UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (January 23, 2012)
Release: Monday 01/22/2012 
by UCSD
Sebastian Brady and the Men's Volleyball team host Pepperdine and USC this week.
Sebastian Brady and the Men's Volleyball team...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Thurs., Jan. 26---WWater Polo---UCSD at Colorado State---12:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM
Thurs., Jan. 26---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM

Fri., Jan. 27---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Pepperdine---7:00 PM

Sat., Jan. 28---WWater Polo---UCSD at Terrapin Invitational---All Day
Sat., Jan. 28---Fencing---UCSD hosts UC San Diego Duals---2:45 PM
Sat., Jan. 28---WBasketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 28---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. USC---7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 28---MBasketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:30 PM

Sun., Jan. 29---WWater Polo---UCSD at Terrapin Invitational---9:00 AM


M-VOLLEYBALL HOME AGAINST NO. 7 PEPPERDINE, NO. 5 USC
Looking to bounce back from a three-set road defeat against No. 2 UC Irvine last Saturday, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team will face a pair of stiff challenges in its first 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)  home contests this weekend...The Tritons, 2-4 overall and 1-2 in MPSF play, host No. 7 Pepperdine (5-1/4-0) Friday, followed by No. 5 USC (3-2/2-2) the next evening... USC is coming off two losses at No. 1 BYU, the second a five-gamer Saturday night.

In its 25-19, 25-19, 25-12 loss at UCI, Ring's club found itself mostly on the wrong side of the stat sheet...UCI owned advantages in hitting (.469-.219), blocking (8.0-3.0) and aces (7-1)...Sophomore Vaun Lennon's nine kills led the Tritons offensively...Junior transfer Greg Smith chipped in with eight and soph setter Mike Brunsting dished out 20 assists.

W-BASKETBALL NOW NO. 1; STREAK GROWS TO 18 STRAIGHT
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team made history early last week when it moved into the top spot in the national rankings for the first time...The undefeated Tritons then demonstrated their worthiness by sweeping a pair of home contests to lift their record to 18-0 while breaking the all-time UCSD record for consecutive wins...Elliott's cagers, now 12-0 just past the halfway point of the conference season, are two and a half games ahead of second place Cal State Monterey Bay in the CCAA standings...They will now hit the road to face Cal Poly Pomona (12-4/8-4) Thursday and San Francisco State (5-13/4-8) Saturday...Those two squads are tied in fourth and seventh respectively on the CCAA table.

Last Friday, UCSD, led by senior Daisy Feder's four treys, hit over 41% from three-point land, repelled pesky Sonoma State, 73-57...Feder wound up with 23 points and six rebounds and her backcourt running mates, Emily Osga (19) and Chelsea Carlisle (17), also reached double digits as the Tritons proved capable of prevailing against a more deliberate opponent...UCSD held Sonoma to just 38.6% shooting from the floor, out-rebounded the Seawolves, 42-36, and caused 19 turnovers...Carlisle distributed a career high 12 assists and fellow senior Lauren Freidenberg pulled down 10 boards.

Twenty-four hours later, Feder's 20 points was the best of four Triton double figure scorers, as UCSD exploded in the second half to derail the upset hopes of fourth place Humboldt State, 74-49...The Tritons, who never trailed, left the floor with a five-point halftime edge and were clinging to a 39-38 lead with 14:34 remaining, outscored the stunned Lumberjacks, 35-11, the rest of the way...Feder's line included nine rebounds and four assists...Freidenberg registered a double double (10 pts./12 rebounds), Carlisle added 14 points and sophomore Erin Dautremont tacked on 13...Carlisle, who earlier this season became UCSD's all-time assist leader, is now third in career steals (226) and also holds the No. 3 slot on the all-time scoring chart (1,704) where she is fast-closing on No. 2 Michelle Osier.

Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Coach Charity Elliott.
Watch Friday night's post-game interview with senior Daisy Feder.
Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with Coach Charity Elliott.

CAGERS LOOK TO KEEP FORWARD MOMENTUM ON ROAD
Sporting wins in two of its last three outings, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (7-9/3-8) will be looking to build on those results when it tackles Cal Poly Pomona (11-4/8-4) and San Francisco State (4-14/2-10) on the road later this week...The Tritons were 22-pt. winners over SFSU earlier this season and dropped a six-point decision to then No. 8 Cal Poly Pomona, both at RIMAC Arena...UCSD is 10th on the CCAA ladder, three games out of conference tournament consideration...Cal Poly Pomona is part of an amazing five-way logjam in first place while SFSU sits 11th.

Last Friday night, UCSD led from four minutes in until the final buzzer but had to withstand some shaky closing minutes in earning a 63-62 triumph over visiting Sonoma State...Up 10 with just under three minutes remaining, the Tritons appeared to have things in hand but the Seawolves rallied to within one with 24 seconds on the clock and UCSD needed some late free throws to finally put it away...Sophomore point guard James McCann poured in 18 to pace UCSD and junior forward Justin Brue continued his solid play, contributing 13 points and seven boards...Senior Ryan Wheeler came off the bench to get nine points and four caroms in a 13-minute stint...A 43-32 advantage on the glass was crucial for UCSD.

