This Week’s Events:
Tue., Feb. 14---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---
Wed., Feb. 15---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---
Wed., Feb. 15---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---
Thu., Feb. 16---Softball---UCSD at Schutt Sports Tournament---All Day
Thu., Feb. 16---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. BYU---
Fri., Feb. 17---Softball---UCSD at Schutt Sports Tournament---All Day
Fri., Feb. 17---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Feb. 17---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 18---Softball---UCSD at Schutt Sports Tournament---All Day
Sat., Feb. 18---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---All Day
Sat., Feb. 18---Baseball---UCSD at Cal Poly
Sat., Feb. 18---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---
Sat., Feb. 18---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 18---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. BYU---
Sun., Feb. 19---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly
Sun., Feb. 19---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
WOMEN'S HOOP TEAM HOME FOR TWO; ONE GAME BACK IN CCAA RACE
After negotiating a split on last weekend’s Northern California road trip, Coach Janell Jones’ Women’s Basketball team will look to get back in the thick of the CCAA race when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino (Wednesday) and Cal State Monterey Bay (Friday) this week...The Tritons are now 16-4 overall, 11-3 in league action and sit third in the CCAA standings, one game behind both Cal State Bakersfield and Chico State.
Friday night, the Tritons suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season, absorbing a 90-68 road thumping against No. 17 Chico State...The Wildcats, still stinging from a January loss in RIMAC Arena, bolted out to an 18-4 lead and never trailed...In abnormal fashion, UCSD was outshot, out-rebounded and turned the ball over 22 times...On the bright side, Michelle Osier scored 18 points (8-for-15) and gathered eight rebounds, Leora Juster (15) and Hillary Hansen (12) both reached double figures and Briana Hinga continued to be a force on the glass, grabbing a game high 13 boards.
The Tritons got back on the winning track Saturday, pasting host Cal State Stanislaus, 89-58, behind a 26-point, 10-rebound, five-assist, four-steal effort by Juster...UCSD roared out to a 40-25 halftime advantage and forced 33 turnovers on the night...Osier had a double double of her own with 15 points and 11 boards and Hansen put in 10 points...Katie Anderson came off the bench to chip in with six points and eight rebounds.
The women face Grand Canyon in a non-conference clash Sunday afternoon.
MEN’S BASKETBALL GETS ROAD SWEEP; SAN BERNARDINO, MONTEREY BAY NEXT AT RIMAC
Boasting wins in seven of its last nine conference games, the Men’s Basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena to battle Cal State San Bernardino (Wednesday) and Cal State Monterey Bay (Friday)...Coach Bill Carr’s hoopsters are now 11-12 overall and 8-6 in the CCAA after completing a road sweep at Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last weekend...The number of wins matches last year’s total which was UCSD’s highest ever at the D-II level...The squad remains fifth in the loop standings, one game behind Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona, both 9-5...Monterey Bay is 6-8.
The Tritons swept the season series from Chico State by hanging a 70-56 loss on the Wildcats Friday night...Junior guard Robby Peters lit up Acker Gym, hitting eight-of-11 treys on the way to a career high 27 points and UCSD hit at a .532 clip from the floor as a team...The two clubs were deadlocked at halftime but an Andrew Hatch bucket with two minutes gone in the second half gave UCSD the lead for good...Sophomore guard Clint Allard had a solid night, collecting 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists...Freshman Darryl Lawlor scored 10.
Avenging a narrow January loss at RIMAC Arena, the Tritons equaled last year’s Division II high 11 wins by whipping host Cal State Stanislaus, 81-77, Saturday...UCSD had another good shooting night, connecting on 54.9% of its tries from the field and turned the ball over just 10 times while snapping the Warriors’ four-game win streak...Trailing most of the first half, the Tritons used a 15-4 run in the closing minutes to go into the locker room up, 35-34...Freshman Henry Patterson had another strong showing, scoring 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and bringing down six rebounds... Another freshman, Shane Poppen scored 13 and had seven boards while Jason Bull knocked down a career high 13 markers.
