THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Tue., Nov. 4---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist (exhibition)---5:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 5---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Thu., Nov. 6---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Thu., Nov. 6---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 7---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Fri., Nov. 7---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Davis---6:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 7---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 7---Women’s Soccer---UCSD hosts CCAA Championship---7:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 8---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Sat., Nov. 8---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Head of the Lagoon---8:00AM
Sat., Nov. 8---Cross Country---UCSD hosts NCAA West Regional---9:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 8---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Santa Clara---1:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 9---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Sun., Nov. 9---Men’s Crew---UCSD at San Diego Fall Classic---7:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 9---Swimming---UCSD vs. UC Davis, CSU Bakersfield---Noon
Sun., Nov. 9---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at UCLA---1:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 9---Women’s Soccer---UCSD hosts CCAA Championship---11:30 AM & 2:00 PM
WOMEN’S SOCCER OPENS CCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY HERE FRIDAY
Coach Brian McManus’s Women’s Soccer team sets out after its seventh conference title in nine years when UCSD hosts the 2008 CCAA Soccer Championships, Friday and Sunday, at Triton Soccer Stadium...The 16th-ranked Tritons will open play at 7:30 PM Friday against San Francisco State (12-6-2) with the winner facing off at 2:00 PM Sunday against the survivor of San Francisco State-Cal State Dominguez Hills for the CCAA crown...UCSD comes in 13-3-3 overall after going 0-1-1 in its final two regular season outings last weekend...McManus's side finished 9-3-2 in league play and snagged its ninth consecutive CCAA South Division title...They fell, 2-1, at San Francisco State when the two teams met in early September.
In hot, muggy conditions against a desperate opponent, the Tritons emerged with a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes of play Friday afternoon at Cal State San Bernardino...The Coyotes, trying to keep their flickering CCAA Tournament hopes alive, took 15 shots to UCSD’s 11 and owned a 7-3 edge in corner kicks but senior keeper Jessica McGovern stopped eight shots while recording her ninth shutout of the season.
Then, Sunday, flat play, an early Cal Poly Pomona goal and injuries to starters Amanda Esquivel, Alexia Zatarain and Lisa Bradley conspired to spell a 2-0 upset at the hands of the host Broncos.
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CROSS COUNTRY HOSTS NCAA REGIONAL SATURDAY
Hosting the 2008 NCAA West Regional Championships on its home course Saturday, the Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams will try to make it two years in a row that both qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships, which are scheduled for November 22 in Slippery Rock, PA...The men will go 10K in the morning’s first race with the women contesting over 6K in the follow-up race...Last year was the first that both UCSD squads simultaneously earned national slots since the move to Division II.
In their most recent outings, the men placed second and the women third at the CCAA Championships, held Oct. 25 at San Bernardino...The top three men’s teams and the top five women’s teams at the NCAA West Regional will have their tickets punched for Slippery Rock...The men, led by senior Jake LeVieux, UCSD’s top finisher in the CCAA race, will likelyl need to knock off Western Washington to gain the third NCAA bid as Chico State and Alaska-Fairbanks would appear to have the top two spots locked down...Ultra-consistent redshirt freshman Bre Schofield is the anchor of a Triton women’s team that is still looking for its best performance.
NO. 15 VOLLEYBALL TEAM PLAYS HOME FINALE; ONE GAME OUT OF FIRST
Still right in the thick of the CCAA championship chase, the No. 15 Women’s Volleyball team finishes its regular season home slate this week, hosting Cal State Stanislaus (6-20/3-13) Thursday and Chico State (17-9/10-6) Friday...Coach Tom Black’s Tritons (18-5/12-4), who were atop the most recent NCAA Pacific Region rankings, trail front-running Cal State San Bernardino by one game in the CCAA standings after falling to the Coyotes Saturday night in San Bernardino...They will complete the regular season next week on the road.
