THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Feb. 13---MGolf---UCSD at San Diego Intercollegiate---All Day
Tues., Feb. 14---MGolf---UCSD at San Diego Intercollegiate---All Day
Thurs., Feb. 16---MTennis---UCSD at UC Riverside---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 17---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 17---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 17---Baseball---UCSD vs. Chico State---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 17---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Pacific---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 17---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 18---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 18---Track & Field---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---12:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 18---Baseball---UCSD vs. Chico State (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 18---WWater Polo---UCSD at Long Beach State---12:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 18---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 18---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Stanford---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 18---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 19---Baseball---UCSD vs. Chico State---11:00 AM
STREAK REACHES 24 FOR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Now a glistening 24-0 on the season and assured of its third CCAA regular season crown in Coach Charity Elliott's five-year tenure at UCSD, the No. 1-ranked Women's Basketball team starts a four-game regular season-ending road trip this weekend with games at Cal State Monterey Bay (16-5/13-4) and Cal State East Bay (10-13/7-10)...The two opponents are second and seventh respectively in the CCAA race.
Elliott got double figure scoring production from all five starters last Friday night as the Tritons dumped Chico State, 93-76, at RIMAC Arena...The visiting Wildcats, who took UCSD to double overtime earlier this season in Northern California, are still the only team to hold the Tritons below a double digi victory margin...UCSD hit at just under a 50% clip from the field, senior guard Chelsea Carlisle leading the way with 26 points (9-of-15), seven rebounds, four assists and five steals...Daisy Feder (19 pts.), Erin Dautremont (18), Emily Osga (12) and Lauren Freidenberg (10) provided ample offensive support for Carlisle and the defense forced 22 turnovers which UCSD turned into 28 points.
Facing one of the league's lower-ranking squads on Senior Night 24 hours later, the Tritons had it on cruise control with none of the starters getting more than 19 minutes in an 85-51 trouncing of Cal State Stanislaus...Freidenberg poured in 17 points, including her first trey of the season, and pulled down six rebounds...Feder added 15 points and Carlisle 12 while Osga recorded nine points and nine boards...The Tritons hit at a .478 clip while holding their opponents to a mere .229.
Hear Coach Charity Elliott's Friday night post-game interview.
Hear sophomore Erin Dautremont's Friday night post-game comments.
Hear senior Lauren Freidenberg's Saturday night post-game comments.
MEN'S BASKETBALL STARTS FINAL ROAD STRETCH AT MONTEREY BAY
With its hopes of earning the final berth in the CCAA Championship Tournament now dashed, it will be pride on the line when Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (9-13/5-12) starts a four-game road swing to close out the 2011-12 season...First up are last place Cal State Monterey Bay (2-19/1-16) and ninth place Cal State East Bay (7-14/5-12), Friday and Saturday respectively...UCSD defeated Monterey Bay earlier this season at RIMAC Arena and suffered an OT loss to Cal State East Bay the same weekend.
Still in the hunt for that final conference tourney berth last Friday night, the Tritons saw those hopes dealt a fatal blow in a 71-64 loss to first place Chico State...UCSD had the Wildcats on the ropes, leading by 10 with just over eight minutes remaining and was still nine ahead two minutes later...But Chico ratcheted up the defensive pressure and in a span of 3:42 the nine-point lead became a five-point deficit...A Tyler McGrath three pulled the Tritons within striking range but the Wildcats made their free throws to close things out...Senior Christian Hatch had a big game, finishing with 22 points and six boards, McCann canned 17 and McGrath chipped in with 10...Paced by Hatch's 9-of-13, UCSD shot an even 50% from the floor.
Carlson's five starters averaged 34.2 minutes in the Chico State loss and that came back to play a big role as the clearly exhausted Triton front liner were swamped, 55-42, by Cal State Stanislaus Saturday night...UCSD held the Warriors to 37.3% shooting from the floor and turned the ball over just nine times, numbers that typically portend a positive outcome, but the Tritons had their worst shooting night of the year and were minus-10 on the glass against a tall, rangy Stanislaus club...In his final home game, Hatch snatched 11 rebounds but came up with just five points...McCann and senior Mike Meza were high in the scoring column with nine each, all of Meza's coming from beyond the arc.
