UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (January 21, 2013)
Release: Friday 01/20/2013 
by UCSD
Senior Casey Adams and the UCSD Swimming & Diving teams take on Cal Poly Saturday.
Senior Casey Adams and the UCSD Swimming &...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Fri., Jan. 25---WBasketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 25---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. CSU Northridge---7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 25---MBasketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:30 PM

Sat., Jan. 26---WWater Polo---UCSD at UCSD Winter Invitational---All Day
Sat., Jan. 26---Swim/Dive---UCSD at Cal Poly---1:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 26---Fencing---UCSD Duals---2:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 26---WBasketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 26---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 26---MBasketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:30 PM

Sun., Jan. 27---WWater Polo---UCSD at UCSB Winter Invitational---All Day


MEN'S VOLLEYBALL HOME FOR BIG MPSF PAIR THIS WEEKEND
Following a second straight up-and-down week, Coach Kevin Ring's 13th-ranked Men's Volleyball team (3-4/2-2) will be aiming to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season when it welcomes No. 10 Cal State Northridge (3-1/1-1) and No. 9 Long Beach State (5-2/3-1) to RIMAC Arena this weekend...Long Beach State is tied for second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings while UCSD and CSUN are part of a four-team logjam in fifth place.

Last Thursday night at RIMAC Arena, Ring & Co. rode a monster performance from senior Carl Eberts to a 3-2 (19-25, 25-17, 17-25, 25-16, 25-12) triumph over No. 14 Cal Baptist in an MPSF tussle...Eberts came up with 22 kills while hitting at a flashy .529 percentage...He added eight digs and a pair of block assists...Junior Mike Brunsting and sophomore Garrett Dempsey combined for 49 assists with junior Vaun Lennon (10 kills) and sophomore Nick Iorfino (9 kills, .538) providing ample offensive back-up for Eberts...Iorfino, who had seen limited playing time coming into the match, came off the bench to help spark the fourth and fifth set rally...After having their worst set of the night in the third (.097 hitting percentage), UCSD rebounded in a big way, hitting .630 in the fourth and utilizing a 7-1 run midway through the decisive fifth to ice the verdict.

The Tritons traveled to Provo, UT and found No. 3 Brigham Young more than they could handle Saturday, falling, 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-23)...The always-tough Cougars out-hit UCSD, .253-.146 but won the match by dominating the net, out-blocking Ring's club, 16.5-4.0...Eberts continued to have a hot hand, leading the Tritons with 13 kills while hitting at a .321 clip.

Listen to Thursday's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.
Listen to Thursday's post-match interview with sophomore Nick Iorfino.

MEN'S CAGERS SWEEP IN NORCAL; FACE CRUCIAL RETURN TRIP NORTH
Suddenly sporting four wins in its last five games, Coach Chris Carlson's  Men's Basketball team treks back to Northern California this weekend to battle San Francisco State (8-6/6-4) and Sonoma State (6-8/4-6)...It will mark the middle section of a six-game road string that started last weekend with wins at Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay...The Tritons enter the week 5-8 overall, 4-6 in CCAA play and situated in a tie for seventh on the CCAA table heading into Friday night's tilt which will mark the halfway point of the conference season...SFSU is currently tied for third and Sonoma State is deadlocked with UCSD (7th) in the league standings.

UCSD, down by 12 midway through the first half last Friday night in Seaside, used a 26-4 blitz to take an eight-point (39-31) halftime lead and eventually defeated host Cal State Monterey Bay, 63-58...The Otters twice got to within two in the second half, the last time with 1:15 remaining, but the Tritons hit five-of-six free throws in the final 21 seconds to sew things up...Senior Tyler McGrath (20 pts./4 threes) and junior James McCann (16 pts./3 assists) provided most of the offense, senior Colin Porter and freshman Drew Dyer pounded the glass for eight boards apiece and the UCSD defense forced Monterey Bay into an ice cold 0-for-14 from beyond the arc.

Dyer put on a spectacular show the next night, canning 12-of-15 field goals en route to a career high 30 points as UCSD rolled past Cal State East Bay, 69-60, in Hayward...The Air Force transfer connected on all six of his three-point tries, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out a pair of assists as the Tritons took the lead from the opening tip and never allowed the Pioneers to get it back...UCSD opened up a 35-20 halftime advantage, increased it to 18 early in the second 20 minutes and never allowed East Bay closer than eight the rest of the way...Porter's eight rebounds helped the Tritons to own a 35-30 differential in that department and they shot an solid 49.1% from the floor and a blazing 47.6% on their deep balls.

    

       
WOMEN'S HOOPS LOOKS TO MOVE UP IN CONFERENCE SCRAMBLE
Like their male counterparts, Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team heads into this weekend's two-game trip to San Francisco State (8-6/5-5) and Sonoma State (4-10/2-8) having won four of their last five outings...The 9-8 Tritons are now 7-3 in CCAA competition which puts them in a three-way tie for second on the conference ladder, two games behind first place Chico State...SFSU and Sonoma State come into the week sixth and 11th respectively.

Thirty percent shooting from the floor, including an anemic 16.7% from three-point land, 18 turnovers and a 12-2 mid-second half run by the Otters led to a 57-48 Friday night loss at Cal State Monterey Bay...The defeat snapped a three-game Triton win streak...Bright spots for VanDerveer's club included a double double by junior forward Erin Dautremont (10 pts./10 rebounds), 13 pts., five rebounds and three assists by senior guard Daisy Feder and a plus-10 on the boards.

