UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (February 8, 2010)
Release: Wednesday 02/08/2010 
by UCSD
Phil Bannan and the No. 13 Men's Volleyball team host CSU Northridge and UC Santa Barbara this week.
Phil Bannan and the No. 13 Men's Volleyball...
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This Week's Events

Mon., Feb. 8--- Golf---UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational---All Day

Tue., Feb. 9---M Golf---UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational---All Day
Tue., Feb. 9---W Tennis---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---1:00 PM

Wed., Feb 10---Swimming and Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day

Thu., Feb. 11---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Thu., Feb. 11---M Tennis---UCSD at Glendale C.C.---3:00 PM

Fri., Feb. 12---M Tennis---UCSD at Phoenix Tournament---All Day
Fri., Feb. 12---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Fri., Feb. 12---Baseball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon (DH)---11:00 AM
Fri., Feb. 12---Softball---UCSD vs. Chico State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 12---W Tennis---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb.12---W Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 12---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 12---W Water Polo---UCSD at Long Beach State---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 12---M Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---7:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 13---Swimming & Diving at PCSC Championships---All Day
Sat., Feb. 13---Softball---UCSD vs. Chico State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 13---Baseball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 13---W Water Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine---12:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 13---W Basketball---UCSD at Chico State---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb.13---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. UC Santa Barbara ---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb.13---M Basketball---UCSD at Chico State---7:30 PM
Sat., Feb.13---M Tennis---UCSD at Phoenix Tournament---TBA

Sun., Feb. 14---M Tennis---UCSD at Phoenix Tournament---TBA


FIRST PLACE WOMEN'S B-BALL TEAM ON ROAD FOR TWO
With its win streak now at five, the No. 8 Women's Basketball team, sporting a 19-1 overall record, goes back on the road, challenging Cal State Stanislaus (5-14/4-11) and Chico State (12-8/9-6) this weekend...By virtue of two Humboldt State home losses last weekend, the Tritons (14-1) now enjoy a two-game cushion atop the CCAA...Chico State is fifth and Stanislaus 10th coming into this week's play...UCSD's next victory will make it the fifth consecutive season the program has reached at least 20 wins.

A 23-8 late first half blitz blew open Thursday night's encounter with Cal State Dominguez Hills as the Tritons, behind a career high 19 points from sophomore Daisy Feder, rolled to an 83-57 victory...Feder knocked down four treys in a 5-for-7 shooting night...Sophomore guard Chelsea Carlisle recorded 17 points and backcourt running mate Annette Ilg chipped in with 14 as the Tritons shot an even 50% from the floor while holding Dominguez to just 38%... UCSD also beat the Toros on the glass, 39-28, with all 13 players getting at least one board.

The Tritons used an incredible 28-point run to swamp Cal State L.A., 75-43, Saturday night at RIMAC Arena...With the game tied at 19, UCSD reeled off the last 10 points of the first half and followed by scoring 18-in-a-row to start the second 20 minutes of play...Again, it was an assertive, ball-hawking defense that set the tone as Coach Charity Elliott's cagers harassed CSULA into 26 turnovers and converted 32 points off those takeaways...Carlisle, quietly evolving into a more diverse offensive performer, led the way with 19 points (7-of-15) and four assists...Junior Tiffany Hunter was next with 11 points and, in all, 11 players hit the scoring column...Ilg posted team highs with seven caroms and five assists.

See Charity Elliott's Saturday night post-game interview.
See Chelsea Carlisle's Saturday night post-game interview.


MEN'S HOOPS STOPS CAL STATE L.A.; HEADS NORTH FOR PAIR
After snapping a frustrating five-game losing skid at home Saturday, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team will be hoping to build on the momentum gained from that performance when it travels north to take on Cal State Stanislaus (9-11/5-10) and Chico State (11-9/7-8) this weekend...The Tritons, 5-13 overall and 4-11 in CCAA play, are 11th in the conference standings but just two games out of the final CCAA Tournament slot...Stanislaus and Chico State are tied for ninth and sixth respectively... UCSD defeated the former and lost to the latter earlier this season at RIMAC Arena.

