LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 3, 2016
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Oct. 8 --- at Colorado State, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
• Utah State’s football team (2-3, 0-2 MW) continues its 2016 season this week with a Mountain West road game at Colorado State (2-3, 0-1 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 33-37-2 all-time against the Rams, including a 15-18-1 road record.
L, 10-21 --- at #24 Boise State
• Utah State’s defense did something no other team has been able to accomplish this season against No. 24 Boise State, which was hold the Broncos to less than 30 points and fewer than 400 yards of total offense. Unfortunately for the Aggies, Boise State’s defense was also up to the challenge in a hard-fought 21-10 home victory against the Aggies last weekend. USU dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Mountain West, while BSU improved to 4-0 and 1-0. Redshirt senior LB Anthony Williams had seven tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss, and senior CB Daniel Gray added a career-high-tying six stops as the Aggies limited the Broncos to a season-low 384 yards of total offense and 17 points below their average. Junior QB Kent Myers was 29-of-50 passing for 287 yards and one touchdown for the Aggies, who were limited to 358 total yards. His completions tied his career high, while his attempts were a career best. Myers’ lone touchdown pass of the night came with 7:41 remaining in the game, a 30-yarder to senior WR Andrew Rodriguez that pulled USU to within 21-10. Rodriguez finished with six catches for a career-high 89 yards. Freshman WR Rayshad Lewis led Utah State with a career-best seven receptions for a career-high 82 yards, while senior TE Wyatt Houston finished with three catches for 41 yards to extend his streak of catching a pass to 11 straight games. Myers also led the Aggies in rushing with 47 yards on 12 carries, including a season-long rush of 45 yards to open the third quarter.
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., Oct. 7 --- FRESNO STATE, 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 9 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (7-5-0, 3-1-0 MW) continues its 2016 season this weekend with a pair of Mountain West home matches against Fresno State (6-5-1, 1-2-1 MW) on Friday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m., and against San José State (6-3-3, 3-1-0 MW) on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. Live streaming of both matches is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 4-8-3 all-time against the Bulldogs and 8-2-2 all-time against the Spartans.
W, 1-0 (OT) --- at Air Force
L, 0-1 --- at Colorado College
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record last week with a 1-0 win at Air Force and a 1-0 loss at Colorado College. Junior forward Wesley Hamblin recorded the Aggies’ sole goal of the weekend, scoring the golden goal in the overtime win at Air Force. Hamblin scored in the 98th minute of action against the Falcons, assisted by junior forward Bailee Hammond. In Sunday’s match, Utah State out-shot Colorado College, but could not find the back of the net. On the week, USU took 28 shots with 14 on goal, while the Aggies’ opponents combined for 17 shots with nine on goal. Redshirt sophomore Grace McGuire played the full weekend in the net, tallying eight saves and earning her fourth shutout of the season against the Falcons.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Wed.-Sun., Oct. 12-16 --- at ITA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M. All Day
• Utah State women’s tennis concludes its 2016 fall season next week at the ITA Regionals held in Albuquerque, N.M., from Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 12-16.
NTS --- at Air Force Invitational
• Utah State women’s tennis sent eight student-athletes to the Air Force Invitational last week. Overall, the Aggies won three daily doubles titles as senior Nini Guensler and junior Sabrina Demerath went 3-1 as a pair, Guensler and freshman Sophia Haleas went 1-0 as a pair, and senior Ekaterina Tugarinova and freshman Hannah Jones went 3-1 as a pair. Other duos included Tugarinova and junior Maggie O’Meara (1-1), sophomore Monika Van de Vondel and freshman Lucy Octave (1-3), Van de Vondel and O’Meara (1-1), Demerath and Octave (1-1), Haleas and Jones (1-1) and Haleas and O’Meara (1-1). In singles, Haleas went a perfect 3-0 in round robin play, while Guensler posted a 2-1 record with a loss in her flight’s final. Tugarinova went 1-2, Van de Vondel posted a 2-1 record, as did Demerath, Octave, Jones and O’Meara. Overall this fall, the Aggies have recorded 53 singles wins, 30 doubles wins and 83 total wins, all of which are program records for fall tournament play.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Oct. 6 --- at Air Force, 6 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 8 --- at Boise State, 2 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (6-9, 1-3 MW) continues its 2016 season this week with a pair of Mountain West road matches at Air Force (9-8, 0-4 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m., and at Boise State (11-6, 2-2 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. Live streaming of both matches is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 4-1 all-time against the Falcons and 18-21 all-time against the Broncos.
