This Week’s Events: Thu., Aug. 30---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hawaii Invitational--- Fri., Aug. 31---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hawaii Invitational--- & Sat., Sept. 1---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day Sat., Sept. 1---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hawaii Invitational--- Sun., Sept. 2---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day Sun., Sept. 2---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Hawaii Pacific---
This Week’s Events:
Thu., Aug. 30---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hawaii Invitational---
Fri., Aug. 31---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hawaii Invitational--- &
Sat., Sept. 1---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Sept. 1---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hawaii Invitational---
Sun., Sept. 2---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sun., Sept. 2---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Hawaii Pacific---
TRADITIONAL TOURNAMENT OPENER ON TAP FOR MEN’S WATER POLO
Fielding an almost totally re-tooled lineup, Coach Denny Harper’s Men’s Water Polo team will get its first look at “live” competition when it hosts this weekend’s eight-team Triton Invitational.
After winning its 14th Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) title and finishing third at the NCAA Championships in 2006, the Tritons begin 2007 ranked eighth nationally but are somewhat of a mystery given the roster turnover...Among those in the battle for starting positions are senior Curtis Williamson, junior Jeff Hunt, sophomores Daniel Garcia, Steven Donohoe and Peter Gresham and freshman Chance Vermilyea...Another first-year player, Adam Rule is expected to start in the cage.
On Saturday, UCSD will tangle with Pomona-Pitzer at and come back against Air Force at ...Sunday, UC Santa Barbara will be the opponent at with the final game determined by the outcome of the first three.
VOLLEYBALL HEADS TO
Coach Tom Black’s Women’s Volleyball team, ranked fourth nationally in pre-season polls but integrating a number of new faces into the lineup, split four matches at last weekend’s season-opening San Bernardino Tournament...The two losses equaled UCSD’s total for the entire 2006 regular season which ended with a run to the NCAA Elite Eight.
The Tritons (2-2) will face another set of tough opponents this week when they travel to
Junior Rebecca Bailey pounded 17 kills and hit .485 as Black’s squad won its ’07 opener in straight sets, 3-0 (30-24, 35-33, 30-25), over Regis...The Tritons won this one in the service game, dominating the numbers in both aces (10) and serve reception...Bailey and sophomore Sylvia Schmidt each accounted for three aces, while Schmidt and Amber Ries both finished with 13 kills.
Despite having four players—Schmidt (24), Bailey (13), Ries (12) and Kaitlin Potter (10)—reach double figures in the kill column, the Tritons were unable to put away No. 20 Seattle Pacific Friday, dropping a 3-2 (26-30, 30-20, 32-30, 26-30, 15-9) decision... This time, the tables were turned as SPU blasted 12 aces compared to just five for UCSD and the totals were exactly opposite in terms of service reception errors...Seattle Pacific was also a clear winner in the blocking statistics...Libero Natalie Facchini had 27 digs while Elaine Chen (37 assists) and Kim Adams (24) split the setting chores...In the fifth and final game, the Falcons raced out to a 6-1 advantage and the Tritons were never able to get closer than four.
No. 25 Southwest Minnesota State outlasted UCSD Saturday, afternoon, 3-2 (30-20, 30-27, 24-30, 18-30, 15-10)...Schmidt was again on top of her game, delivering 17 kills and five aces...The Tritons served up 15 aces in the match with Bailey contributing three to go with her 13 kills...Ries also chipped in with 13 kills and Chen handed out 38 assists...Adams came off the bench to guide UCSD to a 3-1 (27-30, 30-21, 30-21, 30-21) triumph over Fort Lewis College in the tournament finale...Adams piled up 34 assists as the Tritons outhit FLC (.201-.078) and chalked up 11 more aces...Bailey was the hammer with 17 kills and seven aces...Facchini had 21 digs.
WOMEN’S SOCCER BEATS NO. 6 NEBRASKA-OMAHA IN OPENER
The fifth-ranked Women’s Soccer team departs Friday for a two-game trip to Hawaii after winning a hard-fought, 3-1, season opening win against No. 6 Nebraska-Omaha, at home Sunday night...In Hawaii, the Tritons will tangle with Hawaii Pacific Sunday and BYU-Hawaii two days later.
Sunday’s victory over Nebraska-Omaha looked like business as usual early...Just 4:15 into the contest, senior Caitlin Ryan earned the first corner kick of the season, took it herself and it resulted in a goal by senior Ali Lai...The score stayed 1-0 until the 7:10 mark of the second half...UNO tallied off a free kick from just outside the box...Minutes later, UCSD’s top returning scorer, senior Kathy Sepulveda, was knocked out of the game after a collision with UNO keeper Ellen Peterson and for the next 15 minutes, the Mavericks controlled the play...Then, at 66:26, junior Natasha Belak-Berger outraced a gambling Petersen for a ball outside the box, evaded her and finished it off, putting UCSD on top, 2-1...Just under 15 minutes later, Belak-Berger got control of the ball deep down the right sideline, maneuvered to drop a pass back to Nicole Pepper who chipped a ball into the box that freshman Lisa Bradley headed into the net for the first goal of her career, effectively sewing up the game for the Tritons...UCSD outshot Nebraska-Omaha, 15-9 and goalkeeper Jessica McGovern made two saves...It was the 19th season-opening win in 21 tries for Coach Brian McManus.
ENCOURAGING DEBUT FOR CROSS COUNTRY SQUADS
The Nate Garcia era of UCSD Cross Country opened with a split decision Saturday as the Triton women fell, 23-32, to Point Loma but the men recorded a 23-38 victory...Both teams appeared to still be feeling the effects of their rigorous, nine-day training trek to Mammoth.
On the men’s side, junior Daniel Anderson stalked early before taking control in the second loop and emerging with his first collegiate cross country victory...Anderson was clocked in 22:22.9 for four miles...Junior Kevin Klein, who also made gains in the latter stages of the race, finished a solid fourth in 23:01.6...After running near the front early, junior Jake LeVieux ended up fifth (23:14.4) with Timur Crone (6th/23:17.4) and Gabe LaMothe (7th/23:18.1) close behind.
For the UCSD women, the senior trio of Diane Dunn (3rd/15:49.5), Amanda Burkhardt (4th/15:51.8) and Emily McGregor (6th/15:53.0) put on a noteworthy display of teamwork through the middle portions of the 2.5 mile race with Dunn moving up over the final half mile...Juniors Catherine Strouse (9th) and Ashleigh Montgomery (10th) rounded out the scoring for UCSD.
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