UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 8, 2007)
Release: Saturday 10/07/2007 
by UCSD
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THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Friday, Oct. 19---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Chico State---4:30 PM
Friday, Oct. 19---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. UC Davis---6:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 19---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 19---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 20---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Head of the Charles (Boston, MA)---8:00 AM
Sunday, Oct. 21---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Head of the Charles (Boston, MA)---8:00 AM
Saturday, Oct. 20---Cross Country---UCSD at CCAA Championships at Turlock---9:00 AM
Saturday, Oct. 20---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM

Sunday, Oct. 21---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Head of the Charles (Boston, MA)---8:00 AM
Sunday, Oct. 21---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Head of the Charles (Boston, MA)---8:00 AM
Sunday, Oct. 21---Fencing---UCSD at Irvine Collegiate Open---9:30 AM
Sunday, Oct. 21---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---12:00 PM
Sunday, Oct. 21---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---2:30 PM

HOMECOMING 2007 IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 – For schedule and other information, check http://ucsdtritons.com.

Junior Rebecca Bailey leads the Women's Volleyball team in a pair of crucial home matches this weekend.

NO. 23 VOLLEYBALL HOME FOR TWO AFTER PAIR OF KEY WINS
After a great bounce back week, Coach Tom Black’s Women’s Volleyball team faces a tough home doubleheader as Cal State Stanislaus (Friday) and Chico State (Saturday) visit RIMAC Arena...The No. 23 Tritons come into the week’s play 12-6 overall and 6-4 in the CCAA after defeating Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills last week...UCSD is now tied for third in the conference standings...Chico State (14-6/7-3), 20th in the country, is second in the CCAA while Cal State Stanislaus (5-17/1-10) sits in a tie for ninth..

Coming off an upset loss at Sonoma State the previous week, Black’s club claimed a gritty, 3-2 (30-23, 30-23, 28-30, 31-33, 15-7) win on the road over 19th-ranked Cal State L.A. Wednesday...The Tritons out-hit the Golden Eagles (.191-.157) with Rebecca Bailey leading the way...The talented junior blasted a match high 23 kills to go with four aces and five blocks...Middle blocker Sylvia Schmidt had 15 kills while Amber Ries and Casey Wilson chipped in with 13 and 12 respectively...Sophomore setter Elaine Chen handed out 61 assists and senior libero Natalie Facchini had 18 digs and matched Bailey’s four aces...While the Tritons used late runs to win games one and two, they took command from the outset of the decisive fifth as a pair of aces by Michelle Torres helped them to a 3-0 lead which was extended to 8-3 and 13-4 before Bailey’s final kill clinched it.

Things were much easier back in La Jolla Saturday, as the Tritons raced past Dominguez Hills, 3-0 (30-26, 30-17, 30-13)...After pulling away from a 19-19 tie in the first set, UCSD was never seriously threatened...Bailey was again the kill leader with 12, followed by Wilson (9) and Ries (8)...Karen Reis came off the bench to rifle four of UCSD’s 13 aces and the Tritons hit a sizzling .310 as a team while holding the Toros to a negative percentage.

TRITONS TAKE ON WWPA LEADER UC DAVIS FRIDAY AT CANYONVIEW
With its sights still set on the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships, four weeks away in Colorado Springs, Coach Denny Harper’s young Men’s Water Polo team gets an opportunity to see the probable top seed for that event up-close and personal Friday night when No. 9 UC Davis invades Canyonview Pool...The 13th-ranked Tritons will bring a 10-11 mark into that contest after going 1-3 at the annual SoCal Tournament in Irvine last weekend...UC Davis is 14-5.

