UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (February 6, 2012)
Release: Monday 02/05/2012 
by UCSD
The 17th-ranked Women's Water Polo team hosts the 16-team Triton Invitational this weekend.
The 17th-ranked Women's Water Polo team hosts...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Feb. 6---WTennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma Nazarene---2:00 PM

Tue., Feb. 7---MTennis---UCSD vs. Concordia---2:00 PM

Wed., Feb. 8---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day

Thu., Feb. 9---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Thu., Feb. 9---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. BYU---7:00 PM

Fri., Feb. 10---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Fri., Feb. 10-Sun., Feb. 12---MTennis---UCSD at Grand Canyon Invitational---TBA
Fri., Feb. 10---WTennis---UCSD at Arizona Invitational---Noon
Fri., Feb. 10---Softball---UCSD vs. Chico State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Chico State---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 10---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Marist---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10---Baseball---UCSD at Colorado Mesa---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 11---WWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 11---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Sat., Feb. 11---Fencing---UCSD at Individual Championships---TBA
Sat., Feb. 11---Softball---UCSD vs. Chico State (DH)---10:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 11---Baseball---UCSD at Colorado Mesa  (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 11---WTennis---UCSD at Arizona Invitational---Noon
Sat., Feb. 11---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. BYU---1:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 11---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 11---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:30 PM

Sun., Feb. 12---WWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day

Sun., Feb. 12---Fencing---UCSD at Individual Championships---All Day
Sun., Feb. 12---Baseball---UCSD at Colorado Mesa---11:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 12---WTennis---UCSD at Arizona Invitational---Noon


STREAK NOW 22 FOR NO. 1 WOMEN CAGERS; CHICO STATE NEXT

With its win streak now extended to 22 consecutive games and its hold firm on the No. 1 national ranking, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team plays its final two regular season home games of the season, Friday and Saturday, against Chico State (12-8/9-7) ) and Cal State Stanislaus (5-15/2-14)...UCSD defeated both clubs earlier this season in Northern California but Chico State, now sixth in the conference race, gave the Tritons their stiffest test, forcing double overtime before falling, 97-91.

Elliott's cagers took a big step toward annexing the CCAA regular season title Friday night, putting away third place Cal State L.A., 78-63, in front of a UCSD women's basketball record crowd of 2,296...Senior Daisy Feder drained four treys on the way to a game high 20 points and fellow senior Chelsea Carlisle netted 16, including a huge three, followed by a two-pointer at a critical juncture late in the second half...Another senior, post Lauren Freidenberg registered a double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Erin Dautremont chipped in with 12 markers...The Tritons led by one at the break despite shooting just 24.4% over the first 20 minutes...UCSD opened it up to nine points early in the second half but the Golden Eagles, coached by former Triton mentor Janelle Jones, closed to within one with only 4:24 remaining...It was then that Carlisle drilled back-to-back buckets to make it a six-point margin and UCSD pulled away from there, scoring 20 of the game's final 26 points...The Tritons were plus-6 (41-35) on the glass, with Osga and Feder both grabbing eight to augment Freidenberg...Osga also dished out five assists.

There was no such drama Saturday as all 14 Triton players hit the scoreboard in a workmanlike, 77-52, conquest of Cal State Dominguez Hills...Osga (19 pts.) and Feder (17) combined for seven treys as UCSD dominated early and met little resistance, hitting 47.3% from the floor and 47.8% from three-point land...Carlisle added nine points and six assists.

Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Charity Elliott and Chelsea Carlisle.
Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with Megan Perry.

M-BASKETBALL LOOKS TO BUILD ON PAIR OF HOME VICTORIES
Trying to continue the momentum generated by back-to-back RIMAC Arena wins last weekend, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team plays its final two regular season home games this weekend, squaring off against Chico State (17-5/11-5) and Cal State Stanislaus (12-8/8-8)...The Tritons, now 9-12 overall and 5-11 in league action, find themselves 10th on the CCAA ladder, three games removed from the final berth in the conference tournament (currently held by Stanislaus) with six to go.

