UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (February 25, 2013)
Release: Tuesday 02/24/2013 
by UCSD
Senior Emily Osga and the Women's Basketball team go for the CCAA regular season crown this weekend.
Senior Emily Osga and the Women's Basketball...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Mon., Feb. 25---Golf---UCSD at Coyote Classic---All Day
Mon., Feb. 25---WTennis---UCSD vs. Western New Mexico---1:00 PM
Mon., Feb. 25---MTennis---UCSD vs. Western New Mexico---3:00 PM

Tue., Feb. 26---MGolf---UCSD at Coyote Classic---All Day

Thu., Feb. 28---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Thu., Feb. 28---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Thu., Feb. 28---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---6:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 28---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:30 PM

Fri., Mar. 1---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Fri., Mar. 1---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---12:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 1---WTennis---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---1:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 1---WBasketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---5:30 PM
Fri., Mar. 1---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 1---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 1---MVolleyball---UCSD at Cal Baptist---7:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 1---MBasketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:30 PM

Sat., Mar. 2---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Sat., Mar. 2---MCrew---UCSD at Long Beach State---7:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 2---WCrew---UCSD at Long Beach State---7:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 2---Track & Field---UCSD at All-Cal Challenge---10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 2---Baseball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 2---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 2---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. BYU---7:00 PM

Sun., Mar. 3---MTennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day
Sun., Mar. 3---WTennis---UCSD vs. Rollins---11:00 AM
Sun., Mar. 3---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---12:00 PM


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO FINISH STRONG AT HOME
Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team, which debuted at No. 6 in the NCAA West Regional ranking last week, saw its nine-game winning streak snapped last Friday but demonstrated its resiliency by bouncing back Saturday to beat CCAA pursuer Cal State Monterey Bay and heads into the final week of the regular season, still tied with Chico State atop the league pack...The Tritons are now 18-9 on the season and 16-4 in conference play...They host Sonoma State (9-15/7-13) this Thursday and San Francisco State (11-13/8-12) Friday and are already assured of hosting a first round CCAA Championship Tournament game next Tuesday at RIMAC Arena...The Triton women are defending CCAA regular season champions and have earned that distinction in three of the past four seasons.

Playing one of its poorest games of the season, UCSD shot a paltry 34%, lost the battle on the glass and turned the ball over 15 times Friday night and it all added up to a 59-44 defeat at the hands of a big, athletic Cal State East Bay team...The seeds of this loss were sown in the first half when the Tritons scored just 13 points and were good on just 23% of their tries from the floor...Junior Erin Dautremont was one of the few bright spots, collecting 14 points (6-of-10) and nine rebounds.

VanDerveer's squad got things sorted out Saturday, turning away third place Cal State Monterey Bay, 56-44, behind a first rate performance from senior guard Emily Osga...Canning 8-of-16 shots, Osga posted 22 points and eight rebounds...Dautremont was again a key cog, scoring nine and leading all players with 13 boards...Defense also played a big role as the Tritons harassed the Otters into 25.8% shooting.

Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Heidi VanDerveer.
Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Heidi VanDerveer.
Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with senior Emily Osga.

CAGERS LOOK FOR TOURNAMENT SPOT VS. SONOMA, SAN FRANCISCO
Sitting in seventh place and having assured its first CCAA Championship Tournament berth since 2009, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team will be playing for position when it hosts Sonoma State (Thursday) and San Francisco State (Friday) for the last two games of the regular season...The Tritons, coming off a home split last weekend, are now 10-13 overall, and 9-11 in CCAA play...The top eight teams earn CCAA Tournament berths with the top four hosting first round games Tuesday...Sonoma State (10-14/8-12) is in eighth place, one game behind UCSD and SFSU (15-9/13-7) comes into the week third.

Friday night at RIMAC Arena, a lackluster performance from the Tritons resulted in a 72-49 loss to Cal State East Bay...Shooting was a major culprit in this one as UCSD hit just 34.7% from the floor, making just 1-of-16 from beyond the arc...Meanwhile, everything seemed to be falling for the Pioneers connected at a 55% rate from the field, 41.7% from three-point range and were in control for all but a few minutes...Junior point guard James McCann (10 pts.) played just 18 minutes but was the only Triton to reach double digits.

