This Week’s Events:
Mon., Feb. 19---Golf---UCSD at
Tue., Feb. 20---Golf UCSD at
Wed., Feb. 21---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---
Thu., Feb. 22---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Concordia---
Fri., Feb. 23---Softball---UCSD at
Fri., Feb. 23---Baseball---UCSD at Cal Poly
Fri., Feb. 23---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---
Fri., Feb. 23---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---
Sat., Feb. 24---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day
Sat., Feb. 24---Fencing---UCSD at UC Irvine Multi-Team Dual---
Sat., Feb. 24---Softball---UCSD at
Sat., Feb. 24---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly
Sat., Feb. 24---Track & Field---UCSD at Rossi Relays---
Sat., Feb. 24---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---
Sat., Feb. 24---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---
Sat., Feb. 24---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 24---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team returns to the friendly confines of RIMAC Arena Saturday night to face No. 13 Long Beach State after playing five road matches in a row...The last of those five will be Tuesday night at NAIA Cal Baptist...The Tritons bring a 4-9 overall mark into Tuesday’s match and are 1-8 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, one of those losses coming in their season opener at Long Beach State five weeks ago.
UCSD hit an impressive .303 as a team but it was not enough to overcome UC Santa Barbara as the fourth-ranked hosts swept to a 3-0 (30-21, 30-19, 30-27) victory Thursday night...Will Ehrman’s 10 kills paced the Tritons and Brooks Dierdroff had 31 assists...The Gauchos rifled 11 aces while hitting at a .465 clip.
A night later, No. 9 Cal State Northridge derailed UCSD, 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-24)... Freshman outside hitter Jason Spangler led the way with 16 kills (.312) with Frank Fritsch and Tim Dietrich adding nine apiece...Dierdorff posted 41 assists and sophomore libero Eric Leserman piled up 17 digs.
NO. 14 W-BASKETBALL TAKES FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD TRIP
Coach Janell Jones’ Women’s Basketball team will look to extend its 10-game winning streak away from RIMAC Arena when it travels to Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino this weekend on its final regular season road trip...The Tritons now stand 19-4 overall and 15-3 in the CCAA after splitting two home games last weekend...They are second behind CSU Bakersfield in the league standings but Bakersfield is ineligible for the CCAA championship, meaning that UCSD is one game up on its closest pursuer, Chico State...With four games remaining, UCSD is still positioned to potentially host the eight-team NCAA West Regional Tournament, March 9-12...One of UCSD’s conference losses came at home vs. San Bernardino, a team currently fourth in the CCAA at 12-6, 16-7 overall.
The 14th-ranked Tritons had their eight-game win streak shattered by visiting Cal State Bakersfield Friday as the ‘Runners rolled off the first 23 points of the game en route to a 69-58 victory...UCSD just never got the offense moving in this one, finishing with a paltry .367 shooting percentage from the field and making just one three-pointer all night...Both teams were loose with the ball, combining for 46 turnovers, but CSUB’s inside game provided the edge...Senior Hillary Hansen was a bright spot for UCSD, totaling 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists...Guard Leora Juster (17 pts.) and forward Michelle Osier (11 pts.) also hit double figures...Alexis Gaskin came off the bench to pull down eight boards.
UCSD righted things Saturday against Cal State L.A., routing the conference cellar dweller, 86-47, behind 23 points from Juster, the league’s leading scorer...The Tritons shot a robust 53.2% from the field, were plus-14 in the rebounding column and Juster’s 4-of-4 keyed an 11-of-16 night from beyond the arc...Osier and junior Meaghan Noud contributed 16 and 15 points respectively as the former recorded a double double with 12 boards.
MEN’S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO
Trying to snap a three-game losing skein, the Men’s Basketball team goes on the road to face two of the CCAA’s top clubs, Cal Poly Pomona (4th) and Cal State San Bernardino (2nd), this weekend...Last month at RIMAC Arena, the Tritons dropped a close decision to CPP and defeated San Bernardino...Coach Bill Carr's unit is now 10-13 overall and tied for sixth in the CCAA with an 8-10 conference ledger.
