This Week’s Events:
Tue., Mar. 13---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Sacramento State---11:00 AM
Tue., Mar. 14---Baseball---UCSD at Grand Canyon (DH)---11:00 AM
Tue., Mar. 14---Women’s Tennis---UCS vs. Emory---2:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 15---Softball---UCSD at Cal Baptist (DH)---1:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 15---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Siena (NY)---6:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 15---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. George Mason (VA)---7:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 15---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Yale---2:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 16---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Thu., Mar. 16---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Colorado State---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 17---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 17---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 17---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 17---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 17---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 18---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., Mar. 18---Track & Field---UCSD at San Diego State Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 18---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 18---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield---1:00 PM
BEST D-II HOOPS SEASON ENDS FOR TRITON WOMEN AT NCAA REGIONAL
One of the finest seasons in Women’s Basketball history came to a premature end Friday night in Bellingham, WA as Coach Janell Jones’ Tritons were defeated, 62-57, in the first round of the NCAA West Regional by tournament-tested Seattle Pacific...The loss left UCSD with a 23-5 mark for the season...Seattle Pacific was a 20-pt. winner, Saturday, over No. 1-seeded host Western Washington, and plays Chico State for the Regional crown tonight.
UCSD went in seeded fourth in the eight-team regional and SPU was ranked fifth... Although the Tritons were never able to grab the lead, the two clubs turned out to be evenly-matched as there were eight ties and the Falcons largest margin was just seven points...Both teams shot only 34% for the contest, turnovers were dead even and UCSD owned a slight advantage in the rebound department...One crucial difference was at the free throw line where SPU made 12-of-18 while UCSD was limited to just seven tries, connecting on five.
Junior Leora Juster, named CCAA and Daktronics All-West Region Player of the Year earlier in the week, posted a game high 21 points and dished out seven assists but UCSD’s all-time leading scorer was an uncharacteristic 8-of-25 from the floor...Junior Briana Hinga had a huge night, collecting 16 points and 14 boards for a double double.
Michelle Osier, named first team all-conference and Freshman of the Year, capped a brilliant rookie season with a two-point, eight-rebound effort in Bellingham...Junior Hillary Hansen was a second team All-CCAA choice...The 23 wins matched the best total in school history.
WOMEN 3RD, MEN 5TH AT NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Despite fielding the smallest roster of qualifiers among the title contenders, the Women’s (3rd) and Men’s (5th) Swimming & Diving teams turned in a pair of top five performances at the NCAA Division II Championships last week in Indianapolis...The women’s finish (474 pts.) matched their placing of 2005 while the men (256 pts.) dropped one spot.
Senior Sophie Levy, one of the most decorated swimmers in UCSD history, finally snagged an individual NCAA gold, cruising to a 12-second-plus victory in the 1,650 freestyle on the final night of the meet...She already had a pair of seconds—1,000 (10:08.15) and 500 (4:58.32) freestyles as well as an eighth in the 200 (1:53.57)... Distance teammate Andrea Lippin also picked up All-America recognition in the 1,650 (4th), 1,000 (5th) and 500 (4th), breaking the five-minute barrier for the first time in the latter.
Junior sprinter Emily Harlan touched second in the 50 freestyle (23.60) and came back for fourth in the 100 (51.74)...Another junior, Susan Bell, “finaled” in three events—200 (3rd/2:05.63) and 400 (5th/4:30.72) individual medleys & 100 backstroke (57.44) and senior Louisa Salisbury took seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.39)...Senior diver Jennie Margrave finished eighth on the three-meter board (372.85).
UCSD’s freshmen trio of Jennifer Sims, Shannon Simonds and Kendall Bohn made quite a splash, each earning All-American recognition...Sims claimed second in the 200 butterfly (2:04.07), posting a school record in the process, Simonds was a finalist in the 200 IM (6th/2:06.32), broke Levy’s school record in the 200 freestyle (1:52.34) and won three consolation races and Bohn took bronze in the 200 breaststroke (3rd/2:18.50)...The Tritons smashed two school marks—200 medley (1:45.56; Aubrey Panis, Salisbury, Sims & Harlan) and 800 freestyle (7:32.77; Lippin, Simonds, Levy & Bell)—while finishing second in four relays and were third in the other.
