WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 3, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Nov. 7 --- at Wyoming, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Utah State's football team (6-3, 3-1 MW) will continue Mountain West play this weekend at Wyoming (4-5, 2-3 MW) on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. USU is 36-24-4 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 12-14-3 road record.
W, 35-14 --- at Hawai'i
Freshman QB Kent Myers threw for a career-high 186 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start and freshman RB LaJuan Hunt rushed for a career-high 150 yards to lead Utah State to a 35-14 road win at Hawai'i on Nov. 1, 2014. Utah State (6-3, 3-1 MW) won its 12th-straight game in November and improved to 10-2 all-time in Mountain West play with the win against Hawai'i (2-7, 1-3 MW). Myers completed his first 12 passes and finished the night 14-of-15 passing for 186 yards with three first-half touchdowns, all of which are career-highs, while Hunt carried the ball a career-high 33 times in posting the most rushing yards by an Aggie (150) since 2012 and the most by an Aggie freshman since 1992. Myers also set the Utah State and Mountain West record for completion percentage (.933) in a game. Hunt added two receptions for 44 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown in the third quarter on a pass from senior WR Ronald Butler. Butler finished the game with a career-high six receptions for 79 yards with one touchdown, and was 1-of-1 passing for 44 yards and a touchdown, while junior WR Hunter Sharp had three receptions for 77 yards, including a pair of first quarter touchdowns. Utah State finished the game with a season-high 465 yards of total offense, passing for 230 yards and rushing for another 235, its second-most in a game this season. Hawai'i had 454 yards of total offense (356-passing, 98-rushing), the most given up by USU this year. Senior LB Zach Vigil led the Aggie defense as he finished the night with 12 tackles, including a career-high 3.0 sacks, while also forcing a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. In all, Utah State's defense finished the game with 6.0 sacks and forced three turnovers as senior SS Frankie Sutera intercepted two passes and sophomore SS Devin Centers recovered a fumble that he returned 10 yards for a touchdown.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Mountain West Championships, San Diego, Calif.
Tues., Nov. 4 --- vs. Colorado College, 8 p.m. (MT)
Thur., Nov. 6 --- vs. San Diego State, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Nov. 8 --- Championship Match, 8 p.m. (MT)
Utah State women's soccer (10-7-2, 6-4-1 MW) is the No. 5 seed in the 2014 Mountain West Tournament and will play fourth-seeded Colorado College (11-5-3, 7-3-1) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. (MT). The winner will then face host and top-seeded San Diego State (14-4-1, 9-2-0) on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. (MT). The championship match will be on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. (MT).
L, 0-1 --- at Boise State
Junior goalkeeper Jeannie Woller had three saves as Utah State out-shot Boise State, 13-10, but lost the match, 1-0.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Nov. 6 --- at Nevada, 7:30 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Nov. 8 --- at San José State, 7 p.m. (MT)
Utah State's volleyball team (10-12, 6-6 MW) will continue Mountain West play this weekend with a pair of road matches at Nevada (7-14, 4-7 MW) on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. (MT) and at San José State (4-20, 1-10 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. (MT). USU is 18-20 all-time against the Wolf Pack and 16-19-1 all-time against the Spartans.
W, 3-0 --- AIR FORCE
L, 1-3 --- NEW MEXICO
Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West home record last weekend, picking up a win against Air Force (3-0), but falling to New Mexico (3-1). Against the Falcons, sophomore OH Kaylie Kamalu had 11 kills and senior MB Kaitlyn VanHoff had 10 kills and hit .444 (10-2-18). USU finished the match hitting .272 (43-15-103) with AFA hitting .186 (37-18-102). Against the Lobos, Kamalu led all attackers with a career-best 19 kills and hit a team-best .390 (19-3-41). Senior S Paige Neves recorded 42 assists and 12 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. USU hit .200 (56-22-170) and UNM hit .275 (66-22-160) for the match.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Nov. 7 --- ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH (Ex.), 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (0-0) will play its final exhibition game of the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 7 against Arkansas-Fort Smith (0-0) at 7 p.m.