Cal State Bakersfield pulled away in the last 10 minutes of a taut game to leave with a 67-56 decision over UCSD, Friday night at RIMAC Arena...A pair of free throws in the final seconds gave the ‘Runners their biggest margin of the night...Shooting was the Tritons’ downfall as they connected on just 1-of-13 from three-point land and misfired on eight of 19 free throws...Sophomore Henry Patterson was 9-of-14 from the floor, finishing with 20 points and five rebounds, topping the Tritons in both departments.
The next night, the Tritons suffered a disappointing, 86-77, loss to Cal State L.A...It was a case of too much Jontae Vinson as the Golden Eagles’ star erupted for 42 points and 11 rebounds...Doing most of his damage on the inside, the 6-5 senior was instrumental in L.A.’s 53.2% shooting...The teams exchanged the lead throughout a close first half with CSULA taking a three-point lead into the locker room...But the Tritons were never able to reclaim control in the second 20 minutes...After trailing by as many as 14, they closed the gap to three on a pair of Kelvin Kim free throws with 42 seconds left but the Golden Eagles scored the game’s final six points...Kim paced UCSD with 19 points and six assists and three other players---Shane Poppen, Darryl Lawlor and Clint Allard---were in double figures with 11 each...Poppen was the team leader with eight boards.
BASEBALL OPENS CCAA ACTION AGAINST
Riding high after a four-game home sweep of visiting Regis (CO), the Baseball team opens CCAA play this week with a three-game series against Cal Poly Pomona...The two teams will play a single game Friday at Pomona and two the next day at UCSD...The Tritons, who finished second in the conference regular season race a year ago, sport an 8-4 record coming into Friday’s contest.
A six-run first inning ignited a 24–hit barrage that ended up as a 22-0 UCSD victory over Regis in Friday’s series opener...Hot-hitting first baseman Matt Cantele continued to terrorize opposing pitchers, going 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs...Matt Lawson had three doubles while Garrett Imeson and Tim Mort also collected three hits...Left fielder John Roth drove in four and DH Scott Clement three, while freshman Kirby St. John gave up just five hits and struck out eight in a six-inning stint, snagging his third win of the year.
The offensive onslaught continued in game one of the next day’s doubleheader as UCSD parlayed three home runs and five Regis errors into a 16-5 win...Third baseman Chris Franco (2) and Cantele hit the dingers as five Tritons had multi-hit games...Franco scored three times and drove in five while Imeson knocked in three runs with a pair of singles...Junior Nick Rodieck got the win, his first at UCSD, hurling six quality innings (one run, three hits) out of the bullpen...The Tritons again got out of the gate quick, plating four runs in the first inning...The nightcap was a pitcher’s duel won, 2-1, by UCSD and sophomore Trevor Decker...Decker’s complete game, four-hitter turned the trick, thanks to third baseman Jonathan Erickson’s walk-off home run...The teams managed just four hits each, both scoring a run in the fifth to set the stage for Erickson’s bomb.
UCSD made it a perfect weekend with a 13-7 win Sunday...Chris Hom’s two-run home run highlighted a six-run fifth inning that broke the contest open...Four players---Imeson, Mort, Roth and Clement---had two hit afternoons and catcher David Morehead clubbed a three-run home run in the eighth...Freshman Daniel Simmons got the start and went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out a half dozen, to earn his first “W.”
SOFTBALL FINISHES 3-3 AT
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team heads to Northern California for a four-game CCAA series against Sonoma State following a six-game split at last weekend’s Schutt Sports Leadoff Classic in Phoenix...Gercken’s charges, now 8-8 overall, are 3-1 in the CCAA and part of a four-team second place logjam in the conference standings...Sonoma State is 4-8 overall and 0-2 in league action.
Batting woes were the problem as UCSD lost both of its games on Thursday’s opening day of the Schutt event...The Tritons were able to accumulate just eight total hits while losing to SE Oklahoma State (4-0) and Dixie State (5-1)...Three UCSD errors helped account for three unearned runs in the SEOS loss.
Saturday, the Tritons got eight hits and junior Melissa Ward scattered seven hits while going the distance in a 3-1 win over Western Oregon...Third baseman Jenny Maze had three knocks and catcher Nicole Saari two as UCSD scored two in the second and another in the third earning Ward the win...Saari banged out four more hits against Texas Women’s University but it was Maze’s three-run walk off homer (her fourth of the season and 17th of her career) that propelled UCSD to a 5-2 victory over TWU...Sophomore Lauren Chastain tossed a complete game for the win...The Tritons made it three-in-a row on the day by blasting 13 hits in a 7-3 conquest of Cal State Monterey Bay...Second sacker Dallas Hernandez had four hits, scored twice and drove in a pair to lead UCSD and sophomores Jenni Habib and Allison May registered two hits each...Ward fanned 11 while racking up her fifth win of the season..
