Weekly Aggie Update
Oct. 7, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State (0-6) will take the week off before returning to Western Athletic Conference play next weekend as it hosts Nevada (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised on KJZZ-TV. Nevada will play at Boise State next weekend before traveling to Logan. USU is 4-11 all-time against Nevada, which includes a 2-8 home record. The Wolf Pack has won each of the last two games played in the series, including a 30-24 win in Logan during the 2005 season. Nevada had its two game winning streak snapped at home last weekend as it lost to Fresno State 49-41. UNR began the season with losses at Nebraska (52-10) and Northwestern (36-31) before defeating Nicholls State (52-17) and UNLV (27-20) at home. Utah State is coming off a 52-37 loss at 16th-ranked Hawai'i on Saturday. The Aggies were led by senior wide receiver/kick returner Kevin Robinson who caught five passes for 96 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown from Leon Jackson III in the third quarter. Robinson also scored USU's first touchdown of the game on a 100-yard kickoff return midway through the first quarter. Overall, Robinson finished with 266 all-purpose yards (156 kick returns, 96 receiving, 13 punt returns, 1 rushing). As a team, Utah State scored its most points under third-year head coach Brent Guy and the most since putting 41 on Middle Tennessee during the 2003 season. USU also had a season-high 370 yards of offense (247 passing, 123 rushing), while Hawai'i finished the game with 512 total yards of offense (465 passing, 47 rushing).
CROSS COUNTRY Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will compete in its final tune-up before hosting the Western Athletic Conference Championships on October 27 as it travels to Terre Haute, Ind., this weekend to compete in the Pre-Nationals on Saturday, Oct. 14. Utah State competed in its third meet of the season on Sept. 29 in Eugene, Ore., at the Bill Dellinger Invitational as the men placed 13th out of 15 teams, while the women finished 14th out of 15 teams. Junior Seth Wold led the men with a 31st-place finish in the 8,000-meter race with a time of 24:03, while senior Stacie Dorius led the Aggie women with a 55th-place finish in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 21:33. Other Aggie men who performed well include sophomore Jason Holt who finished 68th (24:52) and freshman Chio Lopez who placed 77th (25:02). On the women's side, senior Amy Egan finished 66th (21:44), while junior Caroline Berry placed 73rd (21:49).
VOLLEYBALL Utah State (9-8, 6-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference action this weekend as plays at Nevada (7-7, 4-3) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. USU is in third-place in the WAC with a 6-2 league record, while UNR is in fifth-place with a 4-3 record. USU is 8-16 all-time against Nevada, which includes a 1-10 road record. Since starting the season with a 2-6 record, Utah State has won seven of its last nine matches. Last weekend, Utah State went 1-1 at home with a three-game win against Louisiana Tech and a four-game loss to 22nd-ranked New Mexico State. Senior outside hitter Monarisa Ale led USU against the Southern Aggies as she tied her career-high with 14 kills and hit .448 (14-1-29), while adding seven blocks and six digs. Senior outside hitter Amanda Nielson led USU with 14 kills and nine digs against Louisiana Tech, while sophomore middle blocker Danielle Taylor added eight kills and hit .438 (8-1-16) in the match. On the year, Utah State is led by Nielson who is averaging 5.64 points, 4.60 kills, 2.27 digs, 1.04 blocks and 0.49 service aces per game, while junior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh is averaging 3.92 points, 3.29 kills, 2.78 digs and 0.62 blocks per game. As a team, Utah State is hitting .159 as compared to a .181 hitting percentage for its opponents.
SOCCER Utah State's soccer team (4-8, 0-0) will begin Western Athletic Conference play this weekend as it plays at Idaho (4-6, 0-0) on Friday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. (MT), followed by a home match against Boise State (6-5-2, 0-0) on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Noon at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. USU is 7-1 all-time against Idaho and 6-1 all-time against Boise State. Last weekend, USU lost at 19th-ranked Brigham Young, 2-1, and then lost to Utah, 2-0, at home. Junior forward Candice Clark scored the Aggies' lone goal during the week and finished the two matches with four shots on goal. Thus far this year, the Aggies are 2-5 on the road and 2-2 at home. Senior forward Dana Peart leads Utah State on the season with five goals and 11 points, while freshman forward Lauren Hansen has two goals. Overall, Peart has 15 goals in her USU career to rank fourth all-time.
MEN'S GOLF Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Oct. 15-16 when it travels to Northridge, Calif., to compete in the Bill Cullum Invitational. In its second competition of the fall season, Utah State finished in 14th-place at the 2007 Purple & Red Invitational hosted by Utah and Weber State in Layton, Utah. Junior Devin Daniels led Utah State as he tied for third overall with a five-under par 139. As a team, Utah State finished with a score of 600. Daniels was tied for 13th with a one-under par 71 after the first day and then shot a four-under 68 during the final round to tie for third. Other Aggies who competed include freshmen Toph Peterson who tied for 61st with a 10-over par 152, juniors Tyler Labrum and Alex Putnam who tied for 77th with identical scores of 155, junior Brandon Broadhead who tied for 90th with a 159 and freshman Thad Truman who tied for 99th with a 162.
MEN'S TENNIS Utah State's men's tennis team will return to action this weekend as it travels to Salt Lake City to compete in the Utah Invitational on Oct. 11-13. This will be USU's first competition since it competed at the Utah Fall Tennis Classic hosted by Brigham Young University on Sept. 13-15. Freshman Jakob Asplund led USU during the open tournament with a 2-1 record as he defeated Matthew Cowley (6-0, 7-6) in the round of 64 and then defeated Jake Beherns (6-1, 6-2) in the round of 36 before losing to top-seeded James Ludlow (7-5, 6-3). Asplund also teamed with USU sophomore Oscar Ericsson to go 1-1 in doubles action. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament included senior Fernando Gallegos, junior Jonas Tyden and sophomores Matt Searle and Alex Thatcher. Utah State will conclude its fall schedule in the middle of October as it competes in the ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nev., from Oct. 17-21.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Utah State's women's tennis team began its fall schedule at the Utah Fall Tennis Classic hosted by Brigham Young University on Sept. 20-22. Freshman Hailey Swenson led USU with a 2-2 record as she defeated Alyssa Pyne (NS) in the first round of the consolation finals and then defeated Jocelyn Jenson (7-6, 6-3) in the second round before losing to Greer Satherlie in the semifinals (6-4, ret.). Other Aggies who competed during the tournament include junior Bridgette Strickland and sophomores Brianna Harris and Britney Watts who all lost in the second round of the consolation finals. Utah State will conclude its fall schedule in the middle of October as it competes in the ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nev., from Oct. 17-21.