THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Tue., Nov. 22---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
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Fri., Nov. 25---WBasketball---UCSD hosts Thanksgiving Classic---5:00 & 7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 26---WBasketball---UCSD hosts Thanksgiving Classic---5:00 & 7:00 PM
MEN'S WATER POLO WINS WWPA CROWN; NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT
Saving its best for the most important games of the season, the 11th-ranked Men's Water Polo team defeated No. 12 UC Davis, 8-7, Sunday to win the 2011 Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship in its home pool...Led by senior goalie David Morton, the Tournament MVP, Coach Denny Harper's Tritons (17-9) are now headed for the NCAA Championships, Dec. 3-4, in Berkeley... For Harper, it was the 15th WWPA title but first since 2006.
UCSD rode a four-goal performance by senior Graham Saber to a tougher-than-expected, 12-8, victory over seventh seed Claremont in Friday's quarterfinals...The Tritons rolled out to a 5-1 lead but the Stags were still hanging around at 9-7 in the fourth quarter when Saber made a big steal on the perimeter and scored on the ensuing 3-on-2 counter to give UCSD breathing room...Junior John Butler and sophomore Josh Stiling notched a pair of goals apiece.
Playing a near perfect game, the Tritons blitzed No. 14 Santa Clara, 10-2, in Saturday afternoon's semi-final...Senior goalie David Morton stopped 14 shots behind a stifling defense and six different players scored as UCSD roared to a 6-1 halftime advantage...When it was over, Saber had four goals, three in the second quarter, and Stiling chipped in with two more.
In Sunday's title tilt, the Tritons came out blazing again as a pair of goals by Saber and a singleton by Stiling, on the heels of back-to-back penalty shot blocks by Morton, put them up, 3-0, early...Butler tallied two natural goals in the second quarter and after junior Brian Donohoe and freshman David Higginson scored 48 seconds apart in the third, UCSD was sporting a 7-3 lead and looked ready to put it away...But UC Davis refused to go quietly and rattled off four unanswered goals to tie the contest at seven with 3:37 remaining in the fourth period...Once even, the Tritons wasted no time responding...Thirty seconds later, in a man-up situation, Stiling chalked up his third goal of the afternoon, tapping home a shot by Saber that was left floating on the doorstep...It proved to be the game winner...Morton stonewalled 10 shots as UCSD downed the Aggies for the third time in as many meetings this fall.
Saber and Butler joined Morton as first team all-tournament selections and Donohoe was tabbed for the second team...Earlier in the week, Butler and Morton garnered first team All-WWPA honors for the season...Donohoe and Saber were second team and Matt Michalko was on the All-Freshman list... Harper was named WWPA Coach of the Year for the 16th time.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with Coach Denny Harper.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with John Butler & Brian Donohoe.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with senior David Morton.
Watch Friday's post-game interview with senior Graham Saber.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (4-0) HOSTS HOLIDAY TOURNEY
Still undefeated four games into the young season after winning the Vulcan Classic in Hilo, Hawaii, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena to host the four-team UCSD Thanksgiving Classic, Friday and Saturday...The 13th-rankedTritons will take on Cal State San Marcos in the first round and play Fort Lewis (CO) the next night...Both games tip at 7:00 PM and will be preceded by Cal State San Bernardino playing the same two teams on opposite nights, starting at 5:00 PM.
On Friday in Hilo, Elliott picked up her 100th win as head coach of the Tritons when her crew felled Hawaii Pacific, 82-65...The Tritons had a balanced offensive output as four of the five starters-Daisy Feder (15), Chelsea Carlisle (13), Emily Osga (12) and Erin Dautremont (12)-hit double figures and the fifth, Lauren Freidenberg added nine...UCSD shot 51.9% in the first half (41.7% from three-point land) and reached the break with a 15-point edge...Osga's nine boards helped the Tritons to a plus-four in the rebounding department and Carlisle handed out six assists.
The starting quintet carried the load again Saturday, scoring 52 points in UCSD's, 68-50, triumph over host Hawaii Hilo...Freidenberg had the biggest numbers, chalking up a game high 20 points and seven rebounds...Carlisle turned in another well-rounded performance, scoring 10 while picking up six assists and five steals...Dautremont just missed a double double with 10 markers and nine boards while Osga scored eight, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists...The Tritons owned the glass, out-rebounding the Vulcans, 48-31, and were in little danger after blazing out of the gate with an 11-0 surge.
MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY AT HOME TUESDAY
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team, now 3-1 on the season after toppling Academy of Art on the road last weekend, faces Cal State San Bernardino in its home and conference opener, Tuesday night at RIMAC Arena...The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 1700 AM with Craig Elsten calling the action.
In Saturday night's clash in San Francisco, senior Christian Hatch poured in 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Tritons bounced back from a two-point halftime deficit to register an 80-66 victory over the Urban Knights...Junior Justin Brue scored 18 points, 10 on free throws, and sophomore point guard James McCann added 15 along with three assists and three steals as UCSD shot 52.3% from the field and out-rebounded Academy of Art, 34-21...The Tritons took control of the game with a 12-0 run early in the second half.
Hear Coach Chris Carlson's comments on ESPN 1700 partnership.
