Release: Sunday 01/13/2013 
Cheyne Hayes and the Men's VB team are at RIMAC Arena Thursday night vs. Cal Baptist.
Cheyne Hayes and the Men's VB team are at RIMAC...
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Thu., Jan. 17---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---7:00 PM

Fri., Jan. 18---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 18---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM

Sat., Jan. 19---Swim/Dive---UCSD vs. Simon Fraser/Cal Baptist---Noon
Sat., Jan. 19---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 19---MVolleyball---UCSD at BYU---6:00 PM
Sat., Jan 19---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---7:30 PM

Coach Kevin Ring's 14th-ranked Men's Volleyball team, which split its first two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) contests of the year at home last week, faces Cal Baptist in a non-conference match-up Thursday at RIMAC Arena before resuming MPSF festivities in Provo, UT against BYU Saturday...The Tritons are 2-3 overall.

With one of its most impressive showings in recent years, UCSD steamrollered No. 8 USC, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-20), in its home opener Thursday  night at RIMAC Arena...Showing a newfound verve and style, the veteran Tritons out-hit the Trojans (.217-.112), had 10.5 blocks and closed the match in confident fashion, coming from four points down at 15-11 to clinch things in the third set...Senior Carl Eberts led the way offensively for the winners, pounding 16  kills while hitting at a .414 clip...Junior Vaun Lennon and sophomore Cheyne Hays accounted for nine kills each with the latter adding a pair of aces...Sophomore setter Garrett Dempsey distributed 29 assists and Eberts had a match high nine digs.

No. 4 Pepperdine was another matter Saturday afternoon...The always tough Waves, dominating with serving, passing, transition and net play eased by UCSD, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-15)... Pepperdine hit over .400 for the match and out-blocked the Tritons, 15-2...Sophomore Cheyne Hayes paced UCSD with 11 kills.

Listen to Coach Kevin Ring's Thursday night post-match comments.
Listen to senior Carl Eberts' Thursday night post-match comments


After extending its winning streak to three games with a pair of home victories last weekend, Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team starts a stretch of six road games when it travels to Cal State Monterey Bay (7-3/4-3) and Cal State East Bay (4-7/2-5)  Friday and Saturday...UCSD, over the .500 level for the first time, will bring an 8-7 mark into Friday's outing and is now second in the CCAA standings with a 6-2 record, one game behind league leader Chico State...Monterey Bay is fifth and East Bay 10th on the conference table.

VanDerveer's club got its signature win of 2012-13 Friday night, stunning undefeated and ninth-ranked Chico State, 71-65...Senior Daisy Feder, out sick most of the week, was one of four Tritons in double figures, stepping up with a game high 19 points in addition to nine rebounds and five assists...Fellow senior guard Emily Osga piled up 11 points and seven rebounds while McKennan Bertsch and Erin Dautremont scored 12 and 11 points respectively...Improving soph point guard Miranda Seto had nine points and four assists...The Wildcats were up by seven at halftime but the Tritons, in front of a non-Spirit Night record of 1,012, chipped away and took its first second half lead on an Osga trey at 11:41...It was an advantage they wouldn't surrender as Chico never got closer than three in the final 10 minutes...On the night, UCSD out-rebounded the Wildcats, 43-37, and turned the ball over only nine times.

Twenty-four hours later, the Tritons raced out to a 12-pt. edge in the first six minutes, went into the half ahead by 19 and wound up with an 87-60 blowout of Cal State Stanislaus...UCSD shot a blistering 61.3% in the first half, was plus-12 for the game on the boards and VanDerveer was able to empty her bench with 10 players getting 10 minutes or more...Osga had another noteworthy performance, hitting 6-of-8 shots en route to 18 points, five rebounds and four assists...Feder (16), Bertsch (14) and Dautremont (10) all reached double digits again, as did redshirt freshman Emily Morris who canned 10 in a 12-minute reserve stint...All 14 Tritons snared at least one rebound and sophomore Nadja Kern matched Osga's team best of five.

Watch Coach Heidi VanDerVeer's Friday night post-game interview.
Watch sophomore Miranda Seto's Friday night post-game interview.
Watch Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Saturday night post-game interview.



On the heels of a vexing up-and-down weekend at home, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team will be looking for consistency when it travels to Cal State Monterey Bay (7-8/3-5) Friday and Cal State East Bay (5-7/4-4) Saturday...UCSD, now 3-8 overall and 2-6 in CCAA action, find themselves 11th on the conference ladder...Monterey Bay and East Bay are tied for eighth and fifth respectively.

With 1,791 on hand Friday night, the Tritons fought back from an early deficit and then held on late to defeat defending CCAA kingpin Chico State, 65-62...After spotting the Wildcats a seven-point margin in the first half, UCSD tightened it to two points at intermission...The lead bounced back-and-forth in the second half but with the score deadlocked at 56 and 3:38 remaining, the Tritons went on a seven-point surge (five by senior Tyler McGrath) and fought off the Wildcats thanks to a key steal and a pair of late free throws by junior James McCann...McGrath and McCann both posted big numbers...The former registered a double double with 24 pts. and 10 boards while the latter netted 21...The two hit a combined 15-of-27 from the floor...UCSD out-shot Chico State, 45.1%-40.4%, turned the tables on the glass in the second half after being dominated there in the first 20 minutes and had just eight turnovers against the aggressive Wildcats.

