THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Monday, Mar. 3---Men’s Golf---UCSD at Point Loma Invitational---All Day
Tuesday, Mar. 4---Men’s Golf---UCSD at Point Loma Invitational---All Day
Tuesday, Mar. 4---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Bowling Green---12:00 PM
Tuesday, Mar. 4---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Fresno Pacific---3:00 PM
Tuesday, Mar. 4---W-Basketball--UCSD hosts CCAA Tourn.1st Round---7:00 PM Tuesday, Mar. 4---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at CSU San Bernardino for CCAA Tournament 1st Round---7:30 PM
Wednesday, Mar. 5---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---2:00 PM
Thursday, Mar. 6---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---2:00 PM
Thursday, Mar. 6---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Concordia---2:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 7---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount Tournament---All Day Friday, Mar. 7---Softball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---1:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 7---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---2:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 7---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---2:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 7---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Pacific---7:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 7---Men’s Basketball---Semifinals CCAA Championship Tournament---TBA
Friday, Mar. 7---Women’s Basketball---Semifinals CCAA Championship Tournament---TBA
Saturday, Mar. 8---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount Tournament---All Day Saturday, Mar. 8---Crew (M&W)---UCSD at Long Beach State Regatta---8:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 8---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A. (DH)---11:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 8---Softball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---12:00 PM
Saturday, Mar. 8---Track & Field--UCSD hosts San Diego City Championships---Noon
Saturday, Mar. 8---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Stanford---7:00 PM
Saturday, Mar. 8--Women’s Basketball---CCAA Championship Tournament-TBA
Saturday, Mar. 8---Men’s Basketball---CCAA Championship Tournament—TBA
TWO ROAD WINS NET WOMEN HOME COURT FOR CCAA TOURNEY OPENER
By virtue of two road wins in the final week of the CCAA regular season, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team earned itself a trip back to RIMAC Arena for Tuesday night’s first round of the inaugural CCAA Basketball Tournament...The third-seeded Tritons (22-8), winners in six of their last seven outings, will tangle with sixth-seeded San Francisco State (14-13), a team they’ve defeated twice this season...The winner of Tuesday night’s clash advances to the CCAA Final Four, starting Friday night in San Bernardino...The championship game will be Saturday night...UCSD is the defending conference title holder.
With CCAA Player of the Week Michelle Osier and Alexis Gaskin both recording double doubles, UCSD routed host Cal State Monterey Bay, 74-50, Thursday night...Osier finished with a game high 24 points and 17 rebounds while Gaskin chalked up 16 points and 12 boards...Senior Meaghan Noud, the club’s leading scorer, suffered through an ice cold night, hitting just 2-of-16, but still came away with nine points and pulled down 10 caroms...The Tritons held the Otters to 30% shooting from the floor and forced 20 turnovers.
The next night in San Francisco, UCSD assumed control late in the first half and ran away from San Francisco State, 63-47...Osier produced another double double (21 pts./15 rebounds), she has nine in her last 11 games, while Noud and sophomore Erin Noonan chipped in with 15 and 12 points apiece...UCSD shot 42 percent for the night and beat the Gators, 51-38, on the glass.
SLUGGISH FINISH GETS HOOP TEAM TOUGH FIRST ROUND CCAA MATCH-UP
Locked in a five-way tie for third place in the final regular season standings, the Men’s Basketball team got the worst of the tiebreaker scenario and finds itself traveling to San Bernardino Tuesday to square off against second-seeded Cal State San Bernardino (22-6) in the first round of the inaugural CCAA Championship Tournament...The winner will be back in San Bernardino Friday night for the tourney semi-finals, followed by the title game Saturday night...UCSD, reeling from a five-game losing skid, its longest of the season, is now 15-11 on the year.
Sophomore Jordan Lawley’s 18 points and five rebounds were not enough Thursday night as UCSD dropped an 84-66 decision at Cal State Monterey Bay...The Tritons bolted out to a 10-2 lead but CSUMB produced a 30-11 surge of its own and took the game over...The difference was the Otters’ blistering 52.6% shooting from three-point land (55.6% overall)...UCSD hit just 3-of-14 treys and was 45.1% from the floor overall...Senior Henry Patterson chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Despite shooting a miserable 28.5% the next night, UCSD was still within five points with two minutes left before eventually succumbing to host San Francisco State, 73-64...Seniors Andrew Hatch and Clint Allard were the only bright spots offensively...Hatch hit 5-of-9 and finished with a career high 18 points while Allard contributed 16, eight on free throws....UCSD out-rebounded the Gators, 39-38, but missed 17 charity tosses.
