THIS WEEK’S EVENTS
Thur., Mar. 19---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 20---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., Mar. 21---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sun., Mar. 21---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sun., Mar. 21---Softball---UCSD vs. USD (DH)---Noon
PERDEW, BOHN WIN NCAA TITLES; UCSD WOMEN THIRD AT NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The UC San Diego Women finished third and the men seventh at the 2009 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships last week in Houston, TX...The women, who moved up one place from their 2008 team finish and matched their best-ever D-II finish, broke nine school records and won a pair of national titles...The men meanwhile equaled last year’s team result and came home with eight new UCSD records and an individual national title of their own.
The women raked in 425 points to end up just behind runner-up Wayne State (425) but well back of champion Drury (618.5)...On the meet’s opening night, the 200 medley relay foursome of Anju Shimura, Mercedes O’Brien, Jessica Ferguson and Aubrey Panis grabbed UCSD’s first gold medal, clocking a UCSD record 1:42.56...In the final session, senior Kendall Bohn defended the 200 breaststroke crown she won last year in Columbia, MO, going wire-to-wire in 2:15.55...A night earlier she had finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.10)...The women were no worse than third in any of the five relays and set school records in each...Senior Errin Deters and sophomore Anju Shimura were part of four relay teams while Panis and sophomore Ashtyn Douglas were on three...Besides Bohn, other prominent individuals on the women’s side included Shimura who took fourth in both the 100 (55.76) and 200 (1:59.56) backstrokes, the latter in school record time, and versatile freshman Alex Henley who “finaled” in four events—the 200 individual medley (3rd/2:01.79), 400 individual medley (6th/4:24.48), 500 freestyle (5th/4:56.35) and 200 backstroke (5th/2:00.20)...Her 200 IM performance was a school mark...Deters established a new school standard (23.20) while finishing sixth in the 50 freestyle and came back to snag seventh in the 200 free...In the 200, Panis accounted for the other UCSD record, going 1:50.69, while placing third.
The Triton men accumulated 221.5 points, well behind champion Drury’s 543, but just 58 points out of fourth, a likely finish had they not be disqualified and subsequently gone scoreless in two relays...The stars for the men were junior Dan Perdew and senior Kneif Lohse...Perdew, the 2008 NCAA Male Swimmer of the Meet when he won the 50 and 100 freestyles, nearly pulled it off again...He laid down a scorching 19.69 school record but it left him with the silver medal in the 50...There would be no such near miss in the 100 as the lanky LaVerne native led from start-to-finish, touching in a new NCAA record time of 43.30...Not to be outdone, Lohse left Houston as the new UCSD record holder in three events—200 (6th/1:37.50), 500 (6th/4:26.81) and 1,000 (7th/9:15.64) freestyles...The Tritons were top five and set school bests in the three relays they finished—the 200 free (1:20.02), 400 medley (3:17.44) and 800 free (6:39.34)...Junior Todd Langland was a member of all three.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS IN REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL
As it did last year, the clock struck midnight for the Women’s Basketball team in Saturday’s semi-finals of the NCAA Division II West Regional Playoffs in Seattle, WA...This time it was second-seeded Alaska-Anchorage closing out the 10th-ranked and third-seeded Tritons’ season, 52-49, at Seattle Pacific’s Royal Brougham Pavilion...Coach Charity Elliott’s club, the CCAA regular season champions, finished with an overall ledger of 27-5, posting its third consecutive season of 25-plus wins and fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
Friday night, the Tritons downed CCAA Tournament title-winner Cal State Dominguez Hills for the third time this season but it took all 40 minutes to make it happen...After leading by seven with 2:44 to go in regulation, UCSD needed a twisting jumper in the lane from junior Annette Ilg, with five seconds remaining, to top the Toros, 66-65...After trailing early, the Tritons used 10 unanswered points late to take a 36-29 lead at intermission...CSUDH bounced back to grab a one point advantage at the 10:00 minute mark of the second half but Elliott’s club regained control to get its seemingly insurmountable seven point margin...But at that point, Dominguez peeled off eight straight points to lead by one with just under a minute on the clock...The teams exchanged missed shots and center Alexis Gaskin snared a rebound with nine seconds left to set up Ilg’s decisive dash-and-shoot...UCSD had a poor shooting night (34.5%) and was out-rebounded by 10, but the Tritons forced 25 Toro turnovers and got to the line 33 times (hitting 24) compared to just 13 for their opponents...Freshman point guard Chelsea Carlisle sank 17 points with Gaskin and fellow senior Michelle Osier contributing 13 and 10 respectively...The latter pair combined for 16 rebounds as well...Junior Erin Noonan, back after sitting out several weeks with a broken finger, was on the court for 31 minutes, accounting for eight points, four boards and four assists.