On the men’s side, sophomore Joel Tourtellotte was the lone swimmer to garner multiple All-American accolades and fellow soph Andrew Skewes turned the trick in diving...In order, Tourtellotte was 4th in the 1,000 freestyle (9:20.98), 4th in the 200 (1:39.57) and 3rd in the 500 (4:30.75)...Skewes, meanwhile, grabbed fourth on the three-meter board (415.15) and came back to secure eighth in the one-meter competition (394.85)...Senior Michael Baier (6th/400 individual medley/4:03.95) and sophomore Evan Hsiao (4th/100 breaststroke/56.26) were the only other Tritons to reach finals...The men garnered three top five relay finishes.
BIG CONFERENCE MATCH-UP WITH LMU HIGHLIGHTS THREE-GAME HOME SLATE
The 12th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team will be home for a threesome this week, taking on Siena (NY), Colorado State and No. 4 Loyola Marymount, after losing for the third consecutive time to No. 11 Long Beach State, Sunday...The defeat leaves Coach Larry Sanders’ club 10-8 on the year.
In a game that was eminently winnable, the Tritons rallied to tie the score on four occasions but could never snatch the lead from the resilient 49ers, who prevailed, 8-7...After falling behind, 3-1, in the second period, a nice cross cage score by Michelle Perkins and Natalie Hockett’s long range dart into the right corner brought the Tritons even...But Long Beach tallied twice in the final 40 seconds of the half to take a two-goal edge into the break...A breakaway score by Judy Emaus coupled with Hockett’s second goal made it 6-6 midway through the fourth quarter...The 49ers made it 7-6, getting the go-ahead goal in a 6-on-4 situation...Then, with just 35 seconds remaining, Kirsten Frazer drew a penalty shot which sophomore Nicole Herrmann converted and overtime seemed in order...But, in a stunning finish, LB broke Megan Winchell free on the left side of the cage and she beat UCSD’s Kaitlin Foe, one-on-one with 27 ticks left to create the final margin.
SALERNO'S TRACK & FIELD SQUAD HEADS TO AZTEC INVITATIONAL
Cold, rain and hail failed to stop the Track & Field team Saturday as the annual San Diego City Championships went off as scheduled...The elements, did however, cause the meet to become a non-scoring affair...Nonetheless, the Triton men racked up 13 first place finishes and the women four in a meet UCSD has dominated in recent seasons.
Sophomore Roger Francis was the only double winner on the day, capturing the high jump (6-2.75) and triple jump (43-11.75)...Seniors Mike Cunningham and Jon Patton won the 110 hurdles (15.26) and 200 m. (22.27) respectively and both ran on the winning 4x400 relay unit (3:17.73)...All four women’s wins came in field events with Kate Bartkiwicz taking the high jump (5-1), Kaylin Siever the triple jump (37-9.5), Sarah Hendy the discus (141-7) and Melissa Karnaze the hammer (142-9)...Junior Madeline Flint cleared 11-7.75 in the pole vault, putting her second on the all-time UCSD list, at an NCAA provisional qualifying height...The Tritons are back in action Saturday at SDSU’s Aztec Invitational.
BASEBALL TAKES THREE-OF-FOUR FROM CSULA; STANISLAUS IN THIS WEEKEND
After pushing over the .500 mark in CCAA play, Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team travels to Phoenix Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader against Grand Canyon before returning home for a three-game league series against Cal State Stanislaus, starting Friday...The Tritons are now 13-9 overall and 7-5 in league activity...Stanislaus is 7-3 in league play and tied for first place while UCSD is in a four-team logjam for third, in the wake of winning three-of-four from seventh-ranked Cal State L.A. last week
The two teams split a doubleheader in Los Angeles Thursday, the Tritons holding off their hosts, 7-6, in the opener before watching the Golden Eagles rally for three ninth inning runs to take the nightcap, 5-4...Junior Jose Navarro picked up his fourth win of the year in game one, an affair that UCSD led, 7-2, heading into the bottom of the seventh...Freshman second sacker Garrett Imeson roped three singles and drove in a pair while centerfielder Damian Fante scored three times and had half of the Tritons’ six stolen bases...In game two, senior Byron Grubman gave up just two runs and struck out seven in a seven-inning starting stint but saw a two-run advantage frittered away by the relief corps in the final inning...Fante went 2-for-2, rightfielder David Gomez had two RBIs and catcher David Morehead slugged a solo homer.
