THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Wednesday, Feb. 20---Men’s Tennis—UCSD vs. Concordia—Noon
Wednesday, Feb. 20—Women’s Tennis—UCSD vs. Concordia—3:00 PM
Wednesday, Feb. 20—Softball—UCSD at USD (DH)—3:00 PM
Thursday, Feb. 21—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Loyola Marymount—2:00 PM
Thursday, Feb. 21—Baseball—UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino—2:00 PM
Friday, Feb. 22—Softball—UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)—1:00 PM
Friday, Feb. 22—Baseball—UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino—2:00 PM
Friday, Feb. 22—Women’s Basketball—UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino—5:30 PM
Friday, Feb. 22—Men’s Volleyball—UCSD at Lewis—7:00 PM
Friday, Feb. 22—Men’s Basketball—UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino—7:30 PM.
Saturday, Feb. 23—Women’s Water Polo—UCSD at UC Irvine Tournament—All Day
Saturday, Feb. 23—Crew—Row For the Cure at Mission Bay—8:00 AM
Saturday, Feb. 23—Fencing—UCSD at IFCSC Championships—10:00 AM
Saturday, Feb. 23—Women’s Tennis—UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona—11:00 AM
Saturday, Feb. 23—Baseball—UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)—11:00 AM
Saturday, Feb. 23—Softball—UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)—Noon
Saturday, Feb. 23—Track & Field—UCSD at Rossi Relays—Noon
Saturday, Feb. 23—Women’s Basketball—UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona—5:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 23—Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Loyola Chicago—5:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 23—Men’s Basketball—UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona—7:30 PM
Sunday, Feb. 24—Women’s Water Polo—UCSD at UC Irvine Tournament—All Day
SECOND PLACE MEN’S BASKETBALL SQUAD STARTS FOUR-GAME ROAD STINT
After tasting first place in the CCAA for 24 hours, the Men’s Basketball team hits the road in second place to battle league-leading Cal State San Bernardino (19-5/12-4) Friday and always tough Cal Poly Pomona (10-11/9-7) Saturday ...Coach Chris Carlson’s squad is 15-7 overall and 11-5 in the CCAA following a home split last weekend...The 15 wins equals a Division II season best and the Tritons’ next victory will match their all-time high CCAA total...UCSD is ranked sixth in the NCAA West Region.
Henry Patterson knocked down 18 points to go with five rebounds and the Tritons shot 53.3% from three-point range in a 64-63 triumph over Cal State L.A. Friday night in RIMAC Arena...Down early, UCSD tied it at 20 in the first half and a late three-pointer from Kelvin Kim sent Carlson’s club into the locker room up by eight...The Tritons never trailed in the second half but had to withstand two Golden Eagle rallies to end up a winner...Playing an ever-increasing role, junior Alan Husted scored 13 points while Kim dished out five assists...The win, coupled with a CSU San Bernardino home loss to Chico State, vaulted UCSD into a short-lived tie for first in the CCAA.
That status went away Saturday night as a tall, talented and rested Cal State Dominguez Hills squad over-matched the Tritons, 61-46, on Senior Night...Senior Clint Allard compiled 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Patterson chipped in with 11 points, but UCSD never got out front in this one...Thirty-four percent shooting from the floor and an anemic 47.8% from the free throw line doomed the Tritons.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SWEEPS AT HOME; CLOSES REGULAR SEASON ON ROAD
Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team starts a regular season-concluding four-game road stint this weekend against CCAA frontrunner Cal State San Bernardino (19-4/13-3) Friday and Cal Poly Pomona (10-12/7-9) Saturday...The Tritons, now 19-7 overall, 11-5 in conference and holding onto a third place tie in the CCAA standings, boast a modest three-game winning streak and have won four of their last five...One more win would make for a third straight 20-win season, which would be a first in UCSD women’s hoop history.
With senior Meaghan Noud registering 22 points, including four treys, the Tritons clobbered visiting Cal State L.A., 67-30, Friday night...Despite a somewhat sluggish first 20 minutes, UCSD led, 25-9, at the break, as the Golden Eagles hit on just 3-of-26 field goal attempts...The Tritons laid a 24-7 run on Cal State L.A. to start the second half and 12 of the 14 players Elliott put on the floor found the scoresheet...Junior Michelle Osier tallied nine points and pulled down a team high eight boards and senior Alexis Mezzetta handed out nine assists...Defensively, UCSD ended up holding CSULA to just 27.7% shooting on the night and forced 23 turnovers.
