Release: Sunday 01/06/2013 
The Men's & Women's Basketball teams are home for two games each this weekend.
The Men's & Women's Basketball teams are home for...
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Tue., Jan. 8---UCSD hosts Triton Jam (students only)---8:00 PM

Wed., Jan. 9---UCSD hosts 13th annual Blood Drive---8:00 AM

Thu., Jan. 10---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. USC---7:00 PM

Fri., Jan. 11---Swim/Dive---UCSD vs. Missouri S&T (M) & Incarnate Word---2:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 11---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Chico State---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 11---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Chico State ---7:30 PM

Sat., Jan. 12---Fencing---UCSD at Western Invitational---9:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 12---Swim/Dive---UCSD hosts four-team dual---Noon
Sat., Jan. 12---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Pepperdine---1:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 12---WBasketball---UCSD vs. CSU Stanislaus---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 12---MBasketball---UCSD vs. CSU Stanislaus---7:30 PM


Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena for just its second home game in 41 days when it hosts third place Chico State (7-3/4-2) Friday night...Cal State Stanislaus (4-6/1-5) comes to La Jolla Saturday...The Tritons bring a 2-7 overall ledger into Friday night's tussle after splitting a pair of conference road games last weekend...Along with Cal State Stanislaus, they are part of a three-way tie for 10th place in league play.

After rebounding from a 13-pt. second half deficit Thursday night at Cal Poly Pomona, the Tritons went ahead on a Tyler McGrath trey with 2:13 to go and owned a 51-48 advantage after MacKenzie McCullough sank a three at the 1:17 mark...It all went for naught, however, as Mitchel Anderson canned a pair of free throws with five ticks on the clock allowing the undefeated and sixth-ranked Broncos to pull out a 52-51 victory...McGrath finished with 11 points to lead UCSD and fellow senior Justin Brue accounted for 10 points and seven rebounds in just nine minutes of action before being knocked out with a broken nose...On the evening, the visiting Tritons beat CPP, 35-30, on the glass and both clubs shot 40% from the floor.

Two nights later, the effort was rewarded as UCSD got its first-ever win in Arcata, holding off host Humboldt State, 72-69...Four Tritons reached double figures in the scoring column, led by freshman Drew Dyer's season high 17, which included three treys...After trailing most of the first half, UC was down, 34-33, at intermission before taking charge in the second 20 minutes...A lay-in by freshman Hunter Walker gave the Tritons a nine-point edge with 10:17 remaining but three minutes later the Lumberjacks had bounced back to knot the score...They were never able to get the lead, however, and McCann scored the final four points, two at the line and a closing lay-up, to ice it...McCann finished with a sterling line---16 points (including 7-of-8 free throws), a team best seven boards and five assists...McGrath and McCullough checked in with 16 and 11 respectively and Dyer contributed six rebounds and two assists...As a team, UCSD shot a blazing 58.7% from the floor, made 10-of-11 from the charity stripe and was plus-nine in the rebounding column.

Chico State (10-0/6-0) and Cal State Stanislaus (2-9/1-5) will serve as the opposition when Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team takes the floor at RIMAC Arena this Friday and Saturday...The 6-7 Tritons are now 4-2 in CCAA play and tied for second in the conference standings after splitting two road contests last week...Chico State is on top of the CCAA ladder, two games clear of UCSD and Cal State L.A. while Stanislaus is in the cellar.

Senior Daisy Feder drilled four treys and knocked down 24 points overall but UCSD, which led by seven with 6:48 to go, let an opportunity for its first CCAA road win of the year slip away Friday night in a 68-63 loss at Cal Poly Pomona...The Tritons went nearly six minutes without a field goal as the Broncos surged ahead in the late going...The scoring and rebounding numbers were close but UCSD turned the ball over 21 times and junior Erin Dautremont (12 pts./9 rebounds) was the only other player to hit double figures for VanDerveer...Sophomore McKennan Bertsch had seven points five rebounds and two assists in her first collegiate start.

Senior Emily Osga was the big gun Saturday night as the Tritons earned that first CCAA road victory, blasting Humboldt State, 71-54...Senior Emily Osga drained 9-of-14 from the floor en route to a 23-pt. effort, snagged seven rebounds and dished out five assists...Backcourt mate Feder registered 17 points and seven rebounds as UCSD out-shot (50%-33%) and out-rebounded (35-31) the Lumberjacks while running up as much as a 28-pt. lead in the second half.


Eighth-year Men's Volleyball Head Coach Kevin Ring got peak experience for his squad in its 2013 debut as the Tritons took each of their three matches at the Asics Invitational in UC Santa Barbara to the five game maximum last weekend...The unranked Tritons went 1-2 in a trio of outings against Top 10 opponents...They will continue that scheduling trend when they host No. 9 USC in their home opener this Thursday night.

