This Week’s Events
Tue., Feb. 16---W Basketball ---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---5:30 PM
Tue., Feb. 9---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay ---7:30 PM
Wed., Feb. 17---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---4:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 19---W Tennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 19---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 19---Baseball---UCSD vs. Chico State---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 19---W Basketball---UCSD at San Francisco Sate---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 19---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. BYU---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb.19---M Basketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 20---Fencing---UCSD at IFCSC Dual Meet---10:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 20---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 20---W Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 20---Track & Field---UCSD vs. CP Pomona, Claremont, SDSU---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 20---Baseball---UCSD vs. Chico State (DH)---11:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 20---W Water Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---12:00 PM
Sat., Feb.20---W Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 20---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. BYU---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 20---M Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 21---Baseball---UCSD vs. Chico State---11:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 21---W Tennis---UCSD at UC Davis---11:00 AM
SWIMMING & DIVING DEFENDS DUAL CONFERENCE TITLES
For the second straight year, both the men's and women's sides of Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving team returned from the Pacific Swim Conference Championships in Long Beach as winners…While the Triton men won in dominating fashion, scoring 1,535 pts. to finish 172 in front of runner-up Seattle, the UCSD women took it down to the final event of the meet, finishing with 1,379 pts. to edge second Loyola Marymount by just six…The Tritons emerged from the meet with 28 NCAA Division II Championship qualifiers, having increased their total by six at the PCSC’s…The NCAA meet is set for March 10-13 in Canton, OH.
The men garnered seven gold medals at the conference event, taking five individual races and two relays…Seniors Dan Perdew (100 free/44.63), Juan Pablo Carrillo (100 breast/55.44) and Jereme Barnett-Woods (1,650 free/15:51.09) were victorious in their final conference meet…They were joined at the top of the podium by junior transfer Chris Baier (500 free/4:32.74) and freshman diver Tyler Runstan (3-meter/363. pts.)… Baier was named Division II Male Swimmer of the Meet after dropping 10 seconds of his prelim time while running away from the 500 final field (which included four other Tritons) with a powerful closing 100 yds…The Tritons also registered wins in the 200 medley (Julius Espiritu, Carrillo, Perdew and Todd Langland/1:31.41) and 400 freestyle (Sam Stromberg, Todd Langland, Blake Langland and Perdew/3:00.63).
Likewise, the women produced seven first place performances, three by sublime sophomore Alex Henley…Henley not only captured the 200 (2:01.66) and 400 (4:20.82) individual medleys in school record time, she snagged the 200 backstroke (2:00.78) and set a school record in the 200 freestyle (1:48.85) while leading off the second place 800 free relay squad…Blue ribbon outings were also turned in by senior Danie Niculescu (1-meter diving-235.70 pts.), junior Anju Shimura (100 back/56.99) and freshman Beth Dong (1,650 free/17:11.70)…Shimura also led off the first place 200 medley relay team (1:44.38) that include Mercedes O’Brien, Jessica Ferguson and Katherine Tse...Henley was named the top Division II Female Swimmer and Niculescu was tabbed as the top diver.
MEN’S HOOPS SPLITS ON ROAD; HOSTS CSU EAST BAY TUESDAY
After splitting games during each of their last two weeks of conference action, the Men’s Basketball team (6-14) faces its only three-CCAA game week of the season beginning with Cal State East Bay (5-17/2-15) coming to La Jolla Tuesday...UC then faces San Francisco State (15-11/8-10) and Cal State Monterey Bay (7-16/5-13) on the road over the weekend…The Tritons are now 10th in the CCAA standings with a 5-12 mark…In first round league action they defeated East Bay (now 12th in the CCAA) while losing to SFSU (7th) and Monterey Bay (11th).
Last Friday night in Turlock, Coach Chris Carlson’s unit chalked up its second win of the year over Cal State Stanislaus, holding the Warriors to 29.8% shooting while prevailing, 56-48…Senior guard Jordan Lawley continued his torrid play, striking for 24 points (7-for-12) and 10 rebounds…Junior Casey Ryan contributed nine points and eight boards while sophomore Bryce Alvari scored eight off the bench in a 12-minute stint…UCSD, which was on top most of the way, led by six at halftime, was 10 up with seven minutes left and repelled the one real late run Stanislaus made…The Tritons shot 45.5% on the night.
