UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (November 16, 2009)
Release: Tuesday 11/15/2009 
by UCSD
Sophomore Sarah McTigue's two goals Saturday lifted UCSD into this weekend's NCAA third round.
Sophomore Sarah McTigue's two goals Saturday...
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This Week's Events

Thu., Nov. 19---Swimming ---UCSD at Toshiba Classic---All Day
Thu., Nov. 19---Diving---UCSD at Wildcat Invitational---All Day
Thu., Nov. 19---W Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA Pacific Regional---TBA

Fri., Nov. 20---Swimming---UCSD at Toshiba Classic---All Day
Fri., Nov. 20---Diving---UCSD at Wildcat Invitational---All Day
Fri., Nov. 20---M Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---11:45 AM
Fri., Nov. 20---M Basketball---UCSD at Al Kaly Classic---4:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 20---W Soccer---UCSD hosts NCAA Soccer 3rd Round---7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 20---W Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA Pacific Regional---TBA

Sat., Nov. 21---W Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA Pacific Regional---TBA
Sat., Nov. 21---M Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBA
Sat., Nov. 21---Swimming---UCSD at Toshiba Classic---All Day
Sat., Nov. 21---Diving---UCSD at Wildcat Invitational---All Day
Sat., Nov. 21---Fencing---UCSD vs. Cal Tech, UC Irvine---2:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 21---W Basketball---UCSD at Grand Canyon---2:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 21---M Basketball---UCSD at Al Kaly Classic---6:00 PM

Sun., Nov. 15---M Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBA
Sun., Nov. 22---W Soccer---UCSD hosts NCAA Quarterfinals---Noon

NO. 4 VOLLEYBALL GOES TO NCAA REGIONALS THURSDAY
Sporting a regular season record of 28-2 and a No. 4 national ranking, the Women's Volleyball team now heads to the eight-team NCAA Division II Pacific Regional in San Bernardino from which the winner will advance to the NCAA Elite Eight (Dec. 3-5)...Regional action starts Thursday and the second-seeded Tritons will face seventh-seeded San Francisco State (20-10)...UCSD and SFSU split their two matches this season with the Gators upsetting UCSD just 10 days ago in S.F....The prevailing team tackles either Sonoma State or Cal State L.A. Friday and the championship match is set for Saturday night...The 28 wins is the most ever for UCSD under fifth-year Head Coach Tom Black...This will mark UCSD's fourth consecutive NCAA appearance and 29th in the program's 30-year history.

Friday night at RIMAC Arena, the Tritons handled No. 18 Sonoma State with relative ease, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-23) behind 23 kills from senior Sylvia Schmidt... Sophomore Hillary Williamson put down 13 kills and UCSD hit .260 as a team (to .136 for SSU) with setter Elaine Chen handing out 48 assists...The Tritons led wire-to-wire in the first two sets and used an 8-1 mid-game blitz to take command of the third before holding off a spirited run by the Seawolves in the late stages.

UCSD closed out the regular season with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-20) shellacking of Humboldt State (3-19) Saturday...The victory was the Tritons' 24th straight at RIMAC Arena...Chen dished out 42 assists and her three fellow seniors-Schmidt (16), Lauren Bradley (12) and Karen Reis (9) accounted for 37 of the Tritons' 49 kills...With 12 digs and a pair of aces, Chen had a particularly stellar finale and sophomore libero Roxanne Brunsting registered 13 digs to go with a pair of aces...Schmidt's kill total gives her 447 on the year, pushing her past Bonnie Wilson as the school's single season record holder.

Hear Coach Tom Black's interview following Friday's victory over Sonoma State.

W-SOCCER ADVANCES; HOSTS NCAA THIRD ROUND FRIDAY
Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team, the youngest in his 23-year tenure at UCSD, will meet CCAA nemesis Cal State Dominguez Hills for the fourth time this season when the Tritons host the Toros in the NCAA Division II West Regional final, Friday at 7:00 PM...The winner of that clash advances to the NCAA Quarterfinal Sunday (also at UCSD) against the South Central Region champion, either West Texas A&M (15-2-3) or St. Edwards...That pair will meet at 4:30 PM at UCSD, preceding the UCSD-Dominguez Hills encounter.