Shooting woes were an issue for the Tritons against Alaska-Anchorage as well...They made just 32.8% of their shots while registering their lowest scoring total of the season...UCSD led for much of the first half but trailed by three at the break...UAA’s lead reached 10 on two occasions in the second half but the margin was just two after Leilani Martin’s lay-up with 2:17 remaining...That, however, would be UCSD’s last basket of the season...Carlisle was again the leading scorer with 16 points, complemented by four assists...Gaskin had 11 points and seven rebounds, the latter total matched by Osier and Gaskin...Osier, named the Daktronics Division II West Region Player of the Year earlier in the week, had a rough night, hitting just 2-of-17 from the floor.
NO. 8 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL STUFFS HAWAII TWICE
Taking a big step in its quest for a first-ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), the eighth-ranked Men’s Volleyball team seized a pair of RIMAC Arena victories over Hawaii last week...The twin conquests improved the Tritons’ season record to 10-10 and lifted them to 6-9 in MPSF play...They now occupy eighth place in the conference standings, half a game ahead of UCLA...The top eight qualify for the MPSF tourney...Coach Kevin Ring’s outfit returns to action March 26 at Pepperdine.
Frank Fritsch’s career high 33 kills helped the Tritons make history Friday night as they defeated No. 12 Hawaii, 3-1 (34-32, 30-23, 25-30, 30-19), for the first time in 37 tries...UCSD hit a splendid .382 overall and out-blocked UH, 14-8.5...As a group, the outside hitters were red hot...In addition to Fritsch’s fireworks, UCSD got 16 kills (.419) from Jason Spangler and 13 (.200) from Will Ehrman...Ehrman (3) and Spangler (2) combined for five aces and southpaw setter Phil Bannan dished out 64 assists and was in on seven blocks...In the critical first set, Hawaii looked ready to win at 26-23, but the Tritons rallied to knot it at 27...The two teams exchanged points but at 32-all, a Calvin Ross kill followed by a Ross/Bannan block felled the Warriors.
Saturday, the Tritons did it again, warding off a stubborn UH comeback to slip out with a 3-2 (30-21, 30-27, 23-30, 28-30, 15-13) triumph...Fritsch hammered 15 more kills, a total equaled by Spangler and middle blocker Gerald Houseman...Ehrman chipped in with 14 and Bannan delivered another 64 assists as well as three aces...The Tritons hit .245 for the contest and had a 20-17 edge at the net, led by Ross who was in on nine blocks.
BASEBALL SHELLS TOP-RANKED STANISLAUS; NO-HITTER FOR DECKER
Last week’s disappointment in Sonoma was an ancient memory as the 23rd-ranked Baseball team wreaked havoc on No. 1 Cal State Stanislaus last weekend...Coach Dan O’Brien’s club rebounded sharply from last week’s 1-3 performance vs. Sonoma State to win four at home from the top-rated Warriors...That leaves the Tritons 15-7 overall, 11-4 in the CCAA and back to first place in the league standings...Next, San Francisco State comes in for four, starting March 27.
In Friday’s series opener, UCSD had to go two extra innings but finally put away Cal State Stanislaus, 3-2...A two-out single by junior Brandon Gregorich plated Vance Albitz with the game-winner in the 11th...Sophomore starter Tim Shibuya delivered another gritty performance and once again came away without a win...Junior reliever Sean Greer, who tossed a pair of scoreless innings, was the beneficiary of Gregorich’s clutch hit, improving his record to 4-0...Shibuya scattered 10 hits over nine innings, striking out seven...Juniors Albitz and catcher Kellen Lee smacked two hits apiece, one of Lee’s being a fifth-inning round tripper.
O’Brien got another strong pitching performance in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader as junior Matt Rossman went eight innings, giving up just six hits in an 8-3 victory...The win upped Rossman to 4-2...The Tritons’s still-evolving lineup whacked 13 hits with Matt Cantele doing most of the damage...The left-handed hitting DH went 4-for-4 with four RBIs...Gregorich and Lee each slugged solo home runs...The latter had three hits and Robert Sedin scored three runs...The nightcap was the Trevor Decker show...The senior right hander walked the first two batters of the game and was perfect from that point on, throwing a 6-0 no-hitter at the Warriors...The Tritons tallied four in the first, two in the second and Decker whiffed three en route to his second win of 2009...Junior second baseman Garrett Imeson drove in three runs in the first two innings with a single and a double and Albitz rapped three hits out of the leadoff spot.
UCSD made it a clean sweep, stopping Stanislaus, 6-5, in the getaway game Sunday...Down, 4-2, the Tritons scored three in the bottom of the sixth, another in the seventh and then turned back a late Warrior rally...Sophomore Evan Kehoe and Cantele had back-to-back jacks to ignite the UCSD comeback in the sixth...Kehoe, who also had a pair of doubles, and Gregorich both had three of the Tritons' 10 hits...Guido Knudson gave up just one run in three-plus innings of relief to secure his third win without a defeat.
