Release: Sunday 08/31/2008 
Setter Elaine Chen and the Women's Volleyball team host this week's Triton Invitational.
Setter Elaine Chen and the Women's Volleyball team...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

Wed., Sept. 3---Women's Soccer---UCSD vs. CSU San Marcos---7:00 PM
Thu., Sept. 4---Women's Volleyball---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---6:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 5---Women's Volleyball---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---1:30 & 6:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 5---Men's Soccer---UCSD vs. CSU San Marcos---7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 6---Men's Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---10:30 & 4:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 6---Women's Volleyball---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---4:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 6---Women's Soccer---UCSD vs. Texas A&M Commerce---7:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 7---Men's Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day

Coach Denny Harper opens his 28th season on the UCSD Men’s Water Polo bench this weekend when his squad hosts the annual Triton Invitational at Canyonview Pool...The 14-team tourney will include many of the country’s top teams, including USC, Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara...UCSD’s first game will be at 10:30 AM against Redlands and in game No. 2 The Tritons will face Long Beach State at 4:30 PM...Sunday’s schedule will be determined by Saturday’s results.

Harper’s young 2007 club went 12-17 but he returns five-of-six field starters and will be welcoming back two senior redshirts---Adi Jerkovic and A.J. Kotanjian---both first team all-conference players in 2006...Among the other players to watch are senior Chance Vermilyea and juniors Daniel Garcia, Steven Donohoe and Peter Gresham...UCSD is ranked 14th in the national pre-season poll.

Listen to Head Coach Denny Harper’s comments on his team heading into the Triton Invitational
Coach Tom Black’s Women’s Volleyball team plays at RIMAC Arena for the first time this year when it hosts the eight-team Triton Invitational, Thursday through Sunday...UCSD, 2-1, after last week’s Coyote Classic in San Bernardino, will tangle with Notre Dame de Namur Thursday (noon), battle Lynn (1:30 PM) and BYU-Hawaii (6:30 PM) Friday and finish up with Seattle Pacific (4:00 PM) Saturday.

Black & Co. showed potential in their season debut before falling to defending NCAA D-II champion and No. 1-ranked Concordia-St. Paul, 3-1 (22-25, 28-26, 27-29, 25-12) at San Bernardino...Using solid serving and passing to split the first two sets with the Golden Bears, the Tritons let a winnable game three slip away and then collapsed in game four...Senior Rebecca Bailey (12 kills) and junior Sylvia Schmidt (11) had decent numbers, but lack of offense was the culprit in this defeat as UCSD was out-hit (.219-.121) by a wide margin...Setter Elaine Chen delivered 31 assists and the Tritons got encouraging performances from youngsters Roxanne Brunsting (20 digs), Hillary Williamson (seven kills) and Janessa Werhane (three aces).

The Tritons showed plenty of resolve, bouncing back the next day to whip No. 15 Lewis, 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-20) and Shippensburg, 3-1 (25-17, 25-12, 21-25, 26-24)...Chen dished out 39 assists and served up three aces and Bailey ripped 15 kills to go with a trio of aces against Lewis...Overall, the Tritons befuddled the Flyers with 17 service aces and hit .201...Senior Kim Carpenter had 11 kills, freshman Katie Condon 10 and UCSD fired another 15 aces in the romp over Shippensburg...Senior Karen Reis had five aces as well as 10 digs in this one as the Tritons combined for a whopping .352 hitting percentage in the first two sets.
Looking to build on a season-opening two-game win streak, rookie coach Jon Pascale’s Men’s Soccer team plays its third consecutive home match Friday night hosting North County NAIA rival Cal State San Marcos...The Tritons, who open conference play on the road next week at San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay, lost, 3-2, to San Marcos last season, the only time the two have met.

The Pascale era got off to an auspicious start last Thursday night as the Tritons topped visiting Hawaii-Hilo, 2-0, outshooting the Vulcans, 22-9, in the process...UCSD seemed to take charge late in the first half when the offense got a kick start from subs Tony Choi, Aaron McDowell and David Bakal...With 7:42 to go before the break, Choi had a shot from the right side blocked but it ricocheted to McDowell who found himself in front of the goal and converted into an open net...The Tritons continued to control play through most of the second 45 minutes and at 85:23, Shane Micheil connected from close range to make it a two-goal game...The Triton defense was staunch and senior keeper Peter Akman turned in five saves, including several clutch second half stops, to record his fourth career shutout.

