UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (March 27, 2008
Release: Tuesday 03/22/2008 
by UCSD
The Men's Volleyball team hosts UCLA and UC Irvine this weekend at RIMAC Arena.
The Men's Volleyball team...
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THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Monday, Mar. 24—Baseball—UCSD vs. Sioux Falls (DH)—Noon

Tuesday, Mar. 25—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day
Tuesday, Mar. 25—Women’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day
Tuesday, Mar. 25—Baseball—UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino—3:00 PM
Tuesday, Mar. 25—Softball—UCSD vs. Point Loma (DH)—4:00 PM

Wednesday, Mar. 26—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day
Wednesday, Mar. 26—Women’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day

Thursday, Mar. 27—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day
Thursday, Mar. 27—Women’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day

Friday, Mar. 28—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day
Friday, Mar. 28—Women’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day
Friday, Mar. 28—Track & Field—UCSD at Cal/Nevada Championships—10:00 AM
Friday, Mar. 28—Softball—UCSD at Mizuno Tournament of Champions—All Day
Friday, Mar. 28—Baseball—UCSD at Grand Canyon—7:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 28—Men’s Volleyball—UCSD vs. UCLA—7:00 PM

Saturday, Mar. 29—Men’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day
Saturday, Mar. 29—Women’s Tennis—UCSD at Blue/Grey Classic—All Day
Saturday, Mar. 29—Women’s Water Polo—UCSD at ASU Invitational—All Day
Saturday, Mar. 29—Softball—UCSD at Mizuno Tournament of Champions—All Day
Saturday, Mar. 29—Men’s Crew—UCSD at Windermere Regatta—7:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 29—Women’s Crew—UCSD at Berg Cup—8:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 29—Track & Field—UCSD at Cal/Nevada Championships—10:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 29—Baseball—UCSD at Grand Canyon (DH)—1:00 PM
Saturday, Mar. 29—Men’s Volleyball—UCSD vs. UC Irvine—7:00 PM

Sunday, Mar. 30—Women’s Water Polo—UCSD at ASU Invitational—All Day
Sunday, Mar. 30—Softball—UCSD at Mizuno Tournament of Champions—All Day
Sunday, Mar. 30—Men’s Crew—UCSD at Windermere Regatta—7:00 AM
Sunday, Mar. 30—Baseball—UCSD at Grand Canyon—Noon


UCLA, UC IRVINE TAKE ON MEN’S VOLLEYBALL AT RIMAC ARENA
The Men’s Volleyball team plays the first two of its final three home matches this weekend, hosting No. 8 UCLA, which knocked off No. 1 BYU 10 days ago, and defending NCAA champion UC Irvine (No. 9) at RIMAC Arena...Coach Kevin Ring’s Tritons, who defeated UCI but lost to UCLA on the road earlier this season, are 3-13 overall and have a chance to do two things for the first time in school history...UCSD currently has won three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) matches...That puts its best single season win total (four in 2004) within reach...The Tritons have also never swept the two-match season series from an MPSF opponent, something they have the opportunity to do against UC Irvine this weekend as well as UC Santa Barbara and Pacific later in the schedule.

NO. 16 BASEBALL FACES SEVEN-GAME SPRING BREAK SLATE
Coach Dan O’Brien’s 16th-ranked Baseball team starts a daunting seven games in seven days gauntlet today when it hosts visiting D-II foe Sioux Falls (SD) for a doubleheader...The 21-7 Tritons, who are third in the CCAA at 11-4, will then face conference foe Cal State San Bernardino in a rain make-up...Friday, UCSD plays the first of a four-game set at Grand Canyon.

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS NEXT UP FOR SOFTBALL
The Softball team gets back on the diamond for the first time in 10 days when it hosts crosstown NAIA rival Point Loma for a Tuesday doubleheader...Coach Patti Gerckens’ club then makes its third trip of the year to Turlock, CA, this time for the 18-team Mizuno Tournament of Champions, Friday through Sunday...The Tritons will open the tourney against Hawaii Pacific and Chaminade on day one...Dixie State and Grand Canyon will be Saturday opponents with the Sunday schedule determined by the first two days’ results.

TRITONS SEND LARGE CONTINGENT TO CAL/NEVADA MEET
Twenty men and 26 women are slated to represent UCSD Friday and Saturday at the annual Cal/Nevada Track & Field Championships in Fresno...Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner are looking at a potential top five finish from the women and top eight for the men...The women sixth and men 12th a year ago...UCLA, San Diego State and a slew of other Division I teams are in the field.

