LOGAN — Utah State freshman Isaac Arturo Arevalo was named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, Feb. 10, it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the second time this year and second time in his career that the freshman from Mazatlan, Mexico, has been named USU's student-athlete of the week.
With its sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.
Arevalo posted a combined 4-0 record last weekend as Utah State notched a pair of home wins with a 5-2 victory against Santa Clara and a 7-0 win against Montana State. Against the Broncos, Arevalo posted a straight-sets win at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-3) and teamed with sophomore Felipe Acosta in doubles play for a 6-4 win at the No. 2 spot. Against the Bobcats, Arevalo recorded another straight-sets win at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-0) and teamed with Acosta, once again, winning their doubles match at the No. 2 spot, 6-2.
Utah State men's tennis (6-3, 0-0 MW) continues its 2019 season dual match season with a quartet of matches in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning with a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 15 with a neutral court match against Grand View at noon (MT), followed by host-Drake at 5 p.m. The Aggies will also play in two other neutral court matches against Indiana on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m., and UC Santa Barbara on Monday, Feb. 18, at 9 a.m.
Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
Men's basketball – Junior guard Sam Merrill (Bountiful, Utah) led Utah State in scoring last week as the Aggies split Mountain West road games with an 82-81 win at Fresno State and a 68-63 loss at San Diego State. Against the Bulldogs, Merrill scored a team-high 20 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw in the final minute to seal the win. He also added five rebounds, five assists and two steals against the Bulldogs. Against the Aztecs, Merrill scored a game-high 35 points, the most points against SDSU this season, and added one rebound. For the week, Merrill averaged 27.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.
Women's basketball – Junior guard/forward Hailey Bassett (Layton, Utah) led the Aggies last week as they went 0-2 in Mountain West play with a 64-53 home loss to Fresno State and 56-54 home loss to San Diego State. Against the Bulldogs, Bassett recorded her third-career double-double after logging a career-high 27 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Against the Aztecs, Bassett had 11 points, six rebounds, one block and one steal. For the week, Bassett averaged 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 steals.
Gymnastics – Sophomore Autumn DeHarde (Sussex, Wis.) captured a pair of individual titles in Utah State’s 196.075-194.975 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference home loss to No. 9 Boise State last weekend. DeHarde tied for first on beam with a 9.900, then won the floor title outright with another 9.900 to bring her career titles total to 10. It was DeHarde’s sixth beam win of her career, which is tied for 10th all-time in program history, and the fourth floor win of her career – tied for 17th all-time in USU history. DeHarde also competed on vault, tying for eighth with a 9.675.
Softball – Junior infielder Ryann Holmes (Queen Creek, Ariz.) led the Aggie offense in its 1-4 record at the Cal State Fullerton-hosted Titan Classic last weekend. USU defeated Pacific (5-1), while falling to Northwestern (12-0), Loyola Marymount (3-2), Cal State Fullerton (3-2) and Louisville (7-5). Holmes appeared as a pinch hitter in the first three games of the weekend, picking up her first Division I hit against Pacific. She also scored one run against the Tigers. She then made her first-career start against Cal State Fullerton, going 0-for-3 at the plate and scoring one run. She also added three putouts and one assist defensively. In the tournament finale against Louisville, Holmes went 2-for-3 at the plate, while tallying two RBIs and adding three defensive assists. On the weekend, Holmes batted a team-high .333 (3-of-9), scoring two runs and batting in another two.
Women's tennis – Junior Lucy Octave (Donaghadee, Ireland) posted a combined 2-1 record last weekend as Utah State split a pair of matches with a 4-3 neutral court loss to New Mexico State and a 4-2 road win at Northern Arizona, snapping the Lumberjacks 23-match home-court winning streak.
Against NAU, Octave sealed the victory with a straight-sets win (6-3, 6-3) at No. 3 singles, and teamed with freshman Annaliese County in doubles play, capturing a 7-5 win at the second position.Comment on this story
Men's indoor track and field – Junior Kyle Brost (Chandler, Ariz.) finished fifth in the triple jump last weekend with a school-record leap of 15.07 meters (49-5.50) at the New Mexico-hosted Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational. The jump is tied for the second-best mark in the conference this season.
Women's indoor track and field – Senior Cierra Simmons-Mecham (Soda Springs, Idaho) finished first in the mile last weekend with a time of 4:45.21 at the New Mexico-hosted Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational.