THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Mar. 9---Men’s Golf---UCSD hosts So.
Tues., Mar. 10---Men’s Golf---UCSD hosts So.
Tues., Mar. 10---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Rollins---
Wed., Mar. 11---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Wed., Mar. 11---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---
Thu., Mar. 12---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Thu., Mar. 12---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Heptathlon/Decathlon---
Thu., Mar. 12---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Occidental---
Fri., Mar. 13---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 13---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Heptathlon/Decathlon---
Fri., Mar. 13---Track & Field---Aztec Invitational at
Fri., Mar. 13---Softball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Mar. 13---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs.
Fri., Mar. 13---Baseball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Mar. 13---Track---UCSD at Occidental Distance Invitational---
Fri., Mar. 13---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Mar. 13---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at NCAA Division II West Regionals---TBA
Sat., Mar. 14---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Sat., Mar. 14---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Gonzaga---
Sat., Mar. 14---Track & Field---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---
Sat., Mar. 14---Softball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Mar. 14---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---
Sat., Mar. 14---Baseball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Mar. 14---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Mar. 14---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at NCAA Division II West Regionals---TBA
Sun., Mar. 15---Baseball---UCSD vs.
SWIMMERS LOOK FOR BIG FINISH AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
With visions of two top five team finishes, Coach Scott McGihon will take 14 women and 12 men to the NCAA Division II Swimming Championships this week in Houston, TX...The meet will run Wednesday through Saturday at University of Houston’s CRWC Natatorium...McGihon will have 14 members of last year’s nationals squad in his arsenal, including a pair of defending NCAA individual champions---senior Kendall Bohn (200 breaststroke) and junior Dan Perdew (50 & 100 freestyle)...The UCSD Women finished third and the men seventh at the 2008 NCAA event in Columbia, MO.
In addition to Bohn, the women’s team will include seniors Errin Deters, Aubrey Panis, Shannon Simonds and Jennifer Sims, juniors Cari Cunningham and Karla Holman, sophomores Ashtyn Douglas, Jessica Ferguson and Anju Shimura and freshmen Alex Henley, Shea Kopp, Neda Nguyen and Mercedes O’Brien...On the men’s side, Perdew will be joined by seniors Steven Hardy and Kneif Lohse, juniors Elden Carpenter, Juan Pablo Carrillo, Todd Langland and Kevin Sullivan, sophomores Kyle Begovich and Brandon Maryatt and freshmen Blake Langland, Michael Lorch and Sam Stromberg.
TRITON WOMEN HOOPSTERS LOOK TO REBOUND AT NCAA REGIONAL
Having had an unexpected nine days between games, the third-seeded Women’s Basketball team will be looking to regain its mojo and get back to its winning ways when it faces CCAA Tournament champion and seventh-seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-9) in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regionals Friday (12:30 PM) at Seattle Pacific's Royal Brougham Pavilion...The winner of that game advances to Saturday’s regional semi-final against the winner of the Alaska-Anchorage-Northwest Nazarene first round match-up...The regional championship game is slated for Monday at 7:00 PM...Host Seattle Pacific is the No. 1 seed...UCSD, which had hoped to be hosting the Regional, brings a 26-4 season record into Friday’s clash and is making its fourth consecutive NCAA appearance and second under Head Coach Charity Elliott...The Tritons took both encounters with Dominguez Hills this season, 66-56 at RIMAC Arena and 69-63 in Carson.
UCSD's hosting hopes were dashed when, for the second time in 17 days, an underdog Cal State San Bernardino squad stunned the Tritons on their home floor, this time winning Tuesday night’s first round CCAA Tournament contest, 62-57...UCSD outshot the Coyotes (41.1%-39.6%), were plus-5 in the rebounding column and had two fewer turnovers but were burned at the three-point arc, where CSUSB sank eight of its 17 attempts, and the free throw line where they made just 10-of-19...The Tritons raced out to an early seven point lead but matters were tied 29 apiece at halftime...After trailing early in the second half, UCSD built up an eight point lead with 8:03 left in regulation but that’s when things started unraveling...The Coyotes went on a 9-1 run to tie it at 51 with 5:24 remaining...A Kristen Cabral lay-up with just under four minutes to go gave UCSD it’s last lead at 53-51...From there, CSUSB made three of its final four field goals and all four free throws to carry the day...Senior Michelle Osier scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but junior Leilani Martin (12 pts.) was the only other player to reach double figures...Senior post Alexis Gaskin had eight points and 12 boards.
Later in the week, UCSD placed three players on the all-conference team...Osier and Gaskin were both first team selections and guard Chelsea Carlisle was a second team choice...The Tritons swept the major prizes as Osier was chosen as the conference MVP, Carlisle Freshman of the Year and Elliott Coach of the Year.
CCAA SEMI-FINAL LOSS ENDS SEASON FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL
A praiseworthy season came to an end for Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team Friday night in San Bernardino where UCSD came up four points short in a 76-72 CCAA Tournament semi-final loss to Cal State San Bernardino...The defeat concluded the defending tournament champion Tritons’ season at 17-11 and left them just outside the NCAA’s eight-team regional playoff picture.
The Tritons played steady, solid basketball in winning their first round CCAA Tournament outing, 79-67, over Humboldt State, Tuesday night at RIMAC Arena...Four starters hit double digits in the scoring column as UCSD drained 51.5% of its shots from the floor and senior Shane Poppen’s 12 rebounds helped Carlson’s club to a 37-29 edge in that category...The Tritons took a 10-pt. lead into the locker room, stretched it to as much as 17 in the second half and withstood a late Humboldt push to earn a place in the tournament semi-finals...Poppen’s 16 points gave him a double double on the night and fellow seniors Alan Husted and Kelvin Kim chipped in with 18 and 15 points respectively...Junior guard Jordan Lawley added 16 of his own...Kim and Darryl Lawlor handed out five assists apiece.
Three nights later against CSU San Bernardino, UCSD led most of the first half but a late Coyote run gave them a one-point advantage at the break...San Bernardino never trailed in the second half and appeared to have the Tritons on the rocks with an 11-point lead at the 8:45 mark...But Carlson’s gritty club kept chipping back and a Poppen lay-up with 3:01 to go tied it at 67...The Coyotes were up by three with 16 seconds to go and were finally able to breathe easy when successive three-point tries by Husted and Kim were unsuccessful...Lawley hit 8-of-14 from the field and led all scorers with 24 points...Poppen and Husted added 16 each and the former also grabbed eight boards, but uncharacteristically, UCSD’s defense allowed the Coyotes to shoot at a 57% clip for the game.
Earlier in the week, Kim, the Tritons’s steady senior point guard, was named to the All-CCAA first team...Poppen and Lawley were accorded second team honors.
NO. 17 BASEBALL HOSTS CCAA-LEADING STANISLAUS IN FOUR-GAME SET
Trying to rebound from a frustrating weekend in
The Tritons lost both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader in difficult fashion...Sophomore right hander Tim Shibuya gave O’Brien a marvelous eight and two-thirds innings in the opener but got pinned with a 2-1 loss...UCSD took a 1-0 lead in the sixth as shortstop Vance Albitz scored when Nick Geach walked with the bases jammed...The Seawolves knotted it at one in the bottom of the seventh...That’s how it stayed until the bottom of the ninth...Shibuya retired the first two hitters but after walking the next batter was lifted for Sean Greer...Greer plunked the first mna he faced and then Cameron Cook smacked SSU’s fifth hit, a single to left, to drive in the game-winner...In game two, junior Matt Rossman suffered a fate similar to Shibuya’s...The righty threw six and a third solid innings but it wasn’t good enough as a seventh inning Sonoma State run broke a 2-2 deadlock and lifted the Seawolves to a 3-2 victory...The Tritons had just seven hits in the game, giving them 10 for the twinbill...Albitz, left fielder Evan Kehoe and DH Matt Cantele had two apiece.
It was two more taut, well-played affairs Sunday with the teams splitting identical 3-2 verdicts... In game one, UCSD grabbed the lead when second sacker Garrett Imeson singled, stole second and came home on Kehoe's single in the first but Sonoma chased starter Kirby St. John in the fifth on the way to a third straight victory...Junior catcher Kellen Lee hit a fifth inning homer to bring UCSD to within a run but that's as close as it got...On the positive side, the team had 10 hits overall and a three-man effort out of the 'pen stopped the Seawolves without a run...Senior Trevor Decker and sophomore Guido Knudson combined to stifle Sonoma in game two as the Tritons escaped with their only win of the trip...The two clubs matched runs in the fifth and sixth, UCSD's coming on solo homers by Geach and Cantele, and the Tritons won it in the first extra inning...The deciding run was scored by Albitz who led off with a walk...Cantele was then hit by a pitch and Imeson sacrificed both runners along...Brandon Gregorich was intentionally walked to load the bases and Robert Sedin's single drove home what proved to be the game winner...Knudson set down the Seawolves in order in the bottom of the inning to notch his second win of the year.
