Weekly Aggie Update
Oct. 22, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - Oct. 21, 2007 Utah State (0-7, 0-3) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this weekend as it hosts Louisiana Tech (2-5, 1-3) on Saturday Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised regionally on ESPN. USU is 2-2 all-time against Louisiana Tech, which includes a 1-1 home record. The Bulldogs have won each of the last two games played in the series, including a 27-17 win in Logan during the 2005 season and a 48-35 win in Ruston last year. Louisiana Tech is coming off a 45-31 home loss to Boise State last weekend and its two wins on the year have both been at home against Central Arkansas (28-7) and New Mexico State (22-21). Utah State is coming off a 31-28 home loss to Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Aggies were led by senior wide receiver/kick returner Kevin Robinson who recorded 183 yards of total offense, including a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Leon Jackson III passed for 106 yards (11-19-1) and rushed for 51 yards on 15 carries, including two touchdowns. As a team, Utah State registered 212 yards of total offense (106 rushing, 106 passing) as compared to 472 yards of total offense for Nevada (302 rushing, 170 passing). With his 183 all-purpose yards, Robinson is now averaging 208.3 all-purpose yards on the season, to lead the nation.
CROSS COUNTRY Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will look to defend their Western Athletic Conference championships this weekend as USU hosts the 2007 WAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. at the American West Heritage Center. Utah State competed in its fourth race of the fall on Oct. 13 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).
VOLLEYBALL Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State (11-10, 8-4) will have a busy week with three matches as it plays at Weber State (9-10) on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., followed by home matches against Utah Valley (16-6) on Thursday, Oct. 25 and Fresno State (5-16, 3-7) on Saturday, Oct. 27. Both home matches will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU is currently in third-place in the WAC with an 8-4 league record following a pair of three-game wins against Idaho and Boise State last weekend. Utah State is 29-18 all-time against Weber State, 2-0 all-time against Utah Valley and 6-5 all-time against Fresno State. Last weekend, senior Amanda Nielson tied the school record for kills in a three-game match with 24 against Idaho as she hit .312 (24-9-48) in the contest. Nielson then tied the school record once again two nights later at Boise State as she hit .353 (24-6-51) and added 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the year. On the season, Nielson is averaging 5.85 points, 4.88 kills, 2.34 digs, 0.97 blocks and 0.46 service aces per game, while junior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh is averaging 3.76 points, 3.16 kills, 2.73 digs and 0.63 blocks per game. Overall, USU is hitting .166 on the season as compared to a .183 hitting percentage for its opponents. Since starting the year with a 2-6 record, USU has won nine of its last 13 matches.
SOCCER Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's soccer team (6-10, 2-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this weekend as it hosts Hawai'i (10-3-2, 3-0) on Friday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. and San Jose State (3-11-2, 1-2) on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Noon. USU is 2-0 all-time against Hawai'i and 0-1-1 all-time against San Jose State. Last weekend, USU went 1-1 on the road with a 2-0 win at Nevada, followed by a 1-0 loss at Fresno State. Against the Wolf Pack, junior forward Candice Clark scored a goal and added an assist, while freshman forward Lauren Hansen scored the Aggies' other goal. Clark then added four shots, including two on goal in USU's 1-0 loss at Fresno State. Thus far this year, the Aggies are 4-6 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 five 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 played in two different events last week as it finished in 15th-place at the Bill Cullum Invitational in Simi Valley, Calif., and then lost to Southern Utah, 11.5-8.5, in Ryder Cup play during the weekend at the Logan Golf & Country Club. Junior Devin Daniels led USU at the Bill Cullum Invitational as he finished tied for 30th with a 10-over par 226 with rounds of 76, 73 and 72. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament include Jeremy Pack who tied for 53rd (231), Toph Peterson who tied for 63rd (234), Dan Heath who finished 82nd (243) and Chanse Godderidge who tied for 86th (250). Against Southern Utah, junior Brandon Broadhead led Utah State as he scored two points for the Aggies with a 4&2 win in match play and a 3&2 win in best-ball competition as he teamed with Thad Truman. Tyler Munson and Dan Heath also scored a point for USU in the alternate shot competition with a 3&2 win. Other Aggies who scored points during match play included Truman who won his match 3&2, Tyler Labrum, Alex Putnam and Munson who finished their matches all square, Pack who won his match 3&2 and Daniels who won his match, 2 up. Utah State will conclude its fall schedule on Nov. 10-11 when it plays in a tournament hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy in Palm Springs, Calif.
MEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's tennis team concluded its fall schedule last weekend at the ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nev. Freshman Jakob Asplund led USU with a 3-2 singles record as he advanced to the fourth round of the consolation finals before losing in three sets. Asplund also played well in doubles competition as he teamed with sophomore Oscar Ericsson and the duo recorded a 3-3 record as they advanced to the quarterfinals in the consolation round. Ericsson also recorded a 1-1 record in singles action. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament include senior Mike Banks who went 1-2 in singles play, senior Fernando Gallegos who went 0-1 in singles play, senior Jonas Tyden who went 0-2 in singles play and sophomores Matt Searle and Alex Thatcher who both went 0-2 in singles play. Banks and Tyden also combined for a 1-1 record in doubles play, as did Gallegos and Thatcher.
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 Salt Lake City to compete in the Utah Invitational on Oct. 26-27. 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.