UCSD-STANISLAUS SPLIT SOFTBALL SERIES
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team takes a finals respite after splitting a four-game home series with Cal State Stanislaus last weekend...The Tritons are back on the diamond Sunday, hosting crosstown Division I rival USD for a twinbill starting at noon...UCSD heads into this break 14-11...Gerckens’ charges are fifth at 8-7 in a tight conference race.
UCSD split Friday’s series-opening double dip with Stanislaus, dropping the opener, 4-0, then rebounding to pin a 6-5 loss on the Warriors in nightcap...Nicole Saari’s sixth inning double was the only hit the Tritons were able to produce against Jessica Gaumnitz in the first game...Senior starter Lauren Chastain was driven from the bump in the fourth inning, getting tagged with her third loss of the year...The UCSD offense re-ignited in the second game, blasting 11 hits—three each by Saari and Kristyn Lesovsky...Despite their awakened bats, the Tritons needed to work hard for the win...UCSD scored two in the first but Stanislaus got three in the second...With Stanislaus up, 4-2, UCSD tied it with two in the fourth...The Warriors got another in the sixth to go ahead by one, but in the bottom of the frame, sophomores Jen DeFazio and Katrin Gabriel opened things up with infield singles...An error put them on second and third...Lesovsky got the last of her three RBIs with a game-tying single and Gabriel then stole home for what proved to be the game-winner...DeFazio and Megan Grace had two hits each and freshman Tess Granath did not surrender an earned run in two and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen, securing her third win.
It was one win apiece again Saturday...The Tritons got to Gaumnitz for six hits and three runs while pushing game one to extra innings but the Warriors escaped with a 4-3 eight-inning decision...Lesovsky went 2-for-4, drove in two and her solo homer to lead off the seventh temporarily tied the game...Game two was another crazy affair...This time it was the Tritons scoring an eighth-inning run to prevail, 10-9...Stanislaus was cruising with a 9-4 lead when UCSD exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sevent...The Tritons utilized four hits, two walks and a Warrior error to create the deadlock...Senior center fielder Allison May was central in the seventh inning uprising...Her single drove in two runs and she hit the plate with the tying run on DeFazio’s bunt...One inning later she rapped a double that scored catcher Nicole Saari from first base with the clinching tally...Four players—Lesovsky, May, Jenni Habib and Sarah Woofter—each recorded two of the Tritons’ 12 hits...Lesovsky had three RBIs and Habib slugged a home run...Junior Christine Zankich got the start but Chastain, Gerckens’ fourth pitcher, earned her eighth win after tossing the last frame.
OLSEN, SAMRA LEAD GOLFERS TO 10TH IN SO. CAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
In a tightly-packed, 15-team field, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team finished 10th in its own Southern California Intercollegiate tournament last week at Mission Viejo Country Club...Facing some of the nation’s top Division II squads in the 59th edition of this tourney, on a tough 7,143-yd., par 71 track, the Tritons shot a 54-hole team total of 947...That number put them 35 strokes behind CCAA rival Cal State San Bernardino, which copped the team title, but only five strokes out of fifth place.
Senior Billy Olsen and freshman Raj Samra each carded 232’s, leaving them tied for 12th...Samra’s 73 for the opening 18 was UCSD’s best single round of the tourney...Next in for the Tritons were sophomore Keith Okasaki and freshman Bentley Nakasawa, the latter playing for UCSD’s “B” team...Matching 234’s put them in a tie for 19th...UCSD will be back in action, March 30-31 at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix.
FIVE FENCERS HEADING TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Heidi Runyan will be traveling with a party five to the 2009 NCAA Fencing Championships, Thursday through Sunday, at Penn State...Buoyed by their performances at last weekend’s NCAA West Regional, UCSD’s Michael Fong (foil), Benjamin Dorn (foil), Jonathan Ott (saber), Pilar Alicea (foil) and Alicia Trigeiro (saber) earned berths in the national event...Dorn, a sophomore, is the only one of the quintet to represent UCSD at last year’s NCAA event in Columbus, OH...He finished 18th...Fong, just a freshman, was undefeated during the regular season...One hundred and forty-five fencers are expected to compete at Penn State.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO STRUGGLES IN HOME VICTORY
Seniors Sydney Gstettenbauer and Bridgette Bugay each had three-goal games as the Women’s Water Polo team outlasted visiting Occidental, 9-7, Thursday at Canyonview... The Tritons upped their season record to 6-11 and will now be off until hosting Stanford on March 24...UCSD jumped out to an early, 4-1, advantage against Occidental and was never in trouble but was unable to securely lock down what figured to be an easy outing until late... Symptomatic of the Tritons’s frustration was the fact that they missed on three-of-four five-meter penalty shots...Janice Aguilar, Kirsten Bates and Jessica Tran accounted for a single goal apiece.
