UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (September 5, 2011)
Release: Thursday 09/04/2011 
by UCSD
Senior Hillary Williamson leads the undefeated Volleyball team into its home opener Friday.
Senior Hillary Williamson leads the undefeated...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Fri., Sep. 9---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal State LA---4:30 PM
Fri., Sep. 9---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal State LA---7:0 PM
Fri., Sep. 9---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM

Sat., Sep. 10---Cross Country---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---8:00 AM
Sat., Sep. 10---MWater Polo---UCSD at Pomona Pitzer---12:00 PM
Sat., Sep. 10---MWater Polo---UCSD at Claremont---6:00 PM

Sun., Sep. 11---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---11:30 AM
Sun., Sep. 11---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---1:00 PM
Sun., Sep. 11---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---2:00 PM


NO. 25 VOLLEYBALL LIGHTS UP ISLANDS ON OPENING WEEKEND
Likely to move up in the rankings after winning all four of its matches at the season-opening Hilton Waikiki Beach Invitational, the No. 25 Women's Volleyball team (4-0) now returns to RIMAC Arena for its CCAA and home opener this weekend...Coach Ricci Luyties' Tritons will tangle with Cal Poly Pomona (3-1) Friday and then take on San Francisco State (3-1) in a rare Sunday afternoon tilt...UCSD, which finished tied for second in the CCAA race last fall was picked to again finish in the runner-up slot in a pre-season vote of loop coaches.

With senior Hillary Williamson (15 kills) and freshman Lauren Demos (13) leading the way offensively, UCSD tripped up Hawaii Pacific, 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-10, 25-19) in the Hawaiian opener last Thursday...Another senior-freshman combo--Roxanne Brunsting and Amber Hawthorne--shared the setting duties, combining for 44 assists, and all four seniors--Brunsting, Williamson, Katie Condon and Janessa Werhane--as well as Hawthorne reached double figures in the digs department...Werhane delivered three of UCSD's seven aces.

One night later, the Tritons announced that they were ready to move up the national rankings with a convincing, 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-21) defeat of 13th-ranked Seattle Pacific...Williamson, hitting at a solid .317 clip, knocked down 18 kills while Brunsting handed out 34 assists, served up three aces and dug 15 balls...UCSD outhit the Falcons, .246-.149.

Luyties' spikers kept things perfect Saturday, bouncing back from a first set loss to hand Northwest Nazarene its first defeat, 3-1 (25-27, 25-11, 25-19, 25-22), and then sweeping co-host Chaminade, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 26-24)...Williamson again had the hot hand vs.NW Nazarene, blasting 20 kills as the Tritons hit a sterling .305...She got ample help from Condon (16 kills) and Demos (12) as well as Werhane, who had a match high 18 digs...Williamson was the kill leader once more with 10 against Chaminade and UCSD outblocked the Silverswords, 11-7, junior Julia Freidenberg getting a solo and five assists.

Read the website Q&A with senior Roxanne Brunsting.

MEN'S POLO LOOKS STRONG IN WEEKEND TOURNEY
Featuring an intriguing mix of veterans and talented newcomers, Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team nearly rolled through its annual, season-opening Triton Invitational undefeated last weekend...A hard-fought, 7-6, loss to eighth-ranked Loyola Marymount in Sunday's finale left the No. 12 Tritons 3-1 on the young season with a Saturday road doubleheader against Pomona Pitzer and Claremont now on tap.

Redshirt freshman Danny Lorch scored the first two goals of the season and freshman Matt Michalko netted a hat trick in his first UCSD appearance as the Tritons breezed past Redlands, 14-4, in game one of the Triton Invitational... Junior Brian Donohoe, who scored a pair in the opener, added a game two hat trick as UCSD scored four unanswered second period goals to take control on the way to a 9-4 defeat of No. 18 Air Force Saturday afternoon...Senior goalie David Morton racked up 20 saves in the two contests.

Sunday morning, the Tritons made it three straight with a 15-6 pasting of Cal Lutheran...Senior Graham Saber collected a trio of first quarter scores and senior Lance Curtiss tallied three times in the second half while Morton picked up 10 more stops in the cage...Against LMU, the Tritons fell behind, 2-0, but rallied to take a 3-2 second quarter lead on goals by Donohoe, sophomore Josh Stiling and Saber...The Lions then scored three of their own to regain a two-goal advantage...Sophomore Lukas Syka rifled home UCSD's first goal of the second half to split the margin and it was nip-and-tuck from there...LMU pushed its lead to 6-4 but Donohoe scored quickly off a long pass from Morton...The Lions went back up by two, 7-5, but again UCSD immediately countered with a backhand by Michalko on a nifty feed from Saber...Harper's club had one more chance but was unable to get the equalizer.

Listen to Coach Denny Harper's comments following Sunday's game with LMU.

