THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Mon., Feb. 1---Baseball---UCSD vs. San Diego Christian---2:00 PM
Mon., Feb. 1---M Tennis---UCSD vs. Concordia---2:00PM
Tue., Feb. 2---M Golf---UCSD at San Diego Collegiate Classic---All Day
Tue., Feb. 2---Baseball---UCSD vs. Point Loma---2:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 4---W Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM
Thu., Feb. 4---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 5---Softball---UCSD at Best of the West Invitational---All Day
Fri., Feb. 5---W Tennis---UCSD vs. Pomona-Pitzer---1:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 5---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 6---W Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 6---Softball---UCSD at Best of the West Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 6---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 6---Track and Field---Blue-Gold Alumni Meet---12:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 6---W Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---12:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 6---M Tennis---UCSD at Azusa Pacific---1:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 6---Fencing---UCSD vs. Cal Tech/UC Irvine---2:30 PM
Sat., Feb.6---W Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 6---M Volleyball---UCSD at Hope International---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 6---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 7---W Water Polo---UCSD Triton Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 7---Softball---UCSD at Best of the West Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 7---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon---11:00 AM
WOMEN'S B-BALL WINS TWO, KEEPS HOLD ON FIRST PLACE
The 10th-ranked Women's Basketball team pushed its newest win streak to three games and its season mark to 17-1 with a pair of home conference victories last week...Coach Charity Elliott's CCAA-leading Tritons are now 12-1 in league play, one half game up on second place Humboldt State, and host Cal State Dominguez Hills (7-12/6-8) and Cal State L.A. (4-15/2-12) this week...They are eighth and 11th respectively in the CCAA standings.
UCSD got its 16th win of the season last Thursday, stunning Cal Poly Pomona, 71-69, on a cold-blooded three ball by sophomore Chelsea Carlisle with 25 seconds left...The winning trey left Carlisle with 22 points for the game on 8-of-16 shooting...Junior running mate Tiffany Hunter chalked up 17 points and eight rebounds in a contest the Tritons could have and maybe should have lost...Out-shot, out-rebounded and trailing virtually the entire second half, UCSD was down by 11 with 9:07 to go...They whittled the deficit to one with 1:10 remaining...That was when Carlisle, coming out of a timeout, got the ball at the top of the arc and hit nothing but net with the decisive bucket...Elliott's club, which keeps finding ways to win, still had to overcome some last minute theatrics as Carlisle, the CCAA's leading free throw shooter, uncharacteristically missed a pair of charity tosses with six seconds to go...Pomona's rushed last second opportunity went awry, however...One department were UCSD shined was turnovers, forcing the Broncos into 23, giving the Tritons a plus-nine for the evening.
Things were a bit easier two nights later as UCSD whipped Cal State San Bernardino, 58-41, in front of a women's basketball record crowd of 2,020 at RIMAC Arena...Carlisle (eight points) was held under 10 points for just the second time this season, but Hunter more than picked up the slack, dropping 23 points and snatching 13 rebounds, the latter figure pacing the Tritons to a 46-30 edge on the glass...Hunter hit 7-of-12 from the floor and was perfect on nine free throw attempts...Freshman Emily Osga didn't score a point but piled up eight rebounds in her 14 minute stint off the bench...UCSD led from nearly start-to-finish, going ahead on a pair of Erin Noonan free throws at the 16:58 mark of the first half and never being seriously threatened.
Listen to Coach Charity Elliott's Saturday post-game comments.
MEN'S HOOPS TEAM BACK HOME TO FACE DOMINGUEZ, L.A.
Improved effort and doses of solid play unfortunately did not result in victory for the Men's Basketball team last week as Coach Chris Carlson's charges suffered a pair of home losses to two of the CCAA's toughest teams last week...The Tritons (4-12/3-10) try to bounce back this Thursday against Cal State Dominguez Hills (9-10/9-5) and then take on Cal State L.A. (11-8/7-7) Saturday at RIMAC Arena...Dominguez Hills is placed fourth and L.A. sixth in the current conference standings.