It was a completely different story Saturday night as the Tritons watched a 10-pt. halftime lead evaporate during a lethargic second half, falling to Cal State Stanislaus, 77-67...The Warriors out-rebounded UCSD and used an efficient second half offense to connect on 65.2% of its field goal attempts...One bright spot for Carlson's crew was the play of sophomore Brandon Blanchard who recorded a career best 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, and pulled down a team best six rebounds, a figure matched by senior Colin Porter...McCann (14 pts.) and McGrath (12) chipped in with double figure scoring nights.

Watch Coach Chris Carlson's Friday night post-game interview.
Watch senior Tyler McGrath's Friday night post-game interview.
Watch junior James McCann/s Friday night post-game interview.
Watch Coach Chris Carlson's Saturday night post-game interview.

Coming off an impressive undefeated multi-dual weekend, the Swimming & Diving teams will get right back into Canyonview Pool this Saturday, both men and women hosting Cal Baptist with the men also squaring off against Simon Fraser...The action starts at noon for the fifth-ranked men and third-ranked women.

Last Friday, Coaches Matt Macedo and Corrie Falcon saw their charges knock off nationally-ranked Incarnate Word, 179-78 (m) and 144-106 (w), and the men also downed a second top 10 squad, Missouri S&T, 153.5-102.5...The next afternoon, the men outlasted Division I Cal State Bakersfield, 163-137, and Missouri S&T, 199-95 while the women blasted both Cal State Bakersfield, 210.5-81.5, and Loyola Marymount, 181.5-105.5.

The big stars shined for the Tritons...On the first day of the weekend, juniors Nick Korth and Alex Merrill both had two wins for the men...Korth touched first in both the 100 (56.71) and 200 (2:03.22) breaststrokes while Merrill beat the field in the 200 (1:44.47) and 500 (4:42.01) freestyles...Freshman Paul Li also turned in a standout swim, topping UIW's two-time All-American Mark Rubin by five seconds in the 1,650 freestyle (16:06.23)...The women had three double winners---senior Beth Dong in the 200 backstroke (2:07.58) and 400 IM (4:31.62), junior Anji Shakya in the 200 (1:55.09) and 500 (5:04.05) freestyles and freshman Rosa Bebi in the 100 (1:07.71) and 200 (2:25.91) breaststrokes.

Saturday was more of the same as Korth took the blue ribbon in three races, again snagging the 100 (56.48) and 200 (2:02.62) breaststrokes and then going 1:55.53 to claim the 200 IM as well...Junior teammate Dane Stassi took the 200 butterfly in 1:52.74 and was second in the 100 fly with a mark of 51.57...Divers Tyler Runsten and Luke Calkins split the one and three-meter boards with Runsten's 292.12 pts. on the lower board earning him a fourth consecutive NCAA Championship berth (Calkins is already qualified)...For the Triton women, Shakya and Dong matched Korth's triple win day...Once more, Shakya got the gold in the 200 (1:52.45) and 500 (5:04.32) freestyles and for good measure clocked 2:06.83 to triumph in the 200 backstroke...Meanwhile, Dong, looking like a sure-fire NCAA title threat, showed her versatility with victories in the 1000 freestyle (10:18.43), 200 butterfly (2:05.13) and 200 IM (2:08.09)... Junior Natalie Mouhzooni was the top point-getter in both  the one-meter (208.35) and three-meter (211.80) diving events.

Hear Saturday's post-meet comments from Coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo.
Hear Saturday's post-meet comments from junior Nick Korth.
Hear Saturday's post-meet comments from junior Anji Shakya.

Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing teams got a taste of what it's going to take to get qualifiers to this year's NCAA Championships while competing at the ultra-tough West Invitational Saturday in Pasadena...The Triton men's squad rolled to three wins in four matches, knocking off Air Force (15-12), Cal Tech (24-3) and Florida (22-5)...Its lone loss came at the hands of Stanford (16-11)...In perhaps the most notable performance of the day UCSD senior foilist Andrew Lavin out-dueled Stanford's 2012 NCAA runner-up Turner Caldwell.

In the women's competition, the Tritons went 2-3...The victories were against Cal Tech (25-2) and Florida (22-5) but they came up short vs. Air Force (16-11), Stanford (18-9) and Northwestern (23-4).

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 Volleyball Coach Kevin Ring, Swimming & Diving Coach Corrie Falcon, Softball Coach Patti Gerckens and junior James McCann from the men's basketball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

First-year Head Coach Timmer Willing will get a preview of his 2013 Men's Tennis squad Friday afternoon when it goes crosstown for an exhibition vs. D-1 San Diego State...Play begins at 1:00 PM.

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