Release: Monday 02/22/2010 
Charity Elliott and the Women's Basketball team hunt for a second straight CCAA title this week.
Charity Elliott and the Women's Basketball team...
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Mon., Feb. 22---Golf---UCSD at St. Edwards Invitational---All Day

Tue., Feb. 23---Golf---UCSD at St. Edwards Invitational---All Day

Wed., Feb. 24---W Basketball ---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Wed., Feb. 24---M Volleyball---UCSD at UCLA---7:00 PM
Wed., Feb. 24---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State ---7:30 PM

Fri., Feb. 26---Softball---UCSD at Sonoma State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 26---W Tennis---UCSD vs. Fresno Pacific---1:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 26---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 26---M Tennis---UCSD vs. Fresno Pacific---3:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 26---W Basketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 26---M Volleyball---UCSD at UC Irvine---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 26---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 27---W Water Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Tournament---All Day
Sat., Feb. 27---Crew---UCSD at San Diego City Championships---7:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 27---Track & Field---UCSD at All-Cal Championships---10:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 27---Softball---UCSD at Sonoma State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 27---W Tennis---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 27---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 27---M Tennis---UCSD at UC Riverside ---Noon

Sun., Feb. 28---W Water Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Tournament---All Day
Sun., Feb. 28---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---11:00 AM

After dropping to No. 11 in the national polls, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team copped two victories but also lost for the second time in four games last week and now returns home to close out the regular season, facing Sonoma State (10-15/8-12)) Wednesday and Humboldt State (16-8/14-6) Friday...The Tritons, 22-3 (17-3) in CCAA action, hold a one game lead in their quest for back-to-back conference regular season crowns...Sonoma State comes in ninth while Humboldt State, which handed UCSD one of its conference losses, is tied for third.

In a rare Tuesday night home appearance, the Tritons laid a 50-29 first half blitz on visiting Cal State East Bay and ended up with a season high point total, sending the Pioneers limping home, 96-73...Point guard Chelsea Carlisle notched a game high 22 points and Tiffany Hunter and Annette Ilg both recorded double doubles in the rout...Hunter produced 21 points and 10 rebounds while Ilg chalked up 13 points, 11 boards and four assists...Carlisle also had five assists and sophomore Daisy Feder chipped in with 10 points as the Tritons shot 50.8% as a team, hammered the Pioneers, 47-29, on the glass and came up with 26 turnovers.

Friday night, UCSD had to play grind it out ball in a 58-50 triumph at San Francisco State...Down, 26-22, at halftime, Lauren Freidenberg and Annette Ilg combined to score the first nine points of the second half and the Tritons led all the way to the wire...Shooting 43.4% on the night, UCSD got 14 points and six assists from sophomore Chelsea Carlisle, 11 points and nine rebounds from Hunter and 12 markers out of Ilg...Defensively, UCSD forced the Gators to cough up the basketball 22 times.

The Tritons were unable to get out of the week unscathed, enduring a 68-57 upset Saturday at Cal State Monterey Bay...The contest went back-and-forth all night but with matters deadlocked at 53 with 3:15 to go, the Otters went on an 8-1 surge that proved decisive...Hunter delivered 18 points and nine rebounds for UCSD, Carlisle added 17 and both hit 50% from the floor...The Tritons took care of the ball, turning it over just nine times but were out-shot, beaten by 11 on the glass and converted just three from beyond the arc.

Continuing to show improvement, Coach Chris Carlson's young Men's Basketball team grabbed two wins in three games last week to lift its season record to 8-15...The Tritons, who have won four of their last six, are now 7-13 in conference play and stand ninth in the CCAA standings...Unfortunately, they are still two games out of a berth in the CCAA Championship Tournament with just two to go...Those two will be at home against Sonoma State (10-15/9-11) Wednesday and Humboldt State (19-6/16-4) Friday... Sonoma is tied for seventh and Humboldt tied for first in league action.

