This Week’s Events:
Wed., Nov. 8---Water Polo---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---6:00 PM
Thu., Nov. 9---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA D-II Regional---2:30 PM
Fri., Nov. 10---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA D-II Regional---TBD
Sat., Nov. 11---Swimming & Diving---UCSD vs. CSU Bakersfield---1:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 11---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Metro State / NCAA Quarterfinal---Noon
Sat., Nov. 11---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA D-II Regional---TBD
Sun., Nov. 12---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Newport Autumn Rowing Festival---7:00 AM
WOMEN’S SOCCER WINS NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP; QUARTERFINAL NEXT
It’s on to Denver, CO and a date with perennial power Metro State in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals for the Women’s Soccer team which romped through last weekend’s NCAA Far West Regional, winning two games by a combined score of 7-0...Coach Brian McManus’s third-ranked Tritons will bring an 11-game winning streak, a 15-game unbeaten skein and a 20-1-2 record into their quarterfinal match-up...It is UCSD’s first trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals since 2003...A win in Denver will send the Tritons to the NCAA Championships, Nov. 17-20, in Pensacola, FL.
In Thursday night's Regional semi-final, the Tritons outclassed fourth seed Western Washington, 4-0...UCSD led just 1-0 at halftime, despite clearly controlling the first 45 minutes, but sewed up the win with a two-goal burst early in the second half...Junior speedster Kathy Sepulveda scored the first two goals...Goal number one came at the eight-minute mark when Chelsey Campbell played a ball to Sepulveda deep in the left corner...Sepulveda out-maneuvered her defender and got free along the end line, eventually hooking a sharply-angled shot past WWU keeper Brittany Martin-Gegax...Her second was a just reward, coming less than a minute after she was pulled down in the box without getting a call...The Vikings were unable to clear their defensive end, the ball ended up back on Sepulveda's foot and she delivered... Thirty seconds later, senior Kelly Cochran got free in the box and drilled a shot that was partially blocked by the onrushing Gegax-Martin but trickled off her hands and into the goal...The final tally came in the last two minutes with juniors Ali Lai and Nicole Pepper teaming up...Lai, a thorn in WWU's side off the bench, slotted a perfect pass between two defenders to an oncoming Pepper who made no mistake...UCSD had advantages of 18-7 in shots and 9-1 in corners.
Saturday afternoon in the Regional final, No. 18 Seattle Pacific made things a bit stickier but, again, a pair of early second half goals propelled the Tritons to a 3-0 triumph... McManus and Co. dominated early and hit the scoreboard at 21:02 when junior Caitlin Ryan hooked a corner kick directly into the lower far side...Although the Tritons owned an 11-3 first half shot advantage, the latter stages were relatively even...The Falcons came out aggressively in the second half and threatened several times in the first 10 minutes but a beautiful goal by senior Megan Dickey seemed to take the wind out of their sails...Sepulveda played a low cross from the right side that was dummied by Cochran and Dickey stepped up to slam it home from eight yards out...Just under 10 minutes later, Cochran deftly re-directed a pass from Pepper that put the lights out for the Falcons... Sophomore keeper Jessica McGovern made six saves, teaming with Mia Shirley for UCSD’s eighth shutout in its last nine games.
NO. 5 WATER POLO TEAM FINISHES REGULAR SEASON VS. NO.11 UCI
Still hanging onto its No. 5 spot in the national rankings, the Men’s Water Polo team plays its final home and regular season game of 2006 Wednesday night when No.11 UC Irvine visits Canyonview Pool...Coach Denny Harper’s Tritons, who are 21-5 on the year and have won four of their last five, own a 10-8 overtime win over UC Irvine earlier this season...The contest will be a prelude to the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships, Nov. 17-19, at Pomona.
