THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Mar. 2---Golf---UCSD at Point Loma Invitational---All Day
Mon., Mar. 2---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific---2:00 PM
Tues., Mar. 3---Men’s Golf---UCSD at Point Loma Invitational---All Day
Tues., Mar. 3---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Boston College---2:00 PM
Tues., Mar. 3---Women’s Basketball---UCSD hosts CCAA Tournament First Round---5:30 PM
Tues., Mar. 3---Men’s Basketball---UCSD hosts CCAA Tournament First Round---7:30 PM
Wed., Mar. 4---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM
Thur., Mar. 5---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 6---Softball---UCSD at Sonoma State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 6---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 6---Baseball---UCSD at Sonoma State---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 6---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. USC---7:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 6---Women’s Basketball---CCAA Tournament Semi-final---TBA
Fri., Mar. 6---Men’s Basketball---CCAA Tournament Semi-final---TBA
Sat., Mar. 7---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Championships---All Day
Sat., Mar. 7---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara Invitational---All Day
Sat., Mar. 7---Crew---UCSD vs. UCI & Long Beach State at Newport---8:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 7---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 7---Baseball---UCSD at Sonoma State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 7---Softball---UCSD at Sonoma State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 7---Track & Field---UCSD hosts S.D. City Championships---12:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 7---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Pepperdine---7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 7---Men’s Basketball---CCAA Tournament Championships---TBA
Sat., Mar. 7---Women’s Basketball---CCAA Tournament Championships---TBA
Sat., Mar. 7---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---TBA
Sun., Mar. 8---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Championships at---All Day
Sun., Mar. 8---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara Invitational---All Day
Sun., Mar. 8---Baseball---UCSD at Sonoma State---11:00 AM
Sun., Mar. 8---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Hilo---11:00 AM
NO. 9 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS CCAA TOURNEY OPENER TUESDAY
With its second CCAA regular season championship in tow and a shot at hosting the NCAA Pacific Region Tournament still at stake, the No. 1 seeded Women’s Basketball team opens CCAA Championship Tournament play at home Tuesday night against eighth-seeded Cal State San Bernardino at RIMAC Arena...The winner advances to the tourney semi-finals Friday at CSUSB’s Coussoulis Arena...The Tritons, now 26-3 overall, finished 19-1 in conference play (their best ever record) and are currently ranked ninth nationally...It's UCSD's third straight year with 25-or-more victories after going 35 years before getting their first in 2006-07...With their sweep of the final regular season road trip in Northern California, they’ve won four straight since seeing a 15-game win skein snapped by San Bernardino on Feb. 14...The Coyotes come into Tuesday’s contest 10-16 overall and finished 8-12 in CCAA action.
UCSD out-shot (47.1% to 40.0%), out-rebounded (42-26) and ultimately outscored host Chico State, 60-46, Friday night for its 25th win of the season...Senior Michelle Osier knocked down 17 points and snagged 13 rebounds as the Tritons built on a six-point halftime edge and maintained control over the final 20 minutes...Freshman guard Chelsea Carlisle delivered 14 points as well as eight rebounds and senior post Alexis Gaskin chipped in with 11 points.
Carlisle racked up 20 points Friday, connecting on 8-of-10 shots, as UCSD drilled Cal State Stanislaus, 76-57, in Turlock...Tritons raced out to a 10-pt. lead in the first six minutes and were up by 32 when Coach Charity Elliott eased off the throttle with 10 minutes left in regulation... Carlisle got ample offensive support from Gaskin (15 points) and junior Annette Ilg (13 pts.) as UCSD hit an even 50% from the floor, out-rebounded the Warriors by 13 and collected 22 turnovers.
MEN’S HOOPS TO HOST HUMBOLDT IN CCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND
Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team earned a first round CCAA Tournament home game by splitting its two-game, regular season-culminating road trip to Northern California last week...The Tritons, now 16-10 on the year, ended up 13-7 in league play, tied for fourth with Humboldt State in the loop standings...They got the rights to the first round tourney game vs. the Lumberjacks by virtue of the conference tiebreaker system...Humboldt will bring a 20-10 record into the match-up...The teams split their two clashes this year, both winning at home...The winner advances to at Friday semi-final at Cal State San Bernardino which will also host Saturday’s title game...UCSD is the defending tournament champion.
Up by seven points with 3:43 remaining, UCSD allowed host Chico State to score the last 10 points and slip away with a 60-57 upset victory Friday night...Senior Shane Poppen had a double double with 16 points (6-of-12 from the floor) and 12 boards but he was the only player to hit at least half of his shots as UCSD shot a meager 35.8% on the night...Junior Jordan Lawley matched Poppen’s 16 markers, senior Alan Husted tallied 12 and the two combined for 15 rebounds...The Tritons won the battle on the glass, 39-31.
