This Week's Events:
Wed., Jan. 20---M Volleyball---UCSD at Pepperdine---7:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 21---W Basketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---5:30 PM
Thu., Jan. 21---M Basketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 22---M Volleyball---UCSD at USC---7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 23---Swimming and Diving---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---12:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 23---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. Alumni---2:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 23---W Basketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 23---M Basketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 23---W Water Polo---UCSD at Michigan Invitational---TBD
Sat., Jan. 23---W Water Polo---UCSD at Michigan Invitational---TBD
Sun., Jan. 24---W Water Polo---UCSD at Michigan Invitational---TBD
Sun., Jan. 24---W Water Polo---UCSD at Michigan Invitational---TBD NO. 7 W-BASKETBALL TAKES 14-GAME STREAK ON ROAD
After extending its unbeaten record to 14-0 with four consecutive victories at RIMAC Arena, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team takes aim at tying a UCSD record 16 straight wins when it makes the daunting CCAA road trip to Humboldt State (Thursday) and Sonoma State (Saturday) this week...The seventh-ranked Tritons are a conference-leading 9-0, one game up on Cal Poly Pomona... Humboldt State (10-4/8-2) and Sonoma State (7-8/5-5) are third and seventh respectively on the league ladder.
The Tritons shot just 33.8% from the floor but made them when they counted, holding off pesky Cal State Monterey Bay, 68-63, Thursday...Sophomore guard Chelsea Carlisle deposited 20 points, including a critical three-pointer with 1:59 to go...She followed that trey with a steal in the subsequent Otter possession to help salt the contest away...Annette Ilg tallied 10 points while Daisy Feder and Leilani Martin had nine each off the bench...Junior Tiffany Hunter scored eight points and pulled down 11 rebounds, helping UCSD to a +7 in that department...Monterey Bay, which came in 9-2, turned the ball over 19 times as the Tritons' streak of 20 or more turnovers ended at 10.
San Francisco State provided another tough test Saturday night but Carlisle's 17 points, augmented by 11 from Erin Noonan and 10 from fellow senior Ilg lifted UCSD to a 74-61 win...The two teams ended a back and forth first half tied at 32...It stayed tight until the Tritons posted 11 unanswered points midway through the second half and coasted home...UCSD shot 45.5% with Carlisle hitting 6-of-9 and senior Kristen Cabral coming off the bench to knock down 4-of-5...SFSU had 19 turnovers.
Listen to Saturday's post-game comments from senior Erin Noonan.
MEN'S HOOPS TEAM LOOKS TO BUILD ON WIN OVER S.F. STATE
Sitting 4-8 overall and 3-6 in CCAA play following a home split last week, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team hits the road where it will face second place Humboldt State (10-5/7-3) Thursday and eleventh place Sonoma State (4-11/3-7) Saturday... The Tritons are tied for ninth in the CCAA standings with Cal State Monterey Bay.
A lackluster first half and poor free throw shooting hindered the Tritons in a 66-62 loss to Cal State Monterey Bay Thursday...UCSD trailed, 33-24, at the break, turning the ball over 11 times in the first 20 minutes...The Tritons put together several second half runs and even pushed ahead with six minutes to go but made just 17 of 33 free throw opportunities on the night, missing the front end of four one-and-ones, which proved fateful...Senior Jordan Lawley recorded a double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and also handed out four assists...Three players---Tyler Acevedo, Casey Ryan and Jay Wey---each had nine points and freshman Justin Brue had 11 boards off the bench.
Ryan nailed a game-saving three in the final seconds of the first overtime and the Tritons went on to shock visiting San Francisco State, 91-86, in double overtime Saturday night...Lawley, the CCAA's leading scorer, piled up a season high 31 points, six boards and eight assists and soph Christian Hatch notched a season high 16 but Ryan was the man of the hour, rescuing UCSD from what looked like certain defeat... The Tritons never trailed in the first half, were 11 up at the midway juncture and still owned a three-point lead at intermission...The advantage was nine points with 11:28 remaining but the Gators scored 12 in a row in less than three minutes to grab their first lead...The Tritons rallied to go four ahead with less than a minute to play but SFSU managed to tie it with four ticks left and force the first OT...The Gators earned a six-point lead early in the first extra session and were three up when Acevedo missed a long trey with eight seconds on the clock...The rebound resulted in a jump ball and the arrow gave the Tritons possession...The contested inbounds pass came to Ryan on the right wing...With nowhere to go, he dribbled right, squared up and hoisted the clutch three-pointer with a hand in his face...A three-pointer by Lawley lifted UCSD to a four-point edge early in the second OT and they held off the Gators from there...Carlson's club shot 47.5% from the floor and Lawley's 13-of-15 from the stripe helped them to a solid 80% on their charity tosses.
Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with Chris Carlson.
Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with Casey Ryan.
SWIMMERS DOWN USD; HOME FINALE SATURDAY
Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving teams wrap up their home season Saturday when tough NAIA foe Cal Baptist comes to Canyonview...UCSD will finish its regular season dual meet schedule the following week at UC Davis.