A rally in the final five minutes fell short as UCSD dropped a 68-58 decision to visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills Thursday...A disastrous final seven minutes of the first half effectively ruined the Tritons as the Toros turned what was a 22-20 lead at the 7:31 mark into a 19-pt. halftime advantage...Senior Jordan Lawley (24 pts.) and junior Casey Ryan (19) accounted for 43 of UCSD's 58 points...Ryan had a huge night, hitting 9-of-10 shots and collecting a team high eight rebounds...Lawley put down 7-of-10 attempts but outside of that pair, the Tritons shot 5-for-30.

Playing aggressively in the paint, sophomore Christian Hatch had a monster night Saturday, propelling UCSD to an 83-77 triumph over Cal State L.A...The 6-8 Hatch amassed 23 points and 11 rebounds (eight offensive) as the Tritons repelled several Golden Eagle comeback tries in the second half...Lawley continued to have a hot hand, scoring a game high 29 points and Ryan joined Hatch in the "double double club" with 12 points and 11 boards...Senior Tyler Acevedo hit three timely treys and finished with 13 points and five assists...UCSD shot 47.5% on the night.

Hear Saturday night post-game comments from Head Coach Chris Carlson.
Hear Saturday night post-game comments from sophomore Christian Hatch.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL BACK HOME VS. CSU NORTHRIDGE FRIDAY
Trying to put together its first back-to-back wins of the season, Coach Kevin Ring's No. 13 Men's Volleyball team will play back-to-back home matches for the first time this year when it tests No. 1 Cal State Northridge Friday and No. 9 UC Santa Barbara Saturday...The Tritons (4-7) lost earlier this season to CSUN in Northridge and have split a pair of matches against UCSB, both in Santa Barbara...Northridge figures to fall from the top spot after being shocked by No. 10 Pepperdine, a team UCSD defeated, Saturday.

UCSD hit a creditable .352 on the night but superior net play and 10 aces lifted No. 8 Long Beach State to a 3-1 (30-25, 30-27, 26-30, 30-24) over the Tritons Friday night at RIMAC Arena...Seniors Jason Spangler (19) and Frank Fritsch (17) and junior Joel Davidson (14), subbing for the ailing Will Ehrman, all reached double figures in the kills column...Bannan handed out 54 assists and directed the Tritons back from a 10-5 deficit to win the third set.

It didn't take long for the Tritons to get back on track...Davidson, making the most of his starting shot, cracked 15 kills while hitting at a bristling .714 pace to help power UCSD to a 3-0 (30-24, 30-25, 30-28) win over NAIA host Hope Saturday night... Fritsch (13) and Spangler (11) combined for 24 more kills as the Tritons hit a combined .365 and owned the blocking numbers, 8.5-5.

Listen to Coach Kevin Ring's Friday night post-game interview.

McGIHON & CO. EYE REPEAT OF DUAL CONFERENCE TITLES
Looking to defend the men's and women's titles it captured in 2009, Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving teams head to Long Beach this week for the annual Pacific Swim Conference Championships at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool...Competition starts Wednesday and concludes Saturday with morning prelims and evening finals each day...UCSD goes into the meet with 22 automatic NCAA Division II Championship qualifiers...McGihon is hoping to gain at least another half dozen in Long Beach.

Senior Dan Perdew (50 & 100 freestyle) and sophomore Alexandra Henley (400 IM & 200 backstroke) are both defending conference champions in two events.

BASEBALL TAKES THREE FROM W. OREGON; SERIES ENDS TODAY
After jumping out of the gate with a first week record of 5-1 while battling tough opponents and the fickle weather, Coach Dan O'Brien's No. 3 Baseball team keeps going full throttle this week, finishing its rain-delayed series vs. No. 18 Western Oregon with a single game this afternoon and then hosting back-to-back doubleheaders against D-II Grand Canyon, Friday and Saturday.

A 15-hit attack, fueled by a four-hit performance from All-American shortstop Vance Albitz, powered UCSD to a 12-6 triumph over Western Oregon in Friday's series opener...For the second time in three games, the Tritons put a six-spot on the scoreboard in the first inning which allowed junior starter Tim Shibuya to cruise to his second victory of the season, while logging seven innings...Albitz and centerfielder Robert Sedin led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back homers and UCSD piled on from there...Junior transfer Aaron Bauman had a big day, cracking three hits, scoring two runs and driving in two, and sophomore reliever Elias Tuma threw two shutout innings, putting the clamps on a Western Oregon rally with two runs in and the bases jammed in the eighth.

