Women’s Volleyball – Hosts UCSD Invitational, Aug. 24-26
Men's Soccer - Hosts Grand Canyon, Aug. 24 at 4:30 PM
Women's Soccer - Hosts Grand Canyon, Aug. 24 at 7:00 PM
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
THREE SCRIMMAGES LOOM FOR WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM
The Women’s Soccer team will scrimmage three times this week in preparation for it’s August 24 season opener against Grand Canyon...The Tritons will host Cal State San Marcos, Wednesday at and Cal Baptist, Friday at before traveling to Point Loma for a session Saturday.
After a week of training, it appears that sophomore Kelly Mayo will have the first shot at manning the sweeper position which was handled last year by all-conference selection Alie Avina...Junior Nicole Pepper, a starter in 2005 who has been limited so far by injury problems, is battling Amanda Esquivel for the starting right back slot and another junior Stacy Johnson seems to have the inside track on the first team left back position.
SAN MARCOS, CONCORDIA FOES IN FINAL MEN'S SOCCER SCRIMMAGES
After turning in a respectable performance in a Sunday night outing against Division I San Diego State, the Men's Soccer team will finish up its pre-season activity with another pair of scrimmages, Wednesday at vs. Cal State San Marcos and Sunday at vs. Concordia...Both will be at UCSD...The Tritons open the regular season August 24 vs. Grand Canyon.
Coach Derek Armstrong's side was outscored, 2-1, in yesterday's skirmish with SDSU...A pair of defensive breakdowns accounted for the two Aztec goals while UCSD tallied in the second half when a cross by freshman David Lillo resulted in a scramble in front of the net and eventually a goal by senior Devon Cook...Armstrong had eight players on the sidelines due to various administrative issues that likely will be cleared up within the week.
OPENER 10 DAYS AWAY FOR VOLLEYBALL SQUAD
With its own 10-team tournament looming in just 10 days, the Women’s Volleyball team made good progress in its first week of practice under second-year Head Coach Tom Black...”We’re definitely well-ahead of where we were last year at this time,” said Black... ”Everything’s been real positive so far”...Black said that the battle for the starting setter role has been the most competitive with senior Kristin Halvorsen, junior Kim Adams and freshman Elaine Chen all in the hunt...Halvorsen started 15 matches last fall after taking over for Adams midway through the season.
There’s also a slew of outside hitters vying for two spots...Senior Nicole Courtney, who led the Tritons with 351 kills as a junior, will likely be one starter but returning middle blockers Brianna Koche and Rebecca Bailey may see some time outside and sophomores Casey Wilson and Michelle Torres and redshirt freshman Karen Reis have all been “doing a good job,” according to Black.
CROSS COUNTRY TIME TRIAL SET FOR TUESDAY
Coach Ted Van Arsdale welcomed 18 runners on each squad when the men’s and women’s Cross Country teams checked in for the start of pre-season camp yesterday...Van Arsdale will put them through their paces for the first time today in preparation for tomorrow’s two-mile time trial which will be used to evaluate the fitness level of the squad...The once-a-day training stints will begin at 7:30 AM throughout the week and the team heads to Mammoth on August 21 for nine days at altitude.
POLO TEAM OPENS PRACTICE THURSDAY
The Triton Men’s Water Polo team hits the water for the first time Thursday, laying the groundwork for its 2006 season which officially starts, Sept. 2, when UCSD hosts the annual Triton Invitational...Two-a-days are scheduled through for the first 10 days of workouts.
Although veteran Head Coach Denny Harper loses five of his top seven scorers as well as his starting goalie from the 2005 club, he will welcome back eight players who have seen collegiate playing time.
NEWS & NOTES
For the second consecutive year, UCSD finished sixth in the NCAA Division II Directors’ Cup standings (2005-06), which rank the top overall athletic programs in the country at each level...Grand Valley State (MI) was a repeat winner in D-II.
UCSD prevailed at the conference level, however, snagging the inaugural Commissioner’s Cup, emblematic of the No. 1 program in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Trition Fencing Coach Heidi Runyan will move from the sideline to the strip when she travels to Bath, England for the World Veterans Fencing Championships later this month...Runyan will compete for the U.S. team in the 50+ Division in Foil on Sept. 1.