THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Feb. 2---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---1:00 PM
Mon., Feb. 2---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---3:00 PM
Tue., Feb. 3---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Concordia---1:00 PM
Wed., Feb. 4---Baseball---UCSD vs. Point Loma---2:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 5---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Fullerton---2:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 5---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Hope Intl.---2:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 5---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Hartwick---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 6---Softball---UCSD at Best of the West Invitational---12:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 6---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at CSU Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 6---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 6---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at CSU Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 7---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 7---Fencing---UCSD at Notre Dame Duals---All Day
Sat., Feb. 7---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Blue-Gold Alumni Meet---10:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 7---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Azusa Pacific---10:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 7---Baseball---UCSD vs. Academy of Art (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 7---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Azusa Pacific---1:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 7---Softball---UCSD at Best of West Invitational---2:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 7---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 7---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 7---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 8---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 8--- Fencing---UCSD at Notre Dame Duals---All Day
Sun., Feb. 8---Softball---UCSD at Best of the West Invitational---9:15 AM
Sun., Feb. 8---Baseball---UCSD vs. Academy of Art---11:00 AM
MEN’S BASKETBALL STAYS ONE BACK; BIG ROAD TRIP AHEAD
Boasting wins in five of its last six games, the Men’s Basketball team ventures back out on the road this weekend to tackle Cal State Dominguez Hills (14-5/8-4) and Cal State L.A. (10-9/5-7) Friday and Saturday...UCSD, which split a pair of games in Northern California last weekend, comes into the week 11-7 overall and 8-4 in CCAA play...The Tritons are tied for third with Cal State Dominguez Hills, one game behind frontrunners Humboldt State and Cal State San Bernardino...Cal State L.A. is tied for seventh... Earlier in the season, UCSD defeated L.A. but lost to Dominguez Hills when the teams met at RIMAC Arena.
Coach Chris Carlson’s charges survived a white knuckle ride to beat host Sonoma State, 60-57 Friday night...After coughing up a 15-point advantage in the final 10 minutes, the Tritons were rescued by junior Jordan Lawley’s 50-ft. tie-breaking basket with one second left... Lawley, who had sank just 1-of-10 prior to hitting the decisive bucket, got his opportunity when the Seawolves’ Casey McRoberts missed a triple on the other end of the court with seven seconds to go...Senior Shane Poppen was a stalwart for UCSD, posting a 15-pt., 14-rebound double double, and senior point guard Kelvin Kim knocked down three treys and finished with 14 markers...The Tritons, who shot 44.7% for the night, out-rebounded SSU, 31-25.
UCSD’s five-game win streak was snapped 24 hours later as first place Humboldt State held off the Tritons, 60-55, in a game that was tied 10 times and never saw either team lead by more than six...The last tie was at 52-52 with 2:16 to go in regulation...From that point, the Lumberjacks scored five straight points and sewed it up by making free throws late... UCSD, which would have moved into a tie for the conference lead with a win, was again playing the second of back-to-back games against a rested team...Poppen continued his solid play, scoring a game high 16 points and grabbing six rebounds...Lawley tallied 14 and Kim had 11 but UCSD shot just 39.2% from the floor and was an uncharacteristic 6-of-26 from three-point land.
TWO OVERTIME WINS KEEP WOMEN’S HOOP TEAM PERFECT IN CCAA
Coach Charity Elliott’s 17th-ranked Women’s Basketball team faces the second of back-to-back CCAA road trips this weekend when it takes its 12-game win skein to Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-7/7-5) Friday and Cal State L.A. (3-16/2-10) Saturday...The Tritons, now 19-2 overall and undefeated in a dozen CCAA contests, still sport a three-game lead atop the CCAA standings...CSUDH and CSULA are fourth and 11th respectively on the league ladder and both were double digit losers to UCSD at RIMAC Arena in early January.
Elliott’s club had to go overtime Friday night at Sonoma State but kept its conference record unscathed with a 78-69 victory...With junior starting forward Erin Noonan out of the lineup (broken finger) and senior standout Michelle Osier hitting just 1-of-9, the Tritons needed some “step up” performances and got them from a host of sources... Freshman point guard Chelsea Carlisle, made the most of her first career start, scoring a career high 23 points and handing out four assists...Carlisle, who converted all 14 of her free throw attempts, also canned a three-pointer with six seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime...Others reaching double figures were Annette Ilg (15), Leilani Martin (13) and Kristen Cabral (13)...Osier snagged a game best 14 rebounds...Ilg drilled a trey and then a two-pointer to give UCSD a five-point lead to open the overtime stanza and Sonoma State never got closer.
