UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 12, 2009)
Release: Friday 10/10/2009 
by UCSD
Katie Condon and the third-ranked Women's Volleyball team have a big home weekend on tap.
Katie Condon and the third-ranked Women's...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Mon., Oct. 12---Golf---UCSD at Chico State Invitational---All Day

Tue., Oct. 13---Golf---UCSD at Chico State Invitational---All Day

Thu., Oct. 15---M Tennis---UCSD at ITA National Tournament---All Day
Thu., Oct. 15---Swimming---UCSD vs. Cal---8:00 AM

Fri., Oct. 16---M Tennis---ITA National Tournament---All Day
Fri., Oct. 16---M Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills--- 4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 16---M Water Polo---UCSD vs. UC Santa Barbara---6:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 16---W Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 16---W Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 17---M Tennis---UCSD at ITA National Tournament---All Day
Sat., Oct. 17---W Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 18---M Tennis---UCSD at ITA National Tournament---All Day
Sun., Oct. 18---Fencing---UCSD at UCI Collegiate Open---9:30 AM
Sun., Oct. 18---M Soccer---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---11:30 AM


SPIKERS TANGLE WITH CAL POLY, NO. 2 CSU SAN BERNARDINO
Boasting a nine-match winning streak and a season mark of 18-1, Coach Tom Black's third-ranked Women's Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena this weekend for a pair of big time CCAA showdowns...Cal Poly Pomona (8-10/5-6) invades Friday night and then it will be No. 2, league-leading Cal State San Bernardino (18-0/11-0) Saturday night...The Tritons took a 3-0 decision at Cal Poly Pomona earlier this season but on the same road trip suffered their only loss of the year against defending conference champ Cal State San Bernardino, 3-1.

Roxanne Brunsting and Cara Simonsen each delivered three of UCSD's 10 service aces and the Tritons hit a rock solid .250 in scoring a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23) victory over Humboldt State on the first leg of last weekend's tough, two-match CCAA road trip to Northern California...Sophomore Katie Condon recorded 11 kills, Sylvia Schmidt added 10 and Lauren Bradley chipped in with nine (and no errors) as senior setter Elaine Chen spread the wealth around with 31 assists.

On the back end of the grueling trip, the Tritons escaped with a 3-2 (21-25, 28-30, 25-7, 25-22, 15-6) victory over No. 17 Sonoma State Saturday... Down, 2-0, UCSD rode Schmidt's school record-tying 31 kills to a convincing come-from-behind triumph... After dropping the first two sets, UCSD outscored the Seawolves, 65-35, down the stretch and blitzed the hosts with a 10-1 run to open the decisive fifth game...Chen dished out 57 assists with Hillary Wililamson (13 kills) and Condon (11) providing ample support for Schmidt, whose career best number tied Janet Hughes' (1987) UCSD standard...Sophomore libero Roxanne Brunstring (20) was one of five Tritons to reach double figures in the digs column...UCSD won the blocking battle, 10-9, with Williamson and Cara Simonsen recording five assists each.

POLO LOCKS HORNS WITH GAUCHOS FRIDAY
Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team will open up the Homecoming Weekend festivities when it hosts No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, Friday night at the Coggan Family Aquatic Complex in La Jolla...Game time is 6:00 PM...The 11th-ranked Tritons sport an 9-9 record on the season after going 2-2 and taking 11th place last weekend at the annual UCI Invitational (formerly the SoCal Tournament)...UC Santa Barbara brings a 9-5 ledger into the match-up.

Saturday, the Tritons opened up the UCI Invitational with their third clash of the year against No. 5 Loyola Marymount and like the previous two, wound up on the short end of the result, this time, 10-6...The Lions jumped out early and were in command, 8-2, before UCSD mounted a belated comeback... Junior transfer Ryan Allred scored three goals and Lance Curtiss had two as the Tritons' top scorers, Steve Donohoe and Sean Cruz were held scoreless...David Morton had 10 saves in the cage...UCSD bounced back Saturday afternoon to put away No. 13 Pacific, 8-5...Allred and Donohoe each accounted for three goals...Harper's club was up, 5-3, at halftime but the Tigers closed the gap to 6-5, in the third period... Donohoe took charge at that point, scoring UCSD's final two goals to sew things up...Morton turned away 11 shots.

Sunday morning, a late rally was not enough as the Tritons fell, 8-7, to No. 9-ranked host UC Irvine...After taking the initial lead on a Bryce Madsen goal, UCSD lost the lead and was never able to recover it...Down, 8-5, in the fourth period, Harper & Co. got goals from seniors Peter Gresham and Sean Roberts in last minute and a half, the latter coming with 47 ticks remaining...UCSD had an opportunity to tie it in the closing seconds but could not convert...Donohoe racked up  three more goals and Morton had another 10 saves...The tourney finished on a high note as a four-goal second period catapulted the Tritons to an 11-4 romp over No. 12 UC Davis, their second win over the Aggies in nine days...Seven different players scored for UCSD, Donohoe leading the way with three, and eight-of-the-10 Triton goals came in man-up situations.

