THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Fri., Sept. 10---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State LA---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 10---MWater Polo---UCSD at Cal Lutheran---4:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 10---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 10---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State LA---7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 11---Cross Country---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---8:40 AM
Sat., Sept. 11---MWater Polo---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---1:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 11---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 12---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---Noon
Sun., Sept. 12---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---2:30 PM
HUMBOLDT, SONOMA HERE AS WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL BEGINS CCAA PLAY AT HOME
After guiding his eighth-ranked Women's Volleyball team to three wins in four matches at last weekend's season-opening GNAC Challenge at Western Oregon, first-year Head Coach Ricci Luyties and his charges now step straight into conference play, hosting Humboldt State (0-4) and Sonoma State (3-1) this weekend at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons, pegged for second in the CCAA in a pre-season poll of league coaches, showed plenty of potential, mixed in with some rough patches as the new coaching staff took its first regular season look at a re-worked lineup that did not include graduated All-Americans Sylvia Schmidt and Elaine Chen.
Luyties got his first two wins at the Triton helm Friday, watching his team struggle to subdue upset-minded No. 24 Alaska-Anchorage, 3-2 (25-15, 25-23, 24-26, 22-25, 15-12) and then crush Central Washington, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-28)...UCSD got 13 kills each out of junior outside hitters Hillary Williamson and Roxanne Brunsting and 46 assists from new starting setter Thalia McCann, but had a survive a few shaky stretches to snag its first victory...After letting a match point slip out of their grasp in game three and watching a five-point lead melt away in the fourth set, the Tritons righted the ship in the decisive fifth, tallying five of the final six points to secure the outcome...Libero Janessa Werhane notched 13 digs while Brunsting added 11 and had four of UCSD's 13 aces...Williamson was again on fire vs. Central Washington hitting .417 while knocking down 13 kills...Brunsting had 11 kills and 10 digs while Werhane dug 15 balls and ripped three aces.
UCSD absorbed its first loss of 2010 Saturday morning as a bevy of late game errors resulted in a 3-1 (19-25, 29-27, 22-25, 24-26) loss to big Western Washington club...After rolling through the first set, the Tritons led by six, 21-15, in the second before succumbing to a late Viking comeback...The third set was equally frustrating as WWU erased a 22-21 UCSD advantage by scoring the final four points...It was more of the same in the fourth set as the Tritons stormed back from a six-point deficit to tie it at 23 but were unable to close the door...Williamson (17 kills/24 digs) and Brunsting (15 kills/19 digs) again carried the offensive load, while McCann handed out 49 assists and Werhane pitched in with 22 digs...UCSD closed out the tournament in fine fashion, routing host Western Oregon, 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-18) behind Werhane's four aces and 24 digs...As a team, UCSD hit a solid .280 with Brunsting, who earned CCAA Player of the Week honors for her efforts in Oregon, registering 10 kills.
NO. 11 MEN'S WATER POLO OPENS WITH .500 TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE
Coach Denny Harper's 11th-rankedMen's Water Polo team hits the road for the first time when it travels to Cal Lutheran Friday and then on to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara the next afternoon...The Tritons kicked off Harper's 31st season on the bench by going 2-2 at the annual Triton Invitational last weekend.
Senior Ryan Allred (4) and redshirt junior Will Brown (3) accounted for seven of UCSD's 11 goals in an 11-6 triumph over No. 19 Air Force in Saturday's opener...The Tritons raced out to a 4-1 first quarter lead but after a sluggish second period saw the margin narrowed to just one at intermission...UCSD put the Falcons away with a strong second half...Junior Graham Saber added a pair of goals and junior goalie David Morton was big in the cage, collecting 12 saves...Following a hard-fought first half, No. 6 Loyola Marymount out-scored the Tritons, 4-1, in the second 16 minutes to emerge with a 7-3 win in Saturday's second affair...Morton turned away 10 more shots while Brown, junior Matt Kerchner and freshman Dane Sequiera hit the scoreboard for UCSD...It was career goal No. 1 for Sequiera.
The Tritons split Sunday's two contests as well...In game one, a 6-1 late first half run by No. 10 Pacific broke a 2-2 deadlock and led a 12-5 defeat...Brown had two goals against the Tigers who will undoubtedly be moving up the rankings after going unbeaten on the weekend...UCSD closed out the tourney on a positive note, shellacking La Verne, 16-3, as 12 different players hit the scoreboard, led by Allred's hat trick...Reserves Sequiera, Josh Stiling and Dan Biag netted two apiece while Morton and back-up Andrew Lighterink combined for 11 saves...Allred finished with a team high eight goals for the weekend.
Hear Coach Denny Harper's Saturday post-game comments.
Hear senior Ryan Allred's Sunday post-game comments.
PERFECT START FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER; L.A., DOMINGUEZ HERE TO OPEN CCAA PLAY
The 20th-ranked Women's Soccer team came through the first week of the 2010 season unscathed and will now put its 2-0 record on the line against another pair of nationally-ranked squads when it opens CCAA play at home this weekend...No. 14 Cal State L.A. (1-0) and No. 4 Cal State Dominguez Hills (2-0) visit Friday and Sunday respectively and figure to provide Coach Brian McManus's side a true early season indicator of where it stands.
