This Week’s Events: Mon., Feb. 26---Golf---UCSD at Roadrunner Invitational---All Day Tue., Feb. 27---Golf---UCSD at Roadrunner Invitational---All Day Wed., Feb. 28---Softball---UCSD vs. Point Loma (DH)--- Wed., Feb. 28---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at UC Irvine--- Thu., Mar. 1---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Champ.---All Day Fri., Mar. 2---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Champ.---All Day Fri., Mar. 2---Baseball---UCSD at Fri., Mar. 2---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount--- Fri., Mar. 2---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Fri., Mar. 2---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at UCLA--- Fri., Mar. 2---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Photo by Jimmy Gekas) FrankFritsch Frank Fritsch and the Men's Volleyball team knocked off No. 13 Long Beach State Saturday.
This Week’s Events:
Mon., Feb. 26---Golf---UCSD at Roadrunner Invitational---All Day
Tue., Feb. 27---Golf---UCSD at Roadrunner Invitational---All Day
Wed., Feb. 28---Softball---UCSD vs. Point Loma (DH)---
Wed., Feb. 28---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at UC Irvine---
Thu., Mar. 1---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Champ.---All Day
Fri., Mar. 2---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles Champ.---All Day
Fri., Mar. 2---Baseball---UCSD at
Fri., Mar. 2---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---
Fri., Mar. 2---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Mar. 2---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at UCLA---
Fri., Mar. 2---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Photo by Jimmy Gekas) FrankFritsch
Frank Fritsch and the Men's Volleyball team knocked off No. 13 Long Beach State Saturday.
TRITON HOOPSTERS CLOSE IN ON LEAGUE TITLE
Trying to sew up its first CCAA championship and a potential role as host of the NCAA Division II West Regional, the 15th-ranked Women’s Basketball team closes out the regular season at home against
Junior guard Leora Juster racked up 25 points, five assists and five steals as UCSD dumped host Cal Poly Pomona, 75-62, Friday night for its 20th win of the season...Juster, Michelle Osier (17) and Hillary Hansen (11) accounted for 70% of the Triton points in a game where UCSD was up by 13 at the break and led by 21 with just over six minutes to go...Although beaten, 41-38, on the boards, UCSD got to the line 35 times (23 more than CPP), forced 25 turnovers and had 17 steals...It marked the women's first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1996-97 & 1997-98.
Saturday night, the Tritons reversed the outcome of last month’s home upset at the hands of Cal State San Bernardino, surging in the second half for a 68-51 triumph over the host Coyotes...Leading by five at intermission, UCSD used a 22-6 run in mid-second half to subdue San Bernardino...Juster, Osier and Hansen were again the catalysts...Juster netted another 25 points while Osier racked up a double double with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Hansen just missed one of her own, scoring 10 and grabbing nine boards...Point guard Kacie Kostlan dished out seven assists...The Tritons may have won this one at the charity stripe, draining 20-of-26 (.769) free throw attempts while the Coyotes were only 4-of-9.
MEN’S BASKETBALL FINISHES WITH TWO AT HOME
After falling to a pair of Top 20 teams on the road, the Men’s Basketball team will look to end the regular season on a positive note when it hosts Cal State Monterey Bay (12-3/9-11) and San Francisco State (6-19/2-18) Friday and Saturday...Coach Bill Carr’s hoop squad sports a 10-15 ledger for 2006-07 and is 8-10 in CCAA action...The Tritons are eighth in the conference standings while Monterey Bay is tied for sixth and San Francisco State is last.
UCSD let a 12-point second half lead slip away in a 68-65 loss to No. 19 Cal Poly Pomona Saturday night...Down eight at half, the Broncos used a 10-0 run in the middle of the second half to make it a game and then held off a late Triton comeback effort...Guards Robby Peters and Kelvin Kim both had game-tying opportunities from beyond the arc in the final 10 seconds but were unable to connect...Sophomore Darryl Lawlor was a standout for UCSD, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor, scoring 13 points and garnering seven rebounds...Kim was the only other UC player in double figures, collecting 12 points while also handing out four assists...The Tritons turned the ball over just seven times but allowed the Broncos to score at a 55.6% clip from the field and were out-rebounded by 12.
