Tue., Mar. 5---W-Tennis---UCSD vs. Seton Hall---2:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 5---W-Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 5---M-Basketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 6---Swim/Dive---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Wed., Mar. 6---M-Tennis---UCSD vs. Rollins---2:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 6---M-Volleyball---UCSD at Long Beach State---7:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 7---Swim-Dive---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 8---Swim-Dive---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 8---M/W Basketball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBD
Fri., Mar. 8---W-Water Polo---UCSD at Claremont Convergence---10:00 AM & 4:40 PM
Fri., Mar. 8---W-Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific---Noon
Fri., Mar. 8---Softball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay (DH)---Noon
Fri., Mar. 8---Baseball---UCSD at Sonoma State---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 8---M-Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific---3:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 8---M-Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 9---Swim/Dive---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., Mar. 9---M/W Basketball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBD
Sat., Mar. 9---W-Crew---UCSD vs. San Diego State---6:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 9---M-Crew---UCSD hosts SD City Championship---7:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 9---Fencing---UCSD hosts NCAA West Regional---9:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 9---W-Water Polo---UCSD at Claremont Convergence---11:00 AM & 2:20 PM
Sat., Mar. 9---Baseball---UCSD at Sonoma State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 9---Softball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 9---Track & Field---UCSD hosts SD Collegiate Challenge---Noon
Sat., Mar. 9---M-Tennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---3:00 PM
Sun., Mar. 10---M-Tennis---UCSD vs. Fresno Pacific---11:00 AM
Sun., Mar.10---Baseball---UCSD at Sonoma State---11:00 AM
Sun., Mar. 10---W-Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii-Hilo---3:00 PM
SWIM / DIVE SEND 27 TO ALABAMA FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hoping to match or better last year's second (men) and third (women) place finishes, the Swimming & Diving team will be taking a contingent of 27 athletes (12-m/15-w) to the NCAA Division II Championships, Wednesday through Saturday at the Crossplex in Birmingham, AL...The UCSD men have been runner-up to Drury each of the last two nationals while the women have been in the top four every year since UCSD moved to Division II in 2000-01.
The men's squad includes 10 swimmers, as well as senior diver Tyler Runsten, NCAA silver medalist on the three-meter board in 2011, and his junior teammate Luke Calkins...The swim roster includes seniors Julius Espiritu, Adam Rice, Adam Yen and Jeremy Smith, juniors Nick Korth, Reid McCallum and Alex Merrill, sophomore Dane Stassi and freshmen Paul Li and Michael Leung...All but the two freshmen have previous NCAA Championship experience, highlighted by Korth's 2011 national title in the 200 breaststroke.
The breakdown for the women features seniors Beth Dong, Olivia Fountain, Katherine Tse, Amber Tan, Mercedes O'Brien and Casey Adams, juniors Anji Shakya, Sandy Hon and Erika Rodman, sophomores Jaclyn Amog, Eva Chen, and Sierra Robbins and freshmen Dari Watkins (RS), Naomi Thomas and Colleen Daley...Rodman, a transfer from Penn State and the freshmen are making their NCAA debuts.
Read the ucsdtritons.com Q&A with senior Julius Espiritu.
Watch pre-meet commentary from Head Coach Matt Macedo.
Watch pre-meet commentary from Head Coach Corrie Falcon.
UCSD's Swimming & Diving Championship Central.
W-BASKETBALL HOSTS CSU SAN BERNARDINO IN CCAA FIRST ROUND TUESDAY
After seeing a shot at a second straight conference regular season crown slip away in last Friday night's final game, Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball squad will take aim at bigger targets, starting Tuesday night when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino (13-13) in the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament at RIMAC Arena...The second-seeded Tritons, who come in 19-10 overall, split their two regular season match-ups with CSUSB, losing by four on the road before throttling the Coyotes by 23 at home...The UCSD women have a star-crossed history in the CCAA tourney, having never won the event in its five-year history despite winning the conference regular season crown in three of the past four years...Last year's squad, which won the regular season by a whopping six-game margin, was ousted in the semi-finals.
In a solid but somewhat uneven performance in which it scored the game's first seven points but didn't get its first double digit lead until there were just eight seconds to go, UCSD vanquished Sonoma State, 67-59, last Thursday night...The senior tandem of Daisy Feder (22 pts./5 rebounds/4 assists) and Emily Osga (18/6/3) provided a potent 1-2 offensive punch on a night when the Tritons shot 47.2% overall, 43.8% from three-point land and were plus-7 in the rebounding department...Junior Erin Dautremont led all players with 10 rebounds and chipped in with eight points...After scoring those initial seven points, UCSD promptly let the Seawolves go on an 18-7 run and take their biggest lead of the night...It was a prelude to the "build-a-lead, lose-a-lead" scenario that prevailed most of the evening.