After turning in an excellent first 20 minutes last Thursday against defending NCAA Division II runner-up Cal Poly Pomona, the Tritons broke down in the second half en route to a 59-49 loss to the Broncos...While managing their lowest point total since falling to CPP on the road in December, UCSD shot just 32.7% from the floor and hit 10-of-18 free throws...After leading, 25-20, at the break, the Tritons were unable to solve the Bronco defense in the second half...On the bright side, freshman point guard Jake Tarabilda canned a season high 15 points to go with four rebounds and four assists...The CCAA's top scorer, senior Jordan Lawley, had an off night, getting just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, but pulled down a team high eight rebounds.
In front of a Spirit Night throng of 3,860, UCSD gave league-leading Cal State San Bernardino all it could handle before succumbing, 76-67, Saturday...Lawley was a one-man machine offensively, knocking down 8-of-16 shots, including three treys and connecting on all 13 of his free throw chances for 32 points...Sophomore Christian Hatch was aggressive inside, getting a double double with 12 points and 12 caroms...On the chasing end of a 38-31 halftime score, UCSD fell behind by as many as 11 early in the second half but a Hatch put back with 1:36 remaining drew the Tritons to within one...The Coyotes countered by nailing 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch to salt it away...UCSD hit 44.7% of its field goal attempts, converted at a 95% clip from the free throw line and out-rebounded San Bernardino, 34-25, but was done in by turnovers, racking up 18 in the contest.
Hear Coach Chris Carlson's post-game interview following Saturday's game vs. CSUSB.
TRITON INVITATIONAL POLO TOURNEY ON TAP THIS WEEKEND
Rookie Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team, looking for its first win of the young season, will host the 16-team Triton Invitational this weekend at Canyonview Pool...UCSD, 0-4 with all four defeats coming at the hands of top 10 opponents, will open up against No. 12 Hartwick (NY) at 8:30 AM Saturday and then face either No. 13 Cal State Northridge or No. 20 Marist (NY) that afternoon...The tourney concludes Sunday with the schedule based on Saturday's results...For more tournament information, log onto Tournament Central...Among the featured teams in the tournament are San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State and UC Irvine...Last week, UCSD was slotted fourth in a pre-season poll of Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) coaches.
BASEBALL STARTS 2010 WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS
Coming off a record-breaking year that saw it go to the NCAA Division II College World Series, Coach Dan O'Brien's Baseball team jumps into the 2010 schedule full force--playing six games in the first week of the season--starting today against local foe San Diego Christian at Triton Ballpark...UCSD will host another in-town rival, Point Loma, tomorrow before welcoming highly-regarded regional power Western Oregon to La Jolla for a four-game set over the weekend... Western took three-of-four from the Tritons early in 2009, but at the NCAA West Regional at Keizer, OR in May, UCSD smoked the Wolves, 18-3.
O'Brien's squad, ranked as high as No. 1 in some pre-season polls, will feature a trio of pre-season D-II All-Americans-senior shortstop Vance Albitz, senior right hander Matt Rossman and another righty hurler, junior Tim Shibuya.
BEST OF WEST FIRST TEST FOR SOFTBALL TEAM
In search of a fourth consecutive NCAA Playoff berth, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team opens the 2010 season this weekend at the Mizuno Best of the West Tournament in Turlock...UCSD's six games over the three-day tourney will include four against CCAA teams...The Tritons kick things off Friday against Central Washington (11:00 AM) and Chico State (1:15 PM), play Cal State Monterey Bay (1:00 PM) and Grand Canyon (3:15 PM) Saturday and wind things up Sunday vs. Cal State San Bernardino (9:45 AM) and Sonoma State (noon).
UCSD, ranked fourth in a pre-season poll of the CCAA coaches, will be led by 2009 All-American and NCAA West Region Player of the Year, junior right fielder Kristin Lesovsky...Senior catcher Nicole Saari heads up a band of six other returning field starters and Gerckens can call on veteran pitchers Camille Gaito, Christine Zankich and Tess Granath...Gaito was a second team all-region selection as a freshman in '09.
V-BALL LOOKS TO REBOUND AT HOME FRIDAY VS. LONG BEACH
Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team experienced the ups-and-downs of the game last week, crushing Princeton at RIMAC Arena on Wednesday before being swept by No. 8 Long Beach State on the road Friday...The No. 12 Tritons will get an immediate opportunity for revenge against the 49ers as they host their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) colleagues Friday at RIMAC Arena before making the trek to Orange County Saturday to tangle with NAIA Hope University...UCSD comes into the week 3-6 and 1-4 in MPSF play.
