UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 20, 2008)
Release: Wednesday 10/19/2008 
by UCSD
Sophomore Cara Simonsen and the Triton Volleyball team are home for two this weekend.
Sophomore Cara Simonsen and the Triton Volleyball...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Mon., Oct. 20---Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day

Tue., Oct. 21---Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day

Fri., Oct. 24---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---3:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 24---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 25---Cross Country---UCSD at CCAA Championships---9:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 25---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---Noon
Sat., Oct. 25---Swimming & Diving---UCSD vs. Claremont---Noon
Sat., Oct. 25---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Academy of Art---4:30 PM
Sat., Oct. 25---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Seattle Pacific---7:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 25---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 26---Crew---Row for the Cure---7:00 AM


WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL AIMS FOR HOME SWEEP THIS WEEKEND
Sitting one game off the conference lead after splitting a pair of road contests in Los Angeles last week, the 13th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena to face San Francisco State (11-10/4-8/8th) and Cal State Monterey Bay (6-16/2-10/9th) this Friday and Saturday...Coach Tom Black’s charges are now 15-4 overall and 9-3 in the CCAA...They are tied for second with three other teams behind Cal State San Bernardino...UCSD was ranked No. 1 in the Pacific Region heading into last week’s play.

Freshman Hillary Williamson hit at a .414 percentage while recording 14 kills as UCSD put the hammer down on host Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-18) in Carson last Thursday...The Tritons hit .257 as a team, out-blocked the Toros, 6-3, and rifled 11 aces, four by libero Michelle Torres...Junior Elaine Chen (19 assists) and freshman Thalia McCann (13) split the setting chores and junior Karen Reis led UCSD with 15 digs.

One night later, the Tritons suffered a gut-wrenching, 3-2 (25-27, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-9) loss to No. 19 Cal State L.A....After winning the first two sets with steely play in crunch time, UCSD surrendered big early leads in each of the final three sets and was unable to recover...Senior Rebecca Bailey led all players with 19 kills (.261) with Williamson (12) and Sylvia Schmidt (11) also reaching double digits...Sophomore libero Roxanne Brunsting returned to the lineup and had 18 digs, followed by Williamson with 15... Schmidt also had five aces.

MEN’S SOCCER SQUARES OFF WITH SEATTLE PACIFIC IN HOME FINALE
Free from CCAA activity for the week, Coach Jon Pascale’s Men’s Soccer team will challenge always tough Seattle Pacific from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Saturday night at home...Last year, an unranked UCSD squad stunned the then No. 6 Falcons, 1-0, in Seattle...The Tritons come into Saturday’s clash with an 8-5-2 record and occupy third place in the CCAA South at 5-5-2, one point up on Cal State San Bernardino...They trail Chico State by four points in the hunt for the final slot in the CCAA Championship Tournament.

Tenth-ranked host Cal State Dominguez Hills proved too much to handle Wednesday, besting UCSD, 2-0...The game started off on a sour note for the Tritons with the Toros hitting the scoreboard just 1:33 into the contest, a disputed non-call leading to the tally...CSUDH doubled the score in the 27th minute and UCSD was never able to mount a significant challenge...The Toros had a 20-9 edge in shots for the night.

At home Sunday, UCSD handed fourth-ranked Cal State L.A. its second consecutive loss, a 1-0 decision in a contest that the Golden Eagles controlled much of the way...The goal came with less than eight minutes to go in regulation when senior Tommy Caplan shook free on the right flank, delivered an excellent cross that was corralled by junior Tony Choi and eventually ended up on the foot of senior Tony Fernandez out front...Fernandez made no mistake in collecting his third goal of the year...CSULA outshot the Tritons, 11-5, and had an 8-0 advantage in the corner kick department, but UCSD keeper Peter Akman made six saves to get his eighth shutout of the season.

Senior Tony Fernandez interview after Cal State L.A. win.

WOMEN’S SOCCER TAKES CONTROL IN CCAA SOUTH
Coach Brian McManus’s Women’s Soccer team takes a week off from the CCAA wars and will host Academy of Art University from San Francisco, Saturday night...The Tritons (12-2-2/9-2-1) are coming off a 1-0-1 week vs. CCAA South Division foes Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A....They are now alone in first in the CCAA South and virtually assured of a berth in the CCAA Championship Tournament, being hosted by UCSD, Nov. 7 and 9.

In what continues to be among the CCAA’s best soccer rivalries, the Tritons whipped Cal State Dominguez Hills, 2-1, Wednesday in Carson to move into sole possession of first place in the CCAA South...UCSD took a two-goal lead but then had to fight off a spirited Toro rally down the stretch...The first score came at the 32:42 mark of the first half...Senior right back Amanda Esquivel sent a cross through the box that was punched down by Dominguez Hills’ keeper Alyssa Congdon...The rebound came onto the foot of sophomore Lisa Bradley who buried it to give UCSD a one-goal advantage...Goal No. 2 came started with a good build up that resulted in a great cross by freshman Lindsay Mills...Another freshman, Shelby Wong, knocked the ball down in front of Congdon, dropped it to senior Natasha Belak-Berger and the Tritons’ leading scorer put it away...Wong had a chance to ice the game for UCSD but sent a point blank open goal try over the net...Then, the Toros converted a corner kick at 74:25, cutting the margin in half and leading to a frantic final 15 minutes...In that span, Dominguez Hills was awarded three free kicks in the box but was unable to finish any of them off...The Toros had 17 shots to just eight for UCSD but many were of the long range variety, borne out by the fact that Triton keeper Jessica McGovern had to make just one save.

