This Week’s Events:
Wed., Jan. 31---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs.
Thu., Feb. 1---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
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Fri., Feb. 2---Softball---UCSD at Best of the West Tournament---All Day
Fri., Feb. 2---Baseball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Feb. 2---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Pacific---
Fri., Feb. 2---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
Sat., Feb. 3---Fencing---UCSD hosts West Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 3---Softball---UCSD at Best of the West Tournament---All Day
Sat., Feb. 3---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 3---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 3---Baseball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 3---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at
Sat., Feb. 3---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 3---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Wagner---
Sat., Feb. 3---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Stanford---
Sat., Feb. 3---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at
Sun., Feb. 4---Softball---UCSD at Best of the West Tournament---All Day
Sun., Feb. 4---Baseball---UCSD vs.
WOMEN’S BB TEAM BATTLES FOR CCAA LEAD IN TV CLASH AT
With the top rung on the conference ladder now clearly within its grasp, Coach Janell Jones’ 25th-ranked Women’s Basketball team returns to Northern California to face Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State this week...Saturday afternoon’s clash against first place Chico State will be televised live by CSTV as part of its national Division II package... UCSD brings a 13-3 season mark into Thursday’s contest at Stanislaus and the Tritons are 9-2 in the CCAA, tied with Cal State Bakersfield, both just a half game behind Chico State, which lost at Humboldt State last weekend and earlier this season at RIMAC Arena handed UCSD one of its three losses.
Junior Meaghan Noud came off the bench to score 23 and senior Leora Juster had 18 of her 22 in the second half as UCSD prevailed, 91-71, over stubborn San Francisco State Friday...Noud hit three treys and all six of her free throws in the win while Juster, who hoisted just four first half shots, connected on 9-of-13 from the floor and also had five assists...Senior Hillary Hansen chipped in with 11 points and eight boards while junior Alexis Gaskin pulled down eight boards as well...Freshman Erin Noonan buried three from beyond the arc on the way to a season high 11 markers.
Saturday night, Juster and Michelle Osier poured in 18 points apiece and Noud garnered 17 as the Tritons subdued host Cal State Monterey Bay, 81-64, for their third consecutive victory...UCSD shot an even 50% from the floor as a team but the top scoring trio was even better, netting a combined 62.2% of their field goal tries...The Tritons essentially won this affair by scoring the final 15 points of the first half which provided a 15-pt. margin at the half.
STANISLAUS, CHICO STATE ROAD FOES FOR CARR & CO.
Struggling to put winning performances back-to-back, the Men’s Basketball team plays at Cal State Stanislaus (10-9/6-6) and Chico State (6-11/4-8) this weekend after splitting road skirmishes last weekend...Coach Bill Carr’s charges are 6-10 overall and 4-7 in CCAA action...They have gone 1-1 each of the past three series...Back in December, the Tritons split with this week’s opponents at RIMAC Arena, falling to Chico State before rebounding to top Stanislaus.
A pair of Robby Peters free throws with eight seconds remaining finally subdued San Francisco State as UCSD escaped with a 63-58 triumph on the Gators’ home court Friday night...The Tritons dominated the first 20 minutes, scoring the game’s first seven points and leading by 16 with a little over a minute until intermission...A banked in three-pointer as the clock expired brought SFSU to within 12 at the break...The Gators narrowed it to five early in the second half but a 13-1 Triton run built the margin to 17 and things appeared to be in hand at the 11:00 minute mark...But the Gators went on a ball-hawking, bucket-making binge that tied the score at 54 with 4:21 remaining...A fresh off the bench baseline jumper by Jordan Lawley and a driving lay-up by Clint Allard restored order and the Tritons held on from there...Sophomore Henry Patterson notched a team high 15 points to go with six rebounds and three steals...Allard finished with 11 and sophomore Darryl Lawlor 10...Another sophomore, Shane Poppen was the rebound leader with 10, including several huge grabs down the stretch....The Gators’ comeback was fueled by 61.5% shooting in the second half after they had been held to 20.8% in the first half.
Saturday, it was a similar scenario at Cal State Monterey Bay but this time the Tritons were unable to escape a poor second half, succumbing the Otters, 71-56...UCSD shot 61.5% in the first half and went into the break with a three-point lead...But a 30.4% success rate in the second half, punctuated by a 1-for-7 free throw shooting performance, allowed the Otters to get the “W”...CSUMB, which buried 15 of its 17 free throw attempts also dominated the backboards, outrebounding UCSD, 38-21...Patterson was one of the few bright spots for the blue and gold, accounting for 21 points and six boards.
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team closes out a six-match home stand when it hosts
The Tritons hooked their second win in a row Tuesday night, as freshmen Jason Spangler and Frank Fritsch knocked down 16 and 15 kills respectively in a 3-0 (32-30, 30-18, 30-23) defeat of NAIA Hope International...UCSD hit a robust .343 as senior setter Brooks Dierdorff dished out 39 assists and both Spangler and Fritsch posted hitting percentages over .460.
No. 10 Cal State Northridge ended UCSD’s brief streak Friday night, topping Ring’s squad, 3-0 (30-35, 30-26, 30-21)...Another first-year man, Will Ehrman had the kill lead with 12 but on this night, the Matadors had the clear hitting advantage (.308-.102) ...Freshman Adrian Guthals had seven block assists as the Tritons owned a 13.5-11.5 edge in the blocking department.
