Oct. 2, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Denae Mohlman (Shoreline, Wash.), a senior middle blocker on Utah State's volleyball team was today named the Big West Conference Player of the Week after leading the Aggies to a pair of league wins over Cal Poly and No. 9 UC Santa Barbara at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum this past weekend. Mohlman was also named Utah State's Athlete of the Week for her efforts this past week.
Mohlman had 14 kills, 10 blocks and eight digs versus the Mustangs in a five-game win where she hit .364. Against the Gauchos, Mohlman just missed the school record for blocks in a single match as she posted nine versus UCSB to go along with eight kills and seven digs. For the weekend, Mohlman hit .333 with 19 blocks and 15 digs. She averaged 2.75 kills, 1.88 digs, and 2.38 blocks per game.
It is the second time in the past three weeks, that Utah State has received player of the week honors, as senior Amy Crosbie (Visalia, Calif.) won the award on Sept. 18, when she was also named the AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. For Mohlman, it is the second time in her career that she has been awarded by the league as she won player of the week honors as a freshman in 1997.
Utah State is 12-3 on the season and in first-place in the Big West Conference with a 4-0 record. The Aggies have won its last 10 matches and 25 of its last 32 dating back to the 1999 campaign. Over the past two years, USU has the second best record in the Big West at 15-5, trailing only Pacific who is 18-2.
Other Nominees for USU Athlete of the Week:
Women's Soccer: Michaela Hawes / Senior... was solid in goal for USU over the weekend. Against Idaho on Thursday, Hawes recorded her second shutout of the season -- fourth of her career -- by recording six saves on 14 shots. Six of the Vandal shots, however, were on goal. In a loss at Eastern Washington on Saturday, Hawes recorded four saves on seven shots on goal.
Football: Emmett White / Junior... in a 35-14 Homecoming loss to in-state rival Utah this past Saturday, White led Utah State with 137 all-purpose yards. White was the leading rusher for the Aggies with 43 yards on 15 carries. He also caught seven passes for 80 yards, returned one kickoff for 12 yards, and one punt for two yards.
Women's Cross Country: Beka Leffler / Senior... was the only Aggie runner to finish in the top-20 at the 27th annual Stanford Invitational on Saturday. Leffler finished the race on the Stanford Golf Course in 17th place with a time of 18:21. As a team, Utah State finished in ninth place.
Men's Cross Country: Jason Jones / Junior... paced Utah State to a fifth-place finish at the Stanford Invite by finishing the race in 17th place. Jones came in at 25:51 and was also the only Aggie to garner a top-20 placing.
Women's Tennis: Tracy Bertagna / Junior... although she lost in the first round at the BYU Invitational in Provo over the weekend, Bertagna won a match in the consolation bracket. It was the only win in the tournament for USU.