THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Mar. 1---M Golf---UCSD at CSU San Bernardino Invitational---All Day
Mon., Mar. 1---M Tennis---UCSD vs. Villanova---1:00 PM
Mon., Mar. 1---W Tennis---UCSD vs. Villanova---3:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 2---M Golf---UCSD at CSU San Bernardino Invitational---All Day
Tue., Mar. 2---M Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 2---W Basketball---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 3---W Tennis---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---1:00 PM
Thur., Mar. 4---M Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Champ.---All Day
Fri., Mar. 5---M Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Champ.---All Day
Fri., Mar. 5---Softball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 5---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 5---W Water Polo---UCSD vs. Santa Clara---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 5---M Volleyball---UCSD at Stanford---7:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 5---W Basketball---UCSD at CCAA Tournament Semi-Finals---TBA
Sat., Mar. 6---M Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Champ.---All Day
Sat., Mar. 6---M-W Crew---UC San Diego Regatta ---7:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 6---Softball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 6---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 6---W Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 6---Track & Field---UCSD hosts S.D. City Championships---12:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 6---M Volleyball---UCSD at Pacific---8:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 6---W Basketball---UCSD at CCAA Tournament Championship---TBA
Sun., Mar. 7---M Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Champ.---All Day
Sun., Mar. 7---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---11:00 AM
W BASKETBALL WINS CCAA TITLE; CONFERENCE TOURNEY NEXT
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team, CCAA regular season champion for the second consecutive year, takes its first post-season step of 2010 tomorrow night when it hosts eighth place Cal State Dominguez Hills (10-17) in the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament...Tip-off is at 7:00 PM with the winner advancing to the semi-finals Friday at Humboldt State...The tourney title game is Saturday at the same venue...The Tritons, now ranked 14th nationally, concluded the regular season at 24-3 ...They defeated Dominguez Hills in both regular season clashes.
Elliott's club didn't dominate in any one phase last Wednesday night but did more than enough to subdue Sonoma State, 68-52, at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons finished comfortably on the plus side in shooting percentage, rebounding and turnovers and had already built a 13-pt. edge by halftime...Sophomore point guard Chelsea Carlisle's 11 points was best among the 11 players who cracked the scoring column and she also recorded eight assists, four rebounds and two steals...Junior forward Tiffany Hunter rang up 10 points and nine boards in the win.
Shooting a solid 46.9% from the floor, dominating the boards to the tune of 48-27 and piling up 23 turnovers, UCSD dominated Humboldt State, 86-51, in its regular season finale Friday night at RIMAC Arena...The Lumberjacks, pressing end-to-end, caused some problems for the Tritons in the early going but UCSD's depth and will eventually took over and a 25-8 run put the home team in clear command, 42-25, at halftime...The theme continued in the second half as UCSD avenged its first loss of the season, Jan. 21 in Humboldt...Friday was Senior Night, but two "youngsters," Carlisle (20 pts.) and Hunter (13) paced the Triton offense...Carlisle, particularly, was on her game, handing out seven assists and grabbing three board in just 23 minutes...Hunter's seven rebounds were a game high...Seniors Annette Ilg, Leilani Martin, Erin Noonan and Kristen Cabral combined for 23 points.
Listen to comments from Coach Charity Elliott after Friday's game vs. HSU.
BASEBALL HITS ROAD AFTER SWEEP OF MONTEREY BAY
Coach Dan O'Brien's fourth-ranked Baseball team, fresh off a four-game home sweep of Cal State Monterey Bay and hitting a cumulative .387, gets its first road test of the season this week when it travels to Hayward for a four-game set against CCAA newcomer Cal State East Bay (4-9-1/1-6)...The Tritons boast a 15-3 overall mark, are 6-2 in conference and have moved up to a tie for second in the loop standings.
Supremacy on the mound produced a 10-3, 9-2 sweep in Friday's series-opening doubleheader vs. Monterey Bay...Ace Tim Shibuya snagged win No. 4 with a complete game six-hitter in game one...He yielded a single earned run and struck out five...His teammates provided plenty of early support, scoring three on four hits in the first and another pair in the third...Red hot right fielder Kyle Saul ripped three hits, scored three times and cranked one of three UCSD home runs...Vance Albitz and Aaron Bauman hit the others...In the nightcap, senior Guido Knudson, making his first start of the season, procured his second win, blanking the Otters on a single hit in his five inning stint...A six-run second inning, keyed by second baseman Matt Hubbard's single that drove in the first two, complemented Knudson's performance...Saul went 3-for-3, Hubbard drove in three and for the second straight game, five other Tritons joined Saul with multi-hit games.
