Weekly Aggie Update

Oct. 18, 2009

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 18, 2009

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

This Week
Sat., Oct. 24 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 1 p.m.
• Utah State (1-5, 0-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 24 as its hosts Louisiana Tech (3-3, 2-1) at 1 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised regionally by ESPN. USU is 2-4 all-time against the Bulldogs, which includes a 1-2 home record.

Last Week
L, 32-35 --- NEVADA
• Utah State's rally came up short, losing 35-32, to Nevada Saturday. Junior quarterback Diondre Borel threw for a career-high 353 yards on 25-of-42 passing with three TD's, his second three TD outing this season. Four of his passes went to senior wide receiver Nnamdi Gwacham for a career-high 140 yards, including a career-long 77-yard reception in the first quarter to set up USU's first TD of the game. The Aggies had a total of 427 yards of total offense, while the Wolf Pack tallied 502 yards, including 313 on the ground, with Vai Taua (147) and Luke Lippincott (104) combining for 251 of that with one TD each. Lippincott's 69-yard scamper with 4:08 left proved to be the winning score as it gave Nevada a 35-24 lead. USU cut it to 35-32 with 2:35 to go on a 14-yard pass from Borel to Gwacham, followed by a two-point conversion from Borel to sophomore running back Robert Turbin. The Aggies then went for the on-side kick and initially recovered it, but were called for offsides. On the re-kick, Nevada recovered and ran out the clock for the win. Senior safety James Brindley led USU with a game-high nine tackles, including one for a loss and snared his team-leading third interception of the season. The sophomore linebacker tandem of Bobby Wagner and Kyle Gallagher had eight stops each.

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

This Week
Sun., Oct. 25 --- at Hawai'i, 10 p.m.
• Utah State (8-7-2, 3-1-1) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a match at Hawai'i (5-9-1, 1-3) on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. (MT). USU is 4-1 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine.

Last Week
W, 1-0--- FRESNO STATE
T, 1-1 (2OT) --- SAN JOSE STATE
• Utah State went 1-1 last weekend as it defeated Fresno State, 1-0, and tied San Jose State, 1-1, in double overtime. Against the Bulldogs, junior forward Lauren Hansen scored the only goal of the match in the 69th minute on a pass from sophomore forward Shantel Flanary. Against the Spartans, USU trailed 1-0 until Flanary scored in the 88th minute.

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

This Week
Mon., Oct. 19 --- IDAHO, 9 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 22 --- at Boise State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24 --- at Idaho, 8 p.m.
• Utah State (12-8, 3-4) will play three Western Athletic Conference matches this week including one at home as it hosts Idaho (8-11, 4-3) on Monday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m., in a match that will be televised live on ESPNU. USU will then play at Boise State (2-18, 2-6) on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., and at Idaho on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 16-15 all-time against the Vandals and 14-16 all-time against the Broncos.

Last Week
W, 3-2 --- at Utah Valley
W, 3-1 --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State went 2-0 last week as it defeated Utah Valley (3-2) on the road and Fresno State (3-1) at home. Against the Wolverines, sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur had 19 kills and 10 digs, while sophomore opposite side hitter Emily Kortsen had 12 kills and 10 digs, and hit .387 (12-0-31). USU hit .190 (58-25-174) in the match and UVU hit .179 (65-33-179). Against the Bulldogs, McArthur had 18 kills, 10 digs and four block assists, while Kortsen had 11 kills, 15 digs and five block assists, and hit .400 (11-1-25). USU hit .312 (56-13-138) in the match and FSU hit .161 (54-28-161).

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

Next Week
Mon.-Tues., Oct. 26-27 --- at Cal State Northridge Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's golf team will play in its final tournament of the fall season on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 26-27 when it travels to Northridge, Calif., to compete in the Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge.

Last Week
1st/6 --- at Utah Collegiate Shootout
• Juniors Benjamin Schilleman and Chance Godderidge both carded four-under par 140s to finish tied for third and help Utah State win the Utah Collegiate Shootout held at the Sunbrook Golf Club on Saturday as the Aggies finished with an 11-under 565 (290-275). Following Utah State was Southern Utah and Dixie State in a distant second as both teams finished with five-under 571s. Utah Valley finished fourth (576), while Utah was fifth (577) and Weber State sixth (582). Schilleman began the tournament with a two-over 74 during his first 18 holes before carding a tournament-best six-under 66 during his second round. Godderidge fired rounds of 71 and 69 in his first action of the season to tie Schilleman for third-place. Fellow USU junior Tyson McFarland tied for eighth as he finished with a two-under 142 (74-68), while freshman Tanner Higham tied for 10th with a one-under 143 (71-72), and senior Thad Truman tied for 24th with a three-over 147 (75-72). Utah State also had three individuals compete on Saturday as sophomore Austin French tied for 14th with an even-par 144 (74-70), freshman Brendan Dennis finished in 34th-place with a five-over 149 (73-76), and senior Brandon Broadhead tied for 46th with a 14-over 158 (83-75).

