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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with football, men and women's cross country, women's soccer, men and women's tennis and volleyball all in action.
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with football, men and women's cross country, women's soccer, men and women's tennis and volleyball all in action.

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 8, 2012

FOOTBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sat., Oct. 13 --- at San Jose State, 2 p.m. MT (Altitude)
• Utah State football (4-2, 0-0) will continue its 2012 season with its Western Athletic Conference opener at San Jose State (4-1, 0-0) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised regionally on Altitude Sports. USU is 13-20-1 all-time against the Spartans, including a 4-11-1 road record.

Last Week
L, 3-6 --- at BYU
• Utah State lost to Brigham Young, 6-3, Friday night as the nine combined points between the two teams was the fewest in the series since a 0-0 tie in 1946. Utah State was held to 243 yards of total offense as it had 202 yards passing as sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 22-of-38. USU had a season-low 41 rushing yards, its fewest since rushing for just 27 yards at home against Utah in 2008. Keeton had 23 yards on 10 carries while senior running back Kerwynn Williams had 18 yards on 14 carries. Senior wide receiver Matt Austin led the team with a career-high seven catches for 72 yards while Williams added five catches for 39 yards. Senior safety McKade Brady led the Aggie defense with 14 tackles, while the linebacker duo of sophomore Zach Vigil and redshirt freshman Kyler Fackrell followed with 10 each, which tied Vigil's career-high. Fackrell also snared his first career interception. Senior Tyler Bennett punted seven times for a 42.4 yards per punt average with four downed inside the 20. The Aggies opened the scoring with a 26-yard field goal from junior placekicker Josh Thompson with 34 seconds left in the first quarter, capping a 13-play, 49-yard drive. It was USU's second-longest scoring drive of the season behind its 19-play scoring drive in the Colorado State game. The first quarter ended with the 3-0 score, as the Aggies have now out-scored their opponents in the first quarter, 54-0. The score would remain 3-0 until three seconds were left in the half when BYU scored on a 3-yard pass from Taysom Hill to JD Falslev, but Riley Stephenson's extra point attempt was wide left, leaving the score 6-3 in BYU's favor heading into halftime.

SOCCER
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Oct. 12 --- at Seattle, 2 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 14 --- at Idaho, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women's soccer (7-2-6, 2-0-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road matches at Seattle (7-5-1, 2-0-1) on Friday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. (MT), and at Idaho (3-11-1, 10-2-1) on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. (MT). USU 1-0-0 all-time against the Redhawks and 13-1-0 all-time against the Vandals.

Last Week
W, 3-0 --- UTSA
W, 4-0 --- TEXAS STATE
• Utah State posted an 2-0 record last week with home wins against UTSA (3-0) and Texas State (4-0). Against the Roadrunners, USU received goals from junior forward Mari Miyashiro, junior midfielder Jennifer Flynn and senior defender Natalie Norris, while senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford had two saves. Against the Bobcats, sophomore midfielder Lexi Morgan, sophomore forwards Lauren Roundy and Jade Tarver, and Flynn all scored goals, while Mulford had two saves and freshman goalkeeper Jeannie Woller added three saves.

VOLLEYBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Tues., Oct. 9 --- UTAH VALLEY, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 13 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State volleyball (12-5, 7-1) will play a pair of home matches this week as it steps out of conference play to host in-state foe Utah Valley (9-7) on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. USU then returns to WAC play with a home match against San Jose State (8-10, 4-4) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. USU is 5-4 all-time against the Wolverines and 12-18-1 all-time against the Spartans.

Last Week
W, 3-0 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
W, 3-2 --- DENVER
• Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week with home wins against New Mexico State (3-0) and Denver (3-2). Against NMSU, senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had eight kills to go along with seven digs and five blocks, while sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHaff added eight kills and six blocks, and sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr finished with eight kills, three digs and two blocks. USU finished the match hitting .194 (35-15-103) and NMSU hit .035 (31-27-115). Against DU, Orr had a team-high 15 kills, and Sorensen added 12 kills and 15 digs, while VanHoff finished with 10 blocks. Freshman libero McKell Staheli added a match-best 18 digs. USU finished the match hitting .172 (60-31-169) and DU hit .180 (58-27-172).