That win put the Tritons' CCAA regular season back-to-back title hopes in their own hands Friday night and after controlling the scoreboard for all but a few early moments, VanDerveer's crew fumbled it away late in a 53-50 defeat at the hands of eighth place San Francisco State...The Tritons, who owned a seven-point edge with just over seven minutes remaining went nearly six minutes without scoring at that juncture while the Gators poured in 11 unanswered to go ahead, 52-48, with 1:55 left, their biggest lead of the game...A Feder jumper cut the gap in half with 50 ticks on the clock but none of three UCSD shot attempts before the buzzer came close...Feder and Osga both netted 17 points for the Tritons who shot 44% for the night and beat the Gators by four on the glass...Feder also reached double figures in the rebounding column with 10.
Listen to Thursday's post-game interview with Head Coach Heidi VanDerveer.
MEN AT SAN BERNARDINO FOR CCAA HOOPS TOURNEY OPENER
For the first time since 2009, the Men's Basketball team will taste the post-season as it goes to Cal State San Bernardino (18-7) Tuesday night for the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament...Coach Chris Carlson's cagers ended the regular season at 11-14 and their 10-12 mark in the CCAA earned them the seventh seed in the tourney and a date opposite the second-seeded Coyotes...The Tritons lost both of their encounters with San Bernardino during the regular season but the second of those two occurred more than two months ago...UCSD won the CCAA Tournament in 2008, Carlson's first season, knocking off 13th-ranked CSU San Bernardino in the first round.
Dismal 25.4% shooting from the field doom sealed the Tritons' fate in a 68-57 loss to Sonoma State last Thursday...The two clubs were virtually even on the glass (UCSD hauled down a stellar 17 on the offensive end) and Carlson's squad had just eight turnovers while forcing the Seawolves to cough it up 17 times, but the lack of offensive production proved too much to overcome...Junior point guard James McCann rang up 15 points (his seventh 10-plus outing in a row) and five rebounds...Senior backcourt running mate Tyler McGrath tallied 13, nine from the charity stripe, and another senior, forward Justin Brue recorded a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
UCSD turned things around in a hurry, with contributions coming from a variety of sources in an 83-70 Senior Night triumph over third place San Francisco State Friday...McGrath poured in 28 points, draining six three-pointers, and grabbed five rebounds...Meanwhile, McCann recorded his first career double double, scoring 14 points and handing out a career best 10 assists, and Brue make it back-to-back-to-back double doubles with 18 points and 11 caroms...For the game, the Tritons nearly doubled their previous night's shooting prowess, hitting at a 48.1% clip from the floor and connected on half of their 20 treys...The Gators led by eight with less than three minutes left in the first half but a 10-1 closing run put the Tritons on top by one at the break...It was still a two-point affair with 4:12 remaining in regulation but UCSD again finished strong, this time putting together an 18-5 surge that iced things away.
BASEBALL HEADS NORTH FOR KEY SERIES WITH SONOMA STATE
After emerging 2-2 from a four-game conference set vs. Cal Poly Pomona, Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team (11-8/6-6) heads to Rohnert Park where it will test perennial conference contender Sonoma State (10-4/2-2), which split a four-game series with Cal State East Bay last weekend...The series starts with a single game Friday afternoon and concludes with a single game Sunday afternoon, a Saturday doubleheader sandwiched between.
After being staked to an early, 7-0, advantage, senior ace Ryan Goodbrand saw his 31-inning scoreless streak snapped but the Tritons held on to hand him his fifth consecutive victory of the year, holding off visiting Cal Poly Pomona, 7-6, in Thursday night's series opener...The Broncos got five runs off Goodbrand in the sixth and had the tying run on third with one out in the ninth before righty Troy Cruz slammed the door for his third save...Shortstop Dillon Moyer, center fielder Danny Susdorf and left fielder Justin Rahn each accounted for two of UCSD's eight hits, which along with its seven runs all came in the first four frames...Susdorf scored a pair of runs, hit his UCSD career record-tying 16th triple and stole a base...Rahn had three RBIs.
UCSD ended up on the wrong end of a crazy, back-and-forth contest Friday night, falling to Cal Poly, 10-8...Up, 3-2 after five, the Broncos ran their lead to 6-2 against the Triton bullpen...But, Newman's troops charged back, scoring five in the seventh, three on a Dillon Moyer round tripper and another pair unearned to reclaim the lead, 7-6...It didn't last, however, as CPP battered the 'pen for four more in the eighth and the Tritons couldn't muster another comeback...UCSD racked up 11 hits on the night, including two apiece by the top three hitters in the order, Moyer, Cruz and Susdorf...Catcher Nick LaFace hit his first homer of the year.