Scorching the nets with 10 treys, the Tritons wasted no time relocating the win column in an "easier than the final score made it appear," 61-50, romp over Cal State East Bay Saturday night...Feder lit up the stat sheet with 19  points (16 in the first half), that included four from long range, four rebounds and four assists...Fellow senior Emily Osga contributed 13 points, five boards and three assists while fast-improving sophomore McKennan Bertsch chipped in with 10 points and four caroms...UCSD raced out to a cozy, 39-25, edge at intermission, helped in large measure by chalking up 15 points off Pioneer turnovers...On the night, the Tritons forced East Bay into 15 giveaways, shot a more characteristic 44.4% from the floor and ran their lead up to 22 early in the second half before VanDerveer went liberally to her bench.

SWIM/DIVE CONTINUES TO ROLL; SHOWDOWN WITH D-1 CAL POLY NEXT
Coaches Matt Macedo and Corrie Falcon watched Saturday as their Swimming & Diving teams continued impressive January dual meet runs on Senior Day at Canyonview Pool...Now, they will take their charges on the road, facing off against Division I Cal Poly, Saturday at San Luis Obispo...It will be the final regular season dual meet for the men...The UCSD women will host USD the following weekend in their final prep for the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships, Feb. 13-16.

Saturday, the Triton men walloped Cal Baptist (180-113) and Simon Fraser (169-119) while the women handled Cal Baptist (183-103)...The women captured 11 events and the men nine with three performers on both sides grabbing a pair of victories...For the men, sophomore Dane Stassi was a predictable victor in both butterfly races, taking the 100 in 51.33 and the 200 in 1:51.60 as was senior diver Tyler Runsten, the top scorer on both the one (284.77 pts.) and three (316.87 pts.) meter boards...Less expected was the big day turned in by freshman Kyle Nadler, the winner of the 1,000 (9:43.95) and 500 (4:45.03) freestyles...For the women, junior Anji Shakya led a 1-2-3-4 UCSD finish in the 100 backstroke (58.09) and 1-2-3 Triton showing in the 200 backstroke (2:06.68)...Junior Erika Rodman was first home in both the 1,000 (10:31.58) and 500 (5:06.40) freestyles and freshman Rosa Bebi touched first in both breaststroke events, registering 1:08.12 in the 100 and 2:26.18 in the 200.

Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with senior Julius Espiritu.
Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with senior Amber Tan.


WOMEN'S WATER POLO KICKS OF 2013 AT UCSB TOURNEY

Coach Brad Kreutzkamp opens his fourth season at the helm of the Women's Water Polo team when he takes his Tritons to Santa Barbara for the UCSB Winter Invitational, Saturday and Sunday...UCSD's four-game slate features match-ups with Santa Clara (10:20 AM) and Cal State Northridge (6:20 PM) on day one followed by tilts against Sonoma State (10:20 AM) and Claremont (3:00 PM) to wrap things up Sunday...The Santa Clara and Sonoma State games will be counted as regular season WWPA contests.

Kreutzkamp's outfit went 21-14 in 2012 and reached the WWPA Championship game for the third consecutive year, dropping the title game, 7-6, to Loyola Marymount...The Tritons have been picked for second in the conference this season via a poll of WWPA coaches...They graduated five seniors but return a solid nucleus including the junior duo of Sarah Lizotte and Melissa Bartow...Lizotte scored a UCSD single season record 91 goals and Bartow tallied 34.

FENCERS HOST THREE FOR DUAL COMPETITION SATURDAY
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing teams will host their final regular season home competition Saturday, hosting Arizona State, UC Irvine and Cal Tech for the UCSD Duals at Main Gym...All three of Saturday's foes are members of the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) and ASU has been the Tritons main rival in recent seasons...First bouts are slated for 2:30 PM...UCSD will host post-season action this year when the  NCAA West Regionals come to La Jolla March 9.

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 Basketball Coach Chris Carlson, Men's Volleyball Coach Kevin Ring and Women's Swimming & Diving Coach Corrie Falcon...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The UCSD Baseball and Softball teams will tune-up for their February season openers with home exhibitions this week...Coach Eric Newman, beginning his second season at the helm of the Baseball program, will send his squad out against Concordia Monday and Cal State San Marcos Friday...Both contests start at 6:00 PM...Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball outfit, which won the 2011 NCAA Championship and finished second last year, will test Concordia Wednesday with first pitch at 4:00 PM.

Between games two and three of  Saturday night's Men's Volleyball match at RIMAC Arena, the 2013 Triton Women's Soccer team will be feted with the unveiling of a banner commemorating its second place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division II Championships...All UCSD teams winning or finishing second in a national championship competition are recognized with banners in the arena.

The Women's Soccer team, which finished second to West Florida in November's NCAA D-II Championships in Georgia, will also be recognized Saturday, Feb. 1 at the San Diego Sockers home game vs. the Dallas Sidekicks at Valley View Casino Arena...Kickoff is slated for 7:35 PM...As part of UCSD Night, the team will be introduced on the field at halftime...Soccer fans wishing to attend can get discounted tickets by calling (760) 795-0024 and mentioning UC San Diego Soccer Night.

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