THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Feb. 25—Golf—UCSD at Roadrunner Invitational—All Day
Tue., Feb. 26—Golf—UCSD at Roadrunner Invitational—All Day
Wed., Feb. 27—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Championships—All Day
Wed., Feb. 27—Women’s Tennis—UCSD at Point Loma—2:30 PM
Thu., Feb. 28—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Championships—All Day
Thu., Feb.28—Baseball—UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona—2:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 28—Women’s Basketball—UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay—5:30 PM
Thu., Feb. 28—Men’s Basketball—UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay—7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 29—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Championships—All Day
Fri., Feb. 29—Softball—UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)—1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 29—Baseball—UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona—2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 29—Women’s Tennis—UCSD at Sonoma State—2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 29—Women’s Basketball---UCSD at San Francisco State—5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 29—Men’s Volleyball—UCSD vs. UC Santa Barbara—7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 29—Men’s Basketball—UCSD at San Francisco State—7:30 PM
Sat., Mar. 1—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Championships—All Day
Sat., Mar. 1—Fencing—UCSD at NCAA West Regional—All Day
Sat., Mar. 1—Track & Field—UCSD at All-Cal Championships—10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 1—Women’s Water Polo—UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield—10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 1—Women’s Tennis—UCSD at UC Davis—11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 1—Baseball—UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona (DH)—11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 1—Softball—UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)—Noon
Sat., Mar. 1—Women’s Water Polo—UCSD vs. Pomona-Pitzer—4:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 1—Men’s Volleyball—UCSD vs. Cal State Northridge—7:00 PM
Sun., Mar. 2—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Championships—All Day
Sun., Mar. 2—Fencing—UCSD at NCAA West Regional—All Day
Sun., Mar. 2—Men’s Tennis—UCSD vs. Northern Arizona—2:00 PM
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GETS THIRD CONSECUTIVE 20-WIN SEASON
With its third straight 20-win season in hand and needing just one more victory to clinch home court in the first round of the inaugural CCAA Tournament, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team travels to the Bay Area to close out the regular season against Cal State Monterey Bay (3-22/2-16/11th in CCAA) Thursday and San Francisco State (13-12/10-8/T5th) Friday...UCSD is now 20-8, 12-6 in CCAA play and still tied for third in the league standings.
Friday night, the Tritons knocked Cal State San Bernardino out of first place and avenged an earlier defeat, 66-52...Junior Michelle Osier (30 points/16 rebounds) and senior Meaghan Noud (27 pts.) outscored the No. 24 Coyotes on their own...Osier hit 9-o-f15 from the floor and 12-of-15 from the free throw line... Sophomore Erin Noon scored seven and grabbed nine rebounds as UCSD out-boarded CSUSB, 46-34, and held the Coyotes to 29.5% shooting...The Tritons, who were just one ahead, 25-24, at halftime, had expanded that to 14 points with 5:38 remaining but an 11-2 San Bernardino run tightened the margin to five with 2:00 left...From that point, Osier and Noud combined to hit 8-of-10 from the line to ice it.
The next night in Pomona, Elliott’s charges let an 11-pt. first half lead escape in a 72-55 loss to Cal Poly Pomona...It was the Broncos second win over UCSD this year...The Tritons’ lead had dwindled to four at the break and the contest was tied for the last time with 7:22 on the clock...From there, the Broncos used a flurry of steals, key rebounds and UCSD fouls to rattle off 14 unanswered points in a four-minute span, effectively putting the result out of reach...Osier had another solid night with 18 points and seven caroms on 6-of-7 shooting... Senior Alexis Gaskin connected on 6-of-10 field goal tries for 12 points and Noud chipped in with another dozen...Outside of Osier and Gaskin, however, the Tritons shot a combined 5-for-24 and as a team were out-rebounded by 13 on the night.
MEN’S BASKETBALL SHOOTS FOR HOME COURT IN CCAA FIRST ROUND
After absorbing a pair of tough road losses, the Men’s Basketball team will be trying to turn things around when it finishes the 2008 regular season at Cal State Monterey Bay (10-14/9-9/T7th) Thursday and San Francisco State (15-10/10-8/T4th) Friday...UCSD comes into the final week with a season ledger of 15-9...Coach Chris Carlson’s hoopsters are 11-7 in CCAA action, third in the conference standings...Monterey Bay and S.F. State both topped UCSD in overtime at RIMAC Arena in late January...All three teams have sewn up spots in the CCAA Tournament and a pair of wins will give the Tritons home court advantage in the first round.
