UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (January 31, 2011)
Release: Friday 01/31/2011 
by UCSD
The UCSD Basketball team will be back in action this week at RIMAC Arena.
The UCSD Basketball team will be back in action...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Tue,. Feb. 1---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Hope---6:00 PM

Thu., Feb. 3---WBasketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---5:30 PM
Thu., Feb. 3---MBasketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:30 PM

Fri., Feb. 4---Softball---UCSD vs. Notre Dame de Namur (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 4---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 4---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 4---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Pepperdine---7:00 PM

Sat., Feb. 5---Fencing---UCSD at Northwestern Invitational---8:00 AM
Sat,. Feb. 5---WTennis---UCSD at Azusa Pacific---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 5---Softball---UCSD vs. Colorado School of Mines (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 5---MTennis---UCSD at Redlands---2:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 5---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 5---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM

Sun., Feb. 6---Fencing---UCSD at Northwestern Invitational---8:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 6---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon---11:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 6---Softball---UCSD vs. Colorado School of Mines (DH)---11:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 6---MTennis---UCSD at UC Riverside---Noon

SPIRIT NIGHT - This Saturday, Feb. 5 - Be Part of the Tradition!!

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COMES HOME WITH TWO-GAME WIN STREAK
Following a devastating pair of home losses, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team showed it's still got plenty of backbone, posting a pair of gutty road victories to lift its season record to 12-9 and improve to 10-4 in CCAA play...Now, the Tritons return to RIMAC Arena for a big conference doubleheader, hosting last place San Francisco State (1-17/1-13) Thursday and league-leading Cal State Monterey Bay (17-1/13-1) Saturday...UCSD comes into this week's play tied for fourth in the CCAA...On the opening weekend of conference play, the Tritons fell to Cal State Monterey Bay but downed SFSU in Northern California.

Last Thursday in Rohnert Park, UCSD got 19 points and nine boards apiece from Chelsea Carlisle and Emily Osga and held Sonoma State to 32.8% from the floor en route to a 58-54 victory... A 7-2 spurt at the end of the first half, keyed by five points from sophomore Erin Grady, put the Tritons up 29-24 at intermission...They used a 10-0 run late in the second half, with Osga burying a pair of threes and scoring eight points, to ice it... Carlisle added a team high four assists.

Two nights later, the Tritons erased some personal demons with a 63-61 tight rope walk of a victory at Humboldt State...The Lumberjacks, who handed UCSD three of its five losses last season, nearly did it again Saturday but this time Triton junior Daisy Feder stunned the home team with a three-point dagger 14 seconds from the final buzzer...The game produced plenty of drama in the final four minutes...Elliott's cagers were five points up with 3:44 remaining but Humboldt rubbed that out in the next 1:14... The Tritons were still three short with 1:42 to go but buckets from freshman Elaina White and junior Lauren Freidenberg put them one ahead with 46 ticks remaining...HSU reclaimed the lead on a pair of charity tosses with 30 seconds to go but Feder's clutch trey turned out to be the clincher...In a contest where Carlisle and Osga scored only 12 points, Freidenberg and Feder stepped up to fill the void...The former produced a mammoth 20 point, 17 rebound effort and Feder also hit double digits with 11...Carlisle handed out eight assists.

MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT  RIMAC
Looking for a solution to a five-game losing streak, the most recent two coming on the road last weekend, and hoping to keep its CCAA Tournament hopes alive, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (9-11/4-10) will battle San Francisco State (12-6/10-4) and Cal State Monterey Bay (6-12/4-10) Thursday and Saturday at RIMAC Arena...Both foes topped UCSD earlier in the season on their home courts...The Tritons have slid into a tie for 10th with Monterey Bay in the CCAA standings while SFSU is now third...The top eight teams make the CCAA Tournament.

Despite a 19 point, 10 rebound effort from junior Christian Hatch, Carlson's crew saw its road swing get off to a bad start last Thursday with an 83-60 loss at Sonoma State...The Seawolves finished the first half strong to take a nine-point lead into the locker room and hit 24-of-26 free throws in the second half to put things out of reach...UCSD beat Sonoma, 30-23, on the glass but the home team shot over 50% from the floor and forced the Tritons into 17 turnovers.

There was no relief at Humboldt State Saturday as the Tritons shot a disappointing 29.6% and were outrebounded by 12 in a 69-44 loss...The league-leading host Lumberjacks were only five up at halftime but outscored UCSD by 20 in the second half while shooting 53.8%...Senior Casey Ryan registered 12 points and six rebounds for the Tritons and freshman James McCann finished with 10 points and four assists.