Noud was bombing away again the next night, racking up 28 points, as the Tritons topped Cal State Dominguez Hills, 75-64...Two Noud free throws with one second remaining sent UCSD into halftime with a two-point lead that it doggedly protected over the final 20 minutes... CSUDH was never able to catch the Tritons but the final margin was the widest the gap got between the two teams...Senior Alexis Gaskin (14), sophomore Erin Noonan (13) and Osier (13) also reached double figures in a game where every Triton point came from the starting five...Osier’s team high 11 rebounds gave her a double double and Mezzetta chalked up seven more assists.
BIG CONFERENCE FINISHES FOR SWIMMING & DIVING
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams fell short of last year’s dual titles, but were impressive nonetheless, recording second (men) and third (women) place finishes at the four-day Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships last week at Long Beach’s Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool...The men were nudged by NAIA Cal Baptist, 1,536.5-1,434, while the women scored 1,159 points to place just behind Division I Loyola Marymount (1,212) and Pepperdine (1,166)...Six new athletes posted NCAA Division II qualifying marks, upping UCSD’s total to 20—nine on the women’s side and 11 men.
The men took gold in three individual events and two relays...Sophomores Dan Perdew and Todd Langland governed the sprints...They went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle with Perdew touching first in 20.43...Langland returned the favor in the 100, clocking 45.41 for the win with Perdew third...Perdew also turned in a runner-up performance in the 100 butterfly (51.60)... Junior Steven Hardy led a 1-3-4 Triton finish in the 100 backstroke in a time of 51.42...Hardy was also second in the 200 backstroke (1:52.58) and 200 individual medley (1:54.72)...Junior Kneif Lohse was top three in three races—500 free (3rd/4:36.90), 400 IM (2nd/4:05.95) and 1,650 free (2nd/16:01.3)...The Triton relay wins came in the 200 medley (1:31.81) with Hardy, Evan Hsiao, Perdew and Langland and the 200 freestyle with Langland, Hsiao, Brandon Maryatt and Perdew combining to go 1:22.94...Hsiao, defending NCAA D-II champ in the 100 breaststroke, took the silver medal in his specialty (56.68)...UCSD dominated the diving events, placing 2-3-4-5 on both boards...Senior Andrew Skewes was the top UCSD finisher, nabbing a pair of seconds.
The UCSD women bagged four individual events and three relays...Freshman Anje Shimura and junior Kendall Bohn were both double winners...Shimura garnered the blue ribbon in the 100 (56.87) and 200 (2:02.24) backstrokes while Bohn was victorious in the 100 (1:04.99) and 200 (2:17.77) breaststrokes...Shimura was also the runner-up in the 50 freestyle (23.53) and her 100 back mark was .01 off Jennifer Watanabe’s school record...Junior Jennifer Sims finished second in the 200 butterfly (2:05.45)...Shimura was also part of all three winning relay foursomes...In the 800 freestyle (7:34.57) she anchored Aubrey Panis, Shannon Simonds and Ashtyn Douglas...She led off the 400 medley (3:50.73) unit that included Bohn, Karla Holman and Erinn Deters and was the followed Panis, Deters and Simonds in the 400 freestyle (3:28.28).
SOFTBALL STAYS HOT; GETS BACK TO CCAA VS. DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team will challenge crosstown D-I rival USD in a Wednesday doubleheader before jumping back into conference play, hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills for doubleheaders Friday and Saturday...The Tritons come into the week 11-3 off a second place finish at the 27-team Schutt Sports Leadoff Classic in Phoenix, AZ...Gerckens’ charges are 2-2 in the CCAA...CSUDH is 7-5 overall and like UCSD, 2-2 after one round of CCAA play...The Tritons defeated the Toros, 12-4, at the Best of the West Tournament in the season’s first week.
Senior Melissa Ward spun a four-hit shutout and freshman shortstop Sarah Woofter homered, singled and stole two bases as UCSD smacked Grand Canyon, 6-0, in the opener in Phoenix...Ward picked up win No. 3 while Woofter scored two and drove in a pair...Sophomore catcher Nicole Saari also had two hits and two RBIs...UCSD knocked off Missouri Western State, 7-4, in its second game Thursday...After blowing a 4-0 lead, the Tritons scored three in the bottom of the sixth to break a 4-4 tie and make a winner out of reliever Nicole Fullerton... UCSD piled up nine hits, all singles, three by Woofter, and drew eight walks...First baseman Jenni Habib and shortstop Mandy Eliades had two hits each...The Griffons managed just two hits but stayed in the game thanks to six bases on balls and three hit batsmen.