First place Cal State San Bernardino reversed an earlier loss by stopping UCSD, 70-55, last Friday...After going into the locker room with a six-point halftime edge, the Coyotes pushed the advantage to double digits for most of the second 20 minutes, shooting 57.8% in the process (50% from three-point land)...The Tritons shot a creditable 47.2% and got 13 points from Clint Allard, 11 from Jordan Lawley (as well as four assists) and 10 from Kelvin Kim.
Saturday night, Carlson saw a valiant comeback effort go for naught as host Cal Poly Pomona used three late free throws to edge his club, 78-76...The Tritons trailed the entire second half, by as much as 11 at one juncture, but rallied to deadlock the game at 75 on a Kim trey with 29 seconds go...Kim was fouled on the play and put UC up one with the ensuing free throw...But the Broncos took the lead back eight seconds later on a pair of charity tosses and got one more to create the final margin...A buzzer-beating three by Allard missed the mark...Allard finished with 19 points and six boards while Lawlor chipped in with 16 and seven...Senior Andrew Hatch came off the bench to knock down 5-of-6 and score 12 points.
TOP MEN’S VB SQUADS VISIT RIMAC THIS WEEKEND
The Men’s Volleyball team, looking to snap a five-match losing streak, hosts No. 14 UC Santa Barbara and No. 4 Cal State Northridge, in a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) outings, Friday and Saturday, at RIMAC Arena...Coach Kevin Ring’s spikers (4-12) return home this week after dropping a pair of 3-1 decisions in the Midwest last weekend.
Division II Lewis (IL) downed UCSD, 3-1 (30-27, 27-30, 30-25, 30-27) last Friday, despite 25 kills from red hot sophomore Jason Spangler (.320)... Unfortunately for Ring & Co., outside of Spangler, the Tritons had just 27 kills and hit a paltry .013...Billy Arnold ran the offense, dishing out 47 assists and freshman Calvin Ross had two aces, but the Flyers out-blocked UCSD, 18-9.
The next night, No. 11 Loyola of Chicago posted a 3-1 (30-25, 30-26, 27-31, 30-22) win...Spangler (16) and fellow soph Frank Fritsch (15) paced the Tritons in the kills department but UCSD was again beaten at the net, trailing, 18-9, in the blocking numbers...Arnold (23 assists) and freshman Phil Bannan (27) split setting chores.
BASEBALL TAKES THREE FROM SAN BERNARDINO TO OPEN CCAA
The 16th-ranked Baseball team, 13-3 overall and undefeated in three CCAA games, plays a four-game series against Cal Poly Pomona, starting Thursday...The two clubs will play single games in La Jolla Thursday and Friday before traveling to Pomona for a doubleheader Saturday...Coach Dan O’Brien’s team is tied with Sonoma State and Cal State Stanislaus atop the CCAA standings.
Designated hitter Chris Franco slammed four hits, including one of three UCSD home runs as the Tritons pounded Cal State San Bernardino, 13-3, in Thursday’s CCAA opener...Franco, who also doubled, scored three times and drove in three...Centerfielder Nick Burke had a three-hit day, also doubling and homering and righthander Matt Rossman threw five innings to secure his third win of the year.
Sandwiched between Friday and Sunday rainouts, the Tritons swept a Saturday doubleheader at San Bernardino, 10-5 and 12-11...In game one, UCSD scored five in the second and five in the third, coasting to victory from there...O’Brien’s club pounded 14 hits (nine in the second and third alone), four players accounting for two each...One, Tim Mort racked up three RBIs...Sophomore Kirby St. John tossed three and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief to notch the win...In a crazy second game, the Tritons exploded for 10 in the third inning and then held on to prevail by a run...UCSD had only nine hits in the game, but six came in that critical third frame as the Tritons plated eight runs after two were out...Chris Franco and Evan Kehoe stroked two hits apiece and shortstop Vance Albitz had a two-run third inning triple...Among other oddities, UCSD had six hit batsmen and second sacker Garrett Imeson stole home...The only effective pitcher was winner Keith Noe who hurled four and two-thirds innings of one run ball to accrue his second win of the year.
