THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., Jan. 11---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Loyola-Chicago---5:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 13---Fencing---UCSD at Junior NAC---7:00 AM
Fri., Jan. 13---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 13---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 14---Fencing---UCSD at Junior North American Cup---7:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 14---Swim/Dive---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---12:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 14---MVolleyball---UCSD at Grand Canyon Tournament---3:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 14---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 14---MBaskeball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM
Sun., Jan. 15---Fencing---UCSD at Junior North American Cup---7:00 AM
Sun., Jan. 15---MVolleyball---UCSD at Grand Canyon Tournament---2:00 PM
THIRD-RANKED WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RUNS STREAK TO 14
After matching the best start in school history with a pair of road wins last weekend, the 14-0 Women's Basketball team is back at RIMAC Arena to square off against CCAA rivals Cal State East Bay (5-8/2-5) Friday and Cal State Monterey Bay (10-1/7-0) Saturday...Coach Charity Elliott's cagers, who have vaulted into the No. 3 slot nationally, are 8-0 in conference play and half a game ahead of second place Monterey Bay on the CCAA ladder...The Otters stayed undefeated with a road win at Cal Poly Pomona Saturday...Cal State East Bay sits ninth.
UCSD scored the first 10 points of the game and rode 50% marksmanship from three-point range to build up a 15-point halftime lead en route to an 83-61 win at Cal State Stanislaus last Friday night...The Tritons used a balanced attack to shoot down the Warriors, getting 11 points from Daisy Feder and 10 from fellow senior Chelsea Carlisle (6 rebounds/3 assists)...Junior Emily Osga chipped in with nine...In the post, Lauren Freidenberg hauled down nine rebounds, pushing UCSD to a whopping, 53-34, edge on the glass, and a pair of freshmen reserves made their biggest contributions to date as Natalie Luzar scored eight points which was matched by Dana Webster...The latter also snagged nine boards in a very productive nine-minute stint.
Things were considerably more difficult 24 hours later as the Tritons were taken to two overtimes before finally subduing host Chico State, 97-91...Elliott said her club "refused to lose" and this one was a barnburner...UCSD led by as many as eight in the first half but found itself trailing by three at the break...The Wildcats never trailed in the second half but a Carlisle steal and lay-up knotted the game, 70-all, at the end of regulation...Feder canned a trey to open the first OT and UCSD was up two late but this time it was Chico getting some clutch play late as McKenzie Dalthrop sent it to a second extra session by laying one in with one second remaining...Sophomore Erin Dautremont sank the first two buckets of the second OT and when Feder nailed another three to make the margin five, that was as close as the Wildcats would get...Dautremont and Osga had monster games, accounting for 23 points apiece, as all five Triton starters scored in double figures...Dautremont hit 10-of-17 from the field and pulled down eight rebounds while Osga's line included 11-of-16 shooting, six boards and three steals...Feder finished with 18 points, five assists and eight rebounds...Carlisle and Freidenberg each wound up with 14 markers with the former dishing out 10 assists as well...UCSD prevailed despite hitting just 3-of-17 three-point attempts (1-of-13 in regulation), shooting 49.4% from the floor on the night and forcing 23 turnovers.
EAST BAY, MONTEREY BAY TEST M-BASKETBALL AT RIMAC
Hoping to see its hard work rewarded with some positive results, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team will look for RIMAC Arena and a home crowd to provide the difference this weekend when it hosts Cal State East Bay (6-5/4-3) and Cal State Monterey Bay (2-9/1-6)...A pair of frustrating CCAA road losses last weekend dropped the Tritons to 5-8 overall and 1-7 in conference play, half a game behind Monterey Bay.
In Turlock Friday night, gave host Cal State Stanislaus all it could handle, but wasn't able to seal the deal, dropping a 78-72 overtime decision...It was all good early as a three-pointer by senior Mike Meza gave UCSD a 13-pt. lead at the 8:04 juncture of the first half...But a 21-5 Warrior surge left the Tritons trailing by three at intermission...The second 20 minutes were tight all the way and Carlson's cagers were 20 seconds from victory at 58-57 but a Reggie Jones free throw with four ticks remaining forced overtime, which Stanislaus controlled from the outset...The defeat negated a career high 19-pt. effort by junior guard Tyler McGrath as well as 15 and 14 point nights respectively for Meza and sophomore James McCann...All three drained three threes...In a statistical oddity, the Tritons held the Warriors to a paltry 18.2% from two-point range but the hosts connected on nearly 46% of their 24 tries from beyond the arc...UCSD had a 17-rebound deficit on the night and was hurt by the whistles as both Meza and leading scorer Christian Hatch fouled out.
Things didn't improve the next night at Chico State where the Tritons were again victimized by the three-ball as the Wildcats pulled away late to win a defensive struggle, 66-56...Junior Justin Brue posted a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but the home club was 11-of-20 from long range while holding UCSD to just 38.8% shooting...Hatch piled up 12 points and six caroms while McCann had six assists to go with seven points.
SWIM/DIVE SPLIT VS. GRAND CANYON ON SENIOR DAY
With the start of "championship season" looming in a month, Coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo will take their Swimming & Diving squads to Los Angeles Saturday to tangle with Division I Loyola Marymount...The Tritons conclude the dual meet season a week later at Cal Baptist.