A night later, No. 4 UC Santa Barbara rolled to a 3-0 (30-7, 30-25, 30-19) conquest as the Tritons had no answer for the Gauchos Evan Patak who registered 18 kills (.560) and four aces...Spangler was again high man for UCSD with 12 kills and Andy Northness came off the bench to collect seven...UCSB hit an impressive .448 as a team and finished with a 10-8.5 blocking differential.
BASEBALL OPENS WITH FOUR-GAME SET VS.
Looking to improve on last year’s 35-24 record, the Baseball team pulls the curtain on 2007 with a four-game home series against D-II regional foe Western Oregon this weekend...Coach Dan O’Brien’s Tritons were second in the ’06 CCAA regular season standings (23-13) after winning the league title the previous year.
Among the returnees for O’Brien are first team All-CCAA selections Scott Clement (DH) and Garrett Imeson (2B) and conference honorable mention picks Trevor Decker (P) and Matt Cantele (1B)...Imeson was the Freshman of the Year last spring...Seniors David Morehead (C) and Matt Lawson (OF), both previous All-CCAA honorees, lend talent and experience.
WOMEN’S POLO TEAM LAUNCHES ’07 AT CANYONVIEW SATURDAY
Coach Larry Sanders opens his eighth season at the helm of the Women’s Water Polo team when the Tritons host Cal State San Bernardino and Wagner Saturday at Canyonview Pool...Coming off a 16-17 season, the Tritons return four of their top five scorers from last spring---Natalie Hockett (47 goals/honoroable mention All-WWPA), Nicole Hermann (36), Sarah Bajorek (35) and Judy Emaus (31)...Hockett’s younger sister, Kim, is expected to step into the starting goalie role after making 80 saves in a back-up role in 2006...The Tritons were picked to finish fourth in pre-season poll of WWPA coaches.
FENCING ELITE HERE SATURDAY
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Men’s and Women’s Fencing teams hosts national powers Stanford, Air Force and Northwestern Saturday in RIMAC Arena...The action starts at 9:00 AM.
“BEST OF THE WEST” ON TAP FOR SOFTBALL’S OPENING WEEKEND
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team wastes no time in jumping into the thick of competition as it launches the 2007 campaign this weekend at the three-day Best of the West Tournament in Turlock...On Friday, the Tritons face Humboldt State (10:00 AM) and Grand Canyon (1:45 PM)...Saturday, it will be Notre Dame de Namur (1:00 PM) and Cal State Monterey Bay (3:15 PM)...Sunday, the slate ends with Cal State Dominguez Hills (10:00 AM) and Chico State (12:15 PM).
UCSD, picked for sixth in the annual CCAA pre-season coaches’ poll, were 24-28 in 2006...Prominent among the vets are junior third baseman Jenny Maze (7 HRs/27 RBIs), sophomore first baseman Jenni Habib, second team All-CCAA as a freshman, junior hurler Melissa Ward (20 career wins) and the solid senior core of Nikki Palmer (C), Brittni Carino (CF), Sara Robinson (1B) and Dallas Hernandez (2B).
Hoping to build on three consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships, the Men’s Tennis team commences its 2007 schedule Saturday, hosting always tough NAIA Azusa Pacific Saturday on the North Courts...The Tritons, who finished with a No. 15 national ranking after falling in the NCAA round of 16 last year, figure to be deep and talented... The top three for Coach Eric Steidlmayer appear to be juniors Eric Rubens and Seth Spector and freshman Bijan Moallemi...Spector redshirted last season with a shoulder injury...About half a dozen contenders are vying for the final three spots on the singles ladder.
WOMEN’S TENNIS LOOKS TO CONTINUE RUN OF SUCCESS
Coach Liz LaPlante and the Women’s Tennis team take their first steps on the road towards a fourth consecutive CCAA Championship and seventh straight trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs when they host NAIA Azusa Pacific Saturday afternoon.
Senior Marsha Malinow, juniors Justine Fonte and Molly Sullens and sophomore Ina Dan were mainstays on last year’s conference title squad...LaPlante was CCAA Coach of the Year, Dan was Freshman of the Year and Malinow won first team All-CCAA accolades last spring...Sullens was a second team all-league choice.
CONFERENCE EVENT NEXT FOCUS FOR TRITON SWIMMERS
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams now turn their attention to next week’s Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships after closing out the 2006-07 dual meet season Saturday at UC Irvine...The four-day PCSC event begins Wednesday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.
Saturday, Division I UC Irvine handily captured both ends of the dual competition with the Tritons, winning the men’s side, 175.5-115, and taking the women’s test, 179-121...Individuals winners for UCSD were Devin Ancona (100 backstroke/53.85), Kendall Bohn (100 breaststroke/1:06.07), Emily Harlan (100 freestyle/52.71), Aubrey Panis (200 backstroke/2:10.22), Susan Bell (200 breaststroke/2:22.86) and diver Andrew Skewes who prevailed on both the one (299.55 pts.) and three (307.86) meter boards, hitting NCAA D-II qualifying standards in each...Teammate Andrew Gordh’s second place performance on the one-meter also punched his ticket to the nationals...The quartet of Panis, Shannon Simonds, Katie Baier and Harlan combined to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.52)...Simonds, making her first ever attempt at the 1,000 freestyle, posted an NCAA qualifying time (10:35.45).
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