Sat., Oct. 7---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---
Sun., Oct. 8---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Santa Clara Bronco Classic---All Day
Sun., Oct. 8---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---
Sun., Oct. 8---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---
UCSD-UCLA WATER POLO SHOWDOWN FRIDAY AT CANYONVIEW
If the rankings hold, and there’s no reason to think they won’t, it will be No. 4 vs. No. 3 when UCLA invades Canyonview Pool Friday night to face the Men’s Water Polo team...Coach Denny Harper’s Tritons, who reached their highest ever national ranking when last week’s poll placed them at No. 4, will bring a 14-2 ledger into Friday’s clash after pushing their winning streak to five games with a pair of road victories over the weekend.
Last Friday, UCSD outscored No. 9 UC Santa Barbara, 4-2, in the fourth quarter to break a 7-7 tie and prevail, 11-9...Seniors Jesse Casellini and Ty Lackey poured in four goals apiece as the Tritons defeated the Gauchos for the third consecutive time.
Saturday, Casellini racked up another five goals as UCSD stunned No. 16 Long Beach State with an amazing fourth quarter rally...In a nip-and-tuck contest, the 49ers went up 8-6 with 4:42 to go in regulation...That was still the score 90 seconds later when Casellini netted his fifth goal, a man-up marker, to bring the Tritons to within one... UCSD deadlocked the score at 1:22 when Lackey converted a 6-on-5 situation...Moments later, junior A.J. Kotanjian made the key play of the game, a steal and pass inside to Lackey who spun and scored the game-winner with 60 seconds left on the clock...Another Kotanjian steal cemented the victory.
CAL STATE L.A., BAKERSFIELD NEXT FOR 13TH-RANKED SPIKERS
Coach Tom Black’s Women’s Volleyball team puts a five-match winning streak on the line at RIMAC Arena this weekend, hosting Cal State Bakersfield (Fri.) and Cal State L.A. (Sat.)...The 13th-ranked Tritons are now 13-2 overall and 8-2 in CCAA play, holding down third in the conference standings, one spot up on Cal State L.A...CSU Bakersfield is 10th...UCSD already owns road victories against both of this week’s opponents.
Friday, UCSD turned in a business-like, 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-23) triumph over Sonoma State...The Tritons showed strength in crunch time vs. the Sea Wolves, capturing 10 of the last 15 points while winning game one and using a 16-8 run to finish off game two...Senior Nicole Courtney’s 14 kills paced the offense with Rebecca Bailey and Brianna Koche chipping in with 13 and 10 respectively... Junior libero Natalie Facchini was again a defensive standout, piling up 21 digs, followed in that category by Koche (12) and Courtney (10)...UCSD had the edge in hitting percentage (.281-.121), blocking (6-4) and aces (6-2).
Twenty-four hours later, behind Bailey’s 16 kills (.433 pct.), the Tritons rolled over Humboldt State, 3-0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-23)...Koche added 11 kills and Courtney registered five of UCSD’s 12 aces...Setter Kristin Halvorsen had 32 assists and three aces before giving way to Kim Adams.
CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS HOST UCSD TRITON CLASSIC SATURDAY
It’s UCSD Triton Classic week for Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s Cross Country teams which will host approximately 15-20 teams per gender and 350 competitors in Saturday’s annual event...The women’s 6K race will go at 8:30 AM with the men’s 8K following at 9:30 AM on the same courses where the CCAA Championships will be contested two weeks later.
For the Triton women, currently ranked 12th nationally, junior Diane Dunn has been the leader, recording the top time in every race so far in 2006...She’s has been ably backed by fellow juniors Emily McGregor and Amanda Burkhardt, senior Nina Miller and sophomore Ashleigh Montgomery among others..
On the men’s side, freshman Jesse Morrill has had an impressive rookie season, matching Dunn’s perfect record as the No. 1 finisher...Sophomore Jake Levieux, still rounding into top shape, looks like a solid No. 2 with Dan Holligan, Greg Geldman and Gabe LaMothe providing good depth.
