March 9, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Jared Quayle was named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete Of The Week for the period ending on Sunday, March 8. The USU award is voted on by a statewide media panel.
Quayle, a junior guard from Perry, Utah (Box Elder HS/Western Wyoming CC), scored a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists and two steals to lead Utah State to an 89-77 home win against San Jose State last weekend to complete its second straight undefeated home season. Quayle finished the game by scoring 10 of USU's final 14 points as the Aggies withstood a late Spartan rally. In the game, Quayle was 7-of-13 from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
This is Quayle's third USU weekly award this season, as he garnered the honor on Dec. 22 and Jan. 5, and is the seventh time this season that a men's basketball player has collected the accolade.
On Sunday, Quayle earned second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors, joining USU teammate and first-team all-WAC and WAC MVP Gary Wilkinson. Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was named WAC Coach of the Year.
Quayle ranks third in the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.09), fifth in steals (1.45), sixth in assists (3.77), seventh in free throw shooting (.768), 11th in scoring (12.9) and 14th in rebounding (5.7).
Utah State (27-4, 14-2) is the top seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament in Reno, Nev., and will play either Hawai'i (13-16, 5-11) or Fresno State (12-20, 3-13) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Mar. 12 at 3:30 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU. The Rainbow Warriors and Bulldogs will start the tournament with the play-in game Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. (MT).
Fans can also follow the WAC Tournament on the Internet through wac.tv.
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, Utah, KFAN (1320 AM) or ESPN Radio (1230 AM) in Salt Lake City and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer, while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst.
Nominees from other sports included:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Ana Pares (Provo, Utah) helped Utah State to a 1-1 record last week with a 62-51 win against San Jose State and a 67-54 loss to WAC champion Fresno State. Against the Spartans, Pares scored 10 points to go along with one steal. Against the Bulldogs, she had 13 points and four rebounds. For the week, Pares averaged 11.5 points per game.
GYMNASTICS - Sophomore Nicole Simoneau (Manchester, N.H.) won the bars title at San Jose State and was second in the event against Pittsburgh as Utah State lost a pair of matches during the week. Against SJSU, Simoneau won the bars with a 9.850, finished fourth on beam with a 9.600, and tied for sixth on vault with a season-high 9.575. Against the Panthers, she finished second on the bars (9.825), 10th on beam (9.600) and 12th on vault (9.500).
MEN'S TENNIS - Freshman Jordan Barlow (Brigham City, Utah) dropped only two sets in winning both his singles and doubles matches as Utah State shutout Idaho State, 7-0. In singles play he defeated Andres Mancero, 6-1, 6-0, at the number six spot, and teamed up with senior Mike Banks in doubles action to beat ISU's Dan Buckingham and David Kutchins, 8-1.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Sophomore Hailey Swenson (North Salt Lake City, Utah) went 2-0 in both singles and doubles play for the week as she helped Utah State post a 1-1 record with a 5-2 win against Idaho State and a 5-2 loss to Eastern Washington. In singles play, Swenson only lost one set at the number one spot as she beat ISU's Lisel Lewis, 6-0, 6-1, and EWU's Marie Demerath 3-0, before Demerath retired. In doubles action, she teamed with senior Bridgette Strickland and the duo defeated ISU's Stephanie Roldan and Sophie Dang, 8-1, and EWU's Demarath and Amanda Mankovits, 8-1.
SOFTBALL - Freshman Jasmine Harris (Las Vegas, Nev.) hit .375 during the week as she led Utah State to a 2-3 record at the Cal Poly hosted Mustang Classic. USU began the tournament with a 4-1 win against UC Riverside, lost to Sacramento State, 5-2 (10), defeated Temple, 2-1, and lost a pair of games to Cal Poly, 8-0 (6), and 2-1 (13). Her best game of the tournament was against Temple as she hit a pair of home runs, including the game-winner as she finished 3-of-3 at the plate. In USU's win against UC Riverside, Harris went 1-for-4 with one run scored and a walk. For the week, Harris was 6-for-14 at the plate with four runs scored, two RBI and two home runs. She also scored four of Utah State's nine runs during the weekend.
MEN'S GOLF - Sophomore Tyson McFarland (Rexburg, Idaho) tied for 47th individually with a 12-over par 228 (78-76-74) to help Utah State finish in 15th-place at the Braveheart Classic hosted by UC Riverside last week.
2008-09 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Sept. 1 - Jessie Chugg, Cross Country
Sept. 8 - Shantel Flanary, Soccer
Sept. 15 - Melissa Osterloh, Volleyball
Sept. 22 - Diondre Borel, Football
Sept. 29 - Christine Morrill, Volleyball
Oct. 6 - Ben Kessen, Cross Country
Oct. 13 - Lauren Hansen, Soccer
Oct. 20 - Sydne Porter, Soccer
Oct. 27 - Candice Clark, Soccer
Nov. 3 - Diondre Borel, Football & Jason Holt, Cross Country
Nov. 10 - Lauren Hansen, Soccer
Nov. 17 - Gary Wilkinson, Men's Basketball
Nov. 24 - Ana Pares, Women's Basketball
Dec. 1 - Ben Calderwood, Football
Dec. 8 - Lydia Whitehead, Women's Basketball
Dec. 15 - Gary Wilkinson, Men's Basketball
Dec. 22 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball
Dec. 29 - Tai Wesley, Men's Basketball
Jan. 5 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball
Jan. 12 - Gary Wilkinson, Men's Basketball
Jan. 19 - Sonia Grabowska, Women's Track and Field
Jan. 26 - Ana Pares, Women's Basketball
Feb. 2 - John Strang, Men's Track and Field
Feb. 9 - Danyelle Snelgro, Women's Basketball
Feb. 16 - Alex Thatcher, Men's Tennis
Feb. 23 - Danyelle Snelgro, Women's Basketball
Mar. 2 - John Strang, Men's Track and Field
Mar. 9 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball
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