UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (August 22, 2011)
Release: Thursday 08/21/2011 
by UCSD
Coach Nate Garcia and the Cross Country team head to Mammoth today.
Coach Nate Garcia and the Cross Country team head...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
UPCOMING EVENTS
Thu., Sept. 1---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal Baptist---4:30 PM
Thu., Sept. 1---WVolleyball---UCSD at Honolulu Invitational---7:00 PM
Thu., Sept. 1---WSoccer---UCSD at Western Washington---7:00 PM

Fri., Sept. 2---Cross Country---UCSD hosts UCSD Opener---4:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 2---WVolleyball---UCSD at Honolulu Invitational---5:30 PM

Sat., Sept. 3---MWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Sept. 3---WVolleyball---UCSD at Honolulu Invitational---1:30 & 7:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 3---MSoccer---UCSD vs. St. Martin's---6:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 3---WSoccer---UCSD at Seattle Pacific---7:00 PM

Sun., Sept. 4---MWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day

TRITON TRAINING CAMP REPORT
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Women's Soccer - Coach Brian McManus's club played visiting Point Loma to a scoreless tie in an exhibition last Friday night...The 25th-year mentor lauded his team's play on the back end but didn't see the creativity he would have liked up front...  "Defensively, we played, well," he said, "but in the last third of the field, we were short of ideas. One of the most notable things was our fitness-a lack on the part of our freshmen and maybe over the top with the returners. With our time in Costa Rica and what was put in at captain's practices prior to the start of training, the veterans looked a little sluggish. We'll try to balance that out this week."

The Tritons host a scrimmage against the local semi-pro Sea Lions squad Friday night at 7:00 PM...UCSD was ranked second in the NCAA Division II pre-season poll behind defending national champion Grand Valley State and chosen to win the CCAA in a vote of conference coaches.

Men's Soccer - Coach Jon Pascale's side will host local rival Point Loma in a 10:00 AM scrimmage this morning on south RIMAC Field...It will be the squad's second skirmish in three days as the Tritons battled defending GSAC champion Vanguard to a 1-1 draw on the Lions' home turf Saturday evening...Both tallies came in the first half with sophomore Alec Arsht netting the UCSD goal, heading in a free kick... "Six days in with a couple of key players out, I thought our guys looked alright," said Pascale the next day. "We defended pretty well and the effort was good. There were some nerves, as you might expect, in the first half but our second half group played really well and definitely had the better chances."

The Tritons, who closed last season with an 8-2-2 ledger in their final 12 outings, were pegged to finish fourth in this year's CCAA South Division race in a poll of the league's coaches.

Women's Volleyball - With one week under its belt, second-year Head Coach Ricci Luyties' outfit will get its first taste of outside competition when it takes on Point Loma Thursday at 5:00 PM in RIMAC Arena...He has been pleased with what he's seen so far... "The team has played really well and our redshirts and freshmen have come in and really challenged the returners," says Luyties. "It's not so much that they're going to be taking their starting positions but they've created a really competitive dynamic in practice."

Luyties has been particularly impressed with his team's overall ball control and the depth he has in the middle...Senior outside hitters Katie Condon and Hillary Williamson should make that area a strength but lack of depth beyond the top pair also makes it a concern... Luyties is hoping for two things in particular emerge Thursday... "I'm looking for a couple of our middle blockers to step out from the pack and establish themselves as starters," he said. "Also, we'd like to be able to run a 6-2 offense but that's going to require someone who can handle the setting when Roxy (Brunsting) is in the front row... Carly (Deer) might be that person but she's been battling injuries"...The Tritons opened at No. 24 in the Division II national poll and were picked for second in the CCAA.

Men's Water  Polo - Following four rounds of two-a-days at Canyonview Pool, Coach Denny Harper's club will move to a one-week regimen of mornings in the pool and afternoon beach workouts...The Tritons, pre-season No. 12 nationally, open their beach schedule today at Scripps Pier.

One person who has been impressed by what he's seen so far is senior goalie David Morton..."It's been hard but I think our summer trip to Croatia really helped the veterans' come in ready to go," said the Salinas native... "Actually, I was surprised how much it helped. We got the opportunity to paly a lot and probably did more in those two weeks than we'd done the entire summer prior to that."

Morton was bullish on the team's potential..."Our offense and defense are pretty well-balanced," he said..."We definitely have a lot more experience than we had a year ago and our team chemistry has come a long way...We've got an unusually high number of new guys and when we get a feel for exactly where they fit in, I think we'll be a pretty good team."

Cross Country - Coach Nate Garcia and Co. depart today for their traditional pre-season high altitude training trip to Mammoth...The Triton distance troop will spend 10 days there, returning two days prior to its season opener against Point Loma, Cerritos College and Cal State L.A. (women only)...The men will go four miles and the women two and a half in the season debut.

Garcia put his team through a pair of time trials last week...Sophomore Chia Chang prevailed in both women's races, posting times that bettered her first year marks...On the men's side, senior Alex Corliss and junior Matt Lenehan went 1-2 in both outings, switching places on the front end... "I've been real pleased so far," said Garcia. "Our new folks have adjusted to our program and it's clear that our returners put in the work over the summer that's going to allow them to match and exceed what they did last year."


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