This Week’s Events:
Wed., Nov. 1---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at So.
Wed., Nov. 1---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara (exhib.)---7:00 PM
Thu., Nov. 2--- Men’s Tennis---UCSD at So.
Thu., Nov. 2---Women's Soccer---UCSD hosts NCAA D-II First Round---4:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 3--- Men’s Tennis---UCSD at So.
Fri., Nov. 3---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at
Sat., Nov. 4--- Men’s Tennis---UCSD at So.
Sat., Nov. 4---Cross Country---UCSD at NCAA West Regionals---9:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 4---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at UC
Sat., Nov. 4---Women's Soccer---UCSD hosts NCAA D-II Second Round---1:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 4---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at
Sun., Nov. 5--- Men’s Tennis---UCSD at So.
Sun., Nov. 5---Men’s & Women’s Crew---UCSD at San Diego Fall Classic---7:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 5---Fencing---UCSD at So.
Sun., Nov. 5---UCSD vs. UC Davis---1:00 PM
WOMEN’S SOCCER WINS SECOND STRAIGHT CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP; NCAA NEXT
With a second consecutive CCAA Championship in tow (and sixth in seven years), the Women’s Soccer team now awaits confirmation that it will be hosting NCAA First and Second Round games this week...That call is expected to come today...Coach Brian McManus’s third-ranked Tritons are now 18-1-2 overall and will bring a nine-game winning streak into NCAA play...They are undefeated in their last 13.
In Friday night’s CCAA semi-final, the Tritons hammered 34 shots at Humboldt State while surrendering just three but had to play the full 90 minutes to emerge with a narrow, 1-0, victory...The lone marker came 16 minutes and 26 seconds into the contest as senior Megan Dickey headed an arching Caitlin Ryan corner kick past Lumberjack keeper Staci Self...The second half was a UCSD shooting gallery with balls ricocheting off the posts, cross bar and all points in between, but Self made 15 saves to single-handedly keep her side in the fray...Triton soph Jessica McGovern had to turn away just three balls but one was an acrobatic first half effort that wound up being a game-saver.
Two days later, UCSD was near perfect in defeating Chico State, 4-0, for the conference crown...The victory avenged the Tritons’ only regular season loss...McManus’s side again had a wide disparity in the shot department (20-5) but this time found closure with more regularity...Dickey again got the first goal...It came in the final minute of the first half as Natasha Belak-Berger controlled a high bouncing ball near the top of the box, played it back to midfielder Kelly Mayo who rifled a low liner on goal that Dickey subtly deflected past Chico State goalkeeper Kari Gonzales...Senior Kelly Cochran scored the second goal, finishing a pinball sequence with a short range blast at 51:42...For all practical purposes, senior Kathy Sepulveda put it out of reach 20 minutes later, taking a feed from Dickey, wheeling past a defender just inside the box and booting it cross cage for goal number three...Belak-Berger netted the final goal, running down a punt from McGovern and unleashing a strike from 30 yards out on the right side.
At Thursday night’s CCAA Banquet, seven UCSD players earned all-conference honors and McManus was named CCAA Coach of the Year...Dickey and Cochran were first team All-CCAA choices...For Cochran it was the fourth time she had been recognized as a first-teamer and for Dickey it was the third...Placed on the second team were seniors Alise Malley and Heather Sugg, (junior) Sepulveda and sophomore Amanda Esquivel...Ryan gained honorable mention status...For McManus, it was his fourth Coach of the Year selection in seven CCAA seasons.
NO. 11 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL STAYS ONE GAME OFF CCAA LEAD
Now 21-2 overall, 16-2 in the CCAA and hovering just one game behind league-leading Cal State San Bernardino, the 11th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team hits the road for the final week of the regular season, facing Humboldt State Friday and Sonoma State Saturday...A rash of conference upsets have allowed Coach Tom Black’s club to open up three-game lead over third place Chico State, meaning it has clinched at least second in the CCAA race...San Bernardino plays fourth place Cal State L.A. and last place CSU Bakersfield this week.
UCSD rolled past Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0 (30-14, 30-20, 30-22) Wednesday night in Carson...Senior Brianna Koche and sophomore Rebecca Bailey delivered 12 kills each as the Tritons outhit the Toros by a resounding margin (.363-.018)...UCSD put up 12 blocks to just five for Dominguez with Amber Ries accounting for seven and Koche and Hannah Gary recording six each.
Saturday, on Senior Day, the Tritons dispatched Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-0 (30-21, 30-17, 30-24)...Seniors Brianna Koche and Nicole Courtney piled up 14 and 12 kills respectively with the latter getting three aces and 12 digs as well...A third senior, setter Kristin Halvorsen, handed out 48 assists and had a pair of aces...Bailey matched Koche’s 14 kills as the Tritons hit a robust .317 to just .087 for Monterey Bay.
NCAA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONALS SATURDAY
Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s Cross Country teams fly north this weekend with visions of the NCAA Championships in their heads...Both seven-runner teams will be competing in the NCAA Division II West Regional meet at Chico’s Oroville Lake, an international loop-style course that will be 6K for women and 10K for men...The top four women’s teams and the top three men’s teams will qualify for the D-II national championship event, two weeks later in Pensacola, FL...The women’s will be looking to reach the NCAA Championships for the fifth consecutive time while the last men’s trip to the big meet was in 2003.
