THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Wed., Jan. 12---MVolleyball---UCSD at UC Irvine---6:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 13---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---5:30 PM
Thu., Jan. 13---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 14---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---7:00 AM
Fri., Jan. 14---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. UC Santa Barbara---7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 15---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---7:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 15---Swim---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield (W)---1:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 15---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 15---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM
Sun., Jan. 16---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---7:00 AM
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL BRINGS FOUR-GAME WIN STREAK HOME
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team, a pre-season top 10 choice that lost its first five outings, put its apparently re-discovered mojo on display with a trio of road wins last week to push itself over the .500 mark for the first time this season...UCSD, now 8-7 overall and 6-2 in CCAA play, comes home this week to host Cal State L.A. (6-6/3-5) Thursday and Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-11/1-7) Saturday at RIMAC Arena...The blue & gold are fifth in the CCAA standings while L.A. is tied for seventh and Dominguez Hills is tied for 10th.
The Tritons raced out to an 18-5 lead from the opening tip and never looked back Monday night, crushing Cal State East Bay, 82-44, their second win of the year over the last place Pioneers...UCSD burned the nets at a 61.2% clip and junior guard Chelsea Carlisle led a parade of four Tritons in double figures, scoring 18 points...Fellow junior Daisy Feder accounted for 14 points and her 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc helped UCSD post a .565 percentage from three-point range...Sophomores Emily Osga (12) and Erin Grady (10) also reached double digits and Carlisle managed to pace the Tritons in rebounds (5), assists (9) and steals (4) as well as points.
UCSD extended its winning streak to three with an impressive, 73-53, romp at Chico State, handing the first place Wildcats their first league loss and snapping their 14-game undefeated string at home...The Tritons, who had built a 13-point lead by intermission, were dominant from the outset and got another huge performance from Carlisle---26 points (five threes), seven rebounds and three assists...The shooting (.473-.351) and rebounding (38-31) numbers both favored Elliott's club and the visitors received another four treys and 17 points off the bench from Feder as well as a nine-rebound performance from junior Lauren Freidenberg.
Twenty-four hours later, UCSD made it three straight on the road and four in-a-row altogether, piling up a 16-point halftime advantage and then holding off a resurgent Cal State Stanislaus for an 86-80 triumph...The Carlisle offensive machine continued to operate at peak efficiency, racking up 31 points, while grabbing seven boards and dishing out six assists...Eleven of her markers came at the free throw line...The Tritons shot over 50% from the floor but the host Warriors connected at a 55.2% clip to tighten things up down the stretch.
MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR BOUNCE BACK AT HOME
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team will be looking to rebound from a 1-2 road swing last week when it hosts third place Cal State L.A. (10-2/6-2) Thursday and first place Cal State Dominguez Hills (11-1/7-1) Saturday at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons now stand 8-6 overall, are 3-5 in conference activity and occupy seventh place in the 12-team CCAA standings.
The Tritons made up for a sub-40% shooting night by more than doubling host Cal State East Bay on the boards in a 64-53 road triumph last Monday night...Out-rebounding, the Pioneers, 47-23, UCSD made easy work out of what could have been a difficult evening...The Tritons grabbed their first lead on a Tyler McGrath trey in the seventh minute of the contest and never lost it...Junior Christian Hatch (24 pts./12 rebounds) and senior Casey Ryan (10/17) had big nights to ignite UCSD...It was a career high on the glass for Ryan who has been a rebounding dynamo of late...Twelve of Hatch's markers came at the free throw line and McGrath chipped in with 13 points, knocking down four threes, as UCSD swept the season series with East Bay.
Friday night, the Tritons played host Chico State tooth-and-nail early but the Wildcats pulled away late for a 68-55 victory...UCSD trailed by just a point at halftime and the two foes were deadlocked at 43 with 12:53 remaining...From there on, however, it was all Chico as the Tritons hit just 38% of their attempts on the game...Hatch and Ryan were again solid...The former posted another double double with 19 points and 10 boards while the latter had 13 and nine in a losing cause.
Twenty-four hours later in Turlock, the Tritons were within five points throughout the final 10 minutes of the game but were unable to hook host Cal State Stanislaus, falling, 57-55...A three-pointer by McGrath gave UCSD a seven-point edge early but the Warriors took the lead for good late in the first half and never gave it up...Carlson's club held Stanislaus to just 38.8% shooting but, unfortunately, were only able to hit a measly 32.6% themselves...Hatch canned 11-of-12 free throws en route to 17 points and pulled down a game high dozen boards for his third double double of the week...Sophomore Justin Brue accounted for 11 points and Ryan grabbed 10 caroms...The Tritons took good care of the ball, turning it over just seven times, and out-rebounded the Warriors, 36-26.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL GETS FIRST WIN OVER CAL BAPTIST
After going 1-2 at last week's season-opening Gaucho Collegiate Invitational at UC Santa Barbara, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball squad returns to the road, challenging No. 2 UC Irvine (2-2) Wednesday and No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (2-1) Friday.
Identical, 3-1, scores felled the Tritons on the opening day of the Santa Barbara tourney as No. 9 UCLA (25-22, 25-12, 23-25, 25-15) and No. 12 Cal State Northridge (29-31, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18) prevailed on Friday...Juniors Shane Veiga and Joel Davidson 14 and 11 kills respectively but the highlight of UCSD's 2011 debut was senior Phil Bannan's 3,500th career assist...In the second match that was nip-and-tuck all the way...A Veiga kill lifted to a first set win over Northridge...But the Matadors constructed a 10-point lead in the second game, held off a UCSD rally to knot the match and then never trailed again while taking the third and fourth games...Veiga finished up with 19 kills and middle blocker Calvin Ross knocked down 10 to go with six total blocks but Ring's charges were done in by 21 service errors without recording an ace.