Friday night, senior Rebecca Bailey’s 23 kills helped UCSD hand No. 20 Cal Poly Pomona its first home loss of the season, 3-2 (24-26, 25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 15-8)...Bailey hit a sparkling .310 for the night but ironically didn’t have a kill in the decisive fifth set...The star down the stretch was senior Kim Carpenter who pounded all five of her kills in that final game, including four in a game-breaking, 9-1, run that lifted the Tritons from a 5-4 deficit to a 13-6 advantage...Junior Sylvia Schmidt chipped in with 11 kills and freshman Hillary Williamson contributed seven, as well as a team high 16 digs and three of UCSD’s nine aces...Junior Elaine Chen handed out 50 assists...It was the Tritons’ second five-set triumph over the Broncos this season and it came on the heels of a Wednesday night CPP victory over Cal State San Bernardino.
UC San Diego had an opportunity to seize control of the CCAA race the next night in San Bernardino but the second-ranked Coyotes proved too tough to handle this time around, posting a 3-0 (27-25, 25-13, 25-16) win...Bailey recorded 15 kills but UCSD was outhit (.337-.153), out-blocked (7-1) and on this rare occurrence out-served (7 aces to 2)...The Tritons defeated CSUSB, 3-2, when the two clubs met at RIMAC Arena in September.
MEN’S WATER POLO FACES THREE-GAME ROAD TREK
It will be back to the grind this week as the eighth-ranked Men’s Water Polo team plays a daunting three-games-in-three-days gauntlet against nationally-ranked opponents, all away from the friendy confines of Canyonview Pool...The road stretch opens Friday against No. 11 UC Davis, continues Saturday at No. 14 Santa Clara and concludes with a tussle against third-ranked UCLA Sunday... Going into the UC Davis clash, UCSD boasts a 16-9 record after a pair of comfortable home wins Sunday.
Sunday morning, 12 different players hit the scorebook in a 19-8 rout of UC Santa Cruz...Junior Daniel Garcia led the attack with five goals, four coming in the first period as the Tritons piled up a 7-1 advantage and never looked back...Seniors Adi Jerkovic and A.J. Kotanjian and junior Peter Greshman each delivered a pair of goals and freshman goalie David Morton had four saves while only playing the first two periods.
That afternoon, Garcia poured in four more goals as the Tritons produced the first seven tallies in a 13-6 pasting of Division III power Pomona-Pitzer...Morton had eight saves while senior Jeff Hunt accounted for three scores.
SWIMMING & DIVING CHALLENGE DIVISION I FOES
Amidst a swirl of schedule changes, Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving squads finally plunge back into action Sunday, hosting Division I UC Davis and Cal State Bakersfield in a three-way dual meet at Canyonview Pool...Seattle, originally scheduled to compete with UCSD and CSUB on Saturday, dropped out of the weekend’s activities, necessitating a shuffling of the schedule...The Tritons blew past Division III Claremont in their first outing on Oct. 25.
MEN’S SOCCER CLOSES WITH BIG WIN
Coach Jon Pascale's first year at the helm of the Men's Soccer program ended on a positive note has the Tritons put away Cal Poly Pomona, 4-0, on the Broncos' home field Sunday...The victory left UCSD 10-6-2 for the season, 6-6-2 in the CCAA, fourth in the South Division and hoping to somehow garner an invitation into the NCAA West Regional field...The 10 wins doubled last year's total.
Friday, the Tritons surrendered a late goal and with it the game in a 2-1 loss at Cal State San Bernardino...As it has done on several occasions this season, UCSD played well but not quite well enough to win...The Coyotes led, 1-0, when senior Tony Fernandez volleyed a cross from Aaron McDowell into the upper corner for his sixth goal of the campaign...That came at the 54:04 mark and the game appeared on its way to overtime, but a defensive miscommunication allowed San Bernardino’s Jose Godinez to get one-on-one with UC keeper Peter Akman and he buried the game winner at 86:17...CSUSB finished with narrow edges in shots (12-9) and corners (5-4).
In perhaps his final game in a Triton uniform, senior Joe Shah led UCSD to its second lopsided win of the year over Cal Poly Pomona...The talented midfielder got things going in a hurry, converting a Josh Jackson feed into the first goal of his career, a header in the 11th minute... Seven minutes later, he provided the assist on a Brandon Yee goal that made it 2-0...Four minutes prior to halftime, junior Tony Choi scored on a penalty kick and Fernandez closed out the offensive barrage, heading in a pass from Ali Shams at 83:49 for his team-leading seventh goal of the year.
