WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 26, 2015
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Oct. 30 --- WYOMING, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
• Utah State’s football team (4-3, 3-1) continues its 2015 season this weekend with a Mountain West home game against Wyoming (1-7, 1-3) on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8:15 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. USU is 37-24-4 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 24-10-1 home record.
L, 14-48 --- at San Diego State
• Utah State junior RB Devante Mays rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 15 carries, but it wasn’t enough in a 48-14 loss at San Diego State last weekend. Aztecs junior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries against the Aggies. San Diego State (5-3, 4-0 MW) scored on six straight possessions in the first half and finished with 429 yards of total offense, compared to just 239 by Utah State (4-3, 3-1). The Aggies committed four turnovers, which the Aztecs turned into 17 first-half points. Conversely, Utah State did not force a turnover for the third time this year after forcing 18 turnovers in its last four games. Senior WR Hunter Sharp scored the Aggies’ other touchdown on a 45-yard pass from sophomore QB Kent Myers in the second quarter. Sharp finished with four catches for 63 yards, while Myers completed 8-of-19 passes for 93 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Senior LB Kyler Fackrell and junior LB Nick Vigil led Utah State’s defensive effort with 10 tackles apiece, while senior DE Jordan Nielsen added a career-best nine stops.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Oct. 29 --- at UNLV, 7 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Oct. 31 --- at Fresno State, 2 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s volleyball team (5-19, 1-9) continues its 2015 season this week with a pair of Mountain West road matches at UNLV (12-9, 5-4) on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. (MT), and at Fresno State (12-11, 4-5) on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. (MT). USU is 2-5 all-time against the Rebels and 14-12 all-time against the Bulldogs.
L, 1-3 --- WYOMING
L, 0-3 --- #20 COLORADO STATE
• Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West home record last week with a 3-1 loss to Wyoming and a 3-0 loss to No. 20 Colorado State. Against the Cowgirls, sophomore middle blocker Hannah Smith had seven kills as USU hit .110 (38-22-145) and UW hit .264 (60-22-144). Against the Rams, junior outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu and sophomore opposite side hitter Kayla DeCoursey each posted nine kills as USU hit .110 (29-17-109) and CSU hit .404 (52-10-104).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Oct. 30 --- BOISE STATE, 3 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (10-8-1, 5-5-0) concludes its 2015 regular season this week with a Mountain West home match against Boise State (7-9-3, 5-5-0) on Friday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. USU is 9-4-3 all-time against the Broncos.
W, 1-0 --- at Colorado State
L, 1-2 --- at Wyoming
• Utah State posted a 1-1-0 Mountain West road record last week with a 1-0 win at Colorado State and a 2-1 defeat at Wyoming. Junior forward Jessica Brooksby scored the game-winning goal against the Rams, scoring in the final seconds of the match. Freshman forward Sydnie Dolzine scored the lone USU goal on Sunday against the Cowgirls, with the match equalizer in the 81st minute. Dolzine was assisted in her goal by freshman midfielder Jordyn Chung-Hoon. Overall, the Aggies took 26 shots on the weekend, 13 of which were on goal, to their opponents’ 19. Senior goalkeeper Jeannie Woller played the full time of both matches in the net, notching two saves.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Oct. 30 --- at MW Championships, Reno, Nev., 11 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s men and women’s cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Oct. 30 when they travel to Reno, Nev., to compete in the 2015 Mountain West Championships. The Aggie men finished fifth at last year’s MW Championships, while the women placed seventh.
M: 15th/31; W: 27th/45 --- at Pre-Nationals, Louisville, Ky.
• Utah State’s women’s cross country team fared well in a seeded race against eight nationally-ranked opponents. The Aggies were spurred on by freshman Kashley Carter, who placed 24th with a time of 20:30.5, to help Utah State record 676 points and place 27th out of 45 teams at the Pre-Nationals meet held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park last weekend. Finishing behind Carter was senior Jacqueline Winterton, who came in 151st with a time of 21:28.3. Following Winterton came a herd of Aggies, including sophomore Kelsey Yamauchi, who crossed the line 171st (21:34.6), junior Tori Parkinson, who placed 173rd (21:36.1), and a 175th-place finish by sophomore Jackie Heaps (21:36.8). On the men’s side, Utah State was led by junior Colby Wilson, who placed 35th overall in the men’s unseeded 8,000m race with a time of 24:48.8 to help the Aggie men finish 15th out of 31 teams. Following Wilson was junior Ben Johnston, who placed 40th by recording a time of 24:50.4. Others in the front five were sophomore Justin Sheets, finishing 53rd (24:59.8), sophomore Dillon Maggard, crossing the line 70th (25:11.3), and freshman Kody Gould placing 164th (26:09.3).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 8-9 --- at Southern Utah Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will return to action on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9 when it begins its 2016 spring season at the Southern Utah-hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational in St. George, Utah.
