THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Feb. 11—Golf—UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational—All Day
Tue., Feb. 12—Golf—UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational—All Day
Wed., Feb. 13—Swimming & Diving—UCSD at PCSC Championships—All Day
Thu., Feb. 14—Swimming & Diving—UCSD at PCSC Championships—All Day
Fri., Feb. 15—Swimming & Diving—UCSD at PCSC Championships—All Day
Junior Shane Poppen and the Men’s Basketball team play Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills this weekend at RIMAC Arena.
Sat., Feb. 16—Swimming & Diving—UCSD at PCSC Championships—All Day
Sat., Feb. 16—Softball—UCSD at Schutt Sports D-II Leadoff Classic—All Day
Sat., Feb. 16—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Abilene Christian—9:30 AM
Sat., Feb. 16—Baseball—UCSD vs. Barry (DH)—11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 16—Water Polo—UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino—11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 16—Men’s Volleyball—UCSD at Pepperdine—2:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 16—Women’s Basketball—UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills—5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 16—Men’s Basketball—UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills—7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 17—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Hawaii-Hilo—12:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 17—Baseball—UCSD vs. Barry—Noon
FIVE STRAIGHT FOR MEN'S BASKETBALL; FINAL HOME WEEKEND LOOMS
Riding a five-game winning streak and sitting alone in second place in the CCAA standings, the Men’s Basketball team closes out its regular season home schedule this weekend when it hosts Cal State L.A. (12-9/6-8/8th place) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (13-7/8-6/T5th)...Coach Chris Carlson’s club, now 14-6 overall and 10-4 in conference play, went overtime with both L.A. and Dominguez Hills on the road in January, losing to the former and beating the latter...With six league contests remaining, UCSD is within reach of its all-time best 12 CCAA wins (2005-06).
Last Friday, the Tritons put five players in double figures while upending defending CCAA champ Humboldt State, 84-72, at RIMAC Arena...UCSD trailed throughout the first half but a late Shane Poppen lay-up cut the margin to four at halftime...It stayed close after the break but a Clint Allard steal led to a Darryl Lawlor trey that gave the Tritons a 41-40 lead that they never surrendered...Fifty percent shooting from the field off-set a poor (1-9) night beyond the arc and UCSD out-rebounded the Lumberjacks, 35-28...Kelvin Kim (14 pts.), Lawlor (13), Allard (10, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line), Jordan Lawley (10) and Poppen (10) were the scoring leaders...Poppen posted his first career double double, pulling down 10 boards.
A night later, the Tritons led wire-to-wire, romping past Sonoma State, 82-61, their biggest winning margin of the season...UCSD hit a phenomenal 75% from the three-point range and had assists on 22 of its 31 field goals...On the defensive end, Carlson’s charges held the Seawolves scoreless (0-8) from three-point land and blocked six shots...Sophomore Alan Husted scored a career high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, senior Henry Patterson recorded a 15 pt./10 rebound double double (including the squad’s first dunk of the season) and Lawley pitched in with 14...Senior Andrew Hatch completed a solid weekend by scoring 12 points and hit all eight of his shots over the two games.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STAYS IN 3RD; FINAL HOME WEEKEND NEXT
Battling for conference and NCAA post-season position, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena this weekend for its final two home games of the regular season...The Tritons are 17-7 overall and 9-5 (T3rd) in the conference after splitting two home outings last weekend...Furnishing the opposition this week will be Cal State L.A. (8-12/5-8/T8th) Friday and Cal State Dominguez Hills (11-10/5-9/T8th) Saturday...UCSD is within hailing distance of its third consecutive 20-win campaign.
The Tritons dropped a puzzling, 76-65, decision to Humboldt State Friday night, their second loss to the Lumberjacks this year...They dominated the first half and used a 16-7 closing run to go into the locker room up by 10...But the second half was a nightmare as the Tritons turned the ball over 10 times, missed all six of their three-point tries and never seemed to find a rhythm...HSU shot 50% for the game...Senior Meaghan Noud and junior Michelle Osier provided most of the offensive punch...Noud rang up 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting and hit 10 of 12 charity tosses...Osier recorded another double double with 13 points and 13 boards...Senior Alexis Mezzetta handed out eight assists.
Things got turned around quickly, however, as the Tritons carved up Sonoma State, 72-59, twenty-four hours later...Noud had an uncharacteristically poor shooting night (2-of-12) and just eight points, but Osier (17 pts./15 rebounds), Mezzetta (17 pts./4 rebounds/4 assists) and senior Alexis Gaskin (15 points/7 rebounds) picked up the slack...UCSD was the pursuer much of the first half but took control the first four minutes of the second half and eased to the final buzzer...The win was keyed by a defense that forced 21 Sonoma State turnovers.
