UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 17, 2011)
Release: Thursday 10/15/2011 
by UCSD
The 18th-ranked Women's Volleyball team plays at home, Friday and Saturday nights.
The 18th-ranked Women's Volleyball team plays...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Oct. 17---Golf---UCSD at Lindsay Olive Classic---All Day

Tues., Oct. 18---Golf---UCSD at Lindsay Olive Classic---All Day

Fri., Oct. 21---MWater Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---3:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 21---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 21---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 21---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State LA---7:00 PM

Sat.., Oct. 22---Cross Country---UCSD at CCAA Championships---8:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 22---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Occidental---11:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 22---Homecoming---Alumni Athlete BBQ---Noon
Sat., Oct. 22---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 23---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---12:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 23---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---2:30 PM


NO. 6 W-SOCCER HOME VS. HUMBOLDT STATE, SONOMA STATE
Looking to strengthen its conference and regional positioning after seeing its undefeated streak snapped last week, Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team (9-1-4) entertains a pair of invaders from the CCAA's North Division when Humboldt State (2-9-2/1-9-2) and Sonoma State (8-5-1/8-3-1) come to La Jolla this weekend...The Tritons, who fell to No. 6 in the national poll, are 8-1-3 in conference play and still hold a four-pt. lead over second place Cal State L.A. in the CCAA South standings...Sonoma State tops the North Division while Humboldt is settled in fifth place.

Twentieth-ranked Cal State L.A. handed UCSD its first loss of the season last Friday night, as the Golden Eagles took advantage of the Tritons' inability to clear a ball in box for a 1-0 overtime victory...UCSD out-shot the visitors (14-8), had an 8-3 edge in the corner kick department and numerous missed opportunities to score, including a Danielle Dixon blast off the crossbar with three minutes to go in regulation.

Sunday, the Tritons broke their recent scoring drought in the nick-of-time as senior Courtney Capobianco, with an assist from Cassie Callahan, scored in the 89th minute to lift UCSD to a 1-0 triumph over Cal State Dominguez Hills...In a physical, aggressive, loosely-called game, where the upper hand went back and forth, the Tritons were finally able to break through as Capobianco, working in tight quarters just inside the top of the box, was able to create space and place a shot past the Toros' Tiffany Hollis for the game-winner... Dominguez Hills took 10 shots to UCSD's eight, each side had two corners and senior Kristin Armstrong turned away three shots for her 10th shutout of the season and 31st of her UCSD career.

Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with senior Sara Spaventa.

MEN'S SOCCER LOOKS FOR HOME TURNAROUND THIS WEEKEND
Hoping to end the season on a high note and straighten out a four-game losing streak, the Men's Soccer team hosts Humboldt State (3-10/3-9) and Sonoma State (9-4-1/8-3-1) this Friday night and Sunday afternoon respectively in the middle section of a six-game home stretch...UCSD sports a 6-8 overall record and has a 5-7 CCAA ledger coming into Friday's clash...The Tritons are fourth in the CCAA South Division...Sonoma State occupies the top rung of the CCAA North ladder with Humboldt State in fifth.

Coach Jon Pascale's side turned in an uncharacteristically poor defensive performance last Friday that resulted in a 4-2 home loss to Cal State L.A...UCSD, which had scored more than one goal in just three of its previous 12 games, got two in this one but, unfortunately, was down by three before sophomore Andisheh Bagheri netted his first of the season on a feed from Franco Cruz late in the first half...Bagheri got the assist on the Tritons' second marker, putting a through ball to sophomore Tsuk Haroush who one-timed it from close range for his first of the year...UCSD was out-shot by three (16-13) but had eight corners to just three for the Golden Eagles.

Early defensive woes cost the Tritons again Sunday as Cal State Dominguez Hills scored twice in the first 20 minutes on the way to a 3-2 victory...Down, 3-0, with less than 10 minutes remaining, UCSD nearly sent it to overtime...First, sophomore Cory Wolfrom converted a penalty kick at 80:47 and less than a minute later, Alec Arsht volleyed in an Alex Portela corner from just in front of the goal...The Tritons, who out-shot the Toros, 19-15, had at least one quality chance at tying it up in the waning moments but came up short.

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

W-VOLLEYBALL LOOKS TO STRETCH THREE-MATCH STREAK AT HOME
On the heels of four consecutive road matches, the last three wins, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team will be back at RIMAC Arena for six of its final nine, starting this Friday and Saturday against Cal State L.A. (9-9/6-7) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-16/0-13)...The Tritons, who started out the season with nine wins in a row, are now 13-4, ranked 18th nationally and tied for third place in the 12-team CCAA standings...Cal State L.A. and Dominguez Hills are fifth and 12th respectively in the loop race.

It was a white knuckler Friday night in the Bay Area but the Tritons emerged with their second straight five-set win, a 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 21-19) decision over San Francisco State...Senior Hillary Williamson put down a career high 24 kills and setter Roxanne Brunsting dished out 37 assists, also a career best, to lead UCSD... Senior Janessa Werhane posted a team high 27 digs (Williamson, Brunsting and Katie Condon also reached double figures) and was a key part of UCSD's .990 serve reception efficiency...The Tritons trailed, 19-18, in the fifth set before Williamson and Condon sandwiched kills around a Gator hitting error to sew up the win.

