THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Mon., Apr. 2---Golf---UCSD at FLC Skyhawk Desert Shootout---All-Day
Mon., Apr. 2---WCrew---UCSD vs. Western Washington---7:00 PM
Tue., Apr. 3---Golf---UCSD at FLC Skyhawk Desert Shootout---All Day
Thu., Apr. 5---Track & Field---UCSD at Sun Angel Classic---10:00 AM
Thu., Apr. 5---MTennis---UCSD at White Sands Tennis Champ.---Noon
Thu., Apr. 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---6:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 5---MVolleyball---UCSD at USC---7:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 6---MCrew---UCSD at George Washington Invitational---7:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 6---Track & Field---UCSD at Sun Angel Classic---10:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 6---MTennis---UCSD at White Sands Tennis Champ.---Noon
Fri., Apr. 6---Baseball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 6---Softball---UCSD at Sonoma State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 6---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---6:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 7---MTennis---UCSD at White Sands Tennis Champ.---6:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 7---MCrew---UCSD at George Washington Invitational---7:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 7---Track & Field---UCSD at Sun Angel Classic---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 7---Track & Field---UCSD at Mangrum Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 7---Baseball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 7---WTennis---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---11:00 AM
Sat,, Apr. 7---Softball---UCSD at Sonoma State (DH)---1:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 7---MVolleyball---UCSD at Pepperdine---7:00 PM
SPIKERS WHIP UCLA, UCSB; RUN STREAK TO FIVE STRAIGHT
Aiming to extend its unprecedented five-match Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) winning streak, the 13th-ranked Men's Volleyball team takes to the road to tangle with No. 2 USC (18-4/14-4) Thursday and No. 7 Pepperdine (13-11/8-10) Saturday...Both teams topped Coach Kevin Ring's spikers earlier this season at RIMAC and USC comes in with a 13-match winning streak of its own...The Tritons (8-16/6-13) are a different team now, however, having won their last five conference outings, three on the road...It's the first time UCSD has rung up five-in-a-row against any opposition since 1990 and the first time ever against MPSF competition.
Last Friday night in La Jolla, the Tritons got triple digit kill performances from juniors Carl Eberts (16) and Johl Awerkamp (13) and sophomore Vaun Lennon (12) while romping past retiring coaching legend Al Scates and his third-ranked UCLA Bruins, 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21)...It marked UCSD's fourth win in its last five tries against the Bruins at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons out-hit UCLA, .248-.186, with sophomore middle blocker Sebastian Brady piling up eight kills while hitting at a .636 clip....Another sophomore, libero Chase Frishman, dug a career best 19 balls...UCSD grabbed the first two games but UCLA bounced back to take game three...Ring's club was down, 13-12, when it rattled off five consecutive points with Awerkamp knocking down the first one and serving for the next four...It was the first MPSF win at home for Ring & Co.
One night later, UCSD manhandled No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-17), its second win over the Gauchos in the current streak...The Tritons, led by Lennon's 13 kills and career high .632 hitting percentage, posted a season best .420 hitting number as a team and out-blocked UCSB by a healthy margin, 11-4.5...Awerkamp pounded 10 kills, his 10th consecutive match with 10 or more and freshman setter Garrett Dempsey distributed 37 assists...Fred Stahl was a force on the front line with six blocks.
Listen to Coach Kevin Ring's Friday night post-match interview.
Listen to Coach Kevin Ring's Saturday night post-match interview.
BASEBALL BATTLES SONOMA STATE IN KEY CCAA SHOWDOWN
Coming off a 3-1 weekend at Cal State Stanislaus, Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team will likely face its stiffest test of the season this weekend when CCAA-leading Sonoma State (18-10/16-4) comes to town for a four-game series starting Thursday night...The Tritons, currently tied for second with Chico State, have won 10 of their last 13, are 17-15 overall and 15-9 in conference play.
Junior Ryan Goodbrand improved his record to 5-0 as UCSD withstood a late Stanislaus rally for a 3-2 victory in game one at Turlock last Friday...Sophomore DH Nick LaFace and junior first baseman Richard Seigel both had two hits as the Tritons built a 3-0 advantage...The Warriors' Eli Davis cracked a two-run homer off Goodbrand in the bottom of the eighth to make it close but senior Tony York came on to get the final five outs and his fifth save...Goodbrand went seven and a third, striking out seven and giving up just five hits.
