THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Aug. 31---M-Soccer---UCSD vs. Hawaii-Hilo---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 4---W-Volleyball---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---12:30 & 5:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 4---M-Soccer---UCSD vs. Notre Dame de Namur---1:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 5---M-Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Sept. 5---W-Volleyball---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---1:30 & 7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 5---W-Soccer---UCSD vs. Dixie State---7:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 6---M-Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sun., Sept. 6---M-Soccer---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---11:30 AM
UNBEATEN WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS WEEKEND TOURNEY
Undefeated following a four-match sweep at the Wildcat Open last week in Marquette, MI, Coach Tom Black's Women's Volleyball team returns to La Jolla to host the eight-team Triton Invitational this Friday and Saturday...UCSD will battle Saginaw Valley State (12:30 PM) and Northern Michigan (5:30 PM) Friday then tangle with Mesa State (1:00 PM) and Alaska-Anchorage (7:00 PM) a day later.
A 13-ace barrage lifted the Tritons to a 3-1 (25-11, 25-16, 15-25, 25-16) victory over Winona State in last Thursday's season opener in Michigan...The tone was set early as sophomore Roxanne Brusting scored three of UCSD's first five points via the service ace...She ended up with six overall and the Tritons also got big efforts from senior Sylvia Schmidt (19 kills) and sophomore Hillary Williamson (11 kills/3 aces) while out-hitting the Warriors .264-.144...UCSD made it 2-for-2 Friday with a three-set (25-20, 25-23, 25-19) decision over St. Cloud State...Senior setter Elaine Chen dished out 41 assists in that one and Williamson's 12 kills paced the Tritons...Janessa Werhane and Brunsting delivered four aces apiece, the latter collecting 16 digs as well.
The 13th-ranked Tritons got their biggest win of the weekend Saturday afternoon, overcoming a disastrous first set to upend No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2 (15-25, 32-30, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13)...Chen handed out 51 assists and her kill, followed by back-to-back aces provided the final three points of the marathon second set...UCSD used late heroics in the decisive fifth set as well, scoring three of the last four points to pull away...Schmidt piled up 19 kills and junior Lauren Bradley had a career high 16 while Brunsting launched seven aces to go with a team high 23 digs...UCSD closed out the tournament in less dramatic fashion, rocking Michigan Tech, 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) behind junior Alana Rutan's "double double" (16 kills/10 digs)...Williamson (13) and Schmidt (10) also reached double figures in the kills column.
WATER POLO MAKES 2009 DEBUT AT TRITON INVITATIONAL
Coach Denny Harper opens his 30th season at the helm of the Men's Water Polo team when his club hosts the eight-team Triton Invitational, Saturday and Sunday at Canyonview Pool...UCSD, ranked 10th nationally in pre-season polls will face UC Santa Barbara (11:45 AM) and Pepperdine (3:30 PM) in pool play Saturday, conclude pool action Sunday against Cal Lutheran (9:15 AM) and finish up with a placement game that afternoon.
The Tritons, who finished 20-11 in 2008, will be led by their top five returning goal scorers---seniors Steven Donohoe, Peter Gresham, Sean Roberts and Kneif Lohse and junior Graham Saber---and sophomore goalie David Morton.
WOMEN'S SOCCER GOES OVERTIME FOR FIRST WIN
After kicking off the season in winning fashion last weekend, Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team will be back in action at home this weekend, taking on Division II Dixie State Saturday night at 7:00 PM.
Sophomore Sarah McTigue knocked in her first goal of the season and third of her career, 3:05 into the second overtime, to push UCSD past Central Washington, 2-1, last Saturday night in La Jolla...The victory kept the UCSD women unbeaten in their last 22 season openers...The Tritons appeared to be in complete control during the first half and led, 1-0, at the break thanks to freshman Gabi Hernandez's unassisted goal just over five minutes into the contest...But UCSD missed a bevy of first half opportunities, while out-shooting the Wildcats, 13-4, and Central was able to make the second 45 minutes a different story, consistently pressuring on the offensive end and finally connecting with the tying goal at 72:52...UCSD outshot CWU, 20-11, on the night and had a 9-3 edge in the corner kick department.
MEN'S SOCCER TAKES OPENER; HOME TONIGHT VS. HAWAII-HILO
The Men's Soccer team will look to go 2-0 when it hosts D-II rival Hawaii-Hilo tonight and then travels north to Sonoma for a pair of match-ups this weekend-Friday against Notre Dame de Namur and Sunday vs. Grand Canyon...Coach Jon Pascale's side opened its 2009 season with a well-earned, 1-0, triumph over local NAIA foe Cal State San Marcos Friday.
Junior Mikel Samaniego, a transfer from Seattle University, scored his first goal as a Triton in the 32nd minute against San Marcos and it proved to be decisive...Senior all-conference goalkeeper Peter Akman stopped six shots as UCSD turned away a persistent Cougar offense in the second half to secure the win...San Marcos held the edge in both shots (13-11) and corners (5-2) but the combination of Akman and the back four of Danny Pavitt, Jared Kukura, Tyler Zupan and Josh Jackson kept the visitors at bay.
Hear Coach Jon Pascale's post-game comments.
CROSS COUNTRY DEBUTS WITH DOUBLE WIN
Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country squad started its 2009 season on a positive note, handily winning both the men's and women's divisions in a Saturday dual meet on the north campus course...The women, behind a sterling effort from sophomore standout Bre Schofield, outscored runner-up Point Loma, 26-34, with Sonoma State and Cerritos College well back...On the men's side, the Tritons captured positions 2-through-6 en route to posting a 20-44 edge over Point Loma.
Following pre-planned conservative tactics throughout the first half of both races, the Tritons asserted themselves late in claiming both wins...Schofield went wire-to-wire, clocking 15:12.2 in the 2.5 mile women's run...Sophomore Elena Inouye closed late to finish second at 15:52.3...Other scorers for the Tritons were sophomore Aaryn Kobyiashi (4th/16:00.2), freshman Jackie Sikkema (9th/16:25.6) and Marie Schaper (10th/16:29.9)...Youth carried the day for the Triton men as freshman Brian Knight grabbed second place in the four-mile race in a time of 22:52.7...In the 3-to-6 slots were sophomore Alex Corliss (22:56.7), senior Mike Wright (23:03.4), freshman Matt Lenehan (23:05.6) and sophomore Anthony Heredia (23:13.0).
NEWS & NOTES
The first 2009-10 edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show will be available late Tuesday...Craig Elsten returns as host and Tuesday's guests will be Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus, his sophomore forward Sarah McTigue and UCSD Director of Athletics Earl Edwards.
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