THIS WEEK'S EVENTS Sat., Mar. 20---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Collegiate Open---10:00 AM
Sun., March 21---Softball---UCSD vs. CSU San Marcos (DH)---Noon DOUBLE GOLD FOR PERDEW/HENLEY AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior Dan Perdew and sophomore Alex Henley struck for two individual national titles apiece at last week's NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships in Canton, OH...In the team competition, the Tritons finished third, for the seventh time in eight years, on the women's side and seventh for the third consecutive time in the men's division.
Perdew blazed to victory in the 50 freestyle (20.07; 19.92 in the prelims) and then won the 100 freestyle (44.10) crown for the third year in a row, bringing his career haul of NCAA gold to five. Henley, who got her two in the 400 individual medley (4:18.71) and 200 butterfly (2:00.30), nearly left Ohio with four titles, finishing as runner-up in both the 200 individual medley (2:02.04) and 200 backstroke ( 1:58.79)...She set school records in all but the 200 IM.
Other finalists for the women were seniors Karla Holman (6th/100 butterfly/56.17) and Cari Cunningham (5th/200 breaststroke/2:18.74), sophomore Neda Nguyen (6th/200 breaststroke/2:19.95) and freshman Beth Dong (7th/1000 freestyle/10:81.76 & 6th/1650 freestyle/17:19.74)...The women were top five in four of the five relay events with their best outing coming in the 400 freestyle relay where the quartet of Anju Shimura, Mercedes O'Brien, Jessica Ferguson and Katherine Tse placed fourth.
Making the top eight for UCSD men were seniors Jereme Barnett-Woods (7th/500 freestyle/4:32.73 & 7th/1650 freestyle/15:45.05) and Todd Langland (8th/100 freestyle/45.46) and freshmen Shaun Stringer (7th/200 butterfly/1:51.72) and Tyler Runsten (3-mtr. diving/477.95 pts.)...The Triton men were top three in both sprint relays, the team of Todd Langland, Sam Stromberg, Blake Langland and Perdew setting a school standard while touching second in the 400 freestyle relay (2:58.49) and the same foursome settle for third in a blanket finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:20.98).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS IN NCAA OPENER
Coach Charity Elliott's 12th-ranked and second-seeded Women's Basketball team saw a terrific season come to a crashing conclusion Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional in Seattle...The Tritons, who finished 25-5, were defeated for the third time this season and the second time in a week by seventh-seeded CCAA rival Humboldt State, 76-72.
For UCSD, the outcome hinged on inconsistent shooting...The Tritons hit just .343 from the floor and missed 12 free throws (21-33)...Senior Annette Ilg (25 points on 9-of-16 shooting, eight rebounds and three assists) made her final collegiate game a memorable one but she had little assistance...Sophomore point guard Chelsea Carlisle, named Daktronics D-II Regional Player of the Year earlier in the week, uncharacteristically had an off night, getting 16 points but connecting on just six of her 24 field goal tries...Senior Erin Noonan chipped in with 10 points and junior Tiffany Hunter's 12 boards helped UCSD to a plus-3 in that category...Elliott's cagers led by as many as eight in the first half but were up by a single point at the break...They pushed the lead to 12 with 13:26 remaining but Humboldt State clawed back and the game was tied with 2:32 on the clock...From that point, the Lumberjacks got the lead and made their final eight free throws to keep UCSD at bay. NO. 2 BASEBALL RUNS STREAK TO 14 STRAIGHT
Coach Dan O'Brien's Baseball team, No. 2 with a bullet nationally, takes an 11-day competitive respite after sweeping a four-game series from traditional D-II and CCAA power Sonoma State last weekend at Triton Ballpark...Those results up UCSD's season ledger to 23-3, put them at 14-2 in CCAA play and in first place, two games ahead of Cal State San Bernardino in the CCAA standings... Sunday's series-ending win also extended the Tritons current winning streak to 14 games.
UCSD served notice that it was going to be a long weekend for Sonoma in the second inning of Friday's series opener, laying seven runs on the Seawolves and then riding the right arm of ace Tim Shibuya to a 10-2 victory...Shibuya accrued his sixth win without a loss, putting in eight shutout innings...Third baseman Evan Kehoe had three hits and first baseman Brandon Gregorich drove in three for the Tritons, whose second inning explosion started with a two-out solo homer by catcher Kellen Lee.
