UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (February 27, 2012)
Release: Friday 02/26/2012 
by UCSD
The No. 1-ranked Women's Basketball team opens CCAA Tournament play at home Tuesday night.
The No. 1-ranked Women's Basketball team opens...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Mon., Feb. 27---MGolf---UCSD at Coyote Classic Intercollegiate---All Day

Tues., Feb. 28---MGolf---UCSD at Coyote Classic Intercollegiate---All Day
Tues., Feb. 28---WBasketball---UCSD hosts CCAA Tournament 1st Round---7:00 PM

Thur., Mar. 1---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day

Fri., Mar. 2---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Fri., Mar. 2---WBasketball---UCSD hosts CCAA Tournament Semi-Finals---TBA
Fri., Mar. 2---Softball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---12:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 2---WWater Polo---UCSD at Sonoma State---1:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 2---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 2---MVolleyball---UCSD at Stanford---7:00 PM

Sat., Mar. 3---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Sat., Mar. 3---WBasketball---UCSD hosts CCAA Tournament Championships---TBA
Sat., Mar. 3---M-WCrew---UCSD at Opening Day Regatta---7:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 3---WWater Polo---UCSD at Davis Shootout---10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 3---Track & Field---UCSD at All-Cal Challenge---10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 3---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 3---WTennis---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 3---Softball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 3---MVolleyball---UCSD at Pacific---7:30 PM

Sun., Mar. 4---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Sun., Mar. 4---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---11:00 AM


TRITON WOMEN TAKE AIM AT CCAA TOURNAMENT CROWN
Already CCAA regular season champions for the third time in Coach Charity Elliott's five years at the helm, the Women's Basketball team (27-1) starts the quest for its first conference tournament title since 2007 Tuesday night, hosting Sonoma State (11-15) in the first round of the 2012 CCAA Basketball Championships...The two squads will be meeting for the second time in four days...The semi-finals and finals of the tourney will also be played at RIMAC Arena, Friday and Saturday...For full schedules and more information, go to ucsdtritons.com or goccaa.org.

A difficult bucket in the waning seconds by Humboldt State's Kayla Williams sent UCSD to its first loss of the season, 74-73, Wednesday night in Arcata...The Tritons looked like they were poised to advance their win streak to 27 in a row when senior Daisy Feder knifed in for a lay-up with 10 seconds remaining but it was not to be...The host Lumberjacks led by as many as nine in the first half only to see UCSD fight back to gain a two-point advantage at the break...The second half was a back-and-forth battle as the lead changed hands 11 times, the last on Williams' bucket with one second left...Feder finished up with 18 points despite missing all seven of her three point tries...The Tritons shot a solid 48.4% from the floor and also got double digit output from seniors Chelsea Carlisle (15) and Lauren Freidenberg (13) as well as junior Emily Osga (10)...Feder's eight rebounds helped UCSD to a plus-5 in that category and Carlisle dished out five assists.

Elliott & Co. wasted no time in getting things back on track, hitting 56.3% from the field while racing out to a 43-29 halftime advantage en route to a 78-58 throttling of host Sonoma State Friday night...Feder poured in 26 points, going 8-of-14, including five treys, and adding six rebounds for good measure...Sophomore Erin Dautremont netted 16 on 8-of-12 shooting while Carlisle accounted for 12 points and dished out six assists...The Tritons held the Seawolves to 31% from the floor and never trailed after the Feder's first three, 1:17 into the game.

LATE LOSSES END TOUGH SEASON FOR TRITON CAGERS
A frustrating season that was underscored by youth, injuries and 10 losses by eight points or less ended Friday night in Northern California for Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team...Two of those narrow defeats came on last week's road trip and left the Tritons 10-17 overall and 6-16 in the CCAA.

Last Wednesday night one of those tight losses came in Arcata as Humboldt State used its superior depth (33 pts. off the bench) to outlast UCSD, 72-68, in a contest where neither team led by more than six and the lead was exchanged 13 times...The Tritons held a three-point edge with 1:17 remaining but the Lumberjacks scored the last seven points, five on free throws...UCSD knocked down 49.1% of its shots and four starters reached double figures, topped by junior forward Justin Brue's 18...Brue also pulled down seven rebounds...Senior Christian Hatch had 11 points and a team high eight boards and sophomore point guard James McCann added 12 markers and six assists.

Two nights later at Sonoma State, after erasing a double figure first half deficit, UCSD was again unable to hold off an opponent's late surge, falling, 70-68...Carlson's charges were eight up with 5:08 remaining and still had a two-point margin with the clock under two minutes...The Seawolves hit two charity tosses with six seconds left finish the scoring as Tritons turned the ball over in their final opportunity to win or tie...Junior Tyler McGrath was UCSD's high point man with 19, McCann chipped in with 13 points and six assists and Hatch, playing his final collegiate game, finished with 10 points and eight caroms...In an error-plagued game, both clubs hit the 20 turnover mark...Free throws were key for Sonoma which got to the line 29 times compared to just 14 for UCSD.

