Weekly Aggie Update
Oct. 28, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State (0-8, 0-4) will continue Western Athletic Conference action this weekend as it plays at Fresno State (5-3, 4-1) on Saturday Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. (MT). USU is 10-11-1 all-time against Fresno State, which includes a 2-9-1 record on the road. Utah State recorded its only win of the 2006 season against Fresno State with a 13-12 win in Logan on Oct. 7. Fresno State is coming off a 34-21 home loss to Boise State last weekend. On the year, the Bulldogs are 3-1 at home. Utah State is coming off a 31-21 home loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Aggies were once again led by senior wide receiver/kick returner Kevin Robinson who recorded 179 yards of total offense (108 kick returns, 58 receiving, 13 punt returns). Senior quarterback Leon Jackson III passed for 127 yards (9-12-0), including an 82-yard TD pass to redshirt freshman fullback Jacob Actkinson. Sophomore quarterback Jace McCormick also saw significant action and ended the game with 93 passing yards (8-14-1), which included a 19-yard TD pass to Robinson in the fourth quarter. As a team, Utah State registered 326 yards of total offense (106 rushing, 220 passing) as compared to 518 yards of total offense for Louisiana Tech (288 rushing, 230 passing).
CROSS COUNTRY Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State hosted the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the American West Heritage Center and the Aggie men won its third straight WAC Championship, while the Aggie women finished third. Junior Seth Wold won the individual title for USU and was named the WAC's Cross Country Athlete of the Year as he set a conference record in the eight-kilometer race with a time of 23:16.63. Sophomore Steve Strickland placed third for USU (23:34.78), while freshman Chio Lopez placed fourth (23:39.29) and was named the WAC's Freshman of the Year. Overall, USU had seven runners finish in the top 10 as Nick Bolinder was fifth (23:47.44), Andrew Niccoli was eighth (24:03.31), Jason Holt was ninth (24:09.76) and Hunter Nelson was 10th (24:10.41), while Sophomore Jared Glenn placed 14th (24:16.85). On the women's side, Idaho won the WAC Championship while Nevada was second and USU finished third. Senior Amy Egan led USU with an 11th-place finish in the five-kilometer race with a time of 17:34.25, while senior Stacie Dorius finished 12th with a time of 17:35.35 and freshman Alicia Holt placed 14th (17:38.27). At the WAC Championships, the top seven runners earn first-team all-conference honors, while the next seven earn second-team all-WAC honors. Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 10 when it travels to Ogden, Utah to compete in the NCAA West Regionals at 9 a.m.
VOLLEYBALL Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State (14-10, 9-4) will take a break from Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts Utah (10-11) on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m., followed by a match at Utah Valley on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. USU is currently tied for third-place in the WAC with a 9-4 league record following its four-game win against Fresno State Saturday night. Utah State is 23-39 all-time against Utah and 3-0 all-time against Utah Valley. Last week, Amanda Nielson recorded a season-high 31 kills and a career-high 22 digs at Weber State, while Melissa Osterloh added 11 kills and a career-high 22 digs. USU hit .222 and WSU hit .188 in the match. Against Utah Valley, Nielson paced the Aggies with 26 kills, while Osterloh added 16 kills and 15 digs. Utah State hit .167 in the match as compared to a .148 hitting percentage for Utah Valley. Versus Fresno State, Nielson continued to dominate as she notched 26 more kills, while Osterloh chipped in with 12 kills and 12 digs. USU finished the match with a .237 hitting percentage, while FSU recorded a .173 hitting percentage. On the season, USU is led by Nielson who is averaging 6.11 points, 5.12 kills, 2.42 digs, 1.04 blocks and 0.44 service aces per game, while Osterloh is averaging 3.73 points, 3.14 kills, 2.90 digs and 0.62 blocks per game. As a team, Utah State is hitting .174 as compared to a .180 hitting percentage for its opponents.
