UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 29, 2007)
Release: Friday 10/27/2007 
by UCSD
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This Week’s Events:

Monday, Oct. 29---Golf---UCSD at Mauna Lani Intercollegiate---All Day
Monday, Oct. 29---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---4:30 PM
Monday, Oct. 29---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM

Tuesday, Oct. 30---Golf---UCSD at Mauna Lani Intercollegiate---All Day
Tuesday, Oct. 30---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino---4:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct. 30---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino---7:00 PM

Thursday, Nov. 1---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at ITA Indoor Doubles Champ.---All Day

Friday, Nov. 2---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at ITA Indoor Doubles Champ.---All Day
Friday, Nov. 2---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Disney Tip-Off Classic---2:30 PM
Friday, Nov. 2---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at UC Riverside (exhib.)---7:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 2---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 2---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA

Saturday, Nov. 3---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at ITA Indoor Doubles Champ.---All Day
Saturday, Nov. 3---Fencing---UCSD at Conference Five-Way---10:00 AM
Saturday, Nov. 3---Cross Country---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---11:00 AM
Saturday, Nov. 3---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---1:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 3---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Disney Tip-Off Classic---5:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 3---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. UCLA---6:00 PM

Sunday, Nov. 4---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at ITA Indoor Doubles Champ.---All Day
Sunday, Nov. 4---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Newport Autumn Rowing Festival---7:30 AM
Sunday, Nov. 4---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA

Junior Natasha Belak-Berger and the Women's Soccer team start CCAA Championship play this Friday.

CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS LOOM FOR WOMEN’S SOCCER
Sidelined by the San Diego wildfires since defeating Cal State Stanislaus, Oct. 21, the 18th-ranked Women’s Soccer team finally gets back into action tonight with a make-up game against Cal Poly Pomona and will play again tomorrow night in its regular season finale, also a make-up contest, against Cal State San Bernardino...Coach Brian McManus’s club is 12-2-1 on the year and leads the CCAA South Division

The Tritons will travel to Carson Friday for the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament, hosted by Cal State Dominguez Hills...The title game is Sunday at 11:30 AM...UCSD will be seeded No. 1 or 2 pending the outcome of its last two contests.


NATIONAL BIDS ON THE LINE AT NCAA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL
Shooting for a pair of NCAA Division II Championship berths, the Cross Country teams travel to Boise, ID for Saturday’s NCAA Western Regional meet at Eagle Island State Park...The course, 6K for women and 10K for men, loops around a small lake with one significant climb per lap...In order to qualify for the nationals, the women need to finish in the top four, the men in the top three...According to Head Coach Nate Garcia, neither task is out of the question.

The Triton women go in seeded fourth and will again be led by the senior threesome of Diane Dunn (second at the CCAA Championships), Emily McGregor and Amanda Burkhardt... Rounding out the regional roster will be junior Ashleigh Montgomery, sophomore Jordana Henderson and freshmen Brianna Alban and Jessie Bodenhamer...In Garcia’s estimation, a clear break exists between the top four teams and the rest of the field, meaning if the Tritons run to form, they should punch their ticket for the NCAA Championships, Nov. 17 in Joplin, MO.

For the men, seeded No. 5, the lineup will include senior Greg Geldman, juniors Daniel Anderson, Kevin Klein, Jake LeVieux and Gabe LaMothe and sophomores Jesse Morrill and Max Mullender...CCAA kingpin Chico State and Western Washington enter as the top two seeds and Garcia envisions a five-team dogfight for the final NCAA berth.


UCSD-UCLA SQUARE OFF SATURDAY NIGHT AT CANYONVIEW
The 14th-ranked Men’s Water Polo team plays its final home game of the season Saturday night, hosting No. 3-ranked UCLA at Canyonview Pool...Start time is 6:00 PM...UCSD comes into Saturday’s action 10-13, after absorbing a 9-4 defeat at Loyola Marymount Saturday, while UCLA is 16-5 and fresh off a 9-5 upset of No. 1 USC Sunday.

