This Week’s Events:
Mon., Nov. 13---Men's Basketball---UCSD at USD (exhibition)---7:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 15---Women's Basketball---UCSD vs. Biola (exhibition)---5:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 15---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. San Diego State---7:00 PM
Thu., Nov. 16---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at Speedo Cup---All Day
Thu., Nov. 16---Women's Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---Noon (EST)
Fri., Nov. 17---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at Speedo Cup---All Day
Fri., Nov. 17---Women's Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---TBD
Fri., Nov. 17---Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---6:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 18---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at Speedo Cup---All Day
Sat., Nov. 18---Women's Volleyball---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---TBD
Sat., Nov. 18---Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBD
Sat., Nov. 18---Fencing---UCSD vs. Cal Tech, CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine---10:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 18---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Northwest Nazarene---7:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 19---Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBD
VOLLEYBALL BEATS SAN BERNARDINO FOR NCAA REGIONAL CROWN; ELITE EIGHT NEXT
Coach Tom Black’s Women’s Volleyball team sits three wins from a national championship after capturing the NCAA Division II Pacific Regional last weekend in San Bernardino...The 11th-ranked Tritons travel to Pensacola, FL where they will face fifth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth (30-3) in an NCAA Quarterfinal match Thursday...The semi-finals are Friday and the NCAA Division II Championship Saturday...Riding an 18-match unbeaten streak, UCSD goes to the final eight with a record of 25-2, the fifth time in the last six years the team has reached the 25-victory plateau.
The Tritons opened Regional play Thursday with a 3-1 (25-30, 30-27, 30-17, 30-22) triumph over Western Washington...Sophomore Rebecca Bailey provided the offensive muscle, racking up 24 kills while libero Natalie Facchini led the defense with 22 digs and served up a pair of aces as well...Facchini’s dig total allowed her to reach a pair of milestones—she broke Laura Watkins’ single season mark and also became the fifth player in school history to accumulate 1,000 in her career...UCSD outhit the Vikings (.213-.125) with seniors Nicole Courtney (15/14) and Brianna Koche (10/17) each hitting double figures in both kills and digs.
Things got considerably more tense the next night as the Tritons were forced to five games before subduing CCAA rival Cal State L.A. for the third time this year, 3-2 (30-23, 18-30, 23-30, 30-24, 15-8)...In the critical fourth game, UCSD led all the way, turning back several Golden Eagle charges and took the lead from the outset in the decisive fifth set...Courtney’s 21 kills were high for the match while senior setter Kristin Halvorsen had 48 assists and two aces and freshman Sylvia Schmidt delivered four blocks and five aces, both team bests for the night.
The Regional title match was another classic UCSD-Cal State San Bernardino affair with Black & Co. getting out quick and then holding off the Coyotes’ late charge for a 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 20-30, 30-28) triumph...The Tritons came out on fire, winning the first two games more easily than the scores indicated...With setter Kristin Halvorsen serving during a five-pt. run, UCSD blew game one open midway through and ended up holding San Bernardino to a negative hitting percentage...Game two was more of the same as the Coyotes seemed completely out of sync, contributing to UCSD’s cause with a plethora of ballhandling errors...But anyone familiar with this series knew CSUSB would not go away quietly and in game three, after UCSD took its first lead at 11-10, the Tritons seemed to hit a wall and suddenly the Coyotes were in control and back in the match...Sophomore Rebecca Bailey, the most athletic player on the floor, opened game four with an emphatic kill, Halvorsen followed with three consecutive aces, the Tritons went up 5-0 and seemed to restore order...San Bernardino came back quickly but was unable to get the lead and eventually UCSD built up an eight-point advantage at 24-18...The Coyotes got off the floor again and miraculously rallied to go ahead, 27-26...The situation looked a bit grim for the Tritons, but senior middle Brianna Koche went off the block for the last of her match high 14 kills, deadlocking it at 27 and then sophomore Michelle Torres stabbed the heart of the Coyote defense with an ace...SB tied it again at 28 but a great serve by Halvorsen gave UCSD match point and it ended on a San Bernardino error...Bailey (13) and Courtney (11) reached double figures in the kill column, Halvorsen ended up with 45 assists as well as six of UCSD’s 12 aces and Facchini piled up 27 digs...Courtney, Koche, Bailey, Halvorsen and Facchini were selected to the all-tournament team.
