THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Wednesday, Nov. 7---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine---7:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 9---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Drake (Exhibition)---1:30 PM
Friday, Nov. 9---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 10---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day
Saturday, Nov. 10---Swimming---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---12:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 10---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Pepperdine---2:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 10---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. CSU Monterey Bay---7:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 11---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day
Women’s Soccer NCAA Playoff status to be determined later today.
Senior Kim Adams and the No. 19 Volleyball team finish the regular season at home this weekend.
The 17th-ranked Women’s Soccer team hopes to confirm later today that it is part of the 2007 NCAA Division II Championship bracket...Coach Brian McManus’s squad is 12-3-2 on the year after falling, 2-1, to Cal State L.A. in the semi-finals of the CCAA Championships last Friday in Carson...It was just the second time in eight years that UCSD failed to win the conference title...If the Tritons, as expected, earn an NCAA slot, they will likely be heading to Seattle for this weekend’s first and second round contests.
NO. 19 SPIKERS FINISH REGULAR SEASON AT HOME
Coach Tom Black’s Women’s Volleyball team closes out the 2007 regular season at home this weekend, hosting Sonoma State (Friday) and Cal State Monterey Bay (Saturday) at RIMAC Arena...The 19th-ranked Tritons are now 17-7 overall, 11-5 in conference and second in the CCAA standings, one half game ahead of Cal Poly Pomona...Sonoma State and Cal State Monterey Bay are sixth and seventh in the CCAA respectively...Sonoma State topped UCSD at home earlier in the season.UCSD barely slipped out of Arcata, CA with a 3-2 (30-17, 30-20, 28-30, 23-30, 15-7) victory over Humboldt State last Friday...The Tritons were cruising early and came close to ending it in three games...In the third, UCSD was down 10 at 24-14 but made a furious rally to deadlock the score at 28...The Lumberjacks bounced back to win the game and then went wire-to-wire to take the fourth set...The Tritons never trailed in the decisive game five, using four and five point runs to win going away...Senior Kim Adams distributed 50 assists as four players reached double figures in the kills column, led by sophomore Sylvia Schmidt with 18...Junior Rebecca Bailey tallied 14 and the senior tandem of Amber Ries and Hannah Gary chipped in with 12 and 10 respectively...The Tritons outhit HSU (.235-.187) and owned the serving game, rocketing 21 aces—the trio of Schmidt (6), Casey Wilson (5) and Michelle Torres (4) accounting for 15...Senior Natalie Facchini registered 32 digs.
Ries, Wilson, Gary and Adams will be honored on Senior Night, prior to the first serve of Saturday night’s contest with CSU Monterey Bay.
TRITON WOMEN AWAIT NCAA BID AFTER CCAA DISAPPOINTMENT
TWO TRITON TEAMS HEADED TO NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
For just the second time at the Division II level, UCSD will be sending both its men’s and women’s Cross Country teams to the NCAA Championships...The first time it happened was in 2003...Rookie Coach Nate Garcia saw his two teams qualify within an hour of each other at Saturday’s NCAA West Regional at Eagle River State Park in Boise, ID...They will now head to Joplin, MO for the NCAA D-II Championships, Nov. 17.
The Triton women punched their ticket to Missouri first, finishing fourth in the team race to grab the final NCAA berth out of the West Regional...Led by senior Diane Dunn’s seventh place finish, UCSD scored 125 points, well behind first place Seattle Pacific (45) but also well clear of fifth place Northwest Nazarene at 231 points...Dunn covered the 6K loop course in 21:04...Senior teammate Emily McGregor was next in (17th/21:26) with junior Ashleigh Montgomery, building on her solid CCAA performance, taking 27th (21:49)...UCSD’s fourth and fifth scorers were senior Amanda Burkhardt (34th/22:02) and CCAA Freshman of the Year Jessie Bodenhamer (40th/22:15).
