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Ganesh Alagappan and the Men's Tennis team aim to secure an NCAA Playoff berth at home Thursday.
Release: Monday 04/08/2013 


Mon., Apr. 8---Golf---UCSD at Skyhawk Classic Club Shootout---All Day

Tue., Apr. 9---Golf ---UCSD at Skyhawk Classic Club Shootout---All Day

Tue., Apr. 9---Baseball---UCSD vs. Point Loma---6:00 PM

Wed., Apr. 10---WTennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma---2:30 PM

Thu., Apr. 11---MTennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma---2:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 11---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---6:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 12---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 12---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Hawaii---7:00 PM

Sat., Apr. 13---WWater Polo---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., Apr. 13---Track & Field---UCSD at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 13---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 13---WTennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---1:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 13---Baseball---UCSD vs. Azusa Pacific---2:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 13---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Hawaii---7:00 PM

Sun., Apr. 14---WWater Polo---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Sun., Apr. 14---WTennis---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---11:00 AM

The No. 17 Women’s Water Polo team faces No. 9 Long Beach State in its penultimate home game of the season Thursday night at Canyonview Pool…Last weekend Coach Brad Kreutzkamp’s club improved to 18-12 by sweeping four games at Santa Clara’s Bronco Invitational…In a crazy bit of scheduling, the Tritons will travel to Fresno this weekend for the fledgling “CCAA Championship” where they will be part of a field that includes three of the teams they defeated at the Bronco—Sonoma State (14-5), Cal State Monterey Bay (12-6) and Cal State East Bay (12-10)…Junior Sarah Lizotte’s 13 goals paced UCSD offensively at Santa Clara and freshman goalie Courtney Miller turned away 46 shots in the cage…The Tritons have yet to lose to a team outside the Top 20…Click here for in-depth news on Triton Women’s Water Polo.

THE WORD... from Women’s Water Polo Coach Brad Kreutzkamp:

“I knew we had some talented returners but with 10 freshmen on the roster the season started with a lot of unknowns. We’ve been able to mesh, talent and chemistry-wise, beyond what I could possibly have hoped for. Normally, this is the time of year when we peak—if that’s the case this year, with our depth and competitiveness, I’m going to be very excited to see how far we can go.”

Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team (7-18) tries to close out its 2013 season on a high note this weekend, hosting No. 14 Hawaii (9-16) for two MPSF matches…Tritons dropped a pair of  home matches in exasperating fashion last weekend, falling 3-2 to Pacific after winning a 36-34 third set marathon and then serving for the match in the fourth…Junior Johl Awerkamp, playing for the first time this year racked up 30 kills but they weren’t enough…Saturday, UCSD had No. 8 Stanford on the rocks in both the second and third games but couldn’t close out either in a 3-0 loss…Click here for complete reports on both matches.

Watch Friday night’s post-match interview with Coach Kevin Ring.
Watch Saturday night’s post-match interview with Coach Kevin Ring.

Junior Jennifer Manuel’s complete game, four-hitter and two-hits apiece by outfielders Taylor Sepulveda and Callie Grant propelled the Softball team to a 2-0 victory Sunday and the championship of the Silver Bracket at the annual Tournament of Champions in Turlock…The win improved Manuel to 9-1 on the year and upped the Tritons’ record to 24-17…UCSD went 3-3 in the tourney…Coach Patti Gerckens’ squad, sporting a 24-16 overall mark and 17-7 in conference play, returns to CCAA action this week with a return trip to Turlock for a four-game series vs. Cal State Stanislaus (13-27/6-18)…UCSD owns third place on the league ladder, three games out of first and a comfortable five games ahead of fifth place Cal State Monterey Bay, the closest pursuer for the last of the four CCAA Championship Tournament positions…Click here for complete reports on last week’s Softball results.

