Women’s Volleyball – Hosts UCSD Invitational, Aug. 24-26
Men’s Soccer – Hosts Grand Canyon, Aug. 24 at
Women’s Soccer – Hosts Grand Canyon, Aug. 24 at
Cross Country – Hosts Cal State San Marcos & Point Loma, Sept. 1 at 3:00 PM
Men’s Water Polo – Hosts UCSD Triton Invitational, Sept. 2-3
BLACK LOOKS TO BUILD ON FIRST YEAR V-BALL SUCCESS
Second-year Head Coach Tom Black will start two weeks of two-a-days with his 2006 Women’s Volleyball team today...Black’s club went 19-8 his rookie year and only one player, libero Laura Watkins, has departed...Three All-CCAA selections—Nicole Courtney, Brianna Koche and Rebecca Bailey—stand out among the returnees...”We have a lot of returners and I like the recruits we have coming in,” says Black... “With a year under our belts in the system, we should be able to get started a lot faster...We have a tournament in three weeks so we’ve got to be ready.”
McMANUS WELCOMES 20TH TRITON TEAM MONDAY
The Women’s Soccer team won its fifth CCAA championship in six years last fall and should be a contender again in ’06...When workouts convene today, the big question mark centers around defense where the Tritons will be without three all-conference players from a season ago... “The defense was better than a lot of people gave credit for last year,” says Head Coach Brian McManus, whose 2005 squad surrendered just 17 goals on the way to an 18-4 record. “This year, a lot of players are going to be asked to handle different jobs and at the same time, we’re going to try to step up the offense—take some of the heat off the back line”... Up front, McManus will have a pair of three-year starters leading the way—2005 CCAA Player of the Year Megan Dickey and speedy Kelly Cochran, a first team all-conference player herself...The two combined for 22 goals as juniors.
VETERAN DEFENSE TO ANCHOR MEN'S SOCCER TEAM
Coach Derek Armstrong’s Men’s Soccer team figures to have no such worries on the defensive side of things with three quarters of last year’s starting group—Matt Horne, Dustin Tannenhaus and DevonCook—still in the fold...All three earned All-CCAA recognition in 2005...Replacing three-time All-American midfielder Matt Davey presents a dilemma but Assistant Coach Paul Holohan considers the outlook bright... “We lost seven talented seniors but we still have a good core of veterans on the roster,” he said, “And I think the freshmen might surprise some people”... The Tritons begin two-a-days today and have their first scrimmage against San DiegoState Friday.
VAN ARSDALE OPTIMISTIC AS X-COUNTRY SQUADS SET TO REPORT
Season No. 15 as head coach starts for Ted Van Arsdale when he welcomes the Men’s & Women’s Cross Country squads back to La Jolla, August 12...The teams will travel to Mammoth for their annual nine-day altitude training session starting August 21...Van Arsdale oozes with anticipation when discussing both units.
“I’m incredibly excited about our men’s team,” he said. “There’s a lot of young, hot speed on the roster and I expect our freshmen and sophomores to make a big impact” ...Among those young guns are second-year runners Jake Levieux and Daniel Anderson and Laguna Beach freshman Max Mulander...Senior Dan Holligan, who ran most of last season in the No. 3 slot, is expected to assume the leadership mantel.
It’s a new era for the Triton women who raced to the CCAA title in 2005 and claimed seventh at the NCAA Division II Championship...Gone is CCAA individual champ Mimi Hodgins but four—Diane Dunn, Emily McGregor, Nina Miller and Amanda Burkhardt—with NCAA experience return and Van Arsdale says, “There’s a gold vein running right through this team. We’ve got a great set of competitors.”
NEW LOOK WATER POLO TEAM STARTS PRACTICE AUGUST 16
The Men’s Water Polo team opens campAugust 16 and despite the fact that a full dozen from a stellar senior class are now gone, Head Coach Denny Harper professes to being optimistic... “Once again, I believe we will be positioned to contend for the WWPA championship and an NCAA Championship berth,” says Harper. “We have a lot of younger players who are very enthusiastic. There are a whole bunch of guys who realize there’s playing time to be had”...Key among the Triton vets will be sophomore Adnan Jerkovic and seniors Jessie Casellini, Ty Lackey and Joe Woodring...Jerkovic and Lackey tallied 80 goals between them last season.
Two familiar faces will be missing when Athletic Director Earl Edwards convenes his first staff meeting of 2006-07...Head Athletic Trainer Marcia Klaiber, who has held that post since 1984, will be moving crosstown to San Diego State later this month to become the Athletic Training Education Program Director...Klaiber, an Ohio State graduate, has overseen tremendous growth in all facets of the Triton athletic training program and will be sorely missed.
Men’s Crew Coach Mark Davis has also stepped down...He will be returning to his East Coast roots as a member of the men’s crew staff at Yale...Davis’s wife, Leanne, competes for the U.S. National Rowing Team and does a significant portion of her training at Eastern venues...In his four seasons at UCSD, Davis pushed the Triton program to new heights, consistently dominating the San Diego City Championships and medaling with all of his boats at each of the last two WIRA Championships.