Last Tuesday, Tyler Acevedo knocked down five threes and the Triton defense held visiting Cal State East Bay to a paltry 27.6% from the floor in a 67-48 victory...Acevedo finished with a game high 19 points and seven rebounds...Sophomore Christian Hatch registered a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while freshman Dylan Bohanan came off the bench to chip in with 10...UCSD was able to win despite the fact that senior Jordan Lawley, the CCAA's leading scorer, had an off night, scoring just nine points...The Tritons had a huge, 53-35, edge on the boards and led all but the first few seconds of the game.

Lawley was back on the beam with 19 points Friday at San Francisco State but a lackluster second half left UCSD on the short end of a 61-50 final...Hatch had 10 points, but the Tritons shot just 37.2% for the night and were minus-7 on the glass...Trailing by just a point at intermission, UCSD was never able to get the lead in the second half as the Gators methodically pulled away.

Saturday, the Tritons avenged a home loss earlier in the season, riding Lawley's 28 markers to a 78-74 triumph at Cal State Monterey Bay...Down, 10-2, out of the chute, UCSD used an 11-0 run to take back the lead and still owned a four-point margin at the break...Although the gap never got higher than nine, the Tritons were in control throughout the second 20 minutes...Hatch (19) and Acevedo (12) scored in double figures and senior Casey Ryan's 13 rebounds enabled UCSD to finish with a 37-33 edge on the boards.

After getting off to a rough start in conference play, the No. 3 Baseball team showed its grit in splitting a four-game series with No. 23 Chico State last weekend...Coach Dan O'Brien's club now hosts Cal State Monterey Bay (2-11/1-7) for a four-game set this weekend...UCSD comes into the Monterey Bay series 11-3 overall but 2-2 in conference play and sixth in the 11-team loop.

The entire Chico State series was a knockdown alley fight with the teams delivering and absorbing blows all weekend...The Wildcats won game one in dramatic fashion, scoring seven runs in the top of the ninth inning and then surviving UCSD's three-run bottom of the ninth for a 10-9 victory...Right fielder Kyle Saul went 3-for-4 with the biggest hit a three-run homer in the last inning...He scored three times and drove in four... Starter Tim Shibuya pitched well enough to win, going eight and a third with nine K's , but the bullpen was unable to keep Chico State at bay...Game two had a similar storyline as the Wildcats scored in their final at bat to tie the contest, 6-6, and then won it, 9-6, with a three-run 11th inning...Catcher Kellen Lee, back in the lineup after a hand injury, rapped four hits, including a triple and his first home run.

Backs against the wall, UCSD responded in clutch style Saturday, out-gutting the Wildcats, 4-3, behind senior right hander Matt Rossman...After giving up three early tallies, Rossman settled in and shut Chico State out over the final seven innings, striking out five while registering his second win of the campaign...UCSD totaled 11 hits on the afternoon with Robert Sedin's leadoff double keying a two-run fifth that turned the tide.

O'Brien & Co. earned their split with an 8-7 triumph Sunday...In yet another rollercoaster contest, Chico scored four in the second, UCSD retaliated with a pair of three-run innings and pushed ahead, 7-4...Chico plated three runs over the seventh and eighth to tie it at seven...But Michael Benton's eighth inning sacrifice fly scored Saul with the game winner as sophomore Elias Tuma stopped Chico in the ninth, finishing off a two and two-thirds inning stint for the first victory of his career...The keystone combo of shortstop Vance Albitz and second sacker Conor Coleman had two  hits apiece while Benton and Aaron Bauman each had a pair of RBIs.

Now 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the CCAA after taking 3-of-4 at home against Cal State East Bay last weekend, the Softball team will go on the road this Friday and Saturday for a pair of doubleheaders against third place Sonoma State (7-3/3-1)...Game dates and times are subject to change due to potential rainstorms in the area.

