THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Feb. 23---Golf---UCSD at
Tue., Feb. 24---Golf---UCSD at
Wed., Feb. 25---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---
Thu., Feb. 26---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
Thu., Feb. 26---Baseball---UCSD vs.
Thu., Feb. 26---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at
Thu., Feb. 26---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at
Fri., Feb. 27---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Davis---
Fri., Feb. 27---Softball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Feb. 27---Baseball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Feb. 27---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
Fri., Feb. 27---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---
Fri., Feb. 27---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
Sat., Feb. 28---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Barry---
Sat., Feb. 28---Track & Field---UCSD at All-Cal Championships---
Sat., Feb. 28---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at
Sat., Feb. 28---Baseball---UCSD at
Sat., Feb. 28---Softball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 28---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 28---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. UCLA---
Sun., Mar. 1---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific---
SWIMMING & DIVING NABS PAIR OF CONFERENCE TITLES; NCAA NEXT
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams got what they were looking for last week in Long Beach---a pair of Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference championships...While the Triton men were racking up 1,113.5 points and finishing more than 300 points ahead of their nearest rival, the UCSD women needed every point to stave off Division I runner-up Loyola Marymount, 928-917, in the four-day event...McGihon’s squad matched the dual titles captured in 2007.
Juniors Dan Perdew and Kneif Lohse led the onslaught for the men, snaring a pair of individual races each...Perdew, the reigning NCAA Division II sprint champ, re-asserted his dominance in both the 50 (20.47) and 100 (45.26) freestyles...Lohse was a bit more of a surprise, blazing to victories in the 200 (1:39.57) and 500 (4:30.56) freestyles and adding a third in the 1,650, a race where sophomore Kyle Begovich swam to second (15:55.23)...Perdew also touched second in the 100 butterfly (50.13)...The Triton men were top three in all five relays with Perdew anchoring Sam Stromberg, Todd and Blake Langland for the blue ribbon in the 200 free (1:22.10)...Senior Steven Hardy raked in second place honors in the 200 backstroke (1:52.10) to go with third in the 100 back (52.12)...Diver Kevin Sullivan was third on the one-meter board while Bryan McGrory’s second place on the three-meter led to a 2-4-5 UCSD finish in that event.
Three first place finishes on the final day lifted the women past LMU and third place Pepperdine... Talented freshman Alex Henley opened Saturday’s big performance by winning the 200 backstroke in 2:01.82...It was her second victory of the meet, the other coming on day three in the 400 individual medley (4:25.87)...She was also second in the 200 individual medley (2:05.91)...Defending NCAA 200 breaststroke queen Kendall Bohn won her specialty Saturday in 2:16.72, followed by Mercedes O’Brien and Cari Cunningham for a Triton sweep of the podium...Bohn had earlier clocked 1:03.54 in taking the 100 breaststroke...Senior Jennifer Sims got the last of Saturday’s golds, prevailing in the 200 butterfly (2:03.62)...UCSD was no worse than second in the five relays, winning both the meet-opening 200 medley (Shea Kopp/O’Brien/Jessica Ferguson & Aubrey Panis) in a school record 1:45.29 and the 400 medley (Henley/Bohn/Karla Holman & Shannon Simonds) in 3:50.98...The Tritons also logged a school record with a 7:27.60 second place finish in the 800 freestyle relay (Henley/Panis/Errin Deters/Ashtyn Douglas)...Simonds placed second in the 500 freestyle (5:00.39), Deters was runner-up in the 50 freestyle (23.58) with Panis third, Sims got silver in the 100 butterfly (57.37) and Panis led a 3-4-5 finish with her bronze in the 100 freestyle (51.86)...McGihon was named PCSC Coach of the Year for both Men & Women.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MOVES TO 24-3, SEWS UP CCAA TITLE
The 13th-ranked Women’s Basketball team will try to finish up the regular season with its best-ever CCAA record when it takes to the road to square off against Cal State Stanislaus Thursday and Chico State Friday...After picking up a pair of home wins last weekend, Coach Charity Elliott’s cagers are 24-3 overall, 17-1 in the CCAA and have already clinched their second regular season conference championship by virtue of the three-game lead they boast over second place Humboldt State...Cal State Stanislaus is currently tied for sixth place in the league rankings with Chico State alone in fifth... UCSD’s previous high water mark in CCAA play was 17-3 in 2006-07...Regardless of what happens this week, the Tritons will be back at RIMAC Arena a week from tomorrow to host the first round of the CCAA Tournament.