UCSD suffered a 10-5 defeat at the hands of host UC Irvine in the SoCal opener last Saturday...Depth and experience told the tale in this one as the Tritons owned a 3-2 advantage at halftime but were out-pointed, 3-1 in the third period and overwhelmed, 5-1, in the fourth... Daniel Garcia added to a solid sophomore campaign with three goals and redshirt freshman goalie Mark Stemler registered nine saves...After a sluggish start, UCSD rallied to nip No. 16 Princeton, 10-9, in game two as Garcia’s fourth goal of the game with 58 seconds left proved to be pivotal...Down, 6-2, at the break, the Tritons responded with five unanswered goals, two by Garcia, to take a one-goal lead...It was back-and-forth from there and Princeton was on top, 9-8, until Garcia converted a man-up situation to deadlock it and then provided the clincher...Soph Steven Donohoe was UCSD’s only other multi-goal scorer.

The Tritons took a step backward Sunday, losing to both No. 12 St. Francis (16-8) and No. 14 Pacific (16-11) in disappointing fashion...Against St. Francis, UCSD again dug itself a big hole but this time was unable to escape as the Terriers racked up seven first quarter goals...Donohoe and Peter Gresham each notched two goals...The Pacific loss left the Tritons 12th in the 16-team tourney...One month ago at the NorCal Tournament, UCSD had handled the Tigers, 14-9, in a similar second day scenario...Senior Curtis Williamson (4), Donohoe (4) and Garcia (3) accounted for all of the UC scoring in this one...UCSD had its chances, but UOP goalie Brian Domecus had 14 saves.

Senior Curtis Williamson scored four goals vs. Pacific Sunday.

TRITON WOMEN HOLD CCAA LEAD; CHICO STATE, STANISLAUS IN NEXT
Ranked sixth in the country but no longer undefeated, the Women’s Soccer team starts a four-game, regular season-ending home stand that will find it battling not only Chico State (7-2-1) and Cal State Stanislaus (6-2-2), the top two teams in the CCAA’s North Division, but injuries and a very thin roster...Coach Brian McManus and Co. are 11-1-1 overall and their 8-1-1 conference record is still the best in the CCAA.

Wednesday night, the Tritons suffered their first loss of the year, a heartbreaking, 1-0, defeat at the hands of visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills...A taut contest that featured good chances for both clubs was decided with 43 seconds to go in regulation when the Toros’ Renee Haynes connected on a sharp-angled blast from the right side...UCSD led in both shots (16-14) and corners (5-4) and keeper Jessica McGovern turned in five saves.

Friday night, in the difficult environs of Cal State L.A.’s Jesse Owens Stadium, the Tritons put Wednesday’s defeat in the rear view mirror, emerging with a 1-0 triumph over Cal State L.A....Senior Ali Lai, who has scored three of UCSD’s last four goals, delivered the game-winner in this one, snapping up an Amanda Esquivel rebound and connecting from short range for her sixth of the season...The two teams were nearly even in shots (9-8 UCSD) but the Tritons led in corners (7-3) and McGovern had three saves in the club’s eighth shutout of the year.

MEN’S SOCCER LOOKS TO CONTINUE TURNAROUND AT HOME
With the CCAA Championships still a mathematical possibility, the Men’s Soccer team hosts conference North Division foes Chico State (Friday) and Cal State Stanislaus (Sunday) after splitting a pair of league contests last week...The Tritons, now 3-9-2 overall and 2-6-1 in the CCAA must virtually win out and hope for some help to reach the post-season...Chico State is third and Stanislaus fifth in the CCAA North race.

After playing well through four games on the road for interim Head Coach Paul Holohan, the Tritons gave a flat performance at home Wednesday and paid for it in the form of a 5-1 pounding at the hands of perennial CCAA power Cal State Dominguez Hills...The Toros out-shot UCSD, 19-8, on the night and recorded the first three goals...UCSD showed some spark with a score a 57:30...Senior Joe Shah started the play, delivering the ball down the line for sophomore Tony Choi...Choi took the ball deep, turned inside, then laid it off to an oncoming Brandon Yee and the freshman found the far post with his left foot...It was Yee’s first collegiate goal...The key sequence of the game happened three minutes later...The Tritons, suddenly on the offensive, had another point blank chance but Choi’s finish, which would have made it a one-goal contest, went inches wide left and the Toros countered immediately, scoring a back-breaking goal that rolled in untouched after a miscommunication on the defensive end by UCSD.