SWIMMING & DIVING LOOK FOR DOUBLE TITLE REPEAT AT CONFERENCE MEET
With an eye of the NCAA Division II Championships, just a month away, the Swimming & Diving teams head to Long Beach for the annual Pacific Collegiate Swim Championships, Wednesday through Saturday, at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool...Both teams are defending champions at this event which includes teams from Divisions I, II, III and NAIA...Coach Scott McGihon’s squad goes into the meet with 14 athletes already qualified for the NCAA meet...He is anticipating perhaps eight additional athletes to post qualifying marks at the PCSC event.
SOFTBALL TEAM SPLITS CCAA-OPENING SERIES WITH CHICO STATE.
After giving all indications on the first week of the season that it would be an offensive juggernaut, the Softball team saw its bats go cold and had to rely in large part on pitching and defense to pull out a split in a four-game home series with Chico State last weekend...The Tritons now travel to Phoenix for the Schutt Sports D-II Leadoff Classic...UCSD will play Grand Canyon (9:30 AM) and Missouri Western State (Noon) on Thursday and New Mexico Highlands (11:00 AM) Friday with the remaining scheduled determined by those results...Coach Patti Gerckens’ charges come into the tourney at 6-2.
Chico State won the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, 1-0, and the Tritons turned the tables in the nightcap, 2-0...Senior Melissa Ward gave up just five hits and struck out seven in the opener but it was not enough as UCSD was able to eke out just two hits of its own and was unable to overcome the Wildcats’ lone fourth inning run...The two teams were scoreless through five in game two but a slicing double to left by junior Jenni Habib plated freshman Katrin Gabriel with the lead run and senior Jenny Maze’s RBI single to center provided insurance...Junior Lauren Chastain went the distance on the bump, giving up just three hits and whiffing five for her third victory.
Saturday, Ward fired a seven-inning no-hitter but again ended up a hard luck loser as Chico State touched her up for four ninth-inning runs and a 4-0 win...Game two was another extra inning affair, but this time the Tritons prevailed, 6-5, as their 14th hit of the game, a two-out eighth inning Chastain single, drove home freshman Sarah Woofter who had opened the inning with a double...Christine Zankich, in relief of Chastain, picked up the victory and five players had two hits apiece...Woofter hit her first collegiate home run...Maze and Ward were CCAA Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively (previous week).
BASEBALL TAKES FOUR FROM GRAND CANYON
Sporting six consecutive wins, including a four-game sweep of visiting Grand Canyon over the weekend, Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team now hosts Division II Barry (FL) for a four-game set, starting Friday...The Tritons are 7-2 on the season.
Monday, Garrett Imeson’s eighth inning RBI single lifted UCSD to a 3-2 victory over Western Oregon and salvaged a split of the four-game series...The contest was moved to Monday after a Sunday rain cancellation...The Wolves scored two in the first and were still up, 2-0, when Kyle Saul smacked a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh...Keith Noe and Nick Rodieck, each tossing one perfect inning, picked up the win and save respectively...Imeson and Chris Franco had two hits each.
Friday, UCSD rapped out 15 hits and exploded for nine sixth-inning runs in whipping Grand Canyon, 15-6, in the series opener...Sophomore shortstop Vance Albitz walked and scored to open the sixth and later cracked a grand slam in the same frame...Junior first sacker Matt Cantele had three hits...Starter Matt Rossman was chased after four innings, but Tim Shibuya, Nick Young and Rodieck held the Antelopes at bay out of the bullpen with Shibuya accruing the win.
Pitching carried the day in Saturday’s doubleheader with freshman Guido Knudson hurling six strong innings in a 7-1 first game victory and senior Trevor Decker going five innings while notching win No. 1 on the year, 6-2...A four-run second buoyed Knudson in the first game and sophomore reliever Kirby St. John accounted for three shutout innings...Albitz, Saul and Justin Bono had two hits each...In the nightcap, the Tritons broke open a one-run contest with three in the sixth...Chris Franco had a two-RBI single and Cantele drove in three.
O’Brien utilized five pitchers in a 9-4 decision in the finale with Shibuya getting his second win of the series...Franco and Cantele each belted three-run dingers.
IMPROVING WOMEN’S WATER POLO EARNS TOURNEY SPLIT
Showing glimpses of a presumably bright future, the 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team went 2-3 at home last week including a 2-2 performance in the weekend’s Triton Invitational...Now 3-7 overall, Coach Larry Sanders’ club hosts Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) foe Cal State San Bernardino Saturday.
Things started off on a down note for the Tritons as they were defeated, 15-9, by No. 10 Hartwick in their home opener last Thursday night...A cool night became nearly frigid after the Hawks rolled out to a 4-0 first period lead...The Tritons steadied, however, and had closed to 10-8 before a 5-1 Hartwick surge over the final five minutes put it away... Junior Sydney Gstettenbauer scored four times for UCSD and redshirt freshman Janice Aguilar added two, one a nasty fourth quarter backhander.