Rain shortened Saturday's scheduled doubleheader to a single contest but UCSD produced enough offense for two games, rocking Warrior pitching for 17 hits in an 11-4 win...Center fielder Danny Susdorf went 4-for-6 with a double, triple and three RBIs and shortstop Garrett Tuck went 3-for-5 as the Tritons blew open a tight game with five runs in the ninth...Senior Jeff Rauh logged six innings while securing his second win..
Susdorf (4) and Tuck (3) were at it again in the first game of a Sunday twinbill, combining for seven hits as UCSD outlasted Stanislaus, 12-8, in a contest dominated by the bats of both clubs...The Tritons effectively put it away with a pair of five-run outbursts in the first two innings...Senior Greg Selarz chalked up his third win despite getting touched up for 16 hits in a six-inning outing...Newman's squad saw a sweep slip through its fingers in the nightcap, wasting a five-run lead and eventually allowing the Warriors to score once in the eighth and ninth for a 7-6 win...Freshman Trevor Scott got the start but senior reliever Elias Tuma soaked up the loss, victimized by an unearned run in the final frame...Right fielder James Mossholder stroked two of UCSD's eight hits.
KEY SOFTBALL SERIES IN SONOMA STATE LOOMS
On the heels of splitting six games at the Mizuno Tournament of Champions in Turlock last weekend, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team (26-14/12-12) will travel to Northern California again this weekend for a four-game CCAA set against Sonoma State (26-14/12-12)...The No. 20 Tritons occupy fourth place in the conference standings, one slot above Sonoma.
UCSD opened the TOC with a comfortable, 5-0, whitewash of Central Washington Friday...Junior Michelle Escamilla and senior Camille Gaito teamed up for a three-hitter, outfielders Kris Lesovsky and Kirsten Willmon each had two of UC's seven hits and Charly Swanberg knocked in three runs...The Tritons also had seven hits in game two but managed a single run, falling, 4-1, to Grand Canyon...Gaito suffered her first loss since March 9 but did break the school strikeout record, passing Leea Harlan with her 508th...Closing out day one, Hawaii-Hilo handed UCSD its second loss in a row, 7-3...The Vulcans posted five runs in the first two innings...The Tritons scored all of their runs in the second on freshman Monique Portugal's first career homer, a three-run blast...Jenn Manuel, in relief of starter Kayla Hensel, took the loss.
The Tritons notched a pair of wins Saturday, topping Hawaii Pacific, 3-2, and Notre Dame de Namur, 2-1...Gaito went the distance against HPU, giving up five hits and fanning five...Soph Caitlin Brown and Lesovsky each had two hits, the latter singling and scoring the go-ahead run in the seventh...Gaito chalked up her 18th win vs. Notre Dame de Namur, pitching the final two and two-thirds innings...Sophomore shortstop Mya Romero was the standout with the bat, getting two hits, including a two-out single that plated Annie Heskett and Maria Sykes in the top of the sixth.
In the tournament finale, Gaito struck out nine but was doomed by back-to-back two-out doubles in a 1-0 loss to Western Washington...The Tritons mustered just four hits in the defeat, highlighting a problem that plagued them throughout the weekend as they hit just .235 over the six games.
WATER POLO SCORES 36 IN THREE-GAME WEEKEND SWEEP
Perhaps starting to round into post-season form, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 18th-ranked Women's Water Polo team won all three of its games in last weekend's mini-tournament at Canyonview Pool, pushing its overall win string to four and making it five wins in the last seven contests...The Tritons (15-11) are back home Friday to square off against Cal Baptist.
Friday, UCSD opened the weekend's play with an unexpected tightrope walk vs. Ivy League invader, Brown, eventually escaping with a 7-6 victory...The Tritons got out of the gate quickly, dominating to the tune of 6-1 midway through the second quarter...The Bears narrowed the gap to 6-4 by intermission until senior Kirsten Bates finally broke a more than 17-minute scoring drought to put UCSD up 7-4...Brown kept the pressure coming, however, converting two 6-on-5's, the last with 1:44 remaining, to make the final count a one-goal differential...Goalie Allie Taylor came up big for the Tritons, turning away 13 shots, while Bates and fellow senior Katherine Biehle netted two goals apiece.
