LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Oct. 1 --- at #24 Boise State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Utah State's football team (2-2, 0-1 MW) continues its 2016 season this week with a Mountain West road game at No. 24 Boise State (3-0, 0-0 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:15 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 (Comcast Ch. 36/669HD, Dish Network Ch. 143, DirecTV Ch. 209). USU is 5-15 all-time against the Broncos, including a 2-8 road record.
L, 20-27 --- AIR FORCE
Sophomore WR Ron'Quavion Tarver had his best game as an Aggie, but it still wasn't enough as Utah State lost its Homecoming game to Air Force, 27-20. Tarver caught a career-best nine passes for a career-high 143 yards, including a career-long of 42 yards. USU finished the game with 414 yards of total offense (372 passing, 42 rushing) as compared to 326 yards for AFA (213 rushing, 113 passing). The difference in the game was turnovers, as the Falcons scored 14 points off two Aggie miscues and did not commit a turnover. Myers completed a career-best 29 passes on a career-high-tying 47 attempts for 360 yards. Defensively, a pair of Aggie linebackers shined as junior Alex Huerta recorded a game- and career-best 13 tackles, while senior Anthony Williams added a career-high 11 stops, including 1.0 sack, to go along with two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. Junior CB Jalen Davis also had a career-high in tackles with eight, which included a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss, to go along with a forced fumble and pass breakup. Redshirt senior NG Travis Seefeldt was the fourth Aggie defender to have a career-night as he posted a career-high seven tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss. In all, Utah State's defense held the nation's top-ranked rushing offense to 219.5 yards below its season average as the Falcons entered the game averaging 432.5 rushing yards per game to lead the nation. AFA also ranked fifth nationally in total offense (566.5 ypg) entering the game, but was held to just 326 yards.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Mon.-Mon., Oct. 3-10 --- at ITA All-American Invite, Tulsa, Okla., All Day
Fri.-Sun., Oct. 7-9 --- at Boise State Fall Invitational, All Day
Utah State men's tennis continues its 2016 fall season as it sends senior Jack Swindells, junior Jaime Barajas and sophomore Jonas Maier to the ITA All-Americans in Tulsa, Okla., with play possibly lasting from Monday through Monday, Oct. 3-10. Barajas will compete in singles, while Swindells and Maier will compete in doubles. Other Aggies will compete at the Boise State-hosted Boise Fall Invitational from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9.
NTS --- at Midland (Texas) Invitational
Utah State men's tennis competed at the Midland (Texas) Invitational in its last competition as senior Jack Swindells, junior Kai Wehnelt and sophomore Jonas Maier all posted a 2-1 record in singles en route to the quarterfinals of the main draw. Maier upset the No. 108-ranked player in the nation, Rice's Tommy Bennett, in the first round in three sets (1-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4). In doubles, Maier and Swindells partnered up for a 1-1 record in the main draw.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Sept. 30 --- at Air Force, 6 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 2 --- at Colorado College, 1 p.m.
Utah State's soccer team (6-4-0, 2-0-0 MW) continues its 2016 season this weekend with a pair of Mountain West road matches at Air Force (5-3-1, 1-1-0 MW) on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m., and at Colorado College (5-5-0, 1-1-0 MW) on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. Live streaming of both matches is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 4-1-1 all-time against the Falcons and 2-1-2 all-time against the Tigers.
