Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall and winter sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, football, women's tennis and volleyball all in action.
Oct. 30, 2017

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 30, 2017

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

This Week
Sat., Nov. 4 --- at New Mexico, 3:30 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)
• Utah State’s football team (4-5, 2-3 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend with a Mountain West road game at New Mexico (3-5, 1-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on AT&T SportsNet (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683). USU is 10-13 all-time against the Lobos, including a 4-9 road record.

Last Week
L, 14-41 --- BOISE STATE
• Utah State allowed touchdowns on Boise State’s first two drives of the game and could not dig out of the early hole as the Aggies lost 41-14 last weekend. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Love completed 17-of-32 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown, while senior running back LaJuan Hunt rushed for 31 yards and another score for Utah State. Boise State held the Aggies to just 279 yards of total offense – 186 through the air and 93 on the ground. Redshirt sophomore tight end Dax Raymond led USU with five receptions for 30 yards. Junior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver added three catches for 77 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass from Love. Redshirt freshman safety Baron Gajkowski recorded a game- and career-high 11 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, which was also a career-high. Junior linebacker Suli Tamaivena finished in double-digit tackles for the fifth straight game as he had 10 stops, including 0.5 tackles for loss. Junior cornerback Deante Fortenberry has his best game as an Aggie as he recorded a season-high seven tackles, which included a season-best 2.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss. Sophomore defensive end Jacoby Wildman also had his best game as an Aggie with a career-high nine stops, while junior LB Ofa Latu tied his season-high with six tackles, which included his first sack of the season. Freshman running back Tre Miller led USU with 40 yards rushing on seven carries. USU did not allow a sack for the first time this season as Boise State entered the game averaging 3.0 sacks per game to lead the Mountain West and rank 18th nationally.

WOMEN’S TENNIS
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 3-5 --- at Arizona Invite, All Day
• Utah State women’s tennis will conclude its 2017 fall season this week at the Arizona-hosted Wildcat Invitational from Friday through Sunday, Nov. 3-5.

Last Week
NTS --- at Boise State Invite
• Sophomore Sophia Haleas led Utah State at the Boise State-hosted Barb Chandler Classic last weekend. Haleas won the singles Orange Flight after going 4-0 in singles. Haleas also went 2-1 in doubles with sophomore Rhoda Tanui, who went 0-2 in singles play. Sophomore Hannah Jones and freshman Alexandra Taylor, who each went 2-1 in singles, won the doubles consolation draw with a 3-1 finish.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Nov. 3 --- UNIVERSITY of PROVIDENCE, 7 p.m. (Ex.)
• Utah State men’s basketball (0-0) will play its only exhibition game of the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 3, against University of Providence at 7 p.m.

Preseason Notes
• Utah State, which is picked eighth in the Mountain West this season according to a preseason conference poll, will enter the 2017-18 season with four returning starters from a team that finished 14-17 and 7-11 in conference play last season. Returning starters include sophomore guard Koby McEwen, who was named the MW Freshman of the Year last season and earned honorable mention all-MW honors in addition to preseason all-MW honors this year, sophomore guard Sam Merrill, senior forward Alex Dargenton and junior center Norbert Janicek. Utah State also returns three other letterwinners in senior guard Julion Pearre, sophomore guard Diogo Brito and junior forward Quinn Taylor. The Aggie roster is then rounded out by three redshirts in freshman center Klay Stall, freshman forward Daron Henson and freshman guard Abel Porter, and six newcomers in junior transfer guard DeAngelo Isby, junior transfer forward Dwayne Brown Jr., sophomore transfer guard Taylor Larson, freshman guard Crew Ainge, freshman forward Justin Bean and freshman guard Brock Miller.

VOLLEYBALL
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Thur., Nov. 2 --- at #20 Colorado State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 4 --- at Wyoming, 1 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (13-11, 5-7 MW) continues its 2017 season this week with a pair of Mountain West road matches at No. 20 Colorado State (22-2, 12-0 MW) on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., and at Wyoming (13-11, 8-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. USU is 14-26 all-time against the Rams and 16-19 all-time against the Cowgirls. Both matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch.

Last Week
L, 0-3 --- NEW MEXICO
W, 3-0 --- UNLV
• Utah State split Mountain West results at home last week, losing to New Mexico (3-0), before posting a 3-0 victory against UNLV. Against the Lobos, senior outside Rachel Gale-Hammond led the Aggies with eight kills as USU hit a season-low .009 (24-23-114) to UNM’s .185 (43-21-119). Against the Rebels, junior libber Tasia Taylor recorded a school-record 25 digs in the three-set victory as USU hit .225 (45-18-120) to UNLV’s .102 (33-21-118). Senior outside Lauren Anderson led the Aggies with 19 kills and was followed by Gale-Hammond with 11.