The two teams closed up matters by splitting at doubleheader Saturday in Pomona...The Broncos, behind a dominant, complete game, six-hit shutout by Kevin Bosson, smothered the Tritons, 6-0, in the opener...Junior right hander Blake Fassler got the start for UCSD and put in five innings...One, the third, was the Tritons' undoing as Cal Poly piled up six hits and scored all of their runs...In the close out second game, Newman put together a patchwork assemblage of five pitchers that combined to hold the Broncos to six hits, leading UCSD to a 5-2 win... TheTritons struck for two in the first, three more in the third and made them stick...Meyer, Susdorf, LaFace and Rahn had two hits each and first baseman Richard Seigel singled, walked twice and drove in a pair...Rahn got the start for UCSD but went just two-and-a-third...Freshman Justin Donatella, the Tritons' third pitcher, got credit for the win, his first at UCSD.
Listen to Thursday's post-game interview with senior Danny Susdorf.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
SOFTBALL TAKES THREE FROM MONTEREY BAY; EAST BAY UP NEXT
turn right back around and head back to Northern California this weekend, testing Cal State East Bay (6-12/4-8) in a pair of doubleheaders, Friday and Saturday...Fresh off taking three-out-of-four games at Cal State Monterey Bay, UCSD is now 12-10 overall, 8-4 in conference play and owns second place on the CCAA ladder...East Bay is currently tied for eighth.
By rights, Coach Patti Gerckens crew should have swept the series at Cal State Monterey Bay but got stung, 2-1, in the first game of last Friday's opening doubleheader...The Otters broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, scoring both of their runs without the benefit of a hit...Three Triton errors ruined freshman Alexis Edwards' otherwise commendable duel with CSUMB ace Cori Reinhardt...Junior center fielder Taylor Sepulveda smacked two of UCSD's five hits and drove junior Emily McQuaid home with the only run...Junior Jennifer Manuel and sophomore Kayla Hensel combined in the circle to stop the Otters, 3-1, in game two...Manuel stayed undefeated, accruing her third win while Hensel came on to toss three-and-a-third innings of hitless relief, allowing just one baserunner and picking up her first collegiate save...The Tritons tagged Monterey pitching for nine hits, two apiece by Sepulveda, Caitlin Brown, Nicole Spangler and Alissa Gutierrez.
UCSD rode more solid hurling to victories in both ends of Saturday's twinbill, 2-1 and 5-2...In game one, the Tritons grabbed the lead in the first inning with freshman Callie Grant's RBI single and doubled it in the third on Brown's solo homer, the first of her two hits...Edwards started but it was Hensel, again spotless out of the bullpen, snaring the win...Hensel surrendered just one hit in three-plus innings...The Tritons pounded out 11 hits in the nine-inning nightcap, five singles coming in a three-run ninth that finally decided the marathon...Trailing, 2-0, UCSD took advantage of two Otter errors to deadlock the game in the sixth on Grant's two-run single...Three Tritons---Sepulveda and freshmen Amani Proctor and Katie Saunders---all delivered two hits with one of Saunders, a two-RBI single, being the key blow in the ninth...Manuel handled the first four innings before yielding to Hensel who once again stonewalled Monterey Bay, collecting her second win of the series and eighth of the season.
FENCERS HOST NCAA REGIONAL SATURDAY
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team will be in search of NCAA Championship bids when it hosts the NCAA West Regional, this Saturday starting at 9:00 AM in UCSD's Main Gym...The big three in the West, UCSD, Stanford and Air Force, will square off with the top two individuals in each weapon gaining automatic entry to the Championship, set for March 21-23 in San Antonio, TX.
The lone Triton with NCAA experience is junior sabre specialist Munira Gesner...She and her freshman sister, Megan, figure to be in the mix this time around along with sabre teammate Karinne Caisse...On the men's side, among those positioned to contend are epee standouts junior Luc Ginestet and freshman Eduard Zilinskiy, as well as another emerging freshman Travis Tibbitts in sabre...Junior Kerric Moore is solid in foil but faces two of the nation's top-ranked performers in that event from Stanford.
TRACK & FIELD GETS PAIR OF RUNNER-UP FINISHES AT ALL-CAL
Both Coach Tony Salerno's Men and Coach Darcy Ahner's Women claimed second place finishes at Saturday's All-Cal Challenge in Irvine...Both teams will be back in La Jolla this Sunday as UCSD hosts the San Diego Collegiate Challenge which will feature nearly all of the county's universities and junior college squads, including Cal State San Marcos, Point Loma and the San Diego State women.