Habib stroked two singles and a double, driving in three as UCSD opened day two with a 5-0 triumph over New Mexico Highlands...Chastain turned in a complete game two-hitter with five K’s for her fourth win of the season...UCSD scored one in the first and opened the contest up with three more in the third...The Tritons managed just four hits in Friday’s second game and pushed across only one run but that proved to be enough as Ward dazzled Eastern New Mexico with a one-hit, 1-0, performance...Third baseman Jenny Maze scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh.
Gerckens & Co. moved into the championship game by edging Dixie State, 1-0, Saturday morning as Ward tossed her first career no-hitter...The steady southpaw struck out six while walking just two and allowing only three baserunners...Again, UCSD was able to muster just four hits but one, a fourth inning solo homer by second baseman Danielle Lukk, was all that Ward needed...Ward came back in the title tilt but this time got roughed up by Barry (FL), which racked up six runs in three and two-thirds innings against the UC star...This time, it was the Tritons being no-hit as Barry’s Megan Young turned the trick..
BASEBALL TAKES THREE OF FOUR FROM BARRY; OPENS CCAA HERE THURSDAY
Flying high with 10 wins in 13 non-conference contests, including three-of-four against visiting Barry (FL) last weekend, Coach Dan O’Brien’s 14th-ranked Baseball team opens CCAA play with a four-game series against Cal State San Bernardino (8-3) this week...The two teams will play single games in La Jolla Thursday and Friday and finish up with a Saturday doubleheader in San Bernardino...UCSD was picked to win the CCAA in a pre-season poll of conference coaches while CSUSB was pegged for fifth place in the 10-team circuit.
In a wild series opener with Barry Friday, junior Matt Cantele’s single, the Tritons’ 20th hit and the 39th overall in the game, drove home Justin Bono with the winning run in an 11-inning, 12-11, victory...The game-winner actually crossed the plate Saturday morning because play was stopped due to darkness Friday night...After UCSD overcame a two-run deficit to tie the game at five in the eighth, Barry went up, 11-6, in the top of the ninth, only to see UCSD rally to tie in the bottom half...Saturday morning, freshman Guido Knudson tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the victory...Cantele, Vance Albitz, Evan Kehoe and Nick Burke all registered three hits.
The two teams split Saturday’s regularly-scheduled twinbill, UCSD getting six serviceable innings from starter Trevor Decker and scoring seven runs in the first three innings, to take game one, 12-4, and Barry taking advantage of three unearned runs to capture the nightcap, 4-2... Kehoe had two hits, one a three-run first inning dinger, and four RBIs in game one then came back with three singles, accounting for half of UCSD’s second game hit total.
No-hit for five innings and trailing, 3-0, the Tritons bounced back to take the series finale, 5-3, Sunday...Cantele and Garrett Imeson had sixth inning RBIs as UCSD pulled even at three...Then, a Chris Franco double and Kehoe single plated the final two runs in the bottom of the eighth...Junior Matt Rossman, the starter in game one, fired three perfect innings in relief to pick up his second win of the year with Keith Noe getting the final three outs for the save.
WOMEN’S TENNIS LOOKS TO EXTEND CCAA STREAK AT CAL POLY POMONA
After dropping a pair of dual matches last week, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team will test NAIA Concordia at home Wednesday before putting its 41-match conference winning streak on the line at Cal Poly Pomona Saturday...The Tritons are 2-2 on the year.
Last Wednesday, LaPlante’s netters were beaten, 7-0, at Division I Cal State Northridge...Only junior Tessa Tran at No. 6 singles was able to extend her match to three sets...At home two days later, the Tritons battled NAIA power Fresno Pacific but wound up on the short end of a 6-3 decision...Justine Fonte and Dalya Perelman teamed to win, 8-5, at No. 3 doubles and then UCSD picked up straight set singles wins at No. 5 (Natalie Varnay) and No. 6 (Molly Sullens)...Kimmi Dao and Perelman went three sets at No. 2 and 3 respectively...Interestingly, Dao’s match featured three love sets.
NO. 6 MEN’S TENNIS POSTS TRIO OF DIVISION II WINS
The Tritons overcame a sluggish start and a much improved Cal Poly Pomona squad to post an 8-1 victory over the Broncos last Wednesday...Alex Edstrom and Armaun Emami rallied to win 9-7 at No. 3 doubles and provide UCSD a 2-1 cushion going into singles play...There, UCSD went undefeated with straight set triumphs at Nos. 1-6 from Bijan Moallemi, Kazumi Negishi, Blake Meister, Vincent Nguyen, Alex Whitmore and Edstrom...Singles standout Eric Rubens was held out with an injury.
