This Week’s Events:
Mon., Mar. 12---Women’s Basketball---UCSD hosts NCAA D-II Regional---7:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 13---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Rollins---2:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 14---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---All Day
Wed., Mar. 14---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. William Jewel---2:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 15--- Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---All Day
Thu., Mar. 15---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Boston University---2:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 15---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---3:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 15---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Colorado State---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 16--- Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 16---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Gonzaga---TBA
Fri., Mar. 16---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Iowa---11:00AM
Fri., Mar. 16---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 16---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---3:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 16---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. UCLA---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 16---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. USC---7:00 PM
|Backstroker Devin Ancona will be one of 25 UCSD qualifiers at this week' NCAA D-II Championships.|
Sat., Mar. 17--- Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships---All Day
Sat., Mar. 17---Track & Field---UCSD at SDSU Aztec Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 17---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---1:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 17---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 17---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Pepperdine---7:00 PM
Sun., Mar. 18---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---11:00 AM
TRITONS SEND 25 TO NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP
Coach Scott McGihon will travel with 25 athletes to the 2007 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships which begin Wednesday at the Flickinger Center in Buffalo, NY...The Tritons, dual champs of the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference, have 12 women and 13 men qualified for the NCAA meet...The UCSD women were third and the men fifth at last year’s event in Indianapolis.
Female participants include seniors Emily Harlan, Susan Bell, Andrea Lippin, Liz Whiteley, Lauren O’Neill junior Heather Szmidt, sophomores Kendall Bohn, Katie Baier, Aubrey Panis, Shannon Simonds and Jennifer Sims and freshman Karla Holman... On the men’s side, UCSD will be represented by seniors Tim Fuller, Jacob Dong, Daniel Gordh and Jesse Marin, juniors Evan Hsiao, Andrew Skewes and J.P. Oliver, sophomores Steven Hardy, Devin Ancona and Artur Kubalski and freshmen Daniel Perdew, Greg Goodell and Todd Langland.
UCSD-CHICO STATE SQUARE OFF IN NCAA REGIONAL HOOPS FINAL TONIGHT
Coach Janell Jones’ 12th-ranked Women’s Basketball team shoots for the Elite Eight tonight when it hosts CCAA rival Chico State in the championship tilt of the NCAA Division II West Regional Championship at RIMAC Arena...The game tips at 7:00 PM...The two teams split their regular season series, the Wildcats surprising UCSD, 79-69, at RIMAC in December, the Tritons returning the favor with an 80-63 pasting on national TV, Feb. 3, in Chico...UCSD, in its first ever regional final and sporting a school record for wins in a season, is 25-4 mark while Chico State is 24-4.
Senior Kacie Kostlan handed out a school record-tying 14 assists Friday night as UCSD played a near perfect game in routing first round opponent Western Washington, 78-45...Senior guard Leora Juster led all scorers with 23 points and sophomore Michelle Osier had her seventh double double of the year (15 points/10 rebounds) as the Tritons handed the Vikings their worst loss in more than 10 years...Senior Hillary Hansen had 15 points and eight boards while junior Meaghan Noud came off the bench to add 13...UCSD scored first and often, rolling up a 19-pt. lead in the first 10 minutes and extending it to 25 by halftime...Kostlan’s 14 assists equaled the mark set 33 years earlier by Kim Allen and matched three years later by Shanda Elzy.
In Saturday’s regional semi-finals, the Tritons used suffocating defense to blow away fourth-seeded Alaska-Anchorage, 75-60, in a rough-and-tumble contest that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated...UCSD rushed out to an 20-5 lead, upping it to 31 points late in the second half...UAA made just five of its first 25 shots and struggled at 29% from the field on the night while coughing up 21 turnovers...Juster netted just 11 in this one, but Hansen (18 pts./12 rebounds/4 assists) and Osier (13 pts./8 rebounds) picked up the slack...Hansen was particularly effective, leading a swarming defense and canning nine of the Tritons’ first 12 points...The only downside to the win was a late first half injury to Kostlan who walked off the floor under her own power after being knocked to the deck...She sat out the rest of the game and her availability for tonight’s title game is questionable.
Earlier in the week, Juster was named CCAA Player of the Year and Daktronics Division II West Region Player of the Year for the second straight time...She was joined on the All-CCAA first team by teammates Hansen and Osier...Jones was honored as the conference’s Coach of the Year.
A political science and critical gender studies major with a 3.87 GPA, Hansen was also chosen by the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) as the recipient of the Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award...The $1,000 honorarium goes annually to one female collegiate basketball player who intends to pursue a career in law...She will be feted at the WBCA Awards Luncheon held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four.
PERFECT WEEKEND FOR TRITON BASEBALL SQUAD
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team wasted no time forgetting about last weekend’s disappointing results at Sonoma State...The Tritons improved to 16-8 overall and 8-4 in the CCAA by taking four-out-of-four from visiting San Francisco State over the weekend...They now open a four-game home-and-home set with Cal State San Bernardino Thursday...The first two games will be on the road, followed by a Saturday twinbill at home...San Bernardino (11-5 CCAA) is third and the Tritons fourth in the conference standings.
In Friday’s series opener, senior David Morehead blasted a leadoff home run and UCSD scored six runs in the first two innings on the way to a 10-3 victory...Sophomore Trevor Decker gave up just six hits and struck out a half dozen while going seven innings for his fourth win of the year...Morehead, Matt Lawson and Vance Albitz each had two of the Tritons’ 10 hits and Scott Clement rocked his fourth home run.