The Tritons soared early and struggled late but held on to nip visiting San Francisco State, 51-47, in front of a women’s hoops record 1,598 Friday night at RIMAC Arena...Seniors Michelle Osier (15) and Alexis Gaskin (12) accounted for more than half of UCSD’s scoring output and Osier added 13 rebounds for a double double as well as four assists...Freshman point guard Chelsea Carlisle registered 10 points and five assists...The Tritons were up 11 after the first 20 minutes and had a comfortable 15-pt. margin with just over 12 minutes remaining...But they were able to score just 15 from that point to the final buzzer and nine of those came at the free throw line as the scrappy Gators battled back...UCSD was plus-2 in the rebounding column but shot just 39.1%, hitting only 1-of-8 from three-point land.
Elliott’s charges played much better Saturday, hitting 51.8% from the field and out-rebounding visiting Cal State Monterey Bay by 20 en route to a 70-50 Senior Night win...Fittingly, it was the seniors taking charge...Osier scored her trademark “double double” with 18 points (8-of-13) and 17 rebounds...Gaskin pitched in with 18 points (9-of-14) and five caroms...Carlisle registered a double double of her own with 12 points and 10 assists while junior Annette Ilg netted 10 points...The Tritons scored the first six points of the game, were up by 16 at halftime and the issue was never seriously in doubt during the final 20 minutes.
MEN’S HOOPS SWEEPS AT HOME; BATTLES FOR POST-SEASON POSITION
Fighting for homecourt advantage in the first round of the CCAA Tournament and a possible NCAA Division II Playoff berth, the Men’s Basketball team takes a three-game winning streak to Cal State Stanislaus (Friday) and Chico State (Saturday) to close out the regular season...Now 15-9 overall and 12-6 in the CCAA, Coach Chris Carlson’s outfit is tied for fourth with Humboldt State, two games behind frontrunner Cal State Dominguez Hills and one out of second...Stanislaus and Chico occupy the last two spots on the conference ladder.
With 3,408 fans watching, UCSD scored its last 14 points on free throws, hitting its last 17 charity tosses in a row, taking charge of the game’s final five minutes for a hard-fought, 78-71, victory over San Francisco State Friday night at RIMAC Arena...After converting less than 50% from the line in the first half, the Tritons hit them when they counted, emerging on top in a contest where there were 10 ties and the final margin was the largest for either team on the night...Junior Jordan Lawley carried the offense, netting 22 points to go with seven boards...Seniors Alan Husted (18), Kelvin Kim (13) and Shane Poppen (13) also reached double figures...Poppen, whose inspired play powered UCSD early, also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double double...A fourth senior, big man A.J. Maulhardt didn’t score but played a pivotal role anyway, collecting 12 rebounds and a career high eight assists...A Gator bucket at the horn sent the teams to the locker room tied at 33 and they slugged it out in the second half, essentially trading baskets until the final five minutes...The Tritons shot 47.1% from the field for the night and dominated the glass, 42-29.
Saturday night, the Tritons busted out to a 20-9 lead, held the 11-pt. margin into the break and withstood a couple of second half Cal State Monterey surges for a well-earned, 72-65, Senior Night triumph...Kim had a game high 18 points and handed out five assists... The steady backcourt hand also turned the ball over just once in 35 minutes...Three other seniors—Poppen, Husted and Brett Stuckey—each scored 10 points with Poppen and Stuckey snapping up seven and six rebounds respectively...The top free throw-shooting club in the CCAA, UCSD used that proficiency to its advantage, knocking down 24-of-30.
SOFTBALL HOSTS '08 NCAA CHAMP HUMBOLDT STATE FOR FOUR
Now 9-5 overall and sitting in a three-way tie for second in the CCAA at 3-1, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team hosts defending CCAA and NCAA Division II Champion Humboldt State (6-2/2-2) for back-to-back doubleheaders, Friday and Saturday...UCSD is part of a three-way tie for second in the conference race, one game behind undefeated Cal State Monterey Bay, a team the Tritons beat in their '09 season opener.
UCSD split a Saturday doubleheader with visiting Grand Canyon, rallying to win the opener, 5-4, before suffering a 10-2 loss in the nightcap...Senior Lauren Chastain went the distance to get her third win in game one, giving up six hits and whiffing three...After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first, the Tritons found themselves trailing, 4-1, after three and a half innings...RBI singles by Lyndsay Gaylord and Jen DeFazio in the bottom of the fourth narrowed the gap to one run...Then senior center fielder Allison May stroked a two-out single, scoring two runs, to give UCSD a one-run advantage after five and Chastain set down the final six hitters in order...Junior Mandy Eliades and hot-hitting sophomore Kristyn Lesovsky stroked two hits apiece...Grand Canyon shattered a scoreless tie with a seven-run fourth to run away with game two...UCSD managed just six hits, including a double and a single apiece by May and fellow senior Jenni Habib.
