Weekly Aggie Update

Oct. 26, 2009

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Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Oct. 31 --- at Fresno State, 3 p.m.
• Utah State (2-5, 1-2) will continue WAC play on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Fresno State (4-3, 3-1) at 3 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised live on CW30. USU is 10-13-1 all-time against the Bulldogs, which includes a 2-10-1 road record.

Last Week
• Sophomore safety Walter McClenton came off the bench to anchor a resolute Utah State defense in leading the Aggies to a hard-fought, 23-21, win against Louisiana Tech Saturday. McClenton replaced senior safety James Brindley who left the game with an injury after the first series and posted a career-high 13 tackles. McClenton tallied seven solo and six assists, while posting one pass break-up, as part of an Aggie defense that held Louisiana Tech to 273 yards. LTU had 165 yards in the fourth quarter, rallying from a 23-7 lead with 14 points to close the gap. The Bulldogs pulled to 23-21 with 6:15 to go in the game, but LTU's two-point conversion pass attempt was denied by the USU defense, and the Aggies hung on for the win with a fourth-down stop at midfield in the waning minutes. The USU defense logged a season-high four sacks against LA Tech after having just four coming in to Saturday, part of posting nine tackles for loss. Sophomore linebacker Kyle Gallagher posted one and a half sacks as part of his seven tackles, in making his first start of the season. Fellow sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner matched Gallagher with seven stops and snared an acrobatic interception in the second quarter to set up a 27-yard field goal by senior kicker Chris Ulinski just before half to give USU a 20-7 intermission lead. Ulinski booted a career-high three field goals Saturday. Offensively, Utah State was led by sophomore wide receiver Stanley Morrison, matching a season-high with six catches for 72 yards, including a 41-yard TD catch in the second quarter. Junior quarterback Diondre Borel was 17-of-31 passing for 188 yards with the TD pass to Morrison, while sophomore running back Robert Turbin had 94 yards on 22 carries. Junior running back Derrvin Speight had 44 yards on the ground on four carries, including a career-long 44-yard rush for TD. Overall, USU finished the game with 345 yards of total offense (188 passing, 157 rushing).

Contact: Kara Irving - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Oct. 30 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 3 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 1 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State (8-7-2, 3-1-1) will continue WAC play this week with its final two home matches of the season against Louisiana Tech (12-5-1, 1-5) on Friday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m., and against New Mexico State (9-6-1, 4-1-1) on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. USU is 4-0 all-time against the Lady Techsters and will be playing NMSU for the first time.

Last Week
L, 1-3--- at Hawai'i
• Sophomore forward Shantel Flanary scored the only goal of the match for Utah State in its 3-1 loss at Hawai'i late Sunday. Flanary's goal came in just the sixth minute of the match to tie the score at 1-1.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Thur., Oct. 29 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 31 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State (12-11, 3-7) will continue WAC play this week as it hosts Louisiana Tech (14-12, 4-6) on Thursday, Oct. 29 and New Mexico State (13-7, 8-2) on Saturday, Oct. 31 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 8-1 all-time against the Lady Techsters and 23-36 all-time against NMSU.

Last Week
L, 2-3 --- IDAHO
L, 0-3 --- at Boise State
L, 0-3 --- at Idaho
• Utah State went 0-3 last week as it lost to Idaho (3-2) at home, followed by road losses at Boise State (3-0) and Idaho (3-0). In its first match against the Vandals, sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur had 21 kills, while sophomore opposite side hitter Emily Kortsen had 12 kills and 13 digs. USU hit .168 (61-28-196) in the match as compared to a .202 (72-32-198) hitting percentage for UI. Against Boise State, McArthur led the Aggies with 12 kills and 13 digs. USU hit .148 (38-18-135) in the match and BSU hit .189 (44-19-132). In its second match of the week against Idaho, junior middle blocker Shantell Durrant had eight kills and three blocks. USU finished the match with a .085 (34-23-129) hitting percentage and the Vandals hit .224 (45-19-116).

