UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (September 29, 2008)
Release: Monday 09/28/2008 
by UCSD
Freshman Hillary Williamson and the Women's Volleyball team knocked off the nation's No. 1 team Friday.
Freshman Hillary Williamson and the Women's...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Mon., Sept. 29---Golf---UCSD at NCAA DII Preview Tournament---All Day

Tue., Sept. 30---Golf---UCSD at NCAA DII Preview Tournament---All Day

Thu., Oct. 2---Tennis---UCSD at ITA West Region Championships---All Day
Thu., Oct. 2---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Long Beach State---7:00 PM

Fri., Oct. 3---Tennis---UCSD at ITA West Region Championships---All Day
Fri., Oct. 3---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 3---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---6:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 3---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 3---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Chico State—7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 4---Tennis---UCSD at ITA West Region Championships---All Day
Sat., Oct. 4---Cross Country---UCSD at Slippery Rock Invitational---9:00 AM (EST)
Sat., Oct. 4---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 5---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---Noon
Sun., Oct. 5---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---2:30 PM


MEN’S SOCCER TAKES ON SONOMA, HUMBOLDT AT HOME
Coach Jon Pascale’s Men’s Soccer team will try to rebound from its worst loss of the season when it hosts CCAA North Division foes Sonoma State (8-1-2/3-0-2) Friday and Humboldt State (5-2-3/1-2-2) Sunday...After splitting a pair of home decisions last weekend, UCSD now sports a 6-2-1 mark, is 3-2-1 in CCAA play and finds itself tied for third in the CCAA South Division standings...Sonoma State is second in the North Division while Humboldt State is tied for fourth.

The Tritons finally had something of a breather Friday night, topping Cal Poly Pomona, 3-0, in their first conference game of ’08 that was decided by more than one goal...Sophomore defender Jared Kukura opened the scoring at 29:19 of the first half, heading in a rebound of a Tony Fernandez bicycle kick that was headed out by a Bronco defender...Sophomore Ali Shams gave the Tritons a 2-0 halftime lead, heading a Kyle Parton feed just inside the far post 1:31 before the break...It was his first goal of the year...UCSD pretty much put it out of reach 3:54 into the second half...Senior Tommy Caplan brought the ball down the right side into the box...After a flurry of activity near the top of the box, sophomore Brandon Yee hit a lunging chip past onrushing Bronco keeper Thomas Ryan for his first of the year...The Tritons had to battle to come away with a shutout as Cal Poly launched 26 shots and goalie Peter Akman made several acrobatic saves.

There was little to recommend out of Sunday’s, 3-0, loss to Cal State San Bernardino as UCSD fell behind in the 11th minute and never really found its stride...In the first half, the Coyotes outshot the Tritons, 10-1, and the final margin was 18-7.

WOMEN’S SOCCER HOME FOR TWO THIS WEEKEND
Coach Brian McManus’s Women’s Soccer team moved into first place in the CCAA South Division with a big win Friday but was knocked down a rung Sunday after an overtime loss...They will be looking to regroup when Sonoma State (9-1/5-0) comes to town Friday followed by Humboldt State (6-3-2/2-2-1) Sunday...The Tritons are now 7-2-1 overall, 4-2 in conference action and tied for second in the CCAA South...Sonoma State has opened a clear lead in the CCAA North Division while Humboldt State starts the week in third

It was the Natasha Belak-Berger show Friday night as the senior from Thousand Oaks scored both goals in UCSD’s, 2-0, triumph over visiting Cal Poly Pomona...The first came in the 29th minute off a pass from sophomore Remy Hitt...No. 2 was the result of some fancy footwork by Belak-Berger who outmaneuvered Bronco keeper Nakisha Gutierrez far out in the box and then looped it between two CPP defenders...UCSD had the edge in shots (15-10) and corners (5-2) and senior goalie Jessica McGovern had to make just two saves while registering her fourth shutout of the year and 24th of her career.

