Release: Sunday 11/07/2010 
Christian Hatch and the Men's Basketball team open their season Friday at the Disney Classic.
Christian Hatch and the Men's Basketball team open...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

Thu., Nov. 11---WSoccer---UCSD at NCAA Playoffs---TBD

Fri., Nov. 12---MBasketball---UCSD at Disney Classic---2:30 PM
Fri., Nov. 12---WBasketball---UCSD at Disney Classic---7:30 PM
Fri., Nov. 12---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 12---WSoccer---UCSD at NCAA Playoffs---TBD

Sat., Nov. 13---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at USD---Noon
Sat., Nov. 13---WBasketball---UCSD at Disney Classic---2:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 13---WSoccer---UCSD at NCAA Playoffs---TBD
Sat., Nov. 13---MBasketball---UCSD at Disney Classic---5:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 13---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 13---Fencing---UCSD hosts Bladerunner---9:00 AM

Sun., Nov. 14---WCrew---UCSD at Head of the Lagoon---7:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 14---Fencing---UCSD hosts Bladerunner---9:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 14---MBasketball---UCSD at Disney Classic---1:30 PM
Sun., Nov. 14---WBasketball---UCSD at Disney Classic---6:30 PM

Coach Brian McManus's ninth-ranked Women's Soccer team will be looking to rebound from a disappointing performance at last weekend's CCAA Championship when it travels to Hawaii for the Sub-Regional rounds of the NCAA Division II Playoffs this week... The Tritons, who made it to last year's NCAA Regional final, will face San Francisco State for the third time this season in Thursday's first round match-up (7:00 PM) at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex with the winner advancing to meet host BYU-Hawaii Saturday at 7:00 PM...UCSD, which has now reached the post-season 10 of the 11 years it has been a member of Division II, brings a 14-2-3 overall mark into NCAA play.

The Tritons suffered an early exit from the CCAA tournament last Friday in Turlock, letting a 1-0 lead slip away before suffering a 1-1 shootout loss to San Francisco State... Senior Annette Ilg's ninth goal of the year, in the game's 14th minute, gave UCSD an early lead...Sophomore Hayley Johnson swung a free kick behind the San Francisco wall and Ilg's timed run put her in position to poke it home... That held up until the 60:02 mark when the Gators scored the equalizer which sent the game into overtime and ultimately a penalty kick shootout session...Two years ago in La  Jolla, UCSD eliminated SFSU in an epic, 11-round PK series on the way to the conference crown...This time, the results were reversed as the Gators came away winners in six rounds after the Tritons had missed a chance to claim victory in the fifth...SFSU won the conference title over Cal State L.A. in another penalty kick scenario Sunday.

Read website Q&A with junior Sarah McTigue.

Following third (men) and fifth (women) place finishes at Saturday's CCAA Championships in South El Monte, Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country team will turn its attention to the NCAA West Regional, two weeks from now in Bellingham, WA... Although the Tritons finished exactly where they were seeded on both sides, Garcia was disappointed in the outcome and will be looking for a step up at the Regional meet-from which the top four men's and top six women's teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, Dec. 4 in Louisville, KY.

The UCSD men finished the CCAA's with 87 points, 30 back of second place Cal Poly Pomona...Senior Jesse Morrill, still working through a two-week old calf problem, earned all conference honors after taking 11th place (25:11.6) in the 8K race around Legg Lake...Next in for the Tritons was first-year man Kellen Levy who clocked 25:38.6, good for 18th place and Freshman of the Year accolades...Another freshman, Mario Flores was 21st (25:46.8), followed closely by junior Patrick French (22nd/25:48.4) and sophomore Matt Lenehan (26th/25:58.4).

In the women's competition, where UCSD wound up with 145 points,  just 20 points separated the third through fifth place teams...The good news was that the Tritons ran tightly-packed (the top seven runners within 44 seconds of each other), but the bad news was that the first UCSD racer across the line, sophomore Jackie Sikkema, was in 25th place...Sikkema posted a time of 23:14.0 for the 6K...Positions 2-5 were filled by freshman Chia Chang (28th/23:19.4), sophomore Heather Hisgen (36th/23:37.2), freshman Kamilah Foley (37th/23:38.1) and sophomore Catherine Crisp (38th/23:41.3).

