finished fourth. Sophomore Brian McKenna led the Aggie men finishing fourth overall in the five-mile course clocking in at 25:11.00. The next finisher for the Aggies was freshman Daniel Howell clocking in at 25:20.00 in sixth place. Senior Steve Strickland finished ninth overall crossing the finish line at 25:25.00 and sophomore Steve Atkinson placed 11th finishing at 25:32.00. Following close behind Atkinson was senior Jason Holt in 12th place clocking in at 25.37.00. Other finishers for the men were junior Chio Lopez (25:47.00) in 15th place, junior Casey Snider (26:17.00) in 26th place, junior Nick Bolinder (26:21.00) in 28th place, freshman Kyle Moffett (26:52.00) in 40th place, freshman Morgan Empey (27:50.00) in 57th place and freshman Devin Person (28.04.00) in 63rd place. Utah State's men's team finished first with 42 points while host Montana State came in second with 53 points. Weber State finished third with a total 70 points, followed closely by fourth-place finisher Montana with 76 points. Rounding out the top five teams was Utah Valley University with 104 points. Utah State's women's team was led by sophomore Jessie Chugg who finished 10th overall clocking in at 17:42.00 in the three-mile race. The next Aggie finisher was junior Justine Baugh (18:04.00) in 14th place. Freshman Kaylee Campbell finished in 16th place clocking in at 18:08.00. Other finishers for the USU women include senior Erin Stratton (18:26.00) in 26th place, junior Kim Quinn (18.32.00) in 28th place, junior Alica Holt (18:47.00) in 34th place, freshman Stephanie Burt (19:06.00) in 42nd place, freshman Marissa Floodman (19:14.00) in 46th place, freshman Talina Nelson (19:17.00) in 48th place, sophomore Alisa Sheffer (19:24.00) in 52nd place, freshman Amber Rasmussen (19:29.00) in 56th place, freshman Sarah Olson (19.46.00) in 67th place, sophomore Aimee Haertel (19:46.00) in 68th place, freshman Jessi Timothy (20:22.00) in 86th place, freshman Jessi Baird (20:34.00) in 91st place and redshirt-freshman Brittni Hopkin (22:49.00) in 127th place. Weber State won the women's race with 36 points followed by Utah Valley University with 50 points. Montana finished third with 64 points while Utah State came in fourth with 94 points. Montana State finished in fifth-place with 146 points.

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