In Irvine last weekend, the Triton men piled up 180 points to come in 48 behind team winner UC Santa Barbara...Host UC Irvine was third with 123 and UC Riverside fourth with 64...The order of finish was the same on the women's side with UCSB totaling 220 points followed by UCSD (163), UCI (137) and UCR (130)...The Triton men found the top of the podium in four events...After grabbing second in the 100 (10.79), sophomore sprinter Keith Rose topped the field in the 200, clocking 21.86...Senior Zach Nagengast won the discus with a toss of 154-0 and was second to teammate A.B. Shaheen in the hammer, the winner's heave going 187-7...Rounding out the first place performances for the men was senior Quentin McWhorter in the triple jump, landing at 45-0.5...In the women's division, 2012 NCAA qualifier Jessica Miklaski was best in the javelin with a mark of 143-2 and in the pole vault, the freshmen duo of Megan Benham and Sydney Blakeley went 1-2, both clearing 11-5.75 with Benham prevailing on misses...Three competitors posted new NCAA provisional qualifying marks---Shaheen, Rosser and sophomore Sabrina Pimentel who was second in the 800 (2:13.05).
POLO GAINS SECOND WIN OVER LMU; CLAREMONT TOURNEY LOOMS
The 17th-ranked Women's Water Polo team, coming off 1-1 home weekend, will take to the road for a four-game excursion at the Claremont Convergence tournament...Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's outfit, sporting a 6-8 overall record and figuring to potentially move up in the next national rankings, will clash with Whittier (10:00 AM) and Cal Lutheran (4:40 PM) Friday in Claremont and then finish up against Chapman (9:00 AM) and Claremont (2:20 PM) Sunday...UCSD's last 10 games have been against ranked (Top 20) opponents.
Last Friday night at Canyonview Pool emerging freshman Alexis Wieseler exploded for seven goals and her first-year teammate, goalie Courtney Miller, stopped 11 shots in the cage as UCSD rebounded from an early, 3-0, deficit to overcome No. 13 Loyola Marymount, 11-10...It was the Tritons' second win over the WWPA rival Lions this season, both one-goal affairs...The visitors were up by three, four minutes into the contest but UCSD had narrowed the margin to one at halftime and forged ahead, 8-7, through three periods...Wieseler, whose previous best was three goals, against both UCLA and Santa Clara, scored UCSD's final two goals in the fourth quarter, putting Kreutzkamp's club up, 11-9, and after LMU pulled to within one, Miller made a pair of late saves to preserve the outcome...Sophomore Jolene Giuliana accounted for a pair of goals.
Sunday afternoon, the Tritons played sound defensively against No. 7 UC Irvine but just couldn't find quite enough on the offensive end, succumbing, 8-6, to the Anteaters...The two teams slugged it out over the first three-plus periods but with the scoreboard, 5-4, in its favor, back-to goals gave Irvine a three-goal advantage early in the fourth quarter that essentially determined the outcome...Wieseler, again coming off the bench, cracked the cage three times with leading scorer Sarah Lizotte, Julia Kirkland and Rachel Brooks connecting for one each.
Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
Watch Sunday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
LONG BEACH STATE, NORTHRIDGE ON TAP FOR MEN'S V-BALL
Intent on halting a three-match Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) slide, the Men's Volleyball team starts a five-game road stint Wednesday at No. 3 Long Beach State (13-4/11-3) and continues Friday at No. 8 Cal State Northridge (9-6)...The Tritons lost to the 49ers in the season-opening UCSD Winter Invitational and dropped conference matches to both clubs at RIMAC Arena in January.
Last Thursday in Riverside, sophomore Cheyne Hayes had eight kills and senior Carl Eberts seven but UCSD wound up on the losing end of a 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-21) final against No. 12 Cal Baptist...Senior libero Chase Frishman registered 11 digs...The loss snapped a two-match win streak over the Lancers, one at home earlier this season.
Saturday, in front of the largest crowd (1,659) to ever see a men's volleyball match at RIMAC Arena, the Tritons were unable to solve what No. 2 BYU threw at them, falling in straight sets to the Cougars, 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-15)...UCSD rallied from seven down to catch BYU at 23 in the second set and, with sophomore Nick Iorfino hammering four consecutive kills, pushed the visitors to the brink, just not over...Eberts logged 15 kills, two aces and eight digs while Iorfino finished with 14 kills...The Cougars, who have never lost the Tritons, hit a sterling .427.
