UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (January 24, 2011)
Release: Friday 01/23/2011 
by UCSD
Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving teams have their final home meets this weekend.
Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Wed., Jan. 26---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Princeton---5:00 PM

Thu., Jan. 27---WBasketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Thu., Jan. 27---MBasketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:30 PM

Fri., Jan. 28---Swim/Dive---UCSD vs. Hawaii/Wyoming---3:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 28---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Hawaii---7:00 PM

Sat., Jan. 29---WWater Polo---UCSD at UCSB Winter Invitational---All Day
Sat., Jan. 29---Swim/Dive---UCSD vs. HI/WY/SDSU---Noon
Sat., Jan. 29---WBasketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 29---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Hawaii---7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 29---MBasketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:30 PM

Sun., Jan. 30---WWater Polo---UCSD at UCSB Winter Invitational---All Day


BIG TRIO OF HOME MATCHES ON TAP FOR MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Coach Kevin Ring's 15th-ranked Men's Volleyball team takes center stage this week, hosting three home matches at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons come into Wednesday's tussle against Princeton with a 2-5  mark  and will be looking to improve on their 12-4 all-time record vs. the Tigers...On Friday No. 13 Hawaii (1-3) hits town for the first of back-to-back matches at RIMAC Arena...Hawaii, which swept two matches from the Tritons last season, has won 38 of the 40 meetings between the two...The Warriors have just one win this year but it was a big one, a three-set sweep of defending NCAA champ Stanford last weekend.

After moving into the national rankings for the first time last week, UCSD promptly lost in its next two outings...The first, a 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-17) loss to No. 1 USC last Friday at RIMAC Arena, might have been predictable...The undefeated Trojans, featuring a tall, well-experienced lineup, hit a whopping .416 while racing past the Tritons... Sophomore Carl Eberts had nine kills and UCSD clearly stepped its play up a notch after the first set rout...Senior setter Phil Bannan, splitting chores much of the night with freshman Mike Brunsting in a 6-2 alignment, had 20 assists, four kills and six digs...Brunsting handed out 14 assists.

The second defeat was a bit surprising as UCSD was downed 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-18) on the road Saturday by a Cal Baptist team it had beaten by the same margin just two weeks earlier in Santa Barbara...Eberts was again the offensive leader with eight kills, followed by senior Calvin Ross and freshman Sebastian Brady with seven each... Eberts and Brady each registered two aces...After the two squads split the first two sets, the Tritons surrendered what proved to be the crusher in the third after being up four late, 21-17.

Hear Coach Kevin Ring's Friday post-game interview following the USC match.

MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO REVERSE LUCK IN NORCAL
Close didn't count for much with Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team which dropped a pair of heartbreakers at home last week, losing to perennial CCAA contenders Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona by a total of three points...UCSD (9-9/4-8) will now try to steady the ship on the road where the Tritons will battle Sonoma State (6-10/4-8) and Humboldt State (14-2/10-2) this weekend...UCSD is now tied for eighth in the conference standings with Sonoma State and Cal State Stanislaus while Humboldt holds down second.

After trailing by as much as 13 in the first half, UCSD appeared ready to pull off a stunner against Cal State San Bernardino Thursday but after taking a 59-58 lead on a Casey Ryan lay-up with 1:22 remaining, the Tritons were unable to hold off the Coyotes who escaped with a 60-59 win...UCSD utilized 50% second half shooting from the field to rally from a 33-25 halftime deficit against the perennial CCAA contenders...Ryan finished with a game-high 21 points, two coming on a thunderous second half dunk, and seven rebounds while freshman James McCann and junior Christian Hatch added 14 and 12 respectively...UCSD, the top rebounding team in the CCAA coming in, was out-boarded, 38-30, by San Bernardino and connected on just 68% of its free throws.

More frustration heaped on the Tritons Saturday as defending NCAA Division II champion Cal Poly Pomona eked out a 54-52 victory at RIMAC Arena...In a low-scoring affair, the Tritons out-rebounded the Broncos by five and hit over 60% from beyond the arc, but watched a two-point lead slip away when Pomona tallied seven of the game's last 10 points over the final four minutes of a defensive struggle...Sophomore guard Tyler McGrath drained five threes while scoring a career high 18 for UCSD and Hatch accounted for 10 points and eight boards, the latter tying him with Justin Brue and Ryan for game honors.

