Sat., Oct. 21---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Pomona-Pitzer---
Sat., Oct. 21---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---
Sun., Oct. 22---Fencing---UCSD at UCI Collegiate Open---
Sun., Oct. 22---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at CalStateMontereyBay---
Sun., Oct. 22---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at CalStateMontereyBay---
VB SQUAD GETS BIG ROAD SWEEP; FACES POMONA, SAN BERNARDINO AT RIMAC
Now riding a nine-match winning streak, the 14th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team returns home for a pair of crucial CCAA matches, Friday vs. Cal Poly Pomona and Saturday vs. league-leading Cal State San Bernardino, at RIMAC Arena...Coach Tom Black’s Tritons now boast a 17-2 overall record and are 12-2 in the CCAA after collecting a pair of road victories last weekend.
The terrific trio of seniors Brianna Koche and Nicole Courtney and sophomore Rebecca Bailey paved the way as UCSD knocked off 13th-ranked Chico State, 3-1 (23-30, 30-20, 35-33, 30-22) and Cal State Stanislaus, 3-1 (30-20, 30-27, 20-30, 30-23) up north... Against Chico State, Bailey hammered 16 kills while Courtney had 15 kills, five blocks and 14 digs...Koche also had 15 kills to go with 17 digs and put down the game winner in the crucial third set...The Tritons outhit the Wildcats (.215-.098) and soundly beat them at the net (12-1) with freshman Sylvia Schmidt getting seven total blocks...Senior setter Kristin Halvorsen handed out 49 assists and served up three aces.
At Stanislaus the next night, Koche rang up 18 kills while Bailey (15 kills, 4 aces, 4 blocks) and Courtney (14 kills, 11 digs and 4 aces) also posted huge lines...The Tritons were again more efficient offensively (.287-.167) and dominated the front line (8.5-1 blocking)...After dropping the third game, UCSD put together a 9-3 run early in game four to break a 9-9 tie and regain control of the match.
UCSD HOSTS CCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY
The UCSD Women will be looking for a repeat crown and the Men will be hoping to pull a surprise when UCSD hosts the 2006 CCAA Cross Country Championship Saturday morning on the North Campus Course...The 8K men’s race starts at 9:00 AM followed by the women’s 6K race an hour later...Cal State L.A. figures to provide the toughest competition for the UCSD women while the men will be trying to overtake 2006 champ Chico State and Cal Poly Pomona.
Each team is allowed 10 runners and UCSD will field full squads in both runs...Over the season, Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s top three men have been freshman Jesse Morrill, sophomore Jake Levieux and senior Dan Holligan although a second freshman, Max Mullender, signaled at the Oct. 7 Triton Invitational that he may be ready to break into that group...On the women’s side, juniors Diane Dunn and Emily McGregor form a solid 1-2 punch with Amanda Burkhardt a likely No. 3.
THIRD-RANKED TRITONS NARROWLY FALL TO NO. 1 USC; HOME SATURDAY VS. POMONA
After validating its newly-acquired (and best ever) No. 3 national ranking at last weekend’s Southern California Tournament, the Men’s Water Polo team now turns its sites on the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), facing a pair of conference foes this week...The 17-4 Tritons will travel to L.A. Thursday to battle defending WWPA champion Loyola Marymount and then return to La Jolla to host Pomona Pitzer at noon Saturday.
In last Saturday’s opening round of the SoCal tourney, UCSD came from behind to defeat both No. 7 Pacific (13-12) and No.16 Air Force (10-7)...Against UOP, the Tritons trailed by three midway through the third quarter but a wholesale substitution by Coach Denny Harper led to four unanswered goals by the second unit with redshirt freshman Peter Gresham’s skip shot putting them up for good...In all, eight different players scored with junior A.J. Kotanjian’s hat trick leading the way...After trailing by two early vs. Air Force, UCSD took a 5-4 lead into halftime and its defense solved the Falcon offense in the second half to break open what had been a close game...Senior Ty Lackey accounted for three goals with Jesse Casellini, Steven Donohoe and Adi Jerkovic picking up two apiece.
Sunday morning, UCSD gave No.1 ranked USC all it could handle before succumbing, 10-9...Although they never led, the Tritons were in this one all the way and the Trojans broke a 9-9 tie with just under two minutes remaining...UCSD had a great opportunity to get the equalizer, earning a 6-on-5 in the late going but was unable to convert...Kotanjian had a huge game, pouring in three goals, a total matched by Lackey...Junior Nestor Dordoni chipped in with two...In the third place match, fourth-ranked UCLA avenged last week’s loss in La Jolla, steamrolling a tired Triton squad, 12-3...Lackey scored twice and Simon Schaefer got the third for UCSD.
WOMEN'S SOCCER CLINCHES SEVENTH STRAIGHT CCAA DIVISION TITLE
After clinching the CCAA South Division Championship for the seventh consecutive time with a pair of home wins last weekend, the Women’s Soccer team travels to Northern California to finish up the regular season at San Francisco State (Fri.) and CalStateMontereyBay (Sun.)...Now ranked fifth nationally and first in the West Region, Coach Brian McManus’s unit is 14-1-2 overall and 11-1-2 in conference play...The Tritons have won five in a row and gone nine straight without a loss.