After Saturday's slated doubleheader was erased by the rain, the Tritons simply showed up a day later and swept Western Oregon, 5-4 and 6-1...In game one, UCSD produced a one-of-a-kind ninth inning rally to stun the Wolves...Down, 3-2, Kyle Saul was hit by a pitch to lead off the final frame...Michael Benton followed with a single and Bauman reached on an error that scored Saul with the tying run...After Western walked Albitz intentionally to load the bases, pitcher Brad Carter hit Sedin in the head, forcing in the winning run...Reliever Guido Knudson threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to collect the win...Starter Matt Rossman went seven strong innings, surrendering just one earned run while whiffing seven...Third sacker Matt Kehoe went 3-for-5 and Saul blasted a three-run homer...Junior right hander Danny Simmons fired a complete game gem in the nightcap, giving up five hits and striking out eight... Catcher Benton's two-run dinger in the second jump-started the Tritons, who rolled up 10 hits, two apiece by Albitz and left fielder Danny Susdorf.



TRITONS OPEN CCAA SOFTBALL CAMPAIGN AT HOME
Having lost four of a scheduled six games at last weekend's Best of the West Invitational in Turlock to rain, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team will open its 2010 CCAA slate this week with just two games under its belt...The Tritons will welcome Chico State to La Jolla for Friday and Saturday doubleheaders...By luck of the draw, Gerckens' 1-1 club played the Wildcats in Turlock, absorbing its lone loss.

Sophomore Camille Gaito spun a complete game three-hitter as the Tritons shut out Central Washington, 2-0, in their season opener Friday...Gaito struck out six and didn't walk a batter while picking up the 13th win of her UCSD career...Junior center fielder Kris Lesovsky picked up right where she left off last year, going 3-for-4, but her biggest swing might have been a first inning fly out that scored teammate Sarah Woofter with what proved to be the decisive first run of the game...Gerckens got another good pitching performance in game two but it was not quite enough as Chico State edged the Tritons, 3-2, in eight innings...Senior Christine Zankich got the start, fired six shutout frames and had a 2-0 lead before the Wildcats touched her up for four hits and two runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings...Lesovsky racked up two more hits and an RBI, Woofter got two as well and freshman third baseman Katie Bellanger smacked her first career home run.

KREUTZKAMP, POLO TEAM GET FIRST WINS
Now 2-6 after splitting four games at the 16-team Triton Invitational last weekend, the Women's Water Polo team takes to the road to tangle with Long Beach State and No. 11 UC Irvine this weekend.

Senior Audra Bloom and junior Felicia Orozco scored two goals apiece but the Tritons watched a 5-2 lead blow up in a calamitous third quarter and wound up dropping a 10-7 decision to No. 13 Hartwick in the rain Saturday morning...With the score tied, 2-2, in the first quarter, UCSD got consecutive goals from Jessica Tran, on a penalty shot earned by Stephanie Heinrich and Kirsten Bates on a rebound tip-in and then an early second period tally by Orozco to push their margin to three...But the Hawks, who eventually finished second in the tournament, ratcheted up the defense in the third period on the way to scoring six unanswered goals and taking control of the contest...Saturday afternoon, the Tritons got their first win of the season and Kreutzkamp his first as the team's head coach, an 8-4 conquest of No. 20 Marist...In this one, UCSD built up a 7-2 lead, courtesy of four consecutive second period markers, three by Orozco...Marist scored the next two to close the gap to three but the Tritons weathered the storm, thanks in large part to the play of goalie Markayla Quane who turned away 13 shots...A penalty shot by junior Hanalei Crowell closed out the scoring.

Sunday morning, the Tritons were upended, 9-7, in overtime by Long Beach State...The 49ers registered four consecutive second quarter goals to take a 5-3 lead into halftime, but UCSD bounced back in the third...Heinrich made a nifty backhander from two-meters, Crowell, coming out of a timeout, converted a man-up opportunity and when Heinrich buried a counter, the Tritons had forged a 6-5 advantage...LB got the equalizer in the fourth, however, and immediately took and maintained command in the overtime... Heinrich wound up with a hat trick for UCSD and Quane rejected another 13 shots...Kreutzkamp's charges closed out the tournament on a high note, grinding past Pomona-Pitzer, 13-8, on the strength of three goals each from seniors Bloom and Heinrich...Crowell, Orozco and Bates notched two apiece as UCSD finished 11th overall.

