THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Feb. 9---Men’s Golf---UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational---ALL DAY
Tue., Feb. 10---Men’s Golf---UCSD at Cal State San Marcos Invitational---ALL DAY
Tue., Feb. 10---Baseball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon (DH)---11:00 AM
Wed., Feb. 11---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---1:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 13---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Phoenix Tournament---All Day
Fri., Feb. 13---Softball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State (DH)---1:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 13---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 13---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 13---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hall of Fame Classic---TBA
Sat., Feb. 14---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Phoenix Tournament---All Day
Sat., Feb. 14---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 14---Softball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 14---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 14---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 14---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 14---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hall of Fame Classic---TBA
Sun., Feb. 15---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Phoenix Tournament---All Day
Sun., Feb. 15---Baseball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon (DH)---11:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 15---Softball---UCSD at CSUSB Regional Preview Tournament---11:20 AM & 1:40 PM
FOURTEEN STRAIGHT FOR NO. 12 WOMEN’S HOOP TEAM; CSUSB HERE FRIDAY
Now ranked 12th in the country, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team will bring a 14-game winning streak (just two short of the school record) back to RIMAC Arena when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino (7-13/5-9) and Cal Poly Pomona (14-9/10-4) this Friday and Saturday...The Tritons, 21-2 overall and a perfect 14-0 in CCAA play, continue to hold a comfortable four-game margin over Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State in the conference standings...They have won at least 20 games in each of the last four seasons...Cal Poly was a four-point loser to UCSD earlier this year at Pomona while CSUSB is in the throes of a nine-game losing streak which began with a loss to the Tritons on Jan. 9.
Elliott and Co. notched win No. 20 Friday night, putting four players in double figures while clipping host Cal State Dominguez Hills, 69-63...Junior Annette Ilg led the charge, scoring 21 points (6-of-10) to go with four rebounds and three assists...Senior Michelle Osier netted 17 while center Alexis Gaskin and guard Leilani Martin had identical 10-point, seven-rebound efforts...UCSD never trailed but let a 15-point first half lead evaporate in the second 20 minutes when the Toros were twice able to tie the score...The Tritons were up by just one with 1:03 on the clock but got a lay-up from Martin and then hit seven of their final eight free throws to ice the game...The outcome was decided at the charity stripe as UCSD converted 22 of its 32 free throw attempts while the Toros made seven-of-eight.
The Tritons scored 17 consecutive points midway through the first half Saturday en route to shredding Cal State L.A., 84-66, at the Eagles’ Nest...UCSD, which leads the CCAA in turnover margin, pried 29 out of the Golden Eagles and shot 47.4% on the offensive end...Osier emerged from a mini-shooting slump, hitting 9-of-16 and scoring 25 points while snatching a game high seven boards...Martin tossed in 17 and point guard Chelsea Carlisle added 15 for UCSD...Carlisle, who has started the last four games in place of injured Erin Noonan, was the most recent CCAA Player of the Week...She has converted her last 27 free throws and 33 of her last 34.
MEN’S BASKETBALL STARTS FOUR-GAME HOME STAND FRIDAY
After four in a row on the road, the Men’s Basketball team returns home to square off against CCAA-leading Cal State San Bernardino (13-7/11-3) and contending Cal Poly Pomona (13-6/9-5) this weekend...Coach Chris Carlson’s club split a tough road trip to L.A. last weekend and now finds itself with a 12-8 overall mark, 9-5 in the CCAA and tied with Cal Poly Pomona in fourth place, two back of Cal State San Bernardino and one behind Cal State Dominguez Hills and Humboldt State.
In Carson Friday night, the Tritons fell for the second time this season to Cal State Dominguez Hills dropping a hard-fought, 61-58, decision...In a back-and-forth contest that saw the teams tied on 10 occasions, UCSD clawed back from a nine-point second half deficit to take the lead for the final time, 54-52, on a Jordan Lawley jumper with 4:22 remaining...From there, however, the Toros ran off eight straight points and kept the Tritons at bay to the buzzer...Lawley hit 7-of-13 and finished with 22 points and Alan Husted chipped in with 10...UCSD shot a sizzling 52.4% from the field but was out-rebounded by 11.