Carlson & Co. recovered nicely Saturday, putting five players in double figures and out-rebounding visiting Cal State Monterey Bay by 16 en route to an 82-67 victory...McCann led the resurgence, scoring 19 points (10-of-10 from the free throw line) and dishing out nine assists...Senior guard Tyler McGrath had 14 points, freshmen Drew Dyer and Hunter Walker contributed 13 and 12 respectively and senior Justin Brue posted a double double that included 12 points, 10 boards and a signature second half dunk...In all, UCSD shot a solid 48.1% from the floor.

Watch Friday night's post-game comments from Head Coach Chris Carlson.
Watch Saturday night's post-game comments from Head Coach Chris Carlson.
Watch Saturday night's post-game comments from senior Justin Brue.


NO. 18 BASEBALL AIMS TO REBOUND VS. CAL POLY POMONA

Aiming to bounce back from a frustrating weekend, Coach Eric Newman's No. 18 Baseball team will face a tough challenge in a four-game home-and-home series against No. 25 Cal Poly Pomona (10-5/3-5) starting with single games Thursday and Friday at Triton Ballpark...The two teams will finish up the set with a Saturday double dip at Pomona...After going 1-3 against Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Tritons have slipped to 9-6, 4-4 in the CCAA and find themselves occupying fourth place (tie) in the conference standings...CPP is tied for seventh.

At Carson Thursday, Newman got eight innings of shutout ball from senior ace Ryan Goodbrand as the Tritons throttled Dominguez Hills, 5-1...Goodbrand extended his string of scoreless innings to 26, giving up just five hits and fanning eight while improving his record to 4-0 on the season and 15-0 as a Triton...UCSD scored two runs on just one hit in the first inning and that was all the support Goodbrand would need...On the day, the Tritons mustered up just six hits but one was a two-run eighth inning homer by first baseman Richard Seigel, his third of the season.

The Toros evened the series at one with an 8-2 triumph at home Friday...Freshman second baseman Troy Cruz had two of UCSD's six hits, a triple and a run-scoring single as the Tritons led early, 2-0...Dominguez Hills inched ahead, 3-2, in the fifth but their five-run eruption in the seventh sealed the Tritons' fate...David Hart, who relieved starter Justin Rahn in the third, was collared with the loss.

Back at home in Triton Ballpark Saturday did not lead to better results...Dominguez Hills never trailed in sweeping a twinbill, 9-2 and 3-1...Seigel had three of UCSD's nine hits in game one but the Toros touched up starter Trevor Scott for five runs in his five-plus innings of work and iced the verdict with four in the seventh...Game two starter Dan Kolodin threw well, giving up just one earned run in five and a third frames but the Tritons were able to scrounge up just three hits, two by third baseman Sam Michaels...UCSD had a great chance to change the outcome in its last at bat when Dominguez reliever Tyler Mark walked the bases loaded with one out but Taylor Johnson came on to shut the door on the comeback attempt.

Listen to Coach Eric Newman's Saturday post-game interview.


            

NORCAL ROAD TRIP LOOMS FOR SOFTBALL SQUAD

A pair of NorCal doubleheaders await as Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team (9-9) goes to Cal State Monterey Bay (10-7/5-3) to square off against an Otter team that was picked for second in a pre-season poll of CCAA coaches...The Tritons, now 5-3 in league play, are coming off a 2-2 performance against Sonoma State last week which came on the heels of a rough experience at the previous week's Leadoff Classic in Tucson, AZ...They are part of a three-way tie for third place in the CCAA standings.

UCSD and Sonoma State split Friday's series opening doubleheader...In game one, Triton nemesis Samantha Lipperd weaved a one hit shutout as the Seawolves prevailed, 4-0...Sophomore Kayla Hensel got the start and was tagged with the loss...Freshman Callie Grant had UCSD's lone hit as a pair of SSU long balls hurt the home team...Caitlin Brown's line drive single plated Emily McQuaid with the game-winning run in the seventh as UCSD took the nightcap, 3-2...A pair of infield singles by McQuaid and Grant keyed the rally as the Tritons racked up 11 hits with four players---McQuaid, Grant, Kirsten Willmon and McKenna Clewett---accounting for two each...Junior right hander Jennifer Manuel went the distance, scattering eight hits to collect her first win of 2013.