Hear Sunday comments from Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.

MEN'S TENNIS TO PLAY IN PHOENIX TOURNEY
Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team made its 2010 debut Monday with a 6-3 loss to visiting NAIA Concordia...All three Triton wins came in singles competition with Erik Elliott (No. 1) and Jake Fellow (No. 3) taking straight set decisions and Vincent Nguyen prevailing in an 11-9 third set tiebreaker...Saturday's scheduled match at Azusa Pacific was postponed due to rain...UCSD goes to Arizona this weekend to face Glendale C.C. and participate in the annual Division II Phoenix Tournament which fill feature five matches in three days, starting with Grand Canyon Friday.

WOMEN'S TENNIS OPENS CCAA PLAY TUESDAY
Rains made last weekend a lost cause for the Women's Tennis team which was forced to abandon its match with Pomona-Pitzer Friday after winning all three doubles matches...Coach Liz LaPlante's squad then canceled and re-scheduled (April 24) its Saturday match at Cal State Northridge.

The Tritons will begin CCAA play on the road this week at Cal State San Bernardino (Tuesday) and then return home to engage Sonoma State (Friday)...UCSD will be looking to extend its 59-match winning streak against conference opponents.

GOLFERS START SAN MARCOS TOURNEY PLAY TODAY
Opening his 31st season at the helm, Coach Mike Wydra saw his Golf team split the five-team field in last Tuesday's San Diego Collegiate Classic at Rancho Santa Fe Country Club...Wydra's charges posted a 36-hole score of 629 to finish 38 strokes back of first place USD and 28 behind second place Point Loma...San Diego State was fourth and Cal State San Marcos fifth...Senior Raj Samra was the medalist for UCSD, carding a 10-over 154 (78-76) which was good for ninth overall...Freshman Anubhav Rastogi tied for 11th (157) while junior Keith Okasaki and sophomore Mike Neustadt both tied for 16th at 160.

The Tritons are back in action today and Tuesday in the 54-hole Cal State San Marcos Invitational at San Luis Rey Downs Country Club in Bonsall.

FENCERS SMASH IRVINE, CAL TECH
With men's foil and women's epee going undefeated, Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing teams romped past visiting UC Irvine and Cal Tech last Saturday at UCSD's Main Gym...The Triton men pasted both opponents by identical, 21-6, counts while the women downed UCI, 25-2, and Cal Tech, 23-4...The fencers will be back in action, Feb. 20 in Irvine, squaring off against USC, UCLA, Arizona State and UC Santa Barbara.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of UCSD's online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten, will include segments with Asst. Swimming Coach Corrie Falcon and sophomore Daisy Feder of the Women's Basketball team...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

Middle blockers Cyrus Kiani and Calvin Ross will be appearing at Roosevelt College's Café Ventanas Thursday night from 6:00 to 7:00 PM as part of UCSD's ongoing Dining Hall promotion. They will be serving up their personally-selected menu item-chicken and steak fajitas.

The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 24 at Fairbank Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...Those interested in playing or sponsoring at the event should contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-8460.


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Sunday, December 21
W Basketball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
4:00 PM
UC San Diego
Monday, December 29
Swimming & Diving at San Diego State (W)/Air Force/Incarnate Word
2:00 PM
San Diego
Friday, January 02
W Basketball vs. Cal State Stanislaus
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Cal State Stanislaus
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, January 03
Swimming & Diving vs. Grand Canyon/Incarnate Word/San Diego State (W)
11:00 AM
UC San Diego
W Basketball vs. Chico State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Chico State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, January 04
Swimming & Diving vs. Colorado Mesa/Missouri S&T (M)/San Jose State (W)
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
Wednesday, January 07
M Volleyball at Concordia
7:00 PM
Irvine
Friday, January 09
Fencing at North American Cup
8:00 AM
Salt Lake City, UT
W Basketball vs. Sonoma State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Sonoma State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, January 10
Swimming & Diving at Loyola Marymount (W)/CSU Bakersfield
12:00 PM
Los Angeles
M Volleyball at Grand Canyon
1:00 PM
Phoenix, AZ
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