LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior Jaime Barajas has been named the America First Credit Union USU Student Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, February 18, it was announced Tuesday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
With their sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.
Barajas (Woodland Hills, Calif.) posted a perfect 6-0 mark to help Utah State to a 3-0 record last week with a 4-1 win at BYU, a 5-1 home win against UC Irvine and a 5-0 home win against Montana State. Against BYU, Barajas and freshman Jose Carvajal won at the No. 1 doubles spot, 6-3. Barajas then posted a straight-sets win at No. 1 singles against No. 116 Sean Hill (6-1, 6-3). Against UC Irvine, Barajas and Carvajal dropped just one game in their 6-1 win at the No. 1 doubles spot. Barajas then posted another straight-set win at No. 1 singles (7-5, 6-2). And against Montana State, Barajas and Carvajal clinched the doubles point with a 7-6 (3) win at the No. 1 spot. Barajas then posted a straight-set win at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-3). With his six wins last week, Barajas now ranks second all-time in school history in combined wins with 133.
Utah State continues its season on Monday, March 5, facing Denver on the road at 11 a.m. (MT).
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Nominees from other sports for Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week included:
MEN’S BASKETBALL – Sophomore guard Sam Merrill (Bountiful, Utah) scored a career-high 33 points at New Mexico and followed up that performance with a second double-digit scoring outing last week as Utah State lost a pair of Mountain West games with a 78-63 road loss at New Mexico and a 93-87 home loss to 24th-ranked Nevada. Merrill’s 33 points in Albuquerque came by way of a career-high 11 field goals, including seven 3-point field goals, marking the sixth-most 3-point field goals in a game in USU history. Merrill finished the contest shooting 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the floor, 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (4-of-4) from the free throw line, while also tacking on a rebound, one assist and one block. Against the Wolf Pack, Merrill scored 16 points, shooting 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from the floor, 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (2-of-2) at the free throw line. Merrill also added three rebounds, three assists and one steal during the game. For the week, Merrill averaged 24.5 points per game, and shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from the floor, 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (6-of-6) at the free throw line.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Junior guard Rachel Brewster (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) led Utah State last week as the Aggies fell at home to New Mexico (74-50) and at Nevada (85-78 OT). Against the Lobos, Brewster led the Aggies with 10 points, cracking into the USU career top-10 scoring list. She also added five rebounds, one block and three steals in the game. Against the Wolf Pack, Brewster posted 15 points, along with five rebounds and two steals. On the week, Brewster averaged a team-high 12.5 points, to go with 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game, while shooting 37.5 percent (9-of-24) from the floor, 37.5 percent (3-of-8) from the 3-point line and 80.0 percent (4-of-5) from the free throw line.
GOLF – Sophomore Chase Lansford (Colleyville, Texas) recorded his best-ever tournament finish as he placed third at the Southern Utah-hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational last week after carding a 5-under 139 (64-75), tying for his best-ever 36-hole score. Lansford began the tournament by carding a career-low 8-under 64, which is the lowest round by an Aggie golfer since 2014. Utah State finished second in the nine-team field with a 2-under 574 (282-292).
GYMNASTICS – Freshman Autumn DeHarde (Sussex, Wis.) captured a pair of titles in helping Utah State to 1-1 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference record last week. In the Aggies’ 195.275-195.200 win at Southern Utah, DeHarde tied for first on beam with a 9.875, while also tying for fifth on floor (9.825) and placing 11th on vault (9.650). Against No. 15 Boise State, DeHarde captured the beam crown with a career-high 9.925, helping USU notch a season-high 49.200 on the event. She also tied for second on floor with a 9.900 and recorded a personal-best 9.750 on vault to tie for seventh.
SOFTBALL – Senior third baseman Amee Aarhus (Camas, Wash.) helped Utah State to a 1-3 record at the UNLV-hosted Marucci Desert Classic last weekend as the Aggies defeated Buffalo (15-10), but fell to Seattle (9-5), Florida International (12-4 (5)) and Hawai’i (3-1). Against Seattle, Aarhus went 1-for-4 at the plate with a triple, while scoring one run and adding one putout and one assist. Against FIU, she was 2-for-3 at the plate, with one putout and two assists. In the win against Buffalo, she was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, including one double and her first-career home run. She also scored four runs, had three RBIs and was walked once. And in the weekend finale against Hawai’i, she was 1-for-4 with another double and added three defensive assists. On the weekend, Aarhus batted .500 (7-of-14) with two doubles, one triple and one home run. She scored five runs and added three runs batted in. Defensively, she tallied two putouts and six assists.
WOMEN’S TENNIS – Freshman Sasha Pisareva (Kyiv, Ukraine) helped Utah State to a 2-1 record last week with a 7-0 loss at Utah, a 4-3 win at Grand Canyon, and a 7-0 win against Mesa CC in Phoenix, Ariz. Against GCU, Pisareva and sophomore Hannah Jones posted a 6-0 win at the third doubles position. Pisareva then posted a straight-sets win at No. 1 singles (6-4, 6-4). Against Mesa CC, Pisareva and sophomore Sophia Haleas recorded a 6-0 win at the third doubles position.
2017-18 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 31 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Sept. 4 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 11 – Kent Myers, Football
Sept. 18 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 25 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Oct. 2 – Jalen Davis, Football
Oct. 9 – DJ Nelson, Football
Oct. 16 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Oct. 23 – Jordan Love, Football
Oct. 30 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 5 – LaJuan Hunt, Football
Nov. 12 - Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 19 - Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 26 - Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 3 - Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 10 - Olivia West, Women’s Basketball
Dec. 17 - Dwayne Brown Jr., Men’s Basketball
Dec. 24 - DeAngelo Isby, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 1 - Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 8 - Koby McEwen, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 16 - Brenn Flint, Women’s Track & Field
Jan. 22 - Brenn Flint, Women’s Track & Field
Jan. 29 - Dillon Maggard, Men’s Track & Field
Feb. 5 - Koby McEwen, Men’s Basketball
Feb. 12 - Dillon Maggard, Men’s Track & Field
Feb. 19 - Jaime Barajas, Men’s Tennis
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