LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 16, 2017
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Oct. 21 --- at UNLV, 4 p.m. (MT) (AT&T SportsNet)
• Utah State’s football team (3-4, 1-2 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend with a Mountain West road game at UNLV (2-4, 1-2 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised regionally on AT&T Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683). USU is 15-7 all-time against the Rebels, including a 7-4 road record.
L, 23-28 --- WYOMING
• Utah State junior quarterback DJ Nelson scored his second special teams touchdown in as many weeks, giving the Aggies a 23-16 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Wyoming scored the final 12 points to stun Utah State, 28-23, last weekend in its annual Homecoming game. Senior Kent Myers and redshirt freshman Jordan Love split time at quarterback, going a combined 19-of-38 for 203 yards and three interceptions. Redshirt sophomore tight end Dax Raymond led the Aggies with five catches for a career-best 72 yards, while senior wide receiver Braelon Roberts tied his career high with four catches for a career-best 50 yards and a 29-yard touchdown on a pass from junior wide receiver Aaren Vaughns. Senior running back LaJuan Hunt led all rushers in the game with 73 yards on 18 carries. He also caught a career-high-tying four passes for 19 yards. For the third consecutive week, junior linebacker Suli Tamaivena recorded double-digit tackles with a career-high-tying 14 stops. Junior placekicker Dominik Eberle was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals in the first half. He was good from 45 and 31 yards, respectively, in the first quarter, and added a 49-yarder just before the half to give the Aggies a 16-9 lead at the break. Eberle’s first field goal of the day was set up courtesy of an interception by senior BS Dallin Leavitt.
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 this week at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Mountain Regional in Provo, Utah, from Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 18-21.
NTS --- at Utah Intercollegiate
• Utah State men’s tennis competed two weeks ago 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.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Oct. 19 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Oct. 21 --- at San Diego State, 2 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s volleyball team (12-8, 4-4 MW) continues its 2017 season this week with a pair of Mountain West road matches at Fresno State (8-12, 3-5 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. (MT), and at San Diego State (9-12, 3-5 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. (MT). USU is 15-14 all-time against the Bulldogs and 7-11-1 all-time against the Aztecs. Both matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch.
W, 3-0 --- BOISE STATE
L, 1-3 --- at Air Force
• Utah State split its Mountain West matches last week with a 3-0 home win against Boise State, followed by a 3-1 loss at Air Force. Against the Broncos, USU hit .306 (45-11-11), its best hitting percentage during league play this season, and was led individually by senior outside Rachel Gale-Hammond with a season-high 15 kills. Junior libero Tasia Taylor recorded 23 digs during the match, one shy of the all-time record in a three-set match in USU history. Boise State finished the match hitting .124 (34-19-121). Against the Falcons, senior outside Lauren Anderson tallied 21 kills, her fifth match of the season with 20 or more kills, as USU hit .116 (44-29-129) to AFA’s .237 (54-23-131).
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Oct. 20 --- UNLV, 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 22 --- at Nevada, 1 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s soccer team (7-6-3, 2-4-2 MW) continues Mountain West play this weekend with a pair of matches as it hosts UNLV (12-5-0, 4-4-0 MW) on Friday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m., and then plays at Nevada (1-15-0, 0-8-0 MW) on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. (MT). All-time, USU is 2-9-0 against the Rebels and 11-6-0 against the Wolf Pack. Both matches will be streamed on the Mountain West network, available at utahstateaggies.com/watch.
W, 3-1 --- at Wyoming
L, 0-2 --- at Colorado State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record last week as it defeated Wyoming, 3-1, and fell at Colorado State, 2-0. Against the Cowgirls, the Aggies came from behind after Wyoming scored first in the 13th minute. Senior forward Bailee Hammond got USU on the board in the 54th minute, assisted by senior forward Wesley Hamblin. The two combined again for a goal from Hammond in the 82nd minute. USU added one more insurance goal in the 88th minute, when freshman midfielder Ashley Cardozo scored with an assist from sophomore forward Alecia Robinson. Senior Sara Cobb tallied six saves in the match. Against the Rams, the Aggies took 10 shots, but were unable to capitalize. Cobb added six saves to her total in the loss. On the week, Utah State took 26 shots, with 13 on goal, while its opponents combined for 20 shots with 15 on target. Cobb ended the weekend with 12 saves and three goals allowed.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Oct. 27 --- at MW Championship, Albuquerque, N.M., 10 a.m.
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will continue their 2017 season on Friday, Oct. 27, when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the Mountain West Championships. USU’s women are currenlty ranked 19th in the nation, while the men are ranked 27th. At last year’s MW Championships, USU’s men placed fourth and the women finished sixth. The championship will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch.
W: 4/43; M: 6/41 --- at Pre-Nationals, Louisville, Ky.
