UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (February 4, 2013)
Release: Friday 02/04/2013 
by UCSD
Colin Porter and the Men's Basketball team are back home at RIMAC Arena for Friday's Spirit Night clash with Humboldt State.
Colin Porter and the Men's Basketball team are...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Mon., Feb. 4---Golf---UCSD at CSUSM Cougar Invitational---All Day

Tue., Feb. 5---Golf---UCSD at CSUSM Cougar Invitational---All Day
Tue., Feb. 5---MTennis---UCSD vs. Concordia---2:00 PM
Tue., Feb. 5---WTennis---UCSD at Pt. Loma---2:30 PM

Wed., Feb. 6---Softball---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino (DH)---1:00 PM

Fri., Feb. 8---MTennis---UCSD vs. Westmont---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 8---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---5:30 PM

Fri., Feb. 8---Baseball---UCSD at Grand Canyon---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 8---MVolleyball---UCSD at Pacific---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 8---MBasketball---UCSD  vs. Humboldt State---7:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 9---WWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat,. Feb. 9---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Blue-Gold Alumni Meet---11:30 AM
Sat., Feb. 9---Softball---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 9---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 9---Baseball---UCSD at Grand Canyon---6:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 9---MVolleyball---UCSD at Stanford---7:00 PM

Sat., Feb. 9---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM

Sun., Feb. 10---WWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 10---Fencing---UCSD at IFCSC Indiv. Championships---10:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 10---Baseball---UCSD at Grand Canyon---11:00 AM

TRITON CAGERS LOOK TO EXTEND WINNING WAYS AT RIMAC
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team, suddenly in a mid-season victory rush, comes home after three weeks on the road to battle Humboldt State (9-9/5-9) in Friday's Spirit Night game and then host CCAA-leading Cal Poly Pomona (17-1/13-1) Saturday...The Tritons, when last seen at RIMAC Arena, were 2-6 in league and trying to establish some consistency...They return 8-9 overall, 7-7 in CCAA play with three consecutive wins, five-in-their-past-six games and seven-of-nine, leaving them as part of a three-way tie for fourth on the CCAA table.

Last weekend, Carlson's charges avenged a pair of early season losses, the first with a 69-62 win at Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday...Junior James McCann canned 16 points to go with six rebounds and three assists to lead UCSD...After a back-and-forth first 20 minutes, a McCann three-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half put the Tritons ahead and they never looked back...Seniors Justin Brue (15 pts./10 rebounds) and Colin Porter (12/10) racked up double doubles while Tyler McGrath (10 pts.) and Drew Dyer (10 pts.) also reached double digits in the scoring column...The Tritons dominated the Toros (39-22) on the backboards and shot 43.8% on the evening.

A stifling zone defense held Cal State L.A. to a meager 19.6% shooting from the floor, keying a 50-34 UCSD victory over the Golden Eagles Saturday night...The Tritons forced 14 turnovers and harassed CSULA into a 1-for-16 night from beyond the arc...Offensively, UCSD got a career high 14 points from freshman Hunter Walker and another 12 from McGrath...Porter led in the rebounding department with nine, including four on the offensive end...After a downright defensive struggle in the first half, the Tritons took a 16-10 advantage into the break and the Golden Eagles never got any closer the rest of the night.

RED-HOT WOMEN'S HOOPSTERS BACK HOME FRIDAY
Now riding a season high five-game winning streak and boasting eight victories in its last nine contests, Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team comes home for the first time in four weeks to battle Humboldt State (9-11/5-9) in Friday Spirit Night clash and Cal Poly Pomona (11-7/9-5) Saturday...The Tritons come into Friday's tussle 13-8 overall, 11-3 in CCAA action...They are second on the conference grid, half a game ahead of third place Cal State Monterey Bay and one game behind first place Chico State.