W, 77-70 --- TEXAS A&M-INTERNATIONAL (Ex.)
Utah State posted a 77-70 exhibition home win against Texas A&M-International last weekend as redshirt freshman forward David Collette scored a game-high 23 points as he was 9-of-12 shooting, including 1-of-1 from three-point range and 4-of-4 at the free throw line. Junior guard Chris Smith added 13 points, and sophomore wing Jalen Moore finished with nine points and seven boards. USU finished the game shooting 38.6 percent from the floor (22-57), 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17), and 69.2 percent from the free throw line (27-39). Texas A&M-International shot 44.1 percent (26-59), including 31.3 percent from behind the three-point line (5-16), and 72.2 percent from the free throw line (13-18).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Mon., Nov. 3 --- WESTERN NEW MEXICO (Ex.), 7 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (0-0) will play its only exhibition game of the 2014-15 season on Monday, Nov. 3 against Western New Mexico at 7 p.m.
Utah State, who is picked to finish eighth in the Mountain West this season according to a preseason coaches' poll, returns 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished the season 15-16, with an 8-10 league record in its first season in the Mountain West. The team finished eighth in the league, advancing to the second round of the Mountain West Tournament. The Aggies return four starters from last season's lineup in senior guard Elise Nelson, senior forward Franny Vaaulu, junior guard/forward Stephanie Bairstow and junior guard Makenlle Williams, while working to replace All-American Jennifer Schlott. Other returners include senior guard/forward Jasmine Porter, senior guard/forward Ingrida Strikas, junior forward Tijana Djukic, junior guard Mariah Miles and sophomore guard Lynette Johnson. The Aggies welcome six new freshmen to this year's roster, as well as a junior college transfer. Milanna Barnes (Hyrum, Utah), Tilar Clark (Idaho Falls, Idaho), Hannah Hutchins (Ledyard, Conn.), Signe Kyrkjebo (Bergen Norway), Funda Nakkasoglu (Hampton, Victoria, Australia) and Baylee Peck (Leander, Texas) will be gaining their first college basketball experience, while junior Julianne Anchling (Faverges de la Tour, France) joins the Aggies from Trinity Valley Community College.
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.
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Nov. 14 --- at NCAA Regional, Albuquerque, N.M., 10 a.m.
Utah State's men and women's cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Nov. 14 when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 2014 NCAA Mountain Regional. At last year's NCAA Mountain Regional Championship, both the Aggie men and women finished in 11th-place.
M: 5th/8; W: 7th/11 --- at Mountain West Championships, Fresno, Calif.
Utah State cross country showed great effort in a competitive finish at the Mountain West Championships in Fresno, Calif., last weekend as the men's team improved one spot from the recent coaches' poll to finish fifth with 152 points, while the women's team placed seventh, recording 180 points. The Aggie effort was sparked by men's senior Eric Shellhorn and sophomore Tori Parkinson on the women's side. Shellhorn placed 15th with a time of 24:14.80, while Parkinson finished 22nd, clocking in at 21.22.50. New Mexico captured the top spots in both the men and the women's championship races for the sixth and seventh-straight seasons, respectively. Behind Shellhorn was sophomore Colby Wilson who placed 25th, recording a time of 24:31.60, followed by senior Mike Bills who placed 33rd with a time of 24:43.00. Junior Kade Jensen finished 36th, posting a time of 24:50.80, while freshman J.D. Thorne finished off the Utah State top five, placing 50th with a time of 25:22.00. Trailing Parkinson was a herd of Aggies, starting with freshman Kelsey Yamauchi, finishing 37th with a time of 21:58.00. Just behind her was freshman Hannah Malone crossing the line in 38th, recording a time of 21:59.00, while junior Karlee Deeter placed 40th with a time of 22:03.70. Rounding out the Utah State women's top five was junior Amanda Stoudt, finishing 52nd and clocking in at 22:21.60.
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