Twenty-four hours later, No. 18 Cal State San Bernardino avenged its Jan. 19 loss at RIMAC Arena by slugging UCSD, 68-51...Using a strong inside game, the Coyotes raced out to a 12-point halftime lead and after UCSD narrowed it to three in the early stages of the second half, they took control for good...Junior guard Clint Allard, who had averaged just 7.7 points over the last four games, exploded for 25 against San Bernardino, connecting on 9-of-10 from the floor, including four treys, and issuing six assists...Kim (11) was the only other Triton in double digits...UCSD was a solid 51.3% from the field but turned the ball over an uncharacteristically high 22 times.
BASEBALL OPENS STRONG IN CCAA;
A four-game series with perennially-tough Sonoma State looms for the Baseball team which began its CCAA campaign in fine fashion last weekend, taking three of four from Cal Poly Pomona...Coach Dan O’Brien’s club sits 11-5 on the season...Sonoma State brings a perfect, 4-0, conference record into Friday’s first game after sweeping Cal State Stanislaus this past weekend...The Seawolves are tied with Cal State L.A. atop the CCAA with UCSD and Chico State one game behind.
UCSD dropped its 2007 CCAA opener, 4-3, Thursday at Cal Poly Pomona...The Triton bats failed to ignite, producing just eight hits, two apiece by Matt Lawson and Tim Mort...Leadoff hitter John Roth reached base as a hit batsman three times and put UCSD up briefly when he scored in the first inning...Freshman right hander Kirby St. John absorbed his first loss of the season as the Tritons were able to score just one run in the eighth after putting runners at second and third with one out.
Second baseman Garrett Imeson singled home Matt Lawson in the top of the seventh to break a 1-1 tie and make a winner out of right hander Trevor Decker Friday afternoon... Decker turned in seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball while striking out four and earned his second victory of the season, 2-1...Both teams managed just six hits with Imeson getting two for the Tritons.
Back home Saturday, with power hitters Matt Cantele and Scott Clement on the sidelines, the Tritons swept a doubleheader from the Broncos, 12-4, 5-0...A five-run fifth inning uprising, highlighted by catcher David Morehead’s three-run homer, put UCSD in control to stay in game one...The Tritons added four more in the sixth and freshman righty Daniel Simmons (2-1) hurled six strong innings, yielding just one run and five hits while whiffing five...Imeson and shortstop Vance Albitz had two knocks apiece and third baseman Jon Erickson scored three times...Redshirt freshman Michael Thomson scattered five hits while shutting out the Broncos in the nightcap...The Tritons scored one in the first without getting a hit...Two CPP errors and a two-run single by Albitz led to a four-run sixth which cemented the verdict...UCSD prevailed despite getting just four hits in the contest.
SOFTBALL GOES 2-2 AT
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team will be home for a Wednesday non-conference doubleheader vs. NAIA Point Loma and then back on the road Saturday for a CCAA twinbill against Cal State Dominguez Hills...After halving four games in
The Tritons split a pair of tightly-contested games against Sonoma State Friday, winning the opener, 2-1, and watching a comeback effort fall just short, 3-2, in game two...Melissa Ward tossed a complete game five-hitter in game one, earning the victory after freshman Nicole Saari doubled home senior Brittni Carino with the game-winner in the top of the sixth...UCSD scored first on a solo homer by sophomore Allison May in the fifth...The Seawolves tallied three times in the first two innings of the nightcap and were cruising until UCSD countered with two in the seventh and had the tying run aboard with one out but was unable push it across...A Saari triple plated Danielle Lukk for the first run and sophomore Jenni Habib’s single brought in freshman Amanda Eliades who pinch-ran for Saari.
The same two teams forged the same results the next day with a little more offense thrown in...The Tritons again won the opener, parlaying nine hits into a 9-6 outcome...UCSD erased a 3-0 deficit with a five-hit, five-run fifth inning and then made it 6-3 in the top of the seventh on a Maze dinger...But Sonoma State roared back to tie it in the bottom of the frame, sending the game to extra innings...The Tritons sealed things in the ninth when some slipshod defense by the Seawolves allowed UC to acquire three runs without the benefit of a hit...Lukk and Saari got two hits apiece while first baseman Sara Robinson knocked in a pair...Ward went all the way to win her seventh, surrendering just two earned runs...UCSD jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the series finale but Sonoma State pounded 13 hits in rebounding for a 5-3 decision...Saari, Dalas Hernandez and Nikki Palmer each had two hits.
