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It's Showtime! No. RV Tritons Begin Season Against Simon Fraser, Hawaii Pacific

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THE SCHEDULE
Game 1
vs. Simon Fraser (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 9 • 4 p.m.
The Sports Center • San Marcos 
Watch (Free) • Live Stats • Tickets

Game 2
vs. No. RV Hawaii Pacific (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 10 • 4 p.m.
The Sports Center • San Marcos 
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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule
• Overall: 0-0 
• CCAA: 0-0 
• Home: 0-0 
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): -
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Nov. 1) : RV 
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Oct. 31): RV 
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Oct. 29): 4th 
• CCAA Standings: -

BIG WEST BOUND
On Nov. 27, 2017 UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for NCAA Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. For more information, check out our full Big West Bound page here.

UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
(2017-18 stats listed)
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS 
G - #13 Joleen Yang (Sr., 5-6, 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, All-CCAA Honorable Mention) 
G - #22 Sydney Sharp (Jr., 5-10, 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG)
G - #21 Kayla Sato (Sr., 5-8, 13.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, All-CCAA Second Team)
F - #10 Haleigh Hatfield (Jr., 6-1, Transfer from High Point University)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (So., 6-1, 15.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, All-CCAA First Team)

Starters Returning (3)
• #13 Joleen Yang (Sr., 5-6): 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.6 APG
• #21 Kayla Sato (Sr., 5-8): 13.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.9 APG 
• #33 Mikayla Williams (Jr., 6-1): 15.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.2 APG

Starters Lost (2)
Dalayna Sampton (F, 6-1): 14.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 1.3 APG
Taylor Tanita (G, 5-4): 5.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.9 APG

Other Letterwinners Returning (4)
• #40 Shandiin Armao (F, Sr., 5-10): 4.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG
• #14 Stephanie Moore (G/F, Jr., 5-10): 1.5 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG
• #22 Sydney Sharp (G, Jr., 5-10): 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG     
• #30 Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F, RSo., 6-1): 0.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG

Other Letterwinners Lost (4)
Marcella Hughes (G, Jr., 5-5): 4.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.0 APG
Paige Song (G, Sr., 5-9): 2.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.0 APG
Rebecca Williams (G, Jr., 6-1): 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG
Kristen Vrcelj (G, So., 5-10): 0.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG

Newcomers (5)
• #12 Madison Baxter (G, Fr., 5-9)
• #15 Brianna Claros (G, Fr., 5-5)
• #24 Kendal Ellenbeck (G, Fr., 6-0)
• #10 Haleigh Hatfield (F, Jr., 6-1)
• #11 Julia Macabuhay (G, Fr., 5-6)

TRITON NOTES

  • UC San Diego has won five-straight season openers, including a 69-52 victory over Simon Fraser to begin 2017-18.
  • The Tritons are 5-1 all-time at The Sports Center on the campus of Cal State San Marcos.
  • UC San Diego is 1-2 all-time against Simon Fraser and 2-0 all-time against Hawaii Pacific.
  • The Tritons ranked 3rd in the nation last season in rebounding margin per contest (11.4), 7th in total rebounds (1,408), 7th in 3-point field-goal percentage (37.4), 16th in total assists (529) and 24th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.16).
  • Junior forward Mikayla Williams finished the 2017-18 season tied for 18th in the nation in total rebounds (307) and 34th in field-goal percentage (54.1).
  • Senior guard Joleen Yang was third in the nation last season in 3-point field-goal percentage (47.3).

2018-19 CCAA Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank         School                            Points (First-place votes)
1.             UC San Diego                   144 (12)
2.             Cal Poly Pomona              114
3.             Cal State East Bay.           111 (1)
4.             Chico State.                       100
5.             Cal State LA.                      96
6.             Humboldt State.                  93
7.             Cal State Dominguez Hills  89
8.             Cal State San Marcos         67
9.             Sonoma State                     57
10.           Stanislaus State                  54
11.           Cal State San Bernardino    50
12.           Cal State Monterey Bay       21
13.           San Francisco State            18

WBCA COACHES POLL
(Nov. 1 - Preseason)
1. Central Missouri 
2. Ashland 
3. Carson-Newman 
4. Union (Tenn.)
5. Indiana (Pa.) 
6. Alaska Anchorage 
7. West Texas A&M 
8. Bentley 
9. Drury
10. Lubbock Christian
11. Edinboro 
12. Fort Hays State 
13. Grand Valley State 
14. North Georgia
15. University of the Sciences
16. Azusa Pacific 
17. Florida Southern 
18. Virginia Union 
19. Stonehill
20. Southwestern Oklahoma State 
21. Wingate 
22. Black Hills State 
23. Valdosta State 
24. Northwest Nazarene
25. Lewis