UCSD kick-started the weekend with a 16-3 shellacking of host Chapman Friday...A career high five goals by Allred and three apiece from Cruz and Madsen powered the Tritons, who scored 11 of the game's first 12 goals to turn it into a runaway early.

CRITICAL DIVISIONAL MATCHES NEXT FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
Now 11-2 on the year and likely to move up from its current No. 14 national ranking, Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team challenges Cal State Dominguez Hills (9-6/8-4) in Carson Friday and will travel to Cal State L.A. (11-2-2/8-2-2) Monday night...With Sunday's triumph over Cal State East Bay, UCSD is now 8-2 in conference action and tied for second with CSUDH in the ultra-competitive CCAA South Division standings, two points behind Cal State L.A...The Tritons have won six straight, giving up just one goal in the process, and have two games in hand on both of this week's opponents.

In what might prove to be a watershed point in the season, UCSD gave highly-regarded Western Washington a rude welcome to San Diego, routing the Vikings, 5-0, Thursday night...Sophomore Shelby Wong led the assault, scoring three goals, including two within a 34-second span in the first half...It was the first Triton hat trick since Megan Dickey struck for four goals against Central Washington in 2004...After surviving several WWU forays in the first 10 minutes, Wong got UCSD on the board in the 12th minute, slotting home a one-timer from close range on an Anne Wethe feed...At 12:28, the Wethe-Wong connection struck again, this time the latter got the ball at the top of the box, out-maneuvered her defender and drilled a left-footer into the right corner...Fifteen minutes into the second half, Wong made it three in-a-row, taking a cross from freshman Gabi Hernandez and connecting from the 18...Just 3:01 later, another soph, Sarah McTigue netted her sixth of the season and freshman Alexa Enlow's header off a Remy Hitt corner closed out the scoring at 80:58...UCSD out-shot the Vikings, 19-9, and Kristin Armstrong and Kim Cushing combined for the shutout, turning away four shots...Less than a week earlier, Western had registered a shocking, 3-2, victory over No. 1-ranked Seattle Pacific.

As might be expected, the young Tritons did not have the same kind of energy Sunday against a motivated Cal State Monterey Bay side but were able to slide through with a 1-0 home victory...UCSD posted the game-winner early when freshman Gabi Hernandez converted a header from six yards out with McTigue and Wong getting assists...It was the fifth of the fall for Hernandez...Although they out-shot the Pioneers, 19-10, and had a 7-1 edge in corner kicks, the Tritons were frustrated by the visitors' defensive-oriented approach and their own inability to put the contest out of reach...Armstrong had a five-save effort as UCSD got credit for its fifth shutout in the last six games.

Listen to Sunday's post-game comments from Brian McManus.
Read the Q&A with sophomore Sara Spaventa.


MEN'S SOCCER FACES TOUGH ROAD TEST
Riding the crest of a season-best three consecutive wins, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team squares off against the top two teams in the CCAA's South Division--on the road--when it goes to Cal State Dominguez Hills (8-5-1/7-4-1) Friday and Cal State L.A. (11-2-1/9-2-1) Sunday...After sweeping a CCAA home-and-home series with league newcomer Cal State East Bay last weekend, the Tritons are 7-3-4 overall, 4-3-3 in the CCAA and fourth in the CCAA South standings...CSULA and CSUDH are first and second respectively.

The Tritons got two goals from junior Mikel Samaniego and held off a late challenge from host Cal State East Bay to claim a 3-2 victory Friday...In a tight contest that saw East Bay finish with a 19-18 advantage in shots but UCSD double the Pioneers' corner kick attempts (8-4), Pascale's side found the net first when Samaniego got free inside the box and tallied from 15 yds. out on the left side...After CSUEB tied it just before halftime, UCSD re-took the lead at the 66:18 mark when a Shane Micheil cross found its way to fellow junior David Bakal who tapped it home...With less than eight minutes remaining in regulation, Samaniego converted a penalty kick and the Tritons seemed to have things in hand...The home team scrambled back, however, getting the margin back to within one at 87:30 but UCSD held firm over the final 2:30 for the victory.