Listen to Coach Chris Carlson's Friday night post-game interview.
FOURTH STRAIGHT PCSC TITLES FOR SWIMMING & DIVING
Accumulating 26 total event victories, setting four new school records and ending up with 16 men and 14 women qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships (plus a handful of projected qualifiers), the Swimming & Diving teams had plenty to be pleased with after winning both the men's and women's divisions of the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) for the fourth year in a row...The men scored 1,649 points to easily out-distance second place Cal Baptist (1,422) while the women compiled 1,663.5 pts., to clear runner-up Cal Baptist by 395 pts.
Sophomore Nick Korth was named Male Swimmer of the Year after touching first in three events, the 100 (54.68) and 200 (1:54.47) breaststroke and 200 individual medley (1:49.97)...Junior Adam Rice was a double winner, claiming the 200 butterfly in 1:49.53 as well as the 400 individual medley (3:38.35)...Other Triton male winners were Martin Vanek (200 backstroke/1:49.87), Adam Yen (100 butterfly/49.73), Eric Owens (100 backstroke/49.74) and diver Tyler Runsten (3-meter/39l.5 pts.)...Runsten was selected as Co-Male Diver of the Year...The UCSD men swept the entire slate of five relays, with the lineup of Alex Merrill, Julius Espiritu, Adam Rice and Michael Lorch lowering the Triton record in the 800 freestyle relay to 6:38.30...Korth, Blake Langland and Reid McCallum swam on three relay units apiece.
Three-time NCAA champion Alex Henley matched Korth's three victories on the women's side, winning the 200 backstroke (1:58.19), 200 individual medley (2:02.20) and 400 individual medley (4:18.22)...She also set a school record in the 200 freestyle, clocking 1:48.27 while swimming the leadoff leg of the 800 freestyle relay...For her work, Henley was named Co-Female Swimmer of the Year...Sophomore Anji Shakya won a pair of races--the 200 (1:49.97) and 500 (4:55.10) freestyles--setting a school mark in the latter...Also reaching the top of the podium were senior Neda Nguyen (100 breaststroke/1:04.42) and junior Emily Adamczyk (200 breaststroke/2:16.71)...Freshman Jaclyn Amog set the fourth UCSD standard while finishing second in the 100 butterfly (55.82)...Like the men, the Triton women won all five relays with freshman Sierra Robbins swimming on four while Henley and Amog were part of three each.
UCSD also brought home a stash of coaching hardware...Matt Macedo and Corrie Falcon were recognized as PCSC Men's & Women's Coaches of the Year respectively and Diving Coach Michelle Casillas was picked as Coach of the Year on the Men's side.
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VOLLEYBALL HOME VS. PACIFIC, STANFORD
After going toe-to-toe in two tough matches with No. 3 Brigham Young, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team plays the middle section of its current six-game homestand when it hosts No. 15 Pacific (4-8/2-5) and No. 4 Stanford (9-2/6-1) this weekend at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons, now 3-9 overall and 1-6 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, lost both of its matches with Pacific last year and split with Stanford.
Last Thursday night, after having set point at 24-23, UCSD let game one slip through its fingers and, despite staying close, never led again the rest of the match in a 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-20) loss to Brigham Young...Serving was key in the crucial first set as the BYU scored four of its final seven points on Triton service errors...The visiting Cougars had the upper hand in the hitting (.165-.095) and blocking (12.5-8.0) departments...Junior Carl Eberts paced the UCSD attack with 12 kills.
In a rare Saturday afternoon tilt, the Tritons took BYU the distance in the second match of the series, capturing the longest single set of the season but eventually dropping a 3-2 (25-21, 40-42, 25-23, 21-25, 15-10) decision...Game two was an instant classic as the Tritons fended off three set points after BYU went up 24-21...They finally won it by scoring the last three points, sophomore Vaun Lennon nailing it down with one of his team high 25 kills...In the decisive fifth game, the two squads were deadlocked at eight when the Cougars ran off three consecutive points and UCSD was unable to recover...Junior Carl Eberts had a 22 kill outing (.342) with middle blockers Fred Stahl (13) and Sebastian Brady (11) also contributing significantly...Sophomore setter Mike Brunsting, back at the controls after sitting much of the previous match, dished out 62 assists, had two aces and eight digs...The two teams had similar hitting numbers but BYU completely dominated the net, out-blocking UCSD, 22.5-6.
