Weekly Aggie Update
Oct. 15, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - Oct. 14, 2007 Utah State (0-6) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this weekend as it hosts Nevada (2-4, 0-2) on Saturday Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised by KJZZ-TV. 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 has lost each of its first two WAC games this season with a home loss to Fresno State (49-41) and a four-overtime road loss at Boise State (69-67) Sunday night. 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 Oct. 6. 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 Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams competed in its fourth race of the fall last weekend at the Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind., with the men placing 29th out of 40 teams and the women finishing 27th out of 38 teams. Junior Seth Wold led the Aggie men with a 53rd place finish out of 273 runners in the eight-kilometer race with a time of 24:06, while senior Amy Egan led the Aggie women with a 91st place finish out of 259 runners in the five-kilometer race with a time of 21:37. Other Aggie men who competed include Nick Bolinder who placed 142nd (24:56), Steve Strickland who placed 161st (25:03), Chio Lopez who placed 177th (25:16), Andrew Niccoli who placed 195th (25:28), Jason Holt who placed 197th (25:29) and Jared Glenn who placed 204th (25:32). Other Aggie women who raced include Allison Taylor who finished 129th (22:05), Caroline Berry who finished 150th (22:17), Stacie Dorius who finished 158th (22:22), Alicia Holt who finished 191st (22:47), Erin Stratton who finished 228th (23:28) and Kim Quinn who finished 235th (23:45). Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 27 when it hosts the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships at 9 a.m. at the American West Heritage Center.
VOLLEYBALL Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State (9-9, 6-3) will continue Western Athletic Conference action this week with three matches as it hosts 12th-ranked Hawai'i (15-3, 9-0) on Monday, Oct. 15 and Idaho (9-10, 5-3) on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, before concluding its week at Boise State (4-14, 1-9) on Saturday, Oct. 20. USU is currently tied for third-place in the WAC with a 6-3 league record after dropping a three-game match at Nevada last weekend. Hawai'i is in first-place in the WAC with a 9-0 league mark, while Idaho is in fifth-place with a 5-3 record and Boise State is tied for eighth-place with a 1-9 conference mark. Utah State is 7-33 all-time against Hawai'i, 14-12 all-time against Idaho and 10-16 all-time against Boise State. In its last match against Nevada, USU was led by sophomore middle blocker Danielle Taylor who hit .263 as she recorded nine kills to go along with six block assists and two digs. On the year, Utah State is led by senior outside hitter Amanda Nielson who is averaging 5.54 points, 4.53 kills, 2.22 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.48 service aces per game, while junior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh is averaging 3.84 points, 3.24 kills, 2.71 digs and 0.59 blocks per game. As a team, Utah State is hitting .154 as compared to a .182 hitting percentage for its opponents.
SOCCER Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's soccer team (5-9, 1-1) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this weekend as it travels to Nevada (4-7-1, 0-2) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. (MT), followed by a match at Fresno State (6-6-0, 1-1) on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. USU is 4-2 all-time against Nevada and 0-2-2 all-time against Fresno State. Last weekend, USU opened WAC play with a 4-0 win at Idaho, followed by a 2-1 home loss against Boise State. Against Idaho, freshman forward Lauren Hansen scored two goals for the Aggies, while junior defender Alyssa Lowry and sophomore forward Erin Salmon scored the other two goals. Against Boise State, sophomore defender Sydne Porter scored the Aggies' lone goal of the match. Thus far this year, the Aggies are 3-5 on the road and 2-3 at home. Senior forward Dana Peart leads Utah State on the season with five goals and 11 points, while freshman forward Lauren Hansen has four goals. Overall, Peart has 15 goals in her USU career to rank fourth all-time.
MEN'S GOLF Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State's men's golf team will play in two separate events this week as it travels to Simi Valley, Calif., to compete in the 2007 Bill Cullum Invitational, hosted by Cal State Northridge on Oct. 15-16. The Aggies will then host its only competition of the season on Oct. 20-21 in a duel match against Southern Utah at the Logan Country Club. 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 Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's tennis team will conclude its fall schedule this week as it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the ITA Regionals on Oct. 17-21. Utah State competed in its third tournament of the fall last weekend at the Utah Invitational. Sophomore Oscar Ericsson led USU during the open tournament as he posted a 2-1 record in singles competition with a 6-1, 6-4 win in the round of 32 and a 7-5, 6-4 win in the round of 16 before falling 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Ericsson also teamed with freshman Jakob Asplund in doubles play and recorded a 1-1 record with an 8-4 win during the first day of the tournament and a 8-5 loss in the second day. Other Aggies who competed during the weekend included senior Jonas Tyden who went 1-1 in singles play, senior Fernando Gallegos who went 1-2 in singles play, senior Mike Banks who went 0-1 in singles play, Asplund who went 1-1 in singles play, and sophomores Matt Searle and Alex Thatcher who both went 0-1 in singles play.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's women's tennis team will conclude its fall schedule this week as it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the ITA Regionals on Oct. 17-21. USU 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.