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Talie Bonds named America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week

Sophomore Talie Bonds
Sophomore Talie Bonds
Stephanie Wright, USU Athletics

LOGAN – Utah State sophomore multi-eventer Talie Bonds has been named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, April 28, it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a statewide media panel.

It is the first time this year and first time in her career that Bonds has been named USU's student-athlete of the week. With their sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.

The native of Las Vegas, Nevada, finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.47 last weekend at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational, as that time now sits third on the all-time outdoor program list. Bonds also placed first in the heptathlon portion of the same event, running a time of 13.84, and placed 24th in the javelin with a toss of 28.66 meters (94-0.25).

Utah State will next travel to Ogden, Utah, for the Weber State-hosted Twilight Meet on Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-2.

Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:

GOLF – Sophomore Andy Hess (Idaho Falls, Idaho) carded a final-round 1-over-par 73 to finish tied for 29th place at even-par 216 (70-73-73) at the 2019 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship, held last weekend in Tucson, Arizona. In all, Hess' even-par 216 is tied for his lowest 54-hole score of the season, while his opening-round 70 was his seventh round under par this year and the 11th of his career. Utah State finished in 11th place at 18-over 882 (288-294-300).

SOFTBALL – Sophomore third baseman/designated player Kennedy Hira (Mission Viejo, California) powered the Aggie offense as Utah State dropped three Mountain West games last weekend at San José State (L 0-5, L 2-3, L 3-6). In the series opener, Hira was 0-for-1 at the plate, but was walked once and hit by a pitch. She added one putout and three assists defensively. The following day, Hira was 2-for-3 offensively, hitting two doubles. She scored one run and batted in another, while adding two putouts and one assist defensively. Hira played as the designated player in the series finale, batting 2-for-3 with a home run and a double. She scored one run and had three RBIs. On the week, Hira batted a team-high .571 (4-of-7), including three doubles and a home run. She scored two runs and had four RBIs, was walked once and hit by a pitch once. Defensively, she finished the weekend with three putouts and four assists.

MEN’S TENNIS – Junior Duro Opacic (Belgrade, Serbia) posted a combined 3-1 mark and was the only Aggie to win both of his singles matches last week as second-seeded Utah State advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Championships in Fresno, California, with a 4-0 win against seventh-seeded Boise State and a 4-2 loss to third-seeded Fresno State. Against the Broncos, Opacic recorded a straight-sets win at the No. 6 spot (6-2, 7-5) and teamed with junior Sergiu Bucur for a 6-4 win at the third doubles position. Against the Bulldogs, Opacic won his singles match at the No. 6 spot in straight sets (7-6 (2), 6-1) and teamed with Bucur for a 6-3 loss at the third doubles position.

WOMEN’S TENNIS – Sophomore Alexandra Pisareva (Kiev, Ukraine) posted a combined 2-1 record last week as 10th-seeded Utah State advanced to the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championships in San Diego with a 4-3 win against 10th-seeded Boise State and a 4-1 loss to second-seeded Air Force. Against the Broncos, Pisareva clinched the match at the No. 1 singles spot with a three-sets win (2-6, 6-2, 6-4) and teamed with freshman Sidnee Lavatai for a 7-6 (8-6) win at the second position to clinch the doubles point. Against the Falcons, Pisareva's singles match at the No. 1 spot went unfinished with a 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 score, while she again teamed with Lavatai at the second doubles position and the duo lost 6-0.

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD – Senior Carl Jones Jr. (Columbus, Ohio) ran a personal-best time of 21.57 to finish fifth in the 200-meter finals last weekend at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational. Jones also finished fourth in the 100-meter finals with a time of 10.78.