BELL LEADS UCSD WOMEN TO PCSC CROWN; MEN TAKE SECOND
The UCSD Women captured their third consecutive title and the men were a strong second at last week’s Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships in Long Beach...Coach Scott McGihon was named Conference Women’s Coach of the Year for the sixth time and junior Susan Bell was named PCSC Women’s Swimmer of the Year as the Tritons took gold in eight individual events and four of the five relays while racking up 1,275 pts....Meanwhile, the men had a pair of first place individual performances while ending up 331 pts. behind team champ Cal State Bakersfield.
Bell won the 200 (2:06.19) and 400 (4:25.69) individual medleys and the 200 backstroke (2:05.39), clocking personal bests in the two IMs and repeating her 2005 win in the shorter race...She was also part of three blue ribbon relay units and set a school record in the 50 backstroke (26.94) while leading off the 200 medley relay...Senior Sophie Levy doubled by winning the 500 (4:55.44) and 1,650 (16:57.62) freestyles and placing second in the 200 (1:52.43)...Both of her winning races produced school records, besting her own mark in the longer race and pushing eight-time NCAA champion Jennifer Watanabe out of the books in the 500...Other female individual champions were junior Emily Harlan (50 freestyle/23:54), freshman Kendall Bohn (200 breaststroke/2:18.57) and freshman Jennifer Sims (200 butterfly/2:05.19)...Harlan was also second in the 100 free and third in the 200 back while Bohn’s win gave UCSD six PCSC titles in a row in that event...The Tritons copped relay wins in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle races as well as the 400 medley and are ranked No. 1 nationally in all four.
Sophomores Joel Tourtellotte and Evan Hsiao secured individual titles for the UCSD men...Tourtellotte took the 500 freestyle in 4:33.24 and was also second in the 200 freestyle (1:41.16)...Hsiao steamed to a 57.93 mark in the 100 breaststroke...Other top three performances were turned in by Michael Baier (3rd/400 individual medley/4:05.12), Lars Nordstrom (T2nd/50 freestyle/21.12 & 2nd/100 freestyle/46.57), Derek Petit (3rd/200 breaststroke/ 2:18.57), Jesse Marin (3rd/200 butterfly/1:53.22) and Andrew Skewes (2nd/1 mtr. diving)...Baier was one of five Tritons in the 400 IM final and UCSD relay teams registered two seconds, two thirds and a fifth.
TRITON VOLLEYBALL SQUAD HOSTS SECOND-RANKED BYU FOR TWO
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team (1-10) is back at RIMAC Arena this week, hosting No. 2 Brigham Young for a pair of matches, Thursday and Saturday.
The Tritons suffered their second loss of the season to No. 3 Long Beach State, Friday night in Long Beach, 3-0 (30-25, 30-21, 30-27)...UCSD hit a creditable .294 (to LB’s .330) and actually out-blocked the 49ers (5-4.5) but poor passing and 18 service errors spelled doom...Senior Chris Sayers had a team high 10 kills while John Mark-Wendler contributed six kills and three of the team’s five aces...Junior setter Brooks Dierdorff handed out 37 assists and had six digs.
The NAIA’s No. 1 ranked team, Cal Baptist, handed the Tritons a 3-0 (30-26, 30-20, 30-24) defeat Saturday evening in Riverside...Mike Reuter and Russ Hardy topped UCSD with seven kills each.
WATER POLO TEAM TOPS INDIANA, UCI TO TAKE FIFTH IN 14-TEAM TRITON INVITATIONAL
The 17th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team heads to Bakersfield Saturday where it will tangle with Cal Baptist and Cal State Bakersfield in the one-day Cal State Bakersfield Tournament...UCSD heads north with a 5-4 record after going 3-1 and beating a pair of ranked teams to finish fifth in last weekend’s Triton Invitational.
On Friday night, the Tritons were upended, 7-6, by No. 14 Hartwick in the first event held at the new Canyonview West Pool...Sophomore Nicole Hermann scored CV West’s first goal, 36 seconds into the first quarter but not a lot else went right early for Coach Larry Sanders’ club as Hartwick rolled out to a 6-3 lead...UCSD missed a pair of penalty shots, failed to convert a clean breakaway and hit the post and crossbar half a dozen times but still had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds when Judy Emaus’s backhander from inside went wide left...Junior Michelle Perkins had a pair of goals for UCSD.