Now sporting wins in its last 10 outings, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team concludes its regular season schedule this week with a pair of difficult road matches at Cal Poly Pomona (10-15/8-12) and league-leading Cal State San Bernardino (23-2/19-1)...The Tritons, now 17-7 overall and 14-6 in CCAA play, remain tied for second in the conference with Cal State East Bay, five games behind San Bernardino which is ranked seventh nationally.

Last Friday night in Carson, the Tritons steamrollered host Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-13) behind a nine kill, 15 assist, six dig, two ace performance from redoubtable junior Roxanne Brunsting...Senior Kaitlin Potter chipped in with six kills (.667 pct.), Janessa Werhane had a match high 15 digs and Thalia McCann, splitting setting chores with Brunsting, handed out 19 assists.

The going was not so smooth the next night but the outcome was the same as UCSD rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to win its 10th match in a row, 3-2 (15-25, 21-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-12) at Cal State L.A...Junior Hillary Williamson's season best 20 kills, coupled with 13 digs and five blocks powered the Tritons, who outhit the hosts, .204-.179...Brunsting contributed 11 kills and 27 assists while junior Katie Condon had 10 kills, 20 digs and a pair of aces...UCSD got back into the match when it ran off the final nine points of the third set, the last eight coming on Condon's serve...Ironically, serving was not at much of a premium in this one as the two teams combined for 27 service errors with Condon getting the only aces of the night.


In its final tune-ups before the annual Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships, the 12th-ranked Men's Water Polo team plays a pair of exhibitions this weekend, matching up against Sunset San Diego and San Francisco Olympic Clubs Saturday at Canyonview Pool...Coach Denny Harper's squad boasts a 11-10 ledger after winning two of three games at Canyonview last week.

Last Tuesday night, the Tritons turned in a lackadaisical performance but managed to come away with an 11-6 decision over Division III Claremont...After racing out to a 3-0 advantage, UCSD's offense became stagnant, making for a contest that was never in doubt but not really sewed up until late in the fourth quarter...The Stags narrowed it to two goals at 8-6 after three periods but fourth quarter tallies by John Butler, Kevin Driscoll and Bryce Madsen sealed the deal for UCSD...Madsen and fellow senior Ryan Allred accounted for two goals apiece and junior goalie David Morton was kept busy making 18 saves.

It was a decidedly different Triton squad that showed up to tangle with No. 5 UC Irvine Friday night...Battling back time-and-again, UCSD took the Anteaters to the wire before falling, 8-7, in front of a revved up crowd of just under 1,000...Irvine never trailed but after junior Graham Saber's goal 4:25 into the third quarter, the margin was never more than two...A Madsen tally with 3:08 left in the contest brought UCSD to within one but, despite several good opportunities, the Tritons were not able to get the equalizer... Madsen, Allred and Saber each recorded two goals and Morton chalked up another 13 stops.

Using some more late firepower, UCSD was able to dispose of pesky Pomona-Pitzer, 13-7, Sunday afternoon...The two clubs were even, 6-6, at intermission and the 19th-ranked Sagehens were still within striking distance at 9-7 after three...But the Tritons, playing without  Harper who was sitting out after picking up a red card Friday, started hitting on all cylinders in the fourth...Freshman Dane Sequiera started the onslaught with a goal late in the shot clock to give UCSD its first three-point advantage...Then, from the hole, Allred re-directed a dart of a pass from Butler to make it 11-7...The next came on a Driscoll perimeter steal that he swam down the pool and converted himself and finally, sophomore Brian Donohoe, who carried the Tritons in the middle stages of the game, drilled a penalty shot for his fifth goal of the day and UCSD's 13th...On Senior Day, seniors Allred, Madsen and Jakub Bednarek combined for five goals.

Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Graham Saber.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with Bryce Madsen.

Coach Chris Carlson opens his fourth season at the helm of the Men's Basketball team this weekend at the Disney Classic in Anaheim...The Tritons, coming off an 8-17 season in 2009-10, will face Division II foes Lewis (Friday), Dixie State (Saturday) and Alaska Anchorage (Sunday) at the Anaheim Convention Center...The roster features three of UCSD's top four rebounders from last season---Casey Ryan, Christian Hatch and Justin Brue...Ryan and Hatch started all 25 games.

Carlson's cagers played a pair of exhibition tune-ups last week, dropping a 77-52 decision at Division I UC Irvine Tuesday before topping Division III UC Santa Cruz, 73-67, Saturday night at RIMAC Arena... Ryan, a senior swing man, scored 23 points and hauled down 10 rebounds in Saturday's affair, while sophomore guard Tyler McGrath poured in 19 points, going a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point land.