In a game that was sloppy on both sides, UCSD saw a halftime deadlock disappear with 10 straight Chico State points to start the second half and the Wildcats went on from there to a 58-42 triumph…The two teams combined for 38 turnovers and both shot under 40% from the floor, but after Chico’s initial second half surge, UCSD was never able to get closer than six…Lawley scored 17 and sophomore Christian Hatch chipped in with 10 but nobody else had more than five…Ryan and freshman Justin Brue paced UCSD on the glass with seven rebounds apiece.
THREE-GAME WEEK ON TAP FOR 7TH-RANKED WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Coach Charity Elliott’s No. 7 Women’s Basketball team will tackle a three-game CCAA slate this week, starting tomorrow night at RIMAC Arena against Cal State East Bay (1-21/1-16 )…It will then be off to Northern California to square off against San Francisco State (13-13/9-9) Friday and Cal State Monterey Bay (15-7/11-7) Saturday …UCSD (20-2/15-2) is 1-0 against each of those three teams this season and comes into the week in first place, a game and a half up in the conference regular season title chase.
Last Friday night, the Tritons shot a scorching 59.6% from the field, scored the first 10 points of the game and had host Cal State Stanislaus down by 22 at intermission en route to an 83-60 triumph…Junior Chelsea Carlisle netted 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in just 21 minutes of action and senior Annette Ilg hit 5-of-6 shots and finished with 13 to show the way for the Tritons…Reserve junior Charity Smith was solid, canning four-of-five from the floor and pulling down a team high six rebounds…UCSD held the Warriors to 34.8% shooting.
Things didn’t go quite so smoothly the next night as the Tritons had their six-game win streak interrupted at Chico State, 77-67…UCSD suffered through its worst shooting night of the season (32.3%) and was beat on the boards by 12…Carlisle accounted for 18 points and four assists but knocked down just 5-of-17 shots…Junior Tiffany Hunter had 17 points and nine rebounds… The Wildcats scored the game’s first basket and never trailed in the first half, pushing their advantage to 11 points on several occasions…UCSD fought back, however, and eked ahead by one on Daisy Feder’s trey at the 15:28 mark of the second half…Chico's margin was only one with just under 10 minutes left but the Wildcats took charge from there to ice the result.
BASEBALL STARTS CCAA PLAY AT HOME VS. NO. 22 CHICO STATE
Sporting a 9-1 record after a convincing home sweep of Grand Canyon, the third-ranked Baseball team opens CCAA play at home this weekend against No. 22 Chico State…The Wildcats, perennial contenders in the conference race, are 4-0 on the year after brushing aside CCAA foe Cal State East Bay last weekend.
Using equal doses of offense, defense and pitching, the Tritons pummeled Grand Canyon, 6-0 and 16-2, in Friday’s series-opening twinbill…Junior Tim Shibuya, in his best performance to date, fired seven shutout innings to win game one…The 2009 All-American surrendered three hits while whiffing eight and walking just one to collect his third victory of the young season…Third sacker Evan Kehoe smacked three hits and Aaron Bauman and Brandon Gregorich both had multi-hit games but a “small ball” run in the first provided all the cushion Shibuya would need…The nightcap was over early as the Tritons racked up three straight four run innings (3-4-5) en route to 15 hits and a 14-run decision…Bauman had a dinger and Gregorich drove in three to lead the offense while junior Danny Simmons picked up his second win.
The thumping continued Saturday as O’Brien and Co. cruised to another sweep, 15-2, 15-0…Senior righthander Matt Rossman fired seven innings of one-run ball for his first win of the year in game one…The Tritons, who pounded out 18 hits, got two runs in the first and never looked back…Rightfielder Kyle Saul had a three-hit outing and Gregorich scored three times and drove in four…One of the latter's two hits was a two-run seventh-inning dinger…It was more of the same in game two as UCSD raked Grand Canyon pitching for 11 runs in the first three frames…Gregorich was again red hot, going 3-for-3 with three runs batted in…Saul had two hits, one a home run, and scored four times…Senior Kirby St. John put in a workmanlike four-inning performance for his second win of 2010.
UCSD opened the week with a 19-5 thrashing of No. 18 Western Oregon, concluding a perfect four-game, rain delayed set with the Wolves…Gregorich went 3-for-3 with five RBIs with a home run and Bauman and catcher Michael Benton also stroked roundtrippers… Shortstop Vance Albitz and Kehoe each had three of UCSD’s 24 hits and St. John got the start and the win.
Gregorich was named CCAA Player of the Week.
SOFTBALL CONTINUES CONFERENCE HOME STAND
Now 3-3 on the year and 2-2 in CCAA play after splitting a crazy four-game weekend series with Chico State, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team is back home for six games this week, hosting Cal State San Bernardino (0-2) for a pair Wednesday and then taking on Cal State East Bay (1-3) in back-to-back doubleheaders on the weekend.