Overcoming a man disadvantage for the last 37:56, UCSD made it two in a row with a 2-0 triumph over NAIA Concordia Saturday night in La Jolla...Senior transfer Tony Fernandez scored both goals for the Tritons and a rugged defense allowed Akman to keep his goals against record perfect without facing a shot...In a contest that was hard-fought all the way, Fernandez put UCSD on the scoreboard at the 18:35 mark of the first half...Subbed in less than two minutes before, Fernandez got the ball at the top left corner of the box, forsook a quick shot, out-maneuvered a Concordia defender for a better angle and when Eagles’ keeper Jame Rammelsberg came off the line to challenge, slid a shot into the lower left corner... Things were still tight when Fernandez got loose in front of the Eagle goal and drew a penalty kick with 8:20 remaining...The Rancho Bernardo H.S. grad calmly placed a left-footed drive into the upper left corner to sew it up.

Ridiculously young, battling injuries and playing on the road...None of that seemed to matter as Coach Brian McManus’s Women’s Soccer squad claimed a pair of Division II victories in the state of Washington to open the season last weekend...The Tritons, who sport a roster that includes 14 freshmen, make their  home debut Wednesday against Cal State San Marcos and then host Texas A&M Commerce Saturday...Both games kick-off at 7:00 PM.

Old and new combined last Thursday to lift UCSD to a 2-0 victory over host Central Washington in the 2008 debut for both teams...After a scoreless first half, freshman Tanaya Pattnaik got UCSD on the board, going far side in the 69th minute...Then, senior Natasha Belak-Berger’s 18th career goal, on a feed from freshman Sara Spaventa, provided the insurance at 71:27...First team All-CCAA goalkeeper Jessican McGovern, turned away four shots for her 21st shutout at UCSD.

The Tritons had to go overtime Saturday but emerged with a 2-1 triumph over Western Washington on senior Alexia Zatarain’s second goal of the game, 2:10 into extra time...Zatarain’s first tally came just 8:36 into the contest...Freshman Sarah McTigue played a cross into the box that was sent from fellow freshman Lindsay Mills to Zatarain who two-touched before putting it to the back post...UCSD led for the next 74 minutes but at the 82:53 mark, the Vikings’ Molly Shannon got the equalizer...Early in OT, a big tackle by freshman sweeper Sara Bolton resulted in a four-on-four counter for the Tritons...Senior Natasha Belak-Berger carried the ball through midfield, found Zatarian in the box and the Canyon Country native knocked the ball through a defender’s legs, deflecting to the near post for the game winner...WWU owned a 15-9 advantage in the shots column and both teams earned three corners.
Coach Nate Garcia’s Cross Country teams swept their season openers Friday afternoon at home and will now begin gearing up for the Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State, in two weeks.

On Friday, Garcia’s men opened the festivities by putting five runners in the top eight to cruise past Point Loma and USD (25-47-61) in the four-mile test...Junior Jesse Morrill (2nd/21:51.9) and senior Jake LeVieux (4th/22:09.6) led the Triton brigade with Daniel Anderson (5th/22:32.6), Gabe LaMothe (6th/22:55.0) and Kevin Klein (8th/23:13.8) rounding out the scorers.

The most impressive performance of the day, however, may have belonged to first-year standout Bre Schofield who breezed past a 55-runner field, covering the 2.5 miles in 15:17.4, to finish with a comfortable 22 second margin over runner-up, Jenni Shearer of UNLV...Schofield, an NCAA qualifier last spring for the Triton Track & Field team, led UCSD to a team score of 39, good enough to top USD (51), UNLV (69) and Point Loma (72)...Veteran Ashleigh Montgomery was second home for UCSD, placing fourth overall in 15:46.0...Jessica DiMascio, hampered in the past by injuries, looked fit while taking ninth in 16:08.5 and the final two scoring slots were grabbed by Elena Inouye (11th/16:14.1) and Kim Andrews (14th/16:22.9).

Hear Coach Nate Garcia’s post-race comments
When the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) released its 2008 Collegiate Power Rankings last week, UC San Diego was was in the No. 1 slot on the NCAA Division II list and placed 20th overall on the "all-division" chart...The NCSA Power Rankings annually rates college and university athletic programs based on graduation rates, academic strength and athletic prowess...It was the third time in four years that UCSD has earned the No. 1 ranking in Division II.

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