Kehoe was named the CCAA’s Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 23 to March 1.
SOFTBALL WINS 2-OF-3 IN
Now 12-9 on the year and fifth in the CCAA standings at 6-5, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team returns home for a four-game Friday-Saturday series against Cal State Stanislaus...The Warriors come in 13-5/8-4 and third in the conference race...Cal State Monterey Bay leads the CCAA at 9-3...The Tritons had one of their four scheduled games canceled last weekend at Sonoma State and played a rare “tripleheader” Saturday against the Seawolves, taking two-of-three.
UCSD rolled to a 9-1 triumph in the opening game, scoring four in the second to break it open...Senior hurler Lauren Chastain went five innings, allowing just one run and three hits while striking out seven...All told, UCSD had 10 hits with shortstop Mandy Eliades, catcher Nicole Saari and center fielder Allison May stroking two each...Eliades also drove in four runs, two during the second inning uprising, while May had a double and a triple.
The Tritons mustered just four hits in game two and a pair of fifth inning Sonoma State runs proved decisive in a 2-1 defeat...Junior Christine Zankich got the start, fired four creditable innings but got saddled with the loss...UCSD pushed across its lone run in the second as sophomore Nicole Monroe singled home senior Megan Grace.
Shutout on no hits for six innings, UCSD got its only hit of the game in the seventh but parlayed that Jenni Habib triple with three walks and three Sonoma State errors into five runs and a 5-0 win in Saturday’s final...Chastain went the distance, again baffling the Seawolves, yielding just six hits without a walk for her fifth victory of the season.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL STUNS USC; JUST MISSES VS. PEPPERDINE
No. 12 Hawaii (4-11) visits RIMAC Arena for back-to-back engagements with the No. 10 Men’s Volleyball team this weekend...After splitting a tough pair of home matches last week, Coach Kevin Ring’s spikers boast a 8-10 record on the season and have moved into a tie with UCLA for eighth place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation...Hawaii is 3-9 in the MPSF.
Coming off the floor after a first set loss, the Tritons won a toe-to-toe slugfest with No. 5 USC, 3-1 (26-30, 30-25, 30-28, 30-26) Friday night...Outside hitter Will Ehrman ripped a match high 18 kills with Jason Spangler (13), Frank Fritsch (12) and Gerald Houseman (11) all played a significant role in a diversified offense that hit .306 for the night...Running the show was sophomore setter Phil Bannan who dished out 46 assists and hammered three aces...Perhaps just as critical was the rapidly-improving net game (UCSD out-blocked the Trojans, 19-14) and a newfound confidence that allowed the Tritons to thwart USC comeback efforts in each of the last three games.
Ring’s club nearly made it two shockers in 24 hours, taking No. 3 Pepperdine to the verge of defeat before succumbing, 3-2 (30-32, 30-20, 30-26, 28-30, 15-13)...A Spangler kill spoiled the Waves’ comeback attempt in the first set, but Pepperdine clearly controlled the next two games...The visitors couldn’t subdue the Tritons in the fourth,however...In a set where neither team could get ahead by more than two points, UCSD bounced back from a 23-21 deficit to score four of the next five and hang on to force game five...In the decisive fifth set, Pepperdine led by three (7-4) early but clutch serving off the bench by Aaron Hedland helped draw UCSD even...The Waves got up by three again, 12-9, and the Tritons made another charge but this time it was not enough to stop the visitors from finishing things off...Spangler ripped 24 kills (.283) to lead UCSD and Houseman added 19 (.464)...Bannan had 67 assists and another three aces while libero Eric Leserman had 13 digs...UCSD had its troubles at the net in this one, losing the blocking battle, 22-8.5
WATER POLO EDGES LONG BEACH STATE FOR UCSB TOURNEY SPLIT
Following three weeks of heavy play, the 19th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team will dial it down heading into finals, playing a single home contest against Division III Occidental Thursday afternoon...The Tritons carry a 5-11overall record into Thursday’s tilt after splitting four outings at last weekend’s eight-team UC Santa Barbara Invitational.
The Tritons broke a six-game losing streak in the Santa Barbara tourney opener, topping Bucknell, 10-7...Senior Sydney Gstettenbauer scored four goals in the winning effort with junior Audra Bloom and freshman Jessica Tran accounting for two each...Junior Markayla Quane turned away eight shots in goal...UCSD was up 5-2 at halftime but Bucknell rallied to tie the game at six in the third quarter...But the Tritons scored the next four goals to ice it away...That afternoon, a veteran, sixth-ranked San Diego State squad ran away from UCSD, 16-6...One bright spot was the play of freshman Kristen Bates who scored a career high three goals.