Watch Coach Chris Carlson's post-game interview after Saturday night's game vs. Cal Poly Pomona.

              

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AIMS TO REBOUND ON ROAD
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team came into last week on a roll but exited in search of answers after dropping a pair of  home games to upper echelon CCAA rivals...The Tritons (10-9/8-4 CCAA) will have to search for solutions on the road, traveling to Sonoma State (6-10/4-8) Thursday and Humboldt State (9-7/6-6) Saturday...UCSD, now tied for fourth in the conference, defeated Sonoma State but lost to Humboldt State in double OT earlier in the year at home.

The Tritons saw their six-game winning streak snapped Thursday night as visiting Cal State San Bernardino scored on a driving lay-up with three seconds left for a 60-58 victory...UCSD, which trailed by as many as 10 early, climbed back to lead by two at halftime and was still up by four with just over two minutes to go but was foiled by untimely turnovers down the stretch...Junior guard Chelsea Carlisle had 15 points to lead the Tritons and sophomore Erin Grady chipped in with 13...Freshman guard Megan Perry led the home team in both rebounds (8) and assists (4).

In a frenetic, topsy-turvy affair, UCSD ended up on the short side of an 82-75 verdict Saturday night vs. Cal Poly Pomona...UCSD, again down through much of the first half, built up nine-point leads in both sessions but came undone during an eight and a half minute stretch in the second half...In that span, the Broncos outscored the Tritons, 29-8, a run culminated by a 14-0 finishing spurt...Most of the statistics were dead even but the killer for UCSD was Cal Poly's 10-of-18 shooting from three-point land...The brightest light for Elliott's crew was junior Lauren Freidenberg...The lefty scored 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting and hauled down 10 rebounds...Carlisle chipped in with 14 points and five assists while her backcourt mate, Perry, hit all four of her field goal attempts en route to a 10-point night.

Watch Coach Charity Elliott's interview following Saturday night's game vs. Cal Poly Pomona.


SWIM/DIVE WHIPS CAL BAPTIST; FINAL HOME MEET SATURDAY
Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving team will conclude its 2011 home season this weekend, taking on Division I Hawaii and Wyoming (men only) Friday and then having a re-match on Saturday with the Wyoming and San Diego State women thrown in for good measure...The Tritons will then begin a two-and-a-half week lead-up to the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships.

Last Saturday, the Triton men captured seven individual events and both relays to hand visiting Cal Baptist a 163-137 defeat at Canyonview Pool...Matt Herman, the Tritons' distance freestyle ace took both the 1,000 (9:44.94) and 500 (4:41.53) in his specialty to lead the home team...Single wins were the province of Eric Owens (100 backstroke/ 51.85), Blake Langland (50 freestyle/21.13), Martin Vanek (200 backstroke/1:54.33), Adam Yen (100 butterfly/51.69) and Tyler Runsten (3M diving/324.52 pts.)...Owens also swam the opening leg of the 200 medley relay (1:33.43) and Langland turned in a hard-charging anchor in the 400 freestyle relay (3:08.99), which UCSD won by less than a second...Vanek's triumph paced a 1-2-3 Triton finish in the 200 backstroke.

Meanwhile, superior depth propelled the UCSD Women to a narrow, 152-146, decision...As always, junior All-American Alex Henley was on top of her game, grabbing the 200 freestyle (1:54.39) and 200 butterfly (2:03.94)...Classmate Neda Nguyen provided big wins in both breaststroke races, clocking 1:07.27 in the 100 and 2:25.43 in the 200--both races where UCSD seized the top three spots...Henley also teamed with Anju Shimura, Amber Tan and Anji Shakya to win the final event, the 400 freestyle relay (3:34.34), which proved critical when the final numbers were crunched.

