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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 23, 2017
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Oct. 28 --- BOISE STATE, 8 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
• Utah State’s football team (4-4, 2-2 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend with a Mountain West home game against Boise State (5-2, 3-0 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221) USU is 5-16 all-time against the Broncos, including a 3-7 home record.
W, 52-28 --- at UNLV
• Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Love made his first career start and passed for 316 yards and two touchdowns to lead Utah State to a come-from-behind 52-28 victory at UNLV last weekend. Love finished the game completing 19-of-27 passes. He also had 42 yards rushing on eight carries, including a 5-yard touchdown. Senior running back LaJuan Hunt rushed for 101 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as USU rallied back from three separate 14-point deficits in the first half. The Aggies racked up 588 yards of total offense – the third-most this season and 17th-most in school history. USU, which scored 38 unanswered points, gained 323 yards through the air and churned out 265 more on the ground, both of which are the second most in a game this season. Redshirt sophomore tight end Dax Raymond led USU with five receptions for 41 yards. Freshman wide receiver Savon Scarver finished with 185 all-purpose yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass. He also returned three kickoffs for 108 yards, including a long of 68. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Nathan tallied 184 all-purpose yards – 92 receiving and 92 on a pair of punt returns, including a 70-yarder. Nathan added a 75-yard touchdown reception. Defensively, junior linebacker Suli Tamaivena led the Aggies with 10 tackles, including 1.0 sacks. Senior safety Dallin Leavitt added eight stops and an interception, while junior cornerback Deante Fortenberry had five tackles and a fumble recovery. Sophomore cornerback Cameron Haney had a career-high three pass breakups, to go along with three tackles, and junior linebacker Ofa Latu added an interception.
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 this weekend at the Boise State-hosted Barb Chandler Classic, 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 with 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 an 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: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Oct. 26 --- NEW MEXICO, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 28 --- UNLV, 12 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (12-10, 4-6 MW) continues its 2017 season this week with a pair of Mountain West home matches as it hosts New Mexico (11-12, 3-7 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., and UNLV (8-15, 4-6 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Noon. USU is 12-17 all-time against the Lobos and 3-8 all-time against the Rebels. Both matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch.
L, 1-3 --- at Fresno State
L, 1-3 --- at San Diego State
• Utah State lost both of its Mountain West road matches last week, losing at Fresno State and San Diego State by matching 3-1 decisions. Against the Bulldogs, senior outside Lauren Anderson and senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey led the team with 14 kills apiece, but the Aggies only hit .163 (46-24-135) to Fresno State’s .255 (58-23-137). Anderson finished second on the team with 12 digs, trailing only junior libero Tasia Taylor with 14, for her ninth double-double of the year. Against the Aztecs, Anderson led USU again with 10 kills as the team hit .172 (39-19-116) to San Diego State’s .207 (60-30-145).
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Oct. 27 --- BOISE STATE, 3 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (9-6-3, 4-4-2 MW) concludes its regular season this week with a Mountain West home match against Boise State (10-5-3, 5-2-2 MW) on Friday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. USU is 10-4-4 all-time against the Broncos. The match will be streamed on the Mountain West network, available at utahstateaggies.com/watch.
W, 2-1 (2OT) --- UNLV
W, 4-0 --- at Nevada
• Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West record last week as it defeated UNLV, 2-1, in a double-overtime match at home and topped Nevada, 4-0, on the road. Against the Rebels, senior forward Bailee Hammond scored both goals to give the Aggies the win. She scored first in the 58th minute, assisted by sophomore forward Alecia Robinson and freshman midfielder Ashley Cardozo. After UNLV evened the score and forced overtime, Hammond scored the golden goal in the 102nd minute, assisted by senior forward Wesley Hamblin. Junior goalkeeper Grace McGuire played the majority of the match after an injury to Sara Cobb, picking up six saves. Against the Wolf Pack, the Aggies saw goals from four different players en route to their seventh shutout of the season. Cardozo scored first in the seventh minute, while Hamblin added a goal in the 17th minute. In the second half, Robinson added a goal in the 76th minute, assisted by Cardozo. Hammond then put the finishing touch on the match with a goal in the 86th minute, assisted by sophomore midfielder Kanyan Ward. McGuire tallied two saves in the win. On the week, Utah State took 28 shots, with 16 on goal, while its opponents combined for 20 shots with nine on target. McGuire ended the weekend with eight saves and one goal 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 this week when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the Mountain West Championships on Friday, Oct. 27. USU’s women are currently 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., two weeks ago. 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 Arizona Invite, All Day
• Utah State men’s tennis will conclude its 2017 fall season this week at Arizona Fall Hidden Dual from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29.
