UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (May 13, 2013)
Release: Saturday 05/13/2013 
by UCSD
Kona Luu and the Men's Tennis team reached the NCAA D-II Quarterfinals.
Kona Luu and the Men's Tennis team reached the...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

None scheduled


WOMEN’S WATER POLO TAKES SIXTH AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
The 12th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team came home from last week’s NCAA Championship in Boston with a sixth place finish after falling to No. 10 Princeton, 12-10, in Sunday’s fifth place game…Despite the disappointing final contest, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp’s squad achieved its best-ever NCAA finish and closed up the campaign, 26-15, the most wins by a Triton team since the 1994 national championship club went 28-2.


The Tritons got off to a rocky start in the NCAA tourney, converting just 1-of-6 man-up opportunities and getting run over by an athletic Hawaii side, 13-6…The No. 6 Rainbow Wahine already owned a 5-2 lead when they scored two goals in final minute of the first half to make UCSD’s mountain a little too high to climb…Freshman Alexis Wieseler scored two for UCSD and goalie Courtney Miller had 11 saves…Behind junior Sarah Lizotte’s five goals, the Tritons rebounded to rout SCIAC champion Pomona-Pitzer, 15-8, in Saturday’s consolation semi-final…Melissa Bartow and Rachel Brooks chipped in with three goals apiece…UCSD appeared to have the fifth place clash with Princeton in hand, leading, 10-7, with five minutes to go in regulation but the resilient Tigers scored the final five goals of the game to emerge victorious…Lizotte registered three tallies in a losing cause…For more Women’s Water Polo new, click here.

Watch Friday night’s post-game interview with Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
Watch Saturday’s post-game interview with Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
Watch Saturday’s post-game interview with junior Melissa Bartow.
Watch Sunday’s post-game interview with Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.


 ALUMNI CORNER

A variety of sports were represented by UC San Diego alumni athletes at the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championships in Boston, MA last weekend. Included on the list were John Flowers (swimming), Felicia Orozco (water polo), Steve Smith (cross country) and Kellen Mandehr (crew).

 


SOFTBALL ELIMINATED IN NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team’s hopes of reaching the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year were derailed quickly last weekend as the Tritons were ousted from post-season play at the NCAA West Regional in Arcata, CA…UCSD piled up eight hits in the Regional opener, one more than No. 5 host Humboldt State, but three of the Lumberjacks’ hits left the park, in a 7-1 Triton loss…Given a second opportunity Saturday in the double elimination format, UCSD again out-hit its opponent, Grand Canyon, but once more was on the losing end of a one-sided verdict, 8-3…The Lopes bundled five of their hits in the second inning, all with two outs, scoring five runs and putting the Tritons in a hole from which they couldn’t escape…Juniors Caitlin Brown, Taylor Sepulveda, and Emily McQuaid and freshman Amani Proctor each had two of UCSD’s 10 hits…Click here for complete Softball information.




0
…Number of seniors on the 2013 UC San Diego Golf and Women’s Water Polo roster

1…Number of seniors on the 2013 UC San Diego Men’s Tennis roster

3…Number of seniors on the 2013 UC San Diego Softball roster

All three teams were NCAA post-season qualifiers in 2013


BASEBALL MISSES OUT ON NCAA REGIONAL
After sitting out the CCAA Championship Tournament for the first time since 2003, Coach Eric Newman’s Baseball team learned Sunday night that its hope of gaining one of the six NCAA West Regional berths had also been extinguished…Cal State L.A., on the strength of its win at the CCAA Tournament, moved past the Tritons to snag the final slot…UCSD concludes its season 26-24.


In off-field news, senior center fielder Danny Susdorf and freshman second baseman/pitcher Troy Cruz earned first team All-CCAA accolades last week and Cruz was also selected as the conference’s Freshman of the Year…Seniors Richard Seigel (1B) and Ryan Goodbrand (P) and junior shortstop Dillon Moyer garnered honorable mention recognition…For more Baseball updates, click here.

   

MEN’S TENNIS DEPARTS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN QUARTERFINALS
Thursday in Surprise, AZ, Coach Timmer Willing’s No. 14 Men’s Tennis team was ousted from the 2013 NCAA Championships in the quarterfinal round by No. 3 West Florida, 5-1…Making their 12th NCAA appearance in the past 13 years, the Tritons (13-11)  reached the second round of the Championship for the first time since 2007…UCSD, which had narrowly lost to the Argonauts (5-4) at home in March, got its only points from the combo of Max Jiganti and Kona Luu at No. 2 doubles.