Listen to Associate Head Coach Matt Macedo's post-meet comments Saturday.
Listen to Associate Head Coach Corrie Falcon's post-meet comments Saturday.
Click here to read the website Q&A with junior Neda Nguyen.

WOMEN'S WATER POLO  MAKES 2011 DEBUT IN SANTA BARBARA
Year Two of the Brad Kreutzkamp era of Women's Water Polo begins this weekend when he takes his young Tritons to Santa Barbara for the UCSB Winter Invitational...The Tritons, 18-19 in Kreutzkamp's rookie season, will face two ranked teams as well as one conference opponent in Santa Barbara...UCSD faces a tough tournament opener, paired with No. 8 Michigan at 10:55 AM Saturday...At 2:25 PM that day, Kreutzkamp and Co. will tackle NAIA Vanguard... Sunday, it will be WWPA rival Sonoma State (9:30 AM) and 12th-ranked host UC Santa Barbara (12:40 PM).

UCSD will be without four key seniors from last year's club--second and third-leading goal scorers Stephanie Heinrich and Audra Bloom, defensive stalwart Stephanie Bocian and veteran goalie Markayla Quane, who piled up 736 career saves...Back for the Tritons are junior Kirsten Bates, who topped the team with 66 goals in 2010, senior Hanalei Crowell (49 goals), sophomore Jessica Tran (32 goals) and southpaw senior Felicia Orozco (24 goals)...UCSD has been picked to finish second in the WWPA this season after making it to last year's conference championship game where it lost, 13-10, to Loyola Marymount.

NO. 1 BASEBALL TEAM PREPS FOR START OF 2011 CAMPAIGN
Coach Dan O'Brien's Baseball team, which finished second at last year's NCAA Division II Championship and enters the 2011 season ranked No. 1 nationally by College Baseball Lineup and No. 2 by College Baseball Newspaper, will play a pair of home exhibition games this week...The Tritons will face off against San Diego Christian Wednesday at 2:00 PM and then square off against Point Loma Saturday at 7:00 PM...The regular season begins Feb. 4 against Western Oregon.

Saturday's contest will be the first played under the new lights at Triton Ballpark...An invitation-only, on-the-field event, recognizing the significance of the evening and those who made it possible, will precede the game.

LOUIE LEADS YOUTHFUL FENCERS IN DALLAS
Youth carried the day for Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team at the recent North American Cup in Dallas...Three underclassmen turned in strong performances at the sport's mega-event which finished last Monday...Freshman Brennan Louie placed 16th in a 194-man field in the foil and fellow first-year fencer Nick Bartuzik was 42nd out of 162 in the sabre competition...Sophomore James Galamba had the best result for the Tritons in epee, placing in the top third (82nd) among 258 entrants...Next up for UCSD is the Feb. 5-6 Northwestern Invitational.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature Baseball Coach Dan O'Brien, Women's Water Polo Coach Brad Kreutzkamp and junior Shane Veiga of the Men's Volleyball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

Homecoming 2011 is set for Saturday, Oct. 22...Further details regarding events, times and sites will be forthcoming in the next several months...For more information or questions, call (858) 534-8460.

The Athletic Department's weekly Dining Hall promotion will feature Swimming & Dining this week...Thursday night between 6:00 and 7:00 PM, Megan Thomas and Tyler Runsten will be serving tacos at Marshall College's Ocean View Terrace while Amber Tan and Michael Lorch will be working the custom burrito line at Goody's on Ridgewalk.

Click here to read the latest edition of Triton Insider where UCSD student-athletes, coaches and staff answer questions regarding their personal interests and opinions...A fun look at the UCSD Athletic program.


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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 Soccer at Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
W Volleyball at Sonoma State
7:00 PM
Rohnert Park
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
W Soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
Wednesday, October 01
M Water Polo vs. Loyola Marymount
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
Thursday, October 02
W Volleyball at Humboldt State
7:00 PM
Arcata
Friday, October 03
M Soccer vs. Cal State San Bernardino
4:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo at Air Force
6:00 PM
Colorado Springs, CO
W Soccer vs. Cal State San Bernardino
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, October 04
W Volleyball at Cal State San Bernardino
7:00 PM
San Bernardino
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