WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 27, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 1 --- at Hawai'i, 9 p.m. (MT) (MWN)
Utah State's football team (5-3, 2-1 MW) will continue Mountain West play this weekend at Hawai'i (2-6, 1-2 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. (MT). The game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network. USU is 7-6 all-time against the Rainbow Warriors, including a 3-4 road record.
W, 34-20 --- UNLV
Junior WR JoJo Natson recorded a career-high 124 receiving yards on a season-high tying six receptions and Utah State's defense forced three turnovers to go along with 6.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss in its 34-20 Mountain West home win against UNLV on Oct. 25, 2014. USU improved to 5-3 on the season and 2-1 in Mountain West play with the win and UNLV fell to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in league action with the loss. USU finished the game with 444 yards of total offense as it notched 266 passing yards and 178 yards on the ground. UNLV finished the game with just 282 yards of total offense, including just 15 yards rushing and 267 yards passing. Senior QB Craig Harrison was 13-of-23 passing for a career-high 221 yards in just his second career start for Utah State. Harrison, who also rushed a career-high nine times for a career-best 39 yards, also had a career-high three touchdown passes before leaving the game late in the third quarter with a leg injury. Senior RB Joe Hill added two touchdowns in the game on a 7-yard run and 69-yard pass. Hill finished the game with 13 carries for 48 yards rushing. Utah State's defense was led by junior LB LT Filiaga who had a team-high nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, while senior DE B.J. Larsen recorded 2.0 sacks in the game. Sophomore LB Nick Vigil finished with 1.5 sacks as part of his six total tackles to go along with a forced fumble that was recovered by junior NG Travis Seefeldt. Senior FS Brian Suite and junior CB Deshane Hines each added interceptions.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Oct. 31 --- at Boise State, 3 p.m.
Utah State's soccer team (10-6-2, 6-3-1 MW) will conclude Mountain West play this weekend with a road match at Boise State (8-8-3, 5-5-0 MW) on Friday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. USU is 9-3-3 all-time against the Broncos.
L, 0-1 --- UNLV
W, 4-0 --- NEVADA
Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West home record last weekend with a 1-0 loss to UNLV and a 4-0 win against Nevada to secure a spot in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament. Against the Wolf Pack, USU got goals came from senior forward Lauren Roundy, freshman midfielder Wesley Hamblin, sophomore midfielder Katie Flynn and senior midfielder Kylie Dibb. The Aggie defense did its job, as junior goalkeeper Jeannie Woller added just one save on the weekend and allowed one goal.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Oct. 30 --- AIR FORCE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 1 --- NEW MEXICO, 7 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (9-11, 5-5 MW) will continue Mountain West play this weekend with a pair of home matches as it hosts Air Force (11-13, 5-5 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. and New Mexico (14-9, 6-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. USU is 3-0 all-time against the Falcons and 10-14 all-time against the Lobos.
L, 1-3 --- at Wyoming
L, 0-3 --- at #6 Colorado State
Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West road record last weekend, losing at Wyoming (3-1) and at No. 6 Colorado State (3-0). Against the Cowgirls, senior MB Kaitlyn VanHoff had 12 kills and hit .579 (12-1-19) in the match, while junior OPP Elle Brainard had 11 kills. Senior LIB Ashlan Rogers-Court had a team-high 19 digs, and senior S Paige Neves added 47 assists and 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. USU finished the match hitting .130 (53-32-161) and UW hit .307 (55-12-140). Against the Rams, senior OH Rachel Orr had seven kills, while sophomore LIB Hannah Gleason had 10 digs. USU hit .009 (24-23-107) in the match and CSU hit .216 (44-20-111).
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Oct. 31 --- TEXAS A&M-INTERNATIONAL (Ex.), 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (0-0) will play its first exhibition game of the 2014-15 season on Friday, Oct. 31 against Texas A&M-International at 7 p.m.