UCSD WOMEN HOLD FIRST IN CCAA SOUTH; ROAD TEST LOOMS
Now 9-1-2 and ranked 13th nationally, the Women’s Soccer team hits the road for an important three-game CCAA South Division swing, opening Wednesday at Cal State Dominguez Hills, then continuing on to Cal Poly Pomona (Friday) and Cal State San Bernardino (Sunday)...Coach Brian McManus’s side remains first in the CCAA South standings, four points clear of second place Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
UCSD broke open a 1-1 game with a magical barrage of three goals in a 4:49 span late in the second half to blitz visiting Sonoma State, 4-1, Friday night...All five of the goals in the contest came in the second half of a game in which UCSD owned a 22-6 advantage in the shots department...The Tritons broke through first, just over 10 minutes into the second session, senior Megan Dickey putting the finishing touches on a nice cross from Lauren Segars that originated with a sideline pass from Caitlin Ryan...After Sonoma knotted things, junior Stacy Johnson sent a long diagonal cross to the back post that found the foot of a sliding Heather Sugg at 79:05 for the latter’s first goal of the fall...Lightning struck again a minute and a half later as speedy Kathy Sepulveda headed in a Natasha Belak-Berger cross at the near post for her third marker of the year...At 83:54, Belak-Berger found an onrushing Segars for a short range header to close out the scoring...SSU keeper Carissa Amiral had not allowed a goal all season before Friday night’s onslaught.
The Tritons closed out the week with a disappointing Sunday afternoon tie against visiting Humboldt State...UCSD outshot the Lumberjacks, 22-6, had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks and completely controlled play but a direct goal off a corner kick with 4:09 remaining in regulation made it a 1-1 tie and that’s how it stayed through two overtime periods...The Triton goal came at the 55:10 mark in the second half...Sophomore Laura Borenstein got control in midfield, moved the ball to Sugg who got it wide down the left side to Kelly Cochran...The senior used a burst of speed to create the space to deliver a low cross that Sepulveda tucked into the net on the far side.
MEN’S SOCCER LOOKS TO REBOUND ON THREE-GAME ROAD SWING
Still trying to right the ship after going 0-3-1 in its last four outings, the Men’s Soccer team will play a set of three CCAA road games this week, starting at always tough Cal State Dominguez Hills on Wednesday...Coach Derek Armstrong’s club has slipped to 6-4-2 overall and 4-3-2 in conference...The Tritons are currently tied for second in the CCAA South Division, four points behind first place Cal State L.A.
UCSD let a golden opportunity slip away Friday night, surrendering a second half lead and eventually the match to the CCAA’s only undefeated team, Sonoma State...The blue and gold went up early in the second half when sophomore Tom Caplan’s header eluded Sea Wolf keeper Brook Johnson...Michael Grubic picked up the assist...Things fell apart in the final 20 minutes...Sonoma picked up the tying goal on a nice play at the 70:02 mark...Less than three minutes later, senior defender Dustin Tannenhaus was sent off with a red card and the Tritons were forced to play a man short for the final 17 minutes...That situation gave the Seawolves the upper hand and with 4:28 left in the second half proved fatal as Sonoma got the go-ahead tally.
The frustration mounted Sunday as the Tritons battled to a scoreless tie with Humboldt State...UCSD, which outshot the Lumberjacks by nine and had two more corners, showed stretches of excellence but was unable to find the back of the net...Seniors Ryan Velasquez, Pat Kelly and Chase Douglas all drilled balls off the post or crossbar, the latter’s an OT blast that would have won the game.
GOLFERS 11TH AT WESTERN WASHINGTON TOURNEY
A young UCSD Golf team got its first taste of competition in 2006-07 when it finished 11th in last week’s Western Washington Invitational at Bellingham Country Club...The Tritons played the 54 hole event in 308-289-309—906, 52 strokes behind host Western Washington which captured first place.
Ryan Bailey, one of four sophomores on the five-man roster for the tournament, was UCSD’s top finisher, carding a five-over par 221 (74-73-74), putting him in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings...Fellow sophs Noah Moss (228) and Billy Olsen (229) were next in...Luke Leveillee, a junior, had the lowest 18 hole score, posting a 72 for the second round.
DAN, LEGAKIS-KNUDSEN SHINE AT ITA TENNIS EVENT
Sophomore Ina Dan was UCSD’s top individual performer at last week’s Division II Wilson ITA Regional Championships, hosted on UCSD’s North Courts...Dan made it to the quarterfinals of singles competition...In doubles, the tandem of Ali Legakis and Christy Knudsen lost in the finals...The men’s portion of the tournament was canceled following the last minute withdrawal of two teams.