Following a Saturday rainout, UCSD picked up where it left off Sunday sweeping a second twinbill in comfortable fashion, 12-1, 9-3...The Tritons made good use of some shoddy Otter fielding to hoard eight runs in the first four innings of the opener while getting just five hits...Meanwhile, senior Matt Rossman (3-0) was mowing down the Monterey hitters, going seven innings without giving up an earned run...Freshman Austin Hill and junior closer Danny Simmons finished the job on the mound...UCSD ended up with 14 hits, coaxed six walks out of the Otter hurlers and stole three bases ...Center fielder Robert Sedin went 3-for-4 scoring two runs and driving in a pair while junior left fielder Bauman had just one hit but walked three times and seemed to consistently be in the middle of the action... Senior Kirby St. John handled the pitching chores in the nightcap, going seven innings for his third win...After a rocky first three innings in which Monterey got seven of its eight hits and all three runs, St. John shut out the otters on one hit for four innings before the senior duo of Sean Greer and Eric Abraham closed the door...Saul rapped three more hits and Albitz, Bauman, Hubbard and Mike Benton had two each...Albitz tagged his third homer of the year.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with pitcher Matt Rossman.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with shortstop Vance Albitz.
Hear Sunday post-game comments from Head Coach Dan O'Brien.
SOFTBALL PLAYS FOUR AT SAN FRANCISCO STATE
On the heels of a 1-3 performance at Sonoma State, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team returns to Northern California this weekend to battle San Francisco State (9-3/7-1) in a pair of doubleheaders, Friday and Saturday...The Tritons come in 8-8 overall and 6-6 in CCAA play...They are tied for fifth on the CCAA's leader board while SFSU is tied for first.
Lack of punch resulted in last Friday's (3-0, 4-2) doubleheader loss...Sophomore Camille Gaito gave up just six hits and struck out eight in the opener, but the opportunistic Seawolves still managed to plate three runs, one unearned...UCSD, which had just four hits in game one, produced the same number in game two...Still, the Tritons owned a 2-1 lead after three frames, only to watch Sonoma score three in the bottom of the fourth to take command of the game...Center fielder Kris Lesovsky had a pair of singles and an RBI for UCSD...Senior Christine Zankich got the start and absorbed the loss, going five and two-thirds innings.
Gaito left nothing to chance in Sunday's first game, shutting out Sonoma on six hits as the Tritons rebounded with a 2-0 victory...Gaito fanned four and didn't walk a batter to gain her sixth win of the season...Left fielder Kellin Haley cracked her first home run as a Triton in the second inning and Lesovsky's two-out single in the seventh drove home Dyanna Imoto with an insurance tally...UCSD had every opportunity to depart Sonoma with a split before dropping game two, 4-3...Gerckens' squad was up, 2-1, after three and a half innings but the Seawolves scored two in the fourth to go ahead, 3-2...Lesovsky led off the sixth with a double and came home on freshman Nicole Spangler's single to knot the score at three...Sonoma re-acquired the lead in the bottom of the sixth and UCSD let second and third with one out and bases loaded with two outs slip through its grasp in the final at bat...Lesovsky had two hits and a walk for the Tritons and Brittany Sheets took the loss in relief.
MEN'S HOOPS FINISHES JUST OUTSIDE CCAA TOURNEY FIELD
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball squad saw its season finish short of a CCAA Tournament berth for the first time in his three-year tenure...The Tritons wrapped the campaign up with an 8-17 overall record, were 7-15 in the CCAA and wound up ninth in the conference standings...The top eight comprise the CCAA Tournament field.
Last Wednesday, an uninspired second half led to a 70-57 home loss to Sonoma State...Senior Jordan Lawley's 15 points provided the high water mark for UCSD offensively with Christian Hatch and freshman Dylan Bohanan accounting for eight apiece...Another freshman, Justin Brue grabbed a team best eight rebounds...The Tritons shot just 37% and were out-rebounded, 39-31.
