THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Goalie Kim Hockett and the Women’s Water Polo make their 2008 Canyonview debut this week.
MEN’S BASKETBALL VAULTS INTO SECOND PLACE; HOME PAIR NEXT
Now firmly back in the CCAA title chase after a pair of road victories last weekend, Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team (16-6/8-4) returns to RIMAC Arena to host defending conference champion Humboldt State (Friday) and Sonoma State (Saturday)...The Tritons come into Friday’s encounter tied with Humboldt State (13-6/8-4) for second in the league standings, one game behind Cal State San Bernardino, while Sonoma State (9-9/5-7) sits tied for eighth.
Senior Clint Allard struck for 21 points and three assists Tuesday night as UCSD avenged an early season loss by whipping D-II Grand Canyon, 62-52, at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons shot 52% on the night and forced 20 Antelope turnovers while giving up just six...Down by 13 midway through the first half, UCSD narrowed it to just four points at the break...Shooting a blistering 65% in the second 20 minutes, the Tritons went ahead for good on a Darryl Lawlor lay-up with 6:28 remaining...Kelvin Kim and Henry Patterson accounted for nine points apiece.
Friday in Northern California, the Tritons bounced back from a dismal first half to whip Chico State for the second time this season, 62-49...Shooting just 29.2% from the floor, UCSD was six points back at intermission but quickly found the range, smoking at a 60.4% clip in the second half to outscore the Wildcats, 41-22, in the final 20 minutes...Patterson continued his solid play, scoring a team high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting...Kim (13) and senior Andrew Hatch (10) provided ample offensive back-up and Allard had an impressive line with eight points, a team best six boards, six assists and three steals.
Twenty-four hours later, UCSD shot 47.9%, out-rebounded Cal State Stanislaus, 38-15, and recorded a 75-58 win, the 17-point margin its largest in CCAA play this year...Patterson and sophomore Jordan Lawley netted 15 points apiece while Kim (13) and Allard (11) made it four Tritons in double digits...Junior Shane Poppen led the assault on the glass, snagging nine rebounds, helped by Lawlor and Patterson with half a dozen apiece.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS HUMBOLDT, SONOMA IN KEY CCAA MATCH-UPS
Maintaining contact with the top of the league after splitting two conference road tilts last week, the Women’s Basketball team (16-6/8-4) faces a decisive pair of home contests this week...Humboldt State (10-9/6-6) arrives Friday followed by Sonoma State (14-5/8-4), which is tied with UCSD for third in the CCAA, two games behind league-leading Chico State.
With its two top scorers, Meaghan Noud (20 pts.) and Michelle Osier (12 pts.) hitting a combined 10-for-30 from the floor, the Tritons dropped a 60-51 decision at Chico State Friday night...The Tritons had defeated the Wildcats by 14 at RIMAC Arena in December...UCSD led early but Chico assumed control late in the first half, went into the locker room up by nine and never trailed again...The Tritons closed to within a deuce on a Diahan Futalan bucket with 15:46 to go, but the Wildcats laid a 14-0 blitz on the Tritons at that point, pretty much sealing the deal...Osier’s 12 rebounds gave her a double double and UCSD out-rebounded Chico, 33-28, on the night.
Down, 33-21, at halftime the next night, the Tritons scored the first 11 points of the second half, went ahead on an Annette Ilg free throw with 10:42 left and opened it up from there...Osier, posting her third consecutive double double, took it to another level, scoring 28 points (24 in the second half) to go with 13 rebounds...Noud and Erin Noonan added 11 each...The Tritons made up for 1-of-10 three-point shooting by knocking down 87% of their second half free throws and holding Stanislaus to just 36.7% from the floor.
BASEBALL WINS OPENER; SIX HOME OUTINGS SET THIS WEEK
Looking to rebound from two tough losses and some inclement weather, the Baseball team will play six home games this week...Coach Dan O’Brien’s club begins with a singleton against Western Oregon, re-scheduled from Sunday due to rain...Then it will be cross-county rival Cal State San Marcos on Wednesday followed by a four-game weekend slate vs. Division II foe Grand Canyon...The Tritons take a 1-2 mark into today’s tilt.
There were a few scary moments late, but UCSD capitalized on a excellent outing by transfer Matt Rossman to down visiting Western Oregon, 4-3, in Friday’s season opener...Rossman fanned nine while surrendering just one hit in seven innings of work...Two-run homers by juniors Evan Domanic and Garrett Imeson had staked Rossman to a 4-1 lead when he departed...Three hits, two walks and a hit batsmen allowed the D-II Wolves to tally a run in each of the final two frames, but reliever Nick Rodieck induced the final out with the tying run on third base...Domanic had two of UCSD’s six hits.