MEN’S TENNIS PLAYS IN L.A. TOURNEY
The young Men's Tennis team figures to get experience in a hurry this week when it travels to Los Angeles for the annual Southern California Intercollegiate Tournament at the L.A. Tennis Club...The event will feature all of the major college teams in the region meaning Coach Eric Steidlmayer's six entries--Kazumi Negishi, Vincent Nguyen, Naveen Dixit, Brandon Stevenson, Armaun Emami and Chapman Chan--will not be hurting for tough competition...Play starts Wednesday.
HEAD OF THE LAGOON REGATTA ON TAP SATURDAY FOR WOMEN’S CREW
Women’s Crew Coach Pattie Pinkerton will send her charges into their only major competition of the fall this Saturday at the Head of the Lagoon Regatta in Redwood City...Although still mixing and experimenting with her lineups, Pinkerton will have 14 returning varsity rowers, eight from the team that captured the second of back-to-back NCAA Division II runner-up trophies last spring...The Tritons are expected to enter boats in the varsity eight and four, lightweight eight and four and novice eight divisions...Prominent among Saturday’s competition will be Division I St. Mary’s which has been impressive in recent outings.
WOMEN'S HOOPS TEAM PLAYS SECOND EXHIBITION TUESDAY
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team host NAIA Cal Baptist, Tuesday, in its second exhibition game of the fall...Senior Michelle Osier scored 12 points and pulled down 14 rebounds but UCSD shot just 30.8% from the floor in losing its first exhibition outing, 56-50, against NAIA Biola Saturday night at RIMAC Arena
EXPERIMENTING MEN’S CREW BUOYED BY NEWPORT RESULTS
Coach Zach Johnson took at new approach with his Men's Crew team at Sunday's Newport Autumn Rowing Festival and came away with positive results...The Triton finished first and third at this event the past two years but with just three returnees from last year's varsity eight, Johnson opted to sent out two relatively even boats in lieu of creating one clearly faster lineup...He obviously achieved his end as the two eights finished 10th and 12th in the 33-boat field, just one second apart...Even better, most of UCSD's primary rivals--UC Davis,USD, Santa Clara, etc.--were no more than 15 seconds faster...UCSD, San Diego State and USD will welcome a select field to Mission Bay Sunday for the annual San Diego Fall Classic.
GOLFERS CLOSE OUT FALL WITH SEVENTH IN HAWAII
in its final competition of the fall season, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf squad finished tied for seventh at the fourth annual Dennis Rose Intercollegiate on the Big Island of Hawaii, splitting the 14-team field...The Tritons posted a 54-hole team total of 872, 29 strokes behind first place St. Martin’s and placing second among the four CCAA teams in the tourney...Sophomore Keith Okasaki was the team medalist, firing a three-under par 213 (71-72-70), good for 11th place on the 6,913-yd. Mauna Lani North course...Freshman Raj Samra was next in at 217 (T21st) followed by senior Billy Olsen and newcomer Mike Neustadt who tied for 42nd at 224...Okasaki’s final round 70 matched senior Ryan Bailey’s score for the opening 18 as UCSD’s best round in the tournament.
FENCERS BATTER CONFERENCE RIVALS
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team gave an early indication that it's ready to defend its dual Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) titles next spring, winning seven of eight dual matches against league opponents Saturday in Pasadena...The UCSD men, led by the undefeated (12-0) foil duo of Michael Fong and Armin Chan, rolled past Arizona State (18-9), UC Santa Barbara (23-4), UCLA (19-8) and USC (23-4)...Meanwhile, the Triton women also produced a pair of undefeated foil competitors--Zitin Kachru and Pilar Alicea--while defeating UC Santa Barbara (21-6), UCLA (19-8) and USC (24-3)...An 18-9 loss to Arizona State kept them from emerging unscathed.
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