BASEBALL HANGS TOUGH; GOES TO EAST BAY FOR FOUR
Still finding its way with a young roster and a first-year coaching staff, the Baseball team continues to hold its own in the rugged CCAA and will now check out league life on the road, traveling to Hayward for a four-game series with Cal State East Bay (5-8/0-4), starting Friday afternoon...Coach Eric Newman's squad is 6-10 overall and 4-4 in CCAA action after splitting a four-game home-and-home set with Cal Poly Pomona last week...The Tritons are tied for fifth on the conference ladder (but just two games out of first place) while this week's foe, CSU East Bay is in the cellar.

UCSD dropped the series opener Thursday at Pomona as the Broncos rolled out to a 7-2 lead and then held off the Tritons for a 10-5 verdict...The top five hitters in the UCSD order accounted for 10 of the team's 11 hits, sophomore shortstop Garrett Tuck leading the way with three singles...Center fielder Scott Liske (2) bombed a pair of home runs and catcher Nick La Face added another...Liske finished with three RBIs...Starter Jeff Rauh worked six innings but suffered his third loss.

Junior transfer Ryan Goodbrand handcuffed Cal Poly Pomona on three hits in Friday's second game, going the distance for a 6-1 victory, his second of the season without a defeat...UCSD plated a pair of unearned runs in the first and never looked back...The Tritons piled up another 11-hit game with Tuck again contributing three as well as driving in three...La Face and left fielder Justin Rah both had two hits and scored two runs...Goodbrand struck out four and finished strong, retiring the last nine hitters he faced.

The two rivals divided Saturday's twinbill in La Jolla...Cal Poly snagged the opener, 9-3, erasing a 3-0 UCSD advantage, thanks in large part to a pair of errors that resulted in four unearned runs...Both clubs had seven hits but five of the Broncos went for extra bases...Tuck's two knocks gave him three straight multi-hit games and La Face drove in a pair...Senior Justin Burns got tagged with the loss...In the series finale, the Tritons came from behind twice, ultimately pulling out a 4-3 victory...Down, 2-0, in the bottom of the fifth, UCSD came even on a two-run homer by freshman catcher Brian Choi, his first collegiate hit in his first Triton start...The Broncos regained the lead, 3-2, in the sixth but the Tritons came back again with two of their own...The winning rally was aided by two CPP errors and the big blow was a run-scoring single by Tuck...Senior Tony York worked the last inning and two-thirds, notching his first win of 2012...Both teams mustered just four hits.

Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with freshman Brian Choi.

SEVEN WINS IN LAST EIGHT FOR SOFTBALL; CSUSB ON TAP
Now sitting 12-6 overall, 8-4 in conference play and fourth in the CCAA standings, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team takes to the road again this weekend for a big four-game series at Cal State San Bernardino (7-10/3-5)...The Tritons, defending NCAA champions and ranked No. 1 nationally coming into the 2012 campaign, took three-out-of-four at San Francisco State last weekend...San Bernardino is currently sixth in the CCAA.

It took eight innings but the Tritons finally put away San Francisco State, 3-0, in the first game of Friday's doubleheader...Senior Camille Gaito notched her seventh win of the year, tossing a complete game five-hitter while fanning five...UCSD managed just six hits in the contest but got three in the top of the eighth, which, combined with a walk and a key Gator error, resulted in three runs...Junior first sacker Nicole Spangler registered two hits and an RBI...Triton bats launched nine hits and scored five runs in the first two innings on the way to a 7-3 triumph in the nightcap...Junior hurler Michelle Escamilla survived a rough first frame to log seven innings and garner her third win...Sophomore right fielder Kirsten Willmon continued her solid recent play, racking up two hits and driving in a pair and catcher Charley Swanberg ripped two doubles, pushing home two runs.

The Tritons managed just two hits but it was some late defensive mishaps that ended their six-game winning streak with a 4-3 loss to the Gators in Saturday's first game...Both UCSD hits, one a two-run Swanberg double, came in a three-run third inning that had Gerckens' squad coasting into the sixth inning behind Gaito...Three sixth inning SFSU singles and two critical Triton errors narrowed the gap to one run...Then, more adventure in the bottom of the seventh---two hits and a pair of runners reaching on fielders' choices---produced the unlikely outcome...The Tritons rebounded with 14 hits in an 11-6 triumph in game two later that day...Swanberg ripped three hits and drove in two more while four others---Kris Lesovsky, Caitlin Brown, Tess Granath and Maria Sykes---recorded two apiece...Lesovsky, Mya Romero and Nicole Spangler each drove in two as UCSD effectively iced this one with a seven-run third and was riding an 11-2 lead until a late Gator surge closed the spread...Sophomore Jenn Manuel started and picked up the win.

