Sat., Feb. 11---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---
Sat., Feb. 11---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly SLO---
Sat., Feb. 11---Baseball---UCSD at CalStateSan Bernardino Tournament---
Sat., Feb. 11---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
Sat., Feb. 11---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal Baptist---
Sat., Feb. 11---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
Sun., Feb. 12---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 12---Baseball---UCSD at CalStateSan Bernardino Tournament---
TRITON SWIMMERS SHOOT FOR TITLES AT CONFERENCE MEET
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams will be looking to add to the 21 athletes currently qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships when they compete at the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships, Wednesday through Saturday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach...Both the women and men have the potential to win conference titles...Going in, the UCSD men have 8 swimmers and two divers qualified for the national championships while the women sport 10 and one respectively...McGihon figures the two Triton teams could combine for four-to-eight more qualifiers after the PCSC meet.
UCSD’s top individual title possibilities this week on the women’s side include Sophie Levy in the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyles, Louisa Salisbury (100 breaststroke), Susan Bell (200 & 400 individual medley), Emily Harlan (50 & 100 freestyle) and Jennifer Sims (200 butterfly)...Blue ribbon threats for the men are Joel Tourtellotte (500 & 1,650 freestyle), Evan Hsiao (100 breaststroke), Michael Baier and Derek Petit (200 breaststroke) and divers Andrew Skewes and Daniel Gordh (one and three-meter boards).
WATER POLO DEBUTS IN NEW POOL AFTER SOLID ROAD START
After opening its season with a split of four games against top competition at the Michigan Tournament, the 17th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team returns home to christen the new Canyonview West Pool Friday night against No. 13 Hartwick and then host the 14-team Triton Invitational Saturday and Sunday.
In the Triton tournament, coach Larry Sanders’ charges will be matched against Pomona-Pitzer (10:10 AM) in the first round of pool play...A win would likely pit them against Long Beach State (2:50 PM) in the second game...Other top teams in the field include UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, Indiana, UC Davis and San Diego State..
In Ann Arbor last weekend, UCSD won its 2006 debut, 10-9 in overtime, over No. 11 Indiana...Sarah Bajorek and Michelle Perkins collected four goals each and it was Bajorek who cashed in to pull the Tritons even just before the end of regulation...Indiana went up, 9-8, in the first overtime session...UCSD tied it in the second OT period and after Sanders called timeout to set strategy with 20 seconds left, Perkins deposited a cross cage pass from Bajorek with the clock running out to win it...No. 7 Long Beach State used an unanswered four-goal outburst in the third period to down UCSD, 9-4, in Saturday's second game...With two apiece, Bajorek and Judy Emaus accounted for all of the Triton scoring.
Sunday, Perkins and Emaus both scored two goals and UCSD outscored No. 9 Michigan, 6-5 during the first three periods, but the Wolverines struck for three fourth period tallies to come away with an 8-6 triumph...The Tritons finished on a high note, pasting Slippery Rock, 18-1, as 12 different players hit the scoring column...Bajorek and Natalie Hockett both rang up three-goal hat tricks in the win.
MEN'S HOOP TEAM POSTS BIG SPIRIT NIGHT WIN; SITS 5TH IN CCAA
At .500 in the second half of the conference season for the first time since joining the CCAA in 2000-01, the Men’s Basketball team (9-12/6-6)travels to ChicoState and Cal State Stanislaus this weekend after splitting home games last Friday and Saturday...Coach Bill Carr’s squad is now fifth in the CCAA standings...ChicoState (6-13/5-7) and Stanislaus (8-11/5-7) are both tied for sixth...The Tritons defeated ChicoState and lost a tight one to CSUS in their first meetings this year.
In front of a Spirit Night crowd of 2,941 Friday, UCSD avenged an early season defeat by whipping Cal State L.A., 66-51...Freshman Henry Patterson scored the first of his game high 22 points 11 seconds after the tip and the Tritons never trailed...UCSD raced to a 10-point lead in the first four minutes and the outcome was never in doubt...Sophomore guard Andrew Hatch was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor for 10 points and freshman Shane Poppen picked up nine points and six rebounds...UCSD ‘s hit an even 50% of its field goals while holding the Golden Eagles to just 37.3%.
Perhaps flat after the previous night’s high energy effort, UCSD was blitzed, 80-60, by talented Cal State Bakersfield Saturday...The ‘Runners got up early and Tritons had no answers this time against a team that needed a buzzer beater to nip them in Bakersfield two months ago...Patterson was again the top scorer, netting 13, while senior Odioh Odiye had eight points to go with four assists...UCSD was beaten, 39-24, on the glass, Hatch leading the way with six boards.