Whether it was junior Phil Bannan (30 assists) or senior Erik Sierks (17) at the helm, the Triton offense was running like clockwork to the tune of a .518 hitting percentage in Wednesday's, 3-0 (30-24, 30-24, 30-25) shellacking of Princeton...Middle blocker Cyrus Kiani had 12 kills on just 15 swings (.733) and senior opposite Frank Fritsch added 11 kills to go with three aces.
It was a different story Friday at Long Beach State as the 49ers hit .387, holding UCSD to a paltry .045 while turning away the Tritons, 3-0 (30-22, 30-22, 30-21) in a command performance...Kiani's six kills were tops for UCSD as Long Beach dominated the net, rolling up a 20-3 blocking margin.
SWIMMERS FALL TO DAVIS; CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT
The focus for Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving teams is now squarely on the Pacific Swim Conference Championships, slated to start nine days from today at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach...UCSD is the defending team champion in both the men's and women's divisions and should be a solid contender in each this time around.
The Tritons completed their dual meet season in Northern California Saturday, absorbing a double loss at Division I UC Davis...The host Aggies squeaked by the Triton women, 155-145, while the UCSD men fell, 174-122...Both of McGihon's sides were winners in 7-of-16 events...Super sophomore Alex Henley racked up three first place finishes for the Triton women-200 free (1:53.61), 500 free (5:06.59) and 200 individual medley (2:05.69)...Senior Cari Cunningham posted a mark of 2:22.64 while touching first in the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Mercedes O'Brien beat the field in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.29) and freshman distance ace Beth Dong captured the 100 free (10:34.99)...Senior diver Danie Niculescu scored 254.33 points while winning the three-meter competition.
For the UCSD men senior standout Dan Perdew continued his winning ways, taking the 50 free (21.16) and 100 butterfly (51.29)...Single winners for the Tritons included seniors Juan Pablo Carrillo (100 breaststroke/57.38) and Todd Langland (100 free/46.58), freshman Jon Masehi-Lano (200 breaststroke/2:08.22), and diver Bryan McGrory (3-meter/267.90 pts.)...The 400 freestyle relay foursome of Todd Langland, Julius Espiritu, Blake Langland and Perdew clocked 3:05.80 to beat their Davis counterparts by two seconds.
FENCERS HOME SATURDAY VS. UCI, CAL TECH
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team will move back into the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) arena this week when it hosts UC Irvine and Cal Tech Saturday at UCSD's Main Gym.
Last weekend, the Tritons traveled to Evanston, IL for the annual Northwestern Duals which included many of the country's premier programs...The UCSD women went 9-5 overall with victims including Stanford (17-10), Temple (14-13) and North Carolina (15-12)...They also scored a first-ever win in foil over Northwestern before losing a 20-7 decision...On the men's side, UCSD went 4-7, getting victories over Northwestern, Cleveland State, Lawrence and Detroit.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature segments with head basketball coaches Charity Elliott and Chris Carlson as well as a visit with first-year Women's Water Polo head coach Brad Kreutzkamp...The show will be posted Tuesday at http://ucsdtritons.com.
Revelle College captured the Spirit Night trophy for the second time in three years, narrowly outpointing runner-up Warren College Saturday night...In front of the second largest UCSD home basketball crowd in history (3,860), Revelle finished the eight event spirit competition with 49.5 points to Warren's 48...Roosevelt College took third.
Led by senior Raj Samra and junior Keith Okasaki, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team begins the spring portion of its season at the five-team, 36-hole San Diego Collegiate Classic, Tuesday at Rancho Santa Fe Country Club...Besides the Tritons, the field will include the county's other four institutions that field golf teams---San Diego State, USD, Point Loma and Cal State San Marcos...Making up the six-man roster for Coach Mike Wydra will be Keith Okasaki, Raj Samra, Mike Neustadt, Richard Morris, Justin Gabbert and Anubhay Rastogi.
The Men's Tennis team was swept, 7-0, in an exhibition against Division I USD Saturday...Coach Eric Steidlmayer's squad starts its regular season today against Concordia and then travels to tough Azusa Pacific on Saturday...Coach Liz LaPlante's six-time defending CCAA champion Women's Tennis team also makes its debut this week with a pair of non-conference clashes, hosting Pomona-Pitzer Friday and traveling to Cal State Northridge the next day.
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