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE WBCA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL MEDIA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(Oct. 29 - Preseason)
T-1. Alaska Anchorage
T-1. Northwest Nazarene 
3. Azusa Pacific
4. UC San Diego 
5. Cal Poly Pomona 
6. Hawaii Pacific
T-7. Simon Fraser
T-7. Dominican 
9. Western Washington 
10. Central Washington 

ABOUT SIMON FRASER
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 0-0 
• GNAC: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR

NOTES

  • Simon Fraser was picked to finish tied for third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
  • The Clan finished 14-15 overall and 9-11 in conference play last season, earning the No. 6 seed in the GNAC Tournament.
  • Simon Fraser fell to Seattle Pacific in the GNAC Tournament championships game in 2017-18.
  • Senior guard Sophie Swant was named to the GNAC Preseason All-Conference First Team, while sophomore forward Ozi Nwabuko was a second-team selection.
  • Swant led the Clan last season with 14.2 points per game along with 5.7 rebounds per contest.
  • Simon Fraser is coached by Bruce Langford, who is in his 18th season at the helm with an overall record of 426-127.

ABOUT HAWAII PACIFIC
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 0-0 
• PacWest: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: RV 

NOTES

  • Hawaii Pacific is receiving votes in the WBCA Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll.
  • The Sharks were picked to finish second in the PacWest Preseason Coaches Poll behind Azusa Pacific.
  • Hawaii Pacific won the PacWest Conference regular season and tournament championship last season en route to earning the No. 2 seed in the NCAA West Region Tournament.
  • Hawaii Pacific fell to No. 7-seed and eventual regional champion Montana State Billings in the first round of last season's West Region Tournament ... The Sharks return three starters and five letterwinners total from last season.
  • Senior guard Breanna Mackenzie was named to the Preseason All-PacWest Team after redshirting as a junior in 2017-18.
  • Mackenzie led the Sharks and was fifth in the PacWest in scoring during the 2016-17 season, averaging 17.7 points with 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
  • Hawaii Pacific head coach Reid Takatsuka enters his eighth season at the helm and is a three-time PacWest Coach of the Year.
  • Takatsuka has an overall record of 144-54 at Hawaii Pacific.
  • The Sharks begin the season against Cal State San Marcos on Friday, Nov. 9.

2017-18 HIGHLIGHTS
UC San Diego won the CCAA regular-season championship for the third-consecutive season in 2017-18, matching a program and conference-best 21-1 record in CCAA play. The Tritons finished a perfect 11-0 on the road in CCAA games last year, with winning streaks of 11 and 10 in a row during the season. Forward Dalayna Sampton was named CCAA Player of the Year and earned Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-West Region First-Team honors, while head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named CCAA Coach of the Year for the third-straight season and garnered Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region 8 Coach of the Year accolades. In addition, returning forward Mikayla Williams was an All-CCAA First-Team and D2CCA All-West Region Second-Team selection, while returning guard Kayla Sato was named to the All-CCAA Second Team as well as the CCAA All-Tournament Team. 

FINAL 2017-18 CCAA STANDINGS
1. UC San Diego, 21-1*
2. Cal Poly Pomona, 16-6
3. Humboldt State, 14-8^ 
4. Chico State, 14-8
5. Cal State LA, 13-9 
6. Cal State East Bay, 12-10 
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11-11 
8. Sonoma State, 9-13 
9. Cal State San Bernardino, 9-13
10. Stanislaus State, 8-14 
11. Cal State San Marcos, 8-14 
12. Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-17 
13. San Francisco State, 3-19

* CCAA regular-season champion
^ CCAA Tournament champion

HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
A former WNBA coach, Olympic team scout and assistant for the legendary Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, VanDerveer enters her seventh season as UC San Diego head coach in 2018-19. VanDerveer was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year for the third-consecutive season in 2017-18, guiding the Tritons to a 28-5 overall record and 21-1 mark in conference play. She also earned Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II District 8 Coach of the Year honors. UC San Diego won the CCAA regular-season championship for the third-straight year in 2017-18, making its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. For VanDerveer’s complete bio, click here.

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