THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Wed., Feb. 1---WTennis---UCSD at Cal State Fullerton---2:00 PM
Wed., Feb. 1---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Princeton---5:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 3---Softball---UCSD vs. NW Nazarene (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 3---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 3---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 3---MVolleyball---UCSD at Hope International---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 3---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---7:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 4---Fencing---UCSD at Northwestern Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 4---MTennis---UCSD vs. Hope International---10:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 4---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 4---WTennis---UCSD at Azusa Pacific---Noon
Sat., Feb. 4---Softball---UCSD vs. NW Nazarene (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 4---MTennis---UCSD vs. Redlands---3:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 4---WBasketball---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 4---MBasketball---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon---11:00 AM
TWENTY STRAIGHT FOR TOP-RANKED WOMEN'S CAGERS
Perfect after 20 games, Coach Charity Elliott's top-ranked Women's Basketball team returns home this week for a Spirit Night engagement with fast-rising Cal State L.A. (13-5/11-3) Friday and a Saturday night tussle with Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-18/2-12)...UCSD, which has opened a three-game lead over second place Cal State L.A. in the CCAA race, already owns road wins over both of this week's opponents...CSUDH is in the CCAA cellar.
UCSD notched its 19th consecutive win Thursday at Cal Poly Pomona, turning away the 22nd-ranked Broncos, 69-53, behind double doubles from junior Emily Osga (14 pts./11 rebounds) and sophomore Erin Dautremont (11/10)...Senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle hit three threes on the way to a game high 18 points, complemented by six boards and five assists, while backcourt pal Daisy Feder chipped in with 10 points...The Tritons were plus-6 on the glass and out-shot their hosts by a significant margin (.424-.344)...Carlisle's first trey, at 11:32 of the first half, put UCSD up top to stay and Cal Poly never got closer than four in the second half.
Osga stayed hot, with 18 points (7-of-10 shooting) and five caroms, as UCSD turned away San Francisco State, 68-55, on the road Saturday night...Carlisle (16 pts./five assists) and Feder (13 pts./four assists) made it a trio of guards in double digits as the Tritons won by 10 or more for the 19th time...Elliott's cagers were out-rebounded by 10 but held the Gators to 34% from the floor and racked up 17 turnovers.
M-BASKETBALL HOSTS CAL STATE L.A. FOR SPIRIT NIGHT FRIDAY
Struggling with several key players out of uniform, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena holding hopes that the home crowd will help stop a three-game slide...The Tritons (7-12/3-11) square off against Cal State L.A. (13-5/9-5/T3rd)) Friday for the annual Spirit Night game and come back against first place Cal State Dominguez Hills (11-5/10-4/T1st) on Saturday...Both tilts will be broadcast live on ESPN 1700 AM with Craig Elsten calling the action...UCSD is tied for 10th in the CCAA standings.
With starters Christian Hatch and Ryan Peters again sidelined, the short-handed Tritons suffered through a 28% shooting night but were still within four and had the ball with less than a minute remaining before succumbing, 58-50, at Cal Poly Pomona...The Broncos were in control from virtually start to finish but the Tritons stayed close thanks to 17 points (9-9 at the line) from junior Tyler McGrath and another 15 from sophomore James McCann...McGrath grabbed a team-leading six rebounds, McCann handed out four assists and UCSD created 18 turnovers on the night.
Another poor shooting night did in the undermanned Tritons Saturday in a 56-45 loss at San Francisco State...UCSD shot a season low 25% from the field, connecting on just 2-of-20 three-pointers...The second best free throw shooting outfit in the CCAA, the Tritons didn't help themselves at the charity stripe either, connecting at just a 65% clip...UCSD held SFSU to only 37.2% marksmanship from the floor and got 14 points and three assists from McCann as well as an 11 point, six rebound effort from junior forward Justin Brue...Twelve of the 25 points from that pair came at the free throw line.