The 2009 debut could scarcely have been better as the Tritons scored four goals on headers while rambling past outmanned Dominican, 6-0, last Thursday night...Senior All-American Lisa Bradley and former UCSD basketball star Annette Ilg scored two goals apiece, the latter's coming in her first collegiate outing...First half goals 10 minutes apart by junior Anne Wethe and sophomore Gabi Hernandez, both assisted by Courtney Capobianco, got the Tritons off and winging in a contest the home team dictated from the opening whistle...Junior midfielder Sara Bolton finished with three assists...UCSD, which now has 12 consecutive season-opening victories, outshot the Penguins, 26-5 and earned 12 corners, 11 more than its opponent...Junior keeper Kristin Armstrong needed to make just a single save while recording her seventh career shutout.
Two second half goals, seven minutes apart, lifted UCSD past a stubborn Notre Dame de Namur squad, 2-0, Saturday night...Sophomore forward Alyssa Newcomer was part of both scores...On the first, in a chase for the ball, Newcomer's all-out effort caused ND goalkeeper Kelsey Baxter to bobble to ball to the feet of the onrushing Ilg who had no trouble depositing it into the empty net...On the second, a give-and-go between Bradley and Capobianco on the right side resulted in the former sending a beautiful cross to Newcomer who got her own rebound behind Baxter and blasted it home...UCSD outshot the Argonauts, 19-6, and Armstrong made it back-to-back shutouts with three saves.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
Hear Saturday's post-game interview with sophomore Alyssa Newcomer.
MEN'S SOCCER LOOKS FOR FIRST WIN VS. CAL STATE L.A. FRIDAY
Still looking for its first win and first goal of the season after going 0-1-1 in the opening week of the 2010 season, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team steps into the crucible known as the CCAA this weekend, hosting two of the conference's premier teams---No. 12 Cal State L.A. (1-0), Friday, and No. 6 Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-0-1), Saturday...Pascale's club split with CSULA in 2009 and lost both encounters with Dominguez Hills, the defending CCAA champion.
Despite launching 18 more shots and posting a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks, all UCSD was able to salvage from Thursday's season opener vs. Dominican was a scoreless draw...The Tritons controlled the run of play throughout and senior David Bakal had a golden scoring opportunity in the first half, but the final result did not match the effort... Bakal rang up eight shots and redshirt freshman Jesse Brennan got the shutout in his first start at UCSD while having to make just three saves over 110 minutes of action.
UCSD had stretches of sound play Saturday as well but was again unable to find the back of the goal and dropped a 2-0 decision to visiting Notre Dame de Namur...The Tritons again out-shot their opponent, this time, 15-11, and had a couple of prime goal-scoring opportunities that they could not convert...The Argonauts, on the other hand, saw their only two shots on goal find the mark.
Listen to Saturday's post-game comments from Head Coach Jon Pascale.
UCI INVITATIONAL FIRST BIG TEST FOR CROSS COUNTRY
Sporting six of the top seven finishers, the Men's Cross Country team dominated its 2010 season opener Friday, scoring 16 pts. to defeat visiting Point Loma (58) and Cerritos College (67)...Four of the Tritons' top six were newcomers but two vets came home first and second...Senior Jesse Morrill, showing no ill effects from an injury-plagued redshirt season, hit the wire first, clocking 22:15.3 over the four-mile course...Fast-improving sophomore Matt Lenehan, who made a big late race surge, was second, just nine seconds behind Morrill at 22:24.1...The 3-4-6 and 7 slots belonged to four newcomers---Mario Flores (22:29.8), Kellen Levy (22:34.6), Daniel Cooper (22:51.4) and Ryan Lok (22:52.2).
Coach Nate Garcia's women were unable to overcome the absence of several key runners and finished second to Point Loma, 21-42......Freshman Jessica Chang had an impressive collegiate debut, snapping up third place as the top Triton racer, completing the 2.5 mile outing in 15:45.0... Junior Aaryn Kobayashi, her performance reflective of a solid pre-season training campaign, took fourth in 15:47.4...Soph Jackie Sikkema was third in for the Tritons, placing eighth in 16:34.4...Rounding out the scorers for UCSD were another pair of first-year runners, Jenny Kaehms (13th/16:53.5) and Kaity Malloy (14th/16:55.9).
The competition and distance will step up Saturday when UCSD travels to Orange County for the UC Irvine Invitational on the campus course...The women will be tested at 6K with the men going 8K over the primarily flat, grassy layout...More than 20 teams per side are expected to participate, including a slew of Division I squads...Among those figuring to be back in the Triton lineup are Jeremy Riley and Alex Corliss on the men's roster and returning No. 1 Elena Inouye for the women.
Listen to Friday's post-race interview with Head Coach Nate Garcia.
Hear Friday's post-race comments from senior Jesse Morrill.
NEWS & NOTES
Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show with host Craig Elsten, is tentatively scheduled to feature Brian McManus, head coach of the UCSD Women's Soccer team, along with women's volleyball star Roxanne Brunsting and senior cross country ace Jesse Morrill...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Homecoming 2010 is set for Saturday, October 23. The traditional alumni athlete BBQ and tailgate will start at noon on Warren Field, followed by the UCSD Men's Water Polo game vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:00 PM in Canyonview Pool. For more information, call the UCSD Athletic Dept. offices at (858) 534-4211.
Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving team opens training for the 2010-11 season Wednesday at Canyonview Pool...The Triton women were third and the men seventh at last year's NCAA Division II Championship...Junior Alexandra Henley, a double winner at the 2009 NCAAs, headlines McGihon's returners.
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