The tournament was almost over on Wednesday’s Day One for Willing’s squad but the Tritons recovered from a 3-0 deficit following doubles to stun Southern Indiana, 5-3…The comeback started with straight set singles triumphs by Camill Salomon (No. 1), Jiganti (No. 2) and Luu (No. 5), tying the score at three-all…Freshman Ganesh Alagappan gave UCSD its first lead, rebounding from a first set loss to win in three and junior Rajeev Herekar sealed the verdict by doing the same thing…It was the first time in five tries this year that UCSD had gone winless in doubles but bounced back to capture the match…For more on Men’s Tennis, click here.

NCAA REGIONAL PROVES END OF ROAD FOR GOLFERS
The 2013 season came to an abrupt end for Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team last Wednesday in DuPont, WA where the Tritons finished 18th in the 20-team South Central/West Regional and failed to advance to the NCAA Championships…As a team, UCSD shot a 28-over 892 on the 7,078-yd., par 72 Home Course, leaving them 38 strokes behind first place Cal State Monterey Bay…The best individual performance was turned in by freshman Clayton Yamaguchi whose 54-hold score of 221 left him tied for 54th…Juniors Fredrik Palmer-Picard and Lewis Simon tied for 61st at 222…Palmer-Picard’s second round 69 was UCSD’s top 18-hole number for the tourney…On the bright side, Wydra returns his entire roster next year…For a complete Golf re-cap, click here.


Read website Q&A with junior Lewis Simon.

TRACK & FIELD WAITS WORD ON NCAA QUALIFYING STATUS
Coaches Darcy Ahner and Tony Salerno saw their Track & Field teams come out of Saturday’s Azusa Pacific Last Chance Qualifier Meet with 17 athletes (nine women, eight men) accounting for a total of 19 provisional NCAA qualifying marks, as well as sophomore Nash Howe’s automatic qualifier in the javelin…They will now wait for the NCAA to set the final field for this year’s Division II Championship, which will be held, May 23-25, in Pueblo, CO...That announcement is scheduled for Tuesday.


Top performers for the Tritons at Azusa Pacific included junior Clint Rosser, who posted a personal best for the second straight week, clearing 16-3.5 to win the pole vault…Teammate Benjamin Berthet (15-9.75) was second…Senior shot putter Ryan Eckert grabbed second with an NCAA provisional toss of 54-2.75 and senior A.B. Shaheen uncorked a 190-0 heave in the hammer, also good for runner-up honors…On the women’s side, soph Sabrina Pimentel hit the tape first in the 800 (2:12.23) and senior Uchenna Agbahiwe reached an NCAA provisional distance (147-4) while placing fifth in the discus…For more Track & Field news, click here.

WOMEN’S CREW SHINES IN PHILLY
Competing in one of the sports iconic events at a historic venue, Coach Colin Truex’s Women’s Rowing team showed it belonged last weekend at the 75th annual Dad Vail Regatta on Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River…The UCSD varsity eight took third in the grand final, racing just an hour and a half after winning the repechage heat to qualify…Barry and Nova Southeastern, the nation’s two top-ranked D-II teams were the only boats to beat the Tritons…Manning the V8 for Truex were Shruti Kamath, Mary Beth Bilder, Kelsey Henck, Rachel Schneiderman, Ashely Tragalione, Michelle Robbins, Kelly Peterson, Claire Duesdieker and coxswain Catherine Sheffler…The UCSD varsity four wound up fifth in its semi-final heat, two spots short of a berth in the grand final…The NCAA is scheduled to announce the field for the its 2013 national championship regatta (May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis) on May 20.
.. for more women's crew news, click here.

NEWS & NOTES
This week’s edition of Triton Talk, UCSD’s online radio who hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Coaches Brad Kreutzkamp (women’s water polo) and Timmer Willing (men’s tennis) and student-athlete Zack Attaran of the men’s rowing team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com…Run by UCSD Athletics’ new online partner Advanced-Online, ucsdtritonsgear.com provides a web-based, on-demand option for Triton Athletic apparel and merchandise...Fans have access to over 600 products which can be produced and shipped in 24 hours...Click here to check it out.

The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.

The fourth annual Triton Athletes’ Council (TAC) Memorial Day DodgeBall Tournament is set for Friday, May 24 at RIMAC Arena…Action starts at 6:00 PM and a 28-team field is expected…All proceeds from the event will benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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