Listen to sophomore Sebastian Brady's Thursday night post-match interview
Listen to Coach Kevin Ring's Saturday afternoon post-match interview.
SOFTBALL LOOKS FOR BOUNCE BACK VS. STANISLAUS
Continuing a prolonged season-opening homestand, the defending NCAA champion Softball team hosts CCAA rival Cal State Stanislaus for Friday and Saturday twinbills this weekend...Coach Patti Gerckens' outfit found that repeating as either CCAA or NCAA champions will be no easy task, going 1-3 vs. No. 15 Chico State last weekend, despite outscoring the visitors, 9-8, in the four-game set.
The Tritons split Friday's conference-opening doubleheader with the visiting Wildcats, winning game one, 7-1, behind a four-hit, six strikeout performance from senior Camille Gaito...UCSD scored in five of the six innings it came to the plate, tagging Wildcat pitching for 10 hits to make Gaito's third win a relatively easy exercise...Back in the leadoff spot, senior center fielder Kris Lesovsky responded with a 3-for-3 effort, scoring one, driving in one and stealing two bases...DP Jenn Manuel had two hits and plated a pair of runs and first sacker Caitlin Brown roped her first homer of the year over the left center field wall...Lesovsky smacked two more hits in the second game and drove in another run but her RBI was all UCSD was able to produce off Chico's Jessica McDermott in a 3-1 defeat...Freshman Kayla Hensel, in relief of starter Manuel, was touched up for three runs in a one and two-third inning stint and took the loss.
Gaito had a tougher time with the Wildcats in Saturday's opener, surrendering nine hits while absorbing her first loss of the season, 2-0...Chico's Sam Baker stopped the Triton bats on just three hits...UCSD doubled its hit total in game two but was still able to manufacture only one run while getting knocked off, 2-1...The Wildcats were able to produce just six hits against junior righthander Michelle Escamilla who struck out four over six innings while getting her first loss...Lesovsky clubbed two more hits and freshman pinch hitter Maria Sykes doubled home pinch runner Anne Wethe with the Tritons' lone run.
UCSD-CHICO STATE MATCH-UP IN OPENING CCAA WEEKEND
An ultra-long bus ride and some unfamliiar weather conditions likely played a part in the 1-3 mark Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team accumulated last weekend in frigid (mid-40s) Grand Junction, CO...Back in the cozy confines of Triton Ballpark this weekend, UCSD will try to reverse those results when it kicks off the CCAA season against undefeated (4-0) Chico State...The Tritons and Wildcats hook up Friday for a single game, play a Saturday doubleheader and conclude festivities with a singleton Sunday...UCSD comes in 2-6.
The statistics weren't pretty in the Tritons' first game in Grand Junction last Friday...Colorado Mesa pounded UCSD pitching for 18 hits, the Tritons had three errors in the field that led to eight unearned runs and their bats generated a mere four singles...It all added up to a 14-4 loss with righty Jeff Rauh taking the loss.
Saturday's doubleheader produced a pair of tight contests but the results didn't change as the Mavericks swept, 6-4 and 3-2...In game one, Nick LaFace and Jonah Northrop rapped two hits apiece and sophomore Garrett Tuck keyed a four-run sixth with a two-run double, but fielding was again an Achilles heel for UCSD as three errors made half of Colorado Mesa's runs unearned...Junior Danny Susdorf singled, stole a base and scored on a wild pitch to give UCSD a 1-0 first inning lead in Saturday's nightcap...Mesa charged back to go up, 2-1, but redshirt freshman Scott Liske tripled and scored to even things up after six...Starter Greg Selarz and senior reliever Tony York got the Tritons to the ninth at 2-2, but a two-out, infield single with the bases loaded sent UCSD down to defeat... Senior Elias Tuma got the L...Susdorf wound up with two of his team's six hits.
