UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 25, 2010)
Release: Saturday 10/25/2010 
by UCSD
Junior Roxanne Brunsting and the Women's Volleyball team play their final two regular season home games this week.
Junior Roxanne Brunsting and the Women's...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Wed., Oct.27---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---7:00 PM

Fri., Oct. 29---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 29---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 29---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 30---Swimming & Diving---UCSD vs. Claremont---Noon
Sat., Oct. 30---MWater Polo---UCSD at UCLA---1:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 30---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 31---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---11:30 AM
Sun., Oct.  31---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---2:00 PM


BIG THREE-GAME WEEK ON TAP FOR WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Continuing its ascent up the CCAA ranks, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team moved into a three-way tie for third after extending its' winning streak to five matches (and seven of the last eight) with a pair of home wins last weekend...Now, the  Tritons face a three-match week, traveling to second place Cal State East (16-4/11-4) Wednesday before returning to RIMAC Arena for their final two home matches of the season against Cal State Stanislaus (11-10/8-8) and Chico State (11-11/6-10) Thursday and Friday...UCSD comes into the week 12-7 overall, 9-6 in conference play and has seemingly vaulted itself back into post-season consideration...Luyties' club lost its first encounter with each of this week's opponents in the first round of CCAA play.

Junior Katie Condon racked up 16 kills and 15 digs and UCSD hit .298 team-wise in a 3-0 (19-25, 25-22, 25-9, 25-19) romp over visiting San Francisco State last Friday...After a shaky first set where they were outscored, 6-1, in the final segment, the Tritons steamrolled the Gators the rest of the way...Junior Roxanne Brunsting recorded a "triple double" with 10 kills, 26 assists and 14 digs and Julia Freidenberg chipped in with 10 kills as well.

Twenty-four hours later, the Tritons scored their sixth three-set sweep of the season but first since Oct. 2, brushing aside Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-17)...In one of its best performances of the year, UCSD overwhelmed the Otters offensively (.353-.140 hitting percentage), hitting progressively better each game and posting a blistering .441 in the final set... Brunsting was again front and center with 12 kills, 18 assists, five aces and nine digs...Condon and senior Cara Simonsen had 10 kills apiece with the latter hitting at a .533 clip...Thalia McCann, sharing the setting duties with Brunsting, had 21 assists.

Watch Saturday night's post-match interview with Coach Ricci Luyties.
Watch Saturday night's post-match interview with senior Cara Simonsen.

MEN'S SOCCER TO FINSH SEASON VS. EAST BAY; POST-SEASON HOPES DIM
A CCAA Championship berth, for which the Men's Soccer team controlled its own destiny just four days ago, is now a flickering hope that requires help from a variety of sources (essentially 10 games would need to all provide favorable results) as the 2010 regular season heads into its final week...Playing well, but not well enough, Coach Jon Pascale's Tritons dropped two tight road games last weekend, falling to 6-6-4 overall, 6-5-3 in CCAA play and fourth in the South Division...The Tritons now play home-and-home with Cal State East Bay (2-13-2/1-10-2) to conclude their league schedule.

UCSD, which came into the week as perhaps the hottest team in the CCAA, suffered a 2-1 loss at Cal Poly Pomona Friday...Pascale's side outshot the Broncos (18-12) and earned seven corners to their host's four but early goals in both halves gave Cal Poly a 2-0 edge...Senior Jared Kukura's third goal in the last three games cut the advantage in half with less than two minutes to go, heading the ball in from the post off a cross from freshman Cory Wolfrom.

The Friday loss made a victory in Sunday's match-up at Cal State San Bernardino nearly imperative...The Tritons produced a good showing but Coyote keeper Tanner Olinger made big first half saves on Alex Portela and Andisheh Bagheri and the home team got the only goal it would need less than four minutes prior to halftime...An injury to Kukura forced Pascale to go with three freshmen and a sophomore on the back line for a large portion of the second half.

NO. 21 WOMEN'S SOCCER CLOSES REGLUAR SEASON VS. EAST BAY
The 21st-ranked Women's Soccer team, now assured of one of the four slots in the CCAA Championship tournament, takes aim on the South Division crown when it plays its final two regular season games this week...The Tritons (12-2-2/10-2-2), winners of eight in a row, undefeated in 11 straight and one point behind Cal State L.A. in the South standings, will go back-to-back with Cal State East Bay (6-7-3/4-7-2) this Friday and Sunday...The Pioneers occupy the South Division cellar.

UCSD kept pace with Cal State L.A. via a pair of 1-0 road wins last weekend...The first, at Cal Poly Pomona Friday, was decided by an Alexa Enlow header in the 58th minute...The sophomore reserve found herself on the end of an Annette Ilg cross and put it inside the right post...On a field "heavy" from the week's rains, the Tritons had to go overtime to escape Cal State San Bernardino Sunday...Junior Courtney Capobianco, providing another boost off the bench, collected her first goal of the season 28 seconds into the second OT...Immediately following the kickoff, junior Sarah McTigue hammered a shot to the back post from the left side...It was pushed off by Coyote keeper Tiffany Mallick but went to Capobianco at the back door and she did the rest, slipping the ball between Mallick and the post...UCSD's junior goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong had 17 saves for the weekend while recording her ninth and 10th shutouts.

