|This Week’s Events:
Tue., Sept. 4---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Concordia---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 7---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---1:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 8---Water Polo---UCSD at Inland Empire Tournament---All Day
Sun., Sept. 9---Water Polo---UCSD at Inland Empire Tournament---All Day
Senior Josh Levy and the Men’s Soccer team open the ’07 season at home today.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL PERFECT IN HAWAII; HOME OPENER SATURDAY
Coming off an impressive performance at the Hawaii Invitational and sporting a five-match winning streak, the Women’s Volleyball team begins conference play this week, traveling to Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and returning to RIMAC Arena for its 2007 home opener the next evening against always tough Cal State L.A....Coach Tom Black’s club, ranked No. 4 nationally in the pre-season, is now 6-2 after rolling through four matches in Hawaii without dropping a game.
Thursday, the Tritons won their island opener in convincing fashion, sweeping Chaminade, 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-20)...UCSD, powered by Rebecca Bailey (16 kills/ .324), Amber Ries (12/.500) and Sylvia Schmidt (10/.240) hit .364 as a team and rocketed 11 aces, three by libero Natalie Facchini who also posted 15 digs.
UCSD brushed aside Northwest Nazarene, 3-0 (30-24, 30-19, 31-29) and Hawaii Pacific, 3-0 (30-18, 30-22, 30-17) the next day...Bailey was the hitting star in both contests, totaling 32 kills...Ries also reached double figures in the kill column in both matches and Schmidt served up four of UCSD’s 15 aces in the HPU triumph.
Saturday night, the Tritons finished things up on a high note by drubbing BYU-Hawaii, 3-0 (30-27, 30-18, 30-28)...With sophomore setter Elaine Chen handing out 37 assists, UCSD hit .211 as a team with Bailey racking up 15 kills and Ries 11...The Tritons were again lethal from the service line, piercing BYU with 14 aces, five by sub Michelle Torres...UC compiled 46 aces for the tournament.
MEN’S SOCCER OPENS AT HOME VS. CONCORDIA TUESDAY
Coach Derek Armstrong’s Men’s Soccer team begins the 2007 campaign Tuesday night at home against NAIA Concordia...The Tritons then jump immediately into CCAA action, visiting Cal State San Bernardino (Friday) and Cal Poly Pomona (Sunday)...UCSD was picked to finish third in the CCAA South Division by the conference coaches.
Fielding a young squad, Armstrong will be relying on depth and a well-organized defense, led by sophomore Daniel Pavitt, to carry his side early...Offensively, the Tritons can count on 2006 CCAA Freshman of the Year Tony Choi, who had four goals and four assists last fall...The only other returner to score last season is junior Tommy Caplan who had a pair of goals as a sophomore.
CCAA TITLE DEFENSE STARTS ON ROAD FOR WOMEN’S SOCCER
The fifth-ranked Women’s Soccer team finishes off a two-game trip to Hawaii, when it faces BYU-Hawaii tonight, before flying home to start defense of its CCAA crown on the road at Cal State San Bernardino (Friday) and Cal Poly Pomona (Sunday).
Coach Brian McManus & Co. are 2-0 heading into tonight's contest after routing Hawaii Pacific, 5-0, Sunday in Kaneohe as five different players scored goals...Junior Natasha Belak-Berger got the Tritons on the scoreboard first, notching her second goal of the season off a feed from Alexia Zatarain 20 minutes into the game...Four minutes later, Zatarain netted her first collegiate goal and before the half ended, seniors Ali Lai and Lauren Segars connected to provide UCSD a 4-0 margin at the break...The Tritons dominated throughout, outshooting HPU, 46-4, while earning 13 corner kicks to zero for the Sea Warriors...Keeper Jessica McGovern had two saves while posting her first shut out of the young season.
MEN’S WATER POLO GOES 2-2; INLAND EMPIRE TOURNEY NEXT
Coach Denny Harper’s eighth-ranked but youthful Men’s Water Polo team got a good trial by fire,splitting four games at their own season-opening Triton Invitational, in stifling hot conditions at Canyonview Pool last weekend.
Junior Jeff Hunt registered four goals and Sid Menon and Steve Donohoe chipped in with three apiece as UCSD rolled out to an 11-3 halftime lead en route to a 19-6 romp over Pomona Pitzer in Saturday’s season opener...The results were considerably closer that afternoon as the Tritons held off a determined Air Force squad for a 15-14 decision...In a game of runs, two goals by sophomore Daniel Garcia launched UCSD to a 3-1 lead but the Falcons scored the next four to go up, 5-3...The two teams were tied, 7-7, at the break but the Tritons seemed to assume control by recording the next four markers, two by Hunt...Air Force came right back, however, with four of its own and it was all even again at 11...Garcia, Curtis Williamson and Peter Gresham then netted goals for UCSD and the Tritons owned a 14-11 advantage with less than four minutes to remaining...Air Force refused to quit, however, forcing UCSD to run out the clock after getting back to within one goal with 30 seconds to go...Garcia led UCSD with five goals.
Sunday morning the Tritons spotted No. 7 UC Santa Barbara a 5-1 lead but battled back to make it a contest before succumbing, 10-8...UCSD outscored the Gauchos, 7-5 over the final 17 minutes...Garcia accounted for four more goals in the defeat while Donohoe picked up a pair...It was UCSD's first loss in the Canyonview West Pool...No. 11 UC Davis outlasted the Tritons, 11-7, in their final game of the tourney...Garcia and Ian Bausback registered two goals apiece...Late first half tallies by Hunt and Simon Schafer left the teams deadlocked, 6-6, at intermission, but UCSD had nothing left in the tank during the second half.
Next up for the Tritons is the Inland Empire Tournament...UCSD will play at La Verne on Saturday, tackling Cal Lutheran at 11:40 AM and La Verne at 5:00 PM...Sunday’s games will be at Redlands where Harper and Co. will test Claremont at 11:40 AM and Redlands at 3:40 PM.
CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES AT UCI INVITATIONAL SATURDAY
Coach Nate Garcia’s Cross Country teams get their first stringent test of the year Saturday when they trek to Huntington Beach’s Central Park for the annual UC Irvine Invitational...The event regularly draws a primarily Division I field with a sprinkling of Division II and NAIA squads...Garcia will send out everyone on his roster who’s healthy as the men move up to five miles and the women to 5K.
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