The Tritons got four more goals from Gstettenbauer Saturday morning, snapping their five-game losing streak with an 11-8 triumph over Indiana in the first game of the Triton Invitational...The Hoosiers got the first goal but quick tallies from Nicole Hermann and Liz Hahn made it 2-1 and UCSD never relinquished the lead...The afternoon brought an agonizing, 12-11, sudden death overtime loss to No. 12 Loyola Marymount but the loss brought with it the realization that Sanders & Co. have the capability of playing with anyone in the WWPA...The defending WWPA champion Lions never trailed in this contest but were also never up by more than a deuce...Gstettenbauer drilled a fourth quarter man-up goal to send it into OT...After both teams posted three goals in the standard two overtime periods, LMU converted a five-meter penalty shot in the first sudden death period to clinch the game...Sophomore Stephanie Heinrich led the UCSD offense with four goals as Gstettenbauer and Hermann contributed three apiece...Senior goalie Kim Hockett was clutch in the cage, turning away 10 shots.
In Sunday’s opener, the Tritons were solid in the middle but poor early and late, losing to No. 14 Long Beach State, 10-7...UCSD got off slow again, trailing, 4-1, after the first eight minutes...Sanders’ club chipped away and was just one down, 7-6, with under four minutes to go...But the wheels fell off at that point with the 49ers scoring the next two and three of the final four...Gstettenbauer, rapidly evolving into an offensive force, put up four more goals and teamed with Hermann (three goals) for all of UCSD’s scoring...The Tritons showed plenty of grit in their tourney finale, putting the knockout punch to No. 16 Cal State Northridge, 8-7, in sudden death overtime...A long range attempt by Gstettenbauer late in the shot clock found the back of the cage to lift UCSD to a win that seemed sorely in doubt after the Matadors kept things alive with a last second goal at the end of the second OT period...The game winner was Gstettenbauer’s third goal of the game...Senior Judy Emaus checked in with two goals and played strongly down the stretch.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO USC, PEPPERDINE
Now 3-8 on the year after a two-match split last week, the Men’s Volleyball team will try to avenge early season home losses when it travels to No. 11 USC Wednesday and No. 5 Pepperdine Saturday.
Big performances from Russ Hardy (13 kills) and Frank Fritsch (10 kills/two aces) propelled UCSD to a 3-0 (30-19, 30-15, 30-27) conquest of NAIA Hope International last Wednesday in Fullerton...The Tritons hit .349 as a team and blitzed the Royals in just 75 minutes with freshman Phil Bannan handing out 41 assists.
Friday night, UCSD was downed, 3-1 (30-22, 30-28, 33-35, 30-18) by No. 3 Long Beach State at the Pyramid in Long Beach...Fritsch had 17 kills and fellow sophomore Jason Spangler 16 in the loss...Fritsch also had 10 digs and Spangler three aces but the Tritons were out-hit, .338-.141 and out-blocked, 13.5-7.0.
FORTY-ONE IN A ROW FOR WOMEN'S TENNIS IN CCAA
After upping its season mark to 2-0 and extending a CCAA dual match win streak to 41, the Women’s Tennis team travels to Division I Cal State Northridge Wednesday before returning home to battle NAIA Fresno Pacific Friday.
Coach Liz LaPlante’s squad earned its 41st straight CCAA triumph with a perfunctory, 8-1, outing against Cal State San Bernardino...The Tritons swept doubles and cruised to straight set singles victories at Nos. 2-5, courtesy of Kimmi Dao, Dalya Perelman, Molly Sullens, Natalie Varnay and Tessa Tran.
MEN’S TENNIS TO TAKE ON D-II FOES IN PHOENIX
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team improved its dual record to 2-1 with a 7-2 decision over host NAIA Point Loma last Wednesday...The sixth-ranked Tritons swept doubles and received point-earning singles performances from Bijan Moallemi (No. 1), Blake Meister (No. 4), Vincent Nguyen (No. 5) and Alex Whitmore (No. 6).
UCSD now heads to Phoenix where it will square off against Division II rivals Midwestern State, Abilene Christian and Hawaii-Hilo...Midwestern State and Abilene Christian are Top 20 squads.
GOLF TEAM PLAYS IN CSU SAN MARCOS INVITATIONAL
After finishing fourth at the San Diego Intercollegiate Classic two weeks ago, the Golf team heads to Bonsall today for the Cal State San Marcos Invitational, at San Luis Rey Downs Country Club...After 36 holes today, the tourney concludes with 18 Tuesday...Teeing it up for UCSD will be Billy Olsen, Austin Alfonso, Keith Okasaki, Ryan Bailey and Alex Schmitt with Noah Moss playing as an individual.
TRACK & FIELD PREPS FOR SEASON OPENER
Senior Todd Bettisworth captured three events (100-200-400) to highlight Saturday’s annual Blue-Gold Alumni Track & Field meet...Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner send their teams into regular season competition for the first time Feb. 21 at Claremont’s Rossi Relays.
FENCERS ROLL AT FULLERTON
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team steamed past three conference rivals Sunday at the Cal State Fullerton Tournament...The Triton men topped Cal Tech (25-2), Cal State Fullerton (24-3) and UC Irvine (26-1) while the women knocked off the same three teams—Cal Tech (24-3), Cal State Fullerton (23-4) and UC Irvine (24-3).
The fencers are idle this week, prepping for the Feb. 23 Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) Championship.
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