UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (November 12, 2007)
Release: Tuesday 11/11/2007 
by UCSD
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THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Thursday, Nov. 15---Swimming---UCSD at Speedo Cup---All Day
Thursday, Nov. 15---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD NCAA Pacific Regional

Friday, Nov. 16---Swimming--- UCSD at Speedo Cup---All Day
Friday, Nov. 16--Men’s Water Polo--UCSD at WWPA Championships---All Day
Friday, Nov. 16---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA Pacific Regional

Saturday, Nov. 17---Swimming---UCSD at Speedo Cup---All Day
Saturday, Nov. 17---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---All Day
Saturday, Nov. 17--Cross Country—UCSD at NCAA Division II---10:30 AM.
Saturday, Nov. 17---Fencing---UCSD vs. Cal Tech, CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine---1:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 17---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at San Diego State---7:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 17--Women’s Soccer—UCSD at NCAA Quarterfinal---TBD
Saturday, Nov. 17---Women’s Volleyball--- UCSD at NCAA Pacific Regional

Sunday, Nov. 18---Men’s Water Polo---WWPA Championships---All DAy
Sunday, Nov. 18---Women’s Volleyball--- UCSD at NCAA Pacific Regional

Henry Patterson and the Triton men's basketball team go crosstown to San Diego State Saturday night.

MEN’S BASKETBALL TIPS OFF CARLSON ERA AT SAN DIEGO STATE
The games begin for real Saturday night when the Men’s Basketball team goes crosstown to take on Division I San Diego State in its season opener at Cox Arena...Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM...It will mark the first regular season outing for new Triton Head Coach Chris Carlson and the ninth meeting between the two clubs—the previous eight have been won by the Aztecs, including last year’s, 84-48, decison...This will be SDSU’s fourth game and Coach Steve Fisher’s squad comes in undefeated.

UCSD has had two tune-ups against Division I opponents, knocking off UC Riverside, 67-61, Nov. 2, and dropping an 81-63 decision to Division I Drake, Friday afternoon in Northern California...In the latter, Drake jumped out to a quick lead but was never able to really shake the Tritons until the final 10 minutes...Senior Henry Patterson scored 10 to lead UCSD but 25 turnovers led to the Tritons’ demise.

UCSD was picked to finish seventh in the CCAA by the conference coaches in their annual pre-season poll.

NO. 3 SEED IN NCAA REGIONAL FOR WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Once again, the Women’s Volleyball team will be headed to San Bernardino for the NCAA Division II Pacific Regional...Seeded No. 3, Coach Tom Black’s Tritons will enter post-season play with a record of 19-7 and wins in eight of their last nine contests...No. 20 UCSD finished tied for second with Cal Poly Pomona in the CCAA standings.

The Tritons will face No. 6 seed Northwest Nazarene in Thursday’s first round and, if victorious, play the winner of the Western Washington-Chico State match-up on Friday...The regional final is set for Saturday at 7:00 PM with the winner earning a berth in the NCAA D-II Elite Eight...This will be UCSD’s 26th trip to the NCAA tournament in the last 27 years... UCSD upset host Cal State San Bernardino to win the 2006 Pacific Regional.

Riding the dynamic hitting of junior Rebecca Bailey, the Tritons escaped with a 3-2 (23-30, 30-22, 22-30, 30-28, 15-11) triumph Friday night against red hot Sonoma State at RIMAC Arena...The Seawolves came in with victories in eight of their last nine matches and looked like they might take this one with the score tied at 28 in game four...But on an evening when Black’s squad played less than perfect, it was still able to fend off Sonoma and come away with the “W”...Kills by Bailey and fellow junior Kim Carpenter closed out the fourth set and it was five kills by Bailey and four by Carpenter driving the Tritons in the clinching fifth...Bailey wound up with 29 kills for the night and a sparkling .390 hitting percentage... Sophomore Sylvia Schmidt had stretches of brilliance, racking up 13 kills and four aces and senior Natalie Facchini was a steadying presence in the back row, registering 39 digs.

Senior Casey Wilson knocked down 13 kills in UCSD's Senior Night win over CSU Monterey Bay.

