Release: Sunday 11/08/2009 
The second-ranked Women's Volleyball team finishes the regular season at home this weekend.
The second-ranked Women's Volleyball team finishes...
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This Week's Events

Thu., Nov. 12---W Soccer---UCSD at NCAA Regional---TBD

Fri., Nov. 13---W Soccer---UCSD at NCAA Regional---TBD
Fri., Nov. 13---W Tennis---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day
Fri., Nov. 13---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---Noon
Fri., Nov. 13---W Volleyball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 14---W Soccer---UCSD at NCAA Regional---TBD
Sat., Nov. 14---W Tennis---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day
Sat., Nov. 14---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA West Invitational---9:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 14---M Water Polo---UCSD vs. Sunset (exhibition)---10:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 14---M Basketball---UCSD at San Diego State---2:00 PM
Sat. Nov. 14---Water Polo---UCSD vs. S.F. Olympic Club (exhibition)---3:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 14---W Basketball---UCSD at USD (exhibition)---5:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 14---W Volleyball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:00 PM

Sun., Nov. 15---W Soccer---UCSD at NCAA Regional---TBD
Sun., Nov. 15---W Tennis---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day

After a rough weekend in Northern California, which included the snapping of a 16-game winning streak, the second-ranked Women's Volleyball team will be looking to steady the ship when Sonoma State (22-6/14-6) and Humboldt State (7-21/3-17) visit RIMAC Arena to close out the 2009 regular season...Coach Tom Black's spikers are now 26-2 overall, 18-2 in CCAA play and sit second, one game behind Cal State San Bernardino, in the conference standings after splitting in NorCal...Sonoma State is fourth and Humboldt State 11th on the CCAA ladder.

The Tritons began last week's three-match-in-four-days sequence Wednesday night with a workmanlike, 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-18) home drubbing of Cal State East Bay...UCSD posted a .316 team hitting percentage while holding the Pioneers to just .021...Senior outside hitter Sylvia Schmidt led the way with nine kills and the sophomore duo of Hillary Williamson and Julia Freidenberg each pounded eight...Uber dependable sophomore Roxanne Brunsting racked up 14 digs in the backcourt.

Black's crew hit a major bump in the road Friday, suffering a 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 25-15, 30-28) upset at San Francisco State...The Gators never trailed in taking the first set and after the Tritons cruised in the second, SFSU used a 13-5 finishing run to snag the third... UCSD led, 22-20, in the fourth set and squandered three game point opportunities before succumbing...Schmidt had 20 of the team's 52 kills, Elaine Chen dished out 44 assists and Brunsting had 19 digs but it was not enough to save the Tritons who absorbed their first loss in 16 meetings with the Gators.

UCSD rebounded with a 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-21) sweep of Cal State Monterey Bay the next night, but even that wasn't as easy as it looked...The Otters jumped out to a 5-1 lead in game one but the Tritons tied it at 12 and then went on a 13-6 surge down the stretch...UCSD was up by six in the second set but Monterey rallied to tie it at 24 before a Freidenberg kill and a Brunsting ace capped things for the visitors...The Tritons fell five points back in the third set but laid a 10-2 run on the Otters to close it out...Freidenberg, who has become a force in the second half of the conference season, hammered a team high 13 kills (.600) while Schmidt and Williamson chipped in with 11 and nine respectively... Chen had another productive night with 34 assists and the team served eight aces, three by Brunsting.

Trying to rebound from three consecutive losses, the last in a penalty kick shootout in the semi-finals of the CCAA Championship Tournament, the Women's Soccer team will likely have a great opportunity to regain its mojo this weekend in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division II Playoffs...Coach Brian McManus's club, now 14-5-1 overall, will learn its fate this afternoon at 4:00 PM when the NCAA unveils the tournament bracket...The second round victors will advance to the third round the following week...If selected, it will be the fifth straight NCAA appearance for the UCSD women and their 22nd in the last 23 years.

After dropping behind on a fluky goal in the first half and then tying the game while dominating the second 45 minutes, the Tritons wound up on the short end of a penalty kick shootout against Cal State Dominguez Hills last Friday in the first game of the CCAA Championships in Turlock...The Toros tallied in the 36th minute when a free kick from just inside the midfield stripe took an unorthodox bounce and wound up in the Triton goal...UCSD fought back from that misfortune and knotted the score when freshman Jessica Wi collected a Shelby Wong rebound and deposited it from short range into a wide open Dominguez goal 7:43 after the break...The Tritons outshot the Toros, 8-3, in the second half but couldn't connect again...After two scoreless overtime periods, UCSD missed its first PK attempt and when the Toros went a perfect 5-for-5, UCSD's hopes of defending its conference title vanished.