UCSD will bring a record of 15-5-1 into Friday's tilt while Cal State Dominguez is 15-8-1 after stunning CCAA champion and host Cal State L.A., 2-1, in second round play Sunday...The two teams split their two regular season match-ups (both winning on the road by 2-1 scores) and tied in the CCAA semi-finals with CSUDH advancing on penalty kicks.  

Sophomore Sarah McTigue chose a good time to have the first multi-goal game of her career, scoring a pair in Saturday night's, 2-1, NCAA second round win over Chico State...The Tritons completely dominated the early going and had several solid chances but it was the Wildcats who drew first blood off a corner at 22:06...McTigue answered a minute and a half later--alone just outside the box, she took a feed from freshman Jessica Wi and sent a strike into the upper left corner to tie the score...The two teams were still deadlocked at the break and UCSD maintained control through most of the second half...The Wildcats started to assert themselves late in the game but McTigue struck again with just 4:43 remaining in regulation...A corner by freshman Hayley Johnson resulted in a scramble in front of the net, the ball came to McTigue and she connected from close range... Sophomore keeper Kristin Armstrong made four saves for UCSD and the Tritons outshot the visitors, 17-10.

Listen to Coach Brian McManus's comments following Saturday's win over Chico State.
Listen to Sarah McTigue's comments following Saturday's win over Chico State.

NCAA BERTH ON LINE FOR WATER POLO AT WWPA TOURNEY
Looking for its first conference title since 2006, Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team heads to Chapman Friday for the opening round of the 2009 Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships...The team emerging unscathed from the eight-team tourney will move on to the NCAA Championships, Dec. 3-5, in Palo Alto...The third-seeded Tritons will battle sixth-seeded Redlands in round one at 11:45 AM...The winning team will take on the winner of the Air Force and Whittier Saturday at 3:15 PM...The tournament final is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 PM...UCSD, ranked 11th nationally, enters the event with a 12-13 regular season mark and has history on its side, owning an unprecedented 14 WWPA crowns...Defending champion Loyola Marymount is the No. 1 seed.

Harper's club, which started out with a bevy of new faces, has clearly improved its deth as the season has progressed, but it will still be led by the fifth-year senior triumvirate of Steve Donohoe (57 goals), Peter Gresham (28) and Sean Roberts (25)...Donohoe has scored 176 times in his UCSD career, eighth best in UCSD history...Other key players for UCSD include rapidly progressing juniors Bryce Madsen (33 goals) and Ryan Allred (28) and sophomore goalie David Morton (267 saves)...In exhibition tune-ups Saturday at Canyonview Pool, UCSD topped Sunset San Diego, 13-8, and the San Francisco Olympic Club, 8-7.

MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS IN COLORADO D-II TOURNEY
After opening the regular season with a 77-52 loss against crosstown Division I rival San Diego State, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team will step back into the D-II ranks when it travels to Pueblo, CO for this weekend's Al Kaly Classic...The Tritons will hook up with Mesa State in Friday's opener and come back against host Colorado State-Pueblo the next night.

Saturday afternoon at San Diego State, the youthful Tritons found themselves at a serious disadvantage in the size and quickness departments and that, coupled with 6-for-30 shooting from behind the arc did them in...Despite its underdog status, UCSD held tough with the Aztecs through the first 20 minutes and could easily have been leading rather than three points down (31-28) at the break...Senior Tyler Acevedo paced the Tritons with 14 points but junior Casey Ryan had perhaps the best all-around outing, scoring eight points on 4-of-6 shooting while also grabbing a team high eight boards and handing out four assists... UCSD turned the ball over 14 times but earned 20 takeaways from SDSU...Carlson used 14 players with nine getting 15 minutes or more of action.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEBUTS AT GRAND CANYON
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team travels to Phoenix Saturday where it will open the 2009-10 regular season against D-II foe Grand Canyon...Seniors Annette Ilg and Erin Noonan and 2009 CCAA Freshman of the Year Chelsea Carlisle lead the Tritons who were 27-5 a season ago, won the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. (CCAA) regular season title and made their fourth NCAA tournament appearance in a row...The biggest losses from that team were in the frontcourt where All-American Michelle Osier, UCSD's leading all-time rebounder and No. 2 all-time scorer, and first team All-CCAA post player Alexis Gaskin have graduated.