The Tritons got 15 points from senior Kelvin Kim and went wire-to-wire in a 71-60 victory at Cal State L.A. Saturday night...Kim sank his first basket on UCSD’s opening possession and the Tritons jetted out to a 13-point halftime lead...They allowed the Golden Eagles to close it to five but then extended it back to 15 and held it at double digits over the final four minutes...Husted got another 10 points and Lawley 11 as UCSD connected on 55% of its tries from the floor, going over .500 in back-to-back games for only the second time this season and the first time in CCAA play...The Tritons also won the battle on the glass, 32-26, with senior A.J. Maulhardt snaring five...The top field goal pct. defense team in the league, UCSD held CSULA to just 32.7% shooting from the field.
SIX-PACK AT HOME FOR UNDEFEATED BASEBALL AFTER RAINY WEEKEND
A big week is on tap for Coach Dan O’Brien’s fourth-ranked Baseball team which will host Grand Canyon for a doubleheader Tuesday (a late add to the schedule) and then tangle with 2008 NCAA tournament participant Western Oregon for back-to-back doubleheaders over the weekend...The Tritons are now 2-0 after losing a three-game series vs. Academy of Art to rain last weekend.
Six and two-thirds innings of scoreless pitching from newly-minted starter Tim Shibuya and matching two-hit, one-RBI performances by Evan Kehoe and Robert Sedin, lifted UCSD to a 4-1 triumph over crosstown NAIA rival Point Loma Wednesday...Sophomore Shibuya, who shined out of the bullpen in 2008, gave up four hits, struck out three and worked out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the fourth to pick up the win...Kehoe jacked his first homer of the year while Sedin doubled and stole a base.
Listen to Coach Dan O'Brien's comments following Wednesday's win over Point Loma.
SOFTBALL OPENS CCAA PLAY AT HOME FRIDAY VS. SAN FRANCISCO STATE
Fresh off an encouraging performance at the rain-plagued season-opening Best of the West Invitational, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team kicks off CCAA play at home this weekend against San Francisco State...The Tritons (3-1), tabbed for fifth place in the pre-season voting conducted by league coaches, will play doubleheaders against the Gators on Friday and Saturday and then play a pair of games (vs. Regis and Adams State) at the Cal State San Bernardino Regional Preview Tournament Sunday.
Friday’s first round at the Best of the West tourney in Turlock was canceled due to wet weather, but senior Lauren Chastain’s complete game, two-hit shutout of Cal State Monterey Bay gave the Tritons a 3-0 win in their delayed ’09 opener...Chastain struck out four and got all the cushion she needed when UCSD erupted for three runs in the third inning...With two outs, seniors Jenni Habib and Allison May cracked RBI singles and Habib later stole home...Sophomore transfer Kristyn Lesovsky went 2-for-2 in her UCSD debut...In Saturday’s second game, freshman hurler Camille Gaito made a strong first impression, striking out five and surrendering four hits in a 6-1 triumph over Chico State...UCSD broke open a scoreless tie with four runs in the sixth inning, the big blow a two-run single by shortstop Mandy Eliades...The Tritons punched out nine singles on the day, two by Habib, who also had two RBIs.
Chastain was touched up for six hits and four runs in a 4-2 Sunday morning loss to Grand Canyon...UCSD had six hits of its own, two by Lesovsky who drove in one of the Tritons two scores...Gerckens’ squad rebounded behind senior right hander Christine Zankich for a 2-1 closing win over Cal State San Bernardino...Down, 1-0, UCSD plated solo runs in the fifth and sixth to put away the Coyotes, RBI singles from Lesovsky and May doing the honors...Eliades had two hits.
WOMEN’S POLO ROARS EARLY, FADES LATES DURING OPENING WEEKEND
After a jam-packed weekend of activity, Coach Larry Sanders’ Women’s Water Polo team will scale back this week, playing a singleton Saturday against Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) foe Cal State San Bernardino at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons, ranked 19th nationally but likely to move up on the strength of last week’s results, will bring a 2-3 mark into the CSUSB match-up.
Six goals by senior Sydney Gstettenbauer and three more by junior Stephanie Bocian propelled UCSD to an impressive, 12-10, victory over No. 14 Hartwick (NY), Thursday night at Canyonview Pool...After spotting the Hawks the game’s first goal, Gstettenbauer’s first score knotted it and Bocian’s first 1:20 later gave UCSD a lead it never surrendered...The Triton lead fluctuated between two and three goals for most of the evening but Hartwick narrowed it to one at 6:23 in the fourth quarter...Bocian’s final tally at 2:44 and some stiff closing defense secured the win for UCSD...Gstettenbauer had four man-up goals and two via penalty shots...For the contest, UCSD was 3-of-5 in 6-on-5 situations...Sophomore goalie Ebey Sorenson, getting the first start of her career, turned away eight shots.
