LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 2, 2017
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Oct. 7 --- COLORADO STATE, 2:30 p.m. (AT&T Sports)
• Utah State’s football team (3-2, 1-0 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend as it hosts Mountain West foe Colorado State (3-2, 1-0 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on AT&T Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683). USU is 33-38-2 all-time against the Rams, including an 18-19-1 home record.
W, 40-24 --- BYU
• Utah State senior cornerback Jalen Davis intercepted a career-high three passes and returned two of them for touchdowns as Utah State closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 40-24 home win against BYU last weekend. Davis, who set a school record with his two pick-sixes, now has five interceptions on the season and 11 in his career, which is tied with three other players for the fourth-most in school history. Furthermore, the three picks tied a Mountain West record and are tied for the most at the FBS level this season. Senior quarterback Kent Myers was 16-of-27 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 33 yards rushing, including a 19-yard touchdown run. Utah State, which rallied from 14 points down to record the win, regained possession of the Old Wagon Wheel, the traveling trophy between the two schools. Davis’ three interceptions were a part of seven takeaways by the Aggies, including fumble recoveries by junior linebackers Derek Larsen and Suli Tamaivena, and redshirt freshman cornerback Ja’Marcus Ingram. Additionally, senior safety Dallin Leavitt, who began his collegiate career at BYU, had an interception, seven tackles and a pass breakup against his former team. Junior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver led all receivers in the game with six receptions for 76 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass from Myers that tied the game at 21-all with 1:11 remaining in the first half. Senior running back LaJuan Hunt led Utah State’s ground game with 65 yards rushing on 18 carries. Tamaivena recorded a career- and game-high 13 tackles for the Aggies, while fellow junior LB Chase Christiansen added a career-best 10 stops, including 1.0 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sun.-Mon., Oct. 8-9 --- at Notre Dame Classic, All Day
• Utah State’s golf team continues its fall schedule on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 8-9, when it competes in the Notre Dame Classic.
7th/20 --- at Colorado Invitational
• Utah State finished the Colorado-hosted Mark Simpson Invitational in seventh place at 1-under 863 (288-291-283). Utah won the tournament title with a 22-under 842 (283-282-277) and the Utes’ Kyler Dunkle won medalist honors at 14-under 202 (70-68-64). Senior Braxton Miller shot a final round 1-under 71 to finish tied for ninth with a 6-under par 210 (70-69-71) for his second-career top-10 finish and second-best collegiate finish. Miller now has 21 rounds under par and six rounds in the 60’s during his collegiate career. Overall, his 6-under 210 is a collegiate low and just his third-ever tournament finish under par, and tied for his best-ever 54-hole score.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Oct. 5 --- WYOMING, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 7 --- #24 COLORADO STATE, 8 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (11-5, 3-1 MW) continues its 2017 season this week with a pair of Mountain West matches as it hosts Wyoming (7-9, 2-2 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. and No. 24 Colorado State (14-2, 4-0 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. USU is 16-18 all-time against the Cowgirls and 14-25 all-time against the Rams. Both matches will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch.
W, 3-1 --- at UNLV
L, 0-3 --- at New Mexico
• Utah State split results last weekend with a 3-1 victory at UNLV and a 3-0 loss at New Mexico. At UNLV, senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey matched a career high with 17 kills, hitting a team-best .567 (17-0-30) as USU hit .286 (57-15-147) to UNLV’s .143 (47-25-154). At New Mexico, senior outside Lauren Anderson led the Aggies with 15 kills and hit .367 (15-4-30) as USU hit .172 (35-18-99) to the Lobos’ .277 (43-15-101).
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Oct. 6 --- STEVE T. REEDER MEMORIAL, 3 p.m.
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will continue their 2017 season on Friday, Oct. 6, when they host the Steve T. Reeder Memorial at 3 p.m.
