THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Feb. 16---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Presidents' Day Duals---8:30 AM
Tues., Feb. 17---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Fullerton---2:00 PM
Wed., Feb. 18---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Thu., Feb. 19---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Fri., Feb. 20---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 20---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---5:30PM
Fri., Feb. 20---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:30PM
Fri., Feb. 20---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at BYU---7:00PM
Fri., Feb. 20---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Sat., Feb. 21---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Sat., Feb. 21---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 21---Track & Field---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona, CSUDH & SDSU---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 21---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 21---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State LA---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 21---Softball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 21---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 21---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at BYU---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 21---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 22---Fencing---UCSD vs. UCLA, USC, UCSB & ASU (@Irvine)---10:00AM
Sun., Feb. 22---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 22---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---11:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 22---Softball---UCSD vs. Hawaii Hilo (DH)---5:00 PM
TRITON MEN STUN FIRST PLACE SAN BERNARDINO; SPIRIT NIGHT NEXT
Looking to move into position for a host spot in the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament, the Men’s Basketball team closes out its regular season home schedule Friday (Spirit Night) and Saturday against San Francisco State (13-10/7-9) and Cal State Monterey Bay (14-9/8-8)...The Tritons are now 13-9 after splitting at home against two of the league’s best last weekend...They stand fifth in the CCAA at 10-6...The top eight teams go to the post-season tourney with the top four hosting first round games...San Francisco State arrives in seventh place while CSUMB comes into the week sixth.
The Tritons hit just 34% from the field Friday night and that spelled disaster in the form of a 61-39 loss against visiting Cal Poly Pomona...The Broncos, who sank 51.2% of their attempts, turned what had been a close contest into a runaway in the final 10 minutes, scoring 27 of the last 34 points...Senior Darryl Lawlor came off the bench to score 11 for UCSD, five from the charity stripe, and A.J. Maulhardt had six points and six rebounds.
The Tritons bounced back impressively Saturday to stun Cal State San Bernardino, a team that came into the game tied for first place in the CCAA, 69-63...Senior point guard Kelvin Kim scored a team high 15 points and handed out for assists, but perhaps most importantly did not have a turnover in 34 minutes of play...UCSD shot just 36.2% for the night but seemed to make them when it counted, out-rebounded the bigger Coyotes, 37-35, and had only seven turnovers while causing 16...Up 10 early, the Tritons had a 31-27 edge at the break...In a contest that was tied 10 times, they were still up eight with 12 minutes to go but San Bernardino went on an 11-0 run to take a three-point lead with 9:46 remaining...UCSD regained the lead for good on two Jordan Lawley free throws with 3:21 on the clock...The Coyotes got back to within one when Kim drained a three-point dagger with 56 ticks left that seemed to take the air out of the visitors...Seniors Shane Poppen and Alan Husted had 12 and 11 points respectively while Maulhardt had another solid night, scoring eight points and snaring a team high 10 boards... Reserves Brett Stuckey, Patrick Dreith, Tyler Acevedo, Casey Ryan and Kirby Ruiz all played key roles on a night when Carlson saw Lawlor join his growing list of injured players early in the first half.
Hear Coach Chris Carlson's post-game comments following the win over Cal State San Bernardino.
NO. 10 WOMEN PLAY FINAL TWO REGULAR SEASON HOME GAMES
With its 15-game win streak now a thing of the past, the 10th-ranked Women’s Basketball team turns its concentration to the final home series of the regular season, hosting San Francisco State (12-11/6-10) Friday and Cal State Monterey Bay (9-13/4-12) Saturday...Coach Charity Elliott’s cagers are still a sterling 22-3 and remain three games ahead of the pack in CCAA play after dumping Cal Poly Pomona but being upset by Cal State San Bernardino in RIMAC Arena last weekend......San Francisco State is eighth on the CCAA ladder while Monterey Bay is 10th.