It was more of the same Saturday night as the Tritons again went overtime, again prevailed and again got a huge performance from the precocious Carlisle...The rookie backcourter hit three treys, all nine free throws and finished with 30 points as UCSD upended second place Humboldt State, 86-84...The Tritons erased an 11-pt. Lumberjack lead in the final 1:57 to send the affair to OT...Carlisle hit a pair of threes and had a steal in that span but it was senior Alexis Gaskin’s basket at the buzzer that deadlocked the game at the end of regulation...Down four with 1:51 on the clock in the extra period, the Tritons tied it at 84 when Carlisle and Osier each drained a pair of free throws...Then, a steal by Osier with 24 seconds to go set up a Carlisle two-pointer at the horn to cinch the verdict...Gaskin finished with 20 points, five boards and five assists while Osier accounted for 15 points (11 on free throws) and nine caroms...Carlisle was responsible for seven rebounds and five assists.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO OPENS 2009 AT HOME THURSDAY
Tenth-year Women’s Water Polo Coach Larry Sanders sends out his 2009 team for the first time Thursday night when the 18th-ranked Tritons host 12th-ranked Hartwick at Canyonview Pool...Then, Saturday and Sunday, UCSD hosts the annual 16-team Triton Invitational which will feature many of the nation’s top squads...The Tritons open tourney play against Redlands at 9:00 AM Saturday and will face either UC Davis or Marist in their second outing that afternoon.
Headlining the ’09 UCSD club will be senior Sydney Gstettenbauer, who scored 82 goals as a junior, the second best single season mark in school history...She will be backed by veterans Stephanie Heinrich, Stephanie Bocian and Audra Bloom, all 18-goal scorers a year ago.
SANTA BARBARA, NORTHRIDGE ON TAP FOR MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team continues a tough, eight-game road segment of its schedule when it visits No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (3-5/1-4) and No. 2 Cal State Northridge (6-2/3-2) this weekend...The Tritons are now 3-5 overall and 1-4 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play following a conference road split in Northern California last weekend...UCSB won one and lost one against BYU last weekend while Northridge absorbed two losses in Hawaii.
Sixteen kills by Will Ehrman and another 12 from Frank Fritsch helped UCSD snap a four-match losing streak with a 3-0 (30-27, 30-26, 20-24) conquest of visiting Princeton Wednesday night...Ehrman and Fritsch hit .522 and .400 respectively and the Tritons put up a sterling .368 attack percentage as a team...Fritsch, Jason Spangler and Ehrman scored consecutive points to break open a tight first set in the late going and UCSD seemed to assume control of things from there...Senior Eric Leserman had seven digs and was perfect passing 21 serves while Ehrman also served up a pair of aces.
The Tritons made it two straight and notched their first conference win of the season, clobbering host Pacific, 3-0 (30-25, 30-81, 30-25) Friday night in Stockton...Ehrman blasted 18 kills (.438) and Spangler added 11 (.368) as UCSD knocked off the Tigers for the third consecutive time...Sophomore Calvin Ross chipped in with 10 kills and six blocks and sophomore setter Phil Bannan dished out 43 assists while ripping three of UCSD’s seven aces...On the night, the Tritons hit .297 as a team.
The two-match winning streak came to an end Saturday night in Palo Alto as No. 6 Stanford downed UCSD, 3-1 (30-25, 30-23, 28-30, 30-28)...Spangler rapped 18 kills and Adrian Guthals (16), Ehrman (14) and Fritsch (12) all reached double figures, but the twin nemeses—blocking and serving—conspired to do in the Tritons...The Cardinal owned a 12.5-6 edge at the net and UCSD was able to produce just two aces against 25 service errors...Bannan registered 59 assists while Eric Leserman and Spangler each had 10 digs.
BASEBALL HOME FOR FOUR AFTER OPENING DAY WIN
Following a victory in its season opener, Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team is back home for four more games his week, hosting crosstown foe Point Loma Wednesday and then taking on NorCal D-II opponent Academy of Art for a threesome over the weekend...UCSD plays its first nine contests in La Jolla.
The Tritons played game one on Super Bowl Sunday and used some come-from-behind moxie to put away visiting San Diego Christian, 9-6...UCSD touched up the Hawks for three second inning runs but a four-run SDC fifth inning chased starter Kirby St. John and left the home club on the short end of a 5-3 score...Senior Garrett Imeson started the Triton rally with a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth and rightfielder Tim Mort’s screaming double to right center tied it later in the inning...Three more in the sixth, keyed by sohomore Evan Kehoe's bases loaded single, put UCSD up to stay...O’Brien shuttled in four pitchers for an inning apiece in relief of St. John, with junior Matt Rossman snagging the win...Third sacker Kehoe had three hits as well as two runs and two RBIs and Guido Knudson’s perfect ninth inning earned him the save.
