USU Weekly Olympic Sport Update
Oct. 1, 2001
Contact: Doug Hoffman
LAST WEEK: Sept. 27 - UC SANTA BARBARA*, L, 2-3 Sept. 29 - CAL POLY*, W, 3-1
THIS WEEK: Oct. 5 - at UC Riverside*, 8 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Oct. 11 - PACIFIC*, 7 p.m. Oct. 13 - CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE*, 7 p.m.
THIS WEEK - Utah State will hit the road for a pair of conference matches against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton this weekend. USU faces the Highlanders on Friday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. (MST), and plays the Titans on Saturday, Oct. 6 also at 8 p.m. (MST)
SERIES HISTORY- Utah State is 11-13 all-time against Cal State Fullerton and 1-3 all-time versus UC Riverside. The Aggies have won the last four matches against the Titans, including sweeping the season series with CSF last year. USU is 4-7 all-time at Fullerton. The last time USU and UC Riverside played was on Sept. 17, 1987 in Provo, Utah, with the Highlanders notching a five-game win. In fact, all four matches played between the two schools have come on a neutral court. USU won the first-ever meeting in 1976 (2-0) and have lost the last three encounters.
LAST MEETINGS - The last time Utah State and Cal State Fullerton met was on Oct. 21, 2000, with the Aggies notching a 3-0 win by scores of 15-9, 15-13, 15-3. The last time the two teams met in Fullerton was on Sept. 22, 2000, with USU winning that match in five games (15-10, 15-5, 15-17, 11-15, 15-8). UC Riverside won the last meeting between the two schools in 1987 in a tournament in Provo, Utah, in five games.
SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS - UC Riverside is 8-5 on the season with a 1-3 mark in league play. The Highlanders have lost to Cal State Northridge, Pacific and Long Beach State in three games and defeated UC Irvine in four games. UCR is hitting .203 as a team while its opponents are hitting .149.
SCOUTING THE TITANS - Cal State Fullerton is 5-5 on the season with a 1-2 record in the Big West Conference. Its two losses during league play have come to Cal State Northridge in five games and to Pacific in three games. Its lone win during the league season has been over UC Irvine in five games. CSF is hitting is hitting .192 as a team on the season.
HOME SWEET HOME - Utah State has had tremendous success at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum over the past two plus years recording a 19-4 (.826) record. Last season, USU was 9-2 (.818) at home which was the most home wins since the 1982 team went 11-2. In conference play, USU is 17-3 (.850) at home over the past two plus years. Thus far this season, USU is -1 at home.
NEXT WEEK- Utah State will return home to face Pacific on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. USU is 4-22 all-time against Pacific and 1-2-1 all-time against Cal State Northridge.
Contact: Shereen Saurey
LAST WEEK: Sept. 28 - vs. Northern Arizona at Las Vegas, Nev., W, 3-2 Sept. 30 - at UNLV, L, 0-2
THIS WEEK: Oct. 5 - at Long Beach State*, 4 p.m. Oct. 7 - at UC Irvine*, 1 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Oct. 12 - VS. UC RIVERSIDE*, 3 p.m. Oct. 14 - VS. CAL STATE FULLERTON,* Noon
Utah State's soccer team begins Big West Conference action this week, as it travels to California for games against Long Beach State and the University of California at Irvine.
Long Beach State is 1-5-1 this season. The 49ers' lone win came against the University of Nevada-Reno. LBSU has posted losses against Saint Mary's, Azusa Pacific, San Jose State, Idaho State, Weber State and Pepperdine and tied with UNLV. Freshman Kristen Travis paces the 49er offense with 12 shots, three goals and six points.
The University of California at Irvine breaks even with a 3-3 record. The Anteaters have recorded two shutouts (Stony Brook and Northern Arizona) and have also defeated Air Force. UCI has posted losses against Dayton, the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount. Sophomore Hayley McNallan leads the Anteaters with three goals.
Sophomore Amber Tracy continues to pace the Aggie offense, as she scored two goals within one minute of each other against Idaho State, and knocked in another goal against Northern Arizona last weekend. Tracy leads USU with five goals and ten points. The Hyrum, Utah, native has a total of 13 career points. She has already scored four more goals this year than she did during the entire 2000 season, and has started each of the Aggies' first eight games.
Utah State's women's soccer team posted one win and one loss over its weekend road trip. The Aggies defeated Northern Arizona 3-2 Friday night, but were then shut out 2-0 by the UNLV Rebels on Sunday.
Contact: Diane Van Shaar
LAST WEEK: Sept. 29 - at Stanford Invitational - Men finished 2nd of 26 teams, Women finished 5th of 25 teams
THIS WEEK: Oct. 5 - at Notre Dame Invitational, 3 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Oct. 12 - HOST UTAH STATE INVITATIONAL, 4:30 p.m.
On Friday, Oct. 5, the Utah State men's and women's cross country teams travel to the Notre Dame Invitational, a meet that last year featured the top teams in the nation. Head coach Gregg Gensel said he is looking for this weekend to be a key indicator to his teams' success throughout the rest of the season. "We'll use Notre Dame as a proving ground to see where we're really at," he said.
USU's men's and women's teams took second and fifth, respectively, at the Stanford Invitational Saturday. The men finished behind host Stanford, currently ranked second in the nation. The Aggie men's five scoring runners all finished inthe top 25, as Dusan Hlubocky, Steve Prescott, Mitch Zundel, Brick Bergeson and Mike Nielson all posted personal best times. Hlubocky, a junior from Bratislave, Slovakia, paced USU with a 25:01 third-place finish. His time on the 8,000-meter course was 26 seconds off the champion, Teren Jameson of Utah.
On the women's side, the Aggies finished behind ranked teams Stanford, Arkansas and Brigham Young and unranked UC Irvine. Senior Shae Messersmith finished 24th, with a time of 22:19 on the 6,000-meter course. She was 1:30 off Arkansas' Andrenia Byrd's winning time of 20:49.
Contact: Jen Luman
LAST WEEK: Sept. 24-25 - at Idaho Tournament, 18th of 19 teams
THIS WEEK: Oct. 1-2 at Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Tournament, Brighton, Colo.
NEXT: Oct. 15-16 at Cal State Northridge
Utah State's golf team continues the 2001-2002 season at the 54-hole Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Tournament Monday and Tuesday. The tournament, co-hosted by the University of Denver and the University of Wyoming, features 18 teams and will be played at Riverdale Dunes Golf Course in Brighton, Colo.
The Aggie lineup for the tournament will include sophomore Woody Spainhower and juniors Nate Blotter, Kevin Mullen and Danny Kettle as well as Stewart Cozzens. Mullen is the team's best scorer after one tournament, averaging 76.67 strokes per round. Kettle was the top finisher at last week's Vandal Classic, tying for 70th place.
Overall Averages (2001-2002) Player, Class Rds-Stks Lo-Hi Avg. Top Finish Nate Blotter, So. 3-231 71-83 77 t84th Vandal Classic Chris Combe, Fr. 0-0 0-0 0 Stewart Cozzens, Jr. 3-236 75-83 78.67 t96 Vandal Classic Mike Ericson, So. 0 0 0 Phil Kalivas, Jr. 0 0 0 Danny Kettle, So. 3-228 73-80 76 t70th Vandal Classic Kevin Mullen, So. 3-230 70-81 76.67 t81st Vandal Classic Kyle Siever, Sr. 0 0 0 Woody Spainhower, So. 3-238 76-80 79.33 101st Vandal Classic