Things were significantly easier 24 hours later on Senior Night as UCSD rolled over Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-19)...Fittingly, senior Casey Wilson had a match high 13 kills (.333) while also registering two aces...Senior setter Kim Adams handed out 38 assists, had 12 digs and a pair of aces and Facchini racked up another 26 digs to go with two aces...Facchini broke her own single season digs standard and now has 511 on the year...Bailey contributed 12 kills and as a team, the Tritons outhit the Otters, .254-.066.

WWPA TITLE DEFENSE ON TAP FOR MEN’S WATER POLO
It all boils down to this weekend for Men’s Water Polo team when it attempts to defend its Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) title against a field of eight opponents at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs...UCSD (10-16), the fourth seed, opens against the host team Friday at 2:00 PM...The 14th-ranked Tritons defeated the 16th-ranked Falcons, 15-14, in their only previous meeting this fall...The winner of that contest faces the winner of a game between No. 1 seed UC Davis and the survivor of a play-in game between the eighth and ninth seeds at 3:00 PM Saturday...The championship battle is Sunday at 3:00 PM...The WWPA champion advances to the NCAA Final Four, Dec. 1-2 in Palo Alto.

It was a case of too much Tim Hutten last Wednesday as nine goals from the UCI senior led the 5th-ranked Anteaters to an 18-6 triumph over UCSD...Steven Donohoe and Ben Miller accounted for two goals each...Saturday afternoon, host Pepperdine, which shares the No. 5 ranking with UCI, stopped the Tritons, 22-8...This one was decided early as the Waves raced out to an 8-1 lead and kept the foot on the floor...Chance Vermilyea and Mike Libutti scored twice apiece for the Tritons.

CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS COMPETE AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY
Rookie Coach Nate Garcia takes both the men’s and women’s Cross Country teams to the NCAA Division II Championships Saturday on the campus of Southern Missouri State in Joplin, MO...It will mark only the second time that both Triton teams have qualified for the D-II national championship meet in the same year (2003 was the first)...The women’s race, which goes off at 10:30 AM will be 6K and the men will get the gun for their 10K an hour later...Garcia will be traveling with the same 14 runners who ran in the Nov. 3 NCAA West Regional in Boise..

WOMEN’S SOCCER FALLS IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA PLAYOFFS
A tumultuous season came to an end Thursday night in Seattle for the Women’s Soccer team which was defeated, 2-1, in overtime by CCAA rival Cal State Dominguez Hills in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs...Injuries, disrupted training and uneven play were responsible for UCSD winning just two of its last seven games after opening the season 10-0-1 and reaching a high of No. 2 in the nation...Coach Brian McManus’s side finished 2007 with a 12-4-2 ledger and won the CCAA South Division.

In the season-ending loss to Dominguez Hills, the Toros struck first, connecting in the game’s 20th minute and went into halftime with a 1-0 lead...The Tritons, who have had offensive troubles throughout the final weeks of the campaign, got the equalizer at the 66:45, junior Natasha Belak-Berger collecting her team-leading seventh goal from seniors Ali Lai and Kathy Sepulveda...But Dominguez, which out-shot UCSD, 20-12, and owned a slim advantage (5-4) in corners, finished it off 8:50 into the first overtime for their second win over the Tritons this year.

Belak-Berger (forward) and fellow junior Jessica McGovern (goalkeeper) were selected to the Daktronics All-West Region first team last week.

NIKE CUP STARTS THURSDAY FOR SWIMMING & DIVING
Prepping for this week’s Nike Cup, the team’s most significant fall meet, the Swimming & Diving teams found the going tough in Santa Barbara Saturday, suffering dual meet losses to Division I UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly...The Nike Cup (formerly Speedo Cup) will be contested Thursday through Saturday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach and Coach Scott McGihon plans to send 13 athletes on both the men’s and women’s side....It is typically UCSD’s primary fall NCAA qualifying meet.