UCSD clinched the series with a 9-7, 4-3 doubleheader coup Saturday...Senior Matt Rossman started and went six innings in game one to run his record to 5-0 as the Tritons tallied three in the first and four more in the sixth before subduing a late Seawolf comeback attempt...In frame No. 1, SSU's Scott Alexander walked the bases loaded and Gregorich cleared them with a double...UCSD's last two runs, which proved significant, came on Blake Tagmeyer's pinch homer in the eighth...Senior Guido Knudson went the distance on the hill in the nightcap, giving up three hits, striking out six and collecting win No. 4...There was some drama in this one as the Tritons overcame a 3-2 deficit in their last at bat...With the bases loaded, a Sonoma error allowed the tying run to score and Tagmeyer's third hit of the game, a single up the middle, plated Aaron Bauman with the game winner.
In Sunday's curtain call, UCSD pounded Seawolf pitching for 15 hits, three by Gregorich, in a 12-3 rout...The Tritons took control with a five-run third, keyed by shortstop Vance Albitz's two-RBI single...Albitz, Kyle Saul, Kehoe and Tagmeyer each had two hits with the latter smacking another dinger...Gregorich drilled two doubles, Tagmeyer drove in three and Saul sored thee runs...The recipient of this offensive largesse was senior Kirby St. John whose five and a third innings of one-run pitching earned him win No. 5.
SEVEN IN A ROW FOR SOFTBALL AFTER SWEEP OF STANISLAUS
The streaking Softball team, with nine wins in 10 games, including the last seven straight, will be home Sunday to host NAIA Cal State San Marcos for a doubleheader starting at noon...The Tritons are now 17-9 overall and 13-7 in conference play after sweeping four-out-of-four from cellar-dwelling Cal State Stanislaus last weekend...Coach Patti Gerckens' club has moved into third in the CCAA standings...Sonoma State and Cal State Monterey Bay are tied on top at 11-3.
Sophomore Camille Gaito stymied Stanislaus, 2-0, giving up just three hits while striking out eight and walking one in Friday's game one series opener...Catcher Nicole Saari had two hits and second sacker Mandi Eliades scored one and drove in one for the winners...In game two, UCSD pounded 10 hits and scored four runs in the first three frames en route to a 5-3 triumph...Freshman DP Nicole Spangler's two-run first inning double was the catalyst offensively...Junior Kris Lesovsky, Saari and Spangler all banged two hits and UCSD stole three bases...Starter Christine Zankich and reliever Tess Granath picked up the win and save respectively and the Warriors did not score an earned run.
Gaito baffled Stanislaus again in Saturday's first game, going six innings in a 5-1 Triton victory...The win was her 10th of the year against just four losses...Lesovsky had three of UCSD's eight singles, scored twice and stole a base...Spangler had another two hits and right fielder Kellin Haley drove in a pair...UCSD put this one away early with three first inning runs and another two in the second...Zankich tossed a complete game, seven-hit, five strikeout gem as the Tritons made if four-out-of-four with a 2-1 win in the nightcap...UCSD scored both runs in the first with Lesovsky leading off with a home run and Saari scoring on an error after doubling...Saari went 3-for-3.
Earlier in the week, the Tritons swept a non-conference doubleheader from visiting Dixie State, 8-2, 3-2...Lesovsky had two hits, including a solo homer in game one.
SPIKERS DIVIDE TWO-MATCH SERIES AT NO. 15 LEWIS
Now 7-14 after closing out a run of six in a row on the road with a split of two matches in Illinois, Coach Kevin Ring's No. 13 Men's Volleyball team will take a week off for finals before playing seven of is last nine at RIMAC Arena.
Last Friday, in the first of a pair against No. 15 Lewis, junior setter Phil Bannan handed our 45 assists and had the Triton offense converting at a .358 clip in a 3-0 (30-26, 30-24, 30-22) romp over the Flyers...Senior outside hitters Jason Spangler and Frank Fritsch registered 12 kills apiece but Bannan also had the middle working as the duo of Cyrus Kiani (11 kills) and Adrian Guthals (9) hit at a combined .655...The Tritons rushed out a big leads in the first and third sets and outscored Lewis, 10-5, down the stretch in the second...Bannan hammered three aces and libero Andrew Kaban led UCSD with 10 digs.