The was no such drama Saturday as the Tritons racked up 29 goals in blasting Azusa Pacific, 13-4, and Fresno Pacific, 16-5...UCSD shutout APU in the first half while recording eight goals of its own and ended up with 10 different players in the goal-scoring column before things were over...Sophomores Sarah Lizotte (3) and Leah Gonzales (2) had the only multi-goal games...It was much the same that afternoon as Biehle and sophomore Melissa Bartow each connected three times and freshman Brittany Daniels did so twice as the Tritons racked up a season high offensive total.
Watch Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Saturday post-tournament interview.
MEN'S TENNIS LOOKS FOR BOUNCE BACK IN FLORIDA
Spring break proved anything but relaxing for Coach Eric Steidlmayer's No. 19 Men's Tennis squad...The Tritons lost all four contests in a rugged end-of-the-month schedule and now find themselves heading cross country for the four-day White Sands Tennis Championships in Pensacola, FL...Starting Thursday, UCSD will play once a day, facing host West Florida, then St. Edwards, New Orleans and Barry.
Losses in all three doubles, two by scores of 9-8, led to a 6-3 defeat at the hands of visiting UC Santa Cruz last Monday...The Tritons split the six singles matches with the 10th-ranked (D-III) Banana Slugs, getting straight set victories from Chapman Chan at No. 1 and Max Jiganti at No. 4, as well as a three-setter from Junya Yoshida at No. 2.
UCSD then hit the road Wednesday and absorbed a 6-3 defeat vs. always tough Azusa Pacific...Steidlmayer received a pair of doubles wins, courtesy of Jason Wall-Kona Luu at No. 2 and Sam Ling-Jiganti at No. 3 but his club was able to deliver only one singles point, that coming from freshman Luu's three set triumph at No. 6...Thursday, it was Division I UC Santa Barbara stopping UCSD, 6-1...Austin West and Devon Sousa at No. 1 and Wall-Luu at No. 2 each won, earning the Tritons the single (D-1 scoring) doubles point but all six singles markers were surrendered without winning a game...The road tour ended with a frustrating, 5-4, loss at Westmont...The Tritons trailed, 2-1, after doubles with Ling-Jiganti accounting for the only point at No. 3...The bottom half of the singles ladder was formidable with Jiganti, Luu and Ling each taking, 2-0, wins while posting a combined game score of 30-8.
NO. 21 WOMEN'S TENNIS TRAVELS TO CAL STATE L.A. SATURDAY
After going 1-2 at the West Florida Invitational in Pensacola, FL, Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team will play its fourth consecutive road match, hooking up with former CCAA rival Cal State L.A. at 11:00 AM...The 21st-ranked Tritons slipped to 6-10 on the season.
The Florida sojourn opened on a bright note as UCSD routed Delta State, 8-1, capturing two of the three doubles matches with Melissa Breisacher-Jacquelyn Davis and Katie Mulloy-Laura Wilke handling things at Nos. 1 and 3...Despite windy conditions, the Tritons rolled through all six singles skirmishes with Breisacher, Melinda Chu, Tara Vanooteghem, Mulloy, Samantha Yeung and Mizuguchi doing the honors.
Saturday, the rain and No. 9 West Florida were more than the Tritons could overcome in an 8-1 loss...Yeung's two-set conquest at No. 5 singles was all UCSD could muster...In a shortened encounter Sunday, Valdosta State blitzed the Tritons, 5-0, easily snagging all three doubles matches and sewing things up with a pair of singles wins...UCSD---Breisacher, Chu, Mulloy and Mizuguchi---won the first set in all four of the matches that were not completed.
ROSE BREAKS SCHOOL 400 MARK AT CAL-NEVADA MEET
Senior Jacqueline Rose's school record in the 400 m. highlighted a noteworthy performance by the Track & Field team in last weekend's Cal-Nevada Championships at Claremont...Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will now send out a split squad this weekend with mostly national qualifiers pointed toward Arizona State's Sun Angel Classic in Tempe while others will stay local at the Mangrum Invitational hosted by Cal State San Marcos.