W, 3-1 --- COLORADO STATE
W, 3-0 --- WYOMING
Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week, as it opened the Mountain West portion of its season with home wins against Colorado State (3-1) and Wyoming (3-0). Senior forward Jessica Brooksby led the team with two goals and one assist on the weekend, while four other players also contributed in scoring. Against the Rams, the Aggies jumped out to a 3-0 lead, scoring early. Brooksby struck in the 10th minute, assisted by junior forward Wesley Hamblin. She then added a second goal in the 25th minute, rebounding her own shot on a free kick to score. Freshman forward Alecia Robinson then extended the lead, scoring in the 58th minute with an assist from Hamblin. Against the Cowgirls, the Aggies scored all three goals in the second half. Senior midfielder Lauren Harmon put USU on the board in the 55th minute, scoring on a header from a Brooksby corner kick. Junior forward Bailee Hammond extended the lead, scoring in the 70th minute driving through the Wyoming defense. Hamblin then scored the final goal, striking on a cross from Hammond in the 75th minute. On the week, USU took 28 shots with 16 on goal, while the Aggies' opponents combined for 16 shots with 11 on goal. Redshirt sophomore Grace McGuire played the full weekend in the net, tallying 10 saves and earning her third shutout of the season.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 30-2 --- at Air Force Invitational, All Day
Utah State women's tennis continues its 2016 fall season this week at the Air Force Invitational from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
NTS --- at BYU Invitational
NTS --- AGGIE INVITATIONAL
Utah State women's tennis seniors Ekaterina Tugarinova and Nini Guensler posted a perfect 3-0 doubles record as a tandem to claim the doubles title at the BYU Invitational, while Guensler recorded a perfect 4-0 record in singles to claim the singles title. Tugarinova went 1-1 in singles. At the Aggie Invitational, junior Sabrina Demerath and freshman Hannah Jones partnered together for a 3-0 record and a White Draw doubles title. Sophomore Monika Van de Vondel and freshman Lucy Octave paired up for a 3-0 record and a Blue Draw doubles title. Junior Maggie O'Meara and sophomore Jenna Kane posted a 1-2 record as doubles partners. In singles, O'Meara posted a 4-0 record to claim the Grey Draw title, Demerath went 3-1, Van de Vondel went 2-1, Kane went 3-1, Octave posted a 3-1 record, Jones had a 3-1 ledger and freshman Sophia Haleas went 3-1, falling in the Grey Draw final against O'Meara.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Sept. 29 --- COLORADO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 1 --- WYOMING, 6 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (6-7, 1-1 MW) continues its 2016 season this week with a pair of Mountain West matches as it hosts Colorado State (8-5, 2-0 MW) on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., and Wyoming (9-6, 2-0 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. Live streaming of both matches is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 14-23 all-time against the Rams and 16-16 all-time against the Cowgirls.
W, 3-2 --- at Nevada
L, 2-3 --- at San Diego State
Utah State split a pair of Mountain West matches last week with a 3-2 win at Nevada and a 3-2 loss at San Diego State. Against the Wolf Pack, senior outside Kaylie Kamalu-Smith recorded a double-double with career highs of 30 kills and 14 digs as the Aggies hit .293 (71-25-157), the second-highest total this season. Against the Aztecs, junior outside Lauren Anderson led Utah State with 14 kills as the Aggies hit .195 (52-23-149) with senior setter Erica Moscoso recording a double-double with 41 assists and 10 digs.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Sat., Oct. 1 --- at Lehigh Invitational, 9:30 a.m. (MT)
Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will continue their 2016 season on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to compete in the Lehigh-hosted Paul Short Run.
M: T-1/13; W: 4/14 --- at Montana State Invitational
Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams passed their first test against region competition at the Montana State-hosted Bozeman Running Company Invitational in its last competition. The Aggie men finished first among Division I schools with 57 points as they tied CSU-Pueblo, a Division II school. USU's women finished fourth with 74 points. Leading the Aggie men was junior Dillon Maggard, who finished fourth with a time of 24:40.24. Junior Clay Lambourne also finished near the front as he placed eighth with a time of 24:50.07. Following those two were a bunch of Aggies in freshman Darren Harman (25:14.32), senior Colby Wilson (25:17.16), sophomore Adam Hendrickson (25:18.63) and freshman Luke Beattie (25:18.73), finishing 14th through 17th, respectively. On the women's side, freshman Bailee Parker was in top form as she finished third, recording a time of 16:50.43. Sophomore Shannon Maloney also finished in the top-15, seizing 14th place with a time of 17:15.40. Behind Parker and Maloney came junior Tylee Newman-Skinner, placing 16th (17:18.14), junior Kelsey Yamauchi, finishing 19th (17:23.86) and sophomore Cierra Simmons placing 22nd (17:27.37).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 26-27 --- at Colorado Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its fall schedule on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26-27, when it competes in the Colorado-hosted Mark Simpson Invitational in Erie, Colo.
6th/16 --- at Air Force Invitational
Freshman Chase Lansford shot a final-round five-under-par 67 to finish tied for 14th-place with a 3-over 219 (76-76-67) at the Air Force-hosted Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in its last competition. Lansford, who began his final round tied for 41st-place, carded the best round in the field during the final 18 holes and tied for the best round of the tournament with his 5-under 67. For Lansford, his 14th-place finish is the best by an Aggie freshman since Devin Daniels tied for 13th at the Boise State-hosted Bronco Roundup in 2003. UTEP (286-287-290) and UNLV (296-283-284) tied for first place in the 16-team field at 1-under 863, while UNLV's John Oda (70-67-69) took medalist honors at 10-under 206. USU began the final day of competition in 11th place, but carded a 3-over 291 to move up five spots and finish sixth as a team. Also competing for Utah State was senior Tanner Jenson, who tied for 30th place at 9-over 225 (76-74-75), senior Eli Rogers, who tied for 39th place at 10-over 226 (76-76-74), freshman Hayden Eckert, who tied for 52nd place at 14-over 230 (75-77-78), and junior Braxton Miller, who tied for 58th place at 15-over 231 (78-78-75).
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