In its final outing of the year, UCSD shot 53.7%, matched its opponent on the glass and made first place Humboldt State work from start to finish but in the end, the result was an 87-79 defeat...The Tritons had the early edge but Humboldt grabbed the reins about midway through the first half and were in front by eight at intermission...The lead ballooned to 15 at the 16:26 mark but the Lumberjacks couldn't put UCSD away and Carlson's club cut the margin to four and had possession with 1:37 remaining but Lawley's fallaway baseline jumper missed the mark and HSU pulled away with a late parade of free throws...Hatch continued his late-season surge, hitting 8-of-11, finishing with 18 points and seven rebounds...Seniors Tyler Acevedo (16) and Lawley (14) closed their UCSD careers with double figure performances.
Watch Friday night's interview with Jordan Lawley following Humboldt State game.
TRITON SPIKERS CRUSH NO. 3 UCLA
After earning a split on the road last week, the 14th-ranked Men's Volleyball team takes to the highway again this weekend, hooking up with No. 2 Stanford (10-4) Friday night and taking on Pacific (6-12) Saturday...UCSD will bring a 5-12 overall ledger to Northern California...Coach Kevin Ring's outfit is 2-10 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play...This will be their first meeting of the year with these two opponents.
Making a habit out of it, the Tritons stunned traditional power UCLA for the third year in a row, toppling the Bruins, 3-0 (30-22, 30-25, 30-26), at Pauley Pavilion...No. 3 UCLA was coming off a victory over No. 1 Cal State Northridge the previous week...Taking charge from the outset, UCSD stormed to a 20-9 advantage en route to their game one win... With the second set deadlocked at 16, the Tritons pulled away to go up, 2-0...Then, Ring's club scored six of the final eight points to clinch game three and the match...The Tritons hit a blistering .472 on the night compared to .260 for UCLA...Senior Frank Fritsch led the offensive assault with 16 kills (.417) with help from Joel Davidson (12) and Jason Spangler (11)...Junior setter Phil Bannan dished out 48 assists and had seven digs.
There was no such happy ending Friday night as defending NCAA titlist UC Irvine subdued the visiting Tritons, 3-1 (30-15, 30-25, 29-31, 30-23)...A disastrous first set, that included a negative hitting percentage, put UCSD in a hole from which it never recovered...The Tritons gained some traction, hitting .417 while winning the third, the final two points coming on Davidson kills, but Irvine turned the heat back up in game four to claim the match...Davidson finished with 19 kills and two aces while hitting .333 and Spangler got credit for 14...Bannan piled up 47 assists to go with a match high 15 digs and freshman Chase Frishman also reached double figures in the dig column with 11.
POLO TANGLES WITH SANTA CLARA FRIDAY AT CANYONVIEW
Looking for its first back-to-back wins of the season, the Women's Water Polo team faces Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) rival Santa Clara Friday night at Canyonview Pool...Coach Brad Kreutzkamp and Co. sport a 3-12 season mark after going 1-3 at last weekend's UCI Invitational...All three losses came to teams ranked 13th or higher nationally, including two in the top 10.
Saturday morning, the Tritons got goals from Audra Bloom, Hanalei Crowell and Jessica Tran but were no match for top-ranked Stanford as the Cardinal raced out to a 12-1 lead en route to a 15-3 triumph...Poll-climbing Cal State Northridge, now No. 9 in the nation, got up early and made it stick, stopping UCSD, 12-7, that afternoon...Senior Stephanie Heinrich and sophomore Kirsten Bates accounted for two goals each in the defeat...In the cage, senior Markayla Quane made 16 stops in the two contests.
Sunday morning, No. 13 San Diego State broke a 3-3 halftime deadlock with a pair of quick third period goals and went on to knock off UCSD, 9-5...Bloom found the back of the net three times and Quane rejected nine Aztec shots...Sunday afternoon, the Tritons finally found cause to celebrate, breaking a six-game losing skid with a crazy, 10-9 victory over Long Beach State...Crazy, not only because it was the first win in three tries against the 49ers all year, but because it was accomplished without senior starter Stephanie Heinrich (out with an injury that also caused here to miss the SDSU game) and finished with starters Stephanie Bocian, Bloom and Bates all on the bench with three ejections...Long Beach jumped out to a 2-0 lead but five unanswered Triton goals provided a 5-2 first period margin...UCSD still held a three-goal edge (7-4) at halftime and the 49ers eventually rallied to tie things at seven in the fourth quarter... The Tritons scored the next three goals but LB staged a final rally to pull within one and had possession and a chance to tie with less than 30 seconds to go...Quane's ninth save snuffed the comeback hopes...Bates recorded four goals while Bloom and Tran notched two apiece...After going an incredible 0-for-17 in man-up situations the first day of the tournament, UCSD went 7-for-15 with the 6-on-5 advantage against Long Beach.