The Tritons divided another twinbill against a regional foe, Hawaii-Hilo, the next day...In Sunday’s opener, UCSD mustered just five hits but senior catcher Nicole Saari had two and her second was a seventh inning double that drove home Habib with the game-winning run in a 2-1 conquest of Hawaii-Hilo...Chastain went the distance, giving up eight hits and striking out seven for her fourth win....The Vulcans broke a 1-1 tie with two in the fifth, bagging the back end of the doubleheader, 4-2...UCSD had just three singles and sophomore reliever Brittany Sheats took the loss.
NO. 25 BASEBALL BATTLES FOR CCAA LEAD VS.
Following a four-game road sweep of its opening conference series of the year, the 25th-ranked Baseball team (7-3) faces an early season CCAA showdown of sorts when it clashes with Cal State L.A. (10-4) in a four-game home-and-home set this week...The two clubs, an identical 4-0 atop the league standings, will play single games in La Jolla Thursday and Friday before concluding matters with a twin bill in Los Angeles Saturday.
Dropping from No. 2 to No. 25 after losing three-of-four to Western Oregon, Coach Dan O’Brien’s side rebounded quickly, dusting off host Cal State Monterey Bay in back-to-back doubleheaders...In Friday’s first game, sophomore Tim Shibuya gave up one run over six and two-thirds innings but it took shutout relief work from Sean Greer and Guido Knudson plus some late inning offensive fireworks to lift the Tritons to a 3-1 victory...UCSD got six of its 10 hits and all three runs in the final two frames...Three straight singles, the last by Robert Sedin tied the game at one in the eighth and then senior Nick Burke’s two-run homer won it in the ninth...Vance Albitz, Justin Robles and Sedin each had two hits, Greer got the win and Knudson the save...Game two was all Matt Rossman as the junior right hander baffled the Otters with a complete game seven-hitter, striking out nine for a 7-1 win...The Tritons plated three in the fourth and three more in the eighth behind Rossman...Shortstop Albitz had two hits, drove in three and had one of UCSD’s five steals...Robles and Josh Tanner added two hits each.
The Tritons used a pair of final inning outbursts to stay undefeated for the weekend...In the opener, UCSD broke a 2-2 tie with three in the ninth to win, 5-2...Second baseman Garrett Imeson’s second hit of the game, a two-run triple, was the key blow...Junior Kirby St. John started and went five and two-thirds but it was Greer picking up his second win of the weekend with two-plus scoreless innings as Knudson again notched the save...Down, 3-1, and facing their final three outs, the Tritons manufactured three runs to steal the last game of the series, 4-3...Robles’ single was UCSD’s only hit in the final inning but three hit batsmen and some aggressive baserunning turned the trick for O’Brien’s squad...Right-hander Trevor Decker served up goose eggs for three and a third innings out of the bullpen to get his first win of the year and Knudson scored his third save of the weekend.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS UC
After jumping to No. 10 in the national rankings on the strength of its winning performance at the Morgan Hall of Fame Classic, Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team found the going tough in Provo, UT last weekend dropping a pair of one-sided affairs to perennially tough Brigham Young...The Tritons, now 6-8 overall and 2-7 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, return home to tangle with No. 2 UC Irvine (12-3/8-2) Wednesday and No. 8 UCLA (7-8/4-5) on Saturday...UCSD absorbed road losses to both in mid-January.
No. 9 BYU’s big front line proved too much for the Tritons to handle Friday night as the Cougars out-blocked UCSD, 19.5-4, in a 3-0 (30-24, 30-22, 30-21) defeat...Junior opposite Frank Fritsch had a solid night, smacking 16 kills while hitting at a .345 clip, but the rest of the Triton offense had its difficulties, hitting .073 overall.
The Tritons battled the Cougars tooth and nail in the first set Saturday night but then BYU re-asserted its dominance, hitting over .500 in the final two games in a 3-0 (30-28, 30-18, 30-17)...Fritsch posted a team high 10 kills with another quality hitting percentage (.381) but UCSD was again overwhelmed at the net (15.5-7.5) and had 17 service errors without an ace.
DYNAMIC OPENER FOR TRACK & FIELD; ALL-CAL SATURDAY AT
The Track & Field teams of Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner set an impressive tone for 2009 in last Saturday’s season-opening quadrangular meet—the Triton women scoring 239 points to overpower Cal Poly Pomona (136), San Diego State (116) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (63) while the men utilized superior depth to put away Cal Poly Pomona, 101-80.
