Wed., Jan. 21---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at UC Irvine---
Fri., Jan. 23---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---
Fri., Jan. 23---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at UCLA---
Fri., Jan. 23---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---
Sat., Jan. 24---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at UC Irvine/Cal Baptist---
Sat., Jan. 24---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. ChicoState---
Sat., Jan. 24---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. ChicoState---
MEN’S HOOPS VAULTS BACK INTO CONFERENCE RACE; HOME FRIDAY
After a difficult four-game road slate, the Men’s Basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena this weekend to host Cal State Stanislaus (5-8/1-7) and Chico State (5-10/2-6)...Coach Chris Carlson’s Tritons are now tied for fourth in the CCAA standings, a single game out of first, and sport an overall record of 8-6 after sweeping a pair of crucial games in Northern California last weekend...Cal State Stanislaus is 11th in the league standings while Chico State is a game back of UCSD in sixth.
UCSD snapped a three-game losing streak Friday night at Cal State Monterey Bay with senior Kelvin Kim’s career high 23 points leading the way to a 71-61 triumph over the host Otters...Kim nailed 7-of-13 shots, including four three-pointers, and junior Jordan Lawley pitched in with 18 points, 10 on free throws...Brett Stuckey counted for 12 points off the bench...Senior Shane Poppen, who pulled down a game high 11 rebounds, scored on a jam 14 seconds into the game and the Tritons never relinquished the lead...They pushed the margin to 15 in the first half, were up by nine at the break and got it back out to 16 points before Monterey Bay raced back to tie the score at 53 with 4:18 to go...From there, three-pointers by Darryl Lawlor and Kim and some solid free throw shooting got the Tritons home...UCSD held the Otters to 31.1% accuracy from the floor and had a 34-31 rebounding advantage.
Lawley lit the fire Saturday, shredding San Francisco State for 23 points in a 66-59 UCSD triumph...The Lodi, CA native converted 10-of-11 free throws making him 20-for-23 on the weekend...Poppen netted a career high 18 points and snagged nine boards, helping the Tritons to a 39-24 disparity in that category.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STRETCHES CCAA LEAD TO THREE GAMES
Boasting a 15-2 overall record, eight consecutive wins and an undefeated (8-0) conference profile, the Women’s Basketball team is back home Friday to play Cal State Stanislaus (8-7/3-5) before welcoming Chico State (8-7/4-4) the next evening...Coach Charity Elliott’s cagers have opened up a three-game bulge atop the CCAA while Stanislaus and Chico State sit seventh and sixth respectively.
A 12-2 streak midway through the first half lifted UCSD from a five-point deficit to a five-point lead that it never surrendered en route to a 69-58 victory at Cal State Monterey Bay Friday night...Senior Alexis Gaskin just missed a double double, collecting 14 points (7-of-8 shooting) and nine rebounds to lead the Tritons, who built their margin to 21 points before coasting to the final buzzer...Freshman Chelsea Carlisle also accounted for 14 markers while junior Annette Ilg recorded 12 points and five assists...Senior Michelle Osier notched 11 points to go with six boards...UCSD shot 47.5% for the night and had a whopping 15-rebound advantage over the Otters.
Osier became UCSD’s all-time leading rebounder the next night but it was junior Erin Noonan leading the Tritons to a comfortable, 63-48, conquest of San FranciscoState... Noonan hit three treys while compiling 12 points, six rebounds and two assists...Carlisle added 11 points and snared eight caroms while Osier finished with eight points and 10 boards...The three-time All-CCAA pick passed Mary Egan’s existing mark of 1,038 early in the second half...The outcome was pretty much in hand by that time... After trailing early, the Tritons unleashed a 29-7 barrage to close the first half and went to the locker room up by 16... The Gators never got closer than 12 in the second 20 minutes as UCSD extended the lead as far as 30 points.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL LOOKS FOR FIRST MPSF WIN AT UCI, UCLA
In the wake of two difficult losses away from home last week, Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team takes to the road again to battle UC Irvine, Wednesday, and UCLA, Friday, in a set of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) matches...The Tritons bring a 1-2 mark into the UC Irvine contest.
Tuesday night in Riverside, the Tritons absorbed their first loss of the season, a hard-fought defeat at the hands of NAIA Cal Baptist, 3-2 (30-28, 27-30, 32-30, 27-30, 22-20)...Junior outside hitter Jason Spangler, back from a one-game stint on the bench, racked up 21 kills (.327) and three other players--Frank Fritsch (15), Adrian Guthals (14) and Will Ehrman (10)--reached double figures but it was not enough to overcome the Lancer duo of Levi Cabral and Adiel Tiedjop who combined for 57 of CBU's 77 kills...UCSD hit a very respectable .232 on the night, had a 13-11 blocking advantage and ripped nine aces (five by Spangler) but it still came up short...Sophomore Phil Bannan accounted for 57 assists and senior libero Eric Leserman added to his all-time leading dig total with 11.
Three nights later, UCSD dropped its 2009 MPSF opener, 3-0 (30-26, 30-26, 32-30) against No. 7 Long Beach State...The host 49ers hit .333 to UCSD’s .282 and the blocking totals were nearly even...A total of 13 service errors and no aces hurt UCSD...Redshirt sophomore Will Ehrman hit .333 while putting down a team high 13 kills.
TRITON SWIMMERS KNOCK OFF USD FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT TIME
The UCSD Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving teams will be in action this Saturday at UC Irvine, tangling with the Division I host Anteaters and NAIA Cal Baptist. Last Saturday, the Triton women used some last-minute heroics to hang a 152-146 dual meet loss on crosstown USD, their eighth victory in a row over the Toreros.
Down, 32-6, after the two diving events and 27 behind at the first break, UCSD utilized its superior depth to tighten the gap but still came into the final event of the afternoon—the 400 freestyle relay, needing a 1-3 finish to maintain its winning ways over USD...The quartets of Anju Shimura, Ashtyn Douglas, Aubrey Panis and Shannon Simonds and Shea Kopp, Natasha Nguyen, Jessica Ferguson and Errin Deters gave Coach Scott McGihon even more, placing first and second to secure the win...The Simonds-anchored “A” team posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:31.33.
On the day, UCSD won just six-of-16 events but used its numbers to prevail...Securing individual race wins were senior Kendall Bohn in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.62), Douglas in the 100 freestyle (53.59), Shimura in the 200 backstroke (2:06.33) and freshman Alex Henley in the 500 freestyle (5:05.92)...The 200 medley relay unit of Kopp, Sadie O’Brien, Ferguson and Panis was also a winner, clocking 1:49.18.
NEWS & NOTES
Basketball’s Michelle Osier was named the Wilson CCAA Player of the Week (Jan. 5-11)...It was the second time Osier has been so honored this season.
On the heels of back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division II Playoffs, Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team has been ranked fourth in the Collegiate Baseball Pre-season Poll...The Tritons open their 2009 campaign, Feb. 4, vs. San Diego Christian...In other pre-season rankings, the Women’s Water Polo team has been placed in the No. 19 slot by the Collegiate Water Polo Assn.
More than 150 donors participated in the ninth annual UCSD Athletics Blood Drive, held in conjunction with the American Red Cross, last Tuesday at RIMAC Arena.