NCAA CHAMPS OPEN 2012 SEASON AT HOME FRIDAY
Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team, defending NCAA Division II Champions, makes its 2012 debut this weekend in a four-game home series against regional foe Northwest Nazarene...The two clubs will play doubleheaders Friday and Saturday...Gerckens, the winningest coach in UCSD history, enters her 20th season with 485 career victories...Her 2012 lineup will feature returning senior stars Camille Gaito, a right handed pitcher who capped a 35-4 2011 season by being named the Outstanding Player at the NCAA Championships, and outfielder Kris Lesovsky, UCSD's career batting average leader (.388) and first team All-West Region choice as a junior... In their final pre-season prep, the Tritons split an exhibition doubleheader vs. Concordia last Wednesday as Lesovsky belted a three-run round tripper in UCSD's game two win.
NEWMAN ERA STARTS FOR BASEBALL VS. WESTERN OREGON
Always tough Western Oregon will furnish the opposition when the Baseball team takes the field for the first time under first-year Head Coach Eric Newman this weekend...The Wolves and 30th-ranked Tritons will square off in single contests Friday and Sunday, sandwiched around a Saturday twinbill...Newman will field a largely re-tooled starting roster given the Tritons' heavy graduation losses the last two years...The backbone of the everyday lineup figures to be provided by returning vets Danny Susdorf (OF), Garrett Tuck (SS) and Nick LaFace (DH/C)...Starters Jeff Rauh and Greg Selarz and relief ace Elias Tuma are familiar faces on the pitching staff.
The Tritons will host Point Loma in their final pre-season test tonight at 6:00 PM.
SPIKERS LOOK FOR BOUNCE BACK AGAINST PRINCETON WEDNESDAY
After suffering a pair of bruising Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) home losses last week, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball squad will get a taste of non-conference action this week, hosting Princeton Wednesday and then traveling to Hope International Friday...The Tritons will host an alumni game Saturday at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons are now 2-6 overall and 1-4 in MPSF action.
Friday night, Ring's spikers had No. 6 Pepperdine on the ropes but let the Waves escape with a 3-2 (24-26, 25-14, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11) victory...After getting trounced in the second set, the Tritons made an impressive turnaround to take game three and then, on the strength of three consecutive Mike Brunsting aces, had Pepperdine down, 5-0, to start the fourth set...UCSD was still up four at 11-7 but the Waves started chipping away and eventually went up, 24-21, and then held off a desperate late rally to knot the match...The visitors dominated the decisive fifth set, running out to a 9-2 lead and coasting in from there...Sophomore setter Mike Brunsting dished out 39 assists to go with four aces with junior Carl Eberts (16 kills) and senior Troy Tomasello (11) the main beneficiaries...Pepp finished with advantages in both the hitting (.310-.186) and blocking (12.5-10) columns.
The next night, Ring's charges played two excellent sets and one clunker that added up to a 3-0 (25-21, 14-25, 27-25) defeat at the hands of No. 5 USC...While proving that they could certainly play with the best teams in the conference, the Tritons again came up short numerically, getting outhit (.309-.122) and out-blocked (9-5)...Brunsting piled up 21 assists and three aces in this one while sophomore middle blocker Sebastian Brady hit at a .545 clip while dropping a team-leading eight kills.
Watch Friday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.
Watch Saturday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.
POLO POSTS THREE WINS IN OPENING WEEK
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 14th-ranked Women's Water Polo team kicked off its season on the road and returned from its cross country trek with a 3-1 record...The Tritons now take a short competitive break before hosting the 16-team Triton Invitational, Feb. 11-12, at Canyonview Pool.
In Thursday's season opener, sophomore Sarah Lizotte rifled home six goals as UCSD held off stubborn WWPA rival Colorado State, 14-11, in Denver...The Tritons led throughout but could not put the Rams away, largely due to converting just 3-of-11 man-up opportunities...Seniors Kirsten Bates (3) and Jessica Tran (2) were also multi-goal scorers as all 14 UCSD tallies were recorded by returners...Senior Allie Taylor turned away nine shots in the cage.
