THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Wed., Jan. 27---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. Princeton---5:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 28---W Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM
Thu., Jan. 28---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 29---M Volleyball---UCSD at Long beach State---7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 30---Fencing---Northwestern Duals at Evanston, IL---8:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 30---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at UC Davis---Noon
Sat., Jan. 30---M Tennis---UCSD at USD---1:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 30---W Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 30---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:30 PM
Sun., Jan. 31---Fencing---Northwestern Duals at Evanston, IL---8:00 AM
MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS CAL POLY POMONA, SAN BERNARDINO
Looking to get back on track after a grueling NorCal road trip, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basektball team returns to RIMAC Arena to host CCAA heavyweights Cal Poly Pomona (9-5/7-4) and Cal State San Bernardino (11-4/9-2), Thursday and Saturday...Cal Poly Pomona, which made it to the NCAA D-II title game in 2009, is currently tied for third in the conference standings while San Bernardino, the league's defending regular season champion, holds down first place, half a game up on Humboldt State...UCSD, which lost to both clubs on the road earlier this season, comes in 4-10 overall and finds itself tied for 10th on the CCAA ladder at 3-8...The Tritons have won two of their last four at home.
Trailing by just two at intermission, UCSD surrendered the first six points of the second half and was never able to regain momentum in a 74-60 loss last Thursday at Humboldt State...A lack of offense outside of senior Jordan Lawley hurt the Tritons...The lefty from Lodi lit it up for 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting but nobody else reached double figures... UCSD shot 50% from the field, including a sterling 46.2% from outside the arc but had 18 turnovers and gave away 11 offensive rebounds... Lawley was also the Tritions' top rebounder with eight.
It was déjà vu Saturday as Lawley accounted for 29 points but Tyler Acevedo's eight was the most Carlson got from the rest of the roster in a 78-66 defeat at Sonoma State...It was 56-55 Seawolves with 5:43 on the clock but the hosts finished things off with a 22-11 run to the buzzer...Junior Casey Ryan and freshman Justin Brue each grabbed six rebounds to lead UCSD on the glass while Lawley contributed five boards and three assists.
Watch Thursday & Saturday nights' Men's Basketball games.
NO. 7 WOMEN'S HOOPS SUFFERS FIRST LOSS; HOME FOR TWO
Coach Charity Elliott's seventh-ranked Women's Basketball team is back home this Thursday for a critical CCAA encounter with Cal Poly Pomona (12-3/9-2) and two nights later will entertain Cal State San Bernardino (10-6/6-5)...The Tritons saw their perfect season and 14-game winning streak come to an end last Thursday in Northern California, getting their first blemish on their ledger at Humboldt State...UCSD, now 15-1 and still first in the conference standings by half a game at 10-1, turned things around quickly, starting a new streak at Sonoma State two nights later.
The 84-80 final tally at Humboldt State was indicative of the type of battle the two adversaries waged...In a contest where both teams shot right at 48% and had nearly identical rebound and turnover numbers, the home court advantage may have been what pushed the Lumberjacks over the top...Humboldt raced out to a 13-pt. lead early but UCSD outscored the home team, 26-11 (including 14 from the bench), to close out the first half ahead by two...The Lumberjacks held a nine-point advantage with 8:43 remaining but a bucket by Chelsea Carlisle at 3:32 brought UCSD even...Another Carlisle hoop 25 seconds tied it for the final time before HSU held off the Tritons down the stretch...Carlisle finished with 22 points (8-for-16), four rebounds and four assists...Senior Annette Ilg rang up 19, while Tiffany Hunter and Daisy Feder chipped in with 14 and 10 points respectively.
Carlisle tossed in 21 points Saturday and the Tritons got 58 points from their starters, bouncing back with a 68-52 win at Sonoma State...Elliott got 10 points apiece from Erin Noonan and Tiffany Hunter while Annette Ilg (9 pts./8 rebounds) and Lauren Freidenberg (8/6) also had productive outings...UCSD shot 43.9%, was plus five in the rebound column and racked up 20 turnovers...A Carlisle trey 1:07 into the game gave UCSD a lead it never relinquished...The Tritons were by as many as 12 in the first half but a Seawolf rally cut it to three at the break...The hosts tied the game for the first time right out of the half but UCSD promptly responded with a 12-0 run, punctuated by a pair of Carlisle three balls, and controlled things the rest of the way.
Watch Thursday & Saturday nights' Women's Basketball games.
SWIMMING & DIVING ROLLS PAST CAL BAPTIST
Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving teams celebrated Senior Day with an easier-than-expected triumph over visiting NAIA Cal Baptist Saturday at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons will now travel to Northern California for their final dual meet of the season this Saturday at UC Davis...Two weeks later they will start their "second season" at the Pacific Swim Conference Championships in Long Beach.
The women routed the Lancers, 231-66, capturing 14-of-15 events...Familiar faces did most of the damage with junior Anju Shimura (100 back/58.56 & 200 back/2:06.42), sophomore Alex Henley (200 fly/2:03.88 & 400 IM/4:28.49) and freshman Beth Dong (1,000 free/10:29.06 & 500 free/5:08.34) taking two events each...Senior diver Danie Niculescu joined that trio by sweeping the 1-meter (240.75) and 3-meter (234.68) boards...Shimura, Jessica Ferguson and Amber Tan were each part of both relay wins... Mercedes O'Brien was also included in the 200 medley relay (1:48.12) and Shea Kopp rounded out the 200 free relay (1:37.73).
