UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (January 17, 2011)
Release: Wednesday 01/17/2011 
by UCSD
Senior Phil Bannan and the Men's Volleyball team host USC Friday night.
Senior Phil Bannan and the Men's Volleyball...
Courtesy: UCSD

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Jan. 17---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---7:00 AM

Thu., Jan. 20---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---5:30 PM
Thu., Jan. 20---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:30 PM

Fri., Jan. 21---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. USC---7:00 PM

Sat., Jan. 22-Swim/Dive---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---Noon
Sat., Jan. 22---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 22---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 22---MVolleyball---UCSD at Cal Baptist---7:30 PM


MEN'S BASKETBALL CONTINUES HOMESTAND THURSDAY
Traditional CCAA power Cal State San Bernardino (8-4/6-2) and defending NCAA Division II champion Cal Poly Pomona (6-6/3-5) come to La Jolla this weekend to face a Men's Basketball team that split at hoome last week against two of the league's top teams...Coach Chris Carlson's charges will bring a 9-7 ledger into the San Bernardino game and are 4-6 in CCAA action which puts them seventh on the conference ladder...CSUSB is currently in third place while Cal Poly Pomona is one slot behind UCSD.

Carlson's club turned in a gutty performance Thursday night in topping third place Cal State L.A., 76-73, in double overtime...Up, 35-27, at the break after a strong first 20 minutes, UCSD appeared to have let the contest slide away as the bigger, quicker visitors pushed ahead by three with less than three minutes to go in regulation...After forcing OT on a Christian Hatch bucket with a minute left, the Tritons seemed set to fall a second time but were rescued by sophomore Tyler McGrath's game-tying trey out of a timeout with six seconds remaining in the first OT session...Hatch then scored six of UCSD's 10 points in the second extra period to sew up the victory...Hatch, a 6-8 junior, notched his fifth consecutive double double, pouring in 26 points to go with 13 rebounds...Senior Casey Ryan accounted for 12 points while cleaning the glass a career high 20 times... Sophomore Justin Brue had a solid 17 points and five boards...On the bright side, the Tritons, who lead the conference in rebounding margin (+9.1), out-rebounded the Golden Eagles, 56-38, but concerning was a 22-for-37 performance from the free throw line.

Saturday night against first place Cal State Dominguez Hills, the nation's seventh-ranked team, UCSD was in position to win again, trailing just,48-47, with 2:49 to play, but couldn't pull off a second stunner...The Tritons were beaten on the boards in this one (33-25) and bottled up offensively, shooting just 37% as leading scorer Hatch was held to just two field goal attempts... Brue picked up some of the slack, scoring 11 while snatching a game high seven rebounds and the backcourt duo of McGrath (11) and James McCann (10) combined for 21 points.

Listen to Coach Chris Carlson's Saturday night post-game comments.
Listen to sophomore Tyler McGrath's Thursday night post-game comments.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PUSHES WIN STREAK TO SIX
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team will be looking to extend its winning streak from six to eight games this weekend when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino (11-1/7-1) and Cal Poly Pomona (10-2/7-1) in a huge pair of conference clashes at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons will come into Thursday's clash with San Bernardino at 10-7 overall and 8-2 in the CCAA...Elliott's cagers have risen into fourth place in the conference while CSUSB and Cal Poly Pomona are tied for second.

Last Thursday, despite showing some familiar late game tendencies, the Tritons whipped Cal State L.A., now under former UCSD Head Coach Janelle Jones, 69-65...UCSD hit 46% from  beyond the arc in the first half and went into the locker room up, 40-28...But the offense came up dry in the second 20 minutes as the Tritons connected just once in 12 tries from three-point land and had to hold off the Golden Eagles in the late stages... Sophomore guard Emily Osga was a force, recording a double double with 17 points (7-for-12) and a career high 13 rebounds...She also had a pair of assists and two steals...Her 13 boards helped UCSD to a decisive, 51-36, edge in that category...Three teammates also reached double digits in the scoring column---Chelsea Carlisle (13), Erin Grady (12) and Lauren Freidenberg (11)...Although she had an off-night shooting, Carlisle handed out eight assists, several of the spectacular variety...UCSD went to the free throw line 22 times against the physical Golden Eagles who earned just three charity tosses themselves.

Things were much more comfortable Saturday as Osga knocked down 6-of-7 three-pointers and 8-of-11 overall, scoring 22 points in a 74-45 rout of Cal State Dominguez Hills...The Tritons shot nearly 50%, forced the Toros into 27 turnovers and out-rebounded the visitors by 12...All 12 of Elliott's players saw at least 11 minutes of action in the runaway...Osga's two-game performance earned her a second consecutive CCAA Player of the Week selection.