After corralling its second conference win of the season Saturday night, the Men’s Volleyball team will try to double that number on the road against No. 2 UC Irvine (Thursday) and No. 7 UCLA (Friday)...Coach Kevin Ring’s young team is now 5-10 overall after winning just two matches a year ago.
In an up-and-down contest, the Tritons came up short, 3-1 (30-21, 28-30, 35-33, 30-24) against the nation’s No. 1-ranked NAIA squad, Cal Baptist Thursday...Freshman Will Ehrman paced UCSD with 21 kills (.361) with fellow first-year starters Frank Fritsch and Jason Spangler chipping in with 14 and 11 kills respectively...Senior setter Brooks Dierdorff had two solo blocks, six assists, nine digs and an ace to go with 48 assists...The host Lancers owned the edge in hitting percentage (.285-.197) and blocking (16-14.5).
With talented middle blocker Adrian Guthals knocked out with an injury, Ring and Co. rode the coattails of the other three quarters of his starting freshmen quartet in a stirring, 3-2 (25-30, 30-23, 20-30, 30-27, 15-9) conquest of No. 13 Long Beach State Saturday night at RIMAC Arena...Frosh Spangler (26), Fritsch (20) and Ehrman (19) blasted 65 of UCSD’s 76 kills while hitting a combined .413...Fritsch had one of his best matches of the season with five blocks and a pair of aces but it was Spangler who took the team on his back in the critical fifth game—putting away five of the Tritons’ 15 points...UCSD hit a sterling .362 as a team, outblocked the 49ers, 12.5-9, and compiled 36 digs, 12 by sophomore libero Eric Leserman, who was also a rock in the passing department...Senior setter Brooks Dierdorff, who broke Jordan Hove’s career assists record in the Cal Baptist match, handed out 68 vs. Long Beach and is at 3,391 and counting all-time.
LMU, STANFORD ON HOME SLATE FOR WOMEN’S WATER POLO
At home for the first time in three weeks, the 14th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team tackles two formidable foes—No. 7 Loyola Marymount and No. 2 Stanford—this weekend at Canyonview Pool...Coach Larry Sanders’ charges fell to 4-6 on the season after going winless at last weekend’s UCI Invitational.
Throw out the first and last periods of UCSD’s opener at the UCI Invitational and Coach Larry Sanders’ squad played No. 4 California pretty tough...Unfortunately, the Golden Bears outscored the Tritons, 5-1 in both the opening and closing quarters on their way to a 14-5 victory...Senior Sarah Bajorek registered four of UCSD’s five goals and her third brought the Tritons to within three at 7-4 but that’s as close as it got...Sophomore goalie Kim Hockett turned away 10 shots in the loss...In game two Saturday, No. 12 UC Santa Barbara downed the Tritons, 8-5...Lauren Woods scored twice for UCSD with Natalie Hockett, Nicole Hermann and Sydney Gstettenbauer getting singletons...This time, the middle two periods were problematic as the Gauchos owned a 5-2 edge in quarters two and three.
Sunday, a determined second half comeback went for naught as UCSD was upset by 19th-ranked Santa Clara, 10-9, in overtime...Trailing, 5-2, at halftime and 8-6 after three quarters, the Tritons drew even on goals by Britta Nordstrom and Judy Emaus in the fourth period...However, the Broncos scored twice in 52 seconds during the first overtime and a Gstettenbauer goals with 15 seconds remaining in the second extra session left UCSD one goal short...In the tournament finale, No. 16 Michigan broke open a taut contest with six unanswered goals in the fourth quarter, giving the Wolverines a 13-8 result...Bajorek and Emaus had four and three goals respectively for UCSD but after Emaus put the Tritons ahead, 8-7, on a fourth period power play score, it was all Michigan...Neither team led by more than one until the late rush by UM.
THREE PROVISIONALLY QUALIFY FOR NCAA MEET; ALL-CAL SATURDAY FOR TRACK & FIELD
The Track & Field team returned from Saturday’s season-opening Rossi Relays in Claremont with three strong provisional qualifiers to NCAA Division II Championship qualifying marks and high hopes for what lies ahead...On the immediate horizon is the annual All-Cal Championships, hosted by UC Irvine Saturday...In addition to the Tritons, the field will include UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara.