Friday’s home opener at the new Triton Softball Stadium proved to be something less than a party for UCSD as visiting Chico State swept both ends of the doubleheader, 2-0 and 7-6…Sophomore Camille Gaito pitched well enough to win in the opener, yielding just six hits and striking out five but the Triton bats were able to muster just three hits… The Wildcats stormed out to a 7-0 lead in game two and then had to fend off a furious late inning rally by UCSD to secure a 7-6 victory…Still down, 7-2, heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Tritons plated four runs but ended the game with the bases loaded, one run short…Both clubs had 11 hits with seniors Nicole Saari and Mandi Eliades getting two apiece for UCSD…Saari also knocked in a pair.
The Tritons turned the tables Saturday…Gaito fired a complete game, two-hit, 4-0, shutout in the opener…UCSD scratched out the only run it would need in the first as leadoff hitter Katrin Gabriel singled, moved to second on a sacrifice, stole third and came home when the throw got away from Wildcat third baseman Rebecca Johnson… Gerckens’ charges pushed across three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth… Lyndsay Gaylord’s bases loaded bunt scored pinch runner Dyanna Imoto and then first baseman Jenn DeFazio roped a two-run double down the left field line…Gabriel had two of UCSD’s eight hits…Game two was a wild affair…The Wildcats racked up six runs in the first two innings and appeared to have things well in hand…But UCSD parlayed four hits, two walks and two hit batters into seven second inning runs to snatch the lead away from Chico…The Wildcats responded with three more in the third to go up, 9-7…It was 9-8, heading into the bottom of the sixth…Junior right fielder Kris Lesovsky smoked a double to the center field wall to open matters and scored two batters later on freshman Nicole Spangler’s single…Imoto, running for Spangler, advanced to third on an error and crossed the plate with the winning run on Kellin Haley’s ground out…Gaito, who came off the bench to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, accrued her third win of the season.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS THIRD-RANKED BYU FOR PAIR
The parade of nationally-ranked opponents continues for the Men’s Volleyball team which welcomes No. 3 Brigham Young (7-4) to RIMAC Arena for back-to-back match-ups Friday and Saturday…Playing well, just not well enough to win, last week, the No. 13 Tritons (4-9/1-7) dropped a pair of home matches to No. 1 Cal State Northridge and No. 10 UC Santa Barbara last weekend.
Friday, against the top-ranked Matadors, Frank Fritsch (17), Joel Davidson (11) and Jason Spangler (10) all reached double figures in the kills column but it was not enough to keep Northridge from sweeping the Tritons, 3-0 ( 30-26, 30-26, 30-27)…The team hitting numbers slightly favored CSUN and UCSD had a small edge in the blocking category, but all three sets followed a similar pattern—the score reflecting a sideout battle until the late stages which Northridge owned…Sophomore Andrew Kaban registered a game high 11 digs.
Twenty-four hours later, UCSD and UC Santa Barbara waged their third five-set battle of the season and for the second time, the Gauchos prevailed, 3-2 (28-30, 33-31, 30-21, 28-30, 16-14)…Spangler hammered 23 kills, Davidson 19 and UCSD hit .245 as a team, but the Tritons couldn’t seem to get the key kill at the key time…The conclusion of game two may have revealed the telling moment in this one…A Davidson ace put UCSD up, 26-23, but UCSB rallied to score the next three points in a row…The Gauchos had game point at 29-28, but UCSD showed some mettle of its own, scoring three of the next four to earn game point at 31-30…But UCSB again scored three straight, the final two on Triton hitting errors, to knot the match at one set apiece…A similar scenario played out in the decisive fifth set with UCSD bouncing back from a three-point deficit to tie things at 10, only to see UCSB ultimately grind out the decision…The Tritons got solid contributions off the bench from Cyrus Kiani and Alex Simon who combined for 17 kills.
LMU ROAD TEST NEXT FOR WOMEN’S WATER POLO
On the heels of two tight road losses, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp’s Women’s Water Polo squad will make the trek to Los Angeles Saturday to confront Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) pre-season favorite Loyola Marymount (4-1), the nation’s seventh-ranked team and winner of the 16-team Triton Invitational two weeks ago…UCSD brings a 2-8 ledger into the weekend.
