UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 13, 2009)
Release: Sunday 04/12/2009 
by UCSD
Jason Spangler and the Men's Volleyball team look to make more history this Friday night.
Jason Spangler and the Men's Volleyball team...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Mon., Apr. 13---Golf---UCSD at Hanny Stanislaus Invitational---All Day
Mon., Apr. 13---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Metro State---1:00 PM

Tues., Apr. 14---Golf---UCSD at Hanny Stanislaus Invitational---All Day

Wed., Apr. 15---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Heptathlon/Decathlon---10:00 AM
Wed., Apr. 15---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma Nazarene---2:00 PM

Thurs., Apr. 16---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Heptathlon/Decathlon---10:00 AM
Thurs., Apr. 16---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---3:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 17---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 17---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 17---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 17---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Chapman---4:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 17---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---7:00 PM

Sat., Apr. 18---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Newport Regatta---7:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 18---Track & Field---UCSD at Long Beach Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 18---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 18---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 18---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 18---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at San Diego State---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 18---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Santa Cruz---2:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 18---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---5:00 PM

Sun., Apr. 19---Men’s Crew---UCSD at San Diego City Championships---7:30 AM
Sun., Apr. 19---Women’s Crew---UCSD at San Diego City Championships---8:00 AM


MEN’S V-BALL FACES LONG BEACH STATE WITH TOURNEY STILL ON LINE
Still clutching to faint hopes of a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament berth, the winningest Men’s Volleyball team in UCSD history closes out its regular season at RIMAC Arena this weekend, tackling No. 8 MPSF foe Long Beach State (13-13/10-11) Friday and non-conference foe Grand Canyon Saturday...After splitting a pair of matches last weekend, Coach Kevin Ring’s spikers are 12-14 overall, 8-13 in MPSF play and a game and a half behind UCLA for the final conference tournament spot...UCLA travels to Pacific and Stanford for its last two MPSF engagements this weekend...If UCSD defeats Long Beach State and UCLA loses its two matches, the teams would end up tied and the Tritons own the tiebreaker.

No. 3 Cal State Northridge turned back an inspired UCSD effort to seize a 3-1 (30-26, 29-31, 30-22, 38-36) victory Friday night at RIMAC Arena...In what was a close, entertaining affair, the two teams slugged it out in the fourth game as the Tritons rebounded from an early, 5-0, deficit to push the Matadors to the brink of a fifth set...CSUN owned small advantages in both the hitting (.276-.261) and blocking (19.5-16) departments on the night...Juniors Frank Fritsch (26 kills) and Jason Spangler (22) paced the UCSD offense with the latter adding a pair of aces...Sophomore Calvin Ross had nine total blocks, Will Ehrman had a team best 11 digs and setter Phil Bannan dished out 61 assists.

UCSD whipped UC Santa Barbara handily in Saturday night’s first set, looked completely out of synch in games two and three but had the mettle to somehow grind out a 3-2 (30-26, 21-30, 20-30, 30-21, 15-13) victory...The Tritons hit a paltry .058 in the two sets they dropped but rebounded to post a .391 hitting percentage down the stretch in games four and five...Fritsch (21) and Ehrman (16) combined for 37 kills while middle blockers Ross and Gerald Houseman each had eight block assists...Bannan handed out 56 assists and Ehrman again led with 10 digs.

Hear Coach Kevin Ring's Saturday post-match comments.

NO. 6 BASEBALL CONTINUES TO HAVE HOT HAND; DOMINGUEZ HILLS NEXT
Sporting wins in 16 of its last 17 outings, the sixth-ranked Baseball team will play a four-game home-and-home series against Cal State Dominguez Hills (25-16/14-10), beginning with single games in La Jolla, Thursday and Friday, and concluding with a Saturday doubleheader in  Carson...Coach Dan O’Brien’s charges swept three games from host Grand Canyon in Phoenix last week, elevating their record to 25-8...The scheduled series finale was rained out...UCSD remains 19-5 in CCAA activity, leading the conference by three games... Dominguez Hills, which sits fourth in the league, comes into the series with four straight wins and took 3-of-4 in its last CCAA series vs. second place Cal State L.A..

Sophomore Tim Shibuya and senior Ryland MacFadyen combined to spin a five-hit, 7-0, shutout over Grand Canyon in the first game of the series...Shibuya did the lion’s share of the work on the mound, going eight innings while striking out 10...MacFadyen whiffed three in his ninth inning outing...On the offensive side, UCSD battered Antelope pitching for 15 hits, including a two-run homer by first baseman Brandon Gregorich...Shortstop Vance Albitz collected three singles out of the leadoff slot, also got aboard after being hit by a pitch and stole two bases...All-time hits leader Garrett Imeson and junior Robert Sedin both had a pair of hits.