UCSD received another big effort from junior Erin Dautremont (18 pts.) and 16 pts,. six rebounds and four assists from senior Emily Osga to put away pesky host Cal State Dominguez Hills, 63-52, Friday night in Carson...The pair combined to go 15-of-22 from the floor as the Tritons put up a team percentage of 42.1...Senior Daisy Feder chipped in with 12 points and a team best eight boards to help UCSD to a 41-33 edge on the glass and offset a sub-par shooting night...VanDerveer's charges led most of the way but when the Toros poked their heads in front by one at the 8:16 mark of the second half, the Tritons went on a 16-4 closing run to lock matters up.

Saturday night, Osga erupted for 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists, all game highs, to lift UCSD to a big, 68-58 triumph at Cal State L.A....Osga drained nine of her 16 shots, including six of the three-point variety and got double digit help from her backcourt mates Feder (13) and Miranda Seto (11)...The former matched her seven boards...The Tritons scored first when Seto turned a steal into a lay-up and went wire-to-wire, leading by 11 at half and extending it to 18 on an Osga trey with 4:30 remaining...UCSD out-shot the Golden Eagles and built a 43-29 margin on the glass.


TRITON INVITATIONAL KICKS OF HOME SCHEDULE FOR POLO

Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 19th-ranked Women's Water Polo team makes its 2013 home debut this weekend, hosting the 16-team Triton Invitational, Saturday and Sunday at Canyonview Pool...UCSD, which was 3-1 at the season-opening UCSB Winter Invitational, will face defending WWPA champion Loyola Marymount in its first outing at 9:20 AM Saturday...Depending on the outcome, the Tritons will square off against either Arizona State or Marist that afternoon with Sunday's schedule being determined by the day one results...Other top teams in the tourney include USC, San Diego State, UC Irvine, Michigan and UC Santa Barbara.

SOFTBALL TAKES 3-OF-4 IN OPENING SERIES; CCAA LAUNCHES WEDNESDAY
After opening its season by taking three-of-four from regional foe Western Oregon, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team gets its first conference test of the season, hosting Cal State San Bernardino (1-1) for doubleheaders, Wednesday and Saturday...UCSD, ranked second nationally, on the basis of its back-to-back NCAA D-II Championship final appearances, was picked as the CCAA's fourth best team in a pre-season poll of loop coaches...UCSD was fourth and CSUSB seventh in last season's CCAA regular season race...The Tritons went on to capture the conference tournament title and ultimately finish second at the NCAA D-II Championships.

The 2013 season got off to a rocky start as the Tritons absorbed a 5-1 loss to Western Oregon in the first game of last Friday's twinbill...A two-run first inning homer by WOU's Amanda Evola put the Tritons in a hole they never escaped...Senior first baseman Nicole Spangler had two of UCSD's five hits and starter Michelle Escamilla took the loss...Gerckens' club wasted no time straightening things out, scoring four runs in the first inning en route to an eight-hit, 6-2, triumph...The first of junior shortstop Mya Romero's two hits was a three-run first inning jack that put the Tritons on their way...Sophomore Kayla Hensel's six-inning stint in the circle earned her first collegiate victory.

Game one Saturday was a crazy, back-and-forth affair in which UCSD eventually prevailed, 10-8...The two adversaries combined for 18 hits and the outcome wasn't settled until the Tritons scratched out a pair of runs, one unearned, in the bottom of the sixth...Freshman right fielder Callie Grant had three hits and scored three runs for UCSD, junior catcher Caitlin Brown homered, doubled and drove in five runs and Spangler stayed hot at the plate, going 2-for-2, scoring twice and driving in three...Hensel picked up her second win with a one and a third inning relief appearance...Hensel got the start and went the distance in the night cap, shutting the Wolves out, 7-0, on four hits...The Tritons pounced on WOU pitching in the first inning, parlaying three hits and two errors into four runs...Grant, playing third base in this one, keyed the uprising with a leadoff double...Junior outfielder Kirsten Willmon and Spangler both had two hits, the latter knocking in another pair as well.