Saturday, the results were less rewarding as the Tritons dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Western Oregon, losing the opener, 11-10, in extra innings, and falling, 3-1, in the nightcap...The first game defeat erased a nice comeback... Trailing, 7-1, after three and a half innings, the Tritons scrapped back and tied it at 10 on Domanic’s two-run triple with one out in the ninth...But they were unable to plate Domanic and it proved fatal as the Wolves pushed across a run in the 10th for the win...UCSD had 13 hits altogether with Domanic and first baseman Matt Cantele accounting for three each...One of Cantele’s was his first round tripper of the year...In game two, UCSD wasted six strong innings on the hill by freshman Guido Knudson...With nobody on and two out, the first-year right hander was victimized by three unearned runs in the fifth...The Tritons were held to just five hits, two apiece by Domanic and freshman catcher Michael Benton.
SOFTBALL PERFECT AT BEST OF WEST; HOME OPENER VS. CHICO FRIDAY
Off to a flying start with a 4-0 performance at last weekend’s Best of the West Invitational in Turlock, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team opens its 2008 CCAA season with a four-game set against Chico State, featuring doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.
A complete game by junior Lauren Chastain and senior Jenny Maze’s 26th career homer powered the Tritons to a 6-2 win over Davis & Elkins (WV) in their season opener Friday...Leadoff hitter Danielle Lukk and centerfielder Allison May each had two hits while Maze and first baseman Jenni Habib both knocked in a pair...Game two Friday provided a bit of a surprise as senior ace Melissa Ward shut down No. 6 Humboldt State on six hits for a 5-2 victory...The Tritons broke a 2-2 tie with three markers in the bottom of the sixth...Maze smacked another home run while May and freshman rightfielder Katrin Gabriel picked up two hits apiece...May had a double and a triple while Gabriel drove in two.
The song remained the same Saturday as the Tritons blasted Cal State Dominguez Hills, 12-4, and blanked 10th-ranked Cal State Stanislaus, 9-0... Against Dominguez Hills, a three-run triple by Chastain keyed a four-run first inning uprising but the Toros tied it at four in the fifth...UCSD manufactured a run out of just a single in the bottom of the frame and then brought about the mercy rule with seven runs in the sixth...Junior Megan Grace started the sixth with a double and ended it with a bases loaded triple...The Tritons pounded out 11 hits altogether and Chastain earned her second win...Game two was over in a hurry as UCSD parlayed seven hits and two Stanislaus errors into a seven-run first inning...Ward took care of the rest, handcuffing the Warriors on one hit over five innings for her second victory as the Tritons earned a second straight mercy decision...Habib was 3-for-3 and Lukk piled up five RBIs with a home run and a single.
Sunday’s play was canceled due to rain.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO MAKES HOME DEBUT; HOSTS ANNUAL TOURNEY
The 15-ranked Women’s Water Polo team plays its home opener Thursday against No. 10 Hartwick in a late, 7:00 PM start at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons, 1-4 after a season-opening road swing to the Midwest, then host the 16-team Triton Invitational, Saturday and Sunday.
On the first day of the Triton Invitational, UCSD will face Indiana at 10:15 AM and come back against either Loyola Marymount or Cal Baptist that afternoon...Sunday’s opponents will be determined by Saturday’s results.
NO. 15 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL GOES TO LONG BEACH STATE
Now 3-7 after dropping a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) contests against ranked teams last weekend, the 15th-ranked Men’s Volleyball team travels to Long Beach State to battle the No. 3 49ers Friday night.
Wednesday night, UCSD rebounded from some inconsistent play early to knock off visiting Princeton, 3-1 (32-30, 24-30, 30-22, 30-27)...Sophomore setter Billy Arnold dished out 31 assists in relief of starter Phil Bannan to lead the resurgence...The Tritons let several leads slip away before clinching game one on Frank Fritsch’s down-the-line blast...They trailed by as many as nine in game two but rallied to close the gap to three before succumbing...Sophomore Jason Spangler exploded for 10 of his 23 kills as UCSD dominated game three and the last of Gerald Houseman’s four aces closed out game four and the match...UCSD was out-hit (.204-.145) but won the blocking battle (15.5-10)...Fritsch finished with 17 kills and junior libero Eric Leserman had 14 digs.