The Tritons teed off on Antelope pitching for 24 hits, running away with a 20-5 win in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader...Albitz was a sizzling 5-for-5 with two doubles, scoring three runs and driving in a pair...One of DH Matt Cantele’s two hits was his fourth homer of the season...The offensive largesse worked in the favor of right hander Matt Rossman who breezed through six innings, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out 10...It was good for his sixth win...UCSD had smooth sailing in game two as well, banging out 13 hits, rolling up a 7-0 lead and walking away with a 9-4 triumph...Senior Trevor Decker won his fifth game of the year and 25th of his UCSD career, tying a school mark...Batting 1-2 in the order, Albitz and Imeson rang up three hits apiece, Albitz scoring three and Imeson accruing three RBIs...Albitz was a home run short of the cycle.

SOFTBALL FACES KEY MATCH-UP AT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ  HILLS
Trying to restore order after a calamitous four-game home series against Cal State San Bernardino, the Softball team takes to the road to square off against Cal State Dominguez Hills in a four-game set that will go a long way towards determining the Tritons’ post-season possibilities...Coach Patti Gerckens’ squad emerged from its 1-3 weekend with a 23-18 record, 13-10 in the CCAA and holding down fourth place on the league ladder...Dominguez Hills (31-15/13-7) is the league’s second-ranked team and has won eight of its last nine contests...The top four teams make the CCAA Championship tournament...UCSD vaulted to No. 5 in last week's NCAA Regional rankings...The top eight go to post-season.

In a make-up game Wednesday, Division I USD jumped on the Tritons early and held on for an 8-5 victory...The Toreros parlayed four hits and three UCSD errors into five first inning runs, making it an uphill climb for the Tritons from the get-go...Sophomore Kristyn Lesovsky continued her torrid hitting, going 4-for-4 and driving in two on the heels of a 14-for-17 performance last week at the Mizuno Tournament of Champions...Her ground rule double keyed a four-run UCSD rally in the seventh.

UCSD and Cal State San Bernardino split 7-6 decisions in Friday’s series-opening doubleheader...The Tritons captured the opener, jumping out to a 4-0 advantage in the first inning and then holding off a late Coyote comeback try...Lesovsky, designated player Lauren Chastain and senior Jenni Habib all smacked home runs and freshman Camille Gaito weathered a rough five and a third innings in the circle to pick up her sixth win...In game two, it was the Coyotes getting out to an early, 4-0, lead, with UCSD rallying but falling just short....UCSD piled up 11 hits, two each from Lesovsky, catcher Nicole Saari, Habib, left fielder Megan Grace and first baseman Nicole Monroe and had the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh when the game ended.

There was not much to cheer about Saturday...CSUSB got seven hits from the bottom half of its order and three UCSD errors led to four unearned runs in an 8-1 Coyote win...Gaito was tagged with her first loss of the year as the Tritons mustered just five hits, two each by Sarah Woofter and Habib...A solid outing by Chastain---a complete game eight-hitter---went for naught as UCSD was held to three hits and another fielding miscue keyed San Bernardino’s first run.

Listen to Coach Patti Gerckens' Saturday post-game interview.

SAN DIEGO CITY CREW CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TAP SUNDAY
Both the Men’s and Women’s Crews will be on Mission Bay Sunday for the annual San Diego City Championships, hooking up with their counterparts from San Diego State and USD for varsity eight, JV eight, novice eight, second novice eight and varsity four races...The course will run east-to-west in the Sea World Channel along Fiesta Island, finishing near the Ingraham Bridge...It will also be UCSD's Senior Day...Coach Zach Johnson’s men are five-time defending team champions...The Triton men will also compete Saturday at the annual Newport Regatta in Orange County.

TRACK & FIELD POSTS SOLID MARKS AT UCLA; BEACH INVITE SATURDAY
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will send competitors to both the Mt. SAC Heptathlon/Decathlon and Beach Track & Field Invitationals this week, leading up to next week’s annual Triton Invitational...The bulk of the squad will go to the Beach event, held at Cerritos College and hosted by Long Beach State.

The 2009 Tritons added to their harvest of school records (eight total on the year) at last week’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational at UCLA...The women’s 4x100 relay foursome of Christine Merrill, Katie Skorupa, Kelly Fogarty and Laiah Blue clocked 46.75 to eclipse the existing UCSD standard by .19 seconds...UCSD also posted three individual wins at the UCLA event---junior Fred Cook flung the hammer 170-10, long jumper Stephanie LeFever sprung 18-9 and school record holder Scott Tsuda landed at 48-2 in the triple jump...Automatic NCAA D-II Championship qualifying marks were posted by senior Sarah Hendy (discus/160-11), Blue (100 hurdles/13.97) and the women's 4x400 relay quartet of Merrill, Skorupa, Deyna Roberson and Anna Lee McGregor which hit the tape in 3:44.65.