UCSD kicked off the new season in fine fashion Friday, coming off the mat to erase a two-set deficit and upset No. 5 Lewis, 3-2 (17-25, 19-25, 32-30, 25-23, 15-12)...The Flyers were MIVA champs and an NCAA Final Four outfit a year ago...That night, the Tritons came close to making it back-to-back shockers, taking No. 6 UCLA to the limit before falling, 3-2 (26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 17-25, 15-8)...The Bruins, guided by first-year Head Coach John Speraw, a three-time NCAA title winner at UC Irvine, appeared to be on the ropes but came out firing with the first four points of the fifth set to avoid defeat.

Sophomore outside hitter Cheyne Hayes recorded career highs in kills (18) and digs (15) Saturday but it wasn't quite enough as No. 7 Long Beach State squeezed past the Tritons, 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 15-12)...Early on, it looked like UCSD was set to prevail in the critical fifth set as Ring's charges secured the first three points...But the 49ers rallied to tie matters at nine and then scored three straight of their own to take control...Junior Vaun Lennon chipped in with 16 kills and sophomore setter Garrett Dempsey handed out 44 assists.

The Triton Swimming & Diving teams continue a rugged January competitive schedule when they get back in the water this weekend at Canyonview Pool...Both teams will face national power Incarnate Word (TX) Friday with the men also hosting Missouri S&T...Saturday afternoon it will be a four-team battle...Cal State Bakersfield will be on deck with both teams while D-1 colleague Loyola Marymount will furnish a second opponent for the Triton women and Missouri S&T will give it another go on the men's side.

UCSD opened its winter slate last Saturday with the third-ranked women topping both No. 6 Grand Canyon (114-85) and Cal State East Bay (132-67) and the fifth-ranked men falling to their third-ranked counterparts, Grand Canyon (128-77)...The Triton men, who also lost to GCU in a dual meet last year, were second at the 2012 NCAA Championships, one spot ahead of the Antelopes...The UCSD men were able to accumulate just two individual victories against D-1 bound GCU...Freshman Paul Li cruised in the 1,000 freestyle (9:48.25), leading a 1-2-3 finish...He was also narrowly touched out in the 500 freestyle, clocking 4:37.47...Sophomore Dane Stassi continued to look every bit the national title contender, out-gunning a tough field in the 200 butterfly (1:49.45)...On the women's side, senior Beth Dong and junior Anji Shakya were both double winners...Dong hit the wall first in the 400 individual medley (4:26.96) and 200 backstroke (2:06.37) while Shakya was triumphant in the 200 (1:53.10) and 500 freestyles (5:02.40)...Other Tritons taking top honors were freshmen Naomi Thomas (200 butterfly/2:05.97) and Rosa Bebi (200 breaststroke/2:25.77) and the senior duo of Amber Tan and Katherine Tse...The latter pair swept the sprints, Tan taking the 50 free in 24.42 with Tse prevailing in the 100 free with a time of 53.01...Dong, Shakya, Thomas and Tse collaborated to win the 400 medley relay with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 3:52.22.

The women were back in the pool Sunday, dropping a 183-109 decision in a tough assignment against Division I San Jose State...Dong and Shakya switched events but were again stellar...Dong was first home in the 500 free (5:03.60) and 200 IM (2:07.28) and for good measure added a runner-up effort in the 200 butterfly (2:04.37)...Shakya, meanwhile, captured the 200 backstroke (2:05.41) and claimed second in the 200 freestyle (1:51.56).

Listen to Saturday's post-meet interview with Head Coach Matt Macedo.
Listen to Saturday's post-meet interview with freshman Paul Li.
Listen to Sunday's post-meet interview with Head Coach Corrie Falcon.
Listen to Sunday's post-meet interview with senior Beth Dong.

Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team steps back onto the strip in this Saturday's Western Invitational at Cal Tech, a six-team gathering that will include key regional opponents Stanford, Air Force and the host school...Also in the lineup will be Florida and the Northwestern women's squad...Runyan, whose teams have won eight consecutive Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) crowns, will be sending out a full roster for the team format event.

This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show, hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Men's Basketball Coach Chris Carlson, Baseball Coach Eric Newman and student-athletes Daisy Feder (women's basketball) and Anji Shakya (swimming).

Triton Jam, UCSD's annual basketball carnival for students, is set for Tuesday night at 8:00 PM in RIMAC Arena...In addition to meeting both basketball teams and coaches, students will have a chance to win great prizes, participate in a variety of interactive games and sample free food.

The 13th annual UCSD Athletics Department Blood Drive, organized in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9 in the RIMAC Green Room...The event will run from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM...Reservations are necessary and can be made by e-mail at
tritons@ucsd.edu or by calling (858) 534-4211.

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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