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

Next Week
Fri., Nov. 10 --- NCAA MOUNTAIN REGIONAL, 10:15 a.m.
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will continue their 2017 season on Friday, Nov. 10, when they host the NCAA Mountain Regional on the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course, which is located at 1498 N. 800 East in Logan. The women will run at 10:15 a.m., while the men will race at 11 a.m. At last year’s NCAA Mountain Regional Meet, also hosted by Utah state, USU’s men and women both finished eighth.

Last Week
W: 3/10; M: 4/8 --- at MW Championship, Albuquerque, N.M.
• Utah State had four Aggies earn all-conference honors at the annual Mountain West Championships, held last week at the University of New Mexico. The Aggie women placed third overall, while the men took fourth. Senior Dillon Maggard recorded the best finish for an Aggie at the meet as he placed third overall in the men’s 8-kilometer race, finishing in 23:54.45. His third-place finish, good for first-team all-MW honors, is the highest for USU since it joined the MW, topping his fourth-place finish last year. On the women’s side, junior transfer Alyssa Snyder picked up first-team all-MW honors with a sixth-place finish, completing the 6-kilometer run in 20:55.40. Joining Snyder with all-conference honors, senior Tylee Skinner and junior Kashley Carter each earned second-team all-MW accolades as they finished in 10th and 13th place with times of 21:19.67 and 21:22.02, respectively. For Carter, it is her third cross country all-conference honor, having been on the first team last year and the second team as a freshman. For Skinner, it is her first-career cross country all-conference honor. Overall, the four all-conference honors are the most for Utah State in a single season since joining the Mountain West. Colorado State claimed the men’s team title with 31 points, while Utah State placed fourth with 93 points. On the women’s side, New Mexico won its 10th-straight conference title with 22 points, ahead of USU’s 73 points to place third. It is the highest finish for the women in Mountain West competition, while the men tied their highest finish, also set last season. Also finishing well for the men’s team, sophomore James Withers just missed out on all-conference honors as he finished 16th with a time of 24:33.41. Joining Withers in the top-25, fellow sophomores J.D. Thorne and Luke Beattie took 23rd and 24th in times of 24:44.48 and 24:44.86, respectively. For the women, senior Tori Parkinson claimed 18th with a time of 21:31.89, while junior Tavia Dutson recorded a time of 21:51.05 to take 27th.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547

This Week
Sat., Nov. 4 --- WESTMINSTER, 2 p.m. (Ex.)
• Utah State women’s basketball (0-0) will play its only exhibition game of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, Nov. 4, against Westminster at 2 p.m.

Preseason Notes
• Utah State returns eight letterwinners and all five of its starters from last year’s squad that finished the season 17-15 overall with a 9-9 Mountain West record. The team finished sixth in the league, falling in the second round of the Mountain West Tournament to UNLV, but earning an invitation to the Women’s Basketball Invitational, where the team fell to Idaho. Starters returning from last season include junior guard Rachel Brewster, sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy, sophomore guard Jessie Geer, junior center Deja Mason and sophomore guard Eliza West. Other returners include sophomore guard/forward Hailey Bassett, redshirt sophomore guard Lindsey Jensen, junior guard Lizzy Klinker, redshirt sophomore guard Victoria Price and sophomore guard Olivia West. Utah State welcomes three freshmen to the roster this season in center Laura Daulton (Spring, Texas/Oak Ridge HS), forward Taylor Franson (American Fork, Utah/American Fork HS) and guard Emmie Harris (Danville, Ky./Boyle County HS).

MEN’S TENNIS
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584

Last Week
NTS --- at Arizona Invite
• Utah State men’s tennis concluded its fall season last week at the Arizona-hosted Fall Hidden Dual. Senior Jaime Barajas, along with freshmen Jose Carvajal and Valdemar Holm, went 2-1 in singles play. Sophomore Sergiu Bucur and freshman Addy Vashistha each finished the tournament with a 1-2 singles record, while senior Andrew Nakajima went 1-1 in singles play. Junior Austin Bass had an 0-2 finish in singles and freshman Felipe Acosta had an 0-3 singles record. Barajas and Carvajal finished 2-0 in doubles play, as did Vashistha and Acosta, and Nakajima and Holm went 0-2 in doubles.

SOCCER
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547

Last Week
L, 1-2 --- BOISE STATE
• Utah State’s soccer team (9-7-3, 4-5-2 MW) concluded its 2017 season last week with a 2-1 Mountain West home loss to Boise State. Freshman midfielder Ashley Cardozo scored the lone goal for the Aggies, striking in the 15th minute on an assist from junior defender Jaylen Hinckley. On the day, Utah State out-shot Boise State, 14-10, while both teams had six shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Sara Cobb played the full match, picking up four saves.

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