The opening day of the Triton Invitational resulted in a draw for the host team...UCSD struggled but finally put away pesky Pomona-Pitzer, 10-5, in game one...Junior Sarah Bajorek netted four goals while Hermann, Emaus and Perkins accounted for two each...There were a lot of positives in the day’s second game but in the end, the Tritons fell, 10-8, to No. 9 Long Beach State, their second loss of the young season to the 49ers...LB went up, 2-0, scoring twice late in a defensive-oriented first period...UCSD roared back with three consecutive goals—a nifty backhand by Natalie Hockett tied it and Perkins looked off the LB goalie before depositing the go-ahead goal for the Tritons...But the 49ers came right back to tie and later pulled out to an 8-5 lead on a fourth quarter penalty shot, after which they controlled the outcome...Hockett and Emaus recorded two goals each for UCSD.
Day two was all good for the Tritons as Sanders’ charges first romped past No. 13 Indiana, 9-3, and then came off the deck to stun No. 12 UC Irvine, 6-5...Against the Hoosiers, Perkins posted a pair of goals to help UCSD to a 4-2 lead after one quarter...From there it was all Tritons as they scored the next five goals, two by Hockett, to put Indiana away for the second time this season...Things were different against Irvine as the Anteaters owned a 4-1 advantage early in the third period...UCSD rallied, however, getting goals from Hockett, Emaus and Kirsten Frazer in the span of 2:22, to tie it up...Irvine went ahead, 5-4, with 12 seconds left in the period but Hockett responded, netting a rebound 11 seconds later to send it into the final period deadlocked...After six minutes of scoreless play, Perkins nailed the game-winner out of a timeout with 43 seconds remaining.
PHOENIX TOURNAMENT NEXT FOR 6-2 SOFTBALL SQUAD
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team travels to Phoenix (AZ) for the Schutt Sports Tournament, Thursday through Sunday...The squad will take a 6-2 record into the tourney after splitting its home opener against NAIA Point Loma last Wednesday... UCSD’s first three contests in the Schutt Sports event have been set...Thursday, the Tritons will battle Regis (CO) at 11:30 AM and Western New Mexico at 2:00 PM and the following day’s first opponent will be Texas Women’s University (9:00 AM)...Pairings from that point will be determined by results.
Against Point Loma, the Tritons won the opener in impressive fashion with lefty Melissa Ward weaving an 8-0 shutout for her fourth win of the year...UCSD cracked 10 hits with Jenny Spencer, Elizabeth Vasquez, Jenny Maze and Niki Anderson getting two apiece...Maze scored two and drove in two as UCSD posted two runs in the first and five in the third...The Tritons could have used some of that firepower in game two as they mustered just seven hits and two runs while falling, 12-2...Senior DH Desiree Franciscus, singled, doubled and drove home a pair in the losing effort.
BIG OPENING WEEK FOR BASEBALL TEAM; CAL POLY POMONA HERE SUNDAY
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team was one inning away from a perfect first week but had to settle for a 3-1 record to open 2006...The defending CCAA champion Tritons play a single game at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Tuesday, and then have back-to-back doubleheaders vs. Cal Poly Pomona—at Pomona Saturday and home Sunday...Although all five are against conference opponents, none will count in the CCAA standings.
UCSD opened ’06 on a bright note, bouncing back from a 5-0 deficit to clip Point Loma, 9-6, Wednesday at home...Junior catcher David Morehead cracked three singles and drove in three runs to pace the Tritons, who took the lead for good with a four-run sixth ...O’Brien sent six different hurlers to the hill and senior Jose Navarro picked up the win with two shutout innings...Freshman Matt Cantele rocked a two-run homer and walked twice.
The Tritons then won two-of-three at the Cal State San Bernardino Tournament...A seven-run Cal State L.A. eruption in the ninth inning produced a 14-9 loss in the first game...UCSD did post 13 hits, two by junior shortstop Jonathan Erickson, who ripped his first home run and drove in two...Morehead also had a round tripper.