The back-to-back CCAA regular season titles and three consecutive NCAA post-season appearances on its resume no doubt contributed heavily to the pre-season No. 11 ranking bestowed on the Women's Basketball team...But Coach Charity Elliott will put a very young squad on the floor when it opens its 2010-11 campaign this Friday against Alaska Anchorage at the season-opening Disney Classic...The Tritons will battle Texas Woman's University Saturday and close out the tourney Sunday vs. Grand Canyon... Prior to the Disney event, UCSD will travel to Palo Alto Tuesday for an exhibition against nationally-ranked D-I power Stanford.

Junior guard Chelsea Carlisle, MVP of the CCAA when she average 17.4 ppg as a sophomore, provides some star power but outside of her and junior forward Lauren Freidenberg, who started all 30 games as a sophomore, the lineup is notably short on experience...Junior Daisy Feder and sophomores Emily Osga and Erin Grady saw back-up minutes last year but will be counted on for much larger contributions in the coming season.

Freshmen Anji Shakya and Nick Korth won two events apiece and the Triton divers were exceptional, but it was not enough to save the Swimming & Diving team from a pair of dual meet losses at Division I UC Santa Barbara Saturday...The UCSD women were defeated, 175.5-118.5, by the Gauchos while the men fell, 161.5-137.5...The women are back in action this Saturday at crosstown Division I rival USD.

Korth, a transfer from UC Irvine, touched first in both breaststroke events, posting a 56.95 in the 100 and 2:04.75 in the 200...He keyed a 1-2-3-4 Triton finish in the shorter race...Shakya, meanwhile, finished in the top spot of both the 200 freestyle (1:53.38) and 200 backstroke (2:07.28)...In the diving well, the Tritons dominated...2010 NCAA D-II Championship veterans Tyler Runsten and Patrick Cohen captured the 1-meter (336.60 pts.) and 3-meter (304.80 pts.) respectively, both leading 1-2-3 UCSD finishes...In the women's events, Mishka Hulka and Jamie Pearce, both junior transfers from Orange Coast College, had reverse 1-2 finishes on the two boards...Hulka reigned on the 1-meter (218.03) while Pearce captured the 3-meter (236.38).

Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team concluded its fall season with a fourth place finish as host of the first annual Triton Invitational at Riverwalk Golf Club in San Diego's Mission Valley...UCSD (884) wound up just two strokes behind third place St. Martin's but 30 off the pace set by first place Sonoma State in the two-day, 54-hole event...Senior Keith Okasaki's two-over par 218 left  him tied for seventh as UCSD's top individual...In next for the Tritons was freshman Jacob Williams (10th/219), followed by David Smith (T14th/223) and Fredrik Palmer (25th/229)...Williams' second round 69 was UCSD's best 18 of the tourney.

Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team hosts its annual two-day Bladerunner event this weekend in UCSD's Main Gym and the Men's Tennis team goes to Santa Barbara for UCSB's fall tournament, Friday through Sunday...The Tritons came out of the gate strong Sunday at the UCI duals, going undefeated in six matches on the men's side--vs. Claremont, USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona State and UC Irvine--while the women posted a 5-1 mark, losing only to Arizona State...Individually, epee specialist Amy Bianchini and sabre standout Jon Ott, both seniors, went undefeated.

This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature women's volleyball coach Ricci Luyties, men's basketball coach Chris Carlson and All-CCAA goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong from the women's soccer team... The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.

In its lone competition of the fall, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew saw its three entries place ninth, 11th and 12th in the open eight at Sunday's Newport Autumn Rowing Festival in Newport Harbor...Cal and Stanford finished 1-2 in the Division I-laden field ...Meanwhile, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew will make the trek to Foster City for the Head of the Lagoon regatta this Sunday.

At last week's Southern California Intercollegiate Men's Tennis Tournament at UCLA, UCSD's Erik Elliott and Junya Yoshida both reached the singles quarterfinals and the duo of Elliott and Austin West did the same in doubles...Coach Eric Steidlmayer's charges will play in their final fall tournament at UC Santa Barbara this weekend.

Student-athletes from the UCSD Baseball and Women's Water Polo teams will take part in a San Diego City Council ceremony Tuesday morning in which a resolution will be presented to Chancellor Marye Anne Fox in recognizing the University's 50th Anniversary.

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