On Friday, Coach Patti Gerckens got back-to-back complete game pitching performances from sophomore Camille Gaito and senior Christine Zankich as the Tritons swept East Bay, 9-0, 3-1...UCSD mercy-ruled the Pioneers in the opener, scoring four in the second and five more in the fourth as Gaito scattered five hits to pick up her fourth victory of the season...The bottom four slots in the order accounted for six of UCSD's seven hits (all singles)...Right fielder Kellin Haley and left fielder Rhianna Ousley each collected two hits, scored two and drove in one...Juniors Jenn DeFazio and Katrin Gabriel both had a pair of RBIs...Zankich tossed a five-hitter of her own while getting her second win of the year in game two...In this one, UCSD broke 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth...Kris Lesovsky's one out double started things...She was plated by senior Nicole Saari's triple and then freshman Nicole Spangler drove in pinch runner Lyndsay Gaylord to provide insurance...Lesovsky and Saari both had two hits.

The Tritons made it three in a row Saturday morning as Gaito stifled East Bay, 3-0... UCSD pounded out nine hits with Lesovsky, Saari and freshman second baseman Dyanna Imoto smacking two apiece...Five of those hits came in a two-run fifth that iced the game for the Tritons...Three UCSD errors led two unearned runs in 4-3 loss in the series finale...Lesovsky and Gabriel recorded two hits each and senior shortstop Mandi Eliades drove in two...Down, 4-1, heading into the final frame, UCSD rallied to within one run but Saari lined out with the tying run on third to end the contest.

On a Friday night when senior Jason Spangler set a new career record for kills, it seemed like there was a little bit of everything but a win for UCSD against No. 5 BYU...The Cougars rebounded from a first set loss to post a 3-1 (26-30, 32-30, 30-28, 30-27) decision...It was a case of missed opportunities for the Tritons who led, 29-27, before surrendering five of the last six points of game two and were tied with BYU at 28 in game three before stumbling at crunch time...The 10th of Spangler's 14 kills gave him the career mark of 1,302, knocking Jim Waller out of the record book...Junior Joel Davidson had a team high 18 kills and middle blocker Cyrus Kiani added 12...Junior setter Phil Bannan accumulated 44 assists, two aces and five digs while libero Andrew Kaban dug 13 balls.

Twenty-four hours later, the second half of the two-match series was not as close...The Cougars, hitting .352 and dominating the net, rolled to a 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-25) conquest...Spangler had 10 more kills and four aces to lead UCSD...Coach Kevin Ring's 14th-ranked squad (4-11/1-9 MPSF) will be on the road Wednesday and Friday, facing off against No. 6 UCLA and No. 11 UC Irvine.

Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo, improving weekly but looking for the results to prove it, will travel to Orange County this weekend for the UC Irvine Invitational...The Tritons (2-9), who have seven losses against teams ranked 13th or higher nationally, will not see things get easier in Irvine where they clash with No. 1 Stanford in their 9:00 AM Saturday opener at Corona del Mar H.S....They will face either Cal State Northridge or Arizona State that afternoon and Sunday's schedule will be determined by Saturday's outcomes.

Last Saturday, UCSD was again on the verge of a breakthrough performance but didn't quite get there...Down just 5-4 at  halftime to No. 7 host Loyola Marymount, the Tritons watched the Lions deliver five unanswered second half goals in a 10-4 loss...Seniors Audra Bloom and Stephanie Heinrich, junior Stephanie Sasaki and sophomore Kirsten Bates scored for UCSD.

Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team repeated as champion of the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) on both the men's and women's sides by sweeping past conference rivals USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State, Saturday in Irvine...Next up for the Tritons will be the NCAA West Regional, which UCSD will host, March 13.

The Tritons won competition in five of the six individual weapons Saturday and placed second in men's epee...Turning in perfect, 12-0, performances for Runyan in Irvine were Pilar Alicea (w-foil), Amy Bianchini (w-epee), Christopher Bonner (m-sabre) and Nalin Desai (m-foil)...Five others, Jonathan Ott (m-sabre), Joseph Schenkel (m-foil), Casey Gillcrist (w-epee), Victoria Mo (w-epee) and Rose Forcier (w-foil) went 11-1.