The men, getting a big outing from sophomore Jesse Morrill, also snagged the last qualifying slot, finishing third with 135 points, two spots up from their fifth seed...An outstanding team effort, that was utilized as per plan by Morrill, allowed the second-year standout to move to the front of the UCSD group at the four-mile mark and eventually claim 24th place while clocking 31:44.53 for the 10K...The other four Triton scorers were right on Morrill’s heels—Kevin Klein (27th/31:58.53), Greg Geldman (28th/32:01.13), Daniel Anderson (30th/32:07.48) and Max Mullender (31st/32:08.12)...Chico State was a handy winner in the team race (39 pts.) with Western Washington second (93)...The Tritons narrowly edged fourth place Western Oregon (140) in the battle for the last NCAA Championship berth.
|Sophomore Jesse Morrill ran a big NCAA Regional race Saturday.|
A team that has been beset by injuries and rarely had all of its weapons available this fall, the Tritons simply never got anything going against Cal State L.A...The Golden Eagles struck early as speedy Khadijah Greenwood beat the UCSD defense with a lengthy run up the left side and delivered a nice cross to Dana Menard who converted just 1:09 into the contest...Despite seeming out-of-sync, the Tritons had several opportunities in the first half but the short roster took its toll in the second 45 minutes and CSULA made it 2-0 with just over 10 minutes left, Greenwood somehow getting off a scoring boot in the midst of three defenders...UCSD countered with a desperation score at 89:23, senior Chelsey Campbell finding the net following a post-corner kick scramble out front...The numbers were tight with both clubs taking 12 shots and UCSD earning seven corners to six for the Golden Eagles...CSULA, the more physical side, piled up 20 fouls to six for UCSD...The Tritons won both of the regular season matches with CSULA.
The night before, UCSD placed four—seniors Alie Avina and Ali Lai and juniors Jessica McGovern and Natasha Belak-Berger—on the All-CCAA first team...Senior Caitlin Ryan and junior Amanda Esquivel each garnered second team honors for the second year in a row...Additionally, UCSD’s Lisa Bradley was selected as the CCAA Freshman of the Year, the third time a Triton player has been so honored.
Despite out-shooting their opponents, 21-5, and taking double the corner kicks, the Tritons had to settle for a scoreless tie in their regular season finale against visiting Cal State San Bernardino last Tuesday night...Keeper Jessica McGovern had to stop just two shots in the 110 minutes of play...The game was a re-scheduled from the previous week...Another game that was re-scheduled by the recent S.D. wildfires, vs. Cal Poly Pomona, was canceled on Monday.UCSD WOMEN ROLL TO DISNEY TIP-OFF CLASSIC TITLE
Ranked 10th nationally but operating for the first time under new Head Coach Charity Elliott and without All-American guard and all-time leading scorer Leora Juster, the Women’s Basketball team showed that it’s still got some swagger, sweeping through three games to win the Division II Disney Tip-Off Classic last weekend in Anaheim...The Tritons will now have a 19-day break before going to Phoenix for the four-team Grand Canyon Tournament.
Operating with precious little time together due to Elliott taking over the reins in June, the early date of the Disney event and loss of training time during the San Diego wildfires, UCSD struggled predictably in the tournament opener but its consistent effort was rewarded with a 69-58 triumph over scrappy Colorado Christian...Seniors Meaghan Noud (16 points) and Alexis Gaskin (12) and junior Michelle Osier (15) led the way as the Tritons scrambled back from an early nine-point deficit...Osier was credited with a team high eight rebounds.
Expecting a much tougher contest the next day, UCSD charged out of the gate and coasted to a 69-51 decision over Augustana (SD)...The Vikings scored the game’s first point but a Gaskin put back made it 2-1 and UCSD never trailed again, extending the margin to 24 in the second half...Noud’s 15 points again topped the Tritons while Gaskin and Laura Moore (10 each) also reached double figures...Osier contributed nine points, nine rebounds and four assists...After being beat significantly on the boards in the opener, UCSD was plus-five on the glass vs. Augustana and cut down its turnovers by 13.