A four-run sixth powered the Tritons to a 6-2 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills in Saturday’s second game...Byron Grubman threw seven and a third two-run innings to snag his first win...All the action in the sixth came with two outs and included just two hits, one a two-run double by Cantele...Left fielder Tim Mort had two hits and shortstop Josh Tanner scored a pair of runs.
The Tritons closed out the tourney nicely, whipping Cal State San Bernardino, 4-0, behind a complete game three-hitter by Navarro...Morehead had two of UCSD’s six hits, scored once and had two RBIs.
WOMEN FENCERS DEFEAT STANFORD, AIR FORCE AND ARMY AT RIMAC
The Women’s Fencing team went 3-1 and the Men winless in four matches Saturday as UCSD hosted a quartet of the nation’s top fencing powers at RIMAC Arena...The women knocked off Army (22-5), Stanford (20-9) and Air Force (20-7) while narrowly losing to No. 1-ranked Notre Dame (18-9)...The men dropped duals with Army (19-8), Stanford (16-11), Air Force (14-13) and Notre Dame (20-7).
Reeling off nine individual victories for the Triton women were Raelyn Jacobson (sabre), Jen Chung (foil) and Chelsea Ambort and Heather Stephenson in epee...Jason Runyan had nine wins in sabre for the UCSD men and the men’s sabre squad downed both Air Force and Stanford.
BAKERSFIELD NEXT FOR 10TH RANKED TRITON TENNIS TEAM
Now 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in CCAA play, the Women’s Tennis team travels to Cal State Bakersfield Saturday for its second conference dual match.
Ranked 10th nationally, the Tritons suffered a disappointing, 5-4, upset at Point Loma Wednesday, dropping four-of-six singles matches after taking two-of-three in doubles...Marsha Malinow-Ina Dan and Marissa Hilker-Molly Sullens captured Nos. 2-3 doubles respectively, while Dan (No. 4) and Sullens (No. 6) also recorded singles wins...Malinow at No. 1 and junior Katie McKee at No. 3 fell in three sets in singles play...UCSD bounced back to open defense of its CCAA crown by routing Cal State L.A., 9-0, on the road Saturday...With Malinow, Hilker, Dan, Sullens, Justine Ang Fonte and Tessa Tran in the lineup Nos. 1-6, the Tritons didn’t drop a set in singles against the Golden Eagles.
MEN’S TENNIS LOOKS FOR FIRST VICTORY AGAINST REDLANDS
Still looking for its first win of the young campaign, Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis squad will take on
Ranked 14th in the most recent NCAA D-II poll, the Tritons fell, 8-1, to APU Friday with freshman Kazumi Negishi getting the only point at No. 5 singles...Cal Poly knocked off UCSD, 6-1, by sweeping singles...The Tritons nabbed the doubles point as Blake Meister and Erik Oijala won at No. 2 and Negishi and Ramesh Thondapu did the same at No. 3...Three of UCSD’s four losses have come vs. Division I opponents.
GOLF TEAM TO OPEN '06 CAMPAIGN NEXT WEEK
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team opens its spring 2006 season next week, playing in the 54-hole Cal State San Marcos Invitational Monday and Tuesday at San Luis Rey Downs...Playing Nos. 1-5 for the Tritons will be Robbie Kramer, Ryan Bailey, Ryo Yamada, Billy Olsen and Justin Grant...Noah Moss and Luke Leveillee are entered as individuals...The SDSU-hosted Battle at the Lake, scheduled for this weekend at Lake San Marcos Country Club, has been cancelled.
LIBUIT SHINES AT BLUE-GOLD MEET
Senior Brad Libuit soared to a personal best of 6-8 in the high jump while also winning the 100 m. and javelin to highlight Saturday’s annual Blue-Gold Alumni Track & Field Meet...The meet served as a competitive tune-up for the Tritons who step to the line for real at Claremont’s Rossi Relays in two weeks...The real gem of Saturday’s outing may have been the day’s final event, the 4x400 relay where a pair of men’s alumni teams went 1-2 with Mark Dombrowski outdueling Jason Stone over the final 200 meters to seal the victory (one minor note—the alums had the luxury of a 200 m. head start in the race).
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