As noteworthy as the team results were a bevy of outstanding early season individual marks...Top among those was the school record, NCAA qualifying hammer throw (189-5) by newcomer Danielle Thu...Thu’s toss shattered the old UCSD standard by nearly 17 ft...Garnering a Triton record and automatic national meet berth was junior Linda Rainwater who cleared 5-8 while winning the high jump...Senior Sarah Hendy also punched her NCAA ticket, capturing the discus with a heave of 156-6...In all, the UCSD women finished first in 13 events, including both relays...Sophomore Christine Merrill accounted for two, hitting the tape first in both the 100 (14.24) and 400 (1:02.32) hurdles and returning NCAA Championship qualifier Breanna Schofield put on a big finishing kick to take the 1,500 (4:49.24)...Both of Merill's times were provisional NCAA qualifiers.
The Triton men had eight individual firsts, seven in field events, as well as the 4x400 relay (3:24.15)... Thrower Fred Cook was dominant, collecting victories in the shot put (50-8), discus (144-11) and hammer (158-4)...Roger Francis (high jump/6-5), Scott Tsuda (triple jump/48-3.5), Andrew Van Straaten (pole vault/13-9.25) and Nick Howe (javelin/176-3) accounted for the other field triumphs while senior Jake LeVieux’s handy 4:05.87 in the 1,500 provided the lone win on the track...Tsuda’s mark was the third UCSD record of the day and a provisional NCAA qualifier...Both teams travel to Irvine Saturday for the annual All-Cal Championships.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO LOOKS FOR TURNAROUND AT HOME
The 16th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing weekend in Irvine when it hosts No. 12 UC Irvine Friday and No. 13 Long Beach State Saturday at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons bring a 3-7 mark into the UCI match after going 0-4 at the UC Irvine Invitational last Saturday and Sunday.
Coach Larry Sanders’ charges played well in spurts in Saturday’s tourney opener but were toppled, 16-6, by talented No. 2 Stanford...Junior Stephanie Heinrich found the cage five times for UCSD...The Tritons led, 4-3, after the first quarter against ninth-ranked WWPA rival Loyola Marymount in Saturday’s second contest but the Lions blitzed UCSD, 6-1, in the second session on the way to a 14-8 triumph...Senior Sydney Gstettenbauer’s four goals provided half of UC’s offensive production.
In a defensive struggle, No. 11 Michigan downed UCSD, 7-3, Sunday morning...It was three apiece heading into the final eight minutes but from there on it was all Wolverines ...Freshman Jessica Tran scored twice and junior Stephanie Bocian once for UCSD and goalie Markayla Quane turned away seven UM shots...In a sudden death overtime affair, the Tritons fell, 9-8, to Long Beach State Sunday afternoon...UCSD led for much of this one and headed into the final quarter with a one goal advantage...After the 49ers tied it at the end of regulation, the Tritons scored first in OT, only to see Long Beach rebound to knot the score at the end of the mandated second overtime and then win it in the first sudden death period...Gstettenbauer recorded three goals and junior Rebecca Gearty two for UCSD.
MEN’S TENNIS FACES TOUGH PAIR AT HOME
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s youthful Men’s Tennis team returns home for a pair of dual matches after winning three-of-five at the Grand Canyon-hosted Presidents’ Day Duals in Phoenix...The Tritons will host Barry (FL) on Saturday and rugged regional foe Hawaii Pacific on Sunday...They closed out the Phoenix event last Monday with an 8-1 loss to BYU-Hawaii competing without several starters sidelined due to illness.
WOMEN’S TENNIS MAKES IT 50 STRAIGHT IN CCAA
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team swept all three doubles and then collected wins in five-of-six singles encounters to shut down host Cal State L.A., 8-1 Saturday... The win was the 50th straight for the Tritons against CCAA opponents...Natalie Varnay, Taskeen Bains, Tessa Tran, Anita Athevale and Valerie Tang were all winners in both doubles and singles...Each posted straight set wins in singles.
UCSD will try to extend its conference win streak this week when it travels to
FENCERS REPEAT AS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
Sweeping four dual encounters and capturing five-of-six "squad" titles, the Men's and Women's Fencing teams both defended their Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) crowns Sunday in Irvine... Winning scores for the men were Arizona State (17-10), USC (23-4), UCLA (22-5) and UC Santa Barbara (24-3)...On the women's side the results were Arizona State (15-12), USC (23-4), UCLA (22-5) and UC Santa Barbara (24-3)...The women had lost to Arizona State earlier in the year.
The men took team first place honors in all three weapons (foil, sabre and epee) while the women were first in foil and sabre but second in epee...Individually, the Tritons were awarded three season championships---Pilar Alicea (women's foil), Bryan Kim (men's sabre) and Michael Fong (men's foil)...Meanwhile, Zitin Kachru was second to Alicea in women's foil and other runner-up performers were Anne Schnecker (women's sabre) and Armin Chan (men's foil)...Next up for Coach Heidi Runyan's team is the NCAA West Regional, March 7 in Palo Alto.
GOLFERS PLAY IN
On the heels of a one-week layoff, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team returns to action today in
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