WOMEN'S SOCCER TOPS NO. 10 SPU; OPENS CCAA ON ROAD THIS WEEK
Following a successful foray into the state of Washington to open 2011, Coach Brian McManus's second-ranked Women's Soccer team (2-0-1) returns to Southern California but stays on the road, kicking off CCAA activities this weekend at Cal State L.A. (2-0) Friday night and Cal State San Bernardino (1-0) Sunday afternoon...UCSD does not play its 2011 home opener until Sept. 25.

The Tritons' season debut featured positive numbers but a disappointing result as they finished with a scoreless draw at Western Washington last Thursday...UCSD dominated the statistics, out-shooting the always tough Vikings, 21-8, earning 11 corners while surrendering just four and finding the woodwork on several scoring opportunities...Senior Kristin Armstrong was called upon to make just one save in recording her 22nd career shutout while her WWU counterpart, Jamie Arthurs, needed to handle eight shots on goal.

Two nights later, the Tritons got second half goals from seniors Annie Wethe and Sarah McTigue and put away No. 10 Seattle Pacific, 2-0...UC San Diego owned a slight edge in the shots column (13-12) but had a 9-2 edge in corners, one of which resulted in the game's first score as junior Hayley Johnson connected with Wethe who deposited a short range header near the far post...Just over three minutes later, junior Gabi Hernandez fed McTigue who found the lower left corner from 10 yards out...Armstrong had four saves for her second shutout...It was UCSD's first-ever win on SPU's turf field and just the second loss for the Falcons in their last 54 home matches.

                    

MEN'S SOCCER KICKS OFF CCAA AT CSULA AND SAN BERNARDINO
After splitting its season-opening, non-conference schedule last week, the Men's Soccer team (1-1) kicks off CCAA play at Cal State L.A. (2-0) Friday before traveling to Cal State San Bernardino (0-0) Sunday afternoon.

Scoring twice on set pieces, the Tritons turned away host Cal Baptist, 2-1, in their 2011 debut, staying undefeated in openers during the Pascale era...All the scoring came in the first half as sophomore Gavin Lamming poked home his second career goal off a corner...After the Lancers had knotted things on a penalty kick, junior Adam Zernik connected on a direct kick at 43:51... Sophomore Josh Cohen made a pair of saves in goal for the Tritons, who were out-shot, 15-12.

Saturday night's home opener against St. Martin's left UCSD with a bitter taste in its mouth as the Tritons built up clear margins in shots (16-9 and corners (8-4) and spent a significant portion of the evening on the Saints' end but could not close the deal offensively...That left the door open for the visitors to win the contest, 1-0, on a late goal...Cohen made four saves but was beaten by a rebound shot at 82:24.

Listen to Head Coach Jon Pascale's Saturday night post-game interview.

CROSS COUNTRY TRIUMPHANT IN 2011 DEBUT
It will be on to Saturday's Asics/UC Irvine Invitational for Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country squad after posting handy wins in both the men's and women's divisions in its season opener last Friday...A heavily-slanted Division I field will go 8K (men) and 6K (women) over UCI's on-campus course this weekend.

Last Friday, at UCSD, sophomore Chia Chang, turning in a confident performance, covered the challenging 2.5 mile layout in 15:12.9 to out-distance her nearest rival by 13 seconds and take individual honors while leading the Triton women to a clear-cut decision over second place Point Loma (22-55) with Cal State L.A. taking third...UCSD's freshmen twins--Michelle (15:30.0) and Melissa (16:04.7) LeRoux--claimed third and sixth respectively, sandwiched around senior Aaryn Kobayashi, who was fifth in 15.47.0...Junior Jackie Sikkema (16:05.3) was the final scorer for the Tritons in seventh followed immediately by Alia Bales and Dani Brabender who combined to give UCSD four freshmen in the top 10.

On the men's side it was a team effort that lifted the Tritons to a 15-pt. triumph over second place Cerritos College (30-45) with Point Loma getting third...Junior Matt Lenehan passed sophomore Kellen Levy in the final 200 meters to earn UCSD's top spot and finish fourth overall, clocking 22:01.3 for the four-mile jaunt...After being the team leader for most of the way, Levy wound up fifth overall in 22:04.2...Rounding out the scorer's for the home crew were sophomores Mario Flores (6th/22:10.0) and Ryan Lok (7th/22:14.9) along with freshman Daniel Hauptman (8th/22:15.3).

Hear Coach Nate Garcia's Friday post-race interview.
Listen to sophomore Chia Chang's post-race comments.
Listen to junior Matt Lenehan's post-race comments.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to have interviews with Men's Water Polo Coach Denny Harper, Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus and senior Hillary Williamson of the Women's Volleyball team...It will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

New Baseball Coach Eric Newman has wasted little time getting organzied... Three new assistant coaches are already on board...Joining the Triton staff will be Rob Avila, formerly the head coach at Division II Palm Beach Atlantic (FL), Sergio Brown, most recenty the head recruiter at D-I power Cal State Fullerton and prior to that at UC Irvine, and former major leaguer Morgan Ensberg, an all-star for the Houston Astros who will be a volunteer coach at UCSD...Newman has indicated he may try to add one more coach at a later date.

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