Saturday, the Tritons nicked Lipperd for a first inning run when Grant walked, stole second and came around on a Brown single to center...But the Sonoma right hander went into shutdown mode from there, allowing just one hit over the next six innings as a lethal mixture of Seawolf hitting, sub-par UCSD pitching and three Triton errors led to an 11-1 defeat for Gerckens' team...Again, UCSD showed persistence and grit in game two...Manuel stepped up and blanked Sonoma State for eight innings on just two hits, keeping the visitors at bay until  her teammates were able to push across the decisive run in the bottom of the eighth...That came when junior center fielder Taylor Sepulveda opened the inning with UCSD's seventh hit, her second of the game, a double to right center...A fielding miscue sent Sepulveda scampering to third and a subsequent throwing error allowed her to reach the plate, giving the Tritons a 1-0 triumph...It also meant that despite being outscored, 17-5, UCSD had found a way to split the four-game set.

Watch Friday's post-game interview with junior Emily McQuaid.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Patti Gerckens.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS NO. 2 BYU SATURDAY
In a mid-season respite from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) wars, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team took to the road and whitewashed  Hope International, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23) last Friday night...Senior Carl Eberts was the offensive catalyst with 15 kills and an ace...Middle blocker Sebastian Brady hit .500 while knocking down nine kills and the setting duo of Mike Brunsting (28) and Garrett Dempsey (12) combined for 40 assists as UCSD hit .279 on the night...The victory leaves the Tritons 6-11 as they return to MPSF action this week---at Cal Baptist Friday and back home at RIMAC Arena to engage No. 2 Brigham Young Saturday.

LMU, UC IRVINE HIGHLIGHT BIG HOME WEEKEND FOR WATER POLO
For the first time in three weeks, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's No. 17 Women's Water Polo team is back at Canyonview Pool when it takes on 15th-ranked conference rival Loyola Marymount Friday night and No. 6 UC Irvine Sunday afternoon...The Tritons, sporting a 5-7 mark after going 1-3 and finishing 13th at the UC Irvine Invitational last weekend, defeated LMU, 8-7, in a Feb. 9 meeting between the two clubs...It will be their first meeting of 2013 vs. UCI.

Despite the 1-3 ledger, the performance was mostly positive at the Irvine tourney...Saturday morning, freshmen Alexis Wieseler (3) and Julia Kirkland (2) accounted for five goals but UCSD simply did not have enough firepower, dropping a 12-8 decision to No. 3 UCLA...That afternoon, the Tritons gave No. 14 UC Davis all it could handle before surrendering, 13-12, in sudden death overtime...Kreutzkamp's outfit rallied from an early, 5-3, deficit to deadlock things at eight heading in the fourth quarter...Regulation ended 11-all and the Tritons' prospects looked rosy when junior Allison Delgado netted her second goal of the game to open the OT scoring...But the Aggies knotted things in the second OT and got the game-winner 14 seconds into sudden death...UCSD had a chance to win it in the second overtime but was unable to convert a 6-on-5 opportunity...Wieseler, Kirkland, junior Sarah Lizotte and sophomore Jolene Giuliana matched Delgado's two scores and freshman goalie Courtney Miller made six saves.

UCSD notched its first victory of the tournament Sunday morning, holding off Pacific, 9-8, despite what Kreutzkamp termed "sloppy play"...A five-goal first period gave the Tritons a leg up early but the Tigers rallied to knot the score at halftime and it was still equal heading into the final quarter ...After the teams exchanged goals, UCSD got the clincher with just under three mintues remaining...The weekend ended on a disappointing note as the Tritons lost for the third consecutive time to Cal State Northridge, 9-6...The two clubs were tied , 4-4, at intermission but the Matadors stormed out of the break to out-score the Tritons, 5-0, in the third quarter and ice it away...Lizotte led UCSD with a pair of goals.

GOLFERS TEE IT UP TODAY AT COYOTE CLASSIC
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team starts a six-tournament in eight weeks stretch today at the 15-team Coyote Classic, hosted by Cal State San Bernardino at the 6,537-yd., par 70 Arrowhead Country Club...The teams, including all eight CCAA squads, will play 36 holes on day one and wind it up tomorrow with the final 18...The lineup for Wydra will include juniors Lewis Simon, Jacob Williams and David Smith, sophomore Jay Lim and freshman Daniel Yang.

