Release: Sunday 01/29/2006 
Freshman Michelle Osier and her UCSD teammates face key weekend match-ups at RIMAC Arena.
Freshman Michelle Osier and her UCSD teammates...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

This Week’s Events:


Tue., Jan. 31---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Chapman---7:30 PM


Wed., Feb. 1---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---2:00 PM

Wed., Feb. 1---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Princeton---6:00 PM


Thu., Feb. 2---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. UC Santa Barbara---7:00 PM


Fri., Feb. 3---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus Tournament---All Day

Fri., Feb. 3---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---5:30 PM

Fri., Feb. 3---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---7:30 PM


Sat., Feb. 4---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Michigan Tournament---All Day

Sat., Feb. 4---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus Tournament---All Day

Sat., Feb. 4---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Azusa Pacific---10:00 AM

Sat., Feb. 4---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Riverside---1:00 PM

Sat., Feb. 4---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield---5:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 4---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield---7:30 PM


Sun., Feb. 5---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Michigan Tournament---All Day

Sun., Feb. 5---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus Tournament---All Day

Sun., Feb. 5---Fencing---UCSD at Cal State Fullerton, Cal Tech---11:00 AM

Sun., Feb. 5---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at San Diego State---2:30 PM






After splitting road games against the first and last place teams in the CCAA, the Men’s Basketball team returns to La Jolla to host Cal State L.A., Friday, and Cal State Bakersfield, Saturday...Coach Bill Carr’s squad is now 8-10 overall, 5-5 (tied for fourth) in the CCAA and has wins in four of its last five contests...UCSD suffered a three-point defeat at CSULA and a two-point loss at Bakersfield earlier in the season...The Golden Eagles come in 7-10 overall and 4-6 in conference while the Roadrunners are 13-4/8-2.


The Tritons saw their three-game win streak evaporate in a 70-53 against league-leading Sonoma State, Friday in Rohnert Park...Freshman Henry Patterson scored a career high 20 points and the conference’s top field goal percentage shooter connected at an 8-for-13 clip...The Tritons shot just 39.2% as a team and were outrebounded by five but still owned a seven-point halftime edge...Sonoma charged out of the break with a 14-0 run and were never threatened from there...Clint Allard contributed nine points and three assists before fouling out.


Saturday, UCSD used solid second half shooting from the field and line to subdue San Francisco State, 65-56...The Tritons trailed the cellar-dwelling Gators, 25-17, at the half...Allard (16 pts.), freshman Darryl Lawlor (14) and Patterson (13 on 5-for-6 shooting) keyed the offensive effort while Justin Sinnot and Shane Poppen came off the bench to combine for 11 rebounds...After shooting just 31.6% in the first half, the Tritons hit at over 50% in the final 20 minutes, steadily chipping away at SFSU’s lead...A Patterson lay-up at 8:07 gave them a lead they never surrendered...It was UCSD’s first win at San Francisco State since joining the CCAA in 2000-01.



Now 14-2 overall and 9-1 in CCAA play, the Women’s Basketball team will be sporting a 10-game winning streak and a newly-acquired national ranking (No. 25) when it returns to RIMAC Arena for a pair of games against Cal State L.A. (13-4/7-3) and Cal State Bakersfield (16-1/9-1) this weekend...Both will be huge outings as L.A. handed the Tritons their only CCAA loss back in early December and Bakersfield, tied with UCSD for sole possession of the conference lead, absorbed its only defeat of the year in overtime against Janell Jones’ club on the same weekend.


Down, 8-0, out of the chute and behind by as many as 13 in the first half, UCSD rallied to go into the locker room at halftime, 33-33, en route to a 69-65 triumph at Sonoma State Friday night...With Leora Juster scoring 10 and Michelle Osier six, the Tritons outscored the Seawolves, 20-7, to open the second half...Juster, continuing to be an offensive force, wound up with 26 on 11-of-17 shooting and handed out four assists...Osier finished with 20 and teamed with Hillary Hansen and Briana Hinga (nine rebounds each) to propel UCSD to a 37-29 advantage on the glass...Osier also registered eight steals, coming very close to getting a rare triple double.


The Tritons made it 10 in a row Saturday with their largest win of the season, a 93-57 romp at San Francisco State...Juster and Osier netted 16 apiece as five UCSD players reached double figures in scoring...Osier had a mammoth night on the boards, pulling down 19 rebounds (a team and CCAA season best), 10 on the offensive end...Hansen nearly had a double double as well, scoring 14 and snagging nine rebounds...Junior Kim Buffum hit three treys for 12 points and Meaghan  Noud came off the bench for 11...Led by Osier and Hinga, who had 10 rebounds, the Tritons finished with an amazing, 61-26, edge in that column.


Read Sunday's S.D. Union-Tribune article on Head Coach Janell Jones in "UC San Diego Headlines" on UCSD Athletics website.



Still in search of its elusive first victory, the Men’s Volleyball team hosts a pair of mid-week matches at RIMAC Arena...East Coast invader Princeton is here Wednesday at 6:00 PM and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe UC Santa Barbara comes to town the next night when first serve will be at 7:00 PM.