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Sat., Oct. 13 --- at Pre-Nationals, Louisville, Ky., 9 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13 when it travels to Louisville, Ky., to compete in a Pre-Nationals meet.

Last Competition
W: 11/17; M: 11/15 --- at Minnesota Invitational
• Utah State men's cross country junior Kyle McKenna placed 14th out of 143 runners with a time of 25:08.4 in the Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold eight-kilometer race at the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational Saturday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. Senior Alex Litzsinger led the USU women, crossing the finish line in 21st-place with a time of 21:56.0 in the Jack Johnson Women's Gold six-kilometer race, which featured 211 runners. Both McKenna and Litzsinger have led the Aggie men and women as the team's top finishers at all three meets this season. As a team, the Utah State women finished in 11th-place with 310 points, while the Aggie men also placed 11th with 243 points. Iowa State claimed the women's top team prize, while host Minnesota won the men's top honors. Other top-75 placers for the USU men were sophomores Kade Jensen (41st, 25:51.4) and Eric Shellhorn (51st, 26:03.3), along with senior Aaron Clements (58th, 26:12.2). Freshman Tylee Newman joined Litzsinger as the Aggie women top-75 finishers as she placed 74th with a time of 23:07.0.

MEN'S GOLF
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Competition
Mon.-Tues., Oct. 15-16 --- at UMKC Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will continue its fall schedule on Monday, Oct. 15 as it travels to Kansas City, Mo., to compete in the UMKC Invitational.

Last Competition
T7/13 --- at Dash Thomas Memorial
• Freshman Reed Platke finished tied for 15th-place with a 1-over 214 at the Boise State hosted Dash Thomas Memorial. Utah State ended the tournament tied for seventh-place in the 13-team field with a 19-over 871 (297-284-290). Washington State won the tournament with a 9-under 843 (286-275-282) and Utah Valley's Mason Casper took medalist honors with a 7-under 206 (66-69-71). Platke began the tournament with a 3-over 74 and then carded a season-best 2-under 69 during his second 18 holes Monday before finishing with an even-par 71 Tuesday. Freshman Seokwon Jeon tied for 43rd with a 9-over 222 (78-67-77), including a 67 during his second round which is the lowest round by an Aggie golfer this year. Senior Kris Sayer also tied for 43rd with a 9-over 22 (78-73-71), as did fellow senior Brendan Dennis who had rounds of 75, 75 and 72. Junior Tanner Higham was USU's fifth competitor and finished tied for 52nd with a 12-over 225 (70-79-76).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Thur.-Sat., Oct. 11-13 --- at Utah Open, All Day
• Utah State's men's tennis will continue its fall season on Thursday, Oct. 11 when it travels to Salt Lake City to compete in the Utah Open. The tournament will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Last Competition
NTS --- at ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying Championship
• For the second-time in three years, Utah State senior Sven Poslusny competed in the prestigious Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's All-American Pre-Qualifying Championship in Tulsa, Okla., at the Case Tennis Center. In the opening round Saturday, Poslusny fell in straight sets to Eastern Washington's Joseph Cohen (7-6 {7}, 6-2), before defeating Purdue's Arthur Dobradin (6-3, 6-1) in the bonus round.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Tues.-Sun., Oct. 9-14 --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas, All Day
• Utah State women's tennis will conclude its fall season this week at the ITA Regionals in Las Vegas. Action will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and conclude on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Last Competition
NTS --- at Boise State Open
• Sophomore McKenzie Davis posted a 5-0 singles record last weekend at the Jack Taylor Classic hosted by Boise State to win the singles title in the Blue Flight, defeating Boise State's Marlena Pietzuch in straight sets in the championship match (6-1, 6-4). Davis also teamed with senior Jaci Davis to claim the doubles title, beating BSU's Sandy Vo and Marlena Pietzuch, 8-3. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include seniors Julie Tukuafu, Kristina Voytsekhovich and Jaci West, sophomore Hillary Hays, and freshmen Kallie Sperry, Amber Stuhlmann and Ashley Stuhlmann.

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