Earlier in the week, Courtney was honored as the CCAA’s Player of the Year, joined on the first team all-conference squad by Bailey and Koche...Halvorsen was accorded second team All-CCAA accolades...Koche and Bailey were also chosen to the Daktronics Pacific Region All-Star Team and Courtney and Bailey were named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District VIII team.
WOMEN BID FOR BEST-EVER NCAA CROSS COUNTRY FINISH
Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s Women’s Cross Country team, making its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Championships, will be looking for its best-ever finish on the national stage when it travels to Pensacola, FL for Saturday’s national title race...Van Arsdale and assistant Nate Garcia believe the ’06 squad has top 10 potential, meaning an improvement on last year’s unprecedented seventh place result could be in the offing.
The 6K event will be held at the Escambia Equestrian Center and the course, a combination of grass, dirt and sand has the potential to produce some very quick times...Four Triton runners—senior Nina Miller and juniors Diane Dunn, Emily McGregor and Amanda Burkhardt—were on last year’s NCAA squad...They will be joined in Florida by sophomores Ashleigh Montgomery and Catherine Strouse and freshman Jordana Henderson...Dunn has been UCSD's top finisher in every race she's run this year.
WOMEN’S SOCCER FALLS IN NCAA QUARTERFINAL
An 11-game win streak, a four-game shutout streak and hopes of a national championship all disappeared Saturday in the cold, windy, mile high environs of Denver (CO), as the third-ranked Women’s Soccer team fell, 2-0, to No. 12 Metro State...The loss left the Tritons with a 20-2-2 record for the year to go with their CCAA and Far West Regional crowns...It was UCSD’s sixth 20-win campaign under Head Coach Brian McManus and first since 2001.
There was certainly no disgrace in Saturday’s loss to Metro State, a regular in the NCAA playoffs and a team that is now 22-2...The contest was tight with both teams getting eight shots and UCSD earning a narrow, 5-4, edge in the corner kick category...It was a corner kick that propelled the Roadrunners to a 1-0 first half lead and striker Kylee Hanavan’s 23rd goal of the year created the final margin in the 66th minute.
FIFTH-RANKED MEN'S WATER POLO SHOOTS FOR WWPA CROWN IN POMONA
A spot in the NCAA Final Four awaits the winner of this weekend's Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer...Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team, in search of its 14th WWPA crown but first since 2002, will come in as the top seed and face the winner of a play-in game in Friday's opening round...A victory there takes them to Saturday's 2:30 PM semi-final and a second victory puts the Tritons in the 3:00 PM title tilt on Sunday...Harper and Co. bring a glossy 22-5 record and a No. 5 national ranking to this weekend's tourney.
UCSD dropped the curtain on the regular season last Wednesday by dusting off No. 11 UC Irvine, 10-6, at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons jumped out to an early lead, with junior A.J. Kotanjian netting three of the first four goals, and the outcome was seemingly settled early in the contest...It was the final home appearance for UCSD's four seniors and three--Jesse Casellini (2), Ty Lackey (1) and Kyle Sutterley (1)---hit the scoreboard...Co-captain Joe Woodring nearly made it a perfect four but was denied in the waning seconds.
TRITONS RENEW CROSSTOWN MATCH-UP WITH SDSU IN SEASON OPENER WEDNESDAY
The Men’s Basketball team will be on the road this week, but not far from home, going crosstown tonight for an exhibition against Division I University of San Diego and then opening the 2006-07 regular season against the other local D-I team, defending Mountain West Conference champion San Diego State, Wednesday night.
