THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Fri., Oct. 8---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 8---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---6:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 8---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 8---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 9---Cross Country---UCSD hosts Triton Classic---8:45 AM
Sat., Oct. 9---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 10---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---11:30 AM
Sun., Oct. 10---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---2:00 PM
SPIKERS GET TWO WINS; NO. 4 SAN BERNARDINO NEXT
Rebounding from a rough patch on the road to win a pair of home matches last weekend, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team will try to extend its modest two-game win streak this weekend when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino (12-1/9-0) and Cal Poly Pomona (5-9/3-6) at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons are now 7-6 overall, 4-5 in CCAA play and moved up three spots from last week in the conference standings to sit seventh coming into Friday's encounter with first place Cal State San Bernardino, which is ranked fourth nationally...Ironically, the Coyotes' only loss came to a team, Alaska Anchorage, that UCSD has defeated.
Luyties' charges reversed a five-match losing skein with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-21) victory over visiting No. 23 Cal State L.A. Friday night...Senior middle blocker Kaitlin Potter continued her stellar play, pounding a match high 12 kills while hitting at a .550 clip...Junior Katie Condon equaled Potter with 12 kills of her own and augmented that with four aces and 19 digs...Julia Freidenberg added 11 kills and libero Janessa Werhane chipped in with 19 digs and three aces...UCSD outhit the Broncos, .214-.162 on the night and hit .288 over the final three sets.
The Tritons were not quite as efficient the next night but had more than enough to sweep out-manned Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-20)...One day before her 21st birthday, Condon celebrated with a match high 12 kills and 10 digs...Setter Thalia McCann handed out 30 assists and as an added bonus had seven kills...Werhane registered 20 digs.
Hear Coach Ricci Luyties' Saturday night postgame comments.
Hear junior Janessa Werhane's postgame comments following the Dominguez Hills match.
WATER POLO CLIPS PEPPERDINE, LMU; LONG BEACH STATE HERE FRIDAY
The No. 13 Men's Water Polo team returns home for a single game this week, tangling with eighth-ranked Long Beach State, Friday at Canyonview Pool...Coach Denny Harper's Tritons are 9-6 on the year after going 3-1 and winning the consolation bracket (ninth place) at last weekend's 16-team SoCal Tournament in Los Angeles...It will be the first meeting of the year between the two teams...The 49ers took eighth place at the SoCal tourney.
In an offense-dominated SoCal opener, No. 4 Stanford rolled to a 22-12 victory over UCSD Saturday morning... The Tritons had 10 different players hit the score sheet with sophomore Brian Donohoe and junior Graham Saber collecting two apiece...UCSD turned things around quickly that afternoon, scoring four counterattack goals and getting a school record 21 saves from junior goalie David Morton en route to an 11-7 win over No. 17 Concordia...The Tritons relentless pressure wore down the Eagles and Harper's improving offense converted five-of-eight man-up opportunities...Donohoe poured in three more scores and senior Ryan Allred added two in an affair that saw UCSD finish strong after falling behind, 2-0, at the outset.
Defense was the key to UCSD's, 8-7, Sunday morning upset of No. 9 Pepperdine...The Tritons held the potent Waves to just one goal in the first 16 minutes and went into halftime up, 3-1...Pepperdine stormed back with five third quarter goals to take a 6-5 lead into the final period but three consecutive UCSD goals, the last by Donohoe with 51 seconds on the clock, iced the big win...The Waves scored with less than a second remaining to create the final margin...Donohoe and Madsen were good for two goals each and Morton came up with six saves...The Tritons capped the SoCal event by prevailing, 7-6, over reigning WWPA kingpin Loyola Marymount...After watching the Lions score the first three goals of the game, UCSD tied it at three...The two squads exchanged goals from there until a leaning Allred unleashed a bullet that crossed up All-American goalie Andy Stevens and provided the game-winner for the Tritons... Soph John Butler accounted for two goals and Morton turned away 12 shots for UCSD.
CROSS COUNTRY HOSTS TRITON CLASSIC SATURDAY
Coach Nate Garcia will be sending out all healthy runners for Saturday's annual Triton Cross Country Classic, being contested at 6K (women) and 10K (men) over the hilly dirt trails of the north campus course...Up to 15 teams are expected to populate the fields in both divisions, including several CCAA rivals...The triumvirate of senior Jesse Morrill, sophomore Matt Lenehan and freshman Mario Flores figure to pace the Triton men while freshman standout Chia Chang and junior Aaryn Kobayashi are expected to lead the way for the UCSD women...Elena Inouye, the top '09 returner on the women's side, will likely make her 2010 debut.
FAST-IMPROVING M-SOCCER FACES KEY ROAD PAIR
Continuing its superb recent play (undefeated, with three wins, in its last four outings), the Men's Soccer team earned a win and a tie last weekend to improve its record to 3-4-3 overall and 3-3-2 in the CCAA...The results against intra-division rivals, lifted the Tritons into fourth place in the CCAA South...Now, it's back to the road where Coach Jon Pascale's side will battle two of the teams above it in the division, Cal State Dominguez Hills (6-2-2/5-2-1) and Cal State L.A. (6-3/5-3) this Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore Kian Malek's second goal in a week, coming in the 58th minute, allowed UCSD to tie No. 23 Cal State San Bernardino, 1-1, Friday in La Jolla...After surrendering a soft goal just 1:20 into the contest, the Tritons took the game to the Coyotes and had a number of good chances before and after Malek's equalizer...The UCSD goal was a work of art, started by a forwarding pass from senior Brandon Yee... Malek and Scott MacBride put together a string of give-and-go passes with the latter's heel drop setting Malek up for a 10-yd. strike over CSUSB keeper Tanner Olinger... Sophomore Jesse Brennan made six saves in goal for UCSD.