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For the second straight week Coach Eric Newman’s Baseball team won impressive Saturday doubleheaders while playing below standard in losing the opening and closing contests of a four-game series…This time, it was San Francisco State bedeviling the Tritons…UCSD, now 19-17 overall, is 14-14 in the CCAA, seventh in the conference standings and will need to do better than split in its final three league series to resurrect its flagging hopes of defending its crown at the  CCAA Championship Tournament…Freshman Troy Cruz snagged his third straight win as a starter in the second game of Saturday’s twinbill and senior Richard Seigel had five hits on the weekend including his team-leading ninth homer...UCSD steps outside of conference play this week, hosting Point Loma (Tue.) and Azusa Pacific (Sat.) for singletons…Click here for details of last week’s series and other Triton Baseball information. 

Watch Coach Eric Newman’s Friday post-game interview.
Watch Coach Eric Newman’s Saturday post-game interview.
Watch senior Danny Susdorf’s Saturday post-game interview.

Although not the kind of results he’s produced with past UCSD squads, Coach Zach Johnson’s youthful Men’s Rowing team was impressive nonetheless at last weekend’s San Diego Crew Classic, putting three boats—varsity eight, JV eight and open eight—into petit finals and finishing no lower than second in each…The JV eight collected first in its consolation heat and the varsity eight was second in the petit final of the Cal Cup, narrowly beaten by Oklahoma City…For complete Men’s Crew Classic results, click here.

Watch Saturday’s post-race comments from Coach Zach Johnson.

Watch Saturday’s post-race comments from junior Zack Attaran.
Watch Sunday’s post-race comments from Coach Zach Johnson.

A championship finish in the Varsity Four highlighted an exciting weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic for Coach Colin Truex’s Women’s Crew…The foursome of Shruti Kamath, Mary Beth Bilder, Olivia Knizek, Rachel Schneiderman and coxswain Cat Sheffler pulled away late to knock off Central Oklahoma by six seconds in the V-4 finals…The Triton varsity eight also reach the grand final but was unable to find the magic, finishing fourth (16 seconds back) in a six-boat race won by Central Oklahoma...The second varsity eight won the petit final in the same division while the novice eight posted a third place finish...
Click here for more information on the S.D. Crew Classic and Triton Women’s Rowing.

Watch Saturday’s post-race interview with Coach Colin Truex.
Watch Saturday’s post-race interview with junior Olivia Knizek.
Watch Sunday’s post-race interview with Coach Colin Truex.
Watch Sunday’s post-race interview with junior Cat Sheffler.


Following a week’s break in the aftermath of its second place finish at the 16-team Thunderbirds Invitational in Phoenix, AZ, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team returns to the links today for the first 36 holes of the Skyhawk Classic Club Shootout in Palm Desert…The tourney concludes with 18 holes Tuesday…The Tritons will be led by sophomore Jay Lim who finished in a tie for fourth at this event last spring…Lim is coming off a sixth place individual finish at the Thunderbirds tourney held at the Wigwam Resort…Click here for complete updates on UCSD Golf.

The annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational is on tap this weekend for the Track & Field team…Last Saturday Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner sent split squads to Arizona State’s Sun Angel Invitational and the Mangrum Invitational, hosted by Cal State San Marcos…Among the top performers in Arizona were sophomore javelin ace Nash Howe who placed fourth with a toss of 198-8 and freshman jumper Kristin Sato who was third in the long jump (17-6.75) and sixth in the triple jump (39-3)…At the Mangrum, Triton horizontal jumpers were also in good form…Junior Marya Carter led a 1-2 finish in the triple jump (37-4) and on the men’s side, Quentin McWhorter (TJ/46-8) and Kevin Chiao (LJ/22-5.75) earned top of the podium spots…Click here for in-depth information on Triton Track & Field.

Looking to close out its regular season on a positive note, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team starts the final five-match stretch of 2013 this week, hosting Point Loma Wednesday before traveling to Northern California to square off against Sonoma State and Cal State Stanislaus…UCSD, 11-6, defeated Academy of Art handily last Saturday but saw its post-season dreams go up in smoke Monday in a devastating, 5-4, home loss to 13th-ranked Grand Canyon…After moving out to a 2-1 lead after doubles, the No. 19 Tritons fell behind, 4-3, with two singles matches remaining…A win by Tara Vanooteghem at No. 5 evened matters but in a battle that lasted more than six hours total, UCSD was unable to find the final point…Click here for complete Women’s Tennis results and updates.