MEN’S TENNIS LOOKS TO CONFIRM NCAA BID IN NORCAL
With Coach Eric Steidlmayer home awaiting the birth of his first child, the Men's Tennis team completes a three-match Division II swing through Colorado when it takes on Metro State today...With wins its first two contests in the Centennial State, UCSD is now 10-9 overall...The Tritons' return to La Jolla will be brief as they head to Northern California to tackle Sonoma State Friday and D-III power UC Santa Cruz Saturday...A win in the first match will solidify UCSD's hold on a spot in the NCAA Division II West Regional.

If early returns are any indication, UCSD should depart Colorado undefeated...The Tritons brushed aside Colorado Christian and Mesa State by identical, 9-0, scores Saturday... Colorado Christian was weakened with several players suffering from illnesses but UCSD dropped just one set in the 12 singles matches and was not seriously threatened in doubles...A scheduled match with Colorado State-Pueblo Sunday was canceled.

REGULAR SEASON HOME FINALE WEDNESDAY FOR WOMEN'S TENNIS
Following an 11-day lull in the schedule, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team (13-5/8-0 CCAA) swings back into action at home against crosstown NAIA foe Point Loma Wednesday...The 10th-ranked Tritons finish the regular season at Cal Poly Pomona Saturday, searching for their 59th consecutive CCAA victory.

WOMEN’S WATER POLO READIES FOR WWPA ON ROAD
In its final tune-ups for the looming Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships, Coach Larry Sanders’ Women’s Water Polo team travels to Chapman Friday and then goes crosstown Saturday to battle No. 7 San Diego State in the annual Harper Cup showdown... UCSD dropped to 9-18 overall after losing its final two home games of the year last week...The 20th-ranked Tritons figure to be seeded fourth in the WWPA tourney, slated April 24-26 at Santa Clara.

Subsequent to achieving mixed results at last week’s Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, the Tritons turned in a much-improved performance Thursday but still came up on the short end of an 11-9 score against No. 10 conference rival  Loyola Marymount...UCSD raced out to a 4-1 first quarter advantage and the Lions didn’t take their first lead until the 3:17 mark of the third period...Junior Audra Bloom’s second goal tied it 1:20 later and senior Stephanie Heinrich scored the first goal of the fourth quarter to lift the Tritons back into the lead at 9-8...But LMU scored three goals in a three minute span to ice the game...Goalie Markayla Quane had several clutch rejections among her nine saves... Heinrich finished with four goals while Bloom and leading scorer Sydney Gstettenbauer tallied twice apiece.

Five different players scored but an inability to convert man-up situations and a slew of balls off the bars led to a 10-6 loss to No. 13 Michigan Saturday at Canyonview...The two clubs were knotted at two early in the second quarter when the Wolverines rattled off four unanswered goals to go up, 6-2...Third quarter tallies by Rebecca Gearty, Bloom and Hanalei Crowell drew the Tritons to within two at 7-5 but that’s all the closer it would be...Bloom had a pair of goals and Quayne was again solid in the cage with eight saves...Gstettenbauer, UCSD’s leading scorer, got just one goal in her final home outing, that coming on a penalty shot with eight seconds left.

Coach Larry Sanders' comments following Saturday's game vs. Michigan.

GOLFERS PREP FOR CCAA TOURNEY AT HANNY STANISLAUS INVITATIONAL
In its final regular season action, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team travels north for the 36th annual Hanny Stanislaus Invitational (previously known as the Buzzini Invitational), starting today at Turlock Country Club...The 54-hole event will include 15 teams and the Tritons will be represented by the fivesome of Raj Samra, Keith Okasaki, Billy Olsen, Austin Alfonso and Justin Gabbert... Samra tied for 15th two weeks ago at the Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invitational.

NEWS & NOTES
The guests on this weeks’ Triton Talk internet radio show, hosted by Craig Elsten, will be UCSD Tennis coaches Eric Steidlmayer and Liz LaPlante...The former’s senior star Ina Dan is also in the guest lineup...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon.

UCSD rowers Ryan Andre and Alissa Kispersky are scheduled to appear at Revelle's Plaza Cafe Thursday night from 6:00 to 7:00 PM as part of the ongoing Taste of the Tritons dining hall promotion. For more information check http://www.ucsdtritons.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5800&ATCLID=3689998&KEY=&DB_OEM_ID=5800&DB_LANG=&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT=


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