Saturday, the hosts turned the tables on UCSD, going up 2-0 and then hanging on for a 3-2 (30-26, 30-23, 20-30, 24-30, 19-17) decision...The Tritons outhit the Flyers, .333 to .248, but were out-blocked by four and had a sub-par serving night with just one ace compared to 22 service errors...Bannan racked up 64 assists and Fritsch ripped 20 kills in a losing effort...Spangler added 17 kills while Joel Davidsn finished with 12 and Kiani 11 for Ring's unit...Kaban and Fritsch combined for 21 digs and Kiani had seven block assists.
WATER POLO CONTINUES STRONG PLAY
Continuing its recent trend of consistently solid play, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team won three of four at last weekend's Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State...The Tritons, who have now won five of their last six, are now 7-13 overall and will be back in action a week from Thursday against No. 5 Hawaii at Canyonview Pool.
UCSD opened the Aztec tourney with an 11-6 victory over Wagner...Sophomore Kirsten Bates and senior Audra Bloom found the cage three times apiece and goalie Markayla Quane made nine saves as the Tritons pulled away with a five-goal third period... Taking advantage of its defense keyed by junior Hanalei Crowell and a much-improved counterattack , UCSD raced out to 10-4 advantage after three periods and finished with a 12-7 decision over Maryland in game two Saturday...Senior co-captain Stephanie Heinrich paced Kreutzkamp's outfit with five goals and Quayne turned away 12 shots.
UCSD's four-game win streak was snapped Sunday morning by No. 18 Princeton which outscord the Tritons, 3-1, in the second half to prevail, 6-4...Bloom connected three times and Stephanie Bocian scored the fourth for UCSD...The Tritons finished on a high note, beating Marist for the second time this season, 9-5...Bates chalked up five goals and Bloom two as UCSD blew open a close contest with five third quarter scores.
On Monday, Heinrich was chosen as last week's WWPA Player of the Week.
NO. 17 WOMEN'S TENNIS TAKES PAIR AT HOME
Wednesday, the Tritons rolled visiting Western New Mexico, 9-0, sweeping doubles by a combined score of 24-1 and taking all six singles matches without dropping a set... Saturday, UCSD had a similarly easy time with No. 41 Hawaii-Hilo Saturday, stopping the Vulcans, 7-2...Anita Athavale/Jacquelyn Davis and Cindy Dao/Valerie Tang were triumphant at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles and then Natalie Varnay, Dao, Tang, Athavale and Samantha Yeung all delivered straight set singles victories at No. 2 through No. 6...The win leaves the 17th-ranked Tritons at 7-2 on the year.
MEN'S TENNIS CLOSES WEEK WITH THREE STRAIGHT D-II WINS
UCSD got straight set victories from Sam Ling at No. 3 and Junya Yoshida at No. 6 but it was not enough to keep No. 10 Rollins from knocking off the host Tritons, 7-2 Monday...Coach Eric Steidlmayer's squad rebounded quickly by knocking off Western New Mexico, 6-3, two days later...The lower part of the ladder keyed the win with Erik Elliott/Jake Fellow and Chapman Chan/Naveen Dixit snaring the second and third doubles points followed by Ling, Vincent Nguyen, Yoshida and Dixit triumphs at Nos. 3-6 singles.
After securing two-of-three points in doubles, UCSD needed a clinching win from Nguyen at No. 4 singles to hold off Sonoma State, 5-4, Friday...Elliott/Fellow and Dixit/Ling at two and three doubles got the Tritons off to a good start, but the Seawolves rallied to tie the match at four all with one match still in the balance...That proved to be no problem for Nguyen, UCSD's top singles winner to date, as he pulled out a 6-4, 6-2 victory over SSU's Quan Vu...Ling (No. 3) and Yoshida (No. 5) accounted for the Tritons' other two singles points.