Last Friday night, Elliott’s five starters accounted for all but one point in UCSD’s, 63-57, triumph over second placed Cal Poly Pomona...The quintet of Leilani Martin (14 pts.), Michelle Osier (13), Annette Ilg (13), Chelsea Carlisle (12) and Alexis Gaskin (10) all reached double figures in the scoring column and Osier made it a double double with 11 boards...The Tritons took a five-point lead into the locker room but Cal Poly led for much of the second half...Down, 46-43, with just over nine minutes left, UCSD got an inside bucket from Gaskin, a three-pointer by Carlisle and a pair of free throws from Ilg to go up by four with 7:42 left...The Broncos never got the lead back as UCSD pushed it out to nine and then held on...In a game that was close statistically, the visitors may have lost it at the free throw line where they were a dismal, 6-of-16.
The law of averages finally caught up with the Tritons Saturday night when a scrappy Cal State San Bernardino squad and 35% shooting teamed-up to produce a 64-59 loss, ending the second longest winning streak in school history one short of the all-time mark set in 1997-98...UCSD, which played from behind after the 6:40 mark of the first half, was able to tie the score at 31 early in the second half but never got closer than four over the final 12 minutes...Gaskin had a big game, bagging 22 points (10-of-18) and 10 rebounds...Osier also recorded a double double (12 pts./10 rebounds) but hit just 3-of-10 from the floor...Carlisle and Martin tallied 11 and 10 respectively with the former dishing out seven assists as well.
SWIMMING & DIVING OPENS “CHAMPIONSHIP” SEASON IN LONG BEACH
Gunning for team titles in both divisions, the Swimming & Diving teams head to Long Beach for the annual Pacific Collegiate Swim Championships, Wednesday through Saturday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool...UCSD placed second in the men’s standings and third in the women’s race last year...Both teams won conference titles in 2007.
The meet will be the last chance for individuals to qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships, slated for March 11-14 in Houston, TX...Going into the PCSC meet, UCSD has 12 women and nine men ticketed for the national meet...McGihon is hoping to add another handful to the travel party at Long Beach.
SOFTBALL WINS THREE-OF-FOUR IN 2009 CCAA DEBUT
With a 7-3 overall mark and a 3-1 start in conference play, the Softball team will host a pair of “in-region” doubleheaders this weekend, entertaining Grand Canyon (Saturday) and Hawaii-Hilo (Sunday)...The Tritons are coming off a wild four-game CCAA-opening set against San Francisco State last weekend...Three of the games were decided by a solitary run and the last two went into extra innings.
Coach Patti Gerckens' squad swept a twinbill Friday, holding on to take the opener, 6-4, after leading, 5-0, through five frames...Senior Lauren Chastain went five and two-thirds to collect the win and drove in UCSD’s first run...Sophomore transfer Kris Lesovsky and senior catcher Nicole Saari had two hits each...Lesovsky scored twice and senior center fielder Allison May drove in a pair of runs...UCSD beat SFSU and the rain, 5-4, in the nightcap...Senior starter Christine Zankich threw four shutout innings and the Tritons were up, 1-0, going into the fifth when the rain started to fall...The Gators touched up the UC bullpen for four runs in the top of the fifth, forcing Zankich back into the contest...With the storm getting worse and the situation desperate, UCSD battled back...A bases loaded double by May tied the game and shortstop Mandy Eliades singled home May to get the lead back...The game was finally called in the bottom of the sixth...Lesovsky and Saari again had two hits apiece and Zankich notched the win.
It was more of the same Saturday...In game one, UCSD rolled into the sixth with a 4-1 advantage but then the roof caved in on Chastain as San Francisco plated four runs to go ahead, 5-4...The Tritons restored order in the bottom of the sixth, when an infield single and a Gator error with the bases jammed resulted in two runs...But Gerckens’ unit couldn’t handle the prosperity, allowing SFSU to tie things in the seventh...Both teams scored one in the ninth, an Eliades ground out driving in the tying tally for UCSD, but when the Gators got two more in the 10th, the Tritons were able to answer with just one, giving the guests a 9-8 victory...UCSD out-hit SFSU, 11-10, but eight errors did the home team in...Lesovsky smacked three hits out of the leadoff hole, including a first at-bat home run...The Tritons had to go extra innings again in game two, but this time a one-out Lesovsky single and a two-out May double in the eighth powered them to a 5-4 decision...Zankich got the start but was knocked out after surrendering four second inning markers...Freshman Tess Granath was brilliant in relief, picking up her first collegiate win after tossing six and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only one hit...Lesovsky ripped three more hits, making her 10-for-15 in the series.