Elliott’s charges closed out the tournament with a hard-fought, 55-45, victory over regional foe Western Washington...In a defensive tussle, both teams shot in the “low 30’s” from the floor...The Tritons lost the rebounding battle, 45-38, but forced 23 turnovers and got a nine-point (4-for-5), three rebound effort off the bench from senior Alexis Mezzetta...UCSD led almost the entire first half and went into the locker room with a 29-25 advantage...The gap was pushed to 10 but a 12-1 WWU run gave the Vikings a one-point edge with 7:45 remaining...The Tritons stemmed the tide and knocked down the final 11 points of the game to win going away...Osier dominated the final stretch, which started with her three-point play...She was again the team’s top rebounder with 10 for the game...Noud and Osier were named to the all-tourney squad.TRITON CAGERS GET BIG EXHIBITION WIN AT UC RIVERSIDE
It may have been an exhibition game, but the first returns for new Men’s Basketball Head Coach Chris Carlson were impressive as his squad knocked off Division I host UC Riverside, 67-61, last Friday...The Tritons will have a second exhibition outing, Saturday against D-1 Drake at St. Mary’s University in Moraga, before opening the regular season, Nov. 17, at San Diego State.
Senior guards carried the day against UCR as Clint Allard (20 pts.) and Andrew Hatch (14) accounted for over half of the Triton points...Up one, 30-29, at the break, UCSD fell behind early in the second half but went on an 18-1 binge, keyed by a pair of Allard treys, to take its biggest lead, 50-34, with 10:59 to go...The Highlanders chipped back to within three with 31 seconds left, only to see the Tritons connect on their last eight free throws to ice it...UCSD shot 47.6% for the night, hit 53.8% from beyond the arc and out-rebounded Riverside by two...Senior Henry Patterson led the Tritons on the boards with seven, to go with nine points.
WATER POLO TEAM CLOSES REGULAR SEASON ON ROAD
Gearing up for the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships, slated Nov. 16-18, in Colorado Springs, the 14th-ranked Men’s Water Polo team plays its final regular season contests this week at UC Irvine (Wednesday) and Pepperdine (Saturday), two teams that were tied for fifth in last week’s national poll....The UCI game was re-scheduled from October 26.
Coach Denny Harper’s club is now 10-14 after absorbing a 14-5 home loss against No. 2 UCLA Saturday night...The game was close early as sophomore Steven Donohoe scored the first goal and Peter Gresham’s tally with 5:25 to go in the first half made it 5-3 UCLA...The Bruins finished the second quarter with a four-goal burst to put things in hand at halftime, 9-3...In their final home games, seniors Curtis Williamson and Ben Miller both collected goals.ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS FOR THREE ON MEN’S SOCCER TEAM
The youthful Men’s Soccer team captured three spots on the 2007 All-CCAA team, announced last Thursday in Carson...Junior transfers Jason Le and Peter Akman and freshman Jared Kukura all took All-CCAA second team honors...Le was the Tritons’ top scorer despite missing time due to a shoulder injury and late season broken leg...Akman started the bulk of the games in goal while first-year standout Kukura started 15 of 17 games on the back line.
Interim Coach Paul Holohan’s side finished its season on a bright note, whipping Cal State San Bernardino, 2-1, at home last Tuesday...Junior Tom Caplan, playing for the first time in weeks due to a separated shoulder, nailed the game winner at 88:14, running down a tremendous punt from Akman and then deflecting a shot past keeper Lucas Pepi...Senior Josh Levy put UCSD up early, tapping in a throw in after just nine minutes had elapsed...CSUSB wasted little time in knotting things up, getting the equalizer at 13:49...In addition to getting a rare assist on Caplan’s goal, Akman made three saves.SWIMMING & DIVING TEAMS SPLIT AT BAKERSFIELD
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving team opened its 2008-08 campaign by getting a win and a loss at Cal State Bakersfield Saturday...The Tritons won 9-of-16 events in taking the women’s competition, 159-136, but were defeated, 165-125, on the men’s side...McGihon and Co. will take on UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly SLO this Saturday in Santa Barbara.