Friday night, the Tritons let golden opportunities slide through their fingers in games one and three while falling to No. 3 Pepperdine, 3-0 (30-28, 30-19, 30-25)...The Waves, coming in off a win over No. 1 Long Beach State, hit .424 on the night and outblocked UCSD, 12-4, yet Coach  Kevin Ring’s club had victory in its sights in both the opening and final sets...In game one, the two squads exchanged sideouts from 15-all to 28-all but shoddy passing resulted in a pair of late hitting errors that allowed Pepperdine to escape...In game three, the Tritons used a mid-game surge to go up, 20-16, but the visitors went on a 7-2 run to regain a lead they never relinquished...Senior Brenden Bowe’s 10 kills paced UCSD and junior Brooks Dierdorff dished out 37 assists while making some big plays at key points.


The next night against USC, the Tritons couldn’t seem to get into any kind of consistent rhythm, coming up short in a 3-0 (30-22, 30-27, 30-27) contest at RIMAC Arena...Jon Daze and Garret Smith each accounted for nine kills and UCSD won the blocking battle, 9-5, but the Trojans outhit the Tritons, .370-.239...Dierdorff had 35 assists and seven digs.



Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team opens the 2006 season on the road at the Cal State Stanislaus Tournament this weekend...UCSD is scheduled to face Central Washington, Humboldt State, Notre Dame de Namur, Grand Canyon, Seattle and Cal State Stanislaus during the three-day tourney.


The Tritons have a core of veterans in their everyday lineup including shortstop Desiree Franciscus, centerfielder Jenny Spencer, third baseman Jenny Maze, rightfielder Niki Anderson and second baseman Elizabeth Vasquez.



Ranked 17th in the national pre-season poll, the Women’s Water Polo team makes its 2006 debut at the Michigan Tournament, this Saturday and Sunday in Ann Arbor...In four games, the Tritons will clash with three teams ranked in the top 11...They open with No. 11 Indiana and No. 7 Long Beach State on Saturday and face host Michigan (No. 8) and Slippery Rock to finish things up a day later.


After posting an 18-17 record a year ago, Coach Larry Sanders’ club again figures to be stout defensively with experience in goal and inside defense and he’s expecting to see a more potent offense...Tentative starters include senior Flynn LaRochelle, juniors Britta Nordstrom, Natalie Hockett and Michelle Perkins and sophomores Judy Emaus and Nicole Hermann...Senior Kaitlin Foe will man the cage...Among others figuring to get ample playing time are Sarah Bajorek, Kristen Frazer, Miho Umezawa, Lauren Woods and Lauren Briskin...Bajorek is UCSD’s top returning goal scorer, having netted 26 last season.



Despite coming up on the losing end in both divisions, Saturday’s final home dual meet against Division I UC Irvine was a Senior Day full of positives for the Swimming & Diving teams...In its last meet at Canyonview Pool, the UCSD women fell to the Anteaters, 198-101, while the men dropped a 19.5-118.5 decision...Next up for the Tritons will be the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships, Feb. 8-11, in Long Beach.


The women turned in three winning performances Saturday...Senior Sophie Levy breezed to a 16-second victory over teammate Andrea Lippin in the 1,000 freestyle (10:18.06) while junior Emily Harlan (53.28) teamed with Shannon Simonds for a 1-2 showing in the 100 freestyle...Levy was also a narrow runner-up in the 500 freestyle (5:02.59) and joined Simonds, Harlan and freshman Aubrey Panis to capture the closing 200 freestyle relay (1:37.92)...Junior Susan Bell broke a longstanding UCSD record in the 50 backstroke (27.35) leading of the 200 medley relay.


On the men’s side, sophomore Joel Tourtellotte and juniors Lars Nordstrom, Jesse Marin and Daniel Gordh all took blue ribbons...Tourtellotte turned a close early race into a rout while clocking 9:45.60 in the 1,000 freestyle...Nordstrom touched first in the 100 freestyle (46.74) and Marin was an impressive winner in the 100 butterfly (52.32)...On the 3-meter board, Gordh collected 315.60 pts. to not only claim the event but qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships, the third Triton diver to do so to date.



There will be no easing into 2006 for Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis squad...The Tritons face a pair of Division I opponents to open the season this weekend, traveling to UC Riverside Saturday and coming back to San Diego to meet the German-laden roster of San Diego State, a top 50 team, the next afternoon...Expected to comprise the top six singles spots for the Tritons are two seniors, three sophomores and a freshmanóBrent Molden, Erik Rubens, Blake Meister, Erik Oijala, Kazumi Negishi and Ramesh Thondapu.



Boasting plenty of talent but less experience than a year ago, the Women’s Tennis team enters the 2006 season with the goal of going undefeated in conference and repeating as CCAA champions...Coach Liz LaPlante will be able to call on singles veterans Marsha Malinow, Marissa Hilker and Katie McKee...Hilker was first team All-CCAA a year ago and Malinow was second team...Doubles specialist Kristin Bronowicki figures to move into a singles slot as does newcomer Ina Dan...2005 reserves Justine Ang Fonte and Molly Sullens figure to battle for playing time on the singles ladder as does freshman Amelia Larkin...The Tritons open at home Wednesday against Grand Canyon and travel to Azusa Pacific Saturday.



Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team faces its first dual meet of the spring, tackling Cal State Fullerton and Cal Tech Saturday in Fullerton...The Tritons rolled over both squads at a home dual in November...UCSD will host a six-team dual meet including Notre Dame and Stanford the following weekend.



Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team hosts its annual Alumni Weekend this Friday through Sunday...The Tritons open the regular season the following Wednesday at home against Point Loma.



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