Listen to Coach Patti Gerckens' Friday post-game interview.
Listen to Coach Patti Gerckens' Saturday post-game interview.
Listen to senior Nicole Spangler's Saturday post-game interview.

       

BASEBALL OUT OF GATE STRONG; GRAND CANYON TREK NEXT

Year two of the Eric Newman era of UCSD Baseball got off to a solid start last weekend as the second-year head coach's 23rd-ranked Tritons grabbed two-of-three from No. 20 Colorado Mesa at Triton Ballpark...UCSD now hits the road for the first time in 2013, traveling to Phoenix for a three-game series against Grand Canyon, starting Friday night.

Last Friday night senior right hander Ryan Goodbrand picked up right where he left off in 2012, baffling Colorado Mesa on three hits for five scoreless innings as UCSD collected a 6-2 win in its 2013 opener...Goodbrand, who won all 11 of  his decisions as a junior, struck out six and didn't walk a batter while making it 12 straight...___Justin Rahn was the offensive star with three hits, including a double that was central to a two-run first inning...Senior CF Danny Susdorf added a pair of knocks.

The Mavericks rebounded to win Saturday's contest, 5-2, scoring one in the seventh and three in the eight to overcome a 2-1 Triton lead...Lefty Richard Kilbury, the fourth  of six UCSD pitchers got hung with the loss...Susdorf and Rahn each had two of the Tritons' seven hits, one of Rahn's a solo shot off the scoreboard in the sixth inning...UCSD came back with a vengeance, pounding 16 hits to claim Sunday's rubber game, 8-4...Four of those hits came in the fourth inning when the Tritons broke a scoreless tie by plating three runs to take a lead they never relinquished...Lefty Trevor Scott tossed five innings to get the win with five relievers preserving the margin over the last four frames...Junior third baseman Garrett Tuck smacked four singles and senior first baseman Richard Seigel just missed hitting for the cycle with a double, triple and home run...Rahn's bat kept producing with three more hits.

Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Watch Friday night's post-game interview with senior Ryan Goodbrand.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with junior Garrett Tuck.

SPIKERS LOOK TO SORT THINGS OUT AT PACIFIC, STANFORD
Continuing on the road, Coach Kevin Ring's 13th-ranked Men's Volleyball team will try to right itself in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this weekend when it battles with No. 11 Pacific (4-3/2-3) and No. 3 Stanford (7-3/4-3)...After dropping Princeton at home Wednesday, UCSD suffered a pair of MPSF road losses last weekend, leaving its season record at 4-8...The Tritons are now 2-6 in MPSF play.

Junior Vaun Lennon piled up a season high 13 kills and sophomore Cheyne Hayes chipped in with 12 to pace UCSD to its 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19) decision over Princeton...Sophomore Garrett Dempsey dished out 41 assists as the Tritons out-hit the Tigers (.175-.150)...On  the night, UCSD accounted for 14 total blocks with junior Fred Stahl notching two solo blocks and five assists.

Things did not go so smoothly when Ring & Co. left the friendly confines of RIMAC Arena...In a tough battle Friday night, despite having three players---Nick Iorfino (19), Hayes (14) and Eberts (12)---reach double figures in the kills column, UCSD came out on the short ends vs. No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 3-1 (28-26, 23-2, 27-25, 25-19)...The two teams had similar hitting percentages and nearly identical blocking totals but two telling figures for the Tritons were just five kills in the middle and a 1-to-14 ace-to-error ratio...Saturday night, No. 5 UCLA proved just too much to handle, hitting .314 and rolling to a 3-0 (25-10, 33-31, 25-22) whitewash...Eberts had a team high 10 kills but no kills and 11 service errors, coupled with an .848 serve reception percentage hurt the Tritons.

See Wednesday's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.
See Wednesday's post-match interview with junior Fred Stahl.