POLO LOOKS FOR REBOUND IN NORCAL

Reeling after an 0-4 performance at last weekend's UCI Invitational, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team looks to turn things around on a trek to Northern California where it will face Sonoma State and then tangle with Pacific and No. 13 UC Davis at the Davis Shootout this weekend...The No. 19 Tritons now sport a 7-7 overall mark and will return to Canyonview Pool March 9 to face Colorado State.

Kreutzkamp's outfit took an expected, 14-3, drubbing at the hands of No. 1 Stanford in its Saturday UCI opener...Senior Kirsten Bates, sophomore Sarah Lizotte and freshman Lindsay Holbrook scored the Triton goals and Allie Taylor turned away eight shots in the cage...A 7-1 first quarter outburst by San Jose State doomed the Tritons in their second tournament outing, a 15-11 loss to the ninth-ranked Spartans...Bates paced the UCSD offense with four goals with Lizotte, Brittany Daniels and Hannah Guthman netting two apiece.

Things got no better Sunday morning as UC Davis hit the Tritons with a 7-2 second half blitz to turn a close contest into a 14-6 breeze...All of UCSD's scores came in man-up situations where the Tritons were a perfect 6-for-6...Senior Jessica Tran, who struck for two goals, was the only Triton with more than one...One week ago, UCSD's road victory over Long Beach State seemed to indicate a positive step forward as the Tritons headed into the middle portion of their schedule...Sunday afternoon, an 8-7 loss to those same 49ers signified a frustrating end to a disappointing weekend...It was made more so by the fact that UCSD owned the upper hand, 6-5, heading into the fourth and final period...Taylor had 12 stops in goal, Lizotte rifled home three goals and senior Katherine Biehle chipped in with two more but it still left the Tritons one goal short.

                           

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL STARTS ON MONTH-LONG ROAD TRIP
After completing a rugged six-match homestand that featured glimpses of a positive future but nothing in the way of immediate victories, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team starts a brutal road stretch that will find it away from RIMAC Arena for more than a month...The Tritons open their journey Friday at No. 1 Stanford (12-3) and follow that up at No. 11 Pacific (5-11) Saturday...Both teams took UCSD's measure during the recent home stint...The Tritons, who defeated Stanford on the road last year, take a 3-13 mark into the match in Palo Alto against a Cardinal unit that was upset at home last Saturday night by USC.

After two lackluster opening sets, the Tritons gave No. 15 Cal State Northridge a hard run in the third but it was not enough to avoid a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 28-26) defeat Friday night...Junior Johl Awerkamp, back in the lineup for the first time since the season-opening series in Hawaii, pounded 11 kills and freshman Garrett Dempsey handed out 17 assists in the third set.

Saturday night, behind Awerkamp's 19 kills, four block assists, seven digs and two aces, the Tritons pressed No. 9 Long Beach State but were unable to put away the 49ers, dropping a 3-1 (25-21, 17-25, 25-17, 25-22) decision...UCSD, which hit .262 for the night (compared to .303 for LB), upped that number to .440 in winning the second set while siding out at a 76% clip...Dempsey, making his first start, wound up with 45 assists while sophomore Vaun Lennon racked up 15 kills.

Listen to Friday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.
Listen to Saturday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.

NO. 10 MEN'S TENNIS CHALKS UP PAIR OF WINS; DOUBLES TOURNEY NEXT
Now boasting a 9-1 dual match record, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team will now make its traditional pilgrimage to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club for this week's Pacific Coast Doubles Championships where the competition will include many of the top collegiate players in the nation...Steidlmayer will send out his top three doubles duos.

The 10th-ranked Tritons used a 6-3 tiebreaker win by senior Austin West at No. 4 singles to slip past Concordia, 5-4, Friday afternoon on UCSD's North Courts...UCSD opened up a 2-1 lead after Sam Ling-Junya Yoshida and Max Jiganti-Kona Luu posted identical, 8-3 doubles wins at No. 2 and 3 respectively...Yoshida pounded out a 2-0 decision at No. 2 singles and after Luu did the same at No. 6, it set the stage for West's clincher.

There was no such drama Saturday afternoon as the Tritons subdued a game Whittier squad, 7-2...Jason Wall and Luu at No. 2 and Ling-Yoshida at No. 3 ignited UCSD with doubles wins and then the Tritons swept singles from two to six with Yoshida, West, Jiganti, Ling and Lu providing the talent.