In Santa Barbara last weekend, the Triton women fell to UCSB, 185-67, and to Cal Poly, 187-82...Top performers for UCSD were juniors Kendall Bohn (3rd/100 breast/1:06.81 & 4th/200 breaststroke/2:25.77), Aubrey Panis (4th/200 backstroke/2:08.97) and Erinn Deters (3rd/100 freestyle/___) and sophomore Karla Holman (2nd/100 butterfly/58.89 & 4th/200 butterfly/2:09.78) and freshman Anju Shimura (3rd/200 backstroke/2:07.75)...The 200 free relay foursome of Shimura, Deters, Ashtyn Douglas and Panis claimed second in 1:39.01.

In the men’s competition, UCSD was downed by UCSD, 184-62, and Cal Poly, 178-75...Sophomore sprinters Daniel Perdew and Todd Langland went 3-4 in both the 50 and 100 freestyles...Perdew clocked 21.52 and 47.29 respectively...Andy Islip touched fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.69) and the 200 free relay unit of Scott McCoid, Perdew, Brandon Maryatt and Langland placed second with a time of 1:26.04.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED FOR THIRD IN CONFERENCE RACE
The Women’s Basketball team, which won its first ever CCAA crown last winter, was tabbed to finish third in the 2007-08 conference race in the annual pres-season poll of CCAA head coaches...In tight voting, Cal State Dominguez Hills was the choice to capture this year’s title, followed by Chico State...Surprising, UCSD garnered the most first place votes...Head Coach Charity Elliott takes over for the departed Janell Jones who took last year’s squad to the NCAA Division II Final Four...Leading Elliott’s team, which is already 3-0 on the year, will be veterans Michelle Osier, Meaghan Noud, Alexis Gaskin and Alexis Mezzetta.

WOMEN’S TENNIS HAS SOLID SHOWING AT UCI INVITATIONAL
Coach Liz LaPlante called her Women’s Tennis team’s performance at last weekend’s UC Irvine Invitational “impressive”...Sporting a young roster, with limited training time behind it and as the only Division II squad in the six-team field, the Tritons were able to capture six of 14 singles matches...Six different players picked up singles wins—senior Justine Fonte, sophomore Pooja Desai and freshmen Dayla Perelman, Kimmi Dao, Valerie Tang and Taskeen Baines...UCSD starts its regular season, Feb.2 at Azusa Pacific.

WOMEN’S CREW SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
Coach Pattie Pinkerton will be breathing a little easier for the next few months after watching her Women’s Crew team make some clear strides in a scrimmage against D-1 San Diego State last weekend...The Triton varsity eight, which finished two minutes behind the Aztecs at the Nov. 4 Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, was just 18 seconds off SDSU’s pace in the scrimmage, which will be UCSD’s final outing until the re-scheduled Row for the Cure, Feb. 23.

FENCERS HOST SATURDAY MEET AT MAIN GYM
Off to an impressive start in 2007, Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team hosts a four-team dual meet Saturday in UCSD’s Main Gym...League foes UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Tech will furnish the opposition for the undefeated Tritons who are defending champions of both the men’s and women’s divisions of the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC).


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Thursday, September 04
W Volleyball at Hawaii Pacific
2:30 PM
Ellensburg, WA
W Soccer at Seattle Pacific
7:00 PM
Seattle, WA
M Soccer vs. Saint Martin's
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Volleyball at Central Washington
7:30 PM
Ellensburg, WA
Friday, September 05
W Volleyball at Saint Martin's
12:30 PM
Ellensburg, WA
W Volleyball at Western Washington
5:30 PM
Ellensburg, WA
Saturday, September 06
Cross Country at California Baptist Lancer Invite
8:00 AM
Riverside
M Water Polo vs. Cal Lutheran
8:00 AM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo vs. Cal
2:40 PM
UC San Diego
W Soccer at Saint Martin's
4:00 PM
Lacey, WA
M Soccer vs. Western Washington
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, September 07
M Water Polo vs. Redlands
1:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo vs. UCLA
4:25 PM
UC San Diego
Tuesday, September 09
M Soccer at Point Loma
4:30 PM
San Diego
Thursday, September 11
W Soccer vs. Azusa Pacific
4:30 PM
UC San Diego
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