This Week’s Events:
Tue., Feb. 6---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills--- Tue., Feb. 6---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills--- Wed., Feb. 7---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships----All Day Wed., Feb. 7---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Thu., Feb. 8---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships----All Day Sophomore Kelvin Kim and the Men's Basketball team host Sonoma State on Spirit Night Friday.
Tue., Feb. 6---Baseball---UCSD vs. San Diego Christian---
Tue., Feb. 6---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---
Tue., Feb. 6---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---
Wed., Feb. 7---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships----All Day
Wed., Feb. 7---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs.
Thu., Feb. 8---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships----All Day
Sophomore Kelvin Kim and the Men's Basketball team host Sonoma State on Spirit Night Friday.
Fri., Feb. 9---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships----All Day
Fri., Feb. 9---Softball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Feb. 9---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Feb. 9---Baseball---UCSD at
Fri., Feb. 9---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Feb. 9---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hall of Fame Classic---
Sat., Feb. 10---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 10---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at PCSC Championships----All Day
Sat., Feb. 10---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Blue-Gold Meet---
Sat., Feb. 10---Baseball---UCSD at
Sat., Feb. 10---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 10---Softball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 10---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Riverside---
Sat., Feb. 10---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 10---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 10---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Hall of Fame Classic---TBD
Sun., Feb. 11---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 11---Fencing---UCSD at Cal State Fullerton, Cal Tech, UC Irvine---10:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 11---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Poly
TRITONS WIN BIG ON NATIONAL TV; MOVE INTO CONFERENCE LEAD
Fresh off its ninth and tenth consecutive road wins, including an impressive 17-pt. national television (CSTV) triumph over No. 8 Chico State, the Women’s Basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena Tuesday to host Cal State Dominguez Hills, then battles Sonoma State Friday and Humboldt State the next night...Coach Janell Jones’ Tritons are now 15-3 overall, 11-2 in the CCAA and tied for the top spot in the conference with Cal State Bakersfield, half a game up on Chico State.
UCSD prepped for Saturday’s showdown vs. Chico State with a dominating, 76-48, conquest of host Cal State Stanislaus on Thursday...The Tritons had it in hand at halftime, shooting 57.6% in the first 20 minutes to lead by a 43-20 margin...Senior guard Leora Juster, the school’s all-time leading scorer added to her total with a team high 22 points, plus six boards, while sophomore Michelle Osier racked up 17 to go with seven rebounds...Junior Meaghan Noud, replacing Hillary Hansen in the starting lineup, finished with 13 points as well as five steals...Reserve guard Alexis Mezzetta chipped in with 10 points...The Tritons held the Warriors to a meager 30.8% efficiency from the field and forced 31 turnovers.
Juster (32 points) and Osier (24) were again the big guns Saturday as UCSD held Chico State to just 31.1% shooting while beating the Wildcats, 80-63, in front of 1,263 fans and snapping their 28-game home winning streak...Osier recorded a double double, snatching 12 rebounds, and also drained six three-pointers, while Juster grabbed eight boards and handed out six assists...Hansen returned to action, contributing 12 points and seven rebounds...UCSD closed the first half with a 15-4 blitz to go into the locker room up by 11...Chico State scored the first bucket of the second half to cut the margin to nine but was never within single digits again.
After emerging from a four-game road stint with three wins, the Men’s Basketball team is back in La Jolla to host Cal State Dominguez Hills Tuesday, defending CCAA champion Sonoma State (9-9/8-6) Friday night and first place Humboldt State (16-3/11-3) Saturday...Coach Bill Carr’s outfit is now 8-10 overall, 6-7 in the CCAA and eighth in the conference standings, but just two and a half games out of fourth.
Last Friday night in
The Friday night marathon would logically have been the precursor of Saturday night disaster but Carr’s squad would have none of it, smacking Chico State, 69-54, to avenge a December loss to the Wildcats at RIMAC Arena...In the first meeting, these two clubs combined for 18 threes (10 by Chico, which shot 54.5% in the Dec. match-up)... Incredibly, neither team was able to score a single three-pointer Saturday and UCSD held Chico State to just 40.4% shooting from the field...On the other end, Allard hit his only field goal of the night to open the game and the Tritons never trailed, opening up a 10-point gap by halftime and never letting the Wildcats get within striking range...Patterson netted 16 on 7-of-10 shooting while Poppen added 14 and Lawley and Allard chipped in with 10...The story of the game was really at the free throw line as UCSD was awarded 37 attempts, 16 more than Chico State, making 27.
MEN’S V-BALL HEADS TO EAST COAST FOR HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
Coming off a solid win and a pair of frustrating losses at home, the Men’s Volleyball team goes cross country to
The Tritons spotted Princeton game one Wednesday night before re-taking control and running away with a 3-1 (28-30, 30-21, 30-25, 31-29) triumph...The freshmen brigade of Jason Spangler ( 19 kills), Will Ehrman (13), Adrian Guthals (12) and Frank Fritsch (9) combined for 53 of UCSD’s 66 kills and the Tritons hit a solid .290 for the match...They also posted a 14-7 advantage in the blocking column and rocked the Tigers with six aces (three by Ehrman).
