UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (August 29, 2011)
Release: Friday 08/28/2011 
by UCSD
Soph Cory Wolfrom and the Men's Soccer team play their home opener Saturday night.
Soph Cory Wolfrom and the Men's Soccer team...
Courtesy: UCSD
THIS WEEK'S 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 INVITATIONAL ON TAP FOR MEN'S WATER POLO
Coach Denny Harper opens his 32nd season at the helm of the Men's Water Polo team when his 12th-ranked club hosts the annual Triton Invitational, Saturday and Sunday at Canyonview Pool...Six teams will participate in this year's event and the Tritons will make their debut at 9:00 AM Saturday morning against WWPA rival Redlands...At 3:00 PM that day they will square off against Air Force...The next day the foes will be Cal Lutheran (9:00 AM) and defending conference champion Loyola Marymount (3:30 PM).

Coming of a 13-13 season that included a fourth place finish in the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships, the Tritons will be led by senior David Morton, a four-year starter in goal and second team All-WWPA pick, in goal as well as junior Brian Donohoe, the club's top returning scorer (45 goals) and a first team all-league selection...Harper will also have seniors Graham Saber and Will Brown at his disposal, along with junior John Butler...Combined, the trio accounted for 70 goals in 2010.

MEN'S SOCCER FACES ST. MARTIN'S IN SATURDAY HOME OPENER
For the first time in Coach Jon Pascale's four years at UCSD, his Men's Soccer team will open on the road, heading to Riverside Thursday afternoon to tangle with D-II Cal Baptist...The Tritons, who went 8-2-2 in their final 12 outings last season, then come home to host St. Martin's Saturday night...UCSD is undefeated (2-0-1) in season openers under Pascale.

Pascale's roster will not include a single senior but does return 17 players from the 2010 squad... Among the returnees is second team All-CCAA goalkeeper Jesse Brennan but UCSD's other two all-conference picks from a year ago, CCAA Defensive Player of the Year Jared Kukura and midfielder Shane Micheil have both graduated.

NO. 2 WOMEN'S SOCCER DEBUTS WITH TOUGH ROAD PAIR
Coming off a fantastic, 19-3-3, campaign that concluded with his side finishing second at the NCAA Division II Championships in Louisville, Coach Brian McManus and his veteran-laden Women's Soccer team open the 2011 season ranked No. 2 nationally and facing a pair of tough road contests, Thursday at Western Washington Thursday and Saturday vs. 10th-ranked Seattle Pacific Saturday...The Tritons used a second half goal by Sarah McTigue to knock off SPU, 1-0, in last year's NCAA West Regional Final.

UCSD got its final pre-season tune-up last Friday night, scrimmaging against the Sea Lions, a local semi-pro squad...McManus will be able to call on 20 returners, including senior co-captains McTigue, the club's second-leading scorer in 2010, and Annie Wethe, as well as the defensive trio of sweeper Ellen Wilson, Sara Spaventa and Hayley Johnson and All-American keeper Kristin Armstrong.

Listen to interview with senior Sarah McTigue.


              


HAWAII
FIRST DESTINATION FOR NO. 24 VOLLEYBALL SQUAD
Second-year Head Coach and his Women's Volleyball team will be tested right out of the gate in 2011, traveling to Hawaii Wednesday for the Hilton Waikiki Beach Invitational... The 24th-ranked Tritons, who wound up 19-9 and earned an NCAA Playoff berth in Luyties' first season, begin action in Honolulu Thursday morning (10:00 PM) against Hawaii Pacific...Then its Seattle Pacific Friday (8:30 PM) before closing things up Saturday with a doubleheader vs. Northwest Nazarene (4:30 PM) and Chaminade (10:30 PM)...All times are Pacific.

UC San Diego will rely heavily on its veteran core of seniors Hillary Williamson, Katie Condon, Roxanne Brunsting and Janessa Werhane and junior Julia Freidenberg...In order, Condon, Brunsting, Freidenberg and Williamson were the top four kill leaders last fall...Brunsting, who split time between setter and outside hitter positions, is a returning D-II All-American...Libero Werhane led the team in digs and the as juniors, the quintet recorded 122 of UCSD's 151 aces.

CROSS COUNTRY HOSTS 2011 OPENER FRIDAY
After 10 days of high altitude training in Mammoth Lakes, Coach Nate Garcia brings his Cross Country team back to La Jolla this week for its season opener, Friday on UCSD's cross country course against Point Loma, Cal State L.A. (women only) and Cerritos College...The men will go four miles and the women 2.5 miles.

Among the prominent returnees for the Triton men are senior Alex Corliss, junior Matt Lenehan and sophomore Kellen Levy, the 2010 CCAA Freshman of the Year...On the women's roster, sophomore Chia Chang looks like a standout and senior Aaryn Kobayiashi should provide veteran leadership.

NEWS & NOTES
UC San Diego Assistant Swimming & Diving coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo were named as new Head Women's and Men's Swimming & Diving coaches respectively last week...With the retirement of Scott McGihon after 13 years at the helm of both squads, the position was split in half although it is not expected to fundamentally change the way the program is run...Falcon, an All-American swimmer at USC, and Macedo, an All-American while at Cal, have both played key roles in the recent successes of both Triton teams at the national level... Click here to view the full announcement as well as video interviews with both Macedo and Falcon.

Eric Newman, most recently the pitching coach at University of Nebraska and prior to that head coach at Division I Dallas Baptist, has been named to replace Dan O'Brien as Head Coach of the UCSD Baseball team...Click here to see the video interview with the new head coach.

Also on the Baseball front, righthander Tim Shibuya, a three-time All-American and UCSD's all-time leader in both wins and strikeouts, was named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year last week...The Jackson, WY native was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and has been playing for the Twins A affiliate in Elizabethon, TN...Also last week, 2010 UCSD grad Vance Albitz, in his second year at shortstop for the independent Lincoln Salt Dogs, was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals and is already playing for their New York-Penn League squad in Batavia, NY...Albitz was a four-year starter, All-American and all-time hits leader for the Tritons.

The first 2011-12 edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with head coaches Ricci Luyties (women's volleyball), Jon Pascale (men's soccer) and Denny Harper (men's water polo)...It will be posted Tuesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

UCSD alumni athletes are reminded that Homecoming 2011 is slated for Saturday, Oct. 22...For more information, call (858) 534-4211 or e-mail tritons@ucsd.edu.


Send questions and comments to tritons@ucsd.edu.

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