Coach Bill Carr’s club features all but one player from last year’s 15-14 unit that ended up fourth in the CCAA...Prominent among the returnees are first team All-CCAA selection Henry Patterson, fellow sophomore forwards Shane Poppen and Darryl Lawlor and the guard troika of senior Robby Peters and juniors Clint Allard and Andrew Hatch...The USD (1-0) match-up should be a good barometer of the progress Carr’s program has made in two years...The last meeting between the two schools, the very first game of Carr's tenure, resulted in a 39-point Torero victory...San Diego State, picked to repeat in the MWC, defeated UCSD, 86-51, last year (making it 7-0 in the series between the two) and has already won its first three games this season.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS REGULAR SEASON ON ROAD SATURDAY
Year Two of the Janell Jones Era opens Saturday in Washington where the Women’s Basketball team battles Northwest Nazarene...UCSD breezed to a 25-pt. decision over the Crusaders last year at RIMAC Arena...Ranked 21st nationally in the USA Today/ESPN Division II pre-season poll and chosen as the team to beat in the CCAA by conference coaches, the Triton are coming off a 23-5 season of a year ago that saw them post a second place CCAA finish and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Jones will have four returning starters at her disposal, guards Leora Juster (last year’s conference MVP) and Alexis Mezzetta and forwards Hillary Hansen and Michelle Osier, the latter the CCAA’s 2006 Freshman of the Year...Vet Alexis Gaskin is expected to move into the starter’s role in the post, while versatile soph Meaghan Noud and senior guard Kacie Kostlan are expected to see ample playing time as well...UCSD’s home opener will be Friday, Dec. 1 vs. Chico State...The Tritons will play an exhibition game Tuesday night at home against NAIA Biola.
UCSD KNOCKS OF BAKERSFIELD; HEADS TO SPEEDO CUP THURSDAY
After collecting its first dual meet wins of the young season, the Swimming team heads to Long Beach for its first major competition of 2006, the annual Speedo Cup which will be contested Thursday through Saturday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool...The meet will include upwards of 25 teams ranging from NAIA to NCAA Division I...Coach Scott McGihon plans to have more than 40 swimmers entered...There will be no diving.
Last Saturday at Canyonview Pool, the Tritons got in the win column for the first time this fall with a pair of victories over perennial Division II power Cal State Bakersfield...The men rolled past the ‘Runners, 147.5-95.5, while the women prevailed by a 141-102 margin...Senior Tim Fuller (100/ & 200/1:42.77) and freshman Dan Perdew (50/21.55) helped UCSD dominate the freestyle sprints...Other event winners included freshman Kelvin Le (200 butterfly/ 1:55.41), sophomore Devin Ancona (200 backstroke/1:56.15) and senior diver Andrew Skewes (1 mtr./252.53 pts.)...Skewes was also runner-up on the 3 mtr. Board...Sophomore Steven Hardy turned in second place finishes in both the 200 backstroke (1:57.34) and 200 individual medley (1:58.44).
The sprints were also instrumental in the women’s victory with senior Emily Harlan posting convincing wins in both the 50 (24.19) and 100 (52.93) free...Sophomore Shannon Simonds took first in the 200 IM (2:11.90), sophomore Kendall Bohn outclassed the field in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.56) and freshman Karla Holman was triumphant in the 200 butterfly (2:07.39)...The women also won both relays (400 medley/3:56.02 & 400 freestyle/3:36.28) with senior Susan Bell part of both groups.
BIG WIN FOR MEN'S CREW AT NEWPORT
Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew team closed out its fall season in exceptional fashion Sunday, beating out 26 other boats to win the varsity eight at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival...It was the Tritons' first ever blue ribbon performance at the Newport event...The "A" crew--Derek Huffman, Brenden Carriker, Tyler Sutterley, Shawn Hay, Jared Whittier, Nathan Taylor, Michael Zurko, Darren Von Platen and coxswain Joe Gram--out-paced second place UC Davis by three seconds but the two leaders put more than 20 seconds between themselves and the rest of the pack...Johnson's "B" boat placed sixth in the same race, indicating UCSD should have plenty of depth come the spring season which begins March 10.
FENCERS HOST THREE CONFERENCE FOES SATURDAY
With one strong performance already under their belts, Coach Heidi Runyan’s undefeated fencing teams will look to solidify their hold on the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California race when they host UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Tech, Saturday in UCSD’s Main Gym...It will be the Tritons’ last outing of the fall.
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