Ring and Co. picked up their first win of the season Saturday, putting away Cal Baptist, which had taken a set off both No. 5 BYU and UC Irvine the previous day, 3-1 (16-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-16)...For the third consecutive contest, Veiga led the way in the kill department with 15 and Nick Iorfino chipped in with 10...After a rocky first set, UCSD went wire-to-wire in the second and third then used an 11-4 mid-set run to cement the verdict.
SWIMMERS ROUT MESA STATE, GRAND CANYON; BAKERSFIELD ON TAP
On the heels of a weekend that produced mixed results, the Swimming & Diving team hits the road to tangle with Division I Cal State Bakersfield Saturday...The men figure to have their hands full with a very talented Roadrunner squad while the women will face the host team as well as Fresno State.
The Triton women received a typically exceptional performance from Alex Henley, but a loss in the 400 freestyle relay, the final event of the afternoon, resulted in a 132-130 defeat at the hands of Division I Loyola Marymount Saturday at Canyonview Pool...Henley, the junior All-American, raced to victory in the 1,000 freestyle (10:32.09), 200 backstroke (2:05.74) and 200 individual medley (2:08.94)...UCSD also got individual wins from Olivia Martens in the 200 butterfly (2:10.12), freshman Anji Shakya in the 500 freestyle (5:11.79) and sophomore Emily Adamcyzk, swimming for the first time as a Triton, in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.44)...The quartet of Sandy Hon, Michelle McCadden, Jessica Ferguson and Amber Tan prevailed in the meet-opening 200 medley relay (1:49.10).
The Triton women wasted little time in getting things turned around, whipping both Mesa State (220-40) and Grand Canyon (175-87) in a three-way Division II event Sunday at Canyonview... Henley, 200 freestyle (1:55.55)/200 butterfly (2:06.64), and Shakya, 100 (58.88) and 200 backstrokes (2:08.83), both nabbed a pair of individual races...Neda Nguyen (100 breaststroke/1:08.12), Katherine Tse (100 freestyle/53.07), McCadden (200 breaststroke/2:25.22) and Adamcyzk (200 IM/2:12.34) each touched first in single events and the Tritons captured both relays.
The men got in on the fun Sunday, rolling over Mesa State (217-39) and Grand Canyon (184-74) in their first competitive outing in nearly two months...Sprinter Blake Langland, distance ace Matt Herman and breaststroker Nick Korth were all double winners...Langland took the 50 free in 21.40, came back to get the 100 in 47.55 and anchored two winning relay units...Herman went 9:41.08 in the 1,000 and 4:41.94 in the 500 freestyle while Korth snared the 100 (57.78) and 200 (2:06.49) in his specialty...Alex Merrill (200 freestyle/1:45.01), Shaun Stringer (200 butterfly/ 1:54.26), Martin Vanek (200 backstroke/1:55.72) and Adam Rice (200 IM/1:57.59) rounded out the winners for UCSD.
Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with junior Alex Henley.
FENCERS SHOW METTLE AT NCAA WEST EVENT
Facing its stiffest competition to date, the Fencing team emerged with a positive ledger from Saturday's NCAA West Invitational which it hosted Saturday at RIMAC Arena... Coach Heidi Runyan's women captured four of their five team match-ups while the men posted a 3-2 mark...The Tritons will now send a 15-person contingent to the North American Cup which starts Sunday in Dallas...Fencers must have at least a "C" rating to earn their way into the NAC field which will feature as many as 300 competitors per weapon.
Last Saturday, the women chalked up victories over Air Force (14-13), Stanford (14-13), Cal Tech (23-4) and Florida (16-11)...Their lone defeat was a one-sided, 25-2, decision vs. Northwestern...The Triton men waxed Northwestern (23-4), Cal Tech (25-2) and Florida (21-6) but came up short against both Air Force (21-6) and Stanford (17-10)...Foil was the weapon of choice for UCSD Saturday as freshman Brennan Louie (10), sophomore James Galamba (9) and junior captain Michael Fong (9) combined to win 28 bouts...On the women's side, junior foilist Julia Wu had nine wins...The women also got eight wins from freshman sabre specialist Munira Gesner.
Listen to Saturday interview with freshman Brennan Louie.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with student-athletes Christian Hatch (men's basketball) and Chelsea Carlisle (women's basketball) as well as men's volleyball coach Kevin Ring...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at http://ucsdtritons.com.
The 11th annual Athletic Department Blood Drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is set for Wednesday from 7:45 AM to 7:00 PM in the RIMAC Green Room... Appointments are required...To reserve a time, e-mail email@example.com...For more information call (858) 534-8460.
The Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) will be sponsoring its first annual Triton Winter Warm-Up in support of the Alpha Project which aides the homeless population locally... Student-athletes will be collecting blankets, jackets and socks in the next several weeks to donate to the Alpha Project...For more information call (858) 534-8460.
Basketball promotions this week include a headband giveaway to the first 1,000 students at Thursday's doubleheader, sponsored by Chick-fil-A, and team photo poster giveaways for both men and women Saturday night...At halftime of the men's game Thursday, NCAA runner-up banners will be unveiled, honoring the 2010 Baseball team and the 2010 Women's Soccer team.
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