Despite a difficult 24-hr. NorCal-to-SoCal turnaround, UCSD dominated the stat sheet and muscled past host Cal Poly Pomona, 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 16-25, 25-20) Saturday night... There were plenty of gaudy numbers to go around, but no line better than that of Brunsting who had nine kills to go with 30 assists, 13 digs, two blocks and two aces...Registering double doubles in the kill and dig columns were Williamson (13-16) and Condon (11-17) while middle blocker Julia Freidenberg ripped 10 kills while hitting at a .375 clip...As a team, UCSD out-hit the Broncos (.211-.160), won the blocking battle (10-6) and served up five aces while not getting tagged for any reception errors.

Watch the promo video for Friday night's VB match and Jet Blue Challenge.


                     

CCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR SATURDAY

Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country team moves into its "championship season" this weekend when it travels to Santa Rosa for the 2011 CCAA Championships, hosted Saturday by Sonoma State at Spring Lake Regional Park...The women, who are ranked fourth in the West Region (second among CCAA teams), will run 6K and the men, also fourth in the region (third CCAA), will go 8K on the hilly, lake-circumventing course...The women will be led by the 1-2 punch of sophomore Chia Chang, UCSD's top finisher in every race so far this season, and fast-improving freshman Michelle LeRoux...On the men's side, junior Matt Lenehan seems to be establishing himself at the top of a deep pack.

MEN'S WATER POLO LOOKS TO IGNITE STRONG STRETCH RUN
Trying to break a three-match losing streak (all against MPSF opponents), Coach Denny Harper's ninth-ranked Men's Water Polo squad will travel to Los Angeles where it will tangle with conference rival Loyola Marymount for the fourth time this season (the Tritons are 1-2 vs. the Lions) before coming home to skirmish with another WWPA opponent, Occidental, Saturday morning...UCSD boasts an 11-5 overall mark.

Last Wednesday, Harper's club suffered a disappointing, 9-8, overtime loss to No. 14 Long Beach State, the final result negating a comeback from a 5-2 first quarter deficit...UCSD drew even in the second quarter and took its first lead at 8-7 on a man-up goal by Josh Stiling with 3:37 remaining in regulation...That advantage stood until the 49ers tied it with seven ticks left...They won it in the first OT session...Senior Graham Saber and junior Brian Donohoe scored two goals each for the Tritons.

Down, 7-4, midway through the third quarter Friday night at Canyonview, UCSD stormed back but fell just short, in a 10-8 defeat at the hands of No. 5 UC Santa Barbara...In a 60-second span late in the third, the Tritons got a man-up goal from Stiling, a score from junior John Butler that caromed off Gaucho goalie Jay Lovero and the crossbar before finding the goal and a blocked penalty shot by senior David Morton to enter the last eight minutes down just 7-6...After UCSB pushed the margin back to two at 8-6, Stiling, whose three-goal game represented something of a breakout, one-timed a cross pool pass from Will Brown to make it 8-7 with 3:30 remaining...The score went to 9-7 on a Gaucho counter attack goal but Saber culminated a long passing sequence with his second goal to close the gap to one again...UCSB got a throwaway goal in the final seconds when Morton left the cage to help chase the ball as the visitors ran out the clock...Morton, last week's WWPA Player of the Week, finished with 13 saves.

Listen to Coach Denny Harper's Friday night post-game interview.
Listen to junior John Butler's Friday night post-game interview.

SWIMMERS, DIVERS DEBUT IN BLUE-GOLD MEET
The Matt Macedo/Corrie Falcon era of Triton Swimming & Diving officially got off the blocks Saturday with the annual Blue-Gold meet at Canyonview Pool...The intrasquad competition produced some solid times in the non-traditionally-distanced events as the Gold squad upended the Blue in a clash of rosters drafted by the team captains.

Returning NCAA champions Nick Korth and Alex Henley captured three events apiece...Korth, a sophomore who was victorious in the 200 breaststroke at last year's national meet, won the 50 breaststroke (26.19), 150 breaststroke (1:30.84) and 50 butterfly (23.21) while Henley, the 2011 NCAA gold medal winner in the 200 butterfly, grabbed the 200 freestyle (1:54.51), 150 backstroke (1:32.08) and 400 freestyle (4:03.33)...Alex Merrill, Blake Langland, Martin Vanek, Emily Adamczyk and divers Tyler Runsten and Jamie Pearce were all double winners...Next up for the Tritons is a dual meet vs. Claremont in two weeks.

See Saturday's post-meet interview with Head Coach Matt Macedo.
See Saturday's post-meet interview with sophomore Gabby Rossbach.
See Saturday's post-meet interview with senior Michael Lorch.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Men's Basketball Coach Chris Carlson, senior defender Sara Spaventa of the sixth-ranked Women's Soccer team, leading goal scorer Graham Saber of the Men's Water Polo team and 2011 NCAA 200 breaststroke champion Nick Korth...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

Although they played three highly-competitive matches, the doubles duo of junior Austin West and sophomore Devon Sousa of the Men's Tennis team went winless at last week's ITA Small College Championships in Mobile, AL.

Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team continues its fall campaign today and Tuesday at the Lindsay Olive Wildcat Classic, hosted by Chico State...The 54-hole, 15-team tourney at Sevillano Links in Corning, will feature five squads ranked in the top 20 nationally...

The UCSD Women's Basketball team was picked as the nation's No. 9 team in the Division II Bulletin pre-season poll...Coach Charity Elliott's outfit was the only CCAA team picked in the top 25.

Wednesday night, UCSD Women's Volleyball players Roxanne Brunsting and Amber Hawthorne will be at Muir College's Pines Dining Hall and teammates Julia Freidenberg and Lauren Demos will be at ERC' Café Ventanas as part of the ongoing Taste of the Tritons promotion...Brunsting and Hawthorne will be serving sloppy joes while Friedenberg and Demos are dishing out pulled pork sandwiches.


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