No. 1 Elliott and No. 3 Ling each recorded singles and doubles victories Saturday as UCSD romped past D-II rival Hawaii-Hilo, 8-1...The Tritons jumped all over the Vulcans early, sweeping doubles, and never took their foot off the accelerator...Elliott/Chan and Ling/Dixit had an easy time of it at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles respectively but the duo of Armaun Emani/Austin West had to go to a tiebreaker to earn a 9-8 (10-6) win and complete the doubles sweep.
FENCERS AWAIT NCAA SELECTIONS
After a solid performance as host of the NCAA West Regional last weekend, it's wait and see time for the Fencing team in regard to berths in the NCAA Championships which are scheduled for March 25-27 in Cambridge, MA...Top hopes for the Tritons are foil specialists Michael Fong and Pilar Alicea who both won their events at the Regional and are returning national qualifiers...Other possibilities are freshman Chris Bonner in men's saber and Victoria Mo in women's epee who were second and third respectively last Saturday.
RYAN, HOWE CONTINUE RECORD ASSAULT
Performances keep rising and records keep falling for the Track & Field team, which produced another bushel of top marks while competing at three different events last weekend...For the second time in as many weeks, junior Casey Ryan and sophomore Nick Howe erased their own school standards...Ryan, in just his second week of competition following the men's basketball season, cleared 7-3.25 in the high jump while Howe tossed the javelin 214-7 to increase his lifetime best by more than eight ft.
Ryan and Howe's marks were both automatic NCAA Championship qualifiers as was the 13.84 posted by senior Christine Merrill in winning the 100 hurdles...Merrill also ran a provisional qualifying time in the 200 meters where she finished second behind junior Kelly Fogarty's school record 24.17...The 200 win was Fogarty's second of the afternoon, following the 100 where she broke the tape in 11.97...In all, the UCSD women captured 12 events at the Point Loma Invitational, three by heptathlete Linda Rainwater...Rainwater's triumphs came in the 800 (2:17.81), high jump (5-8) and shot put (36-10.5)...She was also second to Merrill in the 100 hurdles...The LeFever sister combination won the pole vault (Donna/11-0) and the long jump (Stephanie/19-2) while senior Leah Murphy landed at 38-4.25 to claim the triple jump...Rounding out the roster of winners for the Tritons were Marie Archer (hammer/163-4), Theresa Richards (javelin/130-10) and the 4x100 relay unit of Merrill, Kathleen Hitchens, Jaqueline Rose and Fogarty which clocked 46.75.
In addition to Ryan and Howe on the men's side, hammer thrower Fred Cook unleashed a winning, NCAA provisional mark of 188-01 at the Aztec Invitational and then won the shot put with a heave of 50-4.75 at the Pt. Loma event...Anthony Heredia (800/1:56.9), Mike Rizzo (1,500/4:074) and Andrew Tran (triple jump/43-9.75) were also first place winners for the Tritons.
MEN'S CREW CLIPS GONZAGA; WOMEN BATTLE IN SACRAMENTO
Continuing to impress early in the season, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew came away with two wins in three races against D-I Gonzaga Friday on Mission Bay...The Triton varsity eight--Michael Monrean, Nathan Morgan, Jay Dee Morgan, Justin Gordon, Drew Madden, Erik Smith, Joey Frank, Ed Yragui and coxswain Cameran Biltucci--held off the Bulldogs for a one and a half second victory with USD settling for third...UCSD finished second to Gonzaga in the JV eight race but put away the Bulldogs by eight seconds in the freshman eight skirmish...Next up for Johnson's squad is the March 27 San Diego Crew Classic.
Meanwhile, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew got some seasoning at the Division I-II Sacramento State Invitational on Lake Natoma...The varsity eight, hampered by a slow start, finished seventh and the second varsity eight sixth in their respective divisions...The novice eight, varsity four, novice four and lightweight four were all placed third.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of UCSD's online radio show, Triton Talk hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature softball coach Patti Gerckens, NCAA champion Alex Henley of the women's swimming team and school high jump record holder Casey Ryan...The show will be posted at ucsdtritons.com Tuesday afternoon. Senior Jordan Lawley of the Men's Basketball team was named to the Daktronics Division II All-West Region first team last week...Lawley was previously a first team All-CCAA first team pick.
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