This Week’s Events:
Fri., Jan. 4—Swimming—UCSD (M) vs. Air Force—11:00 AM
Fri., Jan. 4—Swimming—UCSD (W) vs.UCLA—11:00 AM
Fri., Jan. 4—Men’s Volleyball—UCSD vs. UC Santa Cruz—7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 4—Women’s Basketball—UCSD at Sonoma State—5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 4—Men’s Basketball—UCSD at Sonoma State—7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 5—Fencing—UCSD hosts Bladerunner—10:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 5—Swimming—UCSD (W) at Loyola Marymount—11:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 5—Diving—UCSD vs. South Dakota & Mankato State—1:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 5—Women’s Basketball—UCSD at Humboldt State—5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 5—Men’s Basketball—UCSD at Humboldt State—7:30 PM
Sun., Jan. 6—Fencing—UCSD hosts Bladerunner—10:00 AM
Sun., Jan. 6—Diving—UCSD vs. South Dakota & Mankato State—1:00 PM
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FACES SONOMA FOR CCAA LEAD FRIDAY
Despite sporting a 10-2 overall mark and sitting in a three-way tie (2-0) for the lead in the CCAA standings, the Women’s Basketball team will be looking to re-establish some consistency when it renews conference play with a road trip to Sonoma State (Fri.) and Humboldt State (Sat.) this weekend...Sonoma State is 8-1 on the season and 2-0 in CCAA play...Coach Charity Elliott’s Tritons, who had to grind out a split in last weekend’s CCAA/GNAC Classic, are still ranked third nationally but figure to fall slightly when the next poll is released.
In a match-up of two West Region heavyweights, the Tritons were outscored, 11-2, in the last four and half minutes and fell, 75-65, to No. 15 Seattle Pacific Friday night in round one of the CCAA/GNAC Classic...The undefeated Falcons raced to a 20-6 lead from the opening tip but defensive adjustments keyed a 22-8 Triton run that evened the game at the 4:33 mark of the first half...UCSD, which led twice in the first half, trailed by two at the break and, after surrendering a seven-point advantage to the Falcons in the early going of the second half, went back on top with just under 10 minutes to go...A short jumper by Alexis Gaskin tied it at 59 with six minutes remaining but Seattle Pacific took control from there... Senior sharpshooter Meaghan Noud matched a career high with 23 points and UCSD forced 23 turnovers but the Tritons were out-shot, .471 to .381, and dominated on the boards, 45-26...Junior Michelle Osier and senior Kaycie Bull each chipped in with 10 points and fast-improving soph Erin Noonan had nine points and seven assists.
Adding credibility to the adage about the “difficulty in beating the same team three times in one season,” UCSD had to go two overtimes before finally putting away Western Washington, 79-76, in Saturday night’s second round of the CCAA/GNAC event...UCSD already owned 10 and 19-pt. wins over the Vikings this year...The Tritons again trailed nearly the entire first half and were down three at intermission...The second half was an up-and-down affair which UCSD seemed to have in hand, leading by eight with just over two minutes to go, but WWU clawed back to tie and the Tritons missed two potential game-winning shots in the final half minute...UCSD allowed a five-point lead to slip away in the first overtime session and needed a late basket by Gaskin to force the second OT...Gaskin and Osier each scored to lift the Tritons to a quick four-point lead in the second extra period and this time they were able to hang on, although an errant Viking trey in the final seconds could have knotted it again...Noud was again the offensive star, nailing five threes on the way to a career high 25 points...She also had five of UCSD’s 16 steals...Osier chipped in with 14 and Noonan had 12...Mezzetta also reached double figures (10 pts.) and distributed six assists... Gaskin’s two OT markers were her only field goals of the game, but she pulled down a career high 17 rebounds...Noud was named to the all-tourney team.
MEN’S HOOPSTERS START JANUARY WITH KEY CCAA ROAD TRIP
The Men’s Basketball team will be attempting to build on a successful early season when it heads north for the first half of a four-game conference road stretch this weekend... Coach Chris Carlson’s club, 5-2 overall, 2-0 in the CCAA and riding a five-game win streak, plays at Sonoma State (5-3/1-1) Friday and then visits defending CCAA champ Humboldt State (7-2/2-0) Saturday...The Sonoma State contest will be the first in 16 days for the Tritons.
SWIMMERS/DIVERS OPEN WINTER SCHEDULE AT HOME
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams start the second half of the season at home with the women hosting UCLA and the men taking on Air Force this Friday...The women will go to Loyola Marymount for a dual meet the next morning...Meanwhile, the Triton divers will host Division II South Dakota and Mankato State for a two-day competition, Friday and Saturday.
McGihon currently has 11 swimmers and diver Andrew Skewes qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships, March 12-15, in Columbus, MO.
UC SANTA CRUZ HERE FOR MEN’S VOLLEYBALL DEBUT
Men’s Volleyball Coach Kevin Ring opens his third season at the helm Friday night when his young squad welcomes UC Santa Cruz to RIMAC Arena...The Tritons will play an alumni match on Sunday.
Sophomore setter Billy Arnold appears set to take the reins from UCSD’s all-time assist leader Brooks Dierdorff and three other second-year players—Jason Spangler (OH), Frank Fritsch (OPP) and Gerald Houseman (MB)—are good bets to be in the starting six...Freshman Calvin Ross is the frontrunner to team with Houseman in the middle and junior Eric Leserman, a second team All-MPSF choice at libero in 2007, returns after setting a single season record (267) for digs as a sophomore...With an injury shelving incumbent starter Will Ehrman, the other outside slot is up for grabs.
FENCING HOSTS BLADERUNNER SATURDAY
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team, which has already established itself as the likely favorite for the 2008 Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) title on both the men’s and women’s sides, opens its winter schedule Saturday when it hosts its annual Bladerunner Tournament...An open individual competitive, the event figures to feature most of the top fencers from the San Diego area.
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