SPIKERS WIN TWO; EARN SECOND SEED IN NCAA REGIONALS
The 11th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team makes its first trip to the post-season under second-year Head Coach Tom Black when the Tritons travel to San Bernardino for the NCAA Pacific Regional, Thursday through Saturday...Second-seeded UCSD opens against seventh-seeded Western Washington on Thursday and, if victorious, advances to face the winner of the BYU-Hawaii-Cal State L.A. first round match-up...Black’s squad finished the regular season 23-2 and has won 15 in a row...The current .920 winning percentage has been bested only once in school history, by the 2004 squad which went 30-2.
Friday night, sophomore Rebecca Bailey hammered 19 kills as UCSD topped host Humboldt State, 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 31-33, 30-26)...Junior Amber Ries (14 kills) and senior Brianna Koche (12) were also big offensive factors and freshman Sylvia Schmidt had a huge match with 10 kills, two blocks and three aces...Senior setter Kristin Halvorsen dished out 52 assists and also compiled 14 digs, two blocks and an ace... Koche had a team high 10 total blocks and UCSD dominated the team blocking stats, 12-5.
Saturday night at Sonoma State, a notoriously difficult site to play on the back end of this 1,500-mile road trip, the Tritons easily handled the Seawolves, 3-0 (30-27, 30-15, 30-19)...Halvorsen spread around 38 assists and rifled five of UCSD’s 12 service aces... Koche and Bailey recorded 12 and 11 kills respectively as UCSD outhit Sonoma, .264-.095, and junior Natalie Facchini’s 16 digs brought her season total to 396, just 12 short of Laura Watkins’ single season mark.
TRITON WOMEN QUALIFY FOR NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
There were two good performances for Coach Ted Van Arsdale at the NCAA Division II Cross Country West Regional Saturday but only one good enough to qualify for the Nov. 18 NCAA D-II Championship...The Triton women will be making their fifth consecutive visit to the national meet while the men narrowly missed their own ticket to Pensacola (FL).
Led by junior Diane Dunn, the women earned their berth with a third place finish in Saturday’s Regional at Chico’s Lake Oroville...With the top four teams all finishing within 10 points of each other, it was the closest team race in West Regional history... Dunn came home sixth out in the 125-runner field, clocking 21:31.05 over the 6K layout, improving 40 places over her finish of a year ago...Fellow junior Emily McGregor claimed 10th (21:47.41) as UCSD tallied 76 points, finishing behind Cal State L.A. (67) and Seattle Pacific (70) and ahead of CCAA champion Chico State (77) on the log-jammed team leader board...UCSD’s other three point scorers were Nina Miller (22:08.73), Amanda Burkhardt (22:10.13) and Ashleigh Montgomery (22:11.81) in the 19-21 slots.
On the men’s side, the Tritons needed a third place finish to qualify for nationals but ended up fifth (161 points), well short of fourth place Western Washington (121) and third place Alaska-Anchorage (119)...Chico State was a runaway winner with 32 points...Freshman Jesse Morrill garnered All-Region honors with an 11th place finish...His time for the 10K was 33:05.17...Sophomore Jake LeVieux was next in (27th/33:47.45), followed by Greg Geldman (35th/34:00.51), Dan Holligan (41st/34:12.24) and Max Mullender (47th/34:31.72).
SOLID PERFORMANCES FALL SHORT OF VICTORIES FOR SWIM TEAMS
After dropping a pair of dual meets vs. Division I opponents last week, the Swimming & Diving team hosts always tough Cal State Bakersfield, a program in transition from Division II to Division I, Saturday at Canyonview Pool.
UCSD dominated the sprints last Saturday at UC Santa Barbara but came up short of its hosts in both the women’s (147-112) and men’s (172-84) point totals...Seniors Emily Harlan (24.43 & 53.37) and Tim Fuller (21.24 & 47.03) both captured the 50 and 100 freestyle events and anchored winning teams in the 200 freestyle relay...Fuller’s 50 mark was a lifetime best...The women’s 200 free relay unit, which included Liz Whiteley, Aubrey Panis and Katie Baier, clocked 1:38.31, while the winning time for the men’s foursome—Jesse Marin, Dan Perdew, Todd Langland and Fuller—was 1:25.32...Other individual event winners for the women at Santa Barbara were Panis (200 backstroke/ 2:09.00), Kendall Bohn (100 breaststroke/1:07.75) and Heather Szmidt (100 butterfly/ 59.30)...Panis also took second in the 100 back and Bohn did the same in the 200 breast.