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Keiley Baldwin - (435) 797-8584

Last Week
NTS --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State's women's tennis team concluded its fall season at the ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nev., last weekend. Junior Hailey Swenson and freshman Jaclyn West both advanced to the fifth round of the singles consolation bracket before losing in straight sets. Freshman Kristina Voytsekhovich also competed during the final day of the tournament as she lost in three sets in the fourth round of the consolation singles bracket. USU also had three doubles teams advance to the second round in the consolation bracket as sophomore Carla Limon and junior Taylor Perry lost, 8-3, Swenson and West lost, 8-4, and sophomore Monica Abella and Voytsekhovich lost, 8-3. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament included senior Britney Watts, and freshmen Jenny Phillips and Mersadi Wilkins

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584

Next Week
Sat., Oct. 31 --- at WAC Championships, Reno, Nev., 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 31 when it travels to Reno, Nev., to compete in the 2009 WAC Championships. USU's men team has won four straight WAC Championships, while the Aggie women have won two of the last three WAC titles (2006, 2008).

Last Week
M-11th/34; W-34th/37 --- at Pre-Nationals, Terre Haute, Ind.
NTS --- at Idaho State Invitational
• Utah State sophomore Brian McKenna was the men's top finisher for the fourth time this season, leading the Aggies to an 11th-place finish overall at the NCAA Pre-Nationals hosted by Indiana State Saturday. McKenna finished the 8,000m Blue heat in 24:30.7, tabbing 36th-place overall. McKenna was followed closely by sophomore Daniel Howell (24:33.0) in 38th-place. Next to finish for the Aggies was senior Steve Strickland in 91st-place with a time of 25:04.8, while fellow senior Jason Holt finished 107th in 25:14.6. Junior Nick Bolinder was next to finish in 109th with a time of 25:19.0. Sophomore Steve Atkinson (25:22.0) was 112th, while junior Eric Larson (25:46.1) rounded out the Aggie finishers in 145th-place. The Aggie men ran in the Blue heat race and tabbed 11th-place out of 34 teams, with 381 points. The Aggie women ran in the White heat of the 5,000m race and were led by junior Kim Quinn, finishing 147th overall with a time of 22:37.7. Quinn was followed by sophomore Jessie Chugg in 148th-place clocking in at 22:38.6. Freshman Alex Litzsinger (23:06.0) came in next in 185th-place, followed by junior Alica Holt (23:15.0) in 192nd-place. Junior Jusitine Baugh (23:16.7) followed in 194th-place. Freshman Kaylee Campbell (23:27.7) finished 210th and rounding out the Aggie finishers was freshman Marissa Floodman (24:30.4) in 240th-place. The women finished in 34th place overall with 388 points.

At the Idaho State Invitational, the Aggie women were led by freshman Stephanie Burt who came in 17th overall clocking in at 11:25.00. Following Burt in the 3k race was freshman Amber Rasmussen who came in 20th-place with a time of 11:33.00, followed by sophomore Aimee Haertel (11:44.00) in 22nd-place. Freshman Talina Nelson (11:51.00) was 24th and closely followed by fellow freshman Alisa Sheffer (11:55.00) in 25th-place. In 26th-place was freshman Julia Johnson (11:56.00). Freshmen Sarah Olson (12:11.00) and Jessi Baird (12:42.00) took 31st and 33rd, respectively. Rounding out the Aggie finishers was redshirt freshman Brittni Hopkin (13:51.00) in 36th-place. The Utah State women finished fourth overall with 108 points. In the men's 5k race, freshman Kyle Moffet (16:31.00) was the Aggies top finisher tabbing 14th-place. Following Moffet was sophomore Casey Snider in (16:41.00) in 17th-place. Freshman Morgan Empey (17:13.00) finished 25th and fellow freshman Devin Pierson (17:48.00) was the last finisher for the Aggies in 34th-place. Utah State's men did not have a team score with only four runners at the ISU Invitational.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Keiley Baldwin - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 21-24 --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas, Nev., All Day
• 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 from Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 21-24.

Last Week
NTS --- at Utah Invitational
• Juniors Jakob Asplund and Bryan Marchant led Utah State's men's tennis team last weekend at the Utah Invitational as they captured the doubles title with an 8-6 win in the championship match. The tandem of senior Amit Maharaj and freshman Sven Poslunsy advanced to the semifinals of the doubles consolation bracket before losing, 8-1. In singles play, Asplund advanced to the quarterfinals before losing in straight sets, while sophomore Nate Ballam advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket before losing in straight sets. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include juniors Nikita Ryashchenko and Alex Thatcher, and freshmen Alex Daines and Jose Limon.

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