Freshman Evan Kehoe was named CCAA Player of the Week (Feb. 18-24).
SOFTBALL CONTINUES WINNING WAYS DESPITE RAIN
A scheduled four-game Softball series with Cal State Dominguez Hills was reduced to two by rain and Coach Patti Gerckens’ team took both ends of a Saturday doubleheader to improve its season record to 15-3 and CCAA mark to 4-2...The second place Tritons will now play a four-game weekend series at Cal State San Bernardino (9-11-1/2-2).
UCSD let a 3-0 lead slip away in Saturday’s game one against Dominguez Hills but bounced back for a 4-3 triumph when second baseman Danielle Lukk singled home left fielder Randelle Bundy in the bottom of the sixth...Bundy had led off the inning with a double...CSUDH chased senior starter Melissa Ward and tied the score with a three-run fifth but sophomore reliever Christine Zankich came on to deliver two and two-thirds scoreless innings and garner her second victory of the year...The Tritons piled up 10 hits in the win as Bundy led the way going 3-for-3, scoring two, droving in one and stealing a base.
Game two followed a somewhat similar scenario...Sparked by a two-run Allison May double, UCSD scored four second inning runs en route to a 5-3 victory...Again, the Tritons seemed to be cruising, but the Toros mounted another comeback, getting three runs off starter Lauren Chastain, to pull within one...But third baseman Jenny Maze’s 28th career home run and a strong performance from the bullpen finished it off...Zankich saved it for Chastain.
Earlier in the week, freshman Katrin Gabriel went 4-for-4, stole two bases and scored two runs as the Tritons defeated Division I USD, 6-5, to gain a doubleheader split with the host Toreros last Wednesday...UCSD parlayed four hits and an error into four first inning runs and then withstood a late USD rally to get the win for starter Lauren Chastain...First baseman Jenni Habib had two hits and her sixth inning double drove home Gabriel with the game-winning run...The Tritons dropped the opener, 4-1, with Lukk picking up three of their five hits.
Lukk and Ward were chosen CCAA Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively (Feb. 18-24).
WOMEN’S WATER POLO HOME FOR TWO SATURDAY
The 16th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team returns to Canyonview Pool Saturday to host a “split doubleheader”—taking on Cal State Bakersfield at 10:00 AM and Pomona Pitzer at 4:00 PM...The Tritons are now 5-11 after going 1-3 at last weekend’s UC Irvine Tournament.
Saturday’s first round of competition at the UCI event saw UCSD fall, 11-3, to No. 2 Stanford and 6-2 to No. 10 host UC Irvine...Senior goalie Kim Hockett turned away eight shots and Sydney Gstettenbauer, Judy Emaus and Janice Aguilar registered the goals against Stanford... Gstettenbauer put the Tritons up, 1-0, against UCI and Coach Larry Sanders’ club was still within a goal at 3-2 midway through the third period, but from there the Anteaters tallied three straight to put it away.
Sunday, UCSD opened with an 11-10 overtime heartbreaker to No. 15 Michigan...Gstettenbauer racked up four goals and Emaus two in the loss...The Wolverines got the game-winner with 51 seconds left in the second OT period...The Tritons closed out on a good note, whipping No. 13 UC Santa Barbara, 8-7...Sophomore Audra Bloom collected three goals and Stephanie Bocian a pair as UCSD led, 4-2, at the half, pushed it to 8-5 deep in the fourth quarter and then withstood a late UCSB run...Hockett turned away 10 shots in the Triton cage.