Dodging the rain, the Tritons took a two-fer from the Golden Eagles Sunday in La Jolla (14-8, 7-6), using an eight-run sixth to erase a three-run deficit and seal the verdict in the opener and then coming off the mat with four in the bottom of the sixth to overcome another three-run shortfall in game two...UCSD mashed L.A. pitching for 18 hits in game one, the two biggest being a pair of bases loaded triples by Imeson and Jonathan Erickson in the sixth-inning uprising... Erickson finished with five RBIs while Gomez had three hits and three runs batted in...Freshman Michael Kearney was a stud out of the bullpen, limiting the visitors to just one run and three hits over five innings while procuring his second win...Imeson had the big stick in game two as well, cracking four hits, the most noteworthy a three-run jack in the decisive sixth that made a winner out of freshman Trevor Decker who tossed two perfect innings of relief...Gomez also homered, a two-run blow with Imeson aboard in the third.
SOFTBALL BEATS RAIN, MONTEREY BAY; NOW 15-10
After splitting four CCAA contests last week, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball squad takes a respite from conference play but will travel to Riverside for two against NAIA Cal Baptist Wednesday...UCSD is 15-10 overall and 6-4 in the CCAA...The Tritons return to league action a week from Sunday at Cal State Bakersfield.
Some last minute juggling, triggered by intermittent rain, resulted in Wednesday’s doubleheader against Cal State San Bernardino being shifted from San Bernardino to UCSD...Unfortunately, the Triton bats were as cool as the weather and Gerckens’ club was beaten twice by the Coyotes, 2-0 and 4-2...CSUSB’s Rozz Rios fired a no-hitter in the opener, negating another solid performance by sophomore lefty Melissa Ward, who gave up just four hits while going the distance...UCSD collected eight hits in the second game, two each from second baseman Dallas Hernandez and catcher Nikki Palmer, but it was not enough as the Coyotes grabbed a first inning lead they never surrendered.
Following another rain-initiated scheduling adjustment, the Tritons righted their ship Sunday, taking both ends of a home doubleheader against Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-3 and 4-3...UCSD made the most of six hits in game one with the two “Jennys,” Spencer and Maze, drilling two-run home runs...Hernandez had a single, double, stole a base and scored twice while Ward overcame some shaky moments late to get win No. 9...A three-run third, keyed by RBI singles off the bats of Brittni Carino and Desiree Franciscus, provided an early cushion and the latter’s fifth inning sacrifice fly drove home the deciding run in game two...Both teams had just five hits and Ward came on in relief of winner Nicole Fullerton (fifth win) to get the save.
GEORGE MASON, CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE TO TEST MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
The Men’s Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena for a non-conference battle with No. 13 George Mason (Wed.) and an MPSF match-up against No. 5 Cal State Northridge (Fri.)...The Tritons absorbed a 3-0 defeat at CSUN earlier this season.
Wednesday, Division II Quincy (IL) used an 11-2 blocking advantage to surprise the host Tritons, 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-25)...UCSD had a four-point lead early in game one but with the game tied at 23, the Hawks made a three-point run and were on top the rest of the way...They put together similar mid-game runs in the second and third sets as well...UCSD hit a creditable .314 on the night, putting three players in double figures for kills—Chris Sayers (15), Jon Daze (12) and Jon Mark Wendler (10)...Junior setter Brooks Dierdorff dished out 49 assists and had eight digs.
Friday in Los Angeles, the Tritons pushed No. 14 but still came away with a 3-0 (30-28, 30-24, 31-29) loss...The pattern established in the Quincy match played out in games 1-2 vs. the Trojans but in game three, UCSD rallied from a 28-25 deficit to knot things at 29 before USC secured the match...Sayers (14 kills) and Daze (13) again had the big numbers for UCSD.
No. 3 Pepperdine kept the Tritons winless in MPSF play, posting a 3-0 (30-20, 30-22, 30-27) win Saturday night in Malibu...UCSD hit just .094 in this one with Sayers (15) accounting for nearly half of the Tritons’ 33 kills.
WOMEN'S TENNIS LOOKS TO KEEP CCAA SLATE CLEAN VS. SAN BERNARDINO, BAKERSFIELD
In a busy week at home, the 10th-ranked Women’s Tennis team will square off against talented Division III Emory (Tue.) then try to continue its CCAA mastery vs. Cal State San Bernardino (Fri.) and Cal State Bakersfield (Sat.)...The Tritons fell to 6-4 overall (5-0 CCAA) on the year after suffering a 6-3 loss to NAIA Fresno Pacific Thursday... Saturday’s match against Cal Poly Pomona was cancelled due to rain.
