THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Tue., Jan. 13---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal Baptist---7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 16---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---All Day
Fri., Jan. 16---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 16---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Long Beach State---7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 16---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 17---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---All Day
Sat., Jan. 17---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at USD---Noon
Sat., Jan. 17---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 17---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:30 PM
Sun., Jan. 18---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---All Day
WOMEN’S HOOP TEAM TAKES OVER CCAA LEAD
With its winning streak now at six, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team (13-2/6-0) is perched alone atop the CCAA after claiming a pair of impressive wins away from home last weekend...Cal State Monterey Bay (8-4/3-3) and San Francisco State (7-6/1-5) will now furnish this weekend's opposition as the Tritons finish up a four-game conference road stretch...Monterey Bay is tied for fifth in the CCAA standings while SFSU is tied for ninth.
UCSD built up a 10-pt. halftime lead and made it stick, knocking off host Cal State San Bernardino, 62-52, to take sole possession of the CCAA lead Friday night...With five different players scoring, the Tritons outscored the Coyotes, 14-2, to close out the first half and never let the home team re-take the lead...Senior Michelle Osier had game highs of 15 points and nine rebounds...Fellow senior Alexis Gaskin recorded 11 points and seven rebounds... UCSD won the battle of the boards, 43-39, and shot 47.1% from the floor.
Twenty-four hours later, a late blitz, spurred by Osier, allowed the Tritons to escape from Cal Poly Pomona with a 62-58 triumph...The two clubs were deadlocked at halftime but the Broncos had built a nine-point advantage with 10 minutes left in regulation...UCSD went on a 10-1 run, with five points each from Osier and junior Kristen Cabral, to knot it up with just over five minutes left...Osier, who finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, then accounted for 10 of UCSD’s final 16 markers, the last four coming at the free throw line to sew things up...Cabral hit all four of her shots from the field and her only free throw, scoring all nine of her points in the second half...UCSD was able to balance its 14-rebound deficit by forcing 21 Cal Poly turnovers.
MEN’S BASKETBALL LOOKING TO REBOUND UP NORTH
Trying to regain some momentum in the face of a three-game losing streak, the Men’s Basketball team travels to Northern California this weekend to square off against Cal State Monterey Bay (10-3/4-2) and San Francisco State (8-5/2-4)...Coach Chris Carlson’s cagers are now 6-6 overall, 3-3 in the CCAA and tied for fifth in the league standings...Monterey Bay is undefeated at home and tied for third in the CCAA while San Francisco State is tied for eighth and has lost its last four.
In its first conference road game of the season, Friday night, UCSD came up short against defending CCAA regular season co-champ Cal State San Bernardino, 74-59...Trailing by 13, the Tritons used a 17-6 surge, the last three points on a Jordan Lawley trey, to cut the margin to a single point with just over seven minutes remaining...But San Bernardino responded by turning in a 15-1 run of its own and won going away...Lawley led UCSD with 15 points and senior Shane Poppen checked in with 10...Kelvin Kim distributed seven assists and A.J. Maulhardt had six rebounds, but the Tritons shot just 38.9% from the field, were beaten by four on the boards and hurt by the Coyotes’ red hot free throw shooting (25-of-26).
Saturday at Cal Poly Pomona, UCSD led, 26-21, at halftime and was down by just one after Alan Husted’s three-pointer with 1:25 on the clock but didn’t score the rest of the way, absorbing a 54-51 loss to the Broncos...The numbers were fairly even in most departments, the glaring exception being rebounding where Cal Poly posted a 37-20 advantage...Husted and Poppen each scored 14 points and Kim had five assists on the night.
SPIKERS GLIDE THROUGH DEBUT; OPEN MPSF FRIDAY
After making its 2009 debut a success, the Men’s Volleyball team will test itself on the road, traveling to Riverside to face NAIA Cal Baptist Tuesday and then taking on traditional Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) power Long Beach State in its conference opener Friday.
At RIMAC Arena last Friday, the Tritons overpowered NAIA Hope International, 3-0 (30-17, 30-28, 30-24) behind dual 13-kill outings by redshirt sophomores Adrian Guthals and Will Ehrman...Guthals hit a sizzling .632 for the night and had five total blocks while Ehrman had a perfect passing night and added five digs...Both players missed all of 2008 with injuries...Sophomore setter Phil Bannan dished out 44 assists and served up two aces and junior opposite Frank Fritsch chipped in with 10 kills.
The Tritons will host their annual Alumni Game Saturday at 3:00 PM in RIMAC Arena.
SWIMMERS ROUT LMU, GRAND CANYON; USD NEXT UP
After sweeping their final two home meets of the season, the Swimming & Diving team now goes crosstown to battle Division I University of San Diego in a women’s only event Saturday...The Triton women have defeated the Toreros seven consecutive times and won 12-of-16 events in last year’s match-up.
Avenging last season's upset loss, the UCSD women dominated Division I Loyola Marymount, 158-104, Saturday at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons won the first five events of the afternoon and were never threatened...Senior Jenn Sims, sophomores Anju Shimura and Ashtyn Douglas and freshman Alex Henley were all double winners for the Tritons...Sims swept the 100 (59.07) and 200 (2:076.29) butterfly, Shimura captured the 100 (58.95) and 200 (2:07.75) backstroke, Douglas touched first in the 200 (155.05) and 500 (5:12.47) freestyle and Henley won the 1,000 freestyle (10:29.90) and 200 individual medley (2:10.56).
On Senior Day Sunday, the Tritons made short work of visiting Grand Canyon, winning all 22 events as the men prevailed, 174-24, and the women rolled, 171-15...Sprint ace Dan Perdew won the 50 freestyle in 21.20 and clocked 47.14 to win the 100 freestyle just as handily...Sophomore Kyle Begovich was the only other double winner, 1,000 (9:54.33) and 500 (4:49.45) freestyle.
Listen to Scott McGihon’s post-meet interview (Sunday, Jan. 11).
NEWS & NOTES
The ninth annual UCSD Athletic Department Blood Drive, organized in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be held Tuesday in the RIMAC Green Room between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM...For more information call (858) 534-8460.
After hosting its annual Blade Runner fund-raising tournament over the weekend, Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team heads to Louisville (KY) for the North American Cup, Friday through Sunday...
The Men's Crew team paired up with Softball to win the annual Triton Athletes' Council Swim Relay Sunday at Canyonview...The race, held during a break in the UCSD-Grand Canyon meet, pits athletes from UCSD's non-aquatic sports...The team of Women's Volleyball and Men's Tennis was second.
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