BASEBALL OPENS 2011 CAMPAIGN UNDER FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Coach Dan O'Brien's Baseball team, coming off a 54-8 season in which it finished second at the NCAA Championship and ranked No. 1 or 2 nationally in virtually every pre-season poll, opens its 2011 season this weekend with a four-game home series against always tough Western Oregon...Game one, UCSD's first regular season tilt under the new lights at Triton Ballpark, is Friday at 6:00 PM...The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and a singleton Sunday afternoon...The Tritons, who downed Point Loma, 5-0, in an exhibition game called in the ninth inning Saturday, will play a final tune-up Tuesday against San Diego Christian at 6:00 PM.

Senior All-American Tim Shibuya heads up a pitching staff that includes fellow seniors Guido Knudson and Danny Simmons...O'Brien's batting order figures to include returning standouts Evan Kehoe (3B), Kellen Lee (C), Kyle Saul (OF), Aaron Bauman (OF), Danny Susdorf (OF), Blake Tagmyer (2B) and Michael Benton (C/DH) among others.

See video, interviews from Saturday night's "Light It Up" event at Triton Ballpark.

              

BIG OPENING WEEKEND SLATED FOR SOFTBALL
The Softball team steps full throttle into the 2011 season, Coach Patti Gerckens' 20th at the helm, when it plays six home games this weekend...The Tritons open Friday with a doubleheader against Notre Dame de Namur and then plays back-to-back double dips against Colorado School of Mines, Saturday and Sunday.

Gerckens' squad, which went 30-20 in 2010 but missed the NCAA Playoffs for the first time in four years, will rely heavily on a battle-tested group of veterans headed by two-time All-American outfielder Kristyn Lesovsky and first team All-CCAA pitching standout Camille Gaito...Also returning are shortstop Sarah Woofter, first baseman Jenn De Fazio, outfielders Katrin Gabriel, Lyndsay Gaylord and Rhiannon Ousley, DP Nicole Spangler and infielder Dyanna Imoto as well as pitcher Tess Granath...The Tritons were tabbed for a fifth place conference finish in the pre-season poll of CCAA coaches.

HOPE, PEPPERDINE TEST MEN'S VOLLEYBALL HERE THIS WEEK
The 15th-ranked Men's Volleyball team concludes a five-game home stand this week when it hosts NAIA Hope International Tuesday and No. 8 Pepperdine Friday night... Coach Kevin Ring's spikers bring a 4-6 ledger into Tuesday night's match after winning two-of-three at RIMAC Arena last week...They are 2-3 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) activity.

It was smooth sailing Wednesday as the Tritons pounded visiting Princeton, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-16) behind the .550 hitting of sophomore Carl Eberts who finished with a match high 14 kills...Eberts also chalked up 12 digs while senior Phil Bannan (29) and freshman Mike Brunsting (9) combined for 38 assists and UCSD hit .333 as a team.

On a night that had more than its share of ebbs and flows, the Tritons bounced back from a mid-match torpor to trip up No. 11 Hawaii, 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-8)...Senior Calvin Ross was the big man in the middle for UCSD, smacking 17 kills while hitting at a .577 clip...His solo block and subsequent kill off a quick set from Bannan finished off the Warriors in the crucial fourth set and he set the tone early for the Tritons' fifth game romp...Eberts was good for 13 kills and the Bannan-Brunsting duo put up an impressive set of combo stats---17 kills, 58 assists, 3 aces and 12 digs.

As Ring expected, it was a different Hawaii team that showed up at RIMAC Arena 24 hours later and the result was a 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20) Triton loss...Ross was again on fire (12 kills and an incredible .706 hitting percentage) and UCSD's team attack percentage (.348) was a number that wins most matches but poor serving (one ace, 17 errors) opened things up for the Warrior offense which hit .424...Freshman Nick Iorfino matched Ross's 12 kills and Shane Veiga kicked in with 10.

Listen to Friday night's post-game interview with Coach Kevin Ring.
Listen to Friday night's post-game interview with senior Calvin Ross.
Listen to Wednesday's post-game interview with Carl Eberts.

NO. 18 WOMEN'S WATER POLO HOSTS LONG BEACH STATE FRIDAY
Second-year Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team, which went 2-2 in last weekend's season-opening UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational, makes its home debut Friday when Long Beach State comes to Canyonview Pool.

Kreutzkamp's club fell, 11-8, to No. 7 Michigan in its season opener Saturday morning in Santa Barbara...Senior Hanalei Crowell had a solid all-around game, collecting three goals, two assists and three steals while goalie Kristen Ostosh, in her first career start, turned away 12 shots...After trailing at halftime, the 18th-ranked Tritons battled back to tie the Wolverines at five before their veteran rival showed its experience to pull away late...Saturday afternoon, UCSD saw no such resolve from Vanguard, drilling the Lions, 24-3, behind four goals from junior Kelsey Schultz and freshman Melissa Bartow...Another freshman, Katie Anderson, notched three...The Tritons roared out to a 13-3 advantage after two quarters and breezed home as every player found the scoring column.