UCSD secured its first round home status by clubbing Cal State Stanislaus, 98-68, Friday night in Turlock...Junior Tyler Acevedo exploded for a career high 23 as UCSD posted its highest offensive output of the season by 18 points...It was the second highest scoring total in Carlson’s two years at UCSD, exceeded only by the 102 tallied in last year’s three-overtime loss at Cal State L.A....Acevedo hit 8-of-11 shots, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and, as a team, the Tritons scorched the nets at a 55.9% clip...Seniors Poppen (17), Husted (12) and Kelvin Kim (11) all reached double figures and a fourth senior, A.J. Maulhardt, had six rebounds, helping UCSD to a plus-12 in that category...Up by just two at halftime, a 28-6 burst late in the second half put things far out of reach for Stanislaus.
MEN’S V-BALL BLOWS OUT UCLA; USC, PEPPERDINE IN THIS WEEKEND
Ranked 12th nationally and coming off its second victory in as many years over No. 9 UCLA, the Men’s Volleyball team hosts No. 5 USC (11-4/8-3) and No. 1 Pepperdine (10-2/9-2) this weekend, looking to improve its hopes of reaching the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament for the first time...Coach Kevin Ring and Co. sport a 7-9 overall ledger and are now 3-8 against MPSF opponents, good for ninth place, one game out of the final conference tournament position.
Wednesday night at RIMAC Arena, No. 2 UC Irvine justified its ranking with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-28, 30-24) triumph over UCSD...The Anteaters hit .418 compared to .144 for the Tritons but it was their ability to score points in bunches that had UCSD on its heels most of the night...The taller UCI squad also controlled the net, out-blocking the Tritons, 15.5-2...Junior Frank Fritsch and sophomore Will Ehrman had 11 and 10 kills respectively to lead UCSD and the Tritons had six aces on the night.
Before the largest crowd (906) to watch a men’s volleyball match at RIMAC Arena, the Tritons rebounded nicely Saturday to thoroughly outplay UCLA, 3-0 (30-21, 30-23, 33-31)...Sophomore setter Phil Bannan directed a balanced offense, spreading his 44 assists across the lineup... Sophomore Will Ehrman had a team high 14 kills and running mate Jason Spangler had 12 but none of the five starters outside Bannan had less than eight...The Tritons out-blocked the Bruins, 12-10.5 with middle blocker Calvin Ross (six total) and Bannan (five) leading the way...Bannan also chalked up three aces and Ehrman 10 digs while UCSD hit a sterling .380 as a team.
UCSD HOSTS S.D. CITY TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS; WOMEN TAKE ALL-CAL TITLE
The Track & Field teams will both be looking to defend their 2008 crowns when UCSD hosts the annual San Diego City Championships, Saturday at UCSD Track & Field Stadium...Last Saturday, the UCSD Women swept to their second straight win at the All-Cal Championships in Irvine, out-pointing runner-up UC Irvine, 216-192, with UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside next in line...The Triton men were third in the team race, tallying 155 points to place behind UCSB (198.5) and UC Irvine (186.5).
Coach Darcy Ahner’s women raked in six first place finishes...Field event blue ribbon performances were turned in by Danielle Thu in the hammer (180-4), Sarah Hendy in the discus (151-7) and Donna LeFever in the pole vault (11-9.75)...Junior Linda Rainwater finished second in the high jump but broke the school record for the second time in as many weeks, clearing 5-8.75, an automatic NCAA qualifying mark ...On the track, sophomore Bre Schofield clocked 4:34.26 to win the 1,500 and junior Christine Merrill hit the tape in 61.54 to take the 400 hurdles...Merrill was also third in the 100 hurdles behind second place teammate Laiah Blue (14.56)...The Tritons’ sixth victory was the work of the 4x100 relay quartet---Merrill, Katie Skorupa, Fogarty and Blue---posting a provisional NCAA qualifying time of 46.82...Sophomore Kelly Fogarty was second in both sprints (100-12.26 & 200-25.13)...Schofield’s mark was an NCAA provisional qualifier as were those posted by Erin Langford in the long jump (18-5.25) and Stephanie LeFever in the long (18-6.5) and triple jump (38-1.25).
Coach Tony Salerno’s men accounted for a pair of the afternoon’s top individual marks...Senior Nick Morilla captured the shot put with a NCAA provisional qualifying heave of 52-7.5, less than a foot better than teammate Fred Cook who was second...Junior Leon Baham had a big day, winning the 110 high hurdles in 14.85 and returning for a third place run in the 400 intermediate hurdles (53.72)...Both marks were personal bests and UCSD top 10 efforts...Senior jumper Scott Tsuda was top three in both of his specialties, taking second in the triple jump (47-5) and third in the long jump (22-5.25).