Earlier in the week, despite 15 points from Poppen, the Tritons suffered a 70-64 overtime loss in a non-conference game at Chapman...After trailing by 13 at half, UCSD rallied to force the extra period but failed to score in the first three minutes of OT.
ROAD NEXT AFTER NO. 21 WOMEN'S BB SPLITS TWO AT RIMAC
The Women’s Basketball team, currently ranked second in the region and 21st in the nation, heads north for a crucial two-game road trip at Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus after extending its win streak to 11 games before seeing it snapped last weekend...The Tritons are now 15-3 overall and 10-2 in the CCAA where they are tied for second with Chico State.
In winning their 11th straight Friday night, an 80-62 romp over Cal State L.A., the play of the Tritons overshadowed even the sartorial splendor of Head Coach Janell Jones...UCSD came out flying and was up by as much as 29 late in the first half...L.A., which defeated Jones’ club at home in December, fought back to cut the deficit to nine but the Tritons countered with a 15-0 run that sealed the verdict...Standout junior guard LeoraJuster, the nation's seventh-leading scorer, was 11-18 shooting and sank all eight tries at the charity stripe on her way to a 30-point evening...Junior Kim Buffum nailed four threes and finished with 16 points, freshman Michelle Osier pulled down a game high 12 boards and senior Briana Hinga had some nice all-around numbers, getting just four points but contributing eight rebounds, five assists and four steals...The Spirit Night gathering was 1,197.
With first place in the CCAA up for grabs the next night, UCSD dropped a taut contest, 80-72, to Cal State Bakersfield, a club it topped in overtime the first weekend of conference play...UC led early but Bakersfield controlled the latter part of the first half until Buffum drilled a big trey in the waning moments that sent the Tritons into the locker room up, 42-41...The second 20 minutes were close most of the way but the ‘Runners pushed the lead to high single digits in the final minutes and the desperate Tritons were unable to break them down...Jones had four players in double figures led by Osier who had a double double of 21 points and 14 rebounds...Hinga, playing possessed, also recorded a double double (16/18) while posting four assists and three steals as well...Juster notched 16 and junior Hillary Hansen accounted for 10...The shooting percentages were nearly even and the Tritons owned a sizeable (45-32) edge in the rebound column but 18 turnovers and an uncharacteristic 15-for-28 mark from the free throw line hurt them.
BASEBALL TEAM OPENS AT HOME AGAINST POINT LOMA
The defending CCAA champion Baseball team opens its 2006 season at home, Wednesday, against Point Loma and then goes to the Cal State San Bernardino Tournament over the weekend where it will face conference rivals Cal State L.A., Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino.
Coach Dan O’Brien returns pitching veterans Ryan Leake, Byron Grubman, Jose Navarro and T.C. Geach and letter winners back from the everyday lineup include catcher David Morehead and outfielders Matt Lawson and David Gomez...Morehead and Lawson were first team all-conference choices last spring while Leake was honorable mention.
SOFTBALL 5-1 AFTER BIG OPENING WEEKEND
Coming off an outstanding performance at last weekend’s Best of the West Tournament in Stanislaus, the UCSD Softball team hosts Point Loma for a home-opening doubleheader Wednesday at 4:00 PM...Coach Patti Gercken’s outfit jump-started its season by winning five-of-six in Stanislaus and tied with host Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State Bakersfield for the tourney crown, only to finish third in the tiebreaker scenario.
Sophomore Melissa Ward scattered seven hits while going the distance as UCSD won its 2006 opener, 6-1, over Central Washington on Day One of the Best of the West event...Seniors Jenny Spencer and Desiree Franciscus rapped three hits apiece and the latter drove in two as UCSD scored in each of the first four innings...After compiling nine hits in the opener, the Tritons were able to scrape up just three in game two, a 4-0 loss to Humboldt State...The Lumberjacks got to starter Nicole Fullerton for three runs in the second.
Day Two produced two wins for Gerckens’ squad, 6-0 over Notre Dame de Namur and 4-3 over Grand Canyon...Ward hurled a five-hit shutout in the opener as her teammates pounded out 13 hits...Senior first baseman Sara Robinson smacked a single and a triple, driving in three for the winners...Brittni Carino, Elizabeth Vasquez, Jenny Maze and Niki Anderson all had a pair of hits as well...After going up, 4-0, the Tritons had to hold on to nip Grand Canyon...Freshman Lauren Chastain got her first collegiate win with the aid of three, no-run relief innings from Fullerton...Centerfielder Spencer was the offensive catalyst, registering three of UCSD’s nine hits, including a solo home run, and scoring twice.