In what appeared to be a potentially winnable match, UCSD was edged by No. 14 Pacific, 3-1 (30-27, 24-30, 30-20, 30-28) Friday night at RIMAC Arena...Game one seemed to set the tone for the night as the two teams were tied at 26 before the Tigers pulled away...The Tritons had the lead late in game four (24-23) before succumbing... Spangler cracked 17 kills while fellow first-year hitters Fritsch and Ehrman checked in with 12...Senior setter Brooks Dierdorff racked up 50 assists.
Twenty-four hours later UCSD dropped the first two games then rallied to deadlock the match only to beaten to the wire by Stanford, 3-2 (30-26, 30-27, 19-30, 26-30, 15-11)...Once again, game one was all even at 26 before the Cardinal peeled off the last four points...In the deciding fifth game, the Tritons scored first but Stanford quickly assumed command, never letting UCSD back into it...Dierdorff distributed 66 assists with Spangler again the top kill man with 22...Ehrman (17) and Fritsch (16) also reached double figures while sophomore Eric Leserman piled up 20 digs...In an unusual statistical scenario, UCSD ended up on the short end of the result despite out-hitting Stanford (.274-.247).
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS UP NEXT FOR SWIMMING & DIVING
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams, with a pair of conference titles on their mind, head to Long Beach Wednesday for the 2007 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships at Belmont Plaza Pool...In addition to competing for PCSC team titles, the four-day event will be the last chance for UCSD swimmers and divers to qualify for the March 14-17 NCAA Division II Championships in Buffalo, NY...The Tritons go into the PCSCs with seven men and 12 women qualified for the NCAA’s...McGihon is hoping to see as many as a half dozen more athletes use the conference meet as a springboard to the National Championships.
UNDEFEATED WATER POLO TEAM HOSTS TRITON INVITATIONAL
Boasting a perfect record after its first two games of 2007, the Women’s Water Polo team now hosts the 16-team Triton Invitational, Saturday and Sunday, at Canyonview Pool... The Tritons will open tourney play against Princeton at 10:15 AM Saturday...A full schedule of games can be found at tournament central on the UCSD Athletics website.
The Tritons cruised in their season opener Saturday morning, brushing aside visiting Cal State San Bernardino, 15-6, behind seniors Natalie Hockett and Sarah Bajorek, who scored five and four goals respectively...UCSD raced out to a 6-0 first quarter lead and never looked back...Sophomore Sydney Gstettenbauer tallied twice in the first quarter and senior Britta Nordstrom also had a pair of goals in the victory...Redshirt freshman goalie Markayla Quane, getting her first career start in the cage, accounted for nine saves and kept the counterattack lively with her outlet passes.
In a contest that was more clear-cut than the final score, UCSD topped Wagner, 11-5, in game two Saturday afternoon...Hockett registered another three goals and Emaus also produced a hat trick...Hockett netted the first two goals of the game and UCSD never trailed but the Tritons had trouble converting their numerous offensive opportunities and didn’t really put it away until late in the second half...Bajorek had two more goals while Gstettenbauer, Lauren Woods and Bridgette Bugay contributed one apiece.
BASEBALL TAKES THREE-OF-FOUR TO OPEN SEASON
Sitting 3-1 after its opening series against two-time NCAA D-II Playoff participant Western Oregon, the Baseball team hosts San Diego Christian for a singleton Tuesday and then goes to
In Friday’s 2007 lid lifter, the Tritons twice came back from deficits to tie Western Oregon, 7-7, after seven innings, but were unable to hold the Wolves who scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth for a 10-7 decision...Six Triton hurlers surrendered 14 hits and 10 earned runs...Offensively, first baseman Matt Cantele had two of UCSD’s seven hits and DH Scott Clement drove in two runs with a fifth inning single.
Things were different a day later as the Tritons parlayed solid pitching and timely hitting for a (5-3, 4-3) doubleheader sweep...In game one, Michael Thomson picked up his first win, tossing six innings of four-hit, one-run ball while striking out six...Leading, 5-1, going into the ninth, UCSD escaped a bases loaded situation with the score 5-3 as reliever Todd Gimenez struck out the last two batters looking...Cantele had two more hits, one a solo homer, and drove in two while second baseman Garrett Imeson also notched two hits...In game two, Clement’s two-run round tripper in the bottom of the third proved decisive, making a winner of Kirby St. John who started and went five-and-a-third before giving way to Eric Abraham who recorded the last five outs...Senior centerfielder Matt Lawson had two hits for UCSD.
The Tritons won a slugfest in Sunday’s getaway game, riding Cantele’s hot bat to a 14-11 triumph...The big sophomore went 4-for-5, including a home run and two doubles while scoring three times and driving in five...Western Oregon posted four runs in the first inning but UCSD came back quickly, halving the lead in its own half of the first and then going ahead on Cantele’s three-run double in the second...The Wolves re-took the lead but the Tritons got on top to stay with a four-run sixth, keyed by Cantele’s two-run homer...A two-run double by third baseman Chris Franco helped pad the lead in the seventh...Lawson and Clement also blasted home runs while Franco finished with three hits and three runs batted in...Tim Strombel went three innings out of the bullpen in garnering his first collegiate win.