Top individual hopes for UCSD include junior Sarah Hendy, top-seeded in the discus, senior Whitney Johnson in the long and triple jump and junior Daniel Macks in the javelin.

The Cal/Nevada meet will mark UCSD’s first outing since March 15, but one athlete who did compete last week—sophomore Linda Rainwater—turned in a huge performance at Point Loma Decathlon/Heptathlon Invitational...Rainwater won the heptathlon with a school record 5,067 points which also happens to be an automatic NCAA D-II qualifying mark...She produced personal bests in four-of-seven events, including the high jump where she cleared an NCAA qualifying height of 5-7.25.

WOMEN’S WATER POLO GOES TO ASU TOURNAMENT
With the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship just over a month away, the 19th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team starts its post-season drive in Tempe, AZ this weekend at the Arizona State Invitational...Coach Larry Sanders’ Tritons will open against WWPA rival Cal State San Bernardino, then face Cal Baptist, Pacific and host ASU which has moved up to No. 7 in the most recent national poll.

TENNIS TEAMS PLAY IN PRESTIGIOUS BLUE-GRAY EVENT IN ALABAMA
The Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams will both travel to Montgomery, AL this week for the Blue & Gray Jamboree National Tennis Classic...Eight top Division II schools will comprise the field in each division and both teams will play three matches in a classic tournament format with winners moving forward in a championship bracket and losers dropping into the consolation group...Both teams will face Auburn University, Montgomery in first round action Wednesday...The UCSD men are ranked sixth nationally.

WOMEN’S CREW LOOKS TO DEFEND BERG CUP TITLE
The racing season kicks into high gear Saturday for Women’s Crew which will put four boats on the water in the Berg Cup Invitational at Newport Harbor...Coach Pattie Pinkerton, whose varsity eight won this event last spring, will send out a varsity eight, JV-eight, varsity four and novice eight...UC Irvine, Long Beach State, USD and Orange Coast College will be among the opponents for the Tritons.

MEN’S CREW FACES BIG BOYS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew team will get an up-close look at some of the nation’s top crews when it competes in the Windermere Regatta, Saturday and Sunday, at Redwood Shores...The Triton varsity eight will engage UCLA, Cal and Oregon State in three separate dual races...Cal has not been ranked lower than fourth nationally in the last 10 years...The JV-eight has a two-race slate, facing Trinity (CT) and Oregon State.

MEN’S BASKETBALL NUMBERS
Final statistical leaders for the Men’s Basketball team that finished with its best-ever record in Division II (18-12), won the inaugural CCAA Basketball Tournament and went to the NCAA D-II Tournament for the first time...Scoring-Henry Patterson (12.5 ppg)... Rebounding-Patterson (4.8 rpg)...Assists-Clint Allard (139)...FG%-Patterson (.596)...3-Ptrs.-Kelvin Kim (56)...FT%-Alan Husted (.960)...Steals-Allard (36).

Allard ended up ninth on the career scoring charts with 1,150 pts. and Patterson is now 12th (963 pts.)...Allard’s 416 career assists leave him third all-time at UCSD behind Darvin Jackson (496) and Rodney Lusain (425).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NUMBERS
With a 25-10 mark, the Women’s Basketball team posted its third consecutive 20-plus win season, rose as high as No. 3 in the national rankings, placed second in the CCAA Championship Tournament and went to the NCAA D-II West Regional where it was defeated by then 29-0 Seattle Pacific, 76-67, on the Falcons’ home court.

Statistical category leaders for the Tritons were...Scoring-Meaghan Noud (16.9 ppg)... rebounding-Michelle Osier (10.9 rpg)...Assists-Alexis Mezzetta (159)...FG%-Alexis Gaskin (.485)...3-Ptrs.-Noud (84)...FT%-Noud (.810)...Steals-Osier (75).

Noud (592 pts.) and Osier (532) registered the No. 3 and 4 single season point totals in UCSD history...Osier’s rebound average was the sixth best single season number and her 75 steals was eighth...Mezzetta’s 159 assists is now a single season UCSD record, breaking the mark of 153 set by Shanda Elzy in 1987 (26 games)...On the career list, Osier is now the No. 4 scorer (1,257) and Noud finishes her career at No. 9 (1,072)... Osier has vaulted to No. 3 in career rebounding (896), 142 short of all-time leader Mary Egan (1978-82) and Mezzetta is now No. 6 with 247 assists...Osier has also climbed to No. 2 in steals (239).


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