At home, Sunday, the Tritons were edged by UC Davis (men / 157-143 & women / 174-126)...On the bright side was Fuller’s triumph in the 100 freestyle, a blazing personal best of 45.52...That was one of three NCAA D-II automatic qualifying marks recorded by UCSD on the day...The other two came in women’s relays...The 200 medley squad of Susan Bell, Bohn, Schmidt and Harlan turned in a time of 1:47.54 and the 400 freestyle unit of Panis, Shannon Simonds, Whiteley and Harlan went 3:32.66...Bell was a two-event winner for UCSD, taking the 100 (59.01) and 200 (2:08.14) backstrokes, while Harlan won the 50 freestyle (24.23) and junior Evan Hsiao powered to a victory in the 100 breaststroke (58.16)...Senior Daniel Gordh grabbed both the one and three-meter to lead a dominant performance for UCSD in the men’s diving events.
CREW TEAMS DOMINATE SAN DIEGO FALL CLASSIC
Both the Men's and Women's Crew team turned in exemplary efforts at Sunday's San Diego Fall Classic on Mission Bay...In its last outing of the fall, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's women went 1-2 in the varsity eight and despite having to avoid an off-track USD boat, the novice squad took third in its heat.
Rookie Head Coach Zach Johnson's men’s squad also went 1-2 in the varsity eight...His two crews finished within a second of each other while out-stroking San Diego State, USD, UC Irvine and Arizona State...Johnson's novice four was also a winner, downing UC Irvine and Arizona State...The UCSD men close out the fall season this weekend at the Newport Autumn Regatta.
PERFECT START FOR FENCERS
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team gave early indications that it will again be in the thick of the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California title hunt for both men and women, rolling past four conference opponents Sunday in Pasadena...The two teams defeated UCLA (M 17-10 / W 21-6), USC (M 24-3 / W 21-6), UC Santa Barbara (M 24-3 / W 24-3) and Arizona State (M 20-7 / W 24-3)...Two foilists—men’s junior Cameron Sprowles and women’s sophomore Jen Chun—were a perfect 12-0 on the day...The Tritons will host Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and Cal Tech, Nov. 18.
TRITON NEWS & NOTES
Second-year Coach Janell Jones’ Women’s Basketball team, which returns four starters from a club that went 23-5, finished second in the CCAA and made the NCAA Playoff field last year, was ranked 21st USA Today/ESPN Division II Pre-season Coaches Poll...UCSD was also picked as the team to beat in the CCAA in a poll of league coaches...The Triton women open the regular season Nov. 18 at Northwest Nazarene.
Meanwhile, Coach Bill Carr’s Men’s Basketball squad was picked to finish sixth in the CCAA in the annual poll of conference coaches...UCSD wound up tied for fourth in the CCAA last year, the best finish in its six-year tenure in the loop, and lost just one senior from that club...Last Tuesday night in Santa Barbara, Carr’s team turned in an encouraging performance in a 62-51 exhibition loss to Division I UC Santa Barbara... Returning All-CCAA choice Henry Patterson scored 10 points and despite a poor first half, the Tritons were within six with just over five minutes to go.
All seven players sent by Men’s Tennis Coach Eric Steidlmayer to last week’s Southern California Intercollegiates at the Tennis Club of Los Angeles worked through qualifying and into the main draw but once there, the tough competition led to early exits... Steidlmayer’s squad opens its 2007 season Feb. 3 against Azusa Pacific.
Senior Men’s Soccer standout Dustin Tannenhaus was named to the Academic All-District VIII team last week...The two-time all-conference defender sports a 3.61 GPA in economics.
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