L, 0-3 --- COLORADO STATE
L, 0-3 --- WYOMING
• Utah State went 0-2 last week, dropping three-set decisions to Colorado State and Wyoming at home in Mountain West play. Against the Rams, junior middle Carly Lenzen recorded a season-high 12 kills and hit .526 (12-2-19) and was followed by senior outside Kaylie Kamalu-Smith with 10 kills. USU finished the match hitting .250 (43-15-112) to CSU’s .311 (50-13-119). Against the Cowgirls, junior outside Lauren Anderson recorded 13 kills, hitting a team-best .219 (13-6-32) as the Aggies hit a season-low .096 (40-27-136) to UW’s .210 (48-22-124).
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Oct. 7 --- USU REEDER MEMORIAL, 3 p.m.
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will continue their 2016 season on Friday, Oct. 7, when they host the Steve T. Reeder Memorial on the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course, which is located at 1498 N. 800 East in Logan. The men will run at 3 p.m., while the women will race at 3:30 p.m.
M: 8th/38; W: 10th/45 --- at Lehigh Invitational
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled against stiff competition at the Lehigh-hosted Paul Short Run last weekend. On the men’s side, USU sophomore Dillon Maggard battled to the front, finishing fifth in a field of over 330 runners with a time of 23:44. Following Maggard was senior Colby Wilson, who placed 15th (23:44). The Aggies’ next three finishers included freshmen Adam Hendrickson in 54th (24:28) and James Withers in 59th (24:30), and junior Tyler Roberts, who placed 78th (24:40). No. 16 Iona captured the men’s team title with 34 points as USU’s men placed eighth out of 38 teams with 211 points. On the women’s side, No. 29 Yale was crowned champion with 92 points, while USU finished 10th out of 45 teams with 275 points. Freshman Bailee Parker once again led the Aggies’ front five, as she placed 24th with a time of 20:45. That marks her third consecutive race as Utah State’s top finisher. In her first race of the season, sophomore Kashley Carter seized 38th place with a time of 20:45. Behind Parker and Carter came juniors Tylee Newman-Skinner, who placed 47th (20:52), and Kelsey Yamauchi, who placed 82nd (21:14), while sophomore Cierra Simmons finished 84th (21:15).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Oct. 3-4 --- at Utah Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will continue its fall schedule on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4, when it competes in the Utah-hosted Ogio Invitational at The Jeremy Golf and Country Club in Park City, Utah.
T-9th/19 --- at Colorado Invitational
• Senior Tanner Jenson carded a final round of even-par 72 and finished tied for ninth with a 5-under 211 at the Colorado-hosted Mark Simpson Invitational last week. For Jenson, it was his fifth-career top-10 finish as he now has 16 rounds under par and eight rounds in the 60’s during his collegiate career. Utah State, who began the final day in 14th place, shot an even-par 288 to move into a tie for ninth with its 5-over 869 (296-285-288). Colorado won the team title at 20-under 844 (282-276-286) and Northern Colorado’s Coby Welch took medalist honors at 11-under 205 (70-69-66). Jenson, who led the field in par-3 scoring at 3-under, began the tournament with a 2-under 70 during his first 18 holes and then carded a 3-under 69 during his second round, before carding an even-par round during his final 18 holes. He finished the tournament with 13 birdies, which was tied for sixth-best in the field. Freshman Chase Lansford also played well for USU as he shot back-to-back rounds of 1-under 71 after his opening round of 2-over 74 to finish tied for 30th place at even-par 216. Lansford finished the tournament with 13 birdies, which was tied for sixth-best in the field, and was 4-under on the par-5 holes. For Lansford, he has now shot three rounds under par thus far this season. Also competing for Utah State was junior Braxton Miller, who tied for 50th place at 4-over 220 (74-70-76), senior Eli Rogers, who tied for 67th place at 6-over 222 (78-75-69), and sophomore Braydon Swapp, who placed 98th at 16-over 232 (80-75-77). For Rogers, his final round of 3-under 69 is his career-low round. Rogers finished the tournament with 12 birdies and was even-par on the par-3 holes, which tied for 15th in the field. For Miller, he carded 37 pars during the 54-hole tournament, which tied for 13th in the field.
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