UCSD jumped out to a 5-1 lead but had to overcome some sloppy play before dropping WWPA rival Sonoma State, 14-10, Sunday morning...The Tritons were never in real jeopardy but five times surrendered goals to the Seawolves immediately after scoring themselves, which kept things relatively close...Crowell netted four goals as UCSD won its fourth straight against Sonoma State...The Tritons played considerably better Sunday afternoon but ended up one goal short in an 8-7 defeat vs. No. 12 host UC Santa Barbara...After playing the Gauchos even (3-3) through the first two quarters, UCSD fell behind, 8-5, heading into the fourth...UCSD closed it to 8-6 and an Orozco tally with 21 seconds remaining put them down just one...A steal and a timeout gave the Tritons a chance with nine seconds left but they were unable to get a tying marker...Crowell, Orozco and Kirsten Bates, who had seven goals on the weekend, each put two in the cage.

SWIMMING & DIVING CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON
Following a regular season-ending pair of home meets against Division I opponents Hawaii, Wyoming and San Diego State, Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving team now sets its sights squarely on the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships, slated for Feb. 16-19 at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach...The meet, where both men's and women's teams will be pointing for back-to-back titles, is annually the focal point of the squad's winter NCAA Championship qualifying efforts.

Last weekend at Canyonview, the Tritons came up on the short end of both men's and women's dual meets vs. Hawaii and Wyoming and the women also lost to San Diego State...The top performers for UCSD were junior distance standout Matt Herman, who turned in a time of 15:56.70 while capturing the 1,650 freestyle Friday, and junior All-American Alex Henley who won the 200 backstroke (2:02.79) by five seconds Friday and dominated a good 400 individual medley field in 4:25.39 Saturday...Other notable efforts for the Tritons over the two days came from junior sprinter Blake Langland, who touched in 20.93 while finishing second in the 50 freestyle Saturday and came back with a blazing 20.06 relay anchor in the 200 freestyle relay, and diver Tyler Runsten who was third on the three-meter board (326.35 pts.) while facing, among others, former NCAA Division I champion Douglas Cohen from Hawaii... See Han Lee hit a personal best 2:04.33 in the 200 breaststroke...On the women's side, Olivia Martens was narrowly touched out in the 200 butterfly (2:08.25) Friday, and the same day, Emily Adamcyzk (2:22.37) led a 1-2-3 Triton finish in the 200 breaststroke.

Watch Saturday's Senior Day interview with Sam Duimovich.
Watch Saturday's Senior Day interview with Jessica Ferguson.

RUGGED COMPETITION IN LINE FOR FENCERS AT NORTHWESTERN
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team heads to Evanston, IL this weekend for its biggest event of the regular season, the ultra-tough Northwestern Invitational...The Tritons will travel with 10 women and 11 men to a meet that will have huge NCAA qualifying implications ...UCSD will compete in dual competitions against eight men's and 11 women's teams ...Among the other schools in the field are Northwestern, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford and North Carolina.

TENNIS TEAMS OPEN ON ROAD
There will no be easing into the 2011 campaign for the Men's and Women's Tennis teams which will both face trials on the road in their first week of competition...Coach Eric Steidlmayer's men, sporting the senior trio of Erik Elliott, Vincent Nguyen and Armaun Emami, will be at Redlands on Saturday and UC Riverside a day later while Coach Liz LaPlante's women's squad will tangle with Azusa Pacific Saturday morning...LaPlante & Co. will make their home debut a week from Tuesday while the men's team does not play in La Jolla until March.

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 senior pitcher Tim Shibuya of the baseball team.

The Track & Field team will host the second annual Leon Roach Vault-a-Thon this Saturday at Triton Track & Field Stadium...The event is designed to raise money to support the ongoing development of a pole vault seating area in the memory of Roach, a former UCSD vaulter who died last year in a training accident...For more information, contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-4211.

Saturday night's basketball doubleheader will be UCSD's annual Spirit Night, the culmination of a week long spirit competition among the university's six colleges...The Spirit Night trophy will be awarded to the winning college on the court following the men's game...Revelle College is the defending champion...Click here for more Spirit Night information.

As part of Spirit Week, six members of both  the men's and women's basketball teams will appear as "celebrity servers" Tuesday night at different dining locations on campus...This week's edition of the year-long program, known as "Taste of the Tritons" is scheduled to include the following players--Erin Grady & Dylan Bohanan (Café Ventanas), James McCann & Erin Dautremont (Ocean View Terrace), Tyler McGrath & Stephanie Yano (Canyon Vista), Mackenzie McCullough & Emily Osga (Plaza Café), Ryan Peters & Megan Perry (The Pines) and Matt Bailey & Elaina White (Goody's)...For more information, check under Taste of the Tritons at ucsdtritons.com.

Send questions or comments to tritons@ucsd.edu.

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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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