THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Sophomore Jason Spangler and the Tritons face BYU Friday and Saturday.
After getting a win in its season opener, the Men’s Volleyball team tests tougher competition this weekend when Brigham Young comes to town for a pair of matches to open the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) schedule...BYU, picked second in the MPSF pre-season poll, was 23-6 last season...First serve for both the Friday and Saturday matches against the Cougars will be 7:00 PM.
Last Friday night, Coach Kevin Ring’s young Tritons overcame some early jitters to put away visiting UC Santa Cruz, 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-24, 30-26)...Second-year starter Jason Spangler indicated that he wouldn’t be suffering from a “sophomore slump,” hammering 22 kills (.250) to go with an 15 digs, an ace and flawless passing...Fellow soph Frank Fritsch notched six of his 17 kills in UCSD’s match-turning second game win and freshman Tyler Kern pounded 11 kills and posted a whopping .647 hitting percentage...Freshman setter Phil Bannan came off the bench in relief of Billy Arnold to deliver 37 assists and lead the comeback...The Tritons, who out-hit UC Santa Cruz, .261-.178, on the night, hit a stellar .412 over the final two games.
TRITON WOMEN LOOK TO REBOUND AT DOMINGUEZ HILLS, L.A.
Trying to bounce back from a pair of conference road losses last weekend, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team travels to Cal State Dominguez Hills (Friday) and Cal State L.A. (Saturday)...UCSD, ranked 12th in the most recent national poll, has dropped three of its last four games, is 10-4 overall, 2-2 in the CCAA and finds itself tied for fourth in the league standings...Cal State Dominguez Hills (7-4/1-3) and Cal State L.A. (4-6/1-3) are both tied for eighth in the conference.
Sonoma State broke open a close contest with a 12-2 run to start the second half and defeated the Tritons, 58-41, Friday night...UCSD shot just 30.5% on the night and was an uncharacteristic 0-for-8 from beyond the arc in the second half...Senior Alexis Gaskin and junior Michelle Osier each netted 12 points and combined for half of UCSD’s 30 rebounds...Much of the tale was told at the free throw line...Elliott’s squad was awarded just one charity shot on the night while Sonoma State went 17-of-20...The Tritons also continued to struggle in the rebounding column, losing the battle on the glass by 13.
Despite a 25-pt. performance by senior Meaghan Noud, the Tritons suffered a second consecutive CCAA defeat Saturday, coming up short, 70-52, at Humboldt State...The Lumberjacks led by 12 at the break and UCSD was never able to seriously threaten in the second half...UCSD harassed Humboldt into 26 turnovers, but the hosts out-shot (.481-.392) and out-boarded (37-24) the Tritons.
MEN’S BASKETBALL TIED FOR SECOND; FINISHES ROAD STRETCH IN L.A.
After splitting one of the CCAA’s toughest road trips, the Men’s Basketball team will journey to Los Angeles to challenge Cal State Dominguez Hills (6-4/1-3) and Cal State L.A. (7-4/1-3) this weekend...Coach Chris Carlson’s club sports a 6-3 overall ledger and is part of a three-way logjam in second behind CCAA-leading Cal State San Bernardino...Dominguez Hills and L.A. are part of a three-way tie for eighth.
The Tritons led by 10 at halftime and were up by 17 points in the second half Friday night but had to withstand a late surge by host Sonoma State to escape with a 58-54 victory...Sophomore Jordan Lawley canned 8-of-12 shots and scored 21 points to pace UCSD...Senior Clint Allard chipped in with 12 points as well as a team-leading six assists...The Tritons shot an even 50% from the floor for the night and converted 12-of-13 free throws including all eight down the stretch (four each by Allard and Kelvin Kim).
UCSD had its six-game winning streak snapped the next night as defending CCAA champ Humboldt State staved off an upset bid with a come-from-behind, 80-69, triumph...Carlson’s charges built up a 16-point first half edge and were leading, 45-39, at halftime...But the Lumberjacks kept coming, went on top for good with 14:10 left and ended up posting a season high point total against UCSD...Lawley again showed the way offensively, scoring 20 points while knocking down 7-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-6 from three-point territory...Both teams connected at a better than 50% rate from the field...Allard and Henry Patterson each registered 13 points and Kelvin Kim added 11...Lawley and Patterson, with five apiece, helped UCSD to a plus-5 edge in the rebounding column.
SWIMMERS FALL TO AIR FORCE, LMU
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming teams each suffered narrow dual meet losses last weekend to open the winter portion of their seasons...Friday, the UCSD was defeated, 76-37, by Division I Air Force in a seven-event relay meet...With top sprinter Dan Perdew sidelined, the Tritons were able to win just one race, the 225-yd. backstroke relay where Adam Jones, Steven Hardy and Scott McCoid clocked 1:57.28...The women were scheduled to host UCLA in conjunction with the men’s Air Force dual but the Bruins backed out the day before.
Saturday, the Triton women got double wins from junior Jennifer Sims and freshman Anje Shimura but were nipped, 131-128, by Division I Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles...Both teams won seven events but it was the Lions’ superiority in the freestyle races that earned them the victory...Sims swept the butterfly events (100-58.84/200-2:08.02) while Shimura did the same in the backstroke (100-57.70/200-2:10.83)... Carianne Cunningham captured the 200 breaststroke, finishing just ahead of teammate Kendall Bohn in a time of 2:30.04)...The Tritons took both relays, the foursome of Aubrey Panis, Bohn, Sims and Errin Deters clocking 4:02.06 in the 400 medley and the quartet of Shannon Simonds, Lauren Forbes, Panis and Shimura combining for a mark of 3:39.13 in the 400 freestyle.
FENCERS GO TO COLORADO THIS WEEKEND
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing squad will face its first team competition of the new year when it travels to Colorado Springs for the two-day NCAA West Invitational this weekend...The Invitational, hosted by Air Force, will include Stanford and Notre Dame among others.
Last weekend, the Tritons hosted the annual Bladerunner Tournament which drew almost 200 competitors including several Olympic-level performers...UCSD senior captain Emily Lipoma won the women's foil and freshman Zach Jones defeated UCSD alum Bret Martin to take the men's sabre...UCSD's Bryan Kim was third in that event...The Tritons' Ben Dorn was third in men's foil, an event won by UCSD alum Tedd Padgitt.
TRITON JAM ON FOR JAN. 15
The annual Triton Jam basketball carnival is set for Tuesday, Jan. 15 at RIMAC Arena...This “midnight madness-type” event will give UCSD students a chance to meet the Triton basketball teams, win great prizes, play interactive games and get free food...It starts at 8:00 PM.
BLOOD DRIVE WEDNESDAY
The eighth annual UCSD Athletic Dept. Blood Drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be held Wednesday in the RIMAC Arena lobby from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM...Some slots between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM are still available...To make reservations, call (858) 534-8460.
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