MEN'S TENNIS CLOBBERS WHITTIER; LJ DOUBLES TOURNEY COMING UP
Coach Timmer Willing's Men's Tennis team hosts Western New Mexico today at UCSD's North Courts...The 21st-ranked Tritons, 4-3 on the season, will be looking for their sixth win in their last seven outings before sending a full contingent to the annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, Thursday through Sunday, at nearby La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Last Saturday, the UCSD racket squad eased past visiting Whittier, 7-2, winning two of three doubles matches and five of the six singles encounters...Senior Camill Salomon, redshirt freshman Horea Porutiu and sophomore Kona Luu all registered straight set singles wins at Nos. 1-4 and five respectively...At Nos. 2-3, junior Max Jiganti and Rajeev Herekar went three sets to secure the final two singles markers...Jiganti-Luu and Herekar-Teddy Truong were doubles winners.

WOMEN'S TENNIS STARTS MAJOR HOME STRETCH TODAY
After dropping a road match to Division I Cal State Fullerton, Coach Liz LaPlante's 32nd-ranked Women's Tennis squad readies for a three-match week with Western New Mexico, Sonoma State and Rollins coming to La Jolla...The Tritons, now 4-1, start a seven-match run at home with Monday's contest vs. Western New Mexico.

Last Tuesday in Orange County, freshman Kyra Scott earned a straight set win at No. 2 singles and junior Tara Vanooteghem prevailed in three sets at No. 5 but that was all the Tritons could marshal at Cal State Fullerton...The doubles duo of senior Jacquelyn Davis and freshman Paula Chou were 8-4 victors at No. 2 doubles but in the D-1 scoring format, the Titans captured the single doubles point.

ALL-CAL EVENT NEXT UP FOR TRACK & FIELD SQUAD
Field events made the headlines for the Track & Field teams Saturday at the 17th annual Rossi relays hosted by Claremont...Four of UCSD's five individual winners came in field events, three in throwing events...Senior Zach Nagengast captured the discus with a toss of 161-5, senior Jessica Miklaski won the javelin at 143-4 and junior Eva Isaacs 40-11.5 heave was good enough for first in the shot put...The fourth field event victory came from junior Benjamin Berthet who cleared 15-5.5 to prevail in the pole vault...Sophomore sprinter Keith Rose stayed undefeated on the young season, breaking the tape in the 100 with a time of 10.93.

The Rossi event was the first on the Tritons' schedule where competitors were eligible to post NCAA D-II Championship qualifying marks...In all, nine UCSD athletes reached NCAA provisional quailfying marks...This Saturday, Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will take their charges to Irvine for the All-Cal Challenge featuring UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara  and UC Riverside.

CREWS MAKE DEBUT IN LONG BEACH SATURDAY
Both the Men's and Women's Rowing teams will officially open the 2013 season Saturday morning at Marine Stadium in Long Beach...First-year Head Coach Colin Truex's women will tangle with Long Beach State and UC Irvine and likely UC Santa Barbara...Meanwhile, ninth-year Head Coach Zach Johnson's men will go to the line with the same three as well as USD...Racing will feature varsity eights, second varsity eights, varsity fours, novice eights and novice fours.

FENCERS ADD TO CONFERENCE TITLE RUN WITH NINTH STRAIGHT CROWNS
For the ninth consecutive year, Coach Heidi Runyan's Men's & Women's Fencing squads swept to team titles in the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC)...For the 2013 season, both units also had the distinction of winning team titles in each of the three disciplines---epee, foil and sabre---making the performance even more dominating...Arizona State was second in both divisions with USC third on the men's side and UC Santa Barbara third in the women's race...Next up for the Tritons is the NCAA West Regionals which UCSD will host, March 9 in the Main Gym.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Head Coaches Heidi VanDerveer (women's basketball) and Matt Macedo (swimming & diving) and senior Ryan Goodbrand from the Baseball team...The show will posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

In addition to being Senior Night, Friday's regular season basketball finale will feature a pre-game student tailgate co-sponsored by the Athletic Dept., UCSD Greek Life and Triton Tide, free pompons to the first 1,000 fans, courtesy of Valley Decorating, a mini-I-Pad giveaway at halftime of both games and post-game Fireworks on RIMAC Field.

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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