The Triton men came out on top, 173-127, touching first in nine events and using superior depth to pull away...Seniors Dan Perdew and Jereme Barnett-Woods both doubled...Perdew clocked 21.14 in the 50 and came back with a 51.53 to snag the 100 butterfly while Barnett-Woods was first in the 1,000 (9:48.23) and 500 (4:42.66) freestyles...UCSD swept the breaststroke races with senior Juan Pablo Carrillo blazing to 56.40 in the 100 and freshman Jon Masehi-Lano collecting the 200 in 2:07.46... Diver Bryan McGrory won the 3-meter board (273.90) and UCSD won both relays with Julius Espiritu, Carrillo, Perdew and Todd Langland in the 200 medley (1:33.61) and Espiritu, Todd and Blake Langland and Perdew in the 200 freestyle (1:23.73).
Listen to Scott McGihon's Saturday post-meet comments.
Watch Saturday interview with senior Dan Perdew.
Watch Saturday interview with senior Danie Niculescu.
SPIKERS STOP PEPPERDINE; PRINCETON HERE WEDNESDAY
Coach Kevin Ring's 12th-ranked Men's Volleyball team will play at RIMAC Arena for the first time in 2010 when it hosts Princeton Wednesday in a rare 5:00 PM start...The Tritons, 2-5 overall and 1-3 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action, return to conference play Friday, challenging No. 8 Long Beach State (3-4/2-2) on the 49ers' home floor.
UCSD got its first league win of the season and made history at the same time, getting its first-ever win over Pepperdine, topping the No. 7 Waves, 3-1 (33-31, 30-28, 23-30, 30-25) in Malibu...Seniors Frank Fritsch (20), Jason Spangler (19) and Will Ehrman combined for 52 of UCSD's 72 kills as the Tritons hit a sparkling .362 for the evening...Junior setter Phil Bannan piled up 61 assists while Spangler also accounted for eight digs and junior middle blocker Calvin Ross had six total blocks.
Two nights later, top-ranked host USC proved too much to handle, sweeping the Tritons, 3-0 (30-24, 30-24, 30-21)...Fritsch pounded 16 kills but reserve Joel Davidson's six were the most any other Triton was able to produce as the Trojans had a wide advantage (.349-.190) in the hitting column.
TOUGH START FOR WOMEN'S WATER POLO
First-year Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp and his youthful Women's Water Polo team got a rude welcome to the 2010 season last weekend, losing to four top 10 teams at the Michigan Invitational...UCSD will now have a week off before hosting its own 16-team Triton Invitational at Canyonview Pool.
The Tritons had no answers for No. 7 San Diego State in the '10 opener Saturday...The Aztecs outscored UCSD, 5-1, in the first quarter and kept the pedal to the floor in gaining a 19-8 decision...Sophomore Kirsten Bates had three goals and junior Hanalei Crowell two for the Tritons...UCSD showed clear improvement in its second outing but still came out on the short end of an 11-8 result against No. 10 host Michigan...The Wolverines scored four unanswered second half goals that expanded a 6-4 advantage to 10-4 and effectively iced the game...Stephanie Heinrich, Jessica Tran and Audra Bloom each found the cage twice for UCSD.
Heinrich fired in three goals Sunday morning but it was not enough to stop No. 6 San Jose State from overwhelming the Tritons, 15-6...The Spartans dashed out to a 7-1 first quarter lead, virtually putting things out of reach from the outset...Audra Bloom, Stephanie Bocian and Kim McComas rounded out the scoring for Kreutzkam's club... The Tritons rebounded with a solid afternoon performance against No. 3 UCLA, leading, 2-1, after one quarter and trailing just, 4-3, at halftime before capitulating to the size and depth of the Bruins in the second half of a 10-4 defeat...Heinrich added another pair of goals to her weekend total with Bloom and Bates accounting for one each.
FENCERS FACE TOP COMPETITION AT NORTHWESTERN EVENT
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team flies to Chicago this weekend for the annual Northwestern Duals where it will hook up with many of the top collegiate teams in the country.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten will feature Triton Men's Volleyball Coach as well as basketball standouts Jordan Lawley and Chelsea Carlisle... The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.
Saturday's basketball doubleheader vs. Cal State San Bernardino will be UCSD's annual Spirit Night, the culmination of a weeklong spirit competition among the university's six colleges...The winner will take home the Spirit Night trophy (Cup of Cheer)... Roosevelt College is the defending champion while Warren College is the early 2010 leader through the first two of eight events...An A.S.-sponsored fireworks show on RIMAC Field will follow the second game.
In pre-season voting by conference coaches, the defending champion Baseball team was the pick to repeat its title run...Earlier, Coach Dan O'Brien's club was ranked first and third in a pair of D-II national polls...Meanwhile, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team was rated fourth in its own CCAA pre-season poll...The Tritons, coming off three consecutive NCAA post-season appearances, open Feb. 5 at the Mizuno Best of the West Invitational.
After five years at UCSD, Women's Volleyball head coach, Tom Black, has resigned to accept the head coaching position at Division I Loyola Marymount...A UCSD alum and former Triton volleyball star, Black compiled a 115-29 record in La Jolla, including a 29-3 mark in 2009...His teams went to the NCAA Playoffs four times and reached the Elite Eight in 2006, the same year he was tabbed NCAA West Region Coach of the Year...A national search is underway to identify Black's successor.
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