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Mon.-Tues., Oct. 26-27 --- at Cal State Northridge Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's golf team will play in its final tournament of the fall season on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 26-27 when it travels to Simi Valley, Calif., to compete in the Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge.

Last Competition
1st/6 --- at Utah Collegiate Shootout
• Juniors Benjamin Schilleman and Chance Godderidge both carded four-under par 140s to finish tied for third and help Utah State win the Utah Collegiate Shootout held at the Sunbrook Golf Club on Saturday as the Aggies finished with an 11-under 565 (290-275). Following Utah State was Southern Utah and Dixie State in a distant second as both teams finished with five-under 571s. Utah Valley finished fourth (576), while Utah was fifth (577) and Weber State sixth (582). Schilleman began the tournament with a two-over 74 during his first 18 holes before carding a tournament-best six-under 66 during his second round. Godderidge fired rounds of 71 and 69 in his first action of the season to tie Schilleman for third-place. Fellow USU junior Tyson McFarland tied for eighth as he finished with a two-under 142 (74-68), while freshman Tanner Higham tied for 10th with a one-under 143 (71-72), and senior Thad Truman tied for 24th with a three-over 147 (75-72). Utah State also had three individuals compete on Saturday as sophomore Austin French tied for 14th with an even-par 144 (74-70), freshman Brendan Dennis finished in 34th-place with a five-over 149 (73-76), and senior Brandon Broadhead tied for 46th with a 14-over 158 (83-75).

Contact: Keiley Baldwin - (435) 797-8584

Last Week
NTS --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State's men's tennis team completed its fall season last weekend with competition in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. The Aggies advanced to the final day of play in the doubles consolation rounds as juniors Jakob Asplund and Bryan Marchant fell to BYU's ninth-seeded George Batrakov and Daniel Hwang, 8-4. Sophomore Nate Ballam and junior Alex Thatcher completed action with wins by default in both the fourth and fifth rounds. Other Aggies who competed during the week include senior Amit Maharaj, junior Nikita Ryashchenko, and freshmen Alex Daines, Jose Limon and Sven Poslusny.

Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Sat., Oct. 31 --- at WAC Championships, Reno, Nev., 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 31 when it travels to Reno, Nev., to compete in the 2009 WAC Championships. USU's men team has won four straight WAC Championships, while the Aggie women have won two of the last three WAC titles (2006, 2008).

Last Competition
M-11th/34; W-34th/37 --- at Pre-Nationals, Terre Haute, Ind.
NTS --- at Idaho State Invitational
• Utah State sophomore Brian McKenna was the men's top finisher for the fourth time this season, leading the Aggies to an 11th-place finish overall at the NCAA Pre-Nationals hosted by Indiana State on Oct. 17. McKenna finished the 8,000m Blue heat in 24:30.7, tabbing 36th-place overall. McKenna was followed closely by sophomore Daniel Howell (24:33.0) in 38th-place. Next to finish for the Aggies was senior Steve Strickland in 91st-place with a time of 25:04.8, while fellow senior Jason Holt finished 107th in 25:14.6. Junior Nick Bolinder was next to finish in 109th with a time of 25:19.0. Sophomore Steve Atkinson (25:22.0) was 112th, while junior Eric Larson (25:46.1) rounded out the Aggie finishers in 145th-place. The Aggie men ran in the Blue heat race and tabbed 11th-place out of 34 teams, with 381 points. The Aggie women ran in the White heat of the 5,000m race and were led by junior Kim Quinn, finishing 147th overall with a time of 22:37.7. Quinn was followed by sophomore Jessie Chugg in 148th-place clocking in at 22:38.6. Freshman Alex Litzsinger (23:06.0) came in next in 185th-place, followed by junior Alica Holt (23:15.0) in 192nd-place. Junior Jusitine Baugh (23:16.7) followed in 194th-place. Freshman Kaylee Campbell (23:27.7) finished 210th and rounding out the Aggie finishers was freshman Marissa Floodman (24:30.4) in 240th-place. The women finished in 34th place overall with 388 points.

