This Week’s Events:
Mon., Mar. 5---Golf---UCSD hosts
Mon., Mar. 5---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Villanova---
Mon., Mar. 5---Softball---UCSD vs.
Tue., Mar. 5---Golf---UCSD hosts
Wed., Mar. 7---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Lewis---
Fri., Mar. 9---Softball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Mar. 9---Baseball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Mar. 9---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at
Fri., Mar. 9---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at UCSB Tournament---
Fri., Mar. 9---Track & Field---UCSD at Ben Brown Invitational---
Fri., Mar. 9---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Pacific---
Fri., Mar. 9---Women’s Basketball---UCSD hosts NCAA Division II Regional---All Day
Sat., Mar. 10---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at UCSB Tournament---All Day
Sat., Mar. 10---Crew (M&W)---UCSD vs. Long Beach State/UC
Sat., Mar. 10---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---
Sat., Mar. 10---Softball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Mar. 10---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Davis---
Sat., Mar. 10---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at. UC
Sat., Mar. 10---Track & Field---UCSD hosts
Sat., Mar. 10---Women’s Basketball---UCSD hosts NCAA Division II Regional---5:00 & 7:30 PM
Sat., Mar. 10---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Stanford---
Sun., Mar.11---Fencing---UCSD hosts NCAA West Regional---All Day
Sun., Mar. 11---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Fresno Pacific---
UCSD WINS CCAA HOOPS TITLE; TO HOST NCAA D-II REGIONALS
By winning its final two regular season contests last weekend, the Women’s Basketball team captured its first-ever conference title...And, for the first time since March of 2000 when it was still a Division III institution, UCSD will be hosting post-season women’s basketball...Making its second straight NCAA appearnce, this one as the top-seeded team, Coach Janell Jones’ Tritons will welcome seven opponents to RIMAC Arena for the 2007 NCAA Division II West Regional, starting Friday with semi-finals Saturday and the championship game Monday night...UCSD will play No. 8 seed Western Washington in round one...For a complete Regional schedule and tournament information, check "Tournament Central" on the UCSD Athletics website.
In a somewhat standard performance, UCSD got 24 points from Leora Juster, a third double double (19 pts./11 rebounds) in four games from Michelle Osier and 11 points, six boards and five assists from dependable Hillary Hansen in an 82-68 drubbing of Cal State Monterey Bay, Friday at RIMAC Arena...Thanks largely to a 7-of-8 performance at the line, junior Meaghan Noud chipped in with 15 points.
The Tritons made their conference crown official with an 83-61 pasting of San Francisco State Saturday night...Juster was her usual dominating self, pouring in 27 points to go with seven rebounds and seven assists...Noud matched her 15 markers from the previous evening and Hansen scored eight points while grabbing 10 boards...UCSD was up seven at the break and raised the margin to 32 before Jones cleared the bench...Eleven players hit the scoring column...It was the final regular season home game for four seniors—Juster, Hansen, Kacie Kostlan and Meagan McGovern.
PETERS GOES WILD AS TRITONS WIN SEASON’S FINAL TWO GAMES
Coach Bill Carr’s third season at the helm of the Men’s Basketball team closed on a positive note last weekend as the Tritons swept a pair of conference home games to finish 12-15 overall and 10-12 (6th) in the CCAA.
To say that Robby Peters was “feeling it” Friday night would have been an understatement...The 6-2 senior guard hit a UCSD single game record 13 three-pointers and a career high 43 points as UCSD crushed visiting Cal State Monterey Bay, 100-82...It was the Tritons’ highest offensive output of the season and Peters’ 43 markers equaled the second highest single game point total in school history...Additionally, Peters’ 13 treys were the most in the nation this year at either the NCAA Division I or II level and UCSD broke another school standard by hitting 18-of-22 as a team from behind the arc (.818)...The Otters scored the game’s first bucket but Peters’ hit a three-pointer 28 seconds into the contest and UCSD never trailed from that point...Overshadowed by Peters’ heroics was a 16-pt., seven rebound, seven assist performance by backcourt mate Clint Allard.
Peters cooled off just a little on Senior Night, Saturday, but still finished with a game high 17 points and his five treys pushed him past Mike Wall as the school’s all-time leading three-point scorer...He also grabbed six rebounds and had a pair of assists...Freshman Jordan Lawley was good for 13 points and five rebounds while soph Henry Patterson registered 11 and five...The Tritons never trailed while shooting an even 50% on the night and owned a huge, 42-26, advantage on the glass.