Kreutzkamp and Co. then flew to the East Coast where they finished 2-1 in the Terrapin Invitational hosted by University of Maryland...Sophomore Melissa Bartow found the cage four times as the Tritons led 3-1 after one quarter and 8-4 at halftime en route to an 11-6 first game victory over Wagner Saturday morning...Lizotte added two goals...That afternoon, Lizotte scored four more goals but UCSD was ambushed by host Maryland, 14-6, absorbing its first loss...The two teams played to a 4-4 draw in the first eight minutes but it was one-sided from that point on...The Terps rattled off five second period tallies to open up a 9-5 advantage at intermission and out-scored the Tritons, 5-1, in the second half...Senior Natalie Peng accounted for UC's other two goals.
The Tritons showed some resiliency Sunday morning, scoring eight goals on 18 six-on-five opportunities in a 15-9 romp over Marist...With Lizotte netting six of her eight goals, UCSD scored five goals in each of the first two periods to build a 10-7 halftime edge...Bates, Tran and Bartow registered two each and Taylor blocked eight shots as the winners limited the Red Foxes to just one man-up score in seven tries.
FENCERS BRUSH ASIDE UCI, ASU; NORTHWESTERN INVITE ON TAP
After dispatching conference challengers UC Irvine (men 24-3/women 25-2) and Arizona State (men 21-6/women 19-8) at home Saturday, Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team ups the ante this weekend traveling to Evanston, IL where it will face many of the country's top squads at the Northwestern Invitational.
At the Northwestern event, both Triton teams will face nine opponents in a dual meet scenario...Among the other competing teams are host Northwestern, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina and Princeton.
Saturday's victories put both Triton squads in position to capture their eighth consecutive Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) titles...The top individual performers for Runyan were sophomore Luc Ginestet, who went unscathed in five epee bouts, and senior captain Michael Fong who was 4-0 in foil competition.
Listen to Saturday's post-match interview with senior Michael Fong.
SATURDAY DOUBLEHEADER KICKS OFF SEASON FOR MEN'S TENNIS
First serve of 2012 will come Saturday for Coach Eric Steidlmeyer's Men's Tennis squad as its hosts Hope International at 10:00 AM and returns to engage Redlands at 3:00 PM...Both matches will take place on the North Courts...Starting his 14th season at the helm, Steidlmayer led UCSD to an unprecedented 20-0 dual meet record in 2011, taking his club to the NCAA Championships and earning a No. 10 national ranking at the end of the campaign...Among others, back from that squad are seniors Chapman Chan, Sam Ling and Jason Wall, juniors Austin West and Junya Yoshida and sophomore Max Jiganti.
WOMEN'S TENNIS MAKES '12 DEBUT AT CAL STATE FULLERTON
Head Coach Liz LaPlante starts her 33rd season at the helm of the Women's Tennis team when the Tritons travel to Division I Cal State Fullerton Wednesday and then take on Azusa Pacific Saturday in dual match competition...UCSD, coming off a 10-8 season, returns key 2011 performers Samantha Yeung, Katie Mulloy, Jacquelyn Davis, Melissa Breisacher and Haley Perotte...LaPlante, with four NCAA titles to her credit at UCSD, has 492 dual meet victories on her ledger, meaning she could reach the historic 500 plateau in 2012.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Head Coaches Patti Gerckens (softball), Charity Elliott (women's basketball) and Chris Carlson (men's basketball) as well as Mike Brunsting of the men's volleyball squad...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com...Click here to listen to last week's chapter of Triton Talk.
UCSD's annual Spirit Night basketball doubleheader is slated for Friday night at RIMAC Arena...In addition to the two hoops contests, the winner of a weeklong spirit competition among UCSD's six colleges will be crowned... Warren College is the defending champion.
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 Men's & Women's Rowing teams both defended their crowns in the annual TAC Swim Relay, hosted by Triton Athletes' Council Saturday at Canyonview East Pool...For the Men's Crew it was a third consecutive triumph...Baseball finished second in the men's race while cross country was runner-up in the women's division.
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