The Tritons turned in an orderly, 12-6, dismantling of Marist in Saturday’s first round of the Triton Invitational...Powered by four-goal performances from Gstettenbauer and freshman Jessica Tran, UCSD rolled up a 7-1 lead and Sanders emptied the bench in the second half...Sophomore goalie Markayla Quane stopped six shots.
Saturday afternoon the Tritons dropped a 10-9 overtime heartbreaker to UC Davis that Sanders preferred to look at it as a “learning experience” for his relatively young squad...”I told them not to hang their heads because they played a great game against a very solid opponent,” said the 10th-year coach...In the early going, UCSD had the ninth-ranked Aggies completely out of sorts, keying off a committed defensive effort to score the game’s first five goals...It was 5-2 at half and the Tritons successfully weathered two Davis third quarter surges to lead, 8-5 with one quarter to go...The Aggies accounted for the next three goals, the last coming with 0:38 left to send it to OT...The first extra period was scoreless but Davis went ahead for the first time, 9-8, with 1:16 remaining in the second...UCSD showed no quit, however, and senior Bridgette Bugay drilled a clutch shot from up top with 57 seconds to go...The Aggies put it away, scoring on a counter at 0:07...Six players scored for UCSD with Gstettenbauer registering a hat trick and freshman Jessica Tran getting a pair.
Sanders’ charges seemed to run out of gas the next day...Playing in Sunday morning’s 8:00 AM game, the Tritons appeared to be sleepwalking through the first half and scored on just 1-of-10 power play opportunities in a 9-4 loss to No. 15 Long Beach State...The 49ers had already grabbed a 5-0 lead before Tran got UCSD on the scoreboard with a penalty shot goal...The Tritons closed the gap to 6-3 and had several chances to tighten it further but the comeback lost steam late and Long Beach pulled away...Tran had three of UCSD’s four goals, two coming via penalty shots...The Tritons were also a bit lethargic in an 8-3 tournament-ending loss to No. 12 Cal State Northridge...Despite playing well below the intensity displayed in the UC Davis contest, UCSD was down just, 5-3, to the Matadors after a man-up tally by Bugay early in the fourth period...With a chance to pull within one, the Tritons misfired with another man advantage and saw CSUN score on a 2-on-1 counter to effectively put the verdict out of reach...Gstettenbauer and Audra Bloom were responsible for UCSD’s other goals.
Hear Coach Larry Sanders' re-cap of the Triton Invitational.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL BEATS UC SANTA BARBARA; EASTERN TRIP NEXT
The 15th-ranked Men’s Volleyball team continues an extended road stretch when it flies cross country to Springfield, MA for the annual Hall of Fame Classic...Coach Kevin Ring’s spikers will open tournament play Friday night against St. Francis (NY) with the winner advancing to Saturday night’s championship tilt and the loser to the third place game...George Mason (VA) and host Springfield will play in the other semi-final...UCSD takes a 4-6 overall record back East and is now 2-5 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action.
UCSD celebrated its first ’09 appearance in the national polls with a gritty, 3-2 (30-22, 30-24, 30-32, 23-30, 15-13) road victory over No. 10 UC Santa Barbara Friday night...Junior Frank Fritsch rocked 23 kills (.304) and sophomore setter Phil Bannan posted 64 assists and two aces to pace the Tritons...The crucial fifth set was taut early but with the score tied, three successive Gaucho hitting errors put UCSD in command, 9-6...The second of a pair of kills by sophomore middle blocker Calvin Ross gave UCSD match point at 14-10 and after UCSB narrowed it to 14-13, a third Ross blast ended matters for the night...Four other Tritons joined Fritsch with double digit kills—Will Ehrman (14), Ross (13), Jason Spangler (10) and Adrian Guthals (10)...UCSD had a season high 17.5 blocks with Guthals and Bannan in on nine apiece...Senior libero Eric Leserman racked up 17 digs.
The next night, UCSD had no answers for No. 4 Cal State Northridge as the Matadors swept to a 3-0 (30-20, 30-23, 30-21) conquest...Northridge out-hit the Tritons (.446-.086) and had a 14.5-7 advantage in the blocking department...Sophomore Joel Davidson’s eight kills led the Tritons offensively.