In Sunday's re-match, the Tritons had to play a man down for 55 minutes after Samaniego was red-carded for a late tackle but still came away with a 2-0 victory over Cal State East Bay, scoring a shorthanded goal in the process... UCSD had a 1-0 advantage with the game barely three minutes old as junior Aaron McDowell headed the ball in after a scramble following Jon Sawyer's corner kick...Pascale's team dictated play through much of the first half but the Pioneers started getting their chances when the game changed to 11v10...But the Tritons took the fight out of East Bay at 76:34 as freshman Kian Malek took a cross from Micheil, lined up his shot and hit a sharply-angled, low liner into the near right side...UCSD out-shot East Bay, 24-13, and senior keeper Peter Akman made three saves in picking up his fifth shutout of the year.

Hear Sunday's post-game interview with Jon Pascale.
Hear Sunday's post-game interview with Aaron McDowell.



UCSD 2ND/4TH IN TRITON CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC

It will be a week off Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams in preparation for next week's 2009 CCAA Championship in Humboldt...The Tritons turned in solid performances on their home course last Saturday, finishing second (men) and fourth (women) in the annual Triton Classic.

In the 6K women's race, as she has been in every event she's run this season, super steady sophomore Bre Schofield was UCSD's top finisher, grabbing fourth overall in a time of 22:20.8...Sophomore Elena Inouye posted a time of 22:58.1, good for 13th and she was followed by the pack of Brianna Alban (22nd/23:33.5), Aaryn Kobayashi (23rd/23:33.6) and Marie Schaper (24th/23:36.2)...That left UCSD with 80 points, well behind winner Central Arizona but just two short of third place University of Victoria from Canada.

On the men's side, conference rival Cal Poly Pomona put on a show with four runners in the top 10 to easily take first with 29 points...This time, it was UCSD, with its first five runners finishing in the top 20, narrowly topping University of Victoria for second, 64-68...Sophomore Jeremy Riley copped top individual honors for the first time at UCSD, placing 10th overall with a time of 33:37.3 in the squad's first try at 10K this fall...He was one spot and less than five seconds ahead of senior teammate Mike Wright (11th/33:42.2)... Rounding out the scorers for Garcia were John Svet (14th/34:08.3), Alex Corliss (17th/34:18.7) and Andre LaMothe (20th/34:73.9).

Listen to post-race comments from Head Coach Nate Garcia.
Listen to post-race comments from sophomore Jeremy Riley.

SWIMMERS IMPRESSIVE IN BLUE-GOLD OUTING
Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving teams got their first taste of competition Saturday, albeit the intrasquad variety, at the annual Blue-Gold Meet held at Cathedral Catholic High School...For the record, the Blue narrowly edged the Gold, 137-126, on the women's side and it was even closer in the men's competition where the Gold prevailed by just two points, 128-126...Nine meet marks fell in the event which, as usual, was composed of mostly non-traditional distances.

There were three multi-event winners on on the women's side with junior Anju Shimura (50 backstroke & 100 freestyle), sophomore Alex Henley (150 backstroke & 300 IM) and freshman Beth Dong (200 & 400 freestyle) snagging two apiece...McGihon tabbed Henley's meet record 3:20.61 clocking in the 300 IM as the day's top performance...The time bested her existing record by nearly seven seconds...Junior Jessica Ferguson's 27.09 in the 50 butterfly erased a nine-year-old meet mark in that race.

Four men also garnered more than one individual event victory...Claiming two each were senior Todd Langland (100 & 200 freestyle), senior transfer Jereme Barnett-Woods (400 & 800 freestyle) and freshmen Adam Rice (150 butterly & 300 IM) and Julius Espiritu (50 & 150 backstroke)...Langland touched the wall for the 100 in 46.9.


ARMAUNI-WEST GO FOR ITA TITLE IN ALABAMA
The duo of junior Armaun Emami and redshirt freshman Austin West will be shooting for the UCSD's second national doubles title in three years when they travel to Mobile, AL for the ITA National Championships, this Thursday through Sunday...The twosome qualified for the trip by winning the ITA Regional crown two weeks ago at Cal Poly Pomona...UCSD's Eric Rubens and Blake Meister won this event in 2007.

NEWS & NOTES
UCSD's Homecoming 2009 is set for Saturday, Oct. 17...There will be a variety of alumni events Saturday morning and an all-alumni athlete BBQ/Tailgate starting at noon in the Track & Field Stadium.

UCSD Women's Volleyball Coach Tom Black will be the featured guest on this week's edition of Triton Talk, the weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten...The show will be posted on ucsdtritons.com late Tuesday.

Seniors Kneif Lohse and Peter Gresham of the Men's Water Polo team will be serving their specialty menu item-California burritos-Wednesday between noon and 1:00 PM at Warren's Canyon Vista dining hall...The appearance is part of the weekly "Taste of the Tritons" promotion.

After finishing 10th in the season-opening Western Washington Invitational, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team is back in action today and Tuesday in the 54-hole Chico State Invitational at the Butte Creek Country Club.

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