Holohan’s unit showed its mettle Friday, going up to Los Angeles and knocking off the CCAA South Division-leading Golden Eagles of Cal State L.A., 1-0...Freshman David Bakal was the hero, netting his first collegiate goal in the 71st minute...The difference maker came following a ball that skipped across the box to Jonathon Sawyer...The junior dropped it to Bakal at the top of the box and the charging midfielder did the rest...Keeper Peter Akman recorded five saves for his third shutout of the year...Cal State L.A. had beaten UCSD, 2-1 in OT, three weeks earlier.


CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY TITLES UP FOR GRABS SATURDAY

The first step of post-season comes Saturday morning for rookie Coach Nate Garcia’s Cross Country teams which travel to Turlock for the 2007 CCAA Championships, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus on its campus course...The Tritons, then under veteran mentor Ted Van Arsdale, were third in both the men’s and women’s divisions in 2006...Defending champion Chico State is favored on the men’s side (8K) and Cal State L.A. figures to be the one to beat in the women’s 6K race.

UCSD’s men will be paced by four underclassmen—juniors Daniel Anderson, Kevin Klein and Jake LeVieux and sophomore Jesse Morrill...Also on the 10-man CCAA roster will be 2006 all-conference performer Greg Geldman and last fall’s CCAA Freshman of the Year Max Mullender...The Triton women will again count on the senior threesome of Diane Dunn, Emily McGregor and Amanda Burkhardt...Dunn and McGregor were All-CCAA in 2006 as was current junior Ashleigh Montgomery...The top five will score for each squad.

PERDEW LEADS GOLD, SIMS PACES BLUE IN INTRASQUAD
Six meet records fell as Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams tested each other in the traditional season-opening Blue-Gold intrasquad meet Saturday at Canyonview...For the record, the Gold was a 122-116 winner on the men’s side with junior Dan Perdew capturing three events (50 free/20.95, 100 free/47.32 and 50 butterfly/24.37)...Fellow junior Steven Hardy took three for the Blue (50 backstroke/24.97, 150 backstroke/1:26.47 and 300 IM/3:09.11).

The Blue prevailed, 143-96, in the women’s section as junior Jennifer Sims was victorious in three races...Sims won the 50 butterfly (27.33), 150 butterfly (1:33.59) and 300 IM (3:29.56)... Meanwhile, freshman Anju Shimura was first in three events for the gold—100 freestyle (53.60) 200 freestyle (1:56.49) and 50 backstroke (28.52).

UCSD ROWERS AT HEAD OF THE CHARLES
The Men’s & Women’s Crew teams will send boats to Boston this weekend for the prestigious Head of the Charles (HOC) Regatta...Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s women will field a varsity eight and four in the collegiate division which will feature Division II and III crews...The Triton eight is seeded 13th in the 44-boat field while the four will be competing at the Head of the Charles for the first time...While this is the first race for the Tritons, the HOC typically marks the end of the fall racing season on the East Coast.

Additionally, two UCSD alumni women will be on the water—Marika Page in the championship singles and current assistant coach Liz Record in the championship doubles...All races can be seen via webcast at http://www.hocr.org.

RUBENS-MEISTER WIN ITA DOUBLES CROWNS
UCSD’s senior duo of Eric Rubens and Blake Meister defeated Dagoberto Darezzo and Edwards Horne of South Carolina-Aiken, 7-6, 3-6, 10-8, to win the Division II Doubles Championship at the ITA Championships in Mobile, AL last weekend...Rubens-Meister, who qualified by winning the ITA West Region title earlier this month, then advanced to the ITA Super Bowl of Small College Tennis (featuring the champs of Division II, III, NAIA and Junior College) and won that as well, knocking off Matt Carroll and Vicente Joli of Fresno Paciic in the finals... Sophomore Bijan Moallemi lost in the first round of singles play but rebounded to win both consolation matches and finish fifth in the D-II division.


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