• Utah State’s cross country teams proved themselves among the nation’s best at the Pre-Nationals race hosted in Louisville, Ky., last weekend. Both teams knocked off at least two squads ranked ahead of them in the national polls, while a pair of Aggies recorded top-10 finishes individually. The 19th-ranked women’s team placed fourth overall at the meet with 214 points. No. 2 Oregon won the race with 63 points, No. 1 Colorado took second with 91 points and No. 9 Arkansas took third with 148 points. Among others, the Aggies finished ahead of No. 9 Michigan’s 235 points, No. 16 BYU’s 273 points and No. 12 Ole Miss’ 360 points. The 27th-ranked men’s squad placed sixth overall at the prestigious meet with 312 points. The No. 2-ranked BYU squad won the race with 41 points, No. 7 Colorado took second with 118 points and No. 8 Oregon placed third with 129 points. Also ahead of USU, No. 12 Virginia Tech took fourth with 149 points, while No. 24 Ole Miss placed fifth with 193 points. The Aggies upended No. 5 Arkansas, which took ninth with 374 points, and No. 19 Georgetown’s 447 points to take 14th. Individually, senior Dillon Maggard paced the men with a fifth-place finish, running the 8-kilometer course in a personal best time of 23:12.1. On the women’s side, junior Alyssa Snyder took ninth, as she finished the 6-kilometer race in 20:03.0. Also running well for the men’s team, four sophomores placed in the top 100. J.D. Withers took 50th with a personal-best time of 24:00.3, while Luke Beattie ran a 24:17.9 to take 75th. J.D. Thorne took 89th with a time of 24:25.3, while Adam Hendrickson placed 100th by finishing in 24:28.7. On the women’s side, junior Kashley Carter and senior Tori Parkinson both placed in the top 50, taking 46th and 49th with times of 20:42.7 and 20:44.0, respectively, marking a personal record for Parkinson. Junior Cierra Simmons finished the race in 20:45.9 to take 51st, while senior Tylee Skinner ran a 20:55.4 to place 69th. In the unseeded men’s race, senior Spencer Fehlberg placed 19th with a personal-best time of 24:41.7, while junior Kody Gould ran a 24:55.2 to place 28th and set a personal best. Freshman Coen Haroldsen ran a 25:27.4 to place 67th. On the women’s side, sophomore Josie Givens finished the unseeded race in 21:31.9 to place 16th, just ahead of junior Tavia Dutson, who took 17th with a time of 21:32.7, marking a personal best. Freshman Katie Struthers placed 28th with a time of 21:41.7, while senior Kelsey Girardelli ran a 22:39.0 to take 98th.
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., Oct. 27-29 --- at Boise State Invite, All Day
• Utah State women’s tennis continues its 2017 fall season in two weeks at the Boise State Invite, from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29.
NTS --- at ITA Regionals, Salt Lake City, Utah
• Freshman Sasha Pisareva advanced to the round of 16 in singles play at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regionals held last weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. Overall, Pisareva went 2-1 in singles and 1-1 in doubles with sophomore Hannah Jones. Jones, along wtih sophomore Sophia Haleas, junior Jenna Kane, and seniors Maggie O’Meara and Sabrina Demerath all went 1-1 in singles to advance to the round of 64. Sophomore Rhoda Tanui had a 0-1 finish in singles. In doubles, O’Meara and freshman Alexandra Taylor finished 1-1, while Demerath and Tanui, and Haleas and Kane all posted an 0-1 doubles record.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Oct. 16-17 --- at CS Northridge Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s golf team concludes its fall schedule on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16-17, when it competes in the Cal State Northridge-hosted Bill Cullum Invitational.
7th/13 --- at Notre Dame Classic
• Utah State finished the Notre Dame-hosted Fighting Irish Classic in seventh place at 12-over 851 (285-285-282). Notre Dame won the tournament at 18-under 822 (272-270-280), while William & Mary’s David Hicks (69-67-68) and Georgia Southern’s Steven Fisk (66-71-67) tied for medalist honors at 6-under 204. Senior Braxton Miller led Utah State as he shot a final round 2-under 68 to finish tied for seventh at 2-under 208 (69-71-68). For Miller, it is his career-low 54-hole score. Miller finished the tournament with 11 birdies and one eagle to record his second-consecutive top-10 finish and the third of his career. With his final-round 68, Miller now has five rounds under par this year and 23 in his career, to go along with three rounds in the 60’s this fall and eight during his collegiate career. It is also Miller’s ninth-career top-20 finish and his fourth-career finish under par, including his second in as many tournaments this fall. USU sophomore Chase Lansford finished the tournament tied for 17th place at 2-over 212 (76-68-68) after back-to-back rounds of 2-under-par. Lansford now has three rounds under par this fall and 10 in his career, including four career rounds in the 60’s. For Lansford, it is his career-low 54-hole score. Freshman Colten Cordingley finished tied for 34th place at 6-over 216 (75-72-69) for his best collegiate finish. His final round of 69 is his best round this fall and first career round in the 60’s. Redshirt freshman Andy Hess finished tied for 64th place at 16-over 226 (75-74-77), and redshirt freshman Brock Stanger withdrew from the tournament during his final round. Stanger began the tournament with a career-low 4-under 66, which was tied for the second-lowest round of the opening day, as he had six birdies and two bogeys, for his first-ever round in the 60’s and just his second round under par. Stanger then shot an 8-over 78 during his second round and was tied for 28th place at 4-over 144 (66-78) heading into his final 18 holes.
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