Last Friday at San Diego State, the Triton men recorded five wins but came up short, 165-135, against Division I TCU...The women meanwhile suffered four dual meet losses, all against D-I competition, falling to TCU (170-127), Rice (164-123), Washington State (147-140) and San Diego State (159-123)...The men got individual victories from Matt Herman (1,000 free/9:28.96), Alex Merrill (200 free/1:42.97), Nick Korth (200 IM/1:55.20) and diver Tyler Runsten (1-meter/297.40 pts. & 3-meter/323.20)...Korth was runner-up in both breaststroke events and sprinter Blake Langland was second in the 50 and 100 freestyle...For the women, highlights were turned in by freshman Jaclyn Amog, who won the 100 butterfly in 57.04, and senior Alex Henley, second in the 200 backstroke (2:03.11).
On Senior Day the next afternoon, Henley raced to three wins in her final competitive appearance at Canyonview Pool as the UCSD women blitzed visiting Grand Canyon, 159-103...In her usual highlight reel performance, Henley captured the 200 butterfly (2:05.57), 200 backstroke (2:04.95) and 200 individual medley (2:07.46) in addition to swimming the leadoff leg for the victorious 400 medley relay (3:53.25) quartet...Sophomore Anji Shakya found the winner's circle twice, taking the 200 freestyle in 1:54.67 and coming back to clock 53.51 in the 100 freestyle...She was also second in the 500 freestyle (5:10.21)...Junior Emily Adamczyk also posted formidable numbers, touching first in both the 100 (1:06.22) and 200 breaststroke (2:19.96) and finishing a close second to Henley in the 200 IM...The Tritons also placed first in the 200 freestyle relay with the foursome of Amog, Olivia Fountain, Sierra Robbins and Amber Tan clocking 1:36.86.
As expected, the Triton men had tougher sledding and dropped a 146-116 decision to the Antelopes...The home squad got just three wins in this one, two courtesy of senior Herman...The defending NCAA D-II champ in the 1,000 and 1,650 topped the 1,000 field in a throttled down 9:56.75 and returning to cop the 500 in 4:45.96...Merrill was victorious in a hard-fought 200 freestyle race, reaching the wall in 1:41.18.
Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with Alex Henley.
Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with Blake Langland.
V-BALL GETS BIG WIN AT NO. 11 UH; HOME OPENER WEDNESDAY
Coming off a somewhat surprising split of a season-opening two-match series against No. 11 Hawaii, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team returns to La Jolla for its home opener Wednesday vs. Loyola-Chicago before heading back to the road for a weekend tournament at Grand Canyon...The Tritons will open tourney play in Phoenix Saturday against New Jersey Institute of Technology before battling host Grand Canyon Sunday afternoon.
The Tritons got a rude welcome to the "island paradise" Thursday night in the form of a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-20) loss to Hawaii in their 2012 debut...Whether it was the time change or the fact that Ring was operating with a slew of new faces and missing two starters, the offense never got unhinged as the host Warriors out-hit UCSD by a wide margin (.306-.000)...In his first game with the blue and gold, newcomer Chris Andrulis had a team high six kills and junior Carl Eberts added five kills and an ace...Freshman libero Kevin McGinnis posted eight digs.
UCSD bounced back in a big way Friday, getting 14 kills (.478) from Eberts and shocking the hometown club with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) victory--its first ever in Honolulu (the two teams have split their last eight meetings but all of UCSD's previous wins have come in La Jolla)...Eberts also rocked three aces and had five block assists as the Tritons used a 6-1 mid-game run to win the first set and then proved steadiest down the stretch in the final two...Andrulis added another six kills and junior Johl Awerkamp came off the bench to register eight...Sophomore setter Mike Brunsting dished out 36 assists as UCSD turned the tables offensively, out-hitting the Warriors, .333 to .156...They also owned the net with a 10-6 blocking advantage.
FENCERS SOLID AT WEST INVITATONAL
The UCSD Women went 4-2 and the Men posted a 3-3 record, good for third and fourth respectively at last weekend's West Invitational at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs...The women registered victories over Florida (14-13), Air Force (16-11), Cal Tech (26-1) and Swarthmore (24-3) while the men topped Florida (20-7), Swarthmore (23-4) and Cal Tech (25-2)...On the men's side, foil specialist Joseph Schenkel won 12-of-15 bouts while the epee tandmen ofLuc Ginestet and Adam Campbell finished with identical 12-6 marks...Meanwhile, the Triton women were standouts in the sabre category as Alexandra Stanley and Munira Gesner went 13-4 and 12-4 respectively.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Carl Eberts of the Men's Volleyball team as well as basketball standouts Emily Osga and James McCann and Head Fencing Coach Heidi Runyan...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
The annual Athletic Department Blood Drive, held in conjunction with the American Red Cross is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the RIMAC Green Room...For more information or to make a reservation, call (858) 534-8460.
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The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.
THE READERS' SPEAK
"Watching Alex Henley (three wins...could've probably won three more), Blake Langland (sub-21 in the 50 free) and their teammates perform on Senior Day Saturday caused me to reflect on what a great era we're seeing in Triton aquatics. Scott McGihon took the UCSD Swimming & Diving teams to a pair of top three finishes at last year's NCAA D-II Championships in San Antonio and new Coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo have the teams poised for another great effort this year. Both Water Polo teams reached their most recent NCAA Championships-Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's women for the first time ever and Coach Denny Harper's men for the 11th time but first in five years. There must be something in the water at Canyonview besides chlorine!"
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