TRITON CREWS HOST UC SAN DIEGO REGATTA SATURDAY
Coaches Zach Johnson and Pattie Pinkerton will finally get their respective Rowing teams on the water Saturday when they host the UC San Diego Regatta on Mission Bay...Expected to participate are UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State... USD will take part on the men's side only...Last weekend's scheduled season-opening S.D. City Championships was washed out by rain and a tsunami warning.
WOMEN'S TENNIS STAYS UNBEATEN IN LEAGUE ACTION
After pushing its CCAA undefeated string to 63 consecutive dual matches, the No. 19 Women's Tennis team will look to add to more notches to that streak this week when it goes to Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona...Coach Liz LaPlante's troops will open the week Monday, hosting Division I Villanova.
Last Friday, undefeated Fresno Pacific, ranked No. 2 in the NAIA polls, proved too much to handle, downing the Tritons, 6-3...The two teams opened with singles and the Sunbirds coasted to five wins in the six contests...Freshman Melissa Breisacher at No. 6 was the only UCSD player to emerge victorious...The Tritons came back to capture two doubles bouts as Anita Athevale-Jacquelyn Davis won at No.2 and Cindy Dao-Valerie Tang did the same at No. 3.
UCSD bounced back quickly from the loss, squashing host Cal State L.A., 8-1, Sunday for its 63rd conference win in a row...The Tritons swept doubles and won singles at Nos. 2-6...Natalie Varnay, Cindy Dao, Anita Athevale and Katie Mulloy were winners in both disciplines.
HECTIC WEEK ON TAB FOR MEN'S TENNIS
It will be a busy week for Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis crew which hosts Division I Villanova Monday, D-II rival Cal Poly Pomona Tuesday and then plays in the annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Thursday through Sunday.
UCSD dropped to 4-4 on the year after taking an 8-1 drubbing at the hands of defending NAIA national champion Fresno Pacific Friday afternoon on UCSD's North Courts...The Tritons lone bright spot came at No. 2 doubles where the tandem of Erik Elliott and Jake Fellow prevailed, 8-4...Saturday's scheduled match with UC Riverside was cancelled due to rain.
UCSD TO HOST S.D. TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY
After seeing last weekend's All-Cal Championships at Irvine canceled due to weather, the Track & Field team will swing back into action this Saturday when it hosts county rivals San Diego State, Point Loma and Cal State San Marcos...The first event on the track is scheduled for noon.
CSU BERNARDINO INVITATIONAL NEXT UP FOR GOLF SQUAD
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team heads to nearby Arrowhead Country Club for the annual 54-hole Cal State San Bernardino Invitational...The first two rounds will go today with the final 18 slated for Tuesday.
Last week, rain halted the 54-hole St. Edwards Invitational in Austin, TX after just 36 holes with the Tritons sitting 12th in the 14-team field...UCSD posted a two-round team total of 633 on the 6,842-yd., par 71 Grey Rock Golf Club course...Teams from Division I Texas and Texas A&M went 1-2 in the team standings...Junior Keith Okasaki's 78-76-154 was the top individual score for the Tritons...It was good for a share of 28th place... Senior Raj Samra finished five strokes behind Okasaki
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature Women's Basketball Coach Charity Elliott, Swimming & Diving Coach Scott McGihon and outside hitter Frank Fritsch of the Men's Volleyball team...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.
UCSD will be sending 28 student-athletes to the 2010 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships next week in Canton, OH...Read the Q&A with senior Dan Perdew, two-time defending NCAA champion in the 100 freestyle, on ucsdtritons.com.
Triton basketball fans unable to attend Tuesday night's first round CCAA Women's Tournament game between UCSD and Cal State Dominguez Hills can catch the live video stream at http://ucsdtritons.com starting at 7:00 PM.
Last week, UCSD senior water polo standout Steve Donohoe was announced as one of the recipients of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship...With the honor, which is based on athletic and academic performance, Donohoe will receive a grant of $7,500 which can be used towards his postgraduate education...A native of Upland, CA, Donohoe graduated in December with a degree in biochemistry and cell biology from Muir College...The NCAA selects up to 87 male and 87 female student-athletes from across the country each year...Donohoe is the 24th UCSD student-athlete to be chosen.
The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament will be held Monday, May 24 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...Those interested in playing or pursuing sponsorship opportunities should contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-8460.
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