Things started poorly against Fresno Pacific as the Sunbirds won all three doubles encounters and despite two-set singles victories by Kristin Bronowicki (No. 4), Molly Sullens (No. 5) and Justine Ang Fonte (No. 6) the Tritons came up short in their comeback attempt.
SIX STRAIGHT FOR MEN'S TENNIS; SACRAMENTO STATE, YALE NEXT
Starting to roll after facing a stringent early season schedule, the 14th-ranked Men’s Tennis team improved its record to 6-6 with four wins last week, giving it six-in-a-row going into Tuesday’s match vs. Division I Sacramento State...Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s squad will close out this very crowded portion of its schedule when it hosts Ivy League invader, Yale, Wednesday.
The Tritons opened up last week by surprising No. 8 Rollins (FL), 6-3, at home Monday...A critical doubles sweep (Erik Oijala-Blake Meister, Brent Molden/Steve Oechel & Eric Rubens-Kazumi Negishi) propelled UCSD in this one as the two teams split the six singles matches, all of which went the full three sets...Rubens (No. 2), Meister (No. 3) and Negishi (No. 5) did the honors in singles...The next afternoon, the Tritons chopped down Division I Boston College, 6-3...Molden-Oechel and Rubens-Negishi provided a 2-1 edge after doubles and UCSD dominated the middle of the singles ladder, winning at No. 2 (Rubens), No. 3 (Meister), No. 4 (Oijala) and No. 5 (Negishi), all but Meister winning in straight sets.
NAIA power Fresno Pacific was the next to fall with doubles again playing the key role...All three teams were victorious, Molden at No. 1 and Ramesh Thondapu at No. 6 were two-set singles winners and Negishi got the remaining point in a three-setter at No. 5...The Tritons closed out the week by routing D-I Gonzaga, 8-1...With Adam Morrison nowhere in sight, UCSD went 2-1 in doubles, Oijala-Meister winning in convincing style (8-1) at No. 1, and prevailed in all six singles matches, Oijala rallying from one set down to win 14-12 in the third at No. 4.
FENCING TAKES FOUR TO HOUSTON FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHP
Coach Heidi Runyan will accompany four fencers to Houston this week for the NCAA Fencing Championships...Representing the Tritons will be senior Raelyn Jacobson (sabre), sophomore Chelsea Ambort (epee) and freshman Jennifer Chun (epee) on the women’s side and sophomore John Chung (foil) for the men...UCSD finished 18th in the combined scoring event in 2005...Jacobson and Ambort both have NCAA experience, the former qualified in epee in 2004 and the latter went last year in foil.
MEN'S BASKETBALL WRAP-UP
Numbers and leaders from the most successful Division II Men’s Basketball season ever at UCSD...Coach Bill Carr’s club finished 15-14, winning seven of its last 10 and going 8-3 at home...The Tritons were fourth in the CCAA standings, also a high water mark.
Freshman forward Henry Patterson was named first team All-CCAA and led the conference in field goal percentage (.581)...Patterson also topped UCSD in scoring (13.6 ppg) and steals (36) and paced the team by a wide margin in offensive rebounds with 47.
Sophomore Clint Allard, the only Triton to start all 29 games, posted an unusual double leading in both rebounding (3.6 rpg) and assists (119)...He was also best from the free throw line at .787...Junior Robby Peters knocked down 73 three-pointers (.399) and freshman Darryl Lawlor had the highest percentage from behind the arc (.432)...The club’s lone senior, Odioh Odiye had 16 blocks...Team-wise, the Tritons were No. 1 in the CCAA in scoring defense (64.1 ppg) and third in turnover margin...Two weaknesses were rebounding and free throw shooting...They ranked ninth league-wide in both categories.
MEN'S CREW TEAM FINDS SUCCESS VS. UC DAVIS
Coach Mark Davis’s Men’s Crew team continued its string of impressive early season performances by winning three-out-of-five races from defending Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) champion UC Davis, Saturday in Sacramento.
Both of the Triton losses came in the varsity races with the eight getting nipped by less than three seconds and the four also settling for a second place finish...The junior varsity eight, highlighting UCSD’s depth, took the Aggies’ measure by two seconds while the Tritons ran away in both novice events, scoring a whopping 20-second triumph in the first novice eight and taking the second novice race by an even wider margin...Davis and Co. will now step away from competition until the annual S.D. Crew Classic, the first weekend of April on Mission Bay.
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