VOLLEYBALL OUSTED IN SECOND ROUND OF NCAA REGIONAL
The 2011 season came to a disappointing end for the 15th-ranked Women's Volleyball team with a loss in the second round of the NCAA Division II Regionals in San Bernardino Friday night...The defeat left Coach Ricci Luyties' Tritons, who entered the Regional as the No. 2 seed, with a final record of 22-6.
Things started serenely enough in San Bernardino as senior Hillary Williamson and redshirt freshman Sara McCutchan racked up 11 kills apiece in UCSD's relatively easy, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) victory over Grand Canyon of the PacWest, Thursday afternoon...Williamson also served up three of the Tritons' four aces and piled up 16 digs...Senior setter Roxanne Brunsting dished out 27 assists and made it a double double with 11 digs... UCSD was in command throughout the first two sets but had to battle back from an early, 8-3, deficit to make it a sweep.
Friday night Sonoma State, a team UCSD split with during the regular season, had the Tritons reeling from the outset, rushing to a 20-6 advantage in the first set, and then held off a late comeback effort for a 3-1 (25-12, 25-17, 16-25, 25-20) decision...The Seawolves out-hit UCSD, .237-.155, and exploited the Tritons' serve reception with seven aces...Williamson was a bright spot offensively, accounting for 16 of UCSD's 42 kills while hitting at a .361 clip...She also matched fellow senior Janessa Werhane with a team high 19 kills...Brunsting finished up with 18 kills and 14 assists
Earlier in the week, Williamson and Brunsting were named first team All-CCAA and another senior, Katie Condon gained second team accolades...Brunsting, who has been one of the most versatile performers in UCSD annals, secured first team all-conference honors for the third straight season...Williamson was also named second team Daktronics All-Region.
SWIMMERS GO BIG AT ARENA INVITATIONAL
Four school records fell as the men finished second and the women 10th at last week's Arena Invitational Swim meet in Long Beach...The men racked up 814.5 pts., placing behind only Stanford and UC Santa Barbara in the nine-team field while the women recorded 337 points, well behind first place Cal but ahead of several Division I opponents including USD, Hawaii, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.
Sophomore Nick Korth led the record assault, taking down his own school mark in the 100 breaststroke during morning prelims and then busting it again in the finals, claiming first place with a time of 53.70...Korth was also second in the 200 breaststroke (1:57.58) and teamed with Eric Owens, Adam Yen and Blake Langland for third place and another UCSD standard in the 400 medley relay (3:16.30)...He also finaled in the 200 individual medley, finishing eighth (1:49.15).
Senior Matt Herman, defending NCAA D-II champion in both the 500 and 1,650 freestyle, finished third in the latter, clocking 15:26.69...Freshman Dane Stassi was third in the 200 butterfly (1:46.64) and sixth in the 100 butterfly (48.76), posting the second best times in UCSD history in each...Other finalists included Owens (4th/100 backstroke/49.42), Alex Merrill (5th/200 freestyle/1:39.73), Michael Lorch (7th/200 freestyle/1:40.88), Jacob Lammott (5th/100/56.10 & 7th/200/2:02.17 breaststroke) and Langland (8th/50 freestyle/20.67)...In all, the men now have eight automatic NCAA D-II qualifiers (including two divers) and six others who have posted times that would have gotten invites last year.
In the ultra-tough women's competition, senior All-American Alex Henley was the Tritons' standout, winning the 200 backstroke in a school record 1:57.11...She was also 10th in both the 200 (2:01.89) and 400 (4:18.67) individual medleys and set a second UCSD mark with a 1:48.73 200 freestyle leading off the 800 free relay...Junior Emily Adamczyk was top 11 in both breaststroke races, touching seventh in the 200 (2:14.42) 11th in the 100 (1:03.74)...The women now have 11 automatic qualifiers and one other with a mark that would have been invited in 2011.
SOCCER TEAMS EARN RECOGNITION
Both Triton Soccer teams continued to accrue post-season honors...UCSD placed three players---senior goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong, junior defender Hayley Johnson and senior co-captain Annie Wethe---on the Daktronics All-West Region first team...Leading scorer Sarah McTigue, fellow senior Shelby Wong and junior sweeper Ellen Wilson garnered second team honors.
Meanwhile, sophomores Cory Wolfrom and Alec Arsht of the Men's Soccer team were named second team Daktronics All-West Region and Arsht was also chosen to the Capital One Academic All-District (8) team.
FENCERS DOMINATE MEGA DUALS
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team ripped through Saturday's Mega Duals at UC Santa Barbara without a blemish in both the men's and women's divisions, both sides knocking off USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Arizona State and Claremont in the process...Senior foil specialist Michael Fong was unbeaten in a dozen matches while sophomore sidekick Bryson Abilay suffered a single loss in 16 sabre bouts...For the women, seniors Casey Gillcrist and Diane Yi posted identical, 12-1, ledgers in epee.
NEWS & NOTES
UCSD's weekly online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten, will not be heard this week but will resume next Wednesday.
The annual UCSD Athletics Blood Drive, organized in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the RIMAC Green Room...UC San Diego is the Red Cross's No. 1 blood donating campus in California and the Athletic Dept. Blood Drive is the No. 1 single day drive at the University...For more information or to reserve a time to donate blood, call (858) 534-8460.
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