Ward turned in another complete game Sunday morning as UCSD plated three in the first inning and never looked back in a 7-3 conquest of Seattle...The Tritons crushed Redhawk pitching for 13 hits and scored the first five runs of the contest...Franciscus had three hits and a stolen base and five other Tritons had two hits each...In the tournament finale, UCSD rallied for four runs in the fifth to topple unbeaten CSU Stanislaus, 9-6...In a wild affair, UCSD built up a 4-0 lead, only to see the Warriors counter with five in the third...The Tritons knotted things in the bottom of the third when Anderson singled, stole second and scored on a Vasquez double...Stanislaus took the lead back with one in the top of the fifth, but two hits, a hit batsman, three stolen bases and two Warrior errors resulted in five UCSD runs and made a winner out of Fullerton who tossed three-plus innings of relief.
TRITON SPIKERS DROP PRINCETON FOR FIRST WIN
Coach Kevin Ring picked up the first win of his collegiate head coaching career Wednesday as the Tritons rebounded from a first game loss to knock off visiting Princeton, 3-1 (27-30, 30-27, 30-21, 30-23)...Senior Chris Sayers powered UCSD with 19 kills and a pair of aces as Ring’s charges outhit the Tigers, .237-.168 and racked up a 15-9 advantage in the blocking department...Jon Daze added 12 kills while junior setter Brooks Dierdorff passed out 50 assists and was in on six blocks.
The result wasn’t as positive the next night as No. 9 UC Santa Barbara controlled things from the outset for a 3-0 (30-24, 30-23, 30-24) victory...Russ Hardy (13) and Daze (10) were the offensive leaders and Hardy also chalked up four digs and an ace...UCSD hit a creditable .287 but Santa Barbara was over .500 on the night...Next up for UCSD are road matches Friday at No. 2 Long Beach State and Saturday against NAIA Cal Baptist.
FENCERS LOOK TOUGH HEADING INTO BIG HOME MEET SATURDAY
The Fencing team prepped for Saturday’s six-team home meet by going undefeated against Southern California Intercollegiate Fencing Conference rivals Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and Cal Tech Sunday...Among the six squads squaring off in the Main Gym will be Notre Dame, the nation’s No. 1 team and western powers Stanford and Air Force.
On the women’s side, Raelyn Jacobson was a perfect 9-for-9 in saber and Heather Stevenson turned the same trick in epee as UCSD blitzed Fullerton, 19-9, Irvine, 27-0, and Cal Tech, 24-3...For the men, Cameron Sprowles had a unblemished, 9-0, mark in foil as the Tritons cruised past Fullerton, 20-7, Irvine, 26-1, and Cal Tech, 24-3.
After pummeling visiting Grand Canyon, 9-0, the No. 10 Women’s Tennis team saw its record fall to 1-1 after falling, 7-2, to much-improved NAIA Azusa Pacific Saturday... Coach Liz LaPlante’s Tritons return to action Wednesday at Point Loma before beginning defense of their CCAA championship Saturday at Cal State L.A.
Against GCU, Marsha Malinow, Katie McKee, Ina Dan, Kristin Bronowicki and Tessa Tran (1-5 on the ladder) all produced singles points with only Malinow being pushed to three sets...GCU forfeited at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles...Malinow teamed with Marissa Hilker to win, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles and McKee and Bronowicki were 8-1 winners at No. 2...In the APU match, Tran got the only singles point at No. 6 while Dan and Liz Brown paired to claim the No. 3 doubles marker.
GOING TOUGH FOR MEN'S TENNIS
Against Division I UC Riverside, Saturday, the Men's Tennis team got its lone point in a 6-1 loss at No. 3 singles where sophomore Eric Rubens won a first set tiebreaker, 10-7, en route to a 7-6, 6-1 victory...Erik Oijala and Blake Meister won at No. 2 doubles but Triton losses at No. 1 and No. 3 gave the Highlanders the doubles point...The next day, UCSD played better but still got whacked, 7-0, by another D-I foe, San Diego State...Meister at No. 3 singles and Kazumi Negishi at No. 6 both went three sets before surrendering.
Things don't look any easier in the short term for Coach Eric Steidlmayer's young squad...The 0-2 Tritons play at NAIA power Azusa Pacific Friday and take on another D-I opponent, Cal Poly, on the road Saturday.
BLUE-GOLD MEET ON TAP FOR TRACK & FIELD
Coach Tony Salerno’s Track & Field team gets its first taste of competition this Saturday, hosting the annual Blue-Gold Alumni Meet at Triton Track & Field Stadium...The first event is slated for .