UCSD wound up on the short end of an evenly-matched outing vs. Cal State San Bernardino Sunday, surrendering the game’s lone goal 1:04 into the second overtime period...The winning tally came when a crossing pass sailed through the goal mouth, was gathered in by CSUSB’s Kelsey Gudgeon and returned to the far post where Kirstina Gomez scored from short range...The Tritons had a golden opportunity to take command with just under 20 minutes left in regulation...A great move by freshman midfielder Shelby Wong gave her a wide open angle from the left side of the box but her attempt clanked off the far post...CSUSB took 10 shots to nine for UCSD and the Tritons owned a 5-2 edge in corners...Keeper Jessica McGovern turned away four shots.

POLO FALLS TO LMU; HOME AGAINST UC IRVINE FRIDAY
Coach Denny Harper’s Men’s Water Polo team and conference rival Loyola Marymount put on quite a show in front of 1,672 fans at Canyonview Pool last Thursday night...Unfortunately, it was the seventh-ranked Lions prevailing, 12-11, over the 10th-ranked Tritons, scoring the game-winner with seven seconds left after junior Steve Donohoe’s third penalty shot conversion of the contest had tied it just 16 seconds earlier...Now, Harper and Co., 9-3 on the season, will take to the road, challenging No. 5 Long Beach State Thursday and and then return to Canyonview to battle No. 8 UC Irvine Friday...Long Beach State owns two victories over UCSD this season.

The scenario unfolded beautifully for the Tritons at the outset of Thursday’s battle with LMU...After surrendering the game’s first score, UCSD rattled off five unanswered of its own, two each by senior Jeff  Hunt and junior Daniel Garcia, to grab a four-goal advantage...LMU rallied, however, cutting the margin to one goal at the half and took the lead again at 10-9 with 4:23 to go in regulation...The Lions pushed it to 11-9 but a five-meter score by Donohoe at 1:32 again made it a one goal game, which led to the theatrics in the final minute...Donohoe finished with five goals and senior A.J. Kotanjian joined Hunt and Garcia with a pair...Freshman goalie David Morton recorded nine saves.

LMU postgame interview with Head Coach Denny Harper

CROSS COUNTRY TEAM TO PREVIEW NCAA COURSE AT SLIPPERY ROCK
The Cross Country team literally goes cross country this weekend when it travels to Pennsylvania for the Slippery Rock Invitational, to be run on the same course that will host the NCAA Division II Championship, Nov. 22...The women’s race will be run at 6K and the men’s 8K...Coach Nate Garcia will be entering 12 runners per gender.

“Our primary goal is to get out there, see the course and learn the type of race we’re going to need to run if we’re fortunate enough to qualify and get back there in November,” said Garcia. “It’s also a chance to measure ourselves against some of the top teams in the East Region”...The men figure to be at full strength but frontliners Bre Schofield and Jessie Bodenhamer are question marks on the women’s side.

WOMEN’S V-BALL BEATS NATION’S NO. 1; PUSHES WIN STREAK TO FIVE
Coach Tom Black’s Women’s Volleyball team invades Northern California for the second time this season visiting Chico State (10-6/3-3) Friday and Cal State Stanislaus (4-12/1-5) Saturday after sweeping a pair of huge home games last weekend at RIMAC Arena...The 18th-ranked Tritons are now 11-2 on the season and riding a five-match winning streak after stunning No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino in five Friday and knocking off Cal Poly Pomona the next night in another five-set marathon...UCSD is tied for second on the conference ladder while Chico State is tied for sixth and Stanislaus is ninth.

