Utah State's Weekly Olympic Release
Oct. 2, 2000
Women's Volleyball - Contact: Doug Hoffman, (435) 797-3714
Utah State will hit the road this weekend against two top-20 opponents as the Aggies will play at No. 13 Long Beach State on Thursday before traveling to No. 17 Pacific on Saturday. All-time, USU is 6-20 versus the 49ers and 4-20 versus the Tigers. The Aggies have lost 16 matches in a row to both LBSU and UOP. The last time USU defeated Pacific was in 1980 and the last time the Aggies defeated the Tigers was 1982.
Behind 25 kills from senior Melissa Schoepf (Georgetown, Calif.) and 23 kills from senior Amy Crosbie (Visalia, Calif.) Utah State won a thrilling five-game match over Cal Poly by final scores of 12-15, 11-15, 15-4, 15-10, 15-9. Schoepf also had a team-high 14 digs in the match and seven blocks. Crosbie added 12 digs, while fellow senior Denae Mohlman (Shoreline, Wash.) hit .364 with 14 kills to go along with 10 block assits and eight digs. Junior Heather Olmstead (Carpinteria, Calif.) notched a career-high 22 digs in the match, while sophomore Hailey MacKay (Bountiful, Utah) had a career-high 10 kills. Against No. 9 UC Santa Barbara, Utah State controlled the match and disposed of the Gauchos in three games (15-12, 15-6, and 15-0). The senior trio of Crosbie, Mohlman and Schoepf accounted for 31 of the teams 40 kills in the match as Crosbie had a team-high 12 to go along with 13 digs and two blocks. Mohlman had 10 blocks and eight kills, and Schoepf added 11 kills. The Aggies had 16 team blocks and held the Gauchos to a -.017 hitting percentage for the match.
Utah State has been on a roll as of late, winning its last 10 matches after starting the season with a 2-3 record. It is the longest winning streak for USU since the 1980 team won 15 matches in a row. Utah State has also won 25 of its last 32 matches dating back to last year, which is the best winning streak since 1980. The Aggies are also 15-5 in the Big West Conference in the past two years. That record trails only Pacific, who is 18-2 over the same period of time.
Women's Soccer - Contact: Laurie Cannon, (435) 797-2066
Utah State returns home after a four-game road series to host Weber State, Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. USU will then have a much needed 10-day break before resuming conference play at home Friday, Oct. 13 against Cal State Fullerton.
Weber State is looking for its first win of the season as it is currently 0-10-1, and 0-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The Wildcats' have been led by freshman Natalie Hensley who has six goals and three assists for a total of 15 points on the year. USU is 2-2 all-time against the WSU. Utah State has won the teams last two meetings with a 2-1 win in 1998, and 2-0 shutout last year.
Over the weekend the Aggies split their two game road trip for the second week in a row, shutting out conference opponent Idaho, 1-0 Thursday, and losing to Eastern Washington Saturday (1-0). With its win over Idaho, USU now holds a 1-0 conference record and is ranked fourth in the Big West standings.
Cross Country - Contact: Wade Denniston, (435) 797-2066
USU's men's and women's cross country teams will enjoy a weekend off as the Aggies will get set to host their own Utah State Invitational on Oct. 13 at 4 p.m.
Over the weekend, Utah State competed in the 27th annual Stanford Invitational at the Stanford Golf Course on Saturday afternoon. The Aggie men finished the 18-team race in fifth place as junior Jason Jones was the top finisher at 17th with a time of 25:51. Other top finishers for Utah State included juniors Mitch Zundel in 23rd (26:00) and Demetrio Cabanillas in 29th (26:08).
The women harriers didn't fare as well as they have in the three previous races. Led by senior Beka Leffler's 17th place finish with a time of 18:21, the Aggies finished the race in ninth place (out of 21 teams). Coming off three first-place finishes in a row at USU's first three meets of the season, senior Rebekah Thornley fell to 46th place (18:57) in Palo Alto, Calif.
Tennis - Contact: Mike De La O, (435) 797-2066
Utah State's women's tennis team will have the next three weeks off, but the men's team will be in action this weekend, Oct. 5-7, when it heads down to Provo, Utah to compete in the BYU Invitational.
Over the weekend USU's women's team lost all of its opening round matches at the BYU Invitational. Tracy Bertagna was the only Aggie to win a match as she defeated Karolina Gimberg of Boise State in the consolation bracket. Bertagna then lost in the next round to Claudia Oropeza of Weber State in two sets, 7-6(4), 6-0.