The Tritons showed considerably more interest Friday night against Pepperdine but despite some flashes of excellence, were unable to break through against the No. 5 Waves, falling 3-0 (30-28, 30-26, 30-23)...UCSD held leads midway through each of the first two games but was unable to close out...Fritsch led UCSD with 12 kills, hitting a respectable .286...Spangler and Houseman posted 10 each, the latter hitting .467...Arnold, getting the start, handed out 39 assists and Leserman dug 15 balls.
Late game woes were again the issue Saturday night as the Tritons came up on the short end of a 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-26) result against No. 11 USC...Game one was tied at 22 before the Trojans went on an 8-4 run to close it out...USC earned 15 of the final 22 points in game two and bounced back from a 9-1 deficit to take the clinching third game...Spangler had 18 kills, nearly half of the night’s count (37) for the Tritons.
GOLFERS FOURTH AT SD CLASSIC
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team opened its spring season last Thursday with a fourth place finish at the San Diego Intercollegiate Classic...The Tritons wound up 40 strokes behind first place USD, shooting a 36-hole total of 639 over the 7,033-yd., par 72 San Diego Country Club course.
The lone bright spot for UCSD, which was playing without injured junior Nathan Phan, was sophomore Austin Alfonso who finished in a tie for third with a six-over par 150...Next up for the Tritons is the Cal State San Marcos Invitational, Feb. 11-12, in Bonsall.
MEN’S TENNIS SPLITS OPENING PAIR
Coming off the finest year in the program’s history, Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team got mixed results in its first round of play for 2008...Friday, the Tritons defeated Division I UC Riverside, 6-1, but fell, 8-1, the next day to NAIA power Azusa Pacific...They play at NAIA Point Loma Wednesday.
Against UCR, a team the Tritons eked by last year, Bijan Moallemi, Eric Rubens, Kazumi Negishi and Blake Meister swept the 1-4 singles with Vincent Nguyen cleaning up at No. 6...Rubens and Meister paired to win at No. 1 doubles while Moallemi teamed with newcomer Chad Becker to clinch the doubles point, taking No. 2...Meister mustered UCSD’s only point vs. APU, winning No. 4 singles.
WOMEN’S TENNIS TOPS AZUSA PACIFIC; OPENS CCAA DEFENSE
With a win in hand from its season opener, the Women’s Tennis team sets off in search of its seventh CCAA championship in eight years when it hosts conference foe Cal State San Bernardino Saturday on UCSD’s North Courts...Coach Liz LaPlante’s squad has won the last four CCAA titles.
Saturday, the Tritons started 2008 in fine fashion with a 5-4 triumph over NAIA power Azusa Pacific...Newcomers carried the day for UCSD which got singles points from Dalya Perelman (No. 2), Kimmi Dao (No. 4) and Natalie Varnay (No. 6), all making their regular season debuts...The Tritons picked up two of the three doubles points with veterans Ina Dan at No.1 and Justine Fonte (No. 3) teaming up with Taskeen Bains and Valerie Tang respectively.
FENCERS POST WINNING MARK AT NORTHWESTERN
The Women’s Fencing team went 7-5 and the Men 6-4 at last weekend’s Northwestern Duals in Evanston, IL...For the women, victories came against Johns Hopkins (20-7), Wayne State (17-10), Lawrence (17-10), Detroit Mercy (20-7), Cleveland State (24-3), Duke (15-12) and Fairleigh Dickinson (23-4)...The losses were against Notre Dame (20-7), Ohio State (20-0), Northwestern (20-7) and North Carolina (18-9).
On the men’s side, the Tritons were winners over Johns Hopkins (15-12), Wayne State (22-5), Lawrence (22-5), Detroit Mercy (25-2), Cleveland State (19-8) and Northwestern (23-4)...They were defeated by Notre Dame (20-7), Ohio State (20-7), North Carolina (16-11) and Duke (15-12).
BLUE-GOLD MEET TO SHOWCASE ’08 TRACK & FIELD SQUAD
Coach Tony Salerno unveils his 2008 squad at Saturday’s annual Blue-Gold meet ...Among the top returnees for UCSD are hurdlers Laiah Blue and Khalil Hooper, throwers Sarah Hendy and Jillian Sola, jumpers Whitney Johnson, Scott Tsuda and Casey Ryan, heptathlete Linda Rainwater and distance runners Daniel Anderson, Diane Dunn and Emily McGregor
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