Saturday, the Triton women overcame a significant deficit carried over from Thursday's diving competition, to defeat crosstown Division I rival USD for the ninth straight time, 168.5-130.5...UCSD prevailed in 11 of the day's 16 events, including both relays...The 200 medley unit of Anju Shimura, Mercedes O'Brien, Jessica Ferguson and Katherine Tse nipped the Toreros by just over half a second (1:48.11) to set the tone for the afternoon... Sophomore Alex Henley was a standout, winning three individual events--200 free (1:52.89), 200 backstroke (2:04.45) & 200 individual medley (2:09.13)--and junior Shimura captured two races, the 100 back (58.36) and 100 freestyle (52.38), while also swimming on both victorious relay teams...Freshman Beth Dong, back from an illness that sidelined her a week ago, dominated the distance freestyle with wins in the 1,000 (10:26.85) and 500 (5:07.88)...Seniors Karla Holman (200 butterfly/ 2:09.70) and Cari Cunningham (200 breaststroke/2:22.15) rounded out the gold medal parade.
Listen to Saturday's post-meet comments from Anju Shimura & Cari Cunningham.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES TOUGH ROAD SLATE
Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team continues its extended season-opening road trip when it travels to Los Angeles to test No. 7 Pepperdine (1-2/1-1) and No. 1 USC (4-1/2-0) this week...Both are coming off big wins, the Waves over UCLA and USC over No. 3 defending NCAA champ UC Irvine...The 11th-ranked Tritons, meanwhile, are 1-4 on the year and got off to a rocky start in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, stumbling twice in the opening week of conference action.
Senior Frank Fritsch logged 16 kills but it was not enough to keep UCSD from dropping its MPSF opener, 3-0 (30-24, 30-26, 30-28) at No. 2 Cal State Northridge...The Tritons out-blocked the Matadors (11-10.5) but hit just .174 as a team, compared to CSUN's .320...Outside hitter Jason Spangler had seven kills and junior setter Phil Bannan 29 assists...Freshman Chase Frishman was UCSD's dig leader with eight.
Although Spangler (15), middle blocker Cyrus Kiani (12) and Fritsch (11) all reached double figures in the kills column Saturday the Tritons came up short in a 3-2 (26-30, 30-24, 27-30, 30-27, 15-13) thriller at No. 14 UC Santa Barbara, a club UCSD edged in five the previous week...Holding a two-set-to-one advantage, the Tritons were within two (28-26) of the Gauchos down the stretch in the fourth but couldn't keep it from going to a fifth game...A Bannan kill knotted the fifth at 9-9 but Santa Barbara subsequently ran off three consecutive points...A Gaucho service error coupled with a Joel Davidson kill pulled the Tritons to within one at 14-13 but they were never able to draw even...Bannan finished with 52 assists and a match high 10 digs.
BASEBALL GETS LOFTY PRE-SEASON RANKING
Coming off a 27-9 season that included its first ever trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series, the Baseball team has been ranked pre-season No. 1 in the nation by Ping/Baseball Poll released Friday...In December, the Tritons filled the No. 3 slot in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Pre-season Poll.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO OPENS AT MICHIGAN TOURNEY
First-year Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp will get a trial by fire this weekend when his Women's Water Polo team opens the 2010 season at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor...Kreutzkamp's Tritons are slated to square off against San Diego State, Michigan, San Jose and UCLA-all top 10 teams last spring.
UCSD will be led by the senior trio of Stephanie Heinrich, Stephanie Bocian and goalie Markayla Quane along with sophomore Jessica Tran, a WWPA All-Freshman team pick last season...Tran is the Tritons' top returning scorer, having netted 40 goals as a freshman...Heinrich had 39 as a junior and sophomore Kirsten Bates, 25.
Read this week's Q&A with Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
FENCERS FINISH UP AT NORTH AMERICAN CUP TODAY
Sophomore Michael Fong turned in UCSD's best performance through the first three days of the North American Cup Fencing tournament in San Jose, taking 22nd (in a field of 195 competitors) in the Jr. Men's Foil and 58th in the Division I Men's Foil...The event, which features most of the best fencers in the U.S. and Canada, concludes today...The highest finisher for the Triton women has been freshman foilist Rose Forcier who was 67th.
NEWS & NOTES
UCSD's weekly online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten, will feature Men's and Women's Basketball coaches, Chris Carlson and Charity Elliott, as well as senior star Jason Spangler from the Men's Volleyball squad...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
The 10th annual UCSD Athletic Dept. Blood Drive, held last Friday in the RIMAC Green Room, netted a record 128 usable units for the American Red Cross.
UCSD's yearly Spirit Night basketball doubleheader will be Saturday, Jan. 30 vs. Cal State San Bernardino...Spirit Night will culminate a weeklong series of spirit competitions among UCSD's six colleges...Roosevelt College is the defending champion.
The annual Baseball Alumni Game will be held this Saturday at Triton Ballpark...Game time is 12:30 PM, preceded by batting practice at 10:30 AM...The Baseball Alumni Golf Tournament will be held Friday at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course...For more information on any of the weekend's activities, contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-4211.
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