SOFTBALL STARTS ’09 AT BEST OF WEST TOURNAMENT
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball squad makes its 2009 debut this weekend at the 16-team Diamond Sports Best of the West Invitational in Turlock...The Tritons have six games slated at the tourney, four against fellow CCAA members...They open up Friday vs. Notre Dame de Namur (12:30 PM) and San Francisco State (2:45 PM), Saturday the lineup is Cal State Monterey Bay (2:30 PM) and Chico State (4:45 PM) and Sunday’s closing opponents are Grand Canyon (9:15 AM) and Cal State San Bernardino (11:30 AM)...Gerckens and Co. were 32-24 in 2008 and went to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the second year in a row.
Anchoring the UCSD regulars will be returning starters Nicole Saari (C), Jenni Habib (1B), Mandy Eliades (SS) and Allison May (CF)...Senior Lauren Chastain returns as the No. 1 hurler...Gerckens will have to make do early in the season without starting third baseman Sarah Woofter who is out with a broken hand.
Listen to Patti Gerckens' comments on the opening of the season and her 2009 squad.
SWIM TEAM GEARS FOR CONFERENCE MEET AS REGULAR SEASON ENDS
The annual Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC), Feb. 18-21, will now be the focus of the Swimming & Diving teams which concluded their regular season schedule at San Diego State Saturday...At SDSU, the UCSD women defeated Northern Colorado (213-49) but were defeated by a pair of Division I opponents—San Diego State (140-118) and Wyoming (148-114)...The slated men’s meet vs. Wyoming was canceled.
The only winner for the UCSD women Saturday was sophomore Anju Shimura who captured the 200 backstroke, clocking 2:04.23...Shimura also took second in the 100 back (58.38)...Freestyle sprinters Errin Deters and Ashtyn Douglas turned in noteworthy performances...Deters was second in the 50 (24.55) and third in the 100 while Douglas was second in the 100 (53.40) and third in the 200 (1:54.74)...Freshman Alex Henley scored runner-up finishes in the 500 freestyle (5:01.16) and 200 individual medley (2:09.75) while butterfly aces Jenn Sims (200/2:08.25) and Karla Holman (100/59.13) were each third in their specialty.
TENNIS TEAMS HOST CAL BAPTIST IN SEASON DEBUT
NAIA Cal Baptist will provide the opposition when the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams open their 2009 seasons today on the North Courts...Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s men play at 1:00 PM followed by Coach Liz LaPlante’s women two hours later...On Wednesday, the men will be back home against Hope International while the women hit the road to challenge Division I Cal State Fullerton...Both are back in La Jolla Saturday to host NAIA power Azusa Pacific.
The men will be led by senior Kazumi Negishi and junior Vincent Nguyen...Returnees Natalie Varnay, Ina Dan, Taskeen Bains and Tessa Tran pace the Triton women.
FENCERS ROUT UCI, CAL TECH; HEAD TO NOTRE DAME THIS WEEKEND
Fresh off a comfortable sweep of conference rivals UC Irvine and Cal Tech Saturday, Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team travels to the Midwest for a series of dual competitions against national powers Notre Dame, Stanford and Air Force as well as a host of Midwest competitors in South Bend, IN, Saturday and Sunday.
Last Saturday, the first place (IFCSC) Triton men swamped UCI (23-4) and Cal Tech (24-3) while the women prevailed against the same two opponents by 24-3 and 22-5 scores...As usual, the men's foil squad was dominant, winning 17-of-18 bouts with sophomore Ben Dorn and freshman Michael Fong each going 6-0...Also perfect for the men were sabre specialist Bryan Kim and epee standout Nick McGuinness...Pilar Alicea and Alisha Trigeiro were 6-0 in the foil and sabre respectively.
Hear Saturday's post-match comments from Ben Dorn.
Listen to Saturday's interview with foil standout Zitin Kachru.
NEWS & NOTES
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will get a preview of their 2009 Track & Field squad at Saturday’s annual Blue-Gold Alumni Meet...First event is set for 10:00 AM...In exhibition play, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team finished fifth at last week’s San Diego Intercollegiate played at La Jolla Country Club...The Tritons first regular season tourney will be the Cal State San Marcos Invitational, Feb. 9-10, at San Luis Rey Downs.
The 2009 Spirit Night basketball doubleheader will be Friday, Feb. 20 at RIMAC Arena against San Francisco State...The game will culminate the annual college spirit competition which was won last winter by Revelle College.
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