              

POLO FALLS TO LMU; ROAD TEST AT UCLA NEXT
Trying to rebound from a tough Homecoming loss last Saturday at Canyonview Pool, the 12th-ranked Men's Water Polo team travels to Los Angeles to square off against No. 3 UCLA Saturday...Coach Denny Harper's Tritons are now 10-9 on the year after suffering a 7-4 defeat at the hands of No. 9 Loyola Marymount.

In Saturday's WWPA tilt, the Tritons and Lions went nose-to-nose for the first three periods before the visitors pulled away in the final quarter...UCSD was hampered by missed opportunities, going just 2-for-9 in man-up situations and shooting an uncharacteristic 4-for-30 for the game...The turning point in the contest came with 3:58 remaining and LMU up, 5-4... Triton junior Will Brown's penalty shot was blocked by Lion goalie Andy Stevens and the Lions turned around and scored on the other end 28 seconds later...The UCSD defense was up to the task, junior goalie David Morton anchoring things with nine blocks in the cage...All four Triton goals were scored by underclassmen with sophomore Brian Donohoe netting two and John Butler and Josh Stiling accounting for one each.

Hear Coach Denny Harper's comments following Saturday's game vs. LMU.

SUCCESSFUL CCAA PREVIEW FOR CROSS COUNTRY SQUAD
Coach Nate Garcia can only hope his team performs as well at the CCAA Championships as it did last Saturday at the CCAA Preview Meet, held at the same South El Monte Legg Lake course that will host the league event Nov. 6...In what was a largely a sparsely-attended dress rehearsal Saturday, UCSD finished first in the men's division and second in the women's, a point behind first place Cal State Stanislaus.

The Triton men had 11 of the top 14 finishers in their 8K tour of the course...Freshmen Kellen Levy (25:51.9) and Mario Flores (25:52.8) were sandwiched around junior Patrick French (25:52.0) atop the UCSD ladder...Senior Jesse Morrill and sophomore Matt Lenehan sat this one out...In the women's 6K event, another freshman, Kamilah Foley, was the Tritons' first runner across the line, placing sixth in 22:55.9...Aaryn Kobayashi (9th/23:07.0) and Jackie Sikkema (10th/23:07.3) followed her home...Junior Elena Inouye, who has yet to compete in 2010, was officially declared out for the season.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature Triton Women's Soccer coach Brian McManus, men's basketball coach Chris Carlson and sophomore Megan Thomas of the UCSD swimming & diving team.

More than 600 alumni athletes were on campus for Saturday's 2010 Homecoming...The 1990 Women's Volleyball and 1991 Women's Water Polo teams celebrated the 20th anniversary of winning national championships and 10-year championship anniversaries were recognized for the 2000 Men's Water Polo team and 2000 Women's Soccer team... Speaking of the latter, a large contingent took part in the annual alumni game and among the standouts in that affair were Mandy Johnson, Kami Poma, Kara Morris and Alison Hurley.

See comments from 1990 Women's Volleyball star Vikki Van Duyne following Saturday night's UCSD-Cal State Monterey Bay match.

Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving team hosts Claremont Saturday in its first dual meet of the season...The day's first race starts at noon.

Members of the Fencing team captured first place in five of six disciplines at Saturday's Collegiate Invitational hosted by UCLA...Junior Michael Fong won the men's foil while sophomore James Galamba took the epee competition and freshman Bryson Abilay did the same in sabre...On the women's side, senior Amy Bianchini was first in foil with freshman Munria Gesner doing the same in sabre...Coach Heidi Runyan's outfit is back in action Nov. 6 at the UCI Duals.

On the promotions front, it will be Senior Night at Volleyball Saturday with the quartet of Cara Simonsen, Kaitlin Potter, Alanna Rutan and Audrey Green all being feted at their final regular season home match at RIMAC Arena...It will be Senior Day Sunday for Men's & Women's Soccer...The men's squad will honor Jared Kukura, David Bakal, Brandon Yee, Shane Micheil, Josh Jackson, Kasra Sarabakhsh and Tyler Zupan while the lone confirmed senior on the women's team is Lisa Bradley.

This Thursday, UCSD Women's Volleyball standouts Janessa Werhane and Kaitlin Potter will be appearing at Ocean View Terrace between 6:00 and 7:00 PM to serve a specially-selected menu item to student diners...Also, Saturday night's volleyball game will feature the annual Halloween Costume Contest as well as a pumpkin-carving competition sponsored by Chick-fil-A where the winner will receive Chick-fil-A for a year.


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Friday, September 19
W Soccer at Cal State Dominguez Hills
6:00 PM
Carson
W Volleyball vs. Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, September 20
M Water Polo at TBA
TBA
Stockton
M Water Polo at UC Irvine
9:20 AM
Stockton
M Soccer vs. Azusa Pacific
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Volleyball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, September 21
M Water Polo at TBA
TBA
Stockton
Monday, September 22
W Soccer vs. Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, September 26
M Soccer at Cal State L.A.
4:30 PM
Los Angeles
M Water Polo vs. Fresno Pacific
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Volleyball at Sonoma State
7:00 PM
Rohnert Park
W Soccer at Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
Saturday, September 27
Cross Country at Stanford Invitational
9:00 AM
Stanford
W Volleyball at San Francisco State
7:00 PM
San Francisco
Sunday, September 28
M Soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona
11:30 AM
UC San Diego
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