WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 6, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Oct. 11 --- AIR FORCE, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
Utah State's football team (3-2, 0-0 MW) will begin Mountain West play this weekend with a home game against Air Force (4-1, 1-1 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8:15 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. USU is 1-1 all-time against the Falcons, with both of those games being playing at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
W, 35-20 --- at #18 BYU
Sophomore QB Darell Garretson threw three touchdown passes in the first-half, and Utah State's defense forced four turnovers for the third time in its last four games as the Aggies (3-2) posted its first win at BYU (4-1) in 37 years with a 35-20 victory last weekend. USU also improved to 4-51 all-time against ranked opponents, including wins in three of its last four matchups. Overall, No. 18 BYU is now the highest ranked opponent USU has ever defeated bettering its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech in 2012. USU finished the night with a season-high 457 yards of offense as Garretson was 19-of-25 passing for 321 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Sophomore LB Nick Vigil led the Aggies' rushing attack with 57 yards on 16 carries, and scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run. Senior RB Joe Hill added 54 rushing yards and tied his career-high with 18 carries as USU finished the night with 136 rushing yards on 46 carries. Junior WR Hunter Sharp had five receptions for 173 yards for his third-straight 100-yard receiving game, marking the first time since 2002 that an Aggie has accomplished the feat. Sharp also scored one touchdown on a 72-yard reception. Fellow junior WR Devonte Robinson added six receptions for 98 yards with two touchdowns, all of which are career-highs. Nick Vigil also led the Aggie defense with nine tackles, while senior SS Frankie Sutera had five tackles and intercepted his third pass of the season and fourth of his career. Freshman CB Jalen Davis had a career-high six tackles. Sophomore FS Devin Centers and junior LB Torrey Green both added interceptions, and junior NG Travis Seefeldt recovered his first career fumble.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Oct. 10 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 12 --- FRESNO STATE, 12 p.m.
Utah State's soccer team (6-4-2, 2-1-1 MW) will continue Mountain West play this weekend with a pair of home matches as it hosts San José State (3-6-3, 0-3-1 MW) on Friday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m., and Fresno State (3-10-0, 2-2-0 MW) on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 12 p.m. USU is 6-2-2 all-time against the Spartans and 3-7-3 all-time against the Bulldogs.
W, 2-0 --- WYOMING
W, 1-0 --- COLORADO STATE
Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West home record last weekend with a 2-0 win against Wyoming and 1-0 win against Colorado State. Against the Cowgirls, senior midfielder Ambryn McCallson and freshman midfielder Bailee Hammond each recorded their first goals of the season, while junior goalkeeper Jeannie Woller added two saves. Against the Rams, McCallson scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute and Woller added one save.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Oct. 9 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 11 --- NEVADA, 2 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (6-8, 2-2 MW) will continue Mountain West play this weekend with a pair of home matches as it hosts San José State (3-13, 0-3 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. and Nevada (4-9, 1-2 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. USU is 15-19-1 all-time against the Spartans and 17-20 all-time against the Wolf Pack.
L, 2-3 --- at New Mexico
W, 3-2 --- at Air Force
Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record last weekend with a 3-2 loss at New Mexico and a 3-2 win at Air Force. Against the Lobos, senior OH Rachel Orr had 15 kills and 15 digs for her eighth double-double this season and 21st of her career. Senior MB Kaitlyn Van Hoff added 14 kills and 10 blocks for her first career double-double, and sophomore OH Kaylie Kamalu had 14 kills, while senior S Paige Neves recorded a career-best six kills to go along with 14 digs and 43 assists. USU hit .120 (57-35-183) in the match and UNM hit .181 (66-34-177). Against the Falcons, Orr had 16 kills and 11 digs, while VanHoff finished with 13 kills and nine blocks. Neves added a season-best 55 assists and senior LIB Ashlan Rogers-Court had 20 digs. USU hit .197 (65-30-178) in the match and AFA hit .236 (65-23-178).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Wed.-Sun., Oct. 15-19 --- at ITA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M., All Day
Utah State's women's tennis team will conclude its 2014 fall season next week at the ITA Regionals in Albuquerque, N.M., from Wednesday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 19.
