Weekly Aggie Update
Sept. 30, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - Sept. 30, 2007 Utah State (0-5) will return to Western Athletic Conference play and face its second ranked team this season on Saturday Oct. 6 when it plays at 15th-ranked Hawai'i at 10 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised on KJZZ-TV. USU is 4-3 all-time against Hawai'i, which includes a 2-2 road record. Hawai'i has won each of the last two games played in the series, including a 63-10 win in Logan in 2006 and a 50-23 win in Honolulu in 2005. Hawai'i is 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the WAC after recording a 48-20 win at Idaho last weekend. The Warriors other four wins this year have been against Northern Colorado (63-6), Louisiana Tech (45-44 ot), UNLV (49-14) and Charleston Southern (66-10). Utah State is coming off a 34-18 loss at Utah on Saturday. The Aggies were led by senior quarterback Leon Jackson III who was 17-of-24 passing for 139 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Otis Nelson late in the fourth quarter. Jackson also gained 60 yards on the ground on 18 carries and scored the first touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run midway through the first quarter before Utah scored the next 14 points to take control of the game. Junior linebacker De'von Hall tied his career-high with 11 tackles in the contest, while junior linebacker Jake Hutton and sophomore safety James Brindley each recorded an interception. USU finished with 275 yards of total offense (136 rushing, 139 passing), while Utah had 325 total yards (144 rushing, 181 passing).
CROSS COUNTRY Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will take the week off from competition as they prepare for Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 14. Utah State competed in its third meet of the season on Sept. 29 in Eugene, Ore., at the Bill Dellinger Invitational as the men placed 13th out of 15 teams, while the women finished 14th out of 15 teams. Junior Seth Wold led the men with a 31st-place finish in the 8,000-meter race with a time of 24:03, while senior Stacie Dorius led the Aggie women with a 55th-place finish in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 21:33. Other Aggie men who performed well include sophomore Jason Holt who finished 68th (24:52) and freshman Chio Lopez who placed 77th (25:02). On the women's side, senior Amy Egan finished 66th (21:44), while junior Caroline Berry placed 73rd (21:49).
VOLLEYBALL Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State (8-7, 5-1) will continue Western Athletic Conference action this weekend as it hosts 24th-ranked New Mexico State (13-3, 5-1) on Thursday, Oct. 4 and Louisiana Tech (6-13, 1-5) on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Northern Aggies and Southern Aggies are tied for second-place in the WAC with identical 5-1 league records. USU is 23-32 all-time against New Mexico State and 5-0 all-time against Louisiana Tech as it lost at NMSU (3-1) and won at LTU (3-0) two weekends ago. Since starting the season with a 2-6 record, Utah State has won six of its last seven matches, including three straight. Last weekend, Utah State recorded a 2-0 record with a three-game win at San Jose State, followed by a four-game win at Fresno State. Senior Amanda Nielson led USU with 13 kills against San Jose State, while junior Melissa Osterloh recorded 10 kills, 10 digs and four blocks as she hit .429 (10-1-21) in the match. USU hit .152 against the Spartans and dominated play at the net with 17.0 team blocks. Nielson then recorded season-highs with 28 kills and 15 digs against Fresno State, while Osterloh recorded her team-leading sixth double-double with 18 kills and a season-high 16 digs. USU hit .276 in the match and continued its solid play at the net with 12.5 team blocks.
SOCCER Contact: Ashley McWilliams- (435) 797-1361 Utah State's soccer team (4-6) will face two of its in-state rivals this week as it plays at 23rd-ranked Brigham Young (8-0-2) on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and host Utah (6-2-2) on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. USU is 0-4 all-time against BYU and 1-8 all-time against Utah. Thus far this year, the Aggies are 2-4 on the road and 2-1 at home with wins against Idaho State and Montana. Last week, Utah State recorded a 1-0 home win against Montana as junior defender Alyssa Lowry netted her first career points and first career goal in the second-half. Senior forward Dana Peart leads Utah State on the season with five goals and 11 points, while freshman forward Lauren Hansen has two goals. Overall, Peart has 15 goals in her USU career to rank fourth all-time.
MEN'S GOLF Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Oct. 15-16 when it travels to Northridge, Calif., to compete in the Bill Cullum Invitational. In its second competition of the fall season, Utah State finished in 14th-place at the 2007 Purple & Red Invitational hosted by Utah and Weber State in Layton, Utah. Junior Devin Daniels led Utah State as he tied for third overall with a five-under par 139. As a team, Utah State finished with a score of 600. Daniels was tied for 13th with a one-under par 71 after the first day and then shot a four-under 68 during the final round to tie for third. Other Aggies who competed include freshmen Toph Peterson who tied for 61st with a 10-over par 152, juniors Tyler Labrum and Alex Putnam who tied for 77th with identical scores of 155, junior Brandon Broadhead who tied for 90th with a 159 and freshman Thad Truman who tied for 99th with a 162.
MEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's tennis team continued its fall schedule at the Utah Fall Tennis Classic hosted by Brigham Young University on Sept. 13-15. 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 teamed 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 began its fall schedule at the Utah Fall Tennis Classic hosted by Brigham Young University on Sept. 20-22. Freshman Hailey Swenson led USU with a 2-2 record as she defeated Alyssa Pyne (NS) in the first round of the consolation finals and then defeated Jocelyn Jenson (7-6, 6-3) in the second round before losing to Greer Satherlie in the semifinals (6-4, ret.). Other Aggies who competed during the tournament include junior Bridgette Strickland and sophomores Brianna Harris and Britney Watts who all lost in the second round of the consolation finals. 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.