Utah State, who is picked to finish 10th in the Mountain West this season according to a preseason media poll, will enter the 2014-15 season with an overhauled roster that includes only four players from a team that went 18-14 overall and 7-11 in the MW last season. USU's 11 newcomers are made up of five junior college transfers, including senior forward Grayson Moore, junior wing Trace Cureton, junior guards Darius Perkins and Chris Smith, and sophomore forward Konner Frey. They are joined by junior forward Lew Evans, a transfer from Tulsa, and first-year players in sophomore center Bilal Begic, freshman guards John Bennett, Henry Bolton and Julion Pearre, and freshman center Elston Jones. USU also welcomes back two redshirts in freshmen David Collete and Sam Orchard, who both recently returned from two-year LDS Church Missions. Both Grayson Moore and Evans will have to sit out the 2014-15 season as four-year transfers.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 9-10 --- at Southern Utah Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will begin its 2015 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9-10 when it competes in the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational held in St. George, Utah.
10th/20 --- at CS Northridge Invitational
Utah State finished in 10th-place with a with a 10-over 874 (287-299-288) at the Cal State Northridge hosted Bill Cullum Invitational last week. USC won the 20-team tournament with a 31-under 833 (275-280-278) and Arizona State's Jon Rahm took medalist honors with a 13-under 203 (67-67-69). USU junior Seokwon Jeon finished tied for seventh-place with a with a 5-under 211 (68-72-71) as his opening round 68 tied his low round of the season, while his 5-under 211 was his best 54-hole score of the year. Senior Grahm Schmaltz finished tied for 43rd-place at 4-over 220 (72-75-73), while sophomore Tanner Jenson tied for 59th-place at 7-over 223 (73-76-74). Sophomore McCoy Willey finished tied for 74th-place at 11-over 227 (81-76-70) and senior Zach Waxler finished in 108th-place at 36-over 252 (74-96-82).
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Oct. 31 --- at Mountain West Championships, Fresno, Calif., 11 a.m.
Utah State's men and women's cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Oct. 31 when it travels to Fresno, Calif., to compete in the 2014 Mountain West Championships. The Aggie women finished fifth at last year's MW Championships, while the men placed sixth.
M: 8/23; W: 6/21 --- at Santa Clara Invitational
Utah State sophomore Tori Parkinson finished 13th individually to help the Aggie women place sixth out of 21 teams with 188 points, while sophomore Colby Wilson placed 41st to lead the Aggie men to an eighth-place finish out of 23 teams with 276 points at the Santa Clara hosted Bronco Invitational last weekend. Oklahoma State captured the top spot in both the men's and women's races. Parkinson finished the six-kilometer race with a time of 20:50, while Wilson ran the eight-kilometer course in 24:22. Trailing Parkinson was freshman Hannah Malone who placed 36th with a time of 21:24, while fellow freshman Kelsey Yamauchi finished 48th with a time of 21:39. Junior Karlee Deeter posted a time of 21:40 to place 52nd, and junior Amanda Stoudt finished 67th clocking in at 21:51 to close out the Utah State top-five. Following Wilson was senior Eric Shellhorn who finished 45th with a time of 24:28, while fellow senior Mike Bills placed 62nd with a time of 24:41. Senior Tom Derr crossed the line in 71st-place with a time of 24:48, and freshman Justin Sheets placed 100th, recording a time of 25:19 to round out the Aggie top-five.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 6-9 --- at USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Flushing, N.Y., All Day
Utah State's women's tennis team will conclude its 2014 fall season at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., from Nov. 6-9 as senior McKenzie Davis will represent the Mountain Region in singles play.
NTS --- at ITA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M.
Senior McKenzie Davis became the first Aggie in school history to win the ITA Mountain Region Championship held last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Davis, who was the seventh-seed in the tournament, posted a perfect 6-0 record in singles play and defeated Utah's Tereza Beckerova, the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the No. 76-ranked player in the country, in a three-set thriller (6-3, 5-7, 7-6). Davis also partnered with junior Kallie Sperry in doubles, but the duo posted an 0-1 record. Sperry went 0-1 in singles. Sophomores Nini Guensler and Lexi Turley went 2-1 in doubles, while Guensler went 2-2 in singles and Turley went 0-2.
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