The Tritons shed their five-game losing streak Sunday with an 11-7 victory in the series finale...The offensive frustration of the weekend was unleased as Newman's charges mounted an 18-hit attack that included back-to-back five-run innings, leading to an 11-0 advantage before the Mavericks mounted a late comeback try...Sophomore catcher LaFace led the assault, going 5-for-6 with four doubles, scoring twice and driving in three...Third baseman Ryan O'Malley added three hits and Chad Rieser, the second of five Triton hurlers, picked up the win in relief of Justin Burns.
GOLFERS PART OF SD INTERCOLLEGIATE STARTING TODAY
Coming off a strong spring season debut at last week's Cal State San Marcos Cougar Invitational, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team steps up in class when it challenges many of the top Division I squads in the country at the San Diego Intercollegiate, Monday and Tuesday at San Diego Country Club...The tournament will start with 36 holes today and conclude Tuesday with the final 18 at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista.
Freshman Jay Lim, rebounding from an opening round 85, fired a second round 71 and closing 75 to lead UCSD to a fourth place finish at the 12-team Cougar Invitational played at Shadowridge Country Club in Vista...As a team, UCSD shot a three-round total of 60-over par 924...The Tritons were 34 strokes behind team champion Point Loma...Lim's score on the 7,002-yd., par 72 Shadowridge layout left him tied for 12 on the individual ladder...Next in for Wydra was sophomore Lewis Simon (T18/230) with another sophomore, Jacob Williams (T28/233) and freshman Skylar Mednick (T34/238) filling the third and fourth slots.
WATER POLO SPLITS FOUR-GAME TRITON INVITATIONAL SLATE
Now sporting a 6-3 season record after going 2-2 at last weekend's Triton Invitational, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team will scale back this week, playing its only game Saturday at No. 14 Long Beach State...The 17th-ranked Tritons came away with a one-goal victory the only time the two teams met last season.
Friday night, in a tournament tune-up, the Tritons scored their second five-goal win of the season over Marist, 9-4...Inaccurate shooting and a slew of balls off the post kept this one from being more one-sided...Seniors Kirsten Bates and Jessica Tran netted two goals each and Allie Taylor turned away 10 shots in the cage.
In Saturday's first tourney game, UCSD grabbed an early, 2-1, lead over No. 16 UC Santa Barbara but the Gauchos scored the next three to take a lead they would never relinquish, ultimately prevailing, 9-5...The Tritons closed the gap to 6-5 on a Sarah Lizotte goal late in the third quarter but UCSB did all the scoring from that point on...Lizotte wound up with three goals in a losing cause...In UCSD's second outing Saturday against conference rival Cal State Bakersfield, a Lizotte tally with 6:17 remaining put the Tritons up, 10-9, but the Roadrunners scored the next three goals en route to a 12-11 triumph...Lizotte and Tran accounted for three goals apiece and sophomore Leah Gonzales chipped in with two but UCSD was not helped by three missed penalty shot attempts
The Tritons struggled offensively again in Sunday morning's opener against WWPA foe Santa Clara but were able to grind out a 9-7 victory...Following a scoreless first period, UCSD trailed, 2-1, but surged ahead, 5-3, early in the third quarter and never allowed the Broncos to catch up...Lizotte and Tran were good for two goals each and sophomore two-meter standout Melissa Bartow's big-time "spin and fire" goal with two minutes remaining iced it for the Tritons...Ironically, Sunday afternoon UCSD was paired up with Marist again in the final tournament clash for both teams...The outcome was true to form as Lizotte shredded the Red Foxes for five goals and the Tritons rolled, 8-4.
Listen to Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's interview following Saturday's games.
Listen to Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's interview following Sunday's games.
Listen to sophomore Sarah Lizotte's comments after Saturday's game vs. Marist.
NO. 10 MEN'S TENNIS IMPRESSIVE IN ARIZONA
Seeking to improve on its 6-1 early season dual mark (including four wins in five matches last weekend in Glendale, AZ), Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team will step up to the Division I ranks when it squares off against UC Riverside of the Big West Conference this Thursday in Riverside.