The pitching continued to sparkle Saturday as UCSD hurlers gave up just three runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Gators (7-2, 4-1)...In game one, freshman Daniel Simmons stymied SFSU with a seven-inning, three-hit, five strikeout performance, collecting his third win...The Tritons, who rocked Gator pitching for 13 hits, broke open a two-run game with sophomore Matt Cantele’s sixth inning grand slam...It was the second of Cantele’s three hits...Albitz also had three knocks to go with two RBIs...In the nightcap, freshman Kirby St. John spotted San Francisco a first inning run but then teamed with Tim Strombel and Derek Barham to pitch shut out ball the rest of the way...UCSD tied it in the second when Garrett Imeson singled, stole second and scored on John Roth’s single...A Buck Wright double and an Albitz single drove in fifth inning markers that put the Tritons up for good...Morehead and Roth each had two of UCSD’s seven hits.
UCSD made it a clean sweep Sunday when Matt Lawson’s two-out, 11th-inning single scored Jon Erickson with the winning run in a 6-5 game...The Tritons, who came from behind three times on the day, were down, 5-4, heading into the home half of the 11th...Roth opened the frame with a single, scored on pinch hitter Chris Hom’s double, setting the table for Lawson’s finishing blow...Decker, the Tritons’ sixth pitcher, threw just a third of an inning but emerged with the victory, his sixth...Lawson, whose four hits on the afternoon included a double and a home run, was the offensive star, scoring twice and driving in three.
SOFTBALL LOOKS TO REBOUND IN NORTHERN CAL
After seeing its winning streak reach five, the Softball team now tries to halt a three-game losing skein when it travels to Cal State Monterey Bay for a pair of weekend doubleheaders...Coach Patti Gerckens’ club is 15-15 overall, 10-6 in CCAA play and third in the league standings...Monterey Bay, 8-19 overall, is in the CCAA cellar with a 3-13 ledger.
Monday, the Tritons used some late-inning magic in game two to sweep visiting Cal State Bakersfield, 4-0, 6-5 (due to a scheduling anomaly, CSUB was the home team) ...Lefty Melissa Ward continued her string of strong outings, stifling the ‘Runners on six hits in the opener...Sophomore DH Jenni Habib ripped a pair of singles and drove in two while clean-up hitter Jenny Maze got an unusual RBI with a fourth inning squeeze bunt...In the nightcap, the Tritons were down, 4-1, heading into the top of the seventh but used five hits, a Bakersfield error and a wild pitch to generate five runs...Gerckens then had to summon Ward to quell a CSUB comeback attempt in the bottom half of the seventh and the lefty delivered, getting the last out to seal the win.
Gerckens received another big performance from Ward Friday in the opener of the four-game set with Stanislaus, giving up just three hits and striking out eight while capturing her 11th win of the season...Singles by Habib and fellow soph Allison May drove in a pair of fourth inning runs that proved to be enough offense when paired with Ward’s mound work...Habib had two hits in the game...Game two appeared to be over early when Stanislaus plated six runs in the third but UCSD fought back gamely, narrowing a 7-0 deficit to 8-6 after a five-run fifth...Two Warrior runs in the seventh finally secured the outcome...Centerfielder Brittni Carino and DH Nicole Saari each had two of UC’s eight hits and Maze punched a two-run double.
Things went downhill Saturday as Stanislaus took both ends of a doubleheader (5-1, 13-2)...Ward pitched well enough to win in game one but the Warriors scored four runs in the third and parlayed seven hits, three stolen bases and two Triton errors into an easy win...Saari and May both had two singles...For all intents and purposes, game two was over when the Warriors racked up five second inning runs...The Tritons closed to 5-2 but back-to-back four-run innings in the fifth and sixth doomed any comeback hopes they might have had...UCSD had nine hits total, two each by Carino, Dallas Hernandez and Nikki Palmer...One of Palmer’s hits was a solo homer.
TRITON MEN WIN SD CITY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP; WOMEN SET THREE RECORDS
On the heels of a San Diego City Championships performance that included three school records and a bevy of impressive early season marks, the Track & Field team will go cross town Saturday to compete at SDSU’s Aztec Invitational.
The Triton men captured 10 of 18 events, including seven field events, at last Saturday’s intra-city affair, scoring 163 points and running away from second place Point Loma by 61.5 points...UCSD winners were Daniel Byrne (pole vault/14-7.25), Chris Yu (long jump/21-10.25), Roger Francis (triple jump/44-9.5), Casey Ryan (high jump/6-8.75), Elliott Willamson (shot put/49-5.75), Jeff Ng (discus/150-7), Fred Cook (hammer/160-4), Khalil Hooper (110 high hurdles/14.96) and J.C. Inauen (400 hurdles/54.46) as well as the 4x400 relay team (3:20.93).
While the UCSD women finished second, just 14.5 points behind a fully-loaded Division I San Diego State squad, they accounted for all three school records... Junior Whitney Johnson, erased the triple jump record she set last week, landing at 40-7.5...Another junior Laiah Blue was smooth and strong, powering past her 100 hurdles rivals in 13.85, one tick under her own UCSD standard...Blue also teamed with Amber Green, Katie Skorupa and Christine Merrill to clock an all-time Triton best while winning the 4x400 relay (3:50.48)...In addition to the record breakers, UCSD had five other blue ribbon winners—Diane Dunn, who took the 800 in a personal best 2:14.45, Lauren