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

Oct. 31, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 31, 2011

FOOTBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Nov. 5 --- at Hawai'i, 10 p.m.
• Utah State's football team (2-5, 0-2) will return to Western Athletic Conference action on Saturday, Nov. 5 when it travels to Honolulu to face Hawai'i (5-3, 3-1) at 10 p.m. (MT). USU is 5-6 all-time against the Warriors including a 2-4 record on the road.

Last Competition
L, 17-24 --- LOUISIANA TECH
• Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw for 128 yards and added 27 yards on the ground and senior linebacker Bobby Wagner posted a career-high 20 tackles, but Utah State was out-scored 10-0 in the fourth quarter leading to a 24-17 home loss to Louisiana Tech Saturday. Utah State, who entered the game as the sixth-best rushing offense in the nation averaging 297.2 yards per game, was held to a season-low 166 rushing yards. USU also ranked 19th in the country in total offense entering Saturday's game averaging 476.0 yards per game, but was held to a season-low 294 yards as it finished with 128 passing yards. Utah State's 17 points were also a season-low after entering the week ranking 18th in the nation with an average of 39.0 points per game. Louisiana Tech had just 232 yards of total offense in the game (86-rushing, 146-passing) and lost the time of possession battle, 31:11 to 28:49, but converted a USU interception and illegal kicking penalty deep in its own end of the field for 10 points. Junior running back Robert Turbin entered Saturday's game with five-straight 100-yard outings, but finished with just 81 yards on 16 carries Turbin did score on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, giving him 12 TD's this season and 33 in his career.

SOCCER
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
WAC Tournament, Fresno, Calif.
Fri., Nov. 4 --- vs. San Jose State/Idaho, 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 6 --- Championship Match vs. TBA, 2 p.m.
• Utah State's soccer team (13-4-2, 5-1-1) is the No. 1 seed in the 2011 WAC Tournament hosted by Fresno State and will play either fourth-seeded San Jose State (6-11-1, 4-2-1) or fifth-seeded Idaho (7-10-3, 3-3-1) in one semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. (MT). The championship match of the WAC Tournament is on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
W, 3-0 --- SAN JOSE STATE
T, 0-0 (2 OT) --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State posted a 1-0-1 home record last week with a win against San Jose State (3-0) and a double-overtime tie with Fresno State (0-0) to claim it second-straight regular season Western Athletic Conference championship. Against the Spartans, five different Aggies scored a point as USU tied the school record with its 13th win of the season, matching the 2008 team. Junior defender Natalie Norris scored a goal off of a corner kick in the fourth minute to give USU a 1-0 lead. Senior forward Shantel Flanary scored USU's second goal of the match in the 49th minute and freshman forward Jade Tarver scored the Aggies last goal of the match in the 83rd minute. Utah State ended the match out-shooting San Jose State 27-5, including a season-high 14 shots on goal. USU senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill earned her third-straight WAC shutout and fourth overall in league play. Against the Bulldogs, Merrill had five saves, which is her most in a WAC match this season. The Aggies ended the match with six total saves. Merrill recorded her fourth-straight shutout despite USU getting out-shot, 19-11.

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

This Week
Thur., Nov. 3 --- at Utah Valley, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 5 --- IDAHO, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (11-13, 6-5) will begin its week with a non-conference match at Utah Valley (19-7) on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., before concluding its home season on Saturday, Nov. 5 against Western Athletic Conference foe Idaho (13-11, 7-4) at 7 p.m. Prior to its match against the Vandals, USU will honor its one senior in outside hitter Liz McArthur.

Last Week
W, 3-2 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
W, 3-0 --- LOUISIANA TECH
• Utah State went 2-0 last weekend with a pair of home wins against New Mexico State (3-2) and Louisiana Tech (3-0). Against NMSU, junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had a career-high 19 kills, while senior outside hitter Liz McArthur posted her 11th double-double of the season and 23rd of her career with 16 kills and 13 digs. Freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff posted a career-high seven kills and sophomore middle blocker Nicole Gneiting-Theurer added a career-high five kills, while junior outside hitter Josselyn White tied her career-high with three service aces. USU hit .255 (57-19-149) in the match and NMSU hit .242 (70-30-165). Against LTU, McArthur had 11 kills, seven digs and two service aces, while Sorensen finished with six kills. Freshman libero Ashlan Rogers led the team with 10 digs. USU hit .207 (32-13-92) in the match and LTU hit a negative .051 (25-30-99).