Four different players scored Friday night as UCSD overwhelmed Cal State L.A., 4-0...Senior Kelly Cochran got the first, tucking in a pass off the head of Heather Sugg from short range...Just before halftime, junior Ali Lai made it 2-0 with sharp cross net volley...The second half turned into a shooting gallery in the CSULA end with senior Kathy Sepulveda netting her seventh of the year at 64:21 as Lai drew the keeper away and Malley delivered a nifty pass that left her all alone...Junior Lauren Segars accounted for the final goal, with Kelly Mayo and Alexia Zatarain picking up assists...The Tritons outshot the Golden Eagles, 21-3 and had nine corner kicks to none for their opponents.
On Senior Day Sunday, UCSD routed Cal State Bakersfield, 5-0, with seniors Megan Dickey and Cochran getting the first two goals...Dickey’s tally came at 22:18 as she headed a Sepulveda cross into the far corner...Six minutes later it was Cochran’s turn as a through ball off the foot of Laura Davey put her one-on-one with ‘Runner keeper Ashley Witten and she made no mistake...A steal and subsequent cross by senior Alise Malley set up Sepulveda for her seventh goal of the season early in the second half and then it was off to the races...Dickey sprang junior Chelsey Campbell for goal No. 4 and Segars again finished the scoring, picking a low cross from Lai out of the air, one-timing it left-footed past Witten in the final minute.
MEN’S SOCCER STOPS WINLESS STREAK; KNOCKED OUT OF PLAYOFF CONTENTION
With the post-season now out of the picture following Sunday’s, 2-1, home loss to Cal State Bakersfield, the Men’s Soccer team plays its final two games of 2006 for pride, traveling to San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay this weekend...Coach Derek Armstrong’s side is 7-8-2 overall and 5-7-2 in CCAA play.
Going overtime for the seventh time this fall, the Tritons snapped a seven-game winless streak by topping CCAA South Division-leading Cal State L.A., 1-0...The game-winner was scored by senior Mark Moreira, who squeezed a shot past Cal State L.A. goalkeeper Patrick Fry 57 seconds into the second extra session...In deciding a contest that was close throughout, Moreira’s shot came off a cross from freshman Tony Choi and was initially blocked by Fry before it trickled through his legs and into the net...UCSD freshman keeper Joshua Vasquez had 11 saves while recording his first collegiate shutout.
Sunday’s Senior Day affair against Cal State Bakersfield started out with a perfect script as senior Dustin Tannenhaus headed in the game’s first goal in the 10th minute but the ‘Runners answered less than three minutes later and added the game-winner at the 62:20 mark to curtail the Tritons’ slim hopes of reaching the CCAA Championship Tournament.
TRITON SWIMMERS SHOW PROMISE
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams offered a prelude to their 2006-07 season at Saturday’s Blue-Gold Meet...With senior Tim Fuller and freshman Kelvin Le notching three wins each, the Blue romped on the men’s side, 158-100...In the women’s event, double victories by senior Emily Harlan and sophomore Shannon Simonds allowed the Gold team to overcome Blue senior Susan Bell’s three individual wins for a 132-127 decision.
Fuller captured all three sprints (50, 100, 200 freestyle), posting a lifetime best (21.11) in the 50, while the versatile Le touched first in the 300 IM, 150 backstroke and 150 butterfly...Meanwhile, Bell was victorious in the 300 IM, 50 backstroke and 150 breaststroke, her time in the latter just one second off the school record set by six-time NCAA Division II individual champion Rosanna Delurgio...The Tritons open the regular season Oct. 28 vs. Utah.
YOUNG GOLF SQUAD NINTH AT CHICO STATE TOURNEY
Fielding a quintet comprised of four freshman and a sophomore, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team closed out its fall schedule with a ninth place finish at the Interwest Chico State Invitational last week...As a team, the Tritons posted a 54-hole total of 942 over the 6,083-yd. Canyon Oaks Country Club layout, well back of first place Cal State Bakersfield (887).
Top individual for UCSD was freshman Heejo Son who tied for 26th at 231...He was followed by freshman Austin Alfonso (34th/234), sophomore Ryan Bailey (35th/235) and then the other two first-year players, Blake Yu (T48th/247) and Alex Schmitt (52nd/250)...Alfonso’s second round 73 was the single best 18 for the Tritons.
TRITON NEWS & NOTES
The Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams opened practice Sunday with full sessions...Coach Janelle Jones’ women’s squad, No. 2 in the CCAA and an NCAA Division II Playoff participant, brings back senior starters Leora Juster and Hillary Hansen along with talented sophomore Michelle Osier and starting point guard Alexis Mezzetta...The Tritons were 23-5 in 2005-06, Jones’ first year at the helm.
The UCSD men, who posted their best ever CCAA finish (fourth) while racking up a Division II record 15 victories, have all but one player back from last year’s roster and the returnees include forward Henry Patterson, an All-CCAA choice as a freshman last winter, and the talented guard trio of Robby Peters, Clint Allard and Andrew Hatch.
The Men’s & Women’s Fencing teams, both conference champions a year ago, kick of their 2006-07 campaign at the Collegiate Open, hosted by UC Irvine, Saturday.
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