SOFTBALL FACES S.F. STATE IN FOUR-GAME HOME-OPENING SERIES
Coach Patti Gerckens, in her 15th season at the helm of the UCSD Softball team, puts a young roster on the field for its home opener Friday, a doubleheader against tough CCAA opponent San Francisco State...The same two teams will square off in a second doubleheader Saturday afternoon...The Tritons bring a 2-4 record into Friday’s twinbill after playing in last weekend’s Best of the West Tournament at Stanislaus.
UCSD lost a hard-fought, 1-0, battle to No. 4 Humboldt State in its first outing at the Best of the West event...A stellar effort by junior southpaw Melissa Ward went by the wayside when the Lumberjacks’ Natalie Galletly homered to lead off the seventh inning...Ward gave up just four hits on the day...UCSD managed just three hits of its own...Two were singles by Brittni Carino and Nicole Saari to open the bottom of the seventh...Dallas Hernandez sacrificed them over but they ended up stranded...UCSD rebounded in game two to knock off Grand Canyon, 4-2, behind sophomore Lauren Chastain’s complete game on the mound...Saari lashed three hits while Hernandez and Carino picked up two apiece...UCSD jumped out to an early, 2-0, lead but GCU tied it after four...RBI singles by Nikki Palmer and Allison May in the fifth proved decisive.
Four errors led to seven unearned runs as UCSD was rocked, 9-6, by Notre Dame de Namur in its first game Saturday...After surrendering three runs in the first, the Tritons clawed back to grab a 6-5 advantage after four and a half, due in large part to Palmer’s three-run home run, but were unable to make it stick...Shortstop Danielle Lukk had a pair of hits for UCSD...The Triton bats went silent in Saturday’s second game as Palmer’s single was the only hit Gerckens’ club could muster in a 1-0 loss to Cal State Monterey Bay...Ward again got hung with the loss after a solid complete game, four-hit effort, the only Otter run unearned.
UCSD bounced back to nip Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1-0, in game one Sunday...The Tritons had just two hits but one was third baseman Jenny Maze’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh which made a winner out of Ward, who again went the distance, yielding just two hits while striking out six...Chastain was tagged for seven runs in three-plus innings as Chico State mauled the Tritons, 8-1, in the tournament finale...The Tritons managed five hits with Randelle Bundy singling home Maze for their only run.
FENCERS SOLID AT WEST INVITATIONAL
The UCSD Women went 3-1 and the Men finished 2-2 at Saturday’s West Invitational hosted at RIMAC Arena...Coach Heidi Runyan’s female contingent defeated North Carolina (19-8), Air Force (14-13) and Stanford (16-11) while losing to fifth-ranked Northwestern (20-7)...The win over Stanford avenged a loss to the Cardinal at the Notre Dame Invitational two weeks ago and the Air Force conquest came down to the final sabre bout where senior Heather Bienenfeld rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to register a 5-4 triumph...Epee specialist Chelsea Ambort was one of the day’s individual stars, recording a 10-2 mark.
Meanwhile, the Triton men were victorious over Northwestern (22-5) and No. 9 Air Force (14-13) but suffered losses to
Runyan’s squad goes to
WOMEN’S TENNIS FACES TOUGH EARLY TEST IN CCAA
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team begins defense of its CCAA crown Saturday when it travels to
UCSD dropped its season opener Saturday at home, as NAIA Azusa Pacific slipped by the Tritons, 5-4...UCSD owned a 2-1 advantage after doubles as Marsha Malinow/Ina Dan at No. 1 and Allison Legakis/Yekatarina Milvidskaia at No. 3 posted easy victories...Singles proved problematic, however, as the Cougars swept the one-through-four slots with UCSD pulling out straight set victories at No. 5 (Tessa Tran) and No. 6 (Legakis) to finish up a point short of victory.
MEN’S TENNIS GETS GRITTY WIN OVER
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team swept doubles but then barely held on to edge NAIA powerhouse Azusa Pacific, 5-4, Saturday on UCSD’s North Courts...The Tritons take to the road Saturday to tackle Division I UC Riverside and are back home the next day to host D-II foe Cal Poly Pomona.
Against APU, the UCSD came out of the gate fast, dominating doubles with Eric Rubens/Blake Meister (8-3), Seth Spector/Steve Oechel (8-5) and Bijan Moellemi/ Kazumi Negishi (8-6) winning at one thru three respectively...Singles proved a tougher task, however...Freshman Brandon Low brought the Tritons within one point of victory with a 6-3, 6-4 decision at No. 5, his first collegiate win but the Cougars won at Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6, making Moallemi at No. 2 the deciding factor...The freshman standout proved up to the task, rebounding from a tiebreaker loss in the first set to capture a tiebreaker of his own in game two and then run away with a clinching, 6-2, game three win.
BLUE-GOLD ON TAP FOR TRACK & FIELD
Coach Tony Salerno’s Track & Field squad gets its first taste of competition when it hosts the annual Blue-Gold Alumni Meet this Saturday at 10:00 AM.
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