BASEBALL TEAM EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO EIGHT; LEADS CCAA
Undefeated and tied with Sonoma State atop the CCAA ladder, Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team (17-3/7-0) plays a four-game home-and-home series starting Thursday against Cal State L.A., last season’s NCAA D-II Regional Champion...The Golden Eagles have gotten off to a rough start in 2008 and sport an 8-11 overall mark to date...They are 3-4 in conference play and sixth in the standings.
The Tritons swept the first two games of the series in La Jolla, racing out to a 9-0 lead before settling for a 10-5 victory Thursday and then riding a terrific seven-inning, one-run performance by freshman hurler Guido Knudson to 3-2 win Friday...Rightfielder Tim Mort went 4-for-4 and collected four RBIs in game one as UCSD scored four in the second and never looked back...DH Chris Franco added three hits and first baseman Matt Cantele cranked a solo homer behind starter Matt Rossman who went six and two-thirds in lifting his record to 4-0... Knudson’s outing ended up with a no-decision in game two as Keith Noe snagged his third win in relief...Down, 2-1, the Broncos tied the contest in the ninth with an unearned run, but Kyle Saul led off the bottom of the frame with a walk and eventually scored the game-winner on Franco’s looper to right....The Tritons managed just seven hits on the day, two apiece by Cantele and Evan Domanic.
A pair of nifty pitching performances gave UCSD a doubleheader and series sweep Saturday, pushing its winning streak to eight in a row...Sophomore Kirby St. John gave up just one run in five innings, notching his second win of the year in the Tritons’ 6-4 game one victory...Leadoff hitter Vance Albitz smacked three hits and second baseman Garrett Imeson drove in two to power UCSD...Junior right hander Derek Barham sparkled in game two, allowing just five hits in a 2-0, complete game shutout...Mort ripped a home run and UCSD stole five bases behind Barham, who picked up his second win.
SOFTBALL LOOKS FOR REBOUND AT HOME VS. SONOMA STATE
After a tough trek to San Bernardino last weekend, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team is home for a four-game series vs. Sonoma State with doubleheaders Friday and Saturday...The 15-7 Tritons are 5-5 in CCAA play and tied for fourth in the conference standings...Sonoma State comes in 8-9/1-5 and ninth in the CCAA.
After dropping a hard-fought, 4-3, decision in game one of a Friday doubleheader, the Tritons were stunned, 10-1, in the nightcap and swept by host Cal State San Bernardino...Down, 2-0, in the opener, UCSD rebounded to go up, 3-2, on a two-run Jenny Maze double, Maze subsequently scoring on a wild pitch...But star lefty Melissa Ward was tagged with a two-run sixth inning homer and the loss...Ward surrendered just five hits on the day but three were dingers...The Tritons racked up eight hits, three by freshman DP Sarah Woofter....Game two was over quickly...After posting singletons in the first and second, the Coyotes piled up eight hits and eight runs in the third...UCSD produced its only marker in the fourth on junior Jenni Habib’s first homer of the season.
The Tritons finally found the win column in Saturday’s first game, using a six-hit, seven-strikeout complete game performance from Ward to garner a 3-1 decision...But the newfound pitching woes continued in game two as the Coyotes hammered 13 hits, three of them home runs, in a 12-4 runaway...A three-run round tripper by Maze supplied the offense in game one and the senior third sacker picked up two more hits in game two...Catcher Nicole Saari also had two hits in the nightcap as well as two RBIs.
WOMEN WIN ALL-CAL TRACK MEET; UCSD HOSTS CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Track & Field team will host its first home meet of the year Saturday when San Diego State, USD, Cal State San Marcos and Point Loma visit for the annual San Diego City Championships ...Action starts at noon...The UCSD men are the defending champs of this event while the women placed second to San Diego State last year.