NTS --- at ITA Championships, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
NTS --- UTAH STATE DUEL
At the Utah State Invite, sophomore Nini Guensler posted a 7-1 overall record, going 4-0 in doubles play and 3-1 in singles competition. Freshman Maggie O'Meara went 1-2 in doubles play and 2-2 in singles competition, while freshman Sabrina Demerath went 2-2 in doubles play and 3-1 in singles competition. Sophomore Lexi Turley posted a 1-3 doubles mark, while going 2-2 in singles play. Junior Amber Stuhlmann went 1-2 in doubles play with a 2-2 mark in singles competition. Junior Kallie Sperry recorded a 1-2 singles ledger with a 2-0 mark in doubles play. And sophomore Katie Sweet recorded a 1-1 mark in doubles play with a 3-1 singles record.
At the ITA All-American Tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif., senior McKenzie Davis fell to the No. 25-ranked singles player, California's Denise Starr in straight sets (7-6, 7-6). And in doubles play, Davis and Sperry fell to the No. 32-ranked doubles tandem in the country, Ohio State's Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus in straight sets (7-5, 6-4).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Oct. 6-7 --- at Utah Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2014 fall season on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6-7 when it competes in the Utah Invitational.
T5th/17 --- at Colorado Invitational
Utah State shot a final round 1-over 289 to finish tied for fifth-place with a 3-over 579 (290-289) at the weather-shortened Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational last week. USU began the final round tied for ninth-place in the 17-team tournament field. Colorado won the tournament with a 20-under 556 (276-280), while the Buffaloes David Oraee took medalist honors with a 13-under 131 (64-67). Individually, senior Grahm Schmaltz recorded his best-ever tournament finish as he tied for 11th-place with a 2-under 142 after back-to-back rounds of 71. Sophomore Tanner Jenson tied for 25th-place with a 1-over 145 (75-70) and fellow sophomore McCoy Willey tied for 29th-place with a 3-over 147 (71-76). Senior Zach Waxler also recorded his best tournament finish as he also tied for 29th-place with a 3-over 147 (75-72), and junior Seokwon Jeon tied for 64th-place with an 8-over 152 (73-79).
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Oct. 18 --- at Santa Clara Invitational, 10 a.m.
Utah State's men and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 18 when it travels to California to compete in the Santa Clara Invitational.
M: 18/31; W: 20/35 --- at Minnesota Invitational
Utah State men's cross country senior Eric Shellhorn placed 17th with a time of 25:24, sparking the Aggie men to an 18th-place finish out of 31 teams in the 29th running of the Minnesota hosted Roy Griak Invitational. USU's men scored 512 points among a very competitive field, including four teams ranked in the top-30 nationally. Sophomore Tori Parkinson was the leader for the USU women, clocking in with a time of 22:51, finishing 78th and helping the women's team score 598 points to finish 20th out of 35 teams, which included seven teams who are ranked in the top-30. In-state rival Southern Utah finished first in the men's 8K race, with Michigan State taking the top spot in the women's 6K competition. Finishing behind Shellhorn was junior Kade Jensen taking 111th, timing out at 26:41, with senior Mike Bills just behind him finishing 112th with a time of 26:44. The final two of the top five for the Aggie men were freshman Justin Sheets, placing 130th with a time of 27:00, followed by sophomore Colby Wilson, finishing 142nd with a time of 27:09. Trailing Parkinson was freshman Kelsey Yamauchi, crossing the line at 107th with a time of 23:16, with junior Amanda Stoudt finishing 117th with a time of 23:24. Junior Karlee Deeter finished 134th, posting a time of 23:41, while sophomore Joanna Boyd placed 162nd, clocking in at 24:02 to close out the Aggie women top-five.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thur.-Sat., Oct. 9-11 --- at Utah Invite, All Day
Utah State's men's tennis team will continue its 2014 fall season at the Utah Invite, which begins on Thursday, Oct. 9 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 11.
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
Utah State competed in the Boise State hosted Dar Walters Tennis Classic last weekend and freshman Dennis Baumgartner posted a 3-1 record in singles play, ultimately falling in the finals of Flight A. Senior Marcus Fritz posted a 1-1 record in singles play, while sophomore Sebastian Schneider went 2-1 in singles play. Senior Matt Sweet won the Flight D title, going a perfect 4-0 in singles play. And in doubles competition, Baumgartner and Schneider went 4-0 to win the Blue Flight Championship.
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