Watch Saturday's post-match interview with Head Coach Eric Steidlmayer.

WOMEN'S TENNIS HOSTS SONOMA STATE SATURDAY
Following a split of its two matches last week, Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team will looking to make progress this Saturday when its hosts Sonoma State at UCSD's North Courts...The Tritons, still ranked 17th nationally, have struggled to a 3-6 mark thus far.

Katie Mulloy, Tara Vanooteghem and Melinda Chu accounted for singles and doubles wins as UCSD cruised past host Vanguard, 6-3, last Thursday in Costa Mesa...Chu and Vanooteghem teamed up to prevail at No. 2 doubles and came back for straight set singles victories at No. 2 and No. 5 respectively...Meanwhile, Mulloy and Samantha Yeung earned the doubles point at No. 3 and Mulloy came back with a 6-0, 6-0, whitewash of Gabriele Alford at No. 4 singles...Senior Krystal Mizuguchi accounted for the final point at No. 6 singles.

Saturday, a key doubles mishap eventually resulted in a 5-4 loss to visiting Cal State L.A....Figuring to need at least two doubles points to be comfortable heading into singles, the Tritons picked up just one (Mulloy-Yeung at No. 3), watching a 4-1 lead evaporate at No. 2 to enter singles down, 2-1...UCSD split the six singles match-ups with Mizuguchi romping at No. 6, Vanooteghem did the same at No. 5 and Mulloy prevailed in a marathon three-setter at No. 4 but came up just short as freshman Chu battled to a third set before succumbing at No. 2.

Watch Saturday's post-match interview with senior Katie Mulloy.

MEN'S CREW OVERWHELMS CITY RIVALS AGAIN
Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew battered Division I rivals USD and San Diego State Saturday morning on Mission Bay to claim its eighth straight San Diego City Championship...The Tritons dominated the varsity eight, beating runner-up USD by nine seconds with Jarod Backens, Peter Dvorak, Chris Marks, Ross Bell, Johny Sutterfield, Drew Madden, Edwin Clement, Zach Sharfman and coxswain Samanth DeMeyer manning the boat...The UCSD JV boat finished third, ahead of SDSU.

Johnson's freshman shells placed first and second with the No. 1 boat enjoying a 20-second cushion...USD was third and did win the varsity four race in comfortable fashion...UCSD is back on the water Saturday at the Opening Day Regatta in Newport Beach along with a field that will include UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, UC Irvine and USD.

TRACK & FIELD TAKES ON SYSTEM RIVALS AT ALL-CAL CHALLENGE
The Track & Field team continued to post solid early season marks and results at last Saturday's Rossi Relays in Claremont, its second competition of the year...Next in line for the Tritons will be this Saturday's All-Cal Challenge, which will also feature squads from UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and host UC Irvine.

At Claremont, senior Kiley Libuit hauled in UCSD's lone first place finish, heaving the javelin 188-5, the fifth best distance in school history...Also registering noteworthy performances on the men's side were Ryan Eckert (3rd/shot up/48-10), Benjamin Berthet (3rd/pole vault/14-11.5), Jake Herbold (4th/400 intermediate hurdles/55.66) and Keith Rose (7th/100/10.98)... Rose's mark was seventh best in UCSD annals and Quentin McWhorter's 22-7 in the long jump also cracked the all-time top 10.

In the women's division, triple jumper Erin Langford (38-7.75), hurdler Lauren Irish (400 h./63.16) and javelin specialist Jessica Miklaski (126-9) all turned in runner-up finishes... Langford's effort ranked No. 5 on the all-time UCSD list and was an NCAA provisional qualifying standard...The fifth place clocking of 4x400 quartet Jacqueline Rose, Lorato Anderson, Irish and Deyna Roberson was fifth best in Triton history, 3:53.75.


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 basketball coaches Charity Elliott and Chris Carlson as well as defending NCAA champion Matt Herman of the swimming & diving team and junior Austin West of the men's tennis team...The show will be posted Wednesday at ucsdtritons.com.

The Swimming & Diving team will get notification as to its the composition of its 2012 NCAA Championship roster on Wednesday when the NCAA officially releases the list of qualifiers...Coaches Matt Macedo and Corrie Falcon have 17 men and 13 women automatically in the field and a half dozen athletes still on the bubble.

Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team will join the men at Newport Harbor Saturday for the Opening Day Regatta...The Tritons will hook up with UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State among others...UCSD tuned up for its debut with a scrimmage last Saturday on Mission Bay that involved USD, San Diego State and Orange Coast College...Pinkerton called it "a good confidence builder," for her squad.

The 19th 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 UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.

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