Over the course of the season, four Tritons finished first in their disciplines-Bonner (m-sabre), who was undefeated on the year, Schenkel (m-foil), Alicea (w-foil) and Mo (w-epee).

After posting a 2-1 record on a grueling three-match in three days Northern California road trip, Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team will be home Friday to host NAIA foe Fresno Pacific and then tussle with CCAA rival Cal State L.A. on the road Saturday...The No. 19 Tritons are 3-1 overall and head up the conference standings with a perfect 3-0 mark.

UCSD opened last week's sojourn with its second, 8-1, romp over Sonoma State...The Tritons swept doubles by a combined score of 24-8 and scored two-set sweeps at Nos. 2-6 singles...LaPlante's squad pushed its consecutive win streak against CCAA opponents to 61 the next day, turning away a stern challenge from host Cal State Stanislaus, 5-4...The Warriors got a jump on the Tritons by taking two of three doubles matches but UCSD tied it at four with straight set singles wins from Cindy Dao (#3), Valerie Tang (#4) and Samantha Yeung (#6), the former pair prevailing in second set tiebreakers...That left the verdict up to sophomore Katie Mulloy (#5) in the final singles slot...After letting a 4-1 advantage slip to 4-3, she turned things around for a 6-3 win...Sunday, UCSD side-stepped the NorCal rains but had no such luck with Division I UC Davis which handily defeated the tired Tritons, 7-0.

Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team saw its three-match win streak snapped, 8-1, at Azusa Pacific, the No. 5-ranked NAIA squad...The loss dropped the Tritons to 4-3 on the season...Freshman Junya Yoshida's, 6-3, 6-3, sweep at No. 6 singles upped his record to 4-0 on the year...Friday, UCSD will battle the top team in the NAIA, Fresno Pacific, on the North Courts, before traveling to D-I UC Riverside the next afternoon.

The Track & Field team opened 2010 on a high note, easily outpointing all rivals in Saturday's multi-team meet at the Triton Track & Field Stadium while racking up a pair of automatic NCAA Division II Championship qualifying marks and another half dozen-plus provisional qualifying performances...In the team competition, Coach Darcy Ahner's women garnered 213 points, nearly double that of second place San Diego State (108) while the 152 points compiled by Coach Tony Salerno's men gave them a comfortable 46-point cushion over runner-up Claremont.

The women finished with eight individual wins, highlighted by the auto-qualifying victories of senior Linda Rainwater in the high jump (5-9.25) and junior Stephanie LeFever's school record-tying leap of 19-10.75 in the long jump...Hurdler Christine Merrill took both events---100 (14.23) & 400 (1:01.38)---in her specialty and sprinter Kelly Fogarty was also a double winner (100/11.93 & 200/24.78)...Joining that pair on the women's blue ribbon-winning/provisional qualifying list were Marie Archer (hammer/163-5) and Theresa Richards (javelin/136-3).

Senior hurdler Leon Baham was the lone male hitting an NCAA standard, grabbing a provisional berth while winning the 400 intermediate hurdles in 53.67...Salerno's crew amassed four other event wins courtesy of Dan Nguyen (100/11.44), Tobias Haswell (400/49.09), Andrew Tran (triple jump/-1.75) and Nick Howe (javelin/188-10).

This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature Triton basketball coaches Charity Elliott and Chris Carlson, as well as senior pitcher Matt Rossman from the UCSD baseball team...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.

Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team is back on the links, starting the 54-hole St. Edwards Invitational with 36 holes today...The Division II tournament, being held at Grey Rock Country Club in Austin, TX, concludes with 18 holes Tuesday.

Both ends of the Wednesday (Sonoma State) and Saturday (Humboldt State) basketball doubleheaders, as well as the first game of Saturday's baseball doubleheader vs. Cal State Monterey Bay, will be streamed live at http://ucsdtritons.com...Again, Craig Elsten will be calling the play-by-play.

The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates (TAA) Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, May 24, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...For more information on playing or sponsorship opportunities, contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-8460.

For more information on Triton sports, check our website at http://ucsdtritons.com.

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