Leading the Triton women will be junior Diane Dunn and senior Nina Miller who were fourth and sixth respectively at the CCAA Championships, Oct. 21...They will be ably backed by Emily McGregor, who did not compete at the CCAA race where UCSD finished third, Amanda Burkhardt and Ashleigh Montgomery.
On the men’s side, Van Arsdale will count on a pair of talented first-year runners, CCAA Freshman of the Year Max Mullender and his classmate Jesse Morrill...Also key to Triton hopes are senior Dan Holligan, junior Greg Geldman and sophomore Jake LeVieux.
MEN’S WATER POLO TAKES TWO OF THREE AT
Coach Denny Harper's fifth-ranked Men's Water Polo team, now 21-5 after winning two of three at last weekend's Davis Shootout, gets a much-needed 10-day respite before playing its 2006 home finale, Wed., Nov. 8 against No. 11 UC Irvine.
UCSD suffered its first loss of the season in WWPA play, a 6-5 upset at No. 13 UC Davis, Friday night...The Tritons already owned a 13-9 early season victory over the Aggies...In this one, Davis jumped out quickly, taking a 3-0 first half lead and was still ahead by three, 4-1, early in the third quarter but UCSD rallied with four unanswered goals to go up for the first time, 5-4, in the opening minutes of the final period...The Aggies tied it with three minutes to go and got the game winner in a 6-on-5 situation in the final minute...Seniors Ty Lackey and Jesse Casellini netted two goals each in the losing cause.
The Tritons bounced right back Saturday, whipping No. 17 Air Force, 12-4, and No. 16 Santa Clara, 12-7...Freshman Daniel Garcia knocked down four goals, junior A.J. Kotanjian had three and goalie Jeremy Randall made eight saves as the Tritons scored six times in the fourth quarter to blow away the Falcons...Against Santa Clara, UCSD came out smoking with eight first half goals that left the outcome in no doubt early...Lackey led the way with four goals and seven different players found the net.
UCSB, UC DAVIS NEXT UP FOR SWIMMING TEAMS
Coach Scott McGihon’s Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams continue their tough early season competition with a pair of back-to-back meets against Division I opponents this weekend...Saturday, the Tritons will swim (no diving) at UC Santa Barbara and the next afternoon return home to host UC Davis.
In last Saturday’s season opener, the men and women were defeated by identical, 170-90, scores...Both teams registered two event wins...For the women, senior Emily Harlan (53.69) edged teammate Shannon Simonds giving UCSD a 1-2 finish in the 100 freestyle and the two paired up with Aubrey Panis and Susan Bell to touch first in the 400 freestyle relay...For the men, freshman Kelvin Le won the 100 butterfly (51.38) and the 400 freestyle relay quartet of Artur Kubalski, Todd Langland, Devin Ancona and Dan Perdew captured that event, clocking 3:13.29.
FENCERS GET FIRST TASTE OF CONFERENCE ACTION
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team travels to Pasadena Sunday where it will hook up with five conference rivals—USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State...The Tritons are coming off a solid performance at Irvine’s Oct. 22 Collegiate Open where UCSD fencers claimed nine of 24 medals...Runyan’s charges are defending Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California champions in both genders.
MEN’S SOCCER WRAP-UP
Although it did not qualify for the CCAA's Championship Tournament, the UCSD Men's Soccer team had five players honored as all-conference selections at last Thursday night's CCAA Banquet...Seniors Devon Cook and Mark Moreira garnered first team All-CCAA recognition while fellow senior Matt Horne and freshman Tony Choi were accorded second team status and senior Dustin Tannenhaus was on the honorable mention list...Choi, a midfielder from Folsom, was the pick as the CCAA Freshman of the Year...It was the second time on the All-CCAA team for both Horne and Tannenhaus.
Stat re-cap...Moreira was UCSD's top goal scorer with seven goals, followed by Choi with four...Choi was No. 1 with four assists...It was a tale of two seasons for the Tritons...Going into the Sept. 22 game at Cal State Bakersfield, UCSD was 6-1-1 and leading the CCAA South Division...From that point they went 1-9-1, scoring just three goals in that 11-game span and losing six one-goal contests...Seven seniors graduate from Coach Derek Armstrong's 2006 squad.
TRITON NEWS & NOTES
Coach Bill Carr’s Men’s Basketball team has its first exhibition outing Wednesday night, traveling to
The Men’s & Women’s Crew teams will each send full squads out for Sunday’s San Diego Fall Classic on Mission Bay...Both competed in last Sunday’s annual Row for the Cure which saw a record 450 participants and is expected to generate record revenue for the Susan B. Komen Foundation which funds breast cancer research.
At UC Irvine, the Women’s Tennis team was defeated in both singles and doubles by Division I foes UC Irvine and Northern Arizona in a mixed format where the squads faced off in singles one day and doubles the next...It was UCSD’s last competition prior to the regular season opener, Feb. 3 against Azusa Pacific.
Men’s Tennis Coach Eric Steidlmayer will send seven players to this week’s Southern California Intercollegiates at the Los Angeles Tennis Club...Veterans Eric Rubens, Blake Meister, Seth Spector, Steve Oechel, Kazumi Negishi and Ramesh Thondapu will go in both singles and doubles while newcomer Bijan Moallemi will compete only in singles.
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