Black’s club displayed plenty of grit Friday night, getting out from under a 2-0 deficit to cut down the undefeated, top-ranked Coyotes, 3-2 (24-26, 22-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-12), in front of a raucous crowd of just under a thousand...The Tritons hit .229 for the night and scored at a .360 clip over the final two sets...They held a slight edge in the blocking numbers (9.5-8.0 with Cara Simonsen racking up one solo block and seven assists) and were plus-eight in the service ace department, showering San Bernardino with 15, five by senior Michelle Torres...Freshman Hillary Williamson led the offense with 17 kills with seniors Rebecca Bailey and Kim Carpenter chipping in with 12 each...Junior setter Elaine Chen came off the bench to hand out 30 assists over the last three games and sophomore libero Roxanne Brunsting accounted for a match high 15 digs...UCSD had game point (24-23) in the first set before letting it slip away...After dropping the second set, the Tritons dominated the third and outscored the Coyotes, 9-5, down the stretch to snag the fourth...Carpenter ripped five kills in the decisive fifth set and UCSD took the lead for good on a Sylvia Schmidt kill that made it 5-4...Bailey’s 12th kill of the night sealed the verdict.

After another shaky start, the Tritons demonstrated plenty more resiliency against No. 20 Cal Poly Pomona Saturday, claiming a 3-2 (20-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-14, 15-9)...The big-blocking Broncos wound up on the short end despite dominating the net with a 22.5-6.5 advantage in the blocking column...Schmidt was stellar for UCSD, knocking down 18 kills,  serving three aces and getting five block assists...She and Carpenter controlled game five...The freshman tandem of Williamson (12) and Katie Condon (10) both reached double figures in the kill department and Williamson posted a team high 16 digs...Chen, back in the starting lineup, dished out 54 assists to go with 11 digs and two aces...UCSD hit .129 for the night but again came up big when it counted, hitting .200 over the final two sets.

Head Coach Tom Black comments on last weekend's big victories

GOLFERS PLAY SECOND STRAIGHT WASHINGTON TOURNAMENT
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team will square off against some of the top Division II teams in the country over the next two days as it plays in the 54-hole NCAA Division II Preview Tournament, today and Tuesday at Loomis Trail Country Club in Blaine, WA...Loomis Trail, which was ranked as the nation's No. 1 public course by Golf Digest in 2005, will host the NCAA D-II Championships in April.

The Tritons come into the Preview event off a seventh place finish in their fall season opener, the 37th annual Western Washington Invitational at the 6,575-yd. Bellingham Golf and Country Club...UCSD posted a 36-hole team total of 582 (six over par) and were led by sophomore Keith Okasaki who carded an even par 144, tying for 11th place in the individual standings...Senior Billy Olsen and newcomer Raj Samra tied for 17th at 145 with Ryan Bailey (150/T40th) and Brian Olshock (153/T46th) filling out the UCSD scorecard...Samra (67) and Olsen (69) both sizzled on day two recording UCSD's best single rounds of the tourney.

TENNIS TEAMS COMPETE IN ITA WEST REGIONAL
The Men's and Women's Tennis teams step into fall season action this weekend, participating in the annual ITA West Regional Tournament, hosted by Cal Poly Pomona...Kazumi Negishi, Erik Elliott, Naveen DIxit, Vincent Nguyen and Brandon Stevens will represent UCSD in singles on the men's side with all but Elliott also competing in doubles...The Triton women will send out returnees Ina Dan, Taskeen Bains, Kimmi Dao, Valerie Tang, Roxie Pourmirzaie and transfer Anita Athavale...All six will play both singles and doubles...Last year at this event, the Triton duo of Eric Rubens and Blake Meister won the doubles title, propelling them to the national tournament where they also took the championship.


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Saturday, April 19
M Crew at Day Two
7:00 AM
Redwood Shores
Track & Field at Soka Peace Invitational
10:30 AM
Aliso Viejo
Softball at Humboldt State
11:00 AM
Arcata
Baseball at San Francisco State
11:00 AM
San Francisco
Softball at Humboldt State
1:00 PM
Arcata
Monday, April 21
M Golf at Day One
All Day
Stockton
Tuesday, April 22
M Golf at Day Two
All Day
Stockton
Friday, April 25
W Water Polo vs. TBA
TBA
UC San Diego
Track & Field vs. Day One
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
3:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, April 26
W Crew at Day One
All Day
Rancho Cordova
Track & Field vs. Day Two
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
Baseball vs. Azusa Pacific
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
Gatorade Pong
TAC Chipotle fundraiser