Steidlmayer & Co. opened the Glendale tournament in fine fashion, clocking Metro State, 9-0, without dropping a set Friday morning...They ran into a foreign-dominated Grand Canyon buzzsaw Friday afternoon, however, and saw their 24-match regular season winning streak ended, 7-2...Junior Junya Yoshida and sophomore Max Jiganti were victorious at No. 2 and No. 4 singles respectively and No. 5 Sam Ling and No. 6 Guy Guibilato took their matches to three sets.
The 10th-ranked Tritons quickly got back on track Saturday, edging BYU-Hawaii, 5-4, and blitzing Hawaii-Hilo, 8-1...Down, 2-1, after doubles play, UCSD rallied to earn straight set wins at Nos. 3-6 singles behind Austin West, Jiganti, Ling and Kona Luu...Ling teamed with Yoshida for a point at No. 3 doubles...In the afternoon, it was six minimum set singles performances with Chapman Chan setting the pace at No. 1 and Yoshida, West, Jiganti, Ling and Giubilato following suit.
A sweep of three tight doubles match-ups---West-Devon Sousa, Jason Wall-Luu & Ling-Yoshida---keyed UCSD's, 7-2, triumph over Sonoma State in its final match in Arizona...Jigante, Ling, Luu and Giubilato dominated the lower end of the singles ladder to sew up the win.
WOMEN'S TENNIS TAKES TWO-OF-THREE IN ARIZONA
Coach Liz LaPlante's 17th-ranked Women's Tennis team takes the week off after splitting four matches last week...Now 2-4, UCSD is next back in action, Feb. 23, at Vanguard...Last Monday, Jacquelyn Davis took a three-set decision at No. 5 singles and the doubles duo of Katie Mulloy-Laura Wilke prevailed at No. 3 but that was all UCSD was able to muster in a 7-2 home loss to crosstown rival Point Loma.
The Tritons notched their first win of 2012 Friday at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Arizona, riding tiebreaker wins at No. 1 and 2 singles by Melissa Breisacher and Melinda Chu to an 8-1 decision over Dominican...UCSD captured all six singles points with Samantha Yeung, Mulloy, Davis and Tara Vanooteghem posting straight set wins at Nos. 3-6...Saturday afternoon, in a battle of ranked teams, the Tritons came up short, 7-2, vs. No. 14 Grand Canyon...Yeung got one point with a 2-0 victory at No. 3 singles and Vanooteghem took a tiebreaker at No. 6 for the other.
Mulloy and Vanooteghem each accrued singles and doubles points to help power UCSD to a 5-4 victory over Academy of Art in Sunday's Arizona finale...Vanooteghem teamed with Melinda Chu for a win at No. 2 doubles while Mulloy did the same with Yeung at No. 3...Both came back for comfortable conquests in singles competition, Mulloy at No. 4 and Vanootegham at No. 5.
FENCERS DOMINATE CONFERENCE INDIVIDUAL SHOWDOWN
Triton Fencers ran away with top honors in five of the six disciplines last weekend in Pomona at Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) Individual Championships...On the men's side, Freshman Adam Campbell-Kruger won gold in epee while sophomore Nick Bartuzik and freshman Peter Meckling went 1-2 in sabre and senior Michael Fong led a sweep of the top three positions in foil...In the women's division, UCSD finished 1-2-3 in both foil and epee with freshman Victoria Parra and senior Casey Gillcrist grabbing first in their respective weapons...The only competition where the Tritons did not land the championship was women's sabre but junior Lexy Stanley gained runner-up accolades and teammates Munira Gesner and Dipti Kanthilal tied for third.,,The IFCSC team titles will be determined Feb. 26 at UC Irvine.
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 Baseball Coach Eric Newman, senior Chelsea Carlisle from the women's basketball team and Softball center fielder Kris Lesovsky...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com...Click here to listen to last week's Triton Talk.
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, call (858) 534-8460 or click here.
The first annual Men's Soccer Golf Classic and Beach BBQ is slated for Thursday, April 5 at Torrey Pines (North Course)...All proceeds benefit the UCSD Men's Soccer program...For more information, call (858) 534-8165.
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