UCSD boosted its post-season chances Friday night with a heart-stopping , 57-56, triumph over fourth place Cal State L.A....Sophomore point guard James McCann canned a game high 16 points including a crucial two-pointer that pushed the Triton lead to five with 54 seconds remaining...The Golden Eagles forged a seven-point advantage in the first half but UCSD came back and the two teams went into the locker room tied at half...In the second session, a Christian Hatch dunk and five consecutive points from McCann put UCSD up by seven but L.A. pushed back in front with just over 11 minutes to go...It was nip-and-tuck from there with the Tritons getting a pair of big threes from junior Tyler McGrath (15 pts. and 6-of-7 shooting) down the stretch...UCSD out-shot and out-rebounded Cal State L.A....Hatch was high on the boards with seven rebounds and also tossed in eight points.

The Tritons made it two straight with another white knuckler Saturday night, overcoming some late game jitters to hold off Cal State Dominguez Hills, 48-46...Carlson & Co., leading by 11, looked to have matters wrapped up with 2:20 to go but Toro pressure and some bad decision-making cut the gap to two with 39 ticks still on the clock...A pair of free throws moved the margin to four but CSUDH narrowed it to two again before its final desperate trey for the win came up short...Defense was the key for UCSD which held the Toros, who came into the game tied for first in the CCAA, to a paltry 32.1% from the field...Sophomore MacKenzie McCullough, getting his sixth consecutive start, chalked up 16 for UCSD...He sank four from long distance, three early in the game, helping the Tritons build a 13-pt. first half edge...Justin Brue had 12 points and eight rebounds, hitting several clutch buckets late in the contest...McCann finished with 11 points and six assists...UCSD played most of the game without McGrath who took a blow to the head in the early going.

Listen to Head Coach Chris Carlson's Friday night postgame comments.
Listen to Head Coach Chris Carlson's Saturday night postgame comments.
Listen to sophomore MacKenzie McCullough's Saturday night postgame comments.

TRITON INVITATIONAL ON TAP FOR WATER POLO TEAM
Hoping to build off a 3-1 road start to the 2012 season, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 17th-ranked Women's Water Polo team hosts the 16-team Triton Invitational this Saturday and Sunday at Canyonview Pool...UCSD opens against No. 16 UC Santa Barbara at 9:50 AM Saturday and will face either Arizona State or Cal State Bakersfield in its second contest that afternoon...The championship game is slated for 5:50 PM Sunday... Sophomore Sarah Lizotte, who erupted for 20 goals in the Tritons' first four outings, including eight in a win over Marist, was named Player of the Week in the WWPA.

Hear Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo update.

COLORADO MESA NEXT UP FOR NEWMAN'S BASEBALL SQUAD
Sporting a 1-3 mark after a season-opening regional series against Western Oregon, Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team now takes to the road for another four-game non-conference set against the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction...The two teams will start with a singleton Friday followed by a Saturday doubleheader and a single game finale on Sunday...Colorado Mesa also started the season last weekend, going 1-3 vs.Grand Canyon.

The Tritons wasted a sterling effort by opening day starter Jeff Rauh last Friday, an 8-1 loss to Western Oregon in Newman's UCSD debut...The senior right hander surrendered just one run on two hits while striking out 12 in a six-inning stint, only to see the Wolves tag the Triton bullpen for seven runs, including five in the top of the ninth...UCSD found the going rough at the plate, scratching out just four hits, two by junior DH Richard Seigel.

Newman got his first win at the helm the next day as his Tritons rebounded from a 2-0 deficit by plating seven runs in the bottom of the first and cruising to a 14-4 victory...Junior righty Ryan Goodbrand went six and a third, allowing just three runs, in picking up his first win at UCSD...The Tritons pounded out 12 hits and scored nine unearned runs, courtesy of five Western Oregon errors..Centerfielder Danny Susdorf and catcher Brett Levy each accounted for three hits and three RBIs...UCSD scuffled offensively in game two, managing just three hits and dropping a 2-1 decision to the Wolves...Greg Selarz was the hard luck starter, permitting just two runs over six frames.