Earlier in the week, seven Tritons were accorded All-CCAA status...Junior Lisa Bradley and sophomore midfield partner Anne Wethe were placed on the first team along with sophomore keeper Kristin Armstrong...Wi, who was named CCAA Co-Freshman of the Year, and two sophomores, Sarah McTigue and Wong were second team choices while freshman sweeper Ellen Wilson earned honorable mention accolades.

On a day when its six seniors were lauded in a pre-game ceremony, it was fittingly a senior, Steve Donohoe, who scored a game-tying goal with 0:22 remaining in regulation to send it to overtime where the Men's Water Polo team posted a heart-stopping, 14-13, win over 14th-ranked Santa Clara Saturday at Canyonview Pool...The triumph lifted the No. 11 Tritons to 12-13 on the season and likely earned them the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship Tournament, Nov. 20-22, at Chapman.

Things looked a bit bleak early on against Santa Clara as the visiting Broncos scored the first two goals of the game and were up, 6-3, late in the second quarter...But sophomore Lance Curtiss netted his second goal of the period with 0:28 on the clock to bring UCSD to within two at intermission...Senior Peter Gresham scored 29 seconds after halftime and by the time a rollicking, 10-goal third quarter was over, the two teams were deadlocked, 10-10...Santa Clara appeared to have the game in hand, leading, 13-11, with just over a minute to play in the fourth period but that's when Donohoe went to work... With 1:10 showing, the Broncos were whistled for an ejection and it took the Tritons less than two seconds to get the ball into Donohoe down low and the senior wheeled, fired and found the back of the cage...SCU tried to run out the clock but UCSD got one last possession...The ball went inside to freshman John Butler who drew a 5-meter penalty shot...Like he's done so many times before, Donohoe calmly buried the penalty shot to force extra time...The decisive play came in the first OT period as senior Sean Roberts made a steal on the perimeter and drew an ejection on the subsequent counter...In the ensuing man-up situation junior Bryce Madsen got inside position, juked SCU goalie Michael Wishart and scored the game-winner...Donohoe led UCSD with three goals and sophomore David Morton made 12 saves in goal...The Tritons will play a pair of exhibitions this Saturday against top club teams Sunset San Diego and the Olympic Club before going to the WWPA tourney the following week.

Listen to Denny Harper's post-game comments from Saturday.
Hear Steve Donohoe's interview following Saturday's game.

Coach Nate Garcia saw his Cross Country teams' 2009 season come to an unexpected end Saturday as the women finished seventh and the men ninth in the NCAA Division II West Regional at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park...The women needed a fourth and the men at least a third place result to advance to the NCAA D-II Championships, Nov. 21 in Evansville, IN...Perhaps as surprising as the team outcomes was the fact that sophomore standout Bre Schofield, despite finishing 18th while covering the 6K course in 21:52.8, failed to make the national field as an individual...Schofield garnered All-American status last fall after finishing 22nd at the NCAA Championships.

The Triton women scored 217 points, 96 behind fourth place Western Washington... Point scorers in addition to Schofield were Elena Inouye (37th/22:52.3), Marie Schaper (42nd/23:01.5), Aaryn Kobayashi (54th/23:19.5) and Brianna Alban (66th/23:36.5)... All but Schaper will return next season...The UCSD men recorded 262 points with all five point-scorers crossing the line within 1:28 of each other...First home was sophomore Jeremy Riley, timed in 32:58.1 over the 10K layout, good for 35th place...He was followed, in order, by senior Mike Wright (43rd/33:26.7), Alex Corliss (52nd/33:52.5), John Svet (68th/34:21.2) and Eric Baum (69th/34:26.3).

Read the Q&A with UCSD sophomore Elena Inouye.

Coach Chris Carlson opens his third season as head coach of the Men's Basketball team this Saturday afternoon as his Tritons travel crosstown for their annual tussle with Division I San Diego State at Viejas Arena...Tip is set for 2:00 PM...This will be the youngest of Carlson's three UCSD outfits, missing seven seniors off last year's 17-11 squad... Prominent among the vets is senior shooting guard Jordan Lawley who led the club in scoring as a junior, averaging 13.2 ppg...Other backcourt returners include senior Tyler Acevedo, junior Casey Ryan and sophomore Kirby Ruiz...Up front, 6-7 senior Andrew Browning returns from an injury-plagued 2008-09 season and will get help from the sophomore duo of 6-8 Christian Hatch and 6-9 Ryan Wheeler.