Tied, 4-4, at halftime against host Long Beach State last Friday, the Tritons relinquished four consecutive goals to open up the second half and wound up on the short end of a 9-6 final score…Junior Hanalei Crowell found the cage three times for UCSD… Kreutzkamp’s club took No. 11 UC Irvine to the wire the next day, only to succumb, 9-8, as the Anteaters netted the winning tally with less than three minutes remaining…In this one, Irvine held a 5-3 halftime advantage but UCSD punched back to deadlock the game at six…The two teams exchanged goals until UCI broke an 8-8 tie at 2:37…Crowell picked up three more goals, a total matched by sophomore Kirsten Bates.
BIG PHOENIX WEEKEND FOR MEN’S TENNIS
A grueling, but impressive five-match in three days trek to Phoenix has earned Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team this week off…The No. 35 Tritons will be back in action, Feb. 26, when they host Fresno Pacific.
UCSD emerged with four wins in its five contests at last week’s Division II Paseo Tournament in Arizona…The Tritons swept all six singles matches, five in straight sets, while thumping host Grand Canyon, 8-1, in Friday’s opener…Later in the day, longtime regional rival BYU-Hawaii, ranked 27th, handed UCSD its only loss of the weekend, 5-4…UCSD’s Erik Elliott teamed with Jake Fellow for the Tritons’ lone doubles win and then dusted off Rong Ma, the nation's No. 10-ranked D-II player, in singles.
Saturday, UCSD dumped Western New Mexico, 7-2, with Elliott, Fellow and Sam Ling all posting doubles and singles triumphs…Then, Steidlmayer’s crew finished matters up Sunday with victories over Montana State-Billings, 8-1, and No. 25 Midwestern State, 6-3…UCSD swept doubles vs. the former and got another two-win performance from Elliott in the latter…Senior Vincent Nguyen (No. 4) remains undefeated in singles play on the year.
WOMEN’S TENNIS OPENS WITH CONVINCING VICTORY
With early season rainouts finally in the background, Coach Liz LaPlante’s 19th-ranked Women’s Tennis team hit the court for the first time last Friday and made its debut a successful one, routing visiting Sonoma State, 8-1…The victory extended UCSD’s CCAA winning streak to 60 consecutive matches…The Tritons will now travel to Sonoma State and Cal State Stanislaus for conference clashes this weekend and close out the trip at Division I UC Davis Sunday.
A gritty, 9-8, win by Taskeen Bains and Natalie Varnay at No. 1 led UCSD to a doubles sweep that provided an early, 3-0, cushion vs. Sonoma Friday…Bains was impressive winning, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1 singles and LaPlante also got straight set victories from Cindy Dao (No. 3), Katie Mulloy (No. 5) and Samantha Yeung (No. 6) as well as a three-set triumph at No. 4 by Valerie Tang...Bains' efforts won her the season's first CCAA Player of the Week recognition.
GOLFERS FIFTH IN SAN MARCOS TOURNEY
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team will take a hiatus this week after finishing fifth at the 12-team Cal State San Marcos Invitational last Monday and Tuesday…The Tritons will be back in action, Feb. 22-23, at the St. Edwards Invitational in Austin, TX.
At the San Marcos event, held at San Luis Rey Downs Country Club in Bonsall, UCSD posted a 54-hole total of 907 which put them 39 strokes behind first place Holy Names… Freshman Anubhav Rastogi and junior Keith Okasaki were UCSD's top individuals, carding matching 227's which left them tied for 20th...Rastogi's final round 70 was the Tritons' best 18 of the tournament.
NEWS & NOTES
This week’s edition of UCSD’s online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten, will feature men’s basketball coach Chris Carlson, baseball coach Dan O’Brien and swimming star Alexandra Henley…The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will send their Track & Field squad out for its 2010 debut Saturday as UCSD hosts CCAA rival Cal Poly Pomona, Division III Claremont and crosstown D-I rival San Diego State…Among the returning luminaries for the Tritons are defending NCAA champions Linda Rainwater (heptathlon, high jump) and Christine Merrill (hurdles), Kelly Fogarty (sprints), Leon Baham (hurdles), Fred Cook (throws) and Nick Howe (javelin).
Hoping to clinch repeat conference crowns in both the men’s and women’s divisions, Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team will travel to Irvine Saturday to duel IFCSC adversaries UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State.
The UCSD Athletic Department’s weekly Dining Hall promotion, Taste of the Tritons, will highlight softball standouts Kris Lesovsky and Katrin Gabriel…The outfield pair will appear at Marshall College’s Ocean View Terrace, Thursday night from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, serving up a specially-selected menu item—chocolate chip pancakes (breakfast for dinner).
The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 24 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe…Those interested in playing or sponsoring the event should contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-4860.
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