Sunday, under overcast skies and with several key players sitting out with injuries, the Tritons got goals from freshman Andrew Keimach and senior Kasra Sarabakhsh while knocking off Cal Poly Pomona, 2-0...After a scoreless first half and averting several Bronco threats early in the second, UCSD grabbed the lead when Keimach, making his first collegiate start, stepped in front of a Cal Poly clearing pass, weaved past two defenders and found the net for his first goal with 20:16 remaining in the game...With just over a minute to play, Sarabakhsh muscled for control of a Taylor Wirth pass on the right side, slithered past a defender to get free along the end line and beat CPP keeper James Iles to the short side...A clean, entertaining clash that featured just 16 fouls and one caution, this one was nearly even statistically as the Broncos had 21 shots compared to 20 for UCSD and both clubs earned five corners... Brennan had to make only two stops to garner his fourth shutout of the season.
Listen to Coach Jon Pascale's comments following the win over Cal Poly Pomona.
Listen to freshman Andrew Keimach's postgame comments Sunday.
TWO WINS ELEVATE W-SOCCER BACK INTO CCAA SOUTH RACE
Coming off a string of subpar road performances, Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team looked more like the CCAA contender it was expected to be while claiming a pair of home victories last weekend...The wins pushed UCSD's record to 6-2-2 overall and 4-2-2 against conference competition...The Tritons, now positioned third on the CCAA South ladder, go to Los Angeles this weekend to square off against second place Cal State Dominguez Hills (7-2-1/5-2-1) and first place Cal State L.A. (7-2/6-2)...UCSD defeated Dominguez but lost to L.A. in a pair of one-sided games in La Jolla earlier in the season.
Junior Anne Wethe's authoritative, short range header got UCSD on the board early, igniting the Tritons to a 2-0 triumph over visiting Cal State San Bernardino Friday night...Wethe's marker at 4:20 in the first half came off yet another near-perfect corner kick to the far post by sophomore defender Hayley Johnson...The Tritons, who ruled the field in the first half, got a second goal in the 28th minute when junior forward Sarah McTigue corralled and netted a Jessica Wi rebound from about six yards out... UCSD had advantages of 21-15 (shots) and 7-5 (corner kicks) in the key offensive categories...Goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong needed to make just one stop in recording her sixth shutout of the season.
Sunday against Cal Poly Pomona, the play wasn't pretty, but the results were as UCSD let a 2-0 first half lead slip away but scored with 21 seconds left in the first overtime session to escape with a 3-2 decision...Sophomore sweeper Ellen Wilson poked the game winner home in a goal mouth scrum following another Johnson corner with senior Lisa Bradley picking up the second assist...McTigue got the game's first goal and her fourth of the season in the sixth minute, converting an Ilg rebound...Ilg picked up her team-leading fifth of the fall 20 minutes later, heading a Johnson free kick to the far post.
Hear comments from Head Coach Brian McManus after Sunday's OT win vs. Cal Poly Pomona.
Listen to sophomore Ellen Wilson's Sunday post-game interview.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is tentatively scheduled to feature Women's Volleyball Coach Ricci Luyties, Kian Malek (men's soccer), Brian Donohoe (men's water polo) and Aaryn Kobayashi (cross country)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon ucsdtritons.com.
Despite an impressive debut performance by freshman Jacob Williams, the Golf team posted a 12th place finish in its fall opener at the Western Washington Invitational... Williams fired an opening round 69 on the 6,561-yd. Bellingham Country Club course and followed that with a 76-70, leaving him at 215 for the tourney, good for a seventh place tie...Senior Keith Okasaki, tied for 45th (225), was next in for the Tritons, who were 26 strokes back of team winner Chico State at 891.
Using a break on their opponent's opening serve as a catalyst, Erik Elliott and Austin West downed Rong Ma and Agnel Peter of BYU-Hawaii, 8-6, to win the doubles title at the ITA West Regional Tennis Championships Saturday at Cal State L.A...The win, which was UCSD's second straight in the in this event (West teamed with Armaun Emami to capture last year's crown), propels Elliott-West to the ITA National Championships in Mobil, AL, Oct. 14-17...On the women's side, seniors Natalie Varnay and Taskeen Bains advanced to the doubles finals where they were knocked off, 8-3, by top-seeded Yuan Jia and Elwen Li of BYU-Hawaii.
On the promotion front---free team photo posters will be given away to all fans at Friday's men's water polo game and one lucky student will who attends both the water polo and women's volleyball match Friday will win a pair of free roundtrip airline tickets courtesy of Jet Blue Airways...UCSD's weekly dining hall promotion, co-sponsored by Dining Services and UCSD Athletics will run Wednesday night and feature Jesse Morrill and Katie Kane of the cross country team at Revelle's Plaza Cafe and Cara Simonsen and Roxanne Brunsting of the women's volleyball team at ERC's Cafe Ventanas...They will be serving personalized menu items between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.
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