SWIM/DIVE WOMEN TOPPLE USD IN FINAL DUAL MATCH-UP
With the foursome of Katherine Tse, Colleen Daley, Anji Shakya and Amber Tan posting a time of 3:28.69, to win the meet's final event, the 400 freestyle relay, the Women's Swimming & Diving team clinched a 156.5-143.5 victory over crosstown rival USD Saturday at Canyonview Pool...The two teams tied last year and USD broke an eight-in-a-row Triton series win streak in 2010...It was the last dual meet of the season for UCSD which will now prepare for the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships in La Mirada, Feb. 13-16 in La Mirada.

Big performers abounded Saturday but none bigger than junior Shakya who, in addition to her leg on the final relay, led off the Tritons' first event 200 medley relay (1:46.22) victory before claiming the 200 freestyle (1:52.24) and 200 backstroke (2:05.82)...Freshman Naomi Thomas was also a double winner, capturing the 100 (56.79) and 200 (2:03.11) butterflies in impressive fashion and senior Olivia Fountain, on the comeback trail after working through back problems, provided a huge early boost with a 58.49 triumph in the 100 backstroke...Rounding out the blue ribbon crew for the Tritons was versatile senior Beth Dong who put UCSD in position for the win by touching first in the next-to-last event, the 200 individual medley, clocking 2:07.06.

Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with Head Coach Corrie Falcon.

GOLFERS 2013 TEE OFF SET FO TODAY IN VISTA
Coach Mike Wydra, in his 34th season at the helm of the Triton Golf team, sends his squad into its first competition of 2013 today at the 54-hole Cal State San Marcos Invitational at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista...The 15-team, two-day event at the 7,002-yd., par 72 course will include 36 holes today with the final 18 Tuesday.

Wydra's lineup includes veterans Lewis Simon, Jacob Williams and Jay Lim along with talented freshmen Daniel Yang and Clayton Yamaguchi.

WILLING, TRITONS HOST CONCORDIA, WESTMONT
Still searching for its first win, the Men's Tennis team welcomes Concordia and Westmont to La Jolla this Tuesday and Friday respectively...Coach Timmer Willing's first side is 0-2 after falling to Azusa Pacific, 7-2, Friday afternoon and 7-0 at USD Saturday morning...Junior Max Giganti and sophomore Kona Luu combined for an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles vs. APU and junior Teddy Truong gritted out a tiebreaker to grab UCSD's other point at No. 6 singles.

Hear Friday night's post-match comments from Head Coach Timmer Willing.

WOMEN'S TENNIS VICTORIOUS IN OPENER; AT POINT LOMA TUESDAY
Getting a boost by winning two-of-three in the opening doubles segment, Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team started 2013 in positive fashion, whipping Azusa Pacific, 6-3, Saturday on UCSD's North Courts...The No. 2 duo of freshman Paula Chou and senior Jacquelyn Davis and the No. 2 duo of Tara Van Nooteghem and Melinda Chu carved out a pair of 8-3 victories to give UCSD a 2-1 edge going into singles play...There, Chou at No. 4 and fellow freshman Kyra Scott at No. 2 both earned points, as did Van Nooteghem at No. 5 and Davis at No. 6.

The Tritons travel down I-5 Tuesday to face Point Loma in their first road match of the season.

FENCING

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, women's water polo coach Brad Kruetzkamp, junior swimmer Nick Korth and _____________...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The 2013 Track & Field squad will go through its first and only pre-season tune-up Saturday when it hosts the annual Blue-Gold Meet at Triton Track & Field Stadium...UCSD will host Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont, Feb. 16, in its regular season opener.
 
Revelle College will be looking to defend its winning 2012 performance at Friday's annual Spirit Night basketball doubleheader...Spirit Night, one of UCSD's longest-running traditions, is the culmination of a weeklong spirit competition among the university's six colleges.

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