BASEBALL HOSTS BIG FOUR-GAME SERIES WITH
On the heels of a 1-3 trip to
In Friday’s opener at Sonoma, a three-run Sonoma State fourth sunk freshman Kirby St. John and the Tritons as the Seawolves prevailed, 4-2...Both clubs had eight hits but Sonoma strung together three, along with two walks and a UCSD error, in the critical fourth... Third baseman Chris Franco tripled, singled and scored twice and starter
The two clubs split Saturday’s doubleheader...Sonoma State won the opener, 6-1, out-hitting UCSD, 13-7, with three HRs included in that total...Leadoff hitter John Roth had two singles and a stolen base for the Tritons...In the nightcap, UCSD plated three in the third inning, two on a home run by sophomore Matt Cantele, en route to a 5-3 triumph... The Tritons collected 12 hits in this one, three by shortstop Vance Albitz, and Trevor Decker went five-plus on the hill for his second win.
In the series finale, a trio of
SOFTBALL TEAM HAS SIX AT HOME AFTER SWEEP OF DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Looking to build on Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Softball team starts a six-game CCAA home stint today against
On cold windy Wednesday afternoon, visiting NAIA Point Loma made the conditions even more difficult, posting a 3-1, 7-2 doubleheader sweep of UCSD...In the opener, junior Melissa Ward threw a solid six-hitter but the offense left six runners stranded... Third baseman Jenny Maze had two of the team’s six hits...Maze ripped a two-run homer in game two but that represented half of UCSD’s hit production...Point Loma charged out with four first inning runs and four Triton errors contributed to a long evening.
Coach Patti Gerckens’ charges bounced right back Saturday at Cal State Dominguez Hills...The Tritons pounded 15 hits and scored six big runs in the top of the fifth to “mercy rule” the Toros, 10-0, in game one...Outfielders Brittni Carino and Randelle Bundy rapped three hits apiece and stole three bases between them...Bundy also scored three times and drove in a pair...Meanwhile, Ward was masterful, striking out a season high 10 while surrendering just one hit...She came back to hurl shutout ball over the last four innings of game two and got her ninth win of the year thanks to a four-run seventh inning uprising by her teammates...Central to the comeback was a two-run home run by Maze, her seventh of the season.
UCSD will host the fifth annual San Diego City Track & Field Championships Saturday...Aside from Coach Tony Salerno’s squad, the meet will feature participants from San Diego State, Cal State San Marcos, Point Loma, USD and San Diego Christian College...Last year’s event was called due to heavy rain...UCSD won both the men’s and women’s divisions in 2005...Both teams are expected to contend for titles Saturday and the UCSD men have never lost this meet.
The Tritons are coming into the City Championships off second (women) and third (men) place finishes in last Saturday’s All-Cal Championships at UC Irvine...The women, riding double victories from juniors Laiah Blue (100 hurdles/14.05 & 400 hurdles/61.47) and Whitney Johnson (long jump/19-1 & triple jump/40-4), were narrowly edged by UC Santa Barbara (211-207) in the team race, easily outpointing third place UC Irvine (135)...Other individual winners for the women were Christine Merrill (200/25.26), Linda Rainwater (high jump/5-5) and Samantha Belvini (javelin/120-9)...Merrill was also second in the 100 m. while junior Diane Dunn claimed second in the 1,500 (4:36.89) and third in the 800 (2:20.51)...UCSD also took gold in the 4x100 relay (47.58).
On the men’s side, UCSD’s 139 points left them trailing UC Santa Barbara (208) and UC Irvine (204)...The lone first placed finishers for the Tritons were newcomers Khalil Hooper (110 HH/15.25) and Chris Yu (long jump/21-11.75)...Senior Dan Noel was runner-up in the 400 hurdles (54.61).
SPIKERS BACK HOME WEDNESDAY
After falling to two of the country’s top five teams on the road, the Men’s Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena to host Division II Lewis (IL) on Wednesday before heading to Northern California for another pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches against Pacific (Fri.) and Stanford (Sat.)...UCSD, now 5-12 overall and 2-10 in MPSF play, lost in four to Pacific and five to Stanford at home in early February.
Friday night at UCLA, the fifth-ranked Bruins toppled the Tritons, 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-25)...Spangler’s nine kills were high for UCSD while sophomore Andy Northness came of the bench to convert eight of 10 swings...Senior Brooks Dierdorff added to his career assist mark with 35.