Watch Saturday’s post-match interview with Head Coach Liz LaPlante.

First-year Coach Timmer Willing’s Men’s Tennis team went 3-1 last week and put itself in the driver’s seat for a berth in the NCAA Playoffs…The big win for the No. 28 Tritons came Monday when they stopped No. 13 Grand Canyon, 7-2, taking 5-of-6 in singles and 2-of-3 doubles…Junior Max Jiganti won all four of his matches at No. 2 singles and 3-of-4 at No. 2 doubles with soph teammate Kona Luu…UCSD, now 11-9 overall, finishes up the regular season at home Thursday vs. Point Loma with a win assuring the coveted NCAA berth.

Watch Monday’s post-match interview with Head Coach Timmer Willing.
Watch Monday’s post-match interview with junior Max Jiganti.

·Johl Awerkamp’s 30 kills Friday night vs. Pacific was the most by a player in one match since Frank Fritsch put down 33 against Hawaii in 2009.

· Freshman pitcher, Softball’s Hannah Duarte saw her first action of the year at the Tournament of Champions and definitely made the most of it. She appeared in five games out of the bullpen, tossing 10-plus scoreless innings and giving up just three hits while garnering a win and a save.

· Another freshman pitcher Troy Cruz saw his consecutive scoreless innings streak as a starter snapped at 16 Saturday.


This week’s edition of Triton Talk, UCSD’s weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with coaches Brad Kreutzkamp (women’s water polo), Eric Newman (baseball) and Timmer Willing (men’s tennis) as well as sprinter Keith Rose from the track & field team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at

On an ongoing basis, Triton Insider provides a light-hearted look at the thoughts and opinions of UCSD student-athletes and coaches…Click here to see what it’s all about.

Four members of the Women’s Water Polo team---Sarah Lizotte, Rachel Brooks, Courtney Miller and Alexis Weiseler---will be at Canyon Vista and Pines this Wednesday night between 6:00 and 7:00 PM as part of the regular “Taste of the Tritons” promotion…They will be serving chicken tacos to student customers…Click here to see footage of Sebastian Brady and Nick Iorfino of the Men’s Volleyball team at Goody’s last week.

The San Diego Crew Classic annually draws a fistful of alumni rowers and last weekend was no exception. Among the men’s attendees were Justin Gordon, Gil Collins, J.D. Morgan, Shawn Hay, Ed Yragui, Kellen Mandehr, Greg Larson, Michael Bravo, Jon Lynch and Cameran Biltucci…Female alums included Jen Myers, Monica Switick and Caryn Urbanczyk…Both genders fielded boats in the alumni division and one notable rower in the No. 5 seat of the men’s shell was Bryan Stainfield  (UCSD ‘83)…Stainfield’s son, Brendan, occupies the No. 5 seat in the Tritons’ current varsity eight boat.

On Friday night, an alumni-parent reception prior to the Baseball team’s series opener vs. S.F. State highlighted the recently-launched fund-raising campaign for a new clubhouse at Triton Ballpark…Among the former players in attendance were Ryan Flanagan, a starting pitcher from UCSD’s 1994 NCAA D-III College World Series team, Chris Murphy, Aaron Baumann, Kirby St. John, Matt Cantele, Kyle Saul and Erik Judson…Judson, a 1990 graduate, who has been instrumental in other recent improvements at the field, announced that his business partner, former San Diego Padres owner John Moores, had committed $100,000 to the project…Judson’s son, Easton, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.

Ironically, Biltucci (crew) and Murphy (baseball) are both now members of the Channel 10 news crew in San Diego.

Listen to comments from UCSD crew alum Jen Myers at the San Diego Crew Classic.

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