At the Idaho State Invitational, the Aggie women were led by freshman Stephanie Burt who came in 17th overall clocking in at 11:25.00. Following Burt in the 3k race was freshman Amber Rasmussen who came in 20th-place with a time of 11:33.00, followed by sophomore Aimee Haertel (11:44.00) in 22nd-place. Freshman Talina Nelson (11:51.00) was 24th and closely followed by fellow freshman Alisa Sheffer (11:55.00) in 25th-place. In 26th-place was freshman Julia Johnson (11:56.00). Freshmen Sarah Olson (12:11.00) and Jessi Baird (12:42.00) took 31st and 33rd, respectively. Rounding out the Aggie finishers was redshirt freshman Brittni Hopkin (13:51.00) in 36th-place. The Utah State women finished fourth overall with 108 points. In the men's 5k race, freshman Kyle Moffet (16:31.00) was the Aggies top finisher tabbing 14th-place. Following Moffet was sophomore Casey Snider in (16:41.00) in 17th-place. Freshman Morgan Empey (17:13.00) finished 25th and fellow freshman Devin Pierson (17:48.00) was the last finisher for the Aggies in 34th-place. Utah State's men did not have a team score with only four runners at the ISU Invitational.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Wed., Oct. 28 --- BLUE-WHITE SCRIMMAGE, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 30 --- NORTHWEST NAZARENE (Ex.), 7 p.m.
• Utah State's men's basketball team will hold its annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., followed by its first exhibition game of the 2009-10 season on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., against Northwest Nazarene.

Preseason Notes
Utah State is picked to finish first in the WAC this season according to both the league's coaches and media as the Aggies return four starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that set a school record for wins as it went 30-5 overall and claimed its second-straight WAC regular season championship with a 14-2 league mark. USU also won its first-ever WAC Tournament Championship and advanced to its 18th NCAA Tournament all-time, including its sixth in the last 10 years under Morrill as it lost to Marquette, 58-57, in the first round. Among those returning for Utah State is senior guard Jared Quayle who earned second-team all-WAC honors and was named to the league's all-newcomer team as a junior as he averaged 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from three-point range and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. Quayle was also named to the WAC's all-tournament team in 2009 and received high major honorable mention All-American honors from CollegeHoops.net. He finished the year ranking third in the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.05), sixth in steals (1.43), sixth in assists, seventh in free throw shooting, 11th in scoring and 12th in rebounding. Utah State also returns junior forward Tai Wesley who was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District VI second-team after averaging 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 59.2 percent from the field and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC in field goal shooting and 11th in rebounding. Wesley was also named to the WAC's all-tournament team during his sophomore season. Along with Quayle and Wesley, who were both named to the WAC's preseason team this year, Utah State returns two other starters in junior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams. Newbold averaged 9.0 points and 4.2 rebounds as a sophomore and shot 43.1 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from three-point range and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. Newbold also finished the year leading the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.96-to-1.00. Williams averaged 5.9 points and 1.9 rebounds as a sophomore and shot 46.4 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from three-point range and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. Utah State also returns three reserves from last year's team in junior forward Matt Formisano, sophomore forward Brady Jardine and sophomore guard Jaxon Myaer. Sophomore center Modou Niang is also back for USU after redshirting during the 2009 season. In all, Utah State's four returning starters have a combined 239 games played while at Utah State including 186 starts, while its four other returnees have a total of 136 games played at USU. Joining Utah State's eight returnees are seven newcomers, including two junior college transfers from Salt Lake Community College in forward Nate Bendall and guard Brian Green. Bendall actually played 13 games for Utah State as true freshman during the 2005-06 season before playing one year at SLCC. Other newcomers who could see playing time this year include freshmen Anthony DiLoreto, Preston Medlin and Tyrone White.

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