Tran (3) and Gstettenbauer (2) did all the goal-scoring in Sunday’s first game but it was not enough to keep host UC Santa Barbara from knocking off the Tritons, 8-5...The two teams were tied 3-3 at halftime, the Gauchos opened up a one-goal lead through three and then out-scored UCSD, 2-0, in the final eight minutes...Coach Larry Sanders & Co. closed out the tournament on a high note, beating No. 16 Long Beach State for the first time in three meetings this season, 11-10...The Tritons led, 1-0, after a tightly-played first period then punctured the 49er cage for five goals in the second and held a 6-2 margin at the half...Long Beach charged late but UCSD was able to stiffen enough for the win...Gstettenbauer and fellow senior Stephanie Heinrich were good for three goals each while the freshmen twosome of Bates and Tran both had a pair.
UCSD will host the 59th annual Southern California Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, Monday and Tuesday at Mission Viejo Country Club in
Last week, Coach Mike Wydra’s linksters finished eighth out of 15 teams in the Point Loma Invitational contested at Steele Canyon Country Club...With a 54-hole total of 911, UCSD was 45 strokes behind host Point Loma which garnered the team title...Individually, freshman Raj Samra fired a one-under par 70 over his closing 18 to finish in a tie for fourth at 216...Sophomore Keith Okasaki, who was second at the previous week’s St. Edwards Invitational in Austin, ended up 18th at 225, followed by Mike Nevstadt (T40th/234), Billy Olsen (T49th/238) and Ryan Bailey (T59th/241).
DUAL CITY TITLES FOR TRACK & FIELD TEAM
The men’s and women’s teams combined for 22 victories Saturday and for the second consecutive year both ran off with team titles at the San Diego City Track & Field Championships, hosted at UC San Diego...This week, Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will send competitors to the Point Loma Decathlon/Heptathlon Meet and the majority of the squad to the Aztec Invitational.
The Triton men, led by the double wins from Leon Baham, Connor McCabe and Fred Cook, compiled 156.5 points to outdistance second place Point Loma by 38...Baham captured both hurdle events, stepping over the 110 high sticks in 15.28 and then beating teammate Tobias Haswell in the 400 intermediates in a time of 54.08...McCabe, meanwhile, hit the tape first in both sprints, taking the 100 in 11.24 and the 200 in 22.96...He also ran the lead leg on the Tritons’ winning 4x100 relay squad (43.49)...Cook was the standout in the throwing events, winning the shot put at 52-0.5 and then heading a 1-2-3 UCSD finish in the hammer with a throw of 169-3...Other winners were Mike Wright (1,500/4:05.35), Scott Tsuda (triple jump/47-10.5) and high jumper Casey Ryan...After playing the previous night for the UCSD Men’s Basketball team in the CCAA Tournament semi-finals and without the benefit of practice, Ryan stepped onto the track, won the high jump and tied Kevin Beeman’s school record in the process, clearing 6-foot-11...For good measure, Ryan was also second in the javelin with a heave of 170-02.
The UC San Diego women, getting individual event wins from11 different athletes and one relay, defeated Division I San Diego State, 225-195, for first in the team title hunt...The Tritons were strong in the sprints—Kelly Fogarty won the 100 (12.30) and was second to teammate Christine Merrill (24.72) in the 200...The two paired with Katie Skorupa and Laiah Blue for a victory in the 4x100 relay (47.24)...Blue was also triumphant in the 400 hurdles (62.17)...Other Triton winners on the track were Madeline Weissman (800/2:15.66) and Bre Schofield who dominated by more than 14 seconds in the 1,500 (4:34.17)...UCSD garnered blue ribbons in five field events, including the pole vault where Donna LeFever cleared the bar at 12-0.5 to win the pole vault while posted the second best all-time mark at UCSD and earning an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying standard...Other winners were Linda Rainwater (high jump/5-5), Stephanie LeFever (triple jump/38-2), Sarah Hendy (discus/158-0) and Danielle Thu (hammer/185-4).
IMPRESSIVE DEBUT FOR MEN’S CREW
Things couldn’t have turned out much better Saturday for Coach Zach Johnson and the Men’s Crew team which opened its 2009 campaign with wins in four-of-five races against its prime Southern California competitors at Newport Harbor...The varsity eight—Andrew Hilton, Ryan Andre, JayDee Morgan, Jeff Collett, Kris Grey, Nathan Morgan, Karam Badran, Justin Gordon and coxswain Cameran Biltucci—nipped second place USD by 1.1 seconds with UC Irvine, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara well back...The Tritons also ruled in the JV eight, novice eight and second novice eight while taking second to USD in the varsity four...UCSD now heads to the Northwest where it will hook up with Division I Gonzaga Saturday.