Hear Coach Charity Elliott's Saturday post-game interview.
Hear sophomore Erin Grady's Thursday post-game interview.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL WHIPS UCI; USC HERE FRIDAY
As might be expected early in the season from a young, relatively inexperienced squad, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball went through an up-and-down past week, shocking defending NCAA champion UC Irvine, 3-1 (16-25, 25-19, 25-22, 30-28), on the road but then getting swept, 3-0, at home by No. 5 UC Santa Barbara, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21)...The Tritons, 2-3 overall, 1-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play and ranked at No. 15 in the newest AVCA  poll, now host No. 1 USC (2-0) Friday and visit Cal Baptist (4-3) Saturday...Ring's squad posted a 3-1 win over Cal Baptist two weeks ago a the season-opening Gaucho Classic in Santa Barbara.

In the victory over the No. 7 Anteaters Wednesday, senior Joel Davidson and sophomore Carl Eberts hammered 15 kills apiece but the star of the night was senior setter Phil Bannan who dished out 41 assists, had eight digs and accounted for five of UCSD's nine aces...The latter was telling in this one as UCSD was out-hit (.224-.189) and out-blocked  (15-8) by UCI but used serving and passing to take command...After rebounding from the first set loss to take a 2-1 lead, UCSD jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fourth set but Irvine rallied to go up, 18-15...The Tritons scored three in a row to knot it and the two teams exchanged points until it was tied at 28...Fittingly, it was Bannan who capped the upset, cranking a kill off a set by freshman Mike Brunsting out of a 6-2 formation to make it 29-28, and then closing the deal with an ace.

Friday night at RIMAC Arena, the Tritons had no answers for a UC Santa Barbara buzzsaw that hit .407 for the match and registered nine stuffs to just three for the home team...Despite the lopsided numbers, the tide didn't turn until the second half in any of the three sets...It was 16-16 in game one, 12-12 in game two and 18-18 in the final set before the Gauchos were able to gain control...Junior Shane Veiga, UCSD's kill leader in four of the first five matches this season, paced the offense with 12...Bannan rocketed another three aces, giving him a team-leading 12 for the season, and sophomore Chase Frishman contributed nine digs.

Watch Coach Kevin Ring's interview following Friday's match vs. UC Santa Barbara.

HENLEY WINS THREE AS WOMEN SWIMMERS DUMP BAKERSFIELD
Tangling with Division I opponents Saturday in Bakersfield, Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving team came away with a bushel of impressive performances and one win, as the women knocked off Cal State Bakersfield, 186-101...The women fell to Fresno State, 169-129, and San Diego State, 183-111...In a single dual meet, the Triton men were defeated by Cal State Bakersfield, 169-125...UCSD is back in the water this Saturday, hosting Cal Baptist at Canyonview Pool.

Following a recurring theme, junior Alex Henley was the individual headliner for the Tritons in Bakersfield, capturing three events---the 100 (57.67) and 200 (2:03.16) backstrokes as well as the 100 butterfly (58.21)...The only other race winner for UCSD was freshman Emily Adamcyzk who touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:11.06)...Adamcyzk was also second in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.40)...McGihon's 400 free relay quartet of Amber Tan, Anju Shimura, Anji Shakya and Henley was also runner-up, going 3:34.26.

On the men's side, junior Matt Herman won the 1000 freestyle in dominating fashion, clocking 9:33.52 to defeat his closest pursuer by 16 seconds...He came back to add the 500 freestyle (4:45.19) to his haul for the day...Fast-improving freshman Alex Merrill proved gamest at the wall in the 200 freestyle (1:43.60), prevailing by .01 seconds and sophomore diver Tyler Runsten led a 1-2-3 Triton finish on both the one-meter (274.90 pts.) and three-meter (275.65) boards...Turning in notable silver medal finishes were Blake Langland (50 freestyle/21.63), Shaun Stringer (100 butterfly/1:57.80), Adam Rice (200 IM/1:57.69) and breaststroker Nick Korth who was second in both the 100 (57.82) and 200 (2:09.09).

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Men's Basketball Coach Chris Carlson, Women's Basketball Coach Charity Elliott and catcher Kellen Lee of the baseball team.

Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team gets its final pre-season tune-up Saturday  when it goes crosstown to tangle with host USD in an 8:00 AM exhibition.

Last Wednesday's 11th annual UC San Diego Athletic Dept. Blood Drive, held in conjunction with the American Red Cross, netted over 160 donors which will likely put it among the most successful drives in the history of the event.

The Triton Athletes' Council will be finishing up its first annual Triton Winter Warm-Up this week...The initiative is focused on collecting blankets, jackets and socks that will be distributed to the local community by the Alpha Project of San Diego.

Spirit Night, the culmination of a weeklong spirit competition among UCSD's six colleges, is set for Saturday, Feb. 5 when the Tritons host Cal State Monterey Bay for a basketball doubleheader...Revelle College is the defending Spirit Night champion.

This week's Athletic Promotions---Free gold t-shirts will be given out to the first 1,000 students at Thursday's basketball doubleheader, courtesy of USE Credit Union...The same night, the UCSD Greek system will be sponsoring a free student pre-game BBQ outside RIMAC... Saturday night's basketball doubleheader will feature a free burrito coupon for all in attendance, courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill, and it will also be the third annual mascot night.

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