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

Next Week
Sat., Nov. 12 --- at NCAA Mountain Regional, Orem, Utah, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 12 when it travels to Orem, Utah to compete in the 2011 NCAA Mountain Regional.

Last Week
M: 1/6; W: 3/8 --- at WAC Championships, Honolulu
• Utah State senior Brian McKenna claimed his second Western Athletic Conference individual title Saturday, crossing the finish line at 24:46.5 to lead the Aggie men to their sixth WAC Championship in seven years, while USU's women finished third. McKenna was named the men's WAC Athlete of the Year for the second time in his career, while USU's veteran head coach Gregg Gensel was named the WAC Cross Country Coach of the Year for the sixth time in the last seven years. Joining McKenna in the men's top 10 was senior Daniel Howell and sophomore Kyle McKenna who finished fourth and fifth overall with times of 25:32.5 and 25:43.8 respectively, as all three earned first-team all-WAC honors. Senior Hunter Nelson earned second-team all-WAC honors after finishing in ninth-place (26:06.8). For the Utah State women, redshirt junior Ruth Hilton and junior Kaylee Campbell placed ninth (18:59.3) and 10th (19:02.6), respectively. Senior Jessie Chugg ended the day in 12th-place (19:06.6) and freshman Brittany Bushman clocked in at 19:15.3, which was good enough for 14th-place. Hilton, Campbell, Chugg and Bushman all earned second-team all-WAC honors. Other finishers for the Aggie men included senior Eric Larson in 16th-place (26:25.0), sophomore Devin Lang in 18th-place (26:36.4), freshman Austin Neuner in 24th-place (27:18.5), senior Nick Bolinder in 29th-place (27:43.9) and freshman Eric Shellhorn in 39th-place (28:35.5). Other finishers for the Utah State women included juniors Brittany Fisher and Stephanie Burt in 15th and 33rd-place with times of 19:15.8 and 20:00.9, respectively, with sophomore Cherice Chugg finishing in 45th-place (20:44.7).

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sat., Nov. 5 --- ADAMS STATE (Ex.), 4 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball (0-0) will play its final exhibition game this week as it hosts Division II Adams State on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.

Last Week
W, 74-42 --- UC SAN DIEGO (Ex.)
• Senior point guard Brockeith Pane led four Utah State players in double-figures with 12 points and senior forward Brady Jardine added 11 points and a game-best seven rebounds as Utah State's men's basketball team posted an easy 74-42 exhibition win against Division II UC San Diego Friday night. Pane was 5-of-11 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line, while Jardine made 5-of-7 shots, but was just 1-of-5 at the charity stripe. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting including hitting both of his three-point attempts, and freshman guard Adam Thoseby scored 10 points off the bench as he was 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Utah State finished the game by shooting 53.6 percent from the field (30-56), including 58.3 percent from three-point range (7-12), but made just 7-of-20 (.350) free throws. UC San Diego shot just 30.6 percent (15-49) overall, including 35.3 percent from three (6-17) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (6-10). Utah State also out-rebounded UCSD, 35-33, while posting 13 assists, eight turnovers, four blocks and 10 steals. The Tritons finished with 10 assists, 21 turnovers and two steals.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Nov. 4 --- WESTERN NEW MEXICO (Ex.), 7 p.m.
• Utah State's women's basketball (0-0) will play its only exhibition game of the preseason on Friday, Nov. 4 when it hosts Western New Mexico at 7 p.m.

Preseason Notes
• Utah State women's basketball is picked to finish second in the Western Athletic Conference by the league's coaches and third by the media, both of which are preseason bests for USU. Senior forward Ashlee Brown was also honored in the WAC's preseason polls as she became the first Aggie ever to earn WAC Preseason Player of the Year honors, while junior guard Devyn Christensen was named preseason second-team all-WAC by the coaches. Overall, Utah State returns 10 players from the 2010-11 team that set a school record for wins with its 18-15 mark and advanced to the second round of the women's postseason National Invitation Tournament as it defeated Arizona (103-95) to record its first postseason win since 1977. Overall, USU returns three starters in Brown (15.2 ppg), junior center Banna Diop (9.5 ppg) and junior guard Jenna Johnson (6.6 ppg).

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