LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 9, 2017
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Oct. 14 --- WYOMING, 2:30 p.m. (Facebook)
• Utah State’s football team (3-3, 1-1 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend as it hosts Mountain West foe Wyoming (3-2, 1-0 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2:30 p.m., in its annual Homecoming game. The game will be aired exclusively on Facebook. USU is 38-25-4 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 25-10-1 home record.
L, 14-27 --- COLORADO STATE
• Utah State linebacker Suli Tamaivena and boundary safety Gaje Ferguson combined for 27 tackles, and backup quarterback DJ Nelson scored the first touchdown of his career on a blocked punt, but it still wasn’t enough in the Aggies’ 27-14 Mountain West home loss to Colorado State last weekend. Tamaivena, a junior, recorded a career-best 14 tackles, while Ferguson, also a junior, added a career-high 13 stops for Utah State. Tamaivena also had two quarterback hurries and 0.5 tackles for loss in the game. Sophomore defensive end Jacoby Wildman and sophomore linebacker Dalton Baker both added a career high seven tackles, while senior cornerback Jalen Davis had a season-high six stops to go along with one pass breakup. In all, USU finished the game with six tackles for loss as sophomore nose guard Christopher ‘Unga had a career-high 1.5 TFL’s, while senior defensive end Ian Togiai, junior nose guard Gasetoto Schuster, junior linebacker Chase Christiansen and sophomore cornerback Cameron Haney each added 1.0 TFL. Schuster also added a forced fumble. CSU limited the Aggies to just 212 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Kent Myers was 17-of-29 passing for 152 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to senior running back LaJuan Hunt that pulled the home team to within 27-14 with 1:37 to go in the game. Myers finished the game with a career-high-tying 16 carries, but netted just six yards, as he was sacked seven times on the day. Hunt led USU in rushing with 19 yards on eight carries. He matched his career high in catches with four for 30 yards. Redshirt sophomore tight end Dax Raymond was the Aggies’ top receiver with a career-best six catches for 45 yards, while junior running back Eltoro Allen had five receptions for 45 yards, both career highs.
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
Tues., Oct. 10 --- BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 12 --- at Air Force, 6:30 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (11-7, 3-3 MW) continues its 2017 season this week with a pair of Mountain West matches as it hosts Boise State (11-7, 4-2 MW) on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., in a match that will be televised on Stadium. USU then plays at Air Force (8-12, 1-5 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. USU is 18-23 all-time against the Broncos and 6-1 all-time against the Falcons. Both matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch.
L, 0-3 --- WYOMING
L, 0-3 --- #23 COLORADO STATE
• Utah State lost both of its Mountain West home matches last week after 3-0 losses against Wyoming and No. 23 Colorado State. Against the Cowgirls, senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey led the USU offense with 10 kills, hitting a team-best .269 (10-3-26), as the Aggies hit .076 (26-19-92) to UW’s .393 (48-13-89). Against the Rams, junior libero Tasia Taylor led both teams with 18 digs and senior outsides Lauren Anderson and Rachel Gale-Hammond led the offense with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. USU hit .174 (38-19-109) during the match to CSU’s .306 (47-13-111).
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Oct. 13 --- at Wyoming, 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 15 --- at Colorado State, 1 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (6-5-3, 1-3-2 MW) continues Mountain West play this weekend with a pair of road matches. The Aggies will play at Wyoming (7-5-2, 3-2-1 MW) on Friday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m., and at Colorado State (3-7-4, 1-3-2 MW) on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. All-time, USU is 6-4-2 against the Cowgirls and 4-0-0 against the Rams. Both matches will be streamed on the Mountain West network, available at utahstateaggies.com/watch.
T, 1-1 (2 OT) --- COLORADO COLLEGE
T, 0-0 (2 OT) --- AIR FORCE
• Utah State posted an 0-0-2 Mountain West home record last week, as it recorded double-overtime draws against both Colorado College (1-1) and Air Force (0-0). Against the Tigers, junior midfielder Emma Clark scored the team’s only goal, forcing overtime with the shot in the 89th minute. She was assisted by freshman midfielder Ashley Cardozo. Senior goalkeeper Sara Cobb tallied two saves in the draw. Against the Falcons, Cardozo and senior forward Wesley Hamblin led the team to a season-high 18 shots, taking six apiece. Cobb recorded six saves, again playing the full match. On the week, Utah State took 30 shots with 18 on goal, while its’ opponents combined for 12 shots with nine on goal. Cobb ended the weekend with eight saves and one goal allowed.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Oct. 14 --- at Pre-Nationals, Louisville, Ky., 10 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will continue their 2017 seasons on Saturday, Oct. 14, when they travel to Louisville, Ky., to compete in the Pre-National meet.
M: 1/4; W: 2/6 --- STEVE T. REEDER MEMORIAL
• Utah State’s men’s cross country team won its second-consecutive race, as the Aggies claimed the team title last weekend at the USU-hosted Steve T. Reeder Memorial. The Aggie men finished ahead of Weber State, which took second with 53 points, just ahead of Southern Idaho’s 54 points to place third. Westminster finished in fourth place with 97 points. USU’s women’s team took second with 44 points, placing behind meet-winner BYU’s 34 points. Utah finished third with 75 points, and Weber State placed fourth with 90 points. Southern Idaho scored 106 points to place fifth, while Westminster took sixth with 174 points. Pacing the Aggies, junior Kody Gould finished third in the men’s 7-kilometer race with a time of 21:50.39. However, he was the first collegiate finisher. Senior Spencer Fehlberg took 11th overall with a time of 22:22.49, while a pair of freshmen finished just behind him, as Coen Haroldson and Sam Coleman placed 12th and 13th with times of 22:26.16 and 22:31.04, respectively. Senior Jordan Beutler and freshman Jakob Tew rounded out USU’s finishers, as they placed 16th and 20th with times of 22:46.00 and 23:20.60, respectively, as all of the Aggie runners placed in the top 20. Leading the way for the Aggie women, senior Kelsey Girardelli recorded a personal-best time in the 5-kilometer distance with a 19:00.51 to place sixth. Sophomore Elli Eastmond finished just behind in seventh with a time of 19:06.18, to be the second of six USU runners in the top 20. Also finishing in the top 20, junior Heather Holt took 10th with a time of 19:14.21, freshman Rae Bedke ran a 19:25.12 to take 12th and junior Shannon Maloney placed 19th with a time of 19:46.77. Sophomore Sydney Jacobs finished 20th in 19:49.81.
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 this 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. 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
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 18-21 --- at ITA Mountain Regional, Provo, Utah, All Day
• Utah State men’s tennis continues its 2017 fall season next weekend at the ITA Mountain Regional in Provo, Utah, from Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 18-21.
NTS --- at Utah Intercollegiate
• Utah State men’s tennis competed last weekend at the Utah Intercollegiate. At the round robin tournament, freshman Aditya Vashistha and senior Andrew Nakajima each won their singles flights with 5-1 and 4-0 records, respectively. Freshman Jose Fernando Carvajal finished the tournament with a 5-1 singles record, junior Samuel Serrano posted a 4-1 singles record, freshman Valdemar Holm went 2-2 in singles play, freshman Felipe Acosta notched a 2-3 singles record, junior Austin Bass went 1-3 in singles play and sophomore Sergiu Bucur finished with a 1-4 singles record. In doubles, Serrano and Carvajal had a 2-1 finish, as did Vashistha and Acosta, while Bucur and Holm posted a 1-1 record, and Nakajima and Bass went 1-2.
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