GOLFERS MAKE 2009 DEBUT IN CAL STATE SAN MARCOS EVENT
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team opens its spring campaign today in the 16-team Cal State San Marcos Invitational at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall...The tourney will include 36 holes on day one followed by 18 on Tuesday...Teeing it up for the Tritons will be Billy Olsen, Keith Okasaki, Austin Alfonso, Ryan Bailey and Raj Samra.
MEN’S TENNIS TO PLAY AT BIG DIVISION II CHALLENGE IN PHOENIX
Trying to avoid the rain, the Men’s Tennis team travels to Arizona for the all-Division II Phoenix Tournament, starting Friday at Paseo Tennis Center in Glendale, AZ...UCSD will play five matches in four days against Western New Mexico (Fri.-12:30 PM), Colorado State-Pueblo (Fri.-5:00 PM), Abilene Christian (Sat.-9:30 AM), Grand Canyon (Sun.-3:30 PM) and BYU-Hawaii (Mon.-8:30 AM)...UCSD went 1-2 in its first week of play and had last Friday’s scheduled match with Azusa Pacific postponed due to precipitation.
In Monday’s season opener, the Tritons fell to Cal Baptist, 6-3, with Naveen Dixit (No. 4) and Eric Mendoza (No. 6) claiming singles victories while the team of Erik Elliott and Kazumi Negishi were victorious at No. 2 doubles...The next afternoon, another NAIA foe, Concordia, took the measure of visiting UCSD, 7-2...The Elliott-Negishi tandem again grabbed a point in doubles while Dixit earned the only singles score.
The Tritons got their first win Thursday, taking three-of-five singles matches and two-of-three in doubles to thwart visiting Hope International, 5-3...Elliott and Negishi again romped at No. 2 doubles while the No. 1 duo of Armaun Emani and Chapman Chan notched their first win of the year...In singles, Steidlmayer got points from Chan (No. 2), Samuel Ling (No. 5) and Jake Fellow (No. 6).
WOMEN’S TENNIS OPENS CCAA PLAY WEDNESDAY
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team gets its first CCAA test of the young season when it travels to Cal State San Bernardino Wednesday...The Tritons come into that match boasting 48 consecutive regular season victories over CCAA opponents.
The combo of Ina Dan and Taskeen Bains won at No. 1 doubles and Tessa Tran rolled in straight sets at No. 4 singles, but UCSD came up well short in a 7-2 defeat against NAIA Cal Baptist in its 2009 debut last Monday...Friday’s match vs. Azusa Pacific was canceled due to rain.
FENCERS POST WINNING MARKS AT NOTRE DAME DUALS
With conference titles up for grabs in two weeks and the NCAA West Regional looming, March 7, Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing teams got some valuable prep work in over the weekend at the ultra-competitive Notre Dame Duals in South Bend (IN)...Both the men's and women's squads emerged with 5-4 records in the two-day event.
The Triton women scored victories over Air Force (22-5), Cleveland State (25-2), Wayne State (21-6), Lawrence (24-3) and Detroit (23-4), while falling to Notre Dame twice by identical 21-6 margins, Stanford (17-10) and Northwestern (20-7)...The UCSD men lost their first three matches to Stanford (19-8), Ohio State (19-8) and Air Force (16-11), beat Wayne State (18-9) and Cleveland State (20-7), then came up short vs. Notre Dame (18-9) before bouncing back to close out with a trio of wins over Lawrence (25-1), Northwestern (18-9) and Detroit (22-5).
In terms of individual weapons, both the women and men came out on the plus side in foil (w-56-25 and m-52-29) and sabre (w-50-31 and m-50-30)...The women were 38-43 and the men 37-44 in sabre.
NEWS & NOTES
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams are preparing for next week’s Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships...The Tritons will be looking to add to their 21 NCAA D-II Championship qualifiers as well as sweep the team title in both divisions.
Nearly 100 alumni Track & Field athletes braved the elements to participate in Saturday's annual Blue-Gold Meet...Due to the weather, no official marks were recorded.
The annual Spirit Night basketball doubleheader is set for Friday, Feb. 20 vs. San Francisco State...It will be the culmination of a weeklong spirit competition among UCSD's six colleges...Revelle College is the defending champion...An A.S.-sponsored fireworks show will be held on RIMAC Field following the basketball games.
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