8th/16 --- at CS Northridge Invitational
• Utah State’s men’s golf concluded its fall season with an 8-over-par 872 (277-297-298) to finish in eighth-place at the Cal State Northridge-hosted Bill Cullum Invitational last week. Loyola Marymount claimed top honors in the 16-team field with a 22-under 842 (283-276-283) and Southern Utah’s Fidel Concepcion took medalist honors with a 9-under 207 (71-69-67). For Utah State, it is the fifth time in five tournaments this fall that it has placed in the top 10, highlighted by a pair of top five finishes. USU’s best tournament of the fall was a second-place showing at the Utah Invitational. Individually, junior McCoy Willey led Utah State as he shot a final round 1-over 73 to finish tied for 17th-place at 2-under 214 (67-74-73) for his best-ever 54-hole score. Furthermore, Willey’s opening round of 5-under 67 tied his collegiate low round at USU, giving him four career rounds in the 60s as an Aggie. Junior Tanner Jenson finished tied for 29th-place for Utah State at 2-over 218 (66-73-79). During his opening round, Jenson tied his season-best 18-hole score with his 6-under 66 for his fourth round in the 60s this fall and the sixth of his career. Also competing for USU was sophomore Braxton Miller, who tied for 43rd-place at 6-over 222 (71-78-73), while senior Seokwon Jeon tied for 58th-place at 9-over 225 (73-76-76) and junior Eli Rogers tied for 72nd-place at 13-over 229 (79-74-76).
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
TBA --- vs. TBA
• Utah State men’s tennis will begin its 2016 spring schedule in January against an opponent yet to be determined.
NTS --- at ITA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M.
• Utah State concluded its fall season last week at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. In singles, sophomore Jaime Barajas posted a 4-1 record and became the first Aggie in program history to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. Other Aggies who competed include junior Jack Swindells and freshman Romai Ugarte, who both went 3-1, junior Daniel Echeverry, who went 3-2, freshman Jonas Maier, who went 2-2, freshman Luis Lopez, who went 1-2, sophomore Andrew Nakajima, who went 1-3, and freshman Javier Araya, who went 0-3. In doubles, the tandems of Nakajima and Lopez, Swindells and Maier, and Barajas and Echeverry all went 1-1, while Ugarte and Araya went 0-2.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Oct. 31 --- OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE (Ex.), 7 p.m.
• Utah State men’s basketball (0-0) will play its first exhibition game of the 2015-16 season on Saturday, Oct. 31 against Oklahoma Panhandle at 7 p.m.
• Utah State, who is picked third in the Mountain West this season according to a preseason media poll, will enter the 2015-16 with all five starters returning from a team that finished 18-13 and 11-7 in conference play last season. Returners include all three of USU’s all-conference selections, including junior wing Jalen Moore (second team), sophomore forward David Collette (third team) and senior guard Chris Smith (honorable mention). Senior guard Darius Perkins and sophomore guard Julion Pearre round out the returning starters with the roster also including four additional letterwinners, in senior wing Trace Cureton, junior guard Viko Noma'aea, sophomore guard Henry Bolton III and sophomore forward Elston Jones. The Aggies also return three redshirts in senior forward Grayson Moore, junior forward Lew Evans and freshman forward Quinn Taylor. Four newcomers join the program in junior guard Shane Rector, sophomore forward Alexis Dargenton, freshman guard Jake Miles and freshman guard John Middleton.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Sat., Oct. 31 --- SOUTH DAKOTA MINES (Ex.), 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (0-0) will play its first exhibition game of the 2015-16 season on Saturday, Oct. 31 against South Dakota Mines at 2 p.m.
• Utah State returns six letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished the season 8-23 overall with a 5-13 league record in Mountain West play. The team finished tied for ninth in the league, falling in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament. The Aggies return just one starter from last season in sophomore guard Funda Nakkasoglu who was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year and earned honorable mention all-league honors. Other returners include senior forward Julianne Anchling, senior forward Tijana Djukic, sophomore center Hannah Hutchins, senior guard Mariah Miles and sophomore guard Baylee Peck. The Aggies welcome seven freshmen to this year’s roster, as well as two junior college transfers. Rachel Brewster (Melbourne, Australia), Taylor Enders (West Linn, Ore.), Lindsey Jensen (Smithfield, Utah), Lizzy Klinker (Fairfield, Mont.), Deja Mason (San Antonio, Texas), Victoria Price (Grand Prairie, Texas) and Katie Toole (Bountiful, Utah) will be gaining their first college basketball experience, while junior forwards Angelica de Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Antoina Robinson (Dallas, Texas) join the Aggies from New Mexico Junior College.
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