M: 1/40; W: 1/42 --- at Lehigh Invitational
• Utah State’s cross country teams became the first squads since Georgetown in 2003 to sweep the team titles at the Lehigh-hosted Paul Short Run last weekend. The men’s team won the team title with 119 points, finishing ahead of No. 17 Georgetown’s 167 points. On the women’s side, the 21st-ranked Aggies won the event with 72 points, ahead of No. 15 Villanova’s 115 points. Additionally, with senior Dillon Maggard and junior Alyssa Snyder winning their individual races, it is the first time that the same school had individuals win both the men’s and women’s race since Villanova accomplished the same feat in 2006. The Aggie men were led by Maggard, who won for the second time this season as he finished the 8-kilometer race with a personal-best time of 23:27. The native of Kirkland, Wash., was victorious against a field of more than 350 runners. Sophomores Luke Beattie and James Withers both finished inside the top 25 as they went 21st and 23rd with personal bests of 24:00 and 24:04, respectively. The women’s team was led by Snyder, who has now won all three races she has competed in for Utah State. She finished first in the women’s 6-kilometer run with a time of 19:48. The Aggies’ depth was equally as impressive, as all seven Aggie runners finished within the top 34 of the field of 367. In fact, three other Aggies found themselves in the top 20 finishers, as junior Presli Hutchison finished 14th with a time of 20:22, junior Cierra Simmons ran a 20:24 to place 16th and senior Tori Parkinson took 18th with a personal-best time of 20:25. In the men’s open race to begin the day, sophomore Adam Hendrickson won the 8-kilometer run with a time of 24:36. After the men’s race, senior Kelsey Girardelli placed 15th in the women’s open race with a time of 21:53 in the 6-kilometer run.
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Oct. 6 --- COLORADO COLLEGE, 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 8 --- AIR FORCE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (6-5-1, 1-3-0 MW) continues Mountain West play this weekend with a pair of home matches. The Aggies will host Colorado College (4-5-3, 1-2-1 MW) on Friday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m., and Air Force (7-3-0, 3-0-1 MW) on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. All-time, USU is 2-2-2 against the Tigers and 5-1-1 against the Falcons. Both matches will be streamed on the Mountain West network, available at utahstateaggies.com/watch.
L, 1-2 --- SAN DIEGO STATE
L, 1-2 --- NEW MEXICO
• Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West home record last week, as it fell to San Diego State and New Mexico, both in 2-1 decisions. Against the Aztecs, freshman midfielder Ashley Cardozo scored the team’s only goal after going down 2-0. She was assisted by senior forward Bailee Hammond on the shot in the 84th minute. Senior goalkeeper Sara Cobb tallied five saves in the loss. Against the Lobos, Hammond earned the Aggies’ sole goal, scoring in the final 45 seconds of the match to tie the score before New Mexico scored the game-winner just 15 seconds later. Cobb recorded four saves, again playing the full match. On the week, Utah State took 18 shots with seven on goal, while the Aggie opponents combined for 21 shots and 13 on goal. Cobb ended the weekend with nine saves and four goals allowed.
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584
Wed.-Sun., Oct. 11-15 --- at ITA Regionals, Salt Lake City, UT, All Day
• Utah State women’s tennis continues its 2017 fall season next week as it competes in the ITA Regionals in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 11-15.
NTS --- at ITA Milwaukee Classic
NTS --- at Idaho State Invite
• Utah State women’s tennis competed at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic and Idaho State Invitational last weekend. In Milwaukee, sophomore Lucy Octave finished 0-1 in singles and 1-1 in doubles with freshman Sasha Pisareva. Pisareva was 1-1 in singles, losing to Arkansas’ Ana Oparenovic, who was ranked No. 36 in the ITA’s preseason national singles rankings. At Idaho State, senior Maggie O’Meara and sophomore Sophia Haleas finished first in the doubles bracket, with a 4-0 record. Haleas also placed second in the black singles draw with a 2-1 finish, while O’Meara finished third with a 3-1 record. Senior Sabrina Demerath finished first in the orange draw’s consolation bracket with a 3-1 singles record. Demerath and sophomore Rhoda Tanui finished 1-1 in doubles, and Tanui went 1-1 in singles. Junior Jenna Kane was a perfect 3-0 in singles and finished third in the consolation doubles bracket with freshman Alexandra Taylor, finishing with a 2-2 record.
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., Oct. 6-8 --- at Utah Intercollegiate, All Day
• Utah State men’s tennis continues its 2017 fall season this weekend at the Utah Intercollegiate from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8.
NTS --- at Idaho State Invitational
• Utah State men’s tennis competed at the Idaho State-hosted Bank of Commerce Fall Tournament last week and was led by freshman Jose Fernando Carvajal, who won the doubles consolation bracket with freshman Valdemar Holm with a 3-1 record. Carvajal also placed second in the singles orange draw with a 4-1 finish. Freshman Aditya Vashistha went 3-1 in singles play, Holm posted a 2-1 singles record, and junior Austin Bass and freshman Felipe Acosta both went 1-1 in singles play. In doubles, Acosta and Bass finished with an 0-2 record.
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