Coach Darcy Ahner’s Triton women will come into Saturday’s affair with plenty of momentum, having knocked off four Division I sister schools to win last Saturday’s All-Cal Championships at UC Irvine...UCSD scored 243 points to narrowly top UC Davis (235) for its first ever triumph at this event...UC Irvine was third, UC Santa Barbara fourth and UC Riverside fifth...Double winner Christine Merrill (100/12.33 & 400 hurdles/53.50) and senior star Whitney Johnson, who won the triple jump with an automatic NCAA D-II qualifying mark of 40-9 and finished second in the long jump (19-1.5), were the catalysts for UCSD...Merrill also teamed with Katie Skorupa, Linda Rainwater and Anna Lee McGregor to clock 3:49.14 (third best all-time at UCSD) for a runner-up finish in the 4x400 relay...UCSD took silver in the sprint relay as well...Rainwater cleared 5-foot-5 to win the high jump and freshman Kelly Fogarty was third in the 100 and second (25.4) in the 200...Senior pole vaulter Christina Sloyer went 11-7.75, the No. 3 all-time mark at UCSD, good for second place...In addition to Johnson’s automatic qualifying mark, Ahner’s charges racked up six other provisional qualifying numbers.
The men also had a solid day, placing third in the team race with 199 points...UC Irvine finished on top with 245.5 followed by UC Santa Barbara at 207.5...Junior Daniel Macks heaved the javelin 182-9 for the Tritons’ lone event win...Senior Todd Bettisworth’s 50.21 was a second place mark in the 400.
SPIKERS WHIP NO. 12 UCSB; PACIFIC, STANFORD AT RIMAC THIS WEEKEND
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team closes out a four-match homestand this weekend, hosting Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foes Pacific (Friday) and Stanford (Saturday)...The Tritons bring a 5-13 record into the Pacific contest after splitting another pair of MPSF home matches last weekend...
For the first time in the 15-year history of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), the Tritons turned in a straight set victory, throttling No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-24), Friday night at RIMAC Arena...Led by sophomores Frank Fritsch (17 kills/.420) and Jason Spangler (12/.500), UCSD pounded the Gauchos, hitting at a .420 percentage as a team...Freshman setter Phil Bannan handed out 40 assists and rocked three aces...The Tritons out-blocked UCSB, 8.5-5.
UCSD was unable to extend the streak to two, however, as steady Cal State Northridge, the nation’s No. 4 team pulled out a 3-1 (30-24, 30-22, 20-30, 30-25) win Saturday...After a frustrating first two games, the Tritons found the right elixir in game three with Spangler serving seven consecutive points to open matters...The wiry junior had eight of his match high 21 kills in the third as Ring went to a 6-2 with Bannan and Billy Arnold sharing the setting duties... Interestingly, the left-handed Bannan was UCSD’s second best offensive producer, logging nine kills to go with his 36 assists...The Tritons hit .295 for the match and hung tough at the net (CSUN had a 13-12 blocking edge) against a club that had beaten No. 1 Long Beach State the previous night.
MEN’S TENNIS ROUTS NORTHERN ARIZONA; TOUGH FRESNO PACIFIC NEXT
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s sixth-ranked Men’s Tennis team battles top five NAIA opponent Fresno Pacific Tuesday and takes on another NAIA foe, Concordia, Thursday, in a rain make-up match...Both will be on UCSD’s North Courts.
Last week, the Tritons sent four teams to the annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, hosted at nearby La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club...As expected, the top finisher among Steidlmayer’s twosomes was the senior tandem of Eric Rubens and Blake Meister who made it to the semi-finals of the consolation bracket.
Sunday afternoon, UCSD cruised past Division I Northern Arizona, 8-1...Rubens-Meister, Bijan Moallemi-Erik Elliott and Kazumi Negishi-Alex Placek dominated doubles and the Tritons went 5-1 in singles with Rubens, Moallemi and Negishi rolling in straight sets, Meister fighting back from a set down situation to win at No. 4 and Vincent Nguyen also taking a three-setter at No. 6
UCSD men’s tennis fans should be sure to check out this week’s website Q&A with Triton star Eric Rubens...It can be found on the home page at http://ucsdtritons.com.
WOMEN’S TENNIS SPLITS NORCAL TRIP; HOME FOR THREE
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team, 5-3 on the year, is back home for three matches on UCSD’s North Courts this week...The Tritons host undefeated Division I Bowling Green Tuesday, NAIA Cal Baptist Wednesday and look to extend their CCAA win streak to 44 against Cal State L.A. on Friday.
Last Wednesday at Point Loma, the Tritons crushed their crosstown NAIA rivals, 8-1, sweeping doubles and capturing Nos. 2-5 in singles...Senior Justine Fonte took a three-set decision at No. 2 singles while Natalie Varnay, Molly Sullens, Tessa Tran and Taskeen Bains were straight set winners at No. 3 through five respectively.