WATER POLO TEAMS KNOCKS OFF LMU, FALLS TO NO. 1 STANFORD
In a “mini-tournament” at UC Santa Barbara this weekend, the 17th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team will square off with Eastern invader Marist Friday at 5:00 PM, and then come back the next day to battle Redlands at 9:00 PM and No. 12 UC Santa Barbara at 1:30 PM...The Tritons, 5-7 and coming off disappointing results at the previous weekend’s UCI Invitational, split a pair of home matches against top 10 opponents last weekend.
UCSD recorded one of its biggest wins of recent vintage Friday, coming off the deck to drop No. 10 Loyola Marymount, 5-4... The Tritons, who had fallen 15 consecutive times to the Lions, got a goal from senior Natalie Hockett on their first possession of the game, but were shut out the rest of the first two quarters and trailed, 3-1, at halftime...Head Coach Larry Sanders’ halftime instructions must have clicked because Hockett took a cross pool pass from Nicole Hermann and rifled it into the far corner on the first possession of the second half and shortly after, Lauren Woods found the upper right corner on a quick shot off an ejection and the contest was deadlocked after three quarters...LMU went back on top with 3:49 to go, converting a 6-on-5 to make it 4-3...The Tritons came right back, however, as Hockett drew an ejection on the next sequence and Bajorek made the Lions pay...Then, with 57 seconds remaining and the shot clock running out, Hockett drew another ejection and UCSD seized command as Bajorek corralled a nifty pass from Sydney Gstettenbauer and gunned the game-winner past LMU goalie Kaylee Caster...Kim Hockett was stellar in the cage, turning away nine shots, several at crucial junctures.
The next afternoon, No. 1 Stanford came to Canyonview and there was obviously not enough left in the Triton tanks as the Cardinal cruised to a 13-3 victory...UCSD showed some defensive mettle but on this day, simply didn’t have the weapons at the other end of the pool...Gstettenbauer, Hermann and Rebecca Gearty were the goal scorers for the Tritons...Gearty’s tally was her first at UCSD.
TRITON MEN ROCK CAL POLY POMONA; SPECTOR-OECHEL SHINE IN DOUBLES TOURNEY
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s 16th-ranked Men’s Tennis team travels to Fresno this weekend where it will face perennial Division III power UC Santa Cruz (Saturday) and NAIA Fresno Pacific (Sunday) in dual outings...The Tritons are 5-1 on the season and riding a four-match winning streak.
Last weekend, Coach Eric Steidlmayer sent four doubles teams to the annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships at
In a make-up Sunday, the Tritons laid a 9-0 whipping on visiting Cal Poly Pomona...After cruising unbeaten through doubles, the singles lineup of Eric Rubens, Moallemi, Negishi, Ramesh Thondapu, Joey Terrill and Alex Whitmore stopped the Broncos without dropping a set.
VILLANOVA TESTS WOMEN’S TENNIS HERE MONDAY
The 16th-ranked Women’s Tennis team has a three-match week on tap, starting at home today against Division I Villanova and then heading to NorCal for weekend tussles with CCAA rival Sonoma State and a second D-I foe, UC Davis...Coach Liz LaPlante’s Tritons are 4-3 overall but undefeated in CCAA play...Last Saturday’s scheduled dual match at Cal State San Bernardino was canceled due to high winds.
GOLF TEAM HOSTS
Coach Mike Wydra and the Golf team host the 57th annual Southern California Invitational starting today at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano...The 54-hole event, on Marbella’s 6,583-yd., par 72 layout, will feature 15 of the top Division II teams in the nation, including eight in the top 25.
Last week, a rough final round dropped UCSD from fourth after 36 holes to an 11th place finish at the 16-team Cal State Bakersfield Poor Boy Invitational...The Tritons turned in a 283-290-308---881 for the tourney, winding up 17 over par but just 10 strokes out of third place...UCLA won the team title...Sophomore Ryan Bailey fired a one over 217 to place in a tie for 15th as UCSD’s top individual finisher...Next in were Luke Leveillee (220/T24th), Noah Moss (223/T40th) and Nathan Phan (223/T40th).
FENCING HOSTS NCAA WEST REGIONAL
UCSD will host the NCAA West Regional Fencing Tournament, Sunday at the Main Gym...Top individual fencers in each discipline will advance to the NCAA Championships, March 22-25, in New Jersey...UCSD, which recently repeated as champions of the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC), sent four fencers to last year’s NCAA event.
CREW OPENS 2007 CAMPAIGN
The Men's and Women's Crew teams will hit the water for the first time this spring when both host Long Beach State and UC Irvine, Saturday morning, at Mission Bay...Racing will take place on the East side of the Bay on the Tecolote Course with the men starting at 7:00 AM and the women an hour later.
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