Juniors Aubrey Panis, Kendall Bohn and Erin Deters won two events each to show the way for the Triton women...Panis won the 100 backstroke (59.69) and 100 freestyle (54.03), Bohn took both breaststrokes (100/1:09.19 & 200/2:26.89) and Deters the 50 freestyle (24.84) and 100 butterfly (1:00.15)...All three were on the victorious 400 medley relay team (4:03.91) with freshman Ashtyn Douglas and Panis, Deters and Douglas teamed with freshman Jessica Ferguson to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:41.83).
The men chalked up five wins...Sophomores Dan Perdew and Todd Langland went 1-2 in both the 50 and 100 freestyles...Perdew’s winning times were 21.35 and 47.58 respectively...Those two hooked up with J.P. Oliver and Brandon Maryatt for a victory in the 400 freestyle relay (3:08.64) and senior Andrew Skewes won both the three and five-meter diving competitions.
MEISTER-RUBENS FIND GOING TOUGH AT ITA INDOORS
The Men’s Tennis doubles duo of seniors Eric Rubens and Blake Meister were eliminated from the ITA Division I Indoor Tennis Championships in Columbus, OH after two rounds last week...The twosome, which qualified for the event by winning the ITA Small College Championships last month, were the only non-Division I team in the tourney...Rubens-Meister fell, 8-4, to Adam Holmstrom-Nik Perrson of University of Denver in round one and suffered an 8-3 defeat at the hands of Carl Sundberg-Daniel Vallverdu from Miami (FL) in the consolation bracket.
GOLFERS TIE FOR SEVENTH IN HAWAII
Riding the sixth place finish of junior Ryan Bailey, the Golf team finished in a tie for seventh at its final fall tournament, the 16-team Dusty Rose Intercollegiate in Waikaloa, Hawaii...As a team, UCSD carded a 54-hole total of 911 (+47), which left it deadlocked with CCAA rival Cal State San Bernardino but 46 strokes behind team champ Sonoma State.
Bailey turned in a two over par 218 (72-72-74) on the 6,913-yd. Waikaloa King’s Course, only four back of individual medalist Kyle Hopkins of Sonoma State...Billy Olsen (T13th/223) was next for the Tritons, followed by Nathan Phan (T24th/227), Bryan Olshock (58th/244) and Noah Moss (T61st/249).
MEN’S CREW THIRD AT NEWPORT REGATTA
Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew team raced to third place in the varsity eight at Sunday’s Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, a race it won last fall...Despite being some three weeks behind in training, the Tritons trailed only Stanford (ranked second nationally) and traditional power Orange Coast College in the 31-boat field...Manning the UCSD eight were Derek Huffman, Shawn Hay, Nathan Taylor, Jeff Collett, Gil Collins, Jay Dee Morgan, Ryan Andre, Justin Gordon and coxswain Shanti Tharayil...The JV eight finished 12th in the same race and UCSD’s two entries in the open four placed third and fifth.
Although not originally scheduled to participate, Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Rowing team used the event as a late add-on to its fall program, competing against a virtually all-Division I field to give a youngish squad some much-needed experience... Although the varsity eight and varsity fours, as expected, finished in the second half of their fields, Kelsey Thomas won the lightweight single and Jen Myers was third in the open single.
FENCERS UNDEFEATED IN FIVE-TEAM TOURNEY
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team gave every indication Saturday that it will be the team to beat in the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) this year as it easily handled four opponents in a five-team duel at Cal Tech.
The Triton men and women defeated Arizona State (24-3 men/22-5 women), USC (26-1/27-0), UCLA (22-5/19-8) and UC Santa Barbara (23-4/27-0)...On the men’s side Bryan Kim and Zach Jones went undefeated in saber and Sean Blum (epee) and Cameron Sprowles (foil) did the same in their disciplines...For the women’s team, Chelsea Ambort (epee), Florence Lee (foil) and Alexandra Mareschal (saber) were unbeaten in their respective weapons.
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