In a contest that had virtually the reverse storyline of the previous night's victory, McCann missed a runner in the lane as time ran out in a 65-64 loss to Humboldt State...Like UCSD the night before, the Lumberjacks were in command from early on and seemed to have the win in their grasp, up 10 with less than six minutes to go...But Humboldt's milk-the-clock tactics nearly backfired as the Tritons, who held HSU 13 points under its season average, pulled to within a point on Mike Meza's three-pointer 50 seconds from the finish...Carlson's defense made a big stop in the waning moments, setting up McCann's late try...Junior Tyler McGrath, who drained a couple of high pressure free throws prior to Meza's three, nailed five treys on the night en route to a team high 17 points...Brue had 14 points and eight rebounds and McCann handed out seven assists to go with his 12 markers.

Hear Coach Chris Carlson's Friday night post-game comments.
Hear sophomore James McCann's Friday night post-game comments.
Hear Coach Chris Carlson's Saturday night post-game comments.

                    

POLO OPENS WITH CHALLENGING ROAD TRIP

Second-year Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp will put his young team's feet to the fire early, taking it on a five-day, four-game cross country trek to open the 2012 season...The Triton women, who won the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) title for the first time since 2001 and went to the NCAA Championships for the first time ever in 2011, will debut Thursday at Colorado State before heading to Maryland for the Terrapin Invitational...There, they will battle Eastern foes Wagner (Sat.-8:00 AM), Maryland (Sat.-2:00 PM) and Marist (Sun.-9:00 AM).

Kreutzkamp's roster will include last year's leading goal scorer, senior Kirsten Bates (61 goals), six of the top eight scorer's from that squad and returning goalie Allie Taylor...The Tritons were pegged at No. 13 in the national pre-season poll and picked second behind Loyola Marymount in the WWPA pre-season coaches' poll.

SWIM/DIVE IMPRESSIVE IN DUAL WINS VS. CAL BAPTIST
In their final prep prior to the Feb. 8-11 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships at Splash La Mirada, the Swimming & Diving team registered comfortable victories Saturday in a dual meet at Riverside against Cal Baptist...The Triton men, buoyed by three double winners, prevailed, 194.5-103.5 while the women also had three two-event winners in their 190-110 triumph.

Seniors Matt Herman (1,000/9:39.01 & 500/4:44.48 freestyles) and Eric Owens (100/51.52 & 200/1:56.09) and sophomore See Han Lee (100/58.75 & 200/2:06.69 breaststrokes) recorded the doubles for Coach Matt Macedo...Owens was also part of the winning 200 medley relay unit (1:34.07)...Two of his relay mates---Nick Korth and Adam Rice---were also individual event winners...Korth (21.56) surprised teammate Blake Langland by .01 in the 50 freestyle and Rice rolled in the 400 individual medley (4:07.67)...Soph Alex Merrill (1:44.89) and junior Tyler Runsten (335.92 pts.) led 1-2-3 Triton sweeps in the 200 freestyle and 3-meter diving respectively.

On the women's side, twice touching first were senior Alex Henley (100 backstroke/57.17 & 500 freestyle/5:00.61), junior Emily Adamczyk (100/1:06.87 & 200/2:23.26 breaststrokes) and sophomore Anji Shakya (200 freestyle/1:55.22 & 200 backstroke/2:08.44)...Coach Corrie Falcon also got big performances from a trio of freshmen...Jessica Norgaard was first in a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,000 freestyle, Eva Chen captured the 400 individual medley (4:36.96) and Jaclyn Amog topped the field in  the 100 butterfly (57.53) and was also on two winning relay crews---200 medley (1:47.62) and 800 freestyle (7:49.71).

FENCERS SQUARE OFF WITH ASU, UCI SATURDAY
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team has its final home competition of 2011-12 Saturday afternoon when it hosts conference rivals Arizona State and UC Irvine in a three-way dual meet at UCSD's Main Gym...The following week, the Tritons head to Evanston, IL for the prestigious Northwestern Invitational.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with first-year Baseball Coach Eric Newman, senior Daisy Feder of the Women's Basketball team and fencer Munira Gesner.

The Baseball and Softball teams will both give fans a sneak preview this week before starting the regular season next week...First-year Triton Head Coach Eric Newman puts his club through its paces tonight against Point Loma and again Tuesday night vs. Vanguard...First pitch for both exhibitions is 6:00 PM at Triton Ballpark...Coach Patti Gerckens' defending NCAA Champion Softball squad tunes up Wednesday at 4:00 PM vs. Concordia at Triton Softball Stadium.

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The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, May 14, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...All proceeds from the event go to benefit the UCSD Athletic Dept....For information on entries or sponsorships, click here.


THE READERS' SPEAK
"As a UCSD student, I'm very excited for winter quarter. With the No. 1-ranked women's basketball team in the country, a men's basketball team that is always action-packed and an amazing pep band to keep the things upbeat, I can't wait for one of UCSD's greatest events - Spirit Night. It is absolutely exhilarating to come together Friday and Saturday nights to cheer on our awesome sports teams. I can't wait to have everyone be there in two weeks to celebrate UCSD's school spirit!"

Andrew Mandanich
Palm Desert, CA (Sixth College)


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