This Week’s Events:
Thu., Aug. 24---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD hosts UCSD Invitational---All Day
Thu., Aug. 24---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---4:30 PM
Thu., Aug. 24---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---7:00 PM
Fri., Aug. 25--- Women’s Volleyball---UCSD hosts UCSD Invitational---All Day
Sat., Aug. 26--- Women’s Volleyball---UCSD hosts UCSD Invitational---All Day
TEN-TEAM UCSD INVITATIONAL FIRST UP FOR WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Second-year Head Coach Tom Black and his Women’s Volleyball team will get a stern test early when they host the 10-team UCSD Invitational, presented by Courtyard By Marriott (San Diego Central), Thursday through Saturday at RIMAC Arena...The tourney features five CCAA clubs, including defending co-champs Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State L.A. as well as three other Pacific Region teams and two from outside the region...In the pre-determined brackets, UCSD will face Western Oregon (9:00 AM) and Western Washington (6:00 PM) on Thursday, Bryant (1:00 PM) and Seattle (7:00 PM) Friday and Mesa State (1:00 PM) Saturday.
Black will field a much more experienced team than the 19-8 unit he had last fall... Prospective starters are senior setter Kristin Halvorsen, senior Nicole Courtney and sophomore Rebecca Bailey at the two outside hitter spots, junior Amber Ries opposite the setter and senior Brianna Koche teamed with either sophomore Hannah Gary or freshman Sylvia Schmidt in the middle...Junior Natalie Facchini has locked down the starting libero job.
“With our condensed schedule this year (due to the NCAA’s D-II Sports Festival), every match counts in the playoff point structure,” said Black. “We’re not going into this tournament with a ‘take our lumps and build on it attitude’...We’ve got to get off to a strong start...We expect to go 5-0...I think the girls know what we need to do...We’ve been real productive during doubles days and I believe we’re ready.”
MEN’S SOCCER OPENS THURSDAY VS. GRAND CANYON
Coach Derek Armstrong sends his 25th Triton Men’s Soccer team into battle for the first time Thursday night when UCSD hosts Grand Canyon in a non-conference outing... Armstrong will count on a dozen returners in 2006, including All-CCAA performers Devon Cook, Matt Horne, Chase Douglas and Dustin Tannenhaus...Three of those four play on the back line so the biggest question mark figures to be goal-scoring... Two scrimmages last week likely created more questions than they answered...Three-time All-American midfielder Matt Davey is gone after scoring 31 career goals and the Tritons have just eight of last year’s 27 goals still on the roster with Pat Kelly (3 goals) the top returning goal scorer...It appears the Tritons will open in a 4-5-1 alignment with sophomore Tommy Caplan or junior transfer Charles McKay in the striker slot...The last time UCSD met Grand Canyon as in the 2004 season opener, a 2-0 win.
TRITON WOMEN KICK OFF 2006 CAMPAIGN THURSDAY
Coming off an 18-4 season, in which it won the CCAA title for the fifth time in six years and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs, the Women’s Soccer team faces Grand Canyon Thursday night in its 2006 debut...The Tritons have won seven consecutive openers.
Coach Brian McManus’s 20th edition will feature 2005 CCAA Player of the Year Megan Dickey and three-time All-CCAA choice Kelly Cochran...The senior duo has combined for 51 career goals and as a team, UCSD should not have trouble scoring goals as the players who accounted for 60 of last year’s 63 tallies are back...However, three-of-four starters are missing from the 2005 back four and each was all-conference...Sophomore Jessica McGovern appears to have unseated returning starter Mia Shirley, another sophomore as the starting keeper.
“We’re going to use some different formations and our style of play may have to change,” says McManus... “The way our schedule lays out, depth is going to be key and our starters are going to have to realize that we’ll need a strong bench to win...And until our back four is settled, we may have to sit back a little and not be as attack-minded as we’ve been in the past.”
MAMMOTH TRAINING STARTS TODAY FOR CROSS COUNTRY
The Cross Country teams depart this morning for 10 days of altitude training in Mammoth, CA...In the 8,000 to 10,000 ft. surroundings, Coach Ted Van Arsdale will be preparing his charges for their Sept. 1 opener against Point Loma, Cal State San Marcos and San Diego Christian.
“Our goal in Mammoth is to help solidify team chemistry while teaching them more about how capable they are,” said Van Arsdale... “So far in training, the upperclassmen have been frontrunners and really been everything we’d hoped for in terms of both talent and leadership...And our freshmen have been a pleasant surprise.”
TWO-A-DAYS CONTINUE FOR WATER POLO SQUAD
Two-a-day training continues this week for the Men’s Water Polo team which begins its season Labor Day weekend by hosting the annual UCSD Triton Invitational...Coach Denny Harper will work his players in the pool during morning sessions and on the local beaches during the afternoon.
“We’ve really been pounding them but I think they’ve responded very well,” said Harper, now in his 27th year at the helm... “Among the veterans, Adi (Jerkovic) has been steady as always, but Ty Lackey (who scored 42 goals as a junior in 2005) has really stepped up...The notables among the new guys have been Daniel Garcia, Nestor Dordoni and A.J. Kotanjian...They’re all going to see playing time if they keep performing like they have so far.”
TRITON NEWS & NOTES
Women’s Crew Coach Pattie Pinkerton made some news of her own on the water at the recent Master’s Nationals in Seattle, WA...Over 1,400 competitors took part in the 25th-year event held at Greenlake Park and Pinkerton emerged with a pair of gold medals in the E Double Sculls and E Quadruple Sculls, events in which she was not only defending National but World Masters Champion...Pinkerton also racked up silver medals in the E Eight Sculls and E Mixed Quadruple Sculls...The E division is for rowers in the 55-60 age bracket...Triton alums Shirley Doell and Nancy Blom were also medalists at the event.
UCSD sophomore golfer Billy Olsen has qualified for the 2006 U.S. Amateur at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, August 21-27...Olsen, who had a solid freshman year for the Tritons, qualified by placing third at the Redlands Country Club on July 24.
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