SOCCER Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's soccer team (8-10, 4-2) will conclude its regular season this weekend as it hosts Louisiana Tech (2-13-1, 0-5-1) on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. USU is 2-0 all-time against Louisiana Tech as it notched a 2-1 win last year in Ruston and a 2-0 win in Logan in 2005. Last weekend, USU recorded a 2-0 home record with wins against Hawai'i (3-2) and San Jose State (4-0). Against the Rainbow Wahine, senior midfielder Abby Hunt scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 76th minute. Junior forward Candice Clark added USU's other goal in the match. Against San Jose State, USU had four players net goals as freshman forward Lauren Hansen scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 11th minute, while freshman midfielder Heather Pond netted her first career goal in the 39th minute. In the second half, Clark added her third goal of the week and junior midfielder Lacey Christenson finished the scoring for Utah State in the 85th minute. Thus far this year, the Aggies are 4-6 on the road and 4-3 at home.
MEN'S GOLF Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State's men's golf took the week off after playing in two different events two weeks ago as it finished in 15th-place at the Bill Cullum Invitational in Simi Valley, Calif., and then lost to Southern Utah, 11.5-8.5, in Ryder Cup play at the Logan Golf & Country Club. Junior Devin Daniels led USU at the Bill Cullum Invitational as he finished tied for 30th with a 10-over par 226 with rounds of 76, 73 and 72. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament include Jeremy Pack who tied for 53rd (231), Toph Peterson who tied for 63rd (234), Dan Heath who finished 82nd (243) and Chanse Godderidge who tied for 86th (250). Against Southern Utah, junior Brandon Broadhead led Utah State as he scored two points for the Aggies with a 4&2 win in match play and a 3&2 win in best-ball competition as he teamed with Thad Truman. Tyler Munson and Dan Heath also scored a point for USU in the alternate shot competition with a 3&2 win. Other Aggies who scored points during match play included Truman who won his match 3&2, Tyler Labrum, Alex Putnam and Munson who finished their matches all square, Pack who won his match 3&2 and Daniels who won his match, 2 up. Utah State will conclude its fall schedule on Nov. 10-11 when it plays in a tournament hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy in Palm Springs, Calif.
MEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's tennis team concluded its fall schedule at the ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 17-21 Freshman Jakob Asplund led USU with a 3-2 singles record as he advanced to the fourth round of the consolation finals before losing in three sets. Asplund also played well in doubles competition as he teamed with sophomore Oscar Ericsson and the duo recorded a 3-3 record as they advanced to the quarterfinals in the consolation round. Ericsson also recorded a 1-1 record in singles action. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament include senior Mike Banks who went 1-2 in singles play, senior Fernando Gallegos who went 0-1 in singles play, senior Jonas Tyden who went 0-2 in singles play and sophomores Matt Searle and Alex Thatcher who both went 0-2 in singles play. Banks and Tyden also combined for a 1-1 record in doubles play, as did Gallegos and Thatcher.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's women's tennis team concluded its fall schedule at the Utah Invitational in Salt Lake City, Utah on Oct. 26-27. USU began its fall schedule at the Utah Fall Tennis Classic hosted by Brigham Young University on Sept. 20-22. Freshman Hailey Swenson led USU with a 2-2 record as she defeated Alyssa Pyne (NS) in the first round of the consolation finals and then defeated Jocelyn Jenson (7-6, 6-3) in the second round before losing to Greer Satherlie in the semifinals (6-4, ret.). Other Aggies who competed during the tournament include junior Bridgette Strickland and sophomores Brianna Harris and Britney Watts who all lost in the second round of the consolation finals.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State's men's basketball team will begin the 2007-08 season with a pair of exhibition games as it plays EA Sports on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and Laval University on Saturday, Nov. 3. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU is picked to finish first in the Western Athletic Conference this season according to the league's coaches as the Aggies return three starters from last year's National Invitation Tournament team that went 23-12 overall, finished in fourth-place in the WAC during the regular season with a 9-7 league record and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament. Leading the way for Utah State this year will be senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll who finished his junior season first in the WAC and 10th in the nation in scoring with 21.3 points per game. Carroll enters his senior season tabbed the WAC's preseason Player of the Year by both the coaches and media, as well as being named one of 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation's most coveted college basketball award.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's women's basketball team will play a pair of exhibition games this week to start its 2007-08 season. USU will host Utah Pride on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and the College of Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 3 with both games beginning at 5 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU is picked to finish in seventh-place in the Western Athletic Conference this year after finishing in sixth-place last season with an 11-18 overall record, including a 7-9 mark in league play. Utah State returns three starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team, including senior point guard Taylor Richards who was named a preseason second-team all-WAC selection this fall.