Just enough doubles prowess and dominance at the top of the singles ladder elevated the Tritons to a 6-3 win over No. 15 Abilene Christian Saturday in Phoenix...ACU’s only previous losses had come at the hands of Division I opponents...UCSD took the singles point by rolling, 8-4, at No. 1 with Moallemi-Rubens and gutting out a 9-8 triumph at No. 3 with Chad Becker-Alex Placek...The Tritons then swept the top four singles positions with Moallemi, Rubens and Negishi recording three-set victories and Meister claiming a straight set conquest at No. 4.
UCSD closed out Phoenix tournament play by blistering No. 36 Hawaii-Hilo, 7-2...Coach Eric Steidlmayer juggled his doubles lineup but the tinkering didn’t change the results as UCSD swept all three slots...The Tritons then repeated their previous day’s success at Nos. 1-4 singles...Moallemi, Rubens and Meister went two-and-out while Negishi scrambled for an 11-9 third set result.
The opening round tournament match vs. Midwestern State was canceled due to rain...The Tritons (5-1) host NAIA Concordia Wednesday afternoon and battle Division I Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles Thursday.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL FACES NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN MIDWEST
Looking to snap a three-match losing skid, the Men’s Volleyball team will fly to the Midwest to tackle Division II Lewis (IL) Friday and No. 12 Loyola of Chicago Saturday...Coach Kevin Ring’s spikers are 4-10 on the year.
Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the Tritons suffered their second loss of the season to No. 9 USC, 3-0 (36-34, 30-23, 30-20)...UCSD had no answers for a Trojan attack that posted a .422 hitting percentage (UCSD hit .242)...USC also won the blocking numbers (16-6)...Sophomore Frank Fritsch led UCSD with 12 kills and fellow second-year player Jason Spangler picked up nine...Libero Eric Leserman accounted for 13 digs.
Saturday afternoon, No. 7 Pepperdine also recorded a second win over UCSD, knocking off the Tritons, 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-24)...Fritsch (12) and Spangler (11) were again 1-2 in the kills department.
WATER POLO DUMPS SAN BERNARDINO; OPENS UCI TOURNAMENT SATURDAY
Now 3-7 on the season but ranked 16th nationally, the Women’s Water Polo team will face more top notch competition when it travels to Orange County for the UC Irvine Tournament, Saturday and Sunday.
Last Saturday, the Tritons overcame a slow start to down WWPA foe Cal State San Bernardino, 10-7, at Canyonview Pool...Junior Sydney Gstettenbauer scored four goals, three coming on penalty shots...After trailing, 5-4, at halftime, UCSD owned the second half...Senior goalie Kim Hockett stopped 15 shots, including four 6-on-5 tries.
ROW FOR THE CURE SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY
Both Triton Rowing teams will participate in Saturday’s Row for the Cure, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation...The event was re-scheduled from October 28...Start time is 8:00AM on Mission Bay.
FENCERS AIM TO CONTINUE IFCSC DOMINATION
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing teams will each be favored to capture their fourth consecutive conference title when they compete in the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) Saturday at UC Irvine...The Tritons are undefeated against conference competition this year.
TRACK & FIELD OPENS AT ROSSI RELAYS
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will send their Track & Field outfit against “live” competition for the first time Saturday at Claremont’s Rossi Relays...The meet, which features a variety of non-standard relay events typically draws a talented field...Salerno and Ahner are expecting to see at least a handful of NCAA D-II qualifying marks come out of the meet...Among the stars on this year’s Triton contingent is senior long/triple jumper Whitney Johnson.
GOLFERS 10TH AT CSU SAN MARCOS INVITATIONAL
With junior standout Nathan Phan still recovering from a shoulder injury, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team finished 10th in the 19-team Cal State San Marcos Invitational last week at San Luis Rey Downs Golf Club in Bonsall...The Tritons shot a 54-hole team total of 937 (+73) and were 63 strokes behind first place D-I Fresno State.
UCSD’s top scorer was junior Noah Moss who fired a 230 (79-76-75) over the 6,750-yd., par 72 course...Unfortunately, Moss was entered as an individual and did not count in the Tritons’ team total...Wydra’s five scorers were Austin Alfonso (231/T-38th), Ryan Bailey (236/T-56th), Alex Schmitt (236/T-56th), Keith Okasaki (238/T-64th) and Billy Olsen (238/T-64th)...Next up for the Tritons is the Roadrunner Invitational, Feb. 25-26 in Bakersfield.
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