The Tritons came out on the short end of another one-run ballgame Sunday, losing the series finale, 5-4...Western Oregon racked up three runs in the first inning and had a four--run advantage before UCSD was able to get its offense going...Down, 5-3, in the bottom of the ninth, the Tritons drew within a run when Jack Lombardi's sacrifice fly scored GarrettTuck but their last two hitters were unable to move the potential tying run from second...Seigel and Tuck each had two of UCSD's nine hits. 
 

NO. 1 SOFTBALL PERFECT ON OPENING WEEKEND; CHICO HERE FRIDAY
Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team, defending NCAA Division II Champions and No. 1-ranked in the country, made a splashy 2012 debut last weekend, sweeping a four-game home series against Northwest Nazarene...The Tritons will now step up in class, opening their CCAA schedule this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against visiting Chico State...The Wildcats were third in last year's regular season conference race and boast a 4-1 mark so far in 2012...Ironically, due to weather, the two teams never met during the regular season last year but UCSD downed Chico State twice in winning the NCAA West Regional title.

The Tritons' successful first weekend was not without its shaky moments...In Friday's season opener, star pitcher Camille Gaito, who gave up just 40 runs while winning 35 games last season, was tagged for five but battled to earn an 8-5 victory over Northwest Nazarene...Uncharacteristic control problems were the culprit as the senior ace walked three and hit three on the afternoon...Trailing, 5-3, the Tritons bounced back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, a two-run Jenn Manuel double being the big blow and Gaito shut out the Crusaders over the final three frames...Manuel ended up with three RBIs and sophomore catcher Charley Swanberg had three hits...Shortstop Mya Romero had a big game in the nightcap, going 2-for-3, scoring a run and driving in three as UCSD got the Friday sweep with a 5-2 triumph behind the pitching of Manuel and freshman Michelle Escamilla.

Saturday was much more formulaic for the Tritons as they rolled to a pair of 8-0 decisions...UCSD rapped out eight hits and eight different players scored as Gaito fired a three-hit shutout, fanning seven without walking a batter...Freshman Kayla Hensel was nearly as impressive in the circle during game two, allowing just one hit while her teammates pounded 10 and closed out the afternoon with a five-run fifth...Swanberg continued her torrid hitting, going 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and Romero had two hits and a trio of runs batted in.

Hear Head Coach Patti Gerckens' Saturday postgame interview.
Hear sophomore Charley Swanberg's Saturday postgame interview.

                              

SWIMMING & DIVING AIMS FOR REPEAT CONFERENCE TITLES

Head Coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo will be looking to add to their Swimming & Diving teams' roster of NCAA DIvision II Championship qualifiers when they head to La Mirada this Wednesday through Saturday for the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships...Defending champions in both the men's and women's divisions, the Tritons will be favored to repeat that performance this week...The UCSD men were second and the women were third at last year's national championships and will be coming into the PCSC event with the expectation that nine men and 12 women are already qualified for this year's NCAA meet...They hope to emerge Saturday with NCAA maximum rosters of 17 on each side..

M-VOLLEYBALL SPLITS; NO. 1 BYU NEXT IN LINE
Struggling to find its top form, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team will not be getting any favors from the schedule makers this week, hosting top-ranked Brigham Young for a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches at RIMAC Arena, Thursday and Saturday...The Tritons, now 3-7 overall after splitting two non-conference affairs last week, have never beaten the perennially powerful Cougars in 35 previous encounters.

Last Wednesday at RIMAC, Ring's spikers suffered a major collapse, letting a 2-0 lead evaporate in a 3-2 (24-26, 23-25, 28-26, 25-21, 15-8) defeat against Princeton...The Tritons had three players---Vaun Lennon (18), Sebastian Brady (14) and Carl Eberts (10)---with double figure kills, lefty setter Mike Brunsting handed out 53 assists and Lennon and Brunsting combined for five of UCSD's six aces, but it was not enough on this night as the Tigers rallied to produce the deflating result...Two stats stood out...The smaller Tigers out-blocked UCSD, 16-8, and after hitting a solid .313 through the first three sets, the Tritons were able to connect at just a measly .019 in the final two...Up, 2-0, UCSD owned a 23-22 advantage in the third and paid dearly for not being able to complete the sweep.