TEN WINNERS FOR TRACK & FIELD SQUAD AT AZTEC INVITATIONAL
The Track & Field team found the top spot on the podium 10 times at Saturday’s SDSU Aztec Invitational and put up five NCAA provisional qualifying marks for the day...The Tritons will now be off for two weeks before entering the annual Ca/Nevada Championships, March 28-29.
Throwers Fred Cook (hammer/179-1) and Nick Morilla (shot put/51-11.25) and sprinter Connors McCabe (open 100/11.06) were winners on the men’s side...Cook’s toss was one of the NCAA provisional marks as was the second place triple jump leap of 48-5.5 by Scott Tsuda.
Junior Linda Rainwater was a double winner for the Triton women, capturing the high jump (5-5.75) and 100 hurdles (14.61)...Pole vaulter Donna LeFever cleared 11-8 to win her specialty with teammate Lyndley Tamura second...UCSD ran off with three more individual victories on the track---sophomores Kelly Fogarty (100/12.07) and Bre Schofield (800/2:15.01) hit the tape first as did junior Christine Merrill in the 400 hurdles (60.92)...Fogarty and Merrill were NCAA provisional qualifiers as was Marie Archer who landed a 168-5 throw in the hammer, finishing fourth...The UCSD quartet of Deyne Roberson, Katie Skorupa, Anna Lee McGregor and Merrill won the 4x400 relay in 3:49.99.
NO. 14 WOMEN’S TENNIS WINS TWO-OF-THREE GOING INTO BREAK
After taking two-of-three home matches last week and extending its conference winning streak to 57 in a row, the 14th-ranked Women’s Tennis team will be off for finals, getting back into action, March 24 at the West Florida Tournament...The Tritons are now 10-3 overall and have a spotless, 7-0, CCAA mark.
Coach Liz LaPlante’s club saw a six-match victory run come to an end on the North Courts last Tuesday but gave a good accounting of itself before falling 5-4, to No. 11 Rollins...Senior Ina Dan and sophomore Taskeen Bains got an early point at No. 1 doubles and lefty Natalie Varnay posted a straight set win at No. 1 singles...Bains had to go three sets before prevailing at No. 5 singles and teammate Tessa Tran won in two at No. 6...The Tritons were one point from taking the match as Dan pushed to a third game at No. 2 but was unable to finish it off.
Paced by a doubles sweep, the Tritons quickly started a new winning streak, dumping visiting Florida Southern, 6-3, Friday...At No. 1 doubles, Dan and Bains routed the nation’s No. 19 doubles tandem, Senka Softic/Ashley Hungerford, 8-0...Varnay and Anita Athevale won a tight one at No. 2 and Valerie Tang and Tran prevailed at No. 3...In singles, Dan was a clear, 6-1, 6-1, winner at No. 2 with Bains (No. 4) and Roxy Pourmirzaie (No. 6) getting shutouts as well.
Strength at the bottom of the ladder served the Tritons well again Saturday as they whipped visiting Cal State Stanislaus for the second time this season, 6-3...UCSD got up, 2-1, with the same doubles duos winning at Nos. 2-3 and then Tang, Bains and Tran swept through 4-5-6 singles without losing a set...Dan also won in straight sets at No. 2.
TRITON NETTERS HANDLE CAL POLY POMONA
Returning to the Division II arena, Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s youthful Men’s Tennis team got back on track with a 6-3 triumph at Cal Poly Pomona Tuesday...The Tritons snatched two-of-three in doubles with the No. 1 twosome, Kazumi Negishi and Erik Elliott and Vincent Nguyen and Brandon Stevenson at No. 2 each winning by identical, 8-6, margins...Nguyen recorded a straight set victory at No. 2 doubles, but it was the bottom of the ladder—Naveen Dixit, Jake Fellow and Sam Ling, playing at Nos. 4-6 respectively—that carried the day, matching Nguyen’s victorious two-and-out performance...The Tritons are back in action March 26 against Western New Mexico.
MEN’S CREW BATTLES ELEMENTS IN TOUGH LOSS TO GONZAGA
In the first collegiate crew event ever held in the state of Idaho, the Men's Crew team lost a dual meet to conference rival Gonzaga Saturday on Coeur d'Alene's Mica Bay in what could definitely be described as "interesting" conditions...Battling 30-degree weather, intermittent snow flurries and ice floes on the lake, the Triton varsity eight lost to the Bulldogs, considered among the early season WIRA favorites, by one second...The novice eight came up four seconds short of Gonzaga but the outcome was determined a draw after the host boat ran into UCSD's shell while avoiding ice chunks in its path...Coach Zach Johnson's JV eight also fell, finishing one and a half boat lengths behind Gonzaga in a straight six and a half minute time trial.
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