JOHNSON KEYS BIG OPENING WEEKEND FOR TRACK & FIELD; ALL-CAL NEXT
The 2008 Track & Field team got off to a roaring start Saturday at Claremont’s Rossi Relays, winning six individual events and two relays while posting five NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks...Individual winners were senior Whitney Johnson who captured the long (18-10.75) and triple (39-0.5) jumps, hitting NCAA standards in both, Jillian Sola (discus/141-9), Christina Sloyer (pole vault/10-11.75), Kelly Fogarty (100/12.53) and Daniel Macks (javelin/190-0)...The latter mark was No. 2 all-time at UCSD while Sloyer and Sola highlighted 1-2 Triton finishes in their specialties (Donna LeFever in the pole vault and Sarah Hendy in the discus)...The Tritons scored wins in the sprint and distance medley relays and the women’s 4x100 relay foursome of Kayleigh Knudson, Katie Skorupa, Christine Merrill and Fogarty logged an NCAA qualifying time of 47.50, second best in UCSD history but finished second to USC.
This Saturday, Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner take their squads to Irvine for the annual All-Cal Championships where they will hook up with UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and UC Davis...While the Triton men figure to be in mid-pack, the women, who finished just four points behind victorious UC Santa Barbara a year ago, may have the best chance they’ve been afforded to claim the team title.
MEN’S TENNIS AT PACIFIC COAST DOUBLES EVENT
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s sixth-ranked Men’s Tennis team will stay local this week, participating in the prestigious Pacific Coast Doubles Championships at nearby La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and then hosting Division I Northern Arizona Sunday.
After seeing last Wednesday’s scheduled match with NAIA Concordia knocked out by rain, the Tritons were defeated, 4-2, the next afternoon at Division I Loyola Marymount...At LMU, the No. 1 doubles duo of Eric Rubens and Blake Meister posted an 8-6 win, but losses at Nos. 2-3 gave the Lions the doubles point...Rubens then prevailed in straight sets at No. 2 singles, as did Meister at No. 4, but the Tritons took losses at Nos. 3, 5 and 6 with Bijan Moallemi and his opponent retiring at No. 1 with the team verdict already determined.
WOMEN’S TENNIS ADD TO CCAA STREAK; BUSY WEEK AHEAD
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team, 3-2 on the year and 2-0 vs. CCAA opponents opens a three-match road string at crosstown NAIA rival Point Loma on Wednesday...The Tritons then travel to Northern California where they will square off against Sonoma State (Friday) and UC Davis (Saturday).
An expected challenge from Cal Poly Pomona, the last CCAA school to defeat UCSD in dual competition, never materialized as the Tritons routed the host Broncos, 9-0, Saturday...After capturing three tough doubles battles—Taskeen Bains-Natalie Varnay (No. 1), Kimmi Dao-Valerie Tang (No. 2) and Jstine Fonte-Dalya Perelman (No. 3)—the Tritons breezed in singles with Dao, Fonte, Varnay, Sullens and Tran all snagging straight set wins...It marked UCSD’s 42nd straight win against CCAA opponents...A Sunday match with Division I Hawaii was rained out as was Wednesday’s scheduled contest with NAIA Concordia.
FENCERS SWEEP CONFERENCE TEAM TITLES FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR
Continuing its monopoly over the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC), the Fencing team captured its fourth consecutive men’s and women’s titles Saturday at UC Irvine...In addition to wrapping up the overall team titles for both genders, Coach Heidi Runyan’s squad finished first in all six weapons as well.
Individually, UCSD took conference gold in three of the six disciplines...Three sophomores did the honors as Bryan Kim, who went undefeated over the course of the season, won men’s sabre, Sean Blum finished on top in men’s epee as did Florence Lee in women’s foil...Next up is the NCAA West Regional Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.
GOLFERS VIE AT ROADRUNNER INVITATIONAL
After an open week, the Golf team hits the links again today in the annual Roadrunner Invitational at Bakersfield’s Seven Oaks Country Club...The course, which was the site of a former Nationwide Tour event, will host 16 teams and with the return of junior Nathan Phan from the injured list, Coach Mike Wydra figures to field his strongest lineup in several weeks...Joining Phan will be juniors Billy Olsen and Ryan Bailey, sophomore Austin Alfonso and freshman Bryan Olshock.
NEWS & NOTES...More than $30,000 was raised for the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at Saturday’s Row for the Cure, hosted by the UCSD Women’s & Men’s Rowing teams on Mission Bay.
The 15th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, May 5 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...For information on foursomes and sponsorships, please call (858) 534-8460.
The annual UCSD Athletics Recognition Dinner will be held Thursday, May 29, at UCSD’s Price Center Ballroom...For more information call (858) 534-4211.
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