See Coach Kevin Ring's Saturday night post-match interview.
BIG HOMESTAND BEGINS WEDNESDAY FOR MEN'S TENNIS
Coach Timmer Willing's Men's Tennis team begins a stretch of nine consecutive home dual matches, four this week, on Wednesday when the Tritons welcome Rollins to the North Courts...Following the Tars to La Jolla will be Hawaii Pacific (Fri.), Sonoma State (Sat.) and Fresno Pacific (Sun.)...The No. 21 Tritons have prevailed in three dual matches in a row after using a doubles sweep to race past Western New Mexico, 7-2, last Monday...Camill Salomon-Devon Sousa, Kona Luu-Max Jiganti and Rajeev Herekar-Teddy Truong captured the 1-3 doubles.
Later in the week, Willing sent a seven-team squad to the 124th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship at nearby La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club...The tandem of Salomon and Sousa turned in the best effort, reached the fourth round of the consolation draw before falling to Mousheg Hovhannisyan and David Sofaer of Pepperdine.
WOMEN'S TENNIS HOME FOR THREE THIS WEEK
Coach Liz LaPlante's 27th-ranked Women's Tennis team continues its prolonged home stand with three matches on the North Courts this week, starting Tuesday when Division I Eastern invader Seton Hall comes to town...Following the Pirates are D-II rivals Hawaii Pacific (Fri.) and Hawaii-Hilo (Sun.) for a pair of key regional match-ups...The Tritons come into the week 6-3.
Friday, UCSD cut down visiting Sonoma State, 8-1, sweeping the three doubles points and capturing Nos. 2-5 singles in straight sets...Melissa Breisacher and Kyra Scott took No. 1 doubles with Paula Chou-Jacquelyn Davis and Tara Vanooteghem-Melinda Chu securing Nos. 2-3 respectively...In order the singles winners were Scott, Chou, Chu, Vanooteghem and Davis highlighted by Vanooteghem winning without surrendering a game at No. 5.
The Tritons saw their modest two-match winning streak curtailed Sunday in a 7-2 defeat to No. 19 Rollins...The Tars led, 2-1, following doubles with Chou and Davis earning UCSD's lone point and they dominated singles with only Scott breaking the stranglehold with a three-setter at No. 2.
GOLFERS EIGHTH AT COYOTE INVITATIONAL
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team split the field at last week's Coyote Invitational, tying Colorado State-Pueblo for eighth place in the 15-team event, hosted by Cal State San Bernardino at Arrowhead Country Club...The Tritons finished 34 strokes behind team winner Cal State Stanislaus...Junior David Smith, who moved into the UCSD lineup for this event, tied freshman Daniel Yang for top honors...Both shot14-over par 224s on the 6,525-yd., par 70 track, tying for 30th...Following that duo were junior Lewis Simon (T34/225), sophomore Jay Lim (T39/227) and junior Jacob Williams (T58/233)...Lim's opening round 71 was the best 18 for the Tritons during the tournament...Off this week, UCSD returns to action March 11-12, hosting the annual Southern California Intercollegiate at Mission Viejo Country Club.
HOME OPENERS FOR TRITON CREWS SATURDAY
Both the Men's and Women's Rowing will be in action on Mission Bay this Saturday morning in crosstown clashes...The women will battle San Diego State with the men taking on both SDSU and USD...Both outfits opened their 2013 seasons Saturday at Marine Stadium in Long Beach, squaring off against Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara, with San Diego State thrown in on the men's side and Chapman with the women.
It was a bang-up debut for first-year Women's Coach Colin Truex and his Triton women...Second by a mere 4.2 seconds to UC Santa Barbara in the varsity eight, UCSD stroked to victories by comfortable margins in the second varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight and novice four.
Coach Zach Johnson's men, a dominant factor at this regatta in past years, overcame youth and injuries to perform solidly...In the varsity eight, the UC Irvine used a late race surge to nip the Tritons by less than a second...The Tritons were also runner-ups in the second varsity eight, but had their top finish of the day in the varsity lightweight eight, getting the best of UCI by 3.3 seconds...Completing the racing, UCSD was second in the both varsity four races and third in the novice eight.
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 Patti Gerckens (softball) and Tony Salerno (track & field) as well as fencer Luc Ginestet and No. 1 singles player Camill Salomon from Men's Tennis.
Former Triton NCAA champion Linda Rainwater cleared 5-11 to finish third in the high jump at last weekend's USA Indoor Track & Field Nationals in Albuquerque...Rainwater, a 2010 UCSD graduate was named the West Region's Field Athlete of the Year as a senior.
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