Essentially punching their tickets to the NCAA Championships last Saturday were junior Laiah Blue (14.00/100 hurdles/3rd), Diane Dunn (10:00.61/3,000 m./2nd) and Jillian Sola (149-1/discus/2nd)...Blue also won the 400 hurdles, clocking 62.44...Other top three finishers for UCSD included Lauren Anderson (shot put/42-5.5/3rd), Whitney Johnson (long jump/18-0.5/2nd), Madeleine Flint (pole vault/11-4/T2nd), Torrey Trust (javelin/118-7/2nd) and Scott Tsuda (long jump/22-4/3rd).
NO. 16 MEN’S TENNIS TEAM PLAYS DOUBLES TOURNEY THIS WEEK
Sporting a No. 16 national ranking, the Men’s Tennis team takes time out from its dual schedule to participate in the annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship, Thursday through Sunday at nearby La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club...UCSD will enter four doubles teams in the prestigious annual event...On Sunday afternoon, the Tritons will host Cal Poly Pomona in the make-up for a Feb. 11 rainout.
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s club upped its season ledger to 5-1 with a solid, 7-2, thumping of Concordia, the nation’s 14th-ranked NAIA team, at home Thursday...The Tritons got out of the gate quick against the Eagles, sweeping doubles...The teams of Blake Meister/Eric Rubens and Steve Oechel/Seth Spector, rolled at Nos. 1-2 respectively and UCSD got the third point when Bijan Moallemi/Kazumi Negishi rallied from 7-2 down for a 9-8 win...Rubens (No. 2), Brandon Low (No. 4), Negishi (No. 5) and Ramesh Thondapu (No. 6) all posted shutout singles victories...It was UCSD’s fourth consecutive dual win.
WOMEN’S TENNIS LOOKS TO STRENGTHEN
Coach Liz LaPlante’s first place Women’s Tennis team will try to build on its 4-0 CCAA record when it travels to Cal State San Bernardino Saturday...The 16th-ranked Tritons are 4-3 overall on the season after posting a road triumph at Cal State Bakersfield last Saturday.
Division I Cal State Northridge played the rude host, steamrolling the Tritons, 7-0, Wednesday, sweeping singles in straight sets after winning all three doubles matches...At Bakersfield, UCSD drilled conference foe Cal State Bakersfield, 9-0, with only Marsha Malinow at No. 1 singles being forced to three sets.
FENCERS REPEAT AS CONFERENCE CHAMPS
After going undefeated in four matches Saturday at Irvine, the Men’s and Women’s Fencing teams both successfully defended their Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) titles...The Triton men whipped USC (22-5), UCLA (20-7), UC Santa Barbara (21-6) and Arizona State (21-6) to secure the IFCSC’s top spot while the women romped over the same four squads—USC (22-5), UCLA (17-10), UC Santa Barbara (25-2) and Arizona State (21-6)...For the year, UCSD finished first in five of the six team categories—men’s & women’s sabre, men’s & women’s foil and women’s epee.
The leading individuals, recognized for season-long performance on the men’s side, included Jason Runyan (1st/sabre), Dave Polakoski (2nd/epee), John Chung (3rd/foil) and Cameron Sprowles (4th/foil)...Premier women were Emily Lipoma (2nd/foil), Jen Chung (3rd/foil), Alexa Mareschal (3rd/sabre), Heather Bienefeld (4th/foil) and Heather Stephenson (3rd/epee).
GOLFERS SIXTH IN OPENER;
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team, featuring four sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup, took sixth in a 14-team field at its first tournament of the season, last week’s Cal State San Marcos Invitational at rain-soaked San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course in Bonsall...The Tritons, who opened with a 320, dropped nine shots in the second 18 and closed with a 300, 11 shots better than the middle round, for a total of 931, 29 strokes back of host and winner Cal State San Marcos...Sophomore Nathan Phan was UCSD’s low individual carding a final round 71 to post a 54-hole total of 226 and claim ninth place...Next was Ryan Bailey (232/T22nd), followed by Billy Olsen (237/43rd), Alex Schmitt (240/T51st) and Noah Moss (240/T51st)...On tap is the 16-team, 54-hole Roadrunner Invitational, starting today at Seven Oaks Country Club in Bakersfield... Seasoned junior Luke Leveillee replaces freshman Schmitt in the Triton lineup for the Roadrunner event.
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