The Tritons stunned the Bruins, 13-12, last fall, their first victory in the 44-game series...Saturday will be the final home appearance for seniors Curtis Williamson, Ben Miller and Simon Schafer...Last Friday’s game at UC Irvine was canceled in the aftermath of the Southern California wildfires and has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7.

At LMU, Saturday, the Tritons’ Chance Vermilyea scored the first goal of the game and UCSD trailed just, 3-2, at halftime but Coach Denny Harper’s unit was not able to keep pace with the No. 10 Lions in the second half...Daniel Garcia, Ian Bausback and Schafer rounded out the scoring for the Tritons and freshman goalie Mark Stemler turned away seven shots.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL ROCKS NO. 2 CSU SAN BERNARDINO
After experiencing a devastating loss and an exhilarating victory on back-to-back nights last weekend, the 20th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team plays a single match Friday at Humboldt State before returning home for its final two CCAA matches the following week...Coach Tom Black’s charges are now 16-7 overall, 10-5 in the CCAA and find themselves in sole possession of third place in the league standings...Humboldt is 9-14 overall and 5-10 in the CCAA (8th).

 

Senior Ben Miller and the Men's Water Polo team play their final regular season home game vs. UCLA Saturday.

Friday night in Pomona, the Tritons surrendered the last five points of game five and the match to Cal Poly Pomona, 3-2 (30-28, 30-32, 30-21, 30-18, 15-13)...UCSD, which out-hit the Broncos (.138-.118) and piled up 14 aces, could not hold a 13-10 lead in the decisive final set and saw a four-match win streak extinguished...Junior Rebecca Bailey registered 21 kills and sophomore Sylvia Schmidt chipped in with 14 while hitting at a .303 clip and ripping five aces...Natalie Facchini and Casey Wilson had 21 and 18 digs respectively.

One night later, the resilient Tritons were on the brink of a lost weekend, trailing once-defeated and second-ranked Cal State San Bernardino, 2-0, but came off the floor to stun the host Coyotes, 3-2 (23-30, 13-30, 30-25, 30-27, 15-12) and hand them their first conference loss of 2007...After a dismal second game, all seemed lost when UCSD fell behind, 10-5, in game three...But three Facchini aces keyed a five-point blitz and a 22-10 run that got the Tritons back in the match...Black's club pulled another "Houdini" act in game four...On the ropes at 20-13, UCSD used contributions from all corners to take its first lead at 28-27...A Schmidt kill sent the match to a fifth game...The Coyotes came out hot again, scoring four of the first five points, but the Tritons answered, racking up six of the next seven, three on kills by Schmidt...UCSD pushed the lead to three, at 12-9, and CSUSB was never able to get closer than two again...With senior Kim Adams (50 assists) at the controls, Bailey (19 kills), Schmidt (16) and Ries (13) had the big offensive numbers...On the night, San Bernardino owned almost all of the statistical advantages except on the scoreboard...After hitting a measly .014 the first two games, the Tritons exploded to post a .366 hitting percentage over the final three games.

MEN’S SOCCER TO FINISH UP ’07 SEASON AT HOME
Interim Head Coach Paul Holohan’s Men’s Soccer team, now mathematically eliminated from CCAA Championship Tournament consideration, will finish off its 2007 season with a pair of home make-up games—vs. Cal Poly Pomona (today) and Cal State San Bernardino (Tuesday)...The Tritons, playing well before having their schedule interrupted by the multiple fires that ravaged the San Diego area last week, are 4-9-3 overall.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYS IN D2 DISNEY TIP-OFF CLASSIC
First-year Head Coach Charity Elliott will get an early look at her inaugural Triton club this weekend when the Women’s Basketball team goes up the road to the Anaheim Convention Center to participate in the Disney Tip-Off Classic...The tournament games, which will not be counted against the NCAA season limit, will pit UCSD against Colorado Christian (Fri.-2:00 PM), Augustana (Sat.-4:30 PM) and Western Washington (Sun.-1:00 PM)...The Tritons return starters Michelle Osier and Meaghan Noud from last year's squad that went to the NCAA Division II Final four, as well as experienced seniors Alexis Mezzetta and Alexis Gaskin.