Gerckens' team had to be in San Bernardino for an 11:20 AM slot Sunday morning in the San Bernardino Regional Preview Tournament...Not surprisingly, the early start time spelled trouble as UCSD wound up on the short end of a 12-2 decision...The Tritons rebounded to knock off Adams State (CO), 6-5, in their second outing of the day.
Listen to Head Coach Patti Gerckens' after Saturday's series-ending doubleheader vs. SFSU.
TOUGH WEEKEND FOR NO. 2 BASEBALL TEAM; CCAA OPENER UP NEXT
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team dives into conference play this weekend, traveling to Cal State Monterey Bay (3-10) for a four-game series starting Friday afternoon...The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and finish with a single game on Sunday...The Tritons, who had vaulted to No. 2 in the country but been hampered by back-to-back series rainouts, come into this week’s play 3-3 on the heels of a tough home series against regional foe Western Oregon.
UCSD earned a split with Western Oregon Saturday, coming off the floor to score an 8-7 victory in the second game after suffering a stunning, 3-1, loss in the opener and then falling behind, 7-2, in the nightcap...In game one, sophomore ace Tim Shibuya, nursing a one-run lead in the ninth inning, gave up a three-run homer that ruined a dazzling, six-hit outing...UCSD, which had just five knocks of its own in the game, got three in the third when consecutive two-out singles by Vance Albitz, Robert Sedin and Evan Kehoe produced its lone run...The Tritons showed their mettle in Saturday’s closer, when newcomer Devin Powers-Davis, a defensive replacement hitting for the first time, drilled a two-out double that plated Albitz in the bottom of the eighth to make UCSD an 8-7 extra inning winner...Sedin cracked three hits and DH Chris Fung drove in three—two on a fourth inning triple that started the comeback and the third with a bases loaded walk that tied the contest in the bottom of the seventh...Sophomore Guido Knudson, the last of five pitchers, got the win with a scoreless final inning.
Sunday was a bit of deja vu without the happy ending...Righthanded starter Matt Rossman fired seven shutout innings in the opener and led, 1-0, going into the eighth, only to be victimized by a one-out two run jack and saddled with a 2-1 loss...UCSD was able. to muster just five hits in the contest, two by Albitz...The Tritons came up with just five hits again in the series finale but this time, the Wolves hit the scoreboard in each of the first three innings, driving starter Trevor Decker to the sidelines on the way to a 6-2 win.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL ROLLS TO HALL OF FAME TOURNEY TITLE
With the championship of the Morgan Hall of Fame Classic in its possession, the 13th-ranked Men’s Volleyball team returns to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this week when it travels to Provo, UT to challenge No. 9 Brigham Young in a two-match series, Friday and Saturday...They will be the seventh and eighth consecutive road matches for Coach Kevin Ring’s charges...UCSD evened its season record at 6-6 and is 2-5 in MPSF action...The Tritons have never defeated BYU in 29 previous encounters.