With its season opener  against Grand Canyon 12 days away, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team will play its final exhibition Saturday at Division I University of San Diego...The Tritons won't see an opponent tougher than the one they challenged Sunday afternoon...In front of over 3,000 fans, UCSD was defeated, 107-55, in Palo Alto by defending NCAA Division I runner-up and pre-season No. 2 Stanford... Sophomore Chelsea Carlisle topped the Tritons in scoring (20 pts.), rebounds (5) and assists (2) and senior guard Annette Ilg turned in an outstanding effort, knocking down 7-of-14 while scoring 15 points.


For the second week in a row, Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving team will tangle with Division I competition when the Tritons travel to UC Santa Barbara for a dual meet against the Gauchos Friday...Last Friday, UCSD posted mixed results in a multi-team event hosted by San Diego State...The Triton men fell to Texas Christian (157.5-123.5) while the women defeated Idaho (176-118) while losing to San Diego State (184-94) and Texas Christian (179-119).

The biggest performances of the day came in the men's distance freestyle events where senior transfer Jereme Barnett-Woods clocked the fastest D-II times in the nation this year in capturing the 500 (4:40.46) and 1,000 (9:35.43)...Other noteworthy swims by the Triton men came in the 50 freestyle where senior Dan Perdew (21.36) and sophomore Blake Langland went 2-3 and the 100 breaststroke where senior Juan Pablo Carrillo was runner-up in 57.53...Senior Todd Langland took third in the 100 freestyle (47.09) and freshman Jon Masehi-Lano was second in the 200 breaststroke (2:08.41)...Divers Tyler Runsten (one-meter/265.75 pts.) and Patrick Cohen (three-meter/235.25 pts.) were both second in their specialties.

On the women's side, junior Anju Shimura grabbed second in both backstroke races, going 58.42 in the 100 and 2:06.82 in the 200...Soph Alex Henley touched at 2:10.05 in the 200 IM and 1:53.63 in the 200 freestyle, good for third and fourth respectively... Freshman Katherine Tse's 24.61 put her second in the 50 free and another freshman, Beth Dong, was third in the 1,000 free (10:25.12), clipping more than four seconds off her personal best...UCSD's best relay finish was second in the 200 medley event where the foursome of Tse, Shea Kopp, Jessica Ferguson and Shimura recorded a mark of 3:33.27.

This week's edition of UCSD's online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten will feature guest segments with UCSD Women's Volleyball Coach Tom Black and basketball seniors Tyler Acevedo and Annette Ilg...The show will be available to listeners Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday night, volleyball standouts Karen Reis and Janessa Werhane will be celebrity servers at Roosevelt College's Café Ventanas as part of the regular Taste of the Tritons promotion...The pair will be serving up their personally-selected menu item-pulled pork sandwiches-between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.

In the honors department, junior defender Jared Kukura was accorded honorable mention on the 2009 All-CCAA Men's Soccer team while Volleyball sophomore Katie Condon was named a second team ESPN the Magazine All-American for her combination of athletic and academic excellence.

At last week's 53rd annual Southern California Intercollegiates, hosted by UCLA, sophomore Sam Ling and senior Vincent Nguyen of the Men's Tennis team reached the finals and semi-finals respectively in the back draw of the singles tournament.

Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team concludes its fall season this weekend at the UCI Invitational where the Tritons will battle six D-I foes in a flighted tournament format...Playing for UCSD will be returnees Taskeen Bains, Anita Athevale, Valerie Tang, Kimmie Dao, Roxy Pourmirzaie and Katie Mulloy along with newcomers Jacquelyn Davis and Melissa Breisacher.

In its final autumn outing, the Women's Crew team turned in an outing that may not have been impressive in terms of results but left Head Coach Pattie Pinkerton smiling...Facing D-I rivals USD and San Diego State in Sunday's San Diego Fall Classic after just a few weeks on the water, the Tritons did not expect to take the measure of their more tested opponents...But Pinkerton had her squad hitting a comparatively high stroke count (32) for this early in the year, particularly considering its youngish roster which features just three of the nine rowers--Summer Austin, Jaime Bigwood and Denise Kleckner--from last year's varsity eight...UCSD will hold a "college-based" intrasquad Saturday starting at 7:00 AM off Mission Bay's El Carmel Point.

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