Rose erased Christine Merrill's UCSD mark in the 400 Sunday, clocking 53.30, which earned her both Female Athlete of the Meet accolades and an automatic NCAA D-II Championship qualifying mark...Overall, the Triton women were 11th in the 20-team field, collecting 37.5 points...San Diego State (130 pts.) finished first...Rose was also part of two point-scoring relay quartets...First, she anchored Kathleen Hitchens, Caitlin Meagher and Chelsey Kamson to fourth in the 4x100 (47.52) and then came back to close out the second fastest 4x400 effort in school history (3:43.89), teaming with Sabrina Pimentel, Lauren Irish and Deyna Roberson...Irish also came home sixth in the 400 hurdles (62.52) and Jessica Miklaski was third in the javelin with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 137-5.
On the men's side, UCSD claimed eighth in a 19-team lineup where UC Santa Barbara prevailed (132 pts.)...Seven Tritons contributed to the scoring, five in the field events, headed by the third place finishes of seniors Nick Howe in the javelin (214-6) and Ka Wai Ng in the triple jump (49-2)...The former's toss was his best of the year and an NCAA provisional effort...Kiley Libuit was fifth in the javelin, Jeffrey Head found the same place in the long jump (23-1.25) and Zach Nagengast took sixth in the discus (154-6)...Two distance runners also added to the final point total, Kellen Levy, who was fifth in the 5,000 (15:05.0) and Dustin Harris, who crossed the line sixth in the 800 (1:53.55).
MEN'S CREW TESTS EASTERN COMPETITION AT GW INVITATIONAL
It will be off the East Coast this weekend for Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Rowing team which will compete against many of the top eastern crews at the George Washington Invitational on the Potomac River.
Last weekend, Johnson's charges, though not quite up to last year's high standard, turned in a solid performance at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay...The varsity eight placed third in the petite final of the Copley Cup after reaching the grand final a year ago...The top four shells in the race were separated by just nine seconds...The second varsity eight hit the line first in the petite final of its race, out-rowing Gonzaga, UC Santa Barbara, Washington State, USD and UCLA...The novice eight garnered fourth behing Cal, Gonzaga and UCSB in the grand final of the Derek Guelker Cup.
WOMEN'S NOVICE EIGHT WINS CREW CLASSIC TITLE
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew takes on top Division II rival Western Washington this morning on Mission Bay in the aftermath of the annual San Diego Crew Classic...In varsity competition at the Crew Classic, the Tritons captured fourth in a Collegiate D-II/D-III/Club race won by Humboldt State and the second varsity eight was sixth in the petite final of its division.
The highlight of the day was the grand final victory by UCSD's novice eight in the Mission Federal Credit Union Cup, also featuring D-II/D-III and club boats...The Tritons beat second place Sonoma State to the wire by nine seconds...The winning crew included Miranda Federico, Mary Beth Bilder, Catie Martinez, Claire Duesdieker, Emma Purcell, Crystal Banh, Lexi Yudin, Lexi deStefano and Michaela Kazek.
GOLFERS START POST-SEASON DRIVE IN PALM DESERT TODAY
Fresh off an 11th place finish at the 20-team Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invitational, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team will be back in the desert today, competing at the 12-team Skyhawk Desert Shootout, hosted by Fort Lewis College at the Classic Club in Palm Desert...Thirty-six holes will be played today followed by a final 18 on Tuesday.
Freshman Jay Lim, firing a 213 (74-68-71) on the 7,324-yd., par 72 Red Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, led UCSD with a 14th place individual finish at the Grand Canyon event...Lim's 68 for the second 18 was bested by just five other rounds over the course of the tourney... Sophomore Lewis Simon was next in for Wydra's crew, tying for 51st at 222...UCSD's other players in Arizona were freshmen Marc Herrmann (T56/223) and David Smith (T66/226) and sophomore Jacob Williams (T81/230)...Simon, Herrmann and Williams all carded best rounds of 71.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Men's Volleyball Coach Kevin Ring, track & field star Jacqueline Rose and junior Danny Susdorf of the Baseball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
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