BASEBALL TAKES OVER FIRST IN CCAA; SONOMA STATE NEXT UP
After snatching three-out-of-four games from CCAA co-leader Cal State L.A., Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team has powered into first place in the conference and will now head north for a huge four-game set against perennial CCAA power Sonoma State, starting with a single game Friday...The Tritons, who fell out of the national rankings last week, upped their overall record to 10-4 and are 7-1 in CCAA encounters...Sonoma State (9-4/2-4) is currently seventh in the CCAA standings...The two schools split four meetings a year ago.
UCSD’s slumbering bats came alive in a dominant, 11-1, victory over Cal State L.A. in game
one of the series Thursday in La Jolla...With shortstop Vance Albitz going 4-for-4 out of the leadoff spot, the Tritons pounded CSULA pitching for 15 hits in support of another strong outing by sophomore starter Tim Shibuya...UCSD jumped out to a 5-0 lead after six innings and tacked on six more in the eighth...First baseman Evan Kehoe stroked three hits, including a pair of doubles and drove in three, while Albitz scored three times...Shibuya notched his second win, giving up just four hits in eight innings of work.
O’Brien got another big pitching effort in game two as junior Matt Rossman handcuffed the Golden Eagles on nine hits, striking out eight in a 13-2 UCSD triumph...Rossman went eight innings, picking up his third win of the year...UCSD battered CSULA pitching for 19 hits with Kehoe accounting for four and Albitz, Tim Mort and Nick Burke stroking three apiece...Albitz had a homer and two singles, scoring four times and driving in three...Kehoe had three RBIs and Burke scored a trio of runs.
The offensive assault continued in high gear during UCSD’s, 10-5, victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader in Los Angeles...Senior Garrett Imeson and Kehoe had identical three-hit, three-run, two-RBI games as the Tritons overcame a 5-4 deficit while scoring the final six runs of the contest...Both players hit their second homer of the season and Imeson added a pair of steals as reliever Sean Greer came on to fire six shutout innings of relief to notch his third win of the year without a loss...Imeson had two more hits and the Tritons totaled 10 in the nightcap but that was not nearly enough in this one as the Golden Eagles took out their frustration on UCSD pitching with 18 hits in a 16-5 win...The outcome was decided early as CSULA put up 14 runs in the first two frames.
SOFTBALL PLAYS FOUR-GAME SET AT SONOMA STATE
Looking to rebound after a 1-3 result at home against defending NCAA champion Humboldt State, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team will challenge Sonoma State in a four-game series at Sonoma, featuring Friday and Saturday doubleheaders...The Tritons, sitting at 10-8 overall and 4-4 in conference, are part of a three-way tie for fourth in the CCAA standings...The Seawolves (7-10/5-7) occupy the seventh slot on the league ladder.
Things started off well enough against Humboldt as UCSD pounded out 10 hits and pushed across the game-winning run in dramatic fashion while winning the opener, 4-3, Friday...With the game tied, 3-3 and the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, senior Jenni Habib stole home to win the game for the Tritons...Habib started the two-out sequence with a single, went to third on catcher Nicole Saari’s double and after an intentional walk to Allison May shocked the Lumberjacks with her baserunning maneuver...Habib and Saari both had three hits in the contest and the Habib scored three of UCSD’s four runs...Freshman Tess Granath picked up her second win of the season, tossing two scoreless innings in relief of Lauren Chastain...In game two, the Lumberjacks put across all of their runs in the final three innings, racking up 14 hits in a 6-3 triumph.
The Tritons had ample pitching and defense in game one Saturday but mustered just one hit while falling, 1-0...Chastain went the distance on the bump, giving up just six hits, but saw her record drop to 5-3...UCSD avoided being no-hit when Habib reached on a bunt single to lead off the seventh...The series finale was all Humboldt as the 2008 NCAA champs erupted for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to bury the Tritons, 10-1...Saari had two more hits but UCSD managed just three in the contest.
UCSB TOURNAMENT NEXT IN LINE FOR WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Hoping to break out of a six-game losing funk, the 18th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team travels to Santa Barbara this weekend for the 16-team UC Santa Barbara Invitational starting Saturday...UCSD will open against Bucknell and face either San Diego State or Pacific in its second round game...The Tritons are now 3-9 on the season
Leading scorer Sydney Gstettenbauer rifled home five goals Friday night but it was not enough to overcome a lackluster team performance in a 14-8 loss to No. 10 UC Irvine...The first half was competitive with the Anteaters out-scoring UCSD, just 4-3, in each of the first two periods for an 8-6 edge at the break...But the floodgates opened in the third quarter as a rash of Triton errors led to six UCI goals that effectively sealed up the outcome.
