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

Oct. 18, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 18, 2010

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

This Week
Sat., Oct. 23 --- HAWAI'I, 3 p.m.
• Utah State's football team (2-4, 0-2) returns to Western Athletic Conference action this week as it hosts Hawai'i (5-2, 3-0) for Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. (MT), in a game that will be televised live on Altitude Sports (Comcast Ch. 61 in Cache Valley). USU is 5-5 all-time against the Warriors, which includes a 3-1 record at home. USU lost the last meeting between the two teams, 49-36, on Nov. 7, 2009 in Honolulu.

Last Competition
L, 6-24 --- at Louisiana Tech
• Utah State's offense was limited to 195 yards Saturday as the Aggies lost at Louisiana Tech, 24-6. USU's 195 yards of total offense was split with 122 rushing and 73 passing, as senior running back Derrvin Speight had 48 yards. Senior quarterback Diondre Borel totalled 38 yards rushing, while passing for 73 yards on 14-of-23 attempts. Defensively, USU was led by junior linebacker Bobby Wagner's game-high 15 tackles while fellow junior linebacker Kyle Gallagher added 11 stops. Sophomore cornerback Quinton Byrd snared an interception, his team-leading third of the season. LTU had 278 rushing and 149 passing for 427 yards of total offense. After USU took the opening kick and marched down the field, the Aggies' drive stalled and senior placekicker Peter Caldwell's 40-yard field goal was wide left. The Bulldogs drove the field and scoring on an 11-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead and they never looked back. LTU added a 2-yard TD run to take a 14-0 lead before USU got on the board with a 40-yard field goal by Caldwell. The Bulldogs added a 38-yard field goal with 36 seconds left in the half for a 17-3 advantage at intermission. Caldwell split the uprights from 22 yards out for a 17-6 margin with 5:35 left in the third quarter, but LTU added a 10-yard run for the final score with 4:21 to play.

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

This Week
Fri., Oct. 22 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 24 --- at San Jose State, 2 p.m.
• Utah State's soccer team (8-4-5, 4-0-1) will travel to California this weekend for a pair of matches as it plays at Fresno State (5-8-2, 1-3-0) on Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. (MT), and at San Jose State (8-6-1, 2-1-1) on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
T, 0-0 --- BOISE STATE
W, 2-0 --- IDAHO
• Utah State posted a 1-0-1 record last week as it tied Boise State (0-0 2OT) and defeated Idaho (2-0) in a pair of home matches to move into first-place in the WAC. Against the Vandals, junior forward Shantel Flanary scored both of USU's goals, while junior goalkeeper Molli Merrill posted six saves. Merrill added two more saves in 110 minutes of action against the Broncos as she has allowed just one goal in five league matches this year.

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

This Week
Thur., Oct. 21 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 23 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 8:30 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (14-5, 2-4) returns home for a pair of matches this week as it hosts Louisiana Tech (10-12, 0-7) on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. and New Mexico State (13-9, 7-1) on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8:30 p.m.

Last Week
L, 1-3 --- at Nevada
• Senior libero Christine Morrill recorded 13 digs in Utah State's four-set loss at Nevada (26-24, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16) to become the school's all-time leader in that category. Morrill now has 1,617 digs in her career to move ahead of Kelsi Peterson (2003-06) who held the record with 1,614 career digs. Junior outside hitter Liz McArthur added 17 kills for Utah State and sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White had seven kills and eight digs. Utah State finished the match with a .197 (46-18-142) hitting percentage and Nevada hit .287 (70-24-160). UN also had 13 more digs (64-51) and two more service aces in the match (5-3), while USU had one fewer service error (5-4).

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

Next Week
Sat., Oct. 30 --- at WAC Championships, Moscow, Idaho, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 30 when it travels to Moscow, Idaho, to compete in the WAC Championships. USU's men have won five-straight WAC titles, while the Aggie women won WAC titles in 2006 and 2008, and finished second last year.

Last Week
M, 22; W, 28 --- at Pre-Nationals, Terre Haute, Ind.
• Junior Brian McKenna placed 34th with a time of 24:21.3 to lead Utah State to a 22nd-place team finish at the NCAA Pre-National meet held in Terre Haute, Ind., last weekend. Sophomore Ruth Hilton finished in 77th-place for the Aggie women with a time of 21:38.8. Other finishers on the men's side include junior Daniel Howell in 44th (24:32.1); sophomore Aaron Clements in 83rd (24:52.0); junior Hunter Nelson in 142nd (25:30.3); senior Eric Larson in 186th (25:59.8); and freshmen Kyle McKenna (26:17.1) and Jacob Barton (26:26.2) in 204th and 212th, respectively. Other finishers on the women's side include senior Kim Quinn in 141st (22:12.9); junior Jessie Chugg in 163rd (22:22.3); sophomore Kaylee Campbell in 175th (22:28.2); sophomore Alex Litzsinger in 203rd (22:44.4); senior Alicia Wilkins in 235th (23:12.5); and sophomore Stephanie Burt in 236th (23:13.4).