Friday in Sonoma, UCSD rolled to its 43rd straight CCAA dual victory, topping Sonoma State, 7-2...The Tritons took two-of-three doubles matches and got singles triumphs from Varnay (No. 2), Fonte (No. 3), Sullens (No. 4), Tran (No. 5) and Bains (No. 6)...Varnay, Bains and Fonte were also doubles winners.
A day later, the Tritons were downed, 6-1, by Division I UC Davis...After being swept in doubles, UCSD managed its lone singles win at No. 2 where the freshman Varnay prevailed in a third set tiebreaker.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO TAKES THREE-GAME STREAK INTO LMU TOURNEY
Coming off a two-win weekend at home, the 16th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team travels to Los Angeles Saturday for the two-day Loyola Marymount Tournament...The 7-10 Tritons face UC Davis (10:50 AM) and Cal State Bakersfield (2:20 PM) on day one at LMU and come back to test Sonoma State and Santa Clara at the same times on Sunday.
In the first of two games last Saturday, UCSD outlasted Western Water Polo Assn. rival Cal State Bakersfield, 7-5...Senior Judy Emaus scored two goals but the star of the show was senior goalie Kim Hockett who made 10 saves, including several point blank rejections, and scored the first goal of her career, catching CSUB goalie C.J. Longeuay out of the cage in the first period.
The Tritons struggled but were never seriously challenged in a 10-7 conquest of Pomona Pitzer in Saturday’s second game...Coach Larry Sanders made liberal use of his bench as six different players found the scoring column, led by Emaus with four...UCSD was up, 3-1, after the first period and the margin could have easily been much wider were it not for a plethora of missed opportunities and balls off the crossbar and posts.
GOLFERS AT STEELE CANYON FOR POINT LOMA TOURNEY
Looking for a breakthrough performance, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team will play in the 54-hole Point Loma Invitational starting today at Steele Canyon Golf Course...The Tritons are coming off a ninth place finish at last week's Cal State Bakersfield Poor Boy Invitational.
Junior Nathan Phan, back in the lineup after sitting out several weeks with a shoulder injury, was low finisher for UCSD, carding a three-round total of 221 to earn a tie for 28th place...Next in was Ryan Bailey (T34th/224), followed by Billy Olsen (T46th/227), Austin Alfonso (T60th/232) and Bryan Olshock (T60th/232)...As a team, the Tritons finished at 899, 52 strokes off the pace set by tourney winner Cal State Stanislaus.
FENCING QUALIFIES AT LEAST THREE FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Heidi Runyan came home from last weekend’s NCAA West Regional knowing that she will have a minimum of three athletes qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships which start March 13 in Columbus, OH...The Tritons sent just two fencers to last year’s Championships and four in 2006.
Two women—senior epee specialist Chelsea Ambort and senior foil standout Emily Lipoma—won their respective events at the Regional to earn automatic berths in the Championships... Ambort will be making her third trip to the nationals while it will be the first time for Lipoma...They will be joined by freshman Benjamin Dorn who won the men’s foil at Fullerton last weekend...Junior Heather Stephenson (epee) and sophomore Florence Lee (foil), both runner-ups at the Regional, have the best shot of snagging one of the at-large invitations which will be announced later this week.
TRITON CREW HITS WATER IN LONG BEACH SATURDAY
The Men’s & Women’s Rowing teams make their 2008 spring competitive debuts Saturday at the Long Beach Regatta, hosted by Long Beach State at Marine Stadium...In addition to the Tritons, the field will include Long Beach State and UC Irvine, with USD a late add on the men’s side only.
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s women used this regatta as a springboard to their most successful season ever last spring...Pinkerton, still toying with her lineups, will send out entries in the varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight, varsity four, novice four and lightweight eight in a straight three boat per race format.
With USD thrown into the mix on the men’s side, the schedule has been changed slightly to accommodate the fact that a maximum of three boats can race in the channel at one time...Each division—varsity eight, varsity four, JV eight and novice eight—will feature match racing in the first round with the two winners facing off in a final...Coach Zach Johnson’s new varsity eight lineup will likely include stroke Gil Collins, Jeff Collett, Tyler Sutterley, Shawn Hay, Zach Hearns, Jay Dee Morgan, Brodie Kaster and Ryan Andre, with Shanti Tharayil and Vanessa Garrett vying for the coxswain slot.
TRITON NEWS & NOTES...For all information on the first annual CCAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament, check the CCAA website at http://goccaa.org.
The 2008 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships start a week from Wednesday in Columbia, MO...Check the UCSD Athletic website for results as well as a daily blog from members of the Triton team...The latter will start Monday.
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