The Tritons were a bit listless Sunday but still able to come away with a scoreless draw after 110 minutes of soccer against visiting Cal State L.A....The Golden Eagles packed it in on the back end and kept UCSD out of the net despite being outshot, 17-9...The Tritons’ two best chances came with just under 20 minutes left in regulation when senior Kelly Mayo, playing for the first time this season, bounced a free kick off the crossbar from 25 yards out and early in the second overtime period when freshman Lindsey Mills launched a line drive from the right side that caromed off the far post...Senior goalkeeper Jessica McGovern had to stop just two shots while picking up her 24th career shutout.

Hear comments from Coach Brian McManus.

TRITONS SHOOT FOR CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY CROWNS
The stakes start getting higher over the next month for Coach Nate Garcia’s Cross Country team, beginning this Saturday in San Bernardino at the CCAA Championships... The men’s 8K and women’s 6K races will be run at Glen Helen Regional Park.

Both the men and women were third at the 2007 CCAA event in Turlock...Chico State (M) and Cal State L.A. (W) are the defending champions...Chico State appears to be the team to beat on both sides...The Triton men, led by Jesse Morrill, Jake LeVieux and Gabe LaMothe are pegged as the most likely challengers while the numbers have the women rated third going in...Redshirt freshman Breanna Schofield and the senior duo of Ashleigh Montgomery and Amanda Kuehn figure to be the frontrunners in that race for UCSD.

MEN’S WATER POLO ROUTS CLAREMONT; TOUGH ROAD TESTS AHEAD
Having vaulted up to No. 7 in the country on the strength of its performance at the recent Southern California Invitational, the Men’s Water Polo team responded by knocking off Division III Claremont, 20-4, at home last Friday and now hits the road to battle a pair of top 10 foes—UC Santa Barbara (#8) and Loyola Marymount (#6) this weekend...The Tritons own a pair of 12-11 wins vs. UCSB but have lost a pair of tight tussles with LMU.

There was an early Senior Night recognition prior to the Claremont game and then UCSD’s five seniors went out and hung 12 goals on the Stags as the Tritons had their way, 20-4...Seniors Adi Jerkovic, Jeff Hunt and Chance Vermilyea each netted a hat trick, as did freshman Graham Saber....UCSD had extended its lead to 13-0 in the third quarter before Claremont found the scoreboard.

Postgame comments from senior Adi Jerkovic.

SWIMMING & DIVING OPENS SEASON VS. CLAREMONT
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams start the regular season Saturday when they host Division III Claremont at Canyonview Pool...The first event starts at noon...The women’s meet vs. Fresno State, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1, has been canceled.

SONOMA STATE INVITATIONAL NEXT UP FOR GOLF TEAM
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team is in Northern California today and tomorrow for the 54-hole Sonoma State Invitational at the Santa Rosa Country Club...Eleven teams are expected to compete including five other CCAA squads.

ROW FOR THE CURE SET FOR SUNDAY
The UCSD Crew will host the annual Row for the Cure event Sunday on Mission Bay...All proceeds from the popular fund-raiser will be donated to the Susan B. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research...Last year’s effort netted over $30,000...For more information call (858) 534-8452.

FENCERS SHINE IN ’08 DEBUT
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team brought home 13 of 24 individual medals from the season-opening Collegiate Open Saturday at UC Irvine...Samantha Rojales (sabre) and Pilar Alicia (foil) copped gold on the women’s side while Michael Fong bested 32 other competitors to capture first in the men’s foil.

NEWS & NOTES...Over 500 alumni athletes returned to campus for Homecoming 2008 Saturday...Members of the 1988 Men’s Soccer, 1988 Women’s Volleyball and 1989 Women’s Tennis teams were recognized on the 20th anniversary of winning NCAA Division III Championships at a brunch Sunday morning, co-sponsored by the UCSD Athletic Department and the UCSD Alumni Association...A Triton sculpture, created by UCSD alumnus Manuelita Brown was unveiled on the south steps of the Price Center East last Thursday.


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Friday, November 28
W Basketball at Cal State San Bernardino vs. Azusa Pacific
3:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Basketball vs. Academy of Art
5:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball at Colorado School of Mines
6:00 PM
Golden, CO
Saturday, November 29
W Basketball at Cal State San Bernardino vs. Academy of Art
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Basketball vs. Azusa Pacific
3:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball at Fort Lewis
4:00 PM
Golden, CO
M Water Polo vs. Brown (Play-In)
4:30 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, December 05
W Basketball at Cal State Monterey Bay
5:30 PM
Seaside
M Basketball at Cal State Monterey Bay
7:30 PM
Seaside
Saturday, December 06
Cross Country at NCAA Championships
7:30 AM
Louisville, KY
M Water Polo vs. UCLA vs. Brown/UCSD
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo at Stanford vs. USC/Whittier
3:10 PM
UC San Diego
W Basketball at Cal State East Bay
5:30 PM
Hayward
M Basketball at Cal State East Bay
7:30 PM
Hayward
Sunday, December 07
M Water Polo vs. Third Place Game
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
2014 NCAA MWP Champs (mid-ad)
Birch Aquarium (mid-ad)