Back in Springfield, MA, UCSD hit a season high .463 en route to a 3-1 (30-20, 33-35, 30-27, 30-18) first round Hall of Fame victory over St. Francis (PA)...Will Ehrman (18), Frank Fritsch (17), Jason Spangler (15) and Adrian Guthals (13) accounted for 63 of UCSD’s 74 kills on the night...Sophomore setter Phil Bannan distributed 62 assists and served four of the Tritons’ 11 aces...Ehrman earned tournament MVP honors after ripping 14 kills (.481) and digging 13 balls in UCSD’s 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-15) throttling of 11th-ranked George Mason in the Hall of Fame title tilt... The sophomore outside hitter had plenty of help as the Tritons were again sparkling offensively, hitting at a .469 clip while holding the Patriots to just .064...Spangler had 13 kills, Fritsch had 10 to go with three aces and Guthals’ six total blocks led UCSD to a 10-3 edge at the net...Bannan, who along with libero Eric Leserman joined Ehrman on the all-tourney team, had 42 more assists...Eric Sierks won a serving competition run in conjunction with the event.
NO. 16 WOMEN’S WATER POLO TOPS CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO
Ranked 16th nationally, Coach Larry Sanders’ Women’s Water Polo team earned its first conference victory Saturday, smothering WWPA foe Cal State San Bernardino, 14-6, at Canyonview Pool...Senior Stephanie Heinrich scored the first three goals for UCSD and the Tritons had a comfortable, 9-3, margin in place by halftime...Senior Sydney Gstettenbauer and freshman Jessica Tran also recorded hat tricks and freshman Kristen Bates scored twice...Markayla Quane (4 saves) and Ebey Sorenson (3) split time in the cage.
UCSD is back in action this weekend at the UC Irvine Invitational...The Tritons open up against second-ranked Stanford at 9:00 AM Saturday (Corona del Mar H.S.) and will face either Loyola Marymount or San Jose State in their second game that afternoon.
FORTY-NINE CONFERENCE WINS IN A ROW FOR WOMEN’S TENNIS
Having extended its CCAA winning streak to 49 consecutive matches, the Women’s Tennis team will be aiming at an even 50 when it travels to Cal State L.A. Saturday...Prior to that, the Tritons will take on D-I Cal State Fullerton, Tuesday, in a rain make-up...Coach Liz LaPlante’s squad is 1-1 overall and 1-0 in conference action.
UCSD picked up its 49th straight in the CCAA with a 8-1 romp over host Cal State San Bernardino last Wednesday...The Tritons went up, 2-1, when the twosomes of Anita Athavale-Taskeen Bains and Tessa Tran-Valerie Tang posted 8-2 and 8-1 victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles respectively...The Coyotes provided little threat in singles play as Athavale, Tang, Tran, Bains, Roxy Pourmirzaie and Katie Mulloy all rolled in straight sets.
MEN’S TENNIS CLOSES OUT AT PHOENIX TOURNAMENT TODAY
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team finishes up a four-day trip to Phoenix for the Grand Canyon Presidents’ Day Duals today when it tackles BYU-Hawaii...The Tritons are 3-1after three days, rolling over Western New Mexico and Colorado State Pueblo by bookend, 8-1, scores on Friday, falling, 7-2, to Abilene Christian Saturday and whipping host Grand Canyon, 8-1, on Sunday...The lineup of Kazumi Negishi, Chapman Chan, Armaun Emani, Eric Mendoza, Sam Ling and Billy McCall swept singles at positions 1-6 with only Chan being taken to a third set.
GOLFERS EIGHTH AT SAN MARCOS TOURNEY
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team is off this week after finishing eighth at the 14-team Cal State San Marcos Invitational last Monday and Tuesday...The Tritons’ 36-hole total of 627 left them 35 strokes behind front running Holy Names but just nine shots out of third place...Freshman Raj Samra was UCSD’s top finisher, tying for 18th with a 152 (77-75) over the 6,750-yd., par 72 San Luis Rey Downs course...Keith Okasaki was next in (T29/155), followed by Bill Olsen (T56/163) and Austin Alfonso (T61/165)...The Tritons are back in action next week at the St. Edwards Invitational in Austin, TX.
FENCERS BATTLE FOR CONFERENCE CROWN SUNDAY
The Fencing team closes out the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) season Sunday at Irvine, hooking up with Arizona State, USC, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara in dual matches...The Tritons are defending champions in both the men’s and women’s divisions.