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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall sports continue this week as football, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, women's soccer and volleyball are all in action, while men's basketball begins its season with an exhibition game this weekend.
Utah State's fall sports continue this week as football, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, women's soccer and volleyball are all in action, while men's basketball begins its season with an exhibition game this weekend.

Oct. 24, 2010

LOGAN, Utah -

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 24, 2010

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

This Week
Sat., Oct. 30 --- at Nevada, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
• Utah State's football team (2-5, 0-3) travels to Nevada (6-1, 1-1) this weekend for a Western Athletic Conference game on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8:30 p.m. (MT), and the matchup will be televised live on ESPNU. USU is 4-16 all-time against the Wolf Pack, which includes a 2-7 record on the road. USU lost the last meeting between the two teams, 35-32, on Oct. 17, 2009 in Logan.

Last Week
L, 7-45 --- HAWAI'I
• Hawai'i pulled away from a 7-7 second-quarter tie with 38 unanswered points for a 45-7 win Saturday at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Senior quarterback Diondre Borel scored the Aggies' lone points on a 35-yard scamper in the second quarter, becoming just the second Utah State quarterback to reach the 7,000 career total offense yards milestone, joining Jose Fuentes (1999-2002), who is the school record holder with 8,791 total yards. Borel now has 7,078 yards for his career. Utah State's offense was limited to 181 total yards, including 123 passing and 58 rushing. Sophomore running back Kerwynn Williams had 39 yards rushing while sophomore wide receiver Dontel Watkins had three receptions for 59 yards, as he has had at least three catches in all seven USU games this season. Hawai'i amassed 389 yards through the air and the Warriors ended the game with 605 yards of total offense. Junior linebacker Kyle Gallagher led USU with eight tackles, while junior safety Walter McClenton and junior linebacker Bobby Wagner added six stops each. Senior safety Rajric Coleman and senior cornerback Curtis Marsh each snared an interception.

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

This Week
Sun., Oct. 31 --- HAWAI'I, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's soccer team (8-6-5, 4-2-1) will host Hawai'i (3-12-2, 1-3-1) in its final match of the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m., at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.

Last Week
L, 0-1 --- at Fresno State
L, 1-4 --- at San Jose State
• Utah State lost both of its matches last weekend in California as it fell at Fresno State, 1-0, and at San Jose State, 4-1. Freshman Mari Miyashiro was the lone Aggie to score a goal during the road trip as she hit the back of the net in the 80th minute against SJSU.

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

This Week
Mon., Oct. 25 --- #4 HAWAI'I, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Thur., Oct. 28 --- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (15-6, 3-5) will play three matches this week, including one at home as it hosts No. 4 Hawai'i (18-1, 8-0) on Monday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m., in a match that will be televised live nationally on ESPNU. USU will then travel to California for a pair of WAC matches next weekend against San Jose State (8-15, 3-6) on Thursday, Oct. 28 and against Fresno State (9-11, 3-5) on Saturday, Oct. 30 with both matches beginning at 8 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
W, 3-0 --- LOUISIANA TECH
L, 0-3 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
• Utah State went 1-1 last week as it defeated Louisiana Tech (3-0) and lost to New Mexico State (3-0) in a pair of home matches. Against the Lady Techsters, sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White had eight kills, six blocks and a career-high 13 digs, while senior libero Christine Morrill had nine digs and a career-high tying four service aces. Senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant added six kills and four blocks, and junior outside hitter Liz McArthur had nine kills and nine digs. USU hit .245 (39-15-98) in the match and tied its season-high with 10 service aces, while LTU hit .051 (24-19-98). Against NMSU, sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen and McArthur each had 10 kills, while White had six kills, four digs and three blocks. USU hit .281 (41-14-96) and NMSU hit .444 (56-12-99).

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

This 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 Competition
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

This 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

Last Week
NTS --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas
• Utah State's men's tennis team concluded its fall season in Las Vegas last week at the ITA Regionals. Senior Bryan Marchant led Utah State as he posted a 1-1 singles record and a 2-1 mark in doubles play as he teamed with sophomore Sven Poslusny to advance to the round of 16 before losing to a team from New Mexico. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include seniors Jacob Asplund, Nikita Ryashchenko and Alex Thatcher, juniors Nate Ballam and Lenny Whiting, and freshman Fredrik Peterson.

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

This Week
Wed., Oct. 27--- Blue vs. White Scrimmage, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30 --- UNIVERSITE LAVAL (Ex.), 7 p.m.
• Utah State's men's basketball team will hold its annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., followed by its first exhibition game of the 2010-11 season on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., against Universite Laval.

Notes
• For the second year in a row, Utah State's men's basketball team is the overwhelming favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference according to both the league's coaches and media, while senior forward Tai Wesley was tabbed as the coaches preseason Player of the Year. Along with being named the preseason Player of the Year by the coaches, Wesley was also named to the league's first-team by both the coaches and media. Joining Wesley on the WAC's preseason teams were senior forward Nate Bendall and senior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams who were all named to the second-team as voted on by the coaches. Junior college transfer Brockeith Pane was also recognized by the media as he was picked as the WAC's Newcomer of the Year. Overall, Utah State returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that advanced to its 19th NCAA Tournament all-time, including its seventh in the last 11 years under head coach Stew Morrill as it lost to Texas A&M, 69-53, in the first round. USU finished the 2009-10 season with a 27-8 record and went 14-2 in WAC play to claim its third-straight regular season league championship, which is a school record. Over the last three years, USU has a combined record of 81-24 (.771) including a 40-8 (.833) WAC mark.

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