In its final pre-season game of the year, UCSD played well in spurts Saturday night but ultimately fell, 88-69, at Division I University of San Diego...The Tritons raced out of the blocks, shocking the Toreros with a 13-0 run to open the game...The hosts evened things up at 16 and had a 46-28 edge at halftime...UCSD narrowed it to 10 with just more than 12 minutes to go but that's all the closer it got...Carlisle had a busy night, tallying 21 points to go with six rebounds and four assists...Her backcourt running mate Ilg also reached double figures (10 pts.) and snagged five rebounds...The biggest discrepancy on the stat sheet came on the shooting percentage column where USD hit over 56% of its field goal tries compared to 37.9% for UCSD.

TOSHIBA CLASSIC ON TAP NEXT FOR TRITON SWIMMERS
Long Beach, CA will be the destination and Belmont Plaza Pool the site, Thursday through Saturday, when Coach Scott McGihon takes his Swimming team to its biggest meet of the fall, the Toshiba Classic, presented by Business Copier Solutions...Over 30 teams will be participating in both the men's and women's divisions and McGihon is hopeful that his squad will emerge with at least 10 NCAA Division II automatic qualifying marks in each gender...For more information, including event schedules, go to ucsdtritons.com... While the swimmers are in Long Beach, Coach Mark Anderson's diving contingent will be competing at the Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson, AZ.

Last Friday, both Triton teams absorbed defeats at Division I UC Santa Barbara...The men were downed, 155-96, and the women, 144-112...Distance freestyle provided highlights for the men and women...Versatile sophomore Alex Henley captured the women's 500 free in 5:02.71, easily the quickest D-II mark in the nation this season...Beth Dong, Natasha Nguyen and Megan Thomas were second, fourth and fifth respectively...Senior transfer Jereme Barnett-Woods won the 1,000 free (9:42.84) and his 4:42.33 led a 2-3-4-5 Triton finish in the 500 free with Shaun Stringer, Michael Lorch and Chris Baier following him home...Senior Cari Cunningham prevailed in both the women's 100 (1:07.76) and 200 (2:23.28) breaststrokes and another senior, Pablo Carrillo out-touched the field in the men's 100 breaststroke (57.23).

FENCERS GET MIXED RESULTS IN NORCAL OUTING
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team got its first tough test of the season and emerged from the NCAA West Invitational in Palo Alto with a split decision...Runyan's women blitzed Detroit (25-2), edged Stanford (16-11) and were handled easily by Northwestern (24-3)...The men also hammered Detroit (24-3) but ended up on the short end of a 16-11 ledger against Stanford...Top Triton individuals on the men's side were foilists Ben Dorn and Joseph Schenkel, both 3-1...Pilar Alicia went 7-2 in women's foil competition and saber standout Alicia Trigeiro finished 6-3.

NEWS & NOTES
Men's Water Polo Coach Denny Harper, Women's Basketball Coach Charity Elliott and Women's Volleyball standout Katie Condon will be among the guests on this week's edition of UCSD's online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten...The show will be available Wednesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.

The Women's Tennis team finished its fall campaign at last weekend's UCI Invitational, going up against five Division I squads...Junior Roxy Pourmirzaie won a pair of matches in the sixth flight.

For more information on Triton sports, check our website at http://ucsdtritons.com.

 

Tuesday, September 16
W Soccer at Point Loma
4:30 PM
San Diego
Wednesday, September 17
W Volleyball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Thursday, September 18
M Soccer vs. California Baptist
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, September 19
W Soccer at Cal State Dominguez Hills
6:00 PM
Carson
W Volleyball vs. Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, September 20
M Water Polo at UC Irvine
9:20 AM
Stockton
M Soccer vs. Azusa Pacific
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Volleyball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Monday, September 22
W Soccer vs. Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, September 26
M Soccer at Cal State L.A.
4:30 PM
Los Angeles
M Water Polo vs. Fresno Pacific
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Soccer at Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
W Volleyball at Sonoma State
7:00 PM
Rohnert Park
Saturday, September 27
Cross Country at Stanford Invitational
9:00 AM
Stanford
W Volleyball at San Francisco State
7:00 PM
San Francisco
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