VARSITY EIGHT SECOND IN WOMEN’S CREW OPENER SATURDAY
“Solid” was the word Coach Pattie Pinkerton used to describe her varsity eight’s season-opening performance Saturday at Newport...In the featured varsity eight, the Tritons posted a quality 6:36 time for the 2,000 m. race...It was not quite enough to catch front-running UC Irvine, a four-second winner, but the two top boats put open water between themselves and third place Long Beach State...Amy Fan filled the coxswain seat for Jill Peacock, Lauren Menzies, Jaime Bigwood, Alissa Kispersky, Denise Kleckner, Summer Austin, Kelly Hansen and Caryn Urbanczyk in the UCSD shell.
The novice four had UCSD’s lone first place outing as the second varsity eight was fifth, the varsity four fourth, the lightweight four third (in an open four race), the novice eight fourth and the second novice eight third...Next up, it will be back to Newport Harbor for the March 28 Berg Cup where UCSD figures to hook up with many of these same teams as well as some new faces.
WEEKEND SWEEP PUTS WOMEN’S TENNIS IN GOOD POST-SEASON POSITION
Coach Liz LaPlante, coming off a huge weekend performance continues its string of home action this week when it hosts Division II rivals Rollins (FL) Tuesday and Florida Southern Friday before facing a rematch with CCAA foe Cal State Stanislaus Saturday...On a six-match winning run after sweeping three last weekend, the Tritons are now 8-2 on the season.
The Tritons opened the home weekend with a resounding, 8-1, thumping of Sonoma State...UCSD started things off by cruising to a trio of doubles wins with Ina Dan-Taskeen Bains, Tessa Tran-Valerie Tang and Anita Athavale-Katie Mulloy doing the honors...Dan, Athavale, Tang and Mulloy returned to prevail at Nos. 1-4 singles...Despite using a somewhat makeshift lineup, UCSD made it 56-in-a-row against CCAA opponents with a 9-0 romp over Cal State San Bernardino Saturday...Regular No. 1 singles player Natalie Varnay was back after being sidelined by illness to team with Athavale at No. 1 doubles...The pair won handily as did teammates Dan and Mulloy at No. 2 and Tran-Tang at No. 3...The freshmen-laden singles lineup of Katie Mulloy, Roxy Pourmirzaie, Rina Nakano, Krystal Mitzuguchi, Samantha Young and Lauren Saket bulldozed the Coyotes in straight sets except senior Nakano who turned in a gutsy tiebreaker effort to preserve the shutout.
UCSD saved its biggest win for Sunday, edging key regional rival Hawaii-Hilo, 5-4...The triumph, coupled with the Tritons’ earlier decision over Hawaii Pacific, figures to provide UCSD a home court advantage in the NCAA Regionals if things continue on course...That means a trip to the 2009 NCAA Championships this spring could be gained in the friendly confines of the North Courts...Against Hilo, UCSD went up 2-1 after doubles, securing wins at No. 2 from the Varnay/Athavale combo and No. 3 from Tran and Tang...The two teams split singles with Dan coming out on top at No. 2 and Bains winning at No. 5 and Tran doing the same at No. 6...All three came in straight sets.
MEN’S TENNIS NICKED BY BOSTON COLLEGE; FACES CAL POLY POMONA
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team returns to Division II action Tuesday when it travels to Cal Poly
FENCERS SHINE AT REGIONALS; WAIT FOR CALL ON NCAA FIELD
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team placed 16 competitors in the top 10 of their discipline at Saturday’s NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto...By Runyan’s reckoning, that may be good enough for six spots in the NCAA Championships when the field for the nationals is announced later this week...Should UCSD earn six NCAA berths, it would match last year’s total.
Seven fencers fought their way to the top three...Freshman Michael Fong and sophomore Benjamin Dorn went 2-3 in the men’s foil...Newcomer Jonathan Ott, a mid-season transfer from Cal State Fullerton, and Bryan Kim did likewise in men’s sabre...On the women’s side, Pilar Alicea and Razan Faraj were second and third respectively in women’s foil and Alicia Trigeiro was runner-up in women’s sabre...Dorn was an NCAA qualifier in 2008.
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