Friday night, the Tritons hit .339 and out-blocked host Hope International, 11.5-10 but needed a late comeback to score a 3-2 (22-25, 25-13, 18-25, 25-13, 15-12) victory...Eberts rocked 15 kills (.367) and Lennon added 14 as freshman Tien Le delivered 34 assists while starting the last four sets in place of Brunsting...Cheyne Hays accounted for three of UCSD's six aces, Fred Stahl had seven block assists and Eberts six.

FLYING START FOR NO. 10 MEN'S TENNIS

Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis squad, which posted an undefeated regular season a year ago, got 2012 off in fine fashion Saturday, rambling past Hope International (9-0) and Redlands (8-1) on UCSD's North Courts...The 10th-ranked Tritons were undefeated on the day in doubles with the No. 1 tandem of Austin West-Devon Sousa and No. 2 duo Jason Wall-Kona Luu each winning twice...At No. 3, Sam Ling-Junya Yoshida triumphed vs. Hope with Max Jiganti and Chan doing the honors vs. Redlands...Chan split his matches at No. 1 singles...Nos. 2-5, Yoshida, West, Jiganti and Ling dropped just one set total as each snagged a pair of wins while Wall and Luu took turns prevailing at No. 6...The Tritons now face Concordia at home Tuesday before making the trek to Phoenix for this weekend's Grand Canyon Invitational.

WOMEN'S TENNIS FACES POINT LOMA IN HOME OPENER TODAY

Following a rough season debut on the road last week, Coach Liz LaPlante's 17th-ranked Women's Tennis team plays its 2012 home opener against crosstown rival Point Loma this afternoon on the North Courts before traveling to Glendale, AZ for this weekend's Arizona Invitational...In Glendale, the Tritons will hook up with Dominican, Grand Canyon and Academy of Art.

Last Wednesday, sophomore Tara Vanooteghem produced a straight set victory at No. 5 singles and senior Krystal Mizoguchi won a 10-pt. tiebreaker at No. 6 but those were the Tritons only points in a 5-2 loss at Division I Cal State Fullerton...The doubles pair of Katie Mulloy and Samantha Yeung were 8-4 winners at No. 3...Saturday, junior Melissa Breishacher's impressive, 7-6, 6-4, result at No. 1 singles was the lone bright spot in an 8-1 loss at Azusa Pacific.

FENCERS BATTLE RUGGED COMPETITION AT NORTHWESTERN 
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team, which has dominated its West Coast opposition, found the going a bit tougher last weekend in Evanston, IL at the Northwestern Duals...Facing many of the top teams in the country, the Triton Women finished 3-9 while the Men turned in a 4-6 ledger...The womens's squad posted victories over Fairleigh Dickinson (15-12), Detroit-Mercy (23-4) and Cleveland State (22-5), all Division I programs...The men, meanwhile, downed Northwestern (20-7), Wayne State (17-10), Cleveland State (24-3) and Lawrence (23-4).

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 coaches Charity Elliott (women's basketball), Chris Carlson (men's basketball) and Brad Kreutzkamp (women's water polo) as well as pitcher Jeff Rauh from the Baseball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.

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 or call (858) 534-8460.

The first annual UCSD Men's Soccer Golf Classic & Beach BBQ is set for Thursday, April 5 at Torrey Pines North...The event is being presented by Scott G. Lamming, DDS...For more information, call (858) 534-8165.

Revelle College nipped defending champion Warren College by one point to win the 2012 Spirit Night trophy last Friday night at RIMAC Arena...It was Revelle's second win in the last three years while Warren has placed in the top two each of the last three years...Roosevelt and Muir Colleges finished tied for third.

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