Gstettenbauer and freshman Jessica Tran scored two apiece the next day but No. 16 Long Beach State recorded the final four goals of the game to erase a 6-4 UCSD lead and emerge victorious, 8-6...The game winner was a 6-on-5 courtesy of an ejection call on Gstettenbauer that earned Coach Larry Sanders a yellow card...Junior Markayla Quane had a strong performance in the cage, rejecting 15 shots, four in man-down situations.
MEN’S TENNIS HOSTS BOSTON COLLEGE TUESDAY
After suffering a pair of one-sided losses to top-level foes, Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s young Men’s Tennis team will host Division I Boston College Tuesday and then play in the annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship at nearby La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend.
Foreign-dominated Barry (FL) dropped the Tritons, 8-1, last Saturday with the No. 1 doubles squad of Kazumi Negishi and Erik Elliott winning, 8-4, to account for UCSD’s lone point...Negishi (No. 1), Vincent Nguyen (No. 2) and Billy McCall (No. 5) all stretched their singles matches to three sets.
Sunday, the Tritons were on the short end of a 7-2 decision against Hawaii Pacific...The tandem of Negishi and Elliott again garnered a point at No. 1 doubles and freshman Jake Fellow prevailed (6-4, 6-4) at No. 3 singles.
FOUR AT HOME FOR FIRST PLACE WOMEN’S TENNIS
Now 4-2 on the year and undefeated in four CCAA engagements after a three-match trip to Northern California, the Women’s Tennis team faces a busy, four-match home stint this week... The Tritons open today against regional foe Hawaii Pacific, closing Sunday against another in-region opponent Hawaii-Hilo with conference matches against Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino stuffed in-between.
Cal State Stanislaus picked up points at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles but UCSD used its superior depth to dust off the 22nd-ranked Warriors, 7-2, Thursday in Turlock...The twosomes of Natalie Varnay/Anita Athavale and Tessa Tran/Valerie Tang put the Tritons up 2-1 after doubles and Tang, Tran and Taskeen Bains rolled to straight set singles wins at Nos. 4-6 respectively... At No. 2 singles, senior Ina Dan, down a set and trailing, 5-2, in the second, turned the tide for a three-set victory and Athavale prevailed, 11-9, in the third set of her No. 3 singles match.
Division I UC Davis stifled visiting UCSD, 6-1, Friday...Bains (6-4, 7-5) win at No. 5 singles gave the Tritons their only point of the afternoon...Back in conference play Saturday, the Tritons blasted host Sonoma State, 9-0, for their 52nd consecutive CCAA victory...Dan and Bains had to got overtime to win, 9-7, at No. 1 doubles but that was about as troublesome as it got against the Seawolves...The Tritons needed just two sets to capture all six of the singles matches and none was ever in much doubt.
ROWERS DEBUT AT NEWPORT SATURDAY
The Men’s and Women’s Crew teams will compete for the first time in 2009 when both travel to Newport Harbor Saturday to link up with UC Irvine and Long Beach State...The women will race varsity eights, varsity fours, novice eights, second novice eights and novice fours...On the women’s side, UC Santa Barbara and Mills are expected to participate in some of the races...The men will have a similar race schedule with varsity eight, JV eight, novice eight, second novice eight and varsity four set to be contested...UCSB and USD will row in selected events.
NCAA FENCING REGIONALS SATURDAY IN NORCAL
With NCAA Championship berths on the line, the Fencing teams fly to Palo Alto for Saturday’s NCAA West Regional Tournament...The top individuals will advance to the national meet two weeks later at Penn State...Two of the six Triton national qualifiers from 2008, Bryan Kim and Benjamin Dorn, are back to try to make it two in a row...Major competition is expected to come from traditional powers Stanford and Air Force
GOLFERS SIXTH IN TEXAS TOURNEY
Riding the second place individual finish of sophomore Keith Okasaki, the UCSD Golf team took sixth place in the 13-team St. Edward’s Invitational last week in Austin, TX...Okasaki carded a 54-hole total of six over par 219, finishing four strokes behind medalist Santiago Quinetero of the host team...His second round 70 was UCSD’s best individual 18 over the 6,837-yd. Grey Rock Golf Club layout...As a team, the Tritons shot 929, 21 strokes behind first place Dallas Baptist and just eight strokes out of second...Teammates Raj Samra and Billy Olsen tied for 33rd at 237.
Today, the Tritons will be at Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul for the Point Loma Invitational, playing 36 holes to be followed by 18 Tuesday.
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