NTS --- at ITA Mountain Regional, Provo, Utah
• Freshman Valdemar Holm led Utah State at the ITA Regionals, held in Provo, Utah, las weekend as he won the singles consolation draw with a 6-1 finish. Holm also advanced to the consolation finals in doubles play with sophomore Sergiu Bucur as the duo went 4-2. Junior Samuel Serrano advanced to the singles quarterfinals after defeating senior teammate Jaime Barajas, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. Serrano finished the tournament with an overall 5-2 record, finishing 4-1 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles with freshman Jose Carvajal. Barajas also went 5-2 at the tournament, finishing 3-1 in singles and 2-1 in doubles after advancing to the round of 16 with senior Andrew Nakajima. Carvajal finished 2-1 in singles play and Nakajima went 4-2 after advancing to the consolation semifinals. Freshman Addy Vashistha competed in the singles consolation B semifinals, finishing with a 3-2 singles record. Freshman Felipe Acosta finished 2-2 in singles play, junior Austin Bass had a 1-2 singles record and Bucur went 1-2 in singles play. Acosta and Vashistha also advanced to the round of 16 with a 2-1 record in doubles play.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
1st/12 --- at CS Northridge Invitational
• Utah State concluded its fall schedule by winning the Cal State Northrige-hosted Bill Cullum Invitational last week as it shot a final round 7-under 281 to finish with a school-record 16-under 848 (291-276-281). Overall, it is Utah State’s first tournament win since Sept. 2, 2014, when it claimed the tournament title at the Weber State-hosted Battle in the Tetons held in Victor, Idaho. And, according to available records, it is USU’s first-ever tournament win in the state of California. Utah State, who had four golfers finish in the top 15, posted a two-shot win over second place UC Santa Barbara, who finished with a 14-under 850 (279-286-285). The Aggies sat in sixth place in the 12-team field following its first round of 3-over 291, before shooting the team low round of the tournament with its 12-under 276. USU then moved up from second place to first during the final day of competition with its final round 7-under 281. Individually, Utah State senior Braxton Miller finished the tournament tied for third place with a 6-under 210 (73-69-68), for his best-ever tournament finish and tied for his best-ever under-par finish. It is Miller’s third under-par finish this fall and the fifth of his career, not to mention his third top-10 finish this season and the fourth of his career. It is also Miller’s third top-20 finish this season and the 10th of his career. Miller now has five rounds in the 60s this season and 10 in his career, to go along with seven rounds under par this fall and 25 in his career. For Utah State, Miller’s third-place finish is the Aggies’ highest since Seokwon Jeon claimed medalist honors at the OGIO Utah Invitational in the fall of 2015. Sophomore Hayden Eckert also finished in the top 10 for Utah State as he shot a final round of 2-over 74 to finish tied for sixth overall with a 4-under 212 (69-69-74) for his best-ever tournament finish and best-ever 54-hole score. For Eckert, it is his second-career top-10 finish and fourth-career top-20 placing to go along with his second-career under-par finish. Eckert, who entered the tournament with one career round in the 60s, now has three such rounds in his career to go along with eight rounds under par in his career. Other Aggie finishers included sophomore Chase Lansford (76-69-69) and redshirt freshman Andy Hess (74-69-71), who both tied for 12th place at 2-under 214. For Lansford, it is tied for his best-ever 54-hole score and tied for his second-best tournament finish, as he now has two career top-10 placings and six career top-20 finishes to go along with his third career under-par finish, including his second this fall. Lansford now has four rounds in the 60s this fall and six in his career, to go along with five rounds under par this season and 12 in his career. For Hess, it is his best-ever 54-hole score and best-ever tournament finish as this is his first-ever top-20 placing. Hess has now carded four rounds under par this fall, including two rounds in the 60s. Freshman Colten Cordingley rounded out Utah State’s finishers as he tied for 41st place at 6-over 222 (75-74-73). For the tournament, Miller led the field in par-5 scoring at 10-under, while Lansford led the field in par-4 scoring at 4-under and Eckert was second in par-3 scoring at 2-under. Miller was also second in the field of 91 players with 16 birdies.
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