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

Next Week
Tues.-Wed., Oct. 26-27--- at CS Northridge Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's golf team will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 26 when it travels to Simi Valley, Calif., to compete in the Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge.

Last Week
12/16 --- at Purple/Red Invitational
• Senior Tyson McFarland carded a one-over 73 during his final 18 holes to finish in third-place with a collegiate-best five-under 211 at the 2010 Purple & Red Invitational last week. As a team, Utah State finished in 12th-place with a 24-over 888 (289-295-304) out of 16 teams. McFarland began the tournament with a four-under 68 and then carded a two-under 70 during the first 36 holes before his final round of 73 to finish in third-place, which is his highest collegiate finish. Senior Benjamin Schilleman tied for 31st with a four-over 220 (72-72-76) and junior Chanse Godderidge tied for 61st with a 10-over 226 (72-77-77). Junior Austin French tied for 75th with a 15-over 231 (77-76-78) and senior Thad Truman tied for 94th with a 30-over 246 (85-79-82). Utah State also had three players compete as individuals and sophomore Brendan Dennis led that group as he tied for 48th with an eight-over 224 (74-74-76). Junior Quinn Jensen tied for 75th with a 15-over 231 (81-76-74) and freshman Beau Ehlers finished in 91st-place with a 25-over 241 (81-78-82).

T, 8.5-8,5 --- at Southern Utah
• Junior Austin French won all three of his matches during the weekend, including a 4 and 3 victory Sunday in individual play to lead Utah State to a tie with Southern Utah in its annual Ryder Cup-style match as both teams finished the two-day competition with 8.5 points. Utah State entered Sunday trailing Southern Utah 4.5 to 3.5, but won five of the nine individual matches to notch the tie. Overall, the series remains deadlocked with three wins apiece and one tie as Utah State is now 2-0-1 against the Thunderbirds in the last three years. Other individual winners for Utah State on Sunday included senior Benjamin Schilleman who defeated Brad Millard 1-up, junior Quinn Jensen who defeated Brock Glasmann 3 and 2, and sophomore Kris Sayer who defeated Jake Holt 4 and 3. The two teams also halved a pair of matches Sunday as senior Thad Truman and Greg Kerber played to a draw, as did junior Chanse Godderidge and Jordan Orth. On Saturday, Utah State scored 2.5 points in the four best ball matches as French and Godderidge started the competition with a 2 and 1 win for the Aggies. Schilleman and sophomore Brendan Dennis then posted a 1-up win in the second match to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Southern Utah's Denny Job and Holt got the Thunderbirds on the board in the third match as they defeated senior Tyson McFarland and Truman 1-up. The fourth best ball match ended all square as Jensen and Sayer tied Southern Utah's Glasmann and Kerber. In the four alternate shot matches, Southern Utah won three of the four points as French and McFarland teamed up to score USU's only point with a 5 and 3 win in match number two.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 20-23 --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas, All Day
• Utah State's men's tennis team will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 20 when it travels to Las Vegas to compete in the ITA Regionals. The tournament will run through Saturday, Oct. 23.

Last Week
NTS --- at Utah Invitational
• Senior Jakob Asplund finished in second-place in the consolation singles flight at the Utah Invitational last weekend as he defeated BYU's Roman Warias (7-6, 3-6, 10-8) in the semifinals before losing to Utah's Alejandro Medinilla (7-6, 7-5) in the championship match. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include seniors Bryan Marchant, Nikita Ryashchenko and Alex Thatcher, juniors Nate Ballam and Lenny Whiting, sophomore Sven Poslusny and freshman Fredrik Peterson.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

Last Week
NTS --- UTAH STATE OPEN
• Utah State's women's tennis team concluded its fall schedule last weekend as senior Hailey Swenson advanced to the third round of the USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Regional Championship held in Las Vegas. Swenson defeated New Mexico's Nikolina Grbac (6-4, 7-5) in the first round and Northern Arizona's Orsi Golovics (6-3, 7-5) in round two before losing to Boise State's Elyse Edwards (7-5, 6-1). Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include senior Taylor Perry, juniors Monica Abella, Brianna Harris and Julie Tukuafu, sophomores Jenny Phillips, Kristina Voytsekhovich, Jaclyn West and Whitney White, and freshman Kimberly Watts.

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