Sunday, UCSD fell, 6-2, as Hawaii-Hilo erased an early, 2-0, deficit...Centerfielder Brittni Carino had two of the Tritons’ five hits and scored one of the runs...Chastain got tagged with the loss.
NO. 15 WOMEN’S WATER POLO PLAYS AT UCI TOURNAMENT
Now 4-2 and ranked 15th in the nation, the Women’s Water Polo team will play in this weekend’s 16-team UCI Invitational...Coach Larry Sanders’ club opens pool play Saturday against No. 4 Cal at 11:30 AM and will play either Hawaii or UC Santa Barbara in its second game Saturday afternoon...Sunday’s schedule will be determined by Saturday’s results.
MEN’S TENNIS HOME AFTER POSTING BIG D-I WINS
Following some steallar play against Division I opponents in San Luis Obispo last weekend, the Men's Tennis team returns to UCSD's North Courts where it will host NAIA Concordia Thursday afternoon.
After dropping the doubles point, UCSD roared back to win four of the six singles matches and knock off Division I Sacramento State, 4-3, Friday...Freshman Brandon Low (No. 4) and sophomore Kazumi Negishi (No. 5) reeled off straight set singles triumphs to tighten things up and Eric Rubens and Seth Spector, at Nos. 1 and 3 respectively, gutted out three-set decisions to lift the Tritons.
Saturday, Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s charges snagged the doubles point with victories from Meister/Rubens (No. 1) and Spector/Steve Oechel (No. 2) and then stunned Division I Cal Poly by capturing the 1-3 singles slots in straight sets, Bijan Moallemi, Rubens and Spector doing the honors...Meister and Rubens survived a tiebreaker to post their, 9-8, doubles win...The Mustangs were ranked 74th nationally...The Tritons played D-I Nevada Sunday but the results were not available at deadline.
THIRTY-THREE STRAIGHT IN CCAA FOR WOMEN’S TENNIS
Having gained firm command of the CCAA race, the Women’s Tennis team now hits the road where it will take on Division I Cal State Northridge, Wednesday, and Cal State Bakersfield, Saturday...Coach Liz LaPlante’s squad is now 3-2 overall, undefeated in three conference outings and has run its streak of consecutive CCAA dual victories to 33.
Over the weekend, the Tritons stopped league rivals Sonoma State and Cal Poly Pomona by identical, 7-2 margins...In both cases, UCSD moved in front, 2-1, after doubles and then emerged victorious in five-of-six singles matches...Ina Dan (No.2), Justine Fonte (No. 3), Pooja Desai (No. 4) and Allison Legakis (No. 6) each won singles both days with Dan forced to three sets both times...Dan also teamed with Marsha Malinow to prevail at No. 1 doubles vs. both Sonoma and Cal Poly...Tuesday’s match with crosstown rival Point Loma was called due to rain with UCSD up, 2-1.
ROSSI RELAYS FIRST UP FOR TRACK & FIELD TEAMS
Coach Tony Salerno will be sending out most of the troops when his Track & Field squad makes its first competitive appearance of 2007 at the Rossi Relays, hosted by Claremont this Saturday...The annual event which typically lures about 1,000 participants from all collegiate divisions and will feature a variety of relay and flat track events as well as a full slate of field events...The Tritons’ first home event is not until March 10 when UCSD hosts the San Diego City Championships.
GOLF TEAM DEBUTS AT
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team opens its 2007 campaign today at the Cal State San Marcos Invitational...The 15-team tourney will be contested over 54 holes at 6,750-yd. San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course in Bonsall...Teeing it up for Wydra will be sophomores Billy Olsen, Noah Moss, Ryan Bailey and Nathan Phan and freshman Alex Schmitt.
FENCERS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON AT
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team, looking to solidify its hold on the conference lead in both men’s and women’s divisions, closes out the regular season Saturday when it travels to Irvine to hook up with USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State.
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