Osier scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the team's, 60-54, exhibition triumph over NAIA Biola Saturday night.

MEN’S HOOP SQUAD FACES UC RIVERSIDE IN EXHIBITION
The Chris Carlson era of UCSD Men’s Basketball has its unofficial tip-off when the Tritons venture to Division I UC Riverside for an exhibition game Friday...The Tritons will play a second exhibition Nov. 17 at San Diego State before traveling to Phoenix, Nov. 24, to face Grand Canyon in the 2007-08 regular season opener...The team loses just one player, sharpshooting guard Robby Peters, from last year's club and returns senior guard Andrew Hatch, a former starter who sat out last season with a foot injury.

GOLFERS CONCLUDE FALL SLATE IN HAWAII
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team flies to Hawaii for the 54-hole Mauna Lani Intercollegiate, being contested at the Mauna Lani North Course on the Big Island of Hawaii...This last tournament of the fall season for UCSD, starts with 36 holes today and concludes with 18 Tuesday.

The Tritons are coming off a seventh place (tie) finish at last week’s Sonoma State Invitational...UCSD posted a team total of 887 for the tourney, 38 strokes behind first place Chico State...Sophomore Nathan Phan was the low individual for Wydra’s squad, carding an even par 216, good for 15th (tie) place...Freshman Austin Alfonso (T21st/221) was next for UCSD, followed by Ryan Bailey (42nd/227), Billy Olsen (T43rd/228) and Bryan Olshock (T45th/229)...Phan’s second round 69 was the best single 18 among the five Triton players.

CSU BAKERSFIELD FIRST FOE FOR SWIMMERS/DIVERS
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving team gets its first taste of outside competition when it travels to Cal State Bakersfield Saturday for a standard, 16-event dual meet against its former Division II rivals...Despite fielding small travel rosters for this encounter, McGihon is looking at a potential sweep...Top individuals for the women are multi-eventers Aubrey Panis and Anje Shimura along with breaststroker Kendall Bohn...Leading the men will be sprinters Dan Perdew and Todd Langland as well as middle distance freestyle Greg Goodell and diver Andrew Skewes.

EISTER-RUBENS TO PLAY AT ITA INDOOR NATIONALS
Coach Eric Steidlmayer will take his top doubles twosome, Blake Meister and Eric Rubens, to Columbus, OH this week for the ITA Indoor Doubles Championship at Ohio State...Meister-Rubens, who won the recent ITA Division II National Championship, will be the lone D-II entry in the 16-team field.

The Triton netters competed last week against a primarily Division I field at the Chandler Cup in Berkeley...The top performance was turned in by sophomore Bijan Moallemi who knocked off the No. 2 seed in the first round and advanced to the quarterfinals of the "A" singles flight before falling to the eventual winner Boris Katsarov of host Cal...Senior Eric Rubens won the consolation bracket of "B" singles.

MEN’S EIGHT LOOKING FOR REPEAT AT NEWPORT
Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew team hits the water Saturday in defense of its varsity eight title at the annual Newport Autumn Rowing Festival at Newport Harbor...The Triton V-8 won last year’s event for the first time ever and will be seeded No. 1 at this year’s edition...Competition includes USC, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine and a host of other West Coast collegiate entries...Back from last year’s winning crew are Gil Collins, Shawn Hay, Nathan Taylor and Derek Huffman, along with Ryan Andre who worked his way into the starting lineup later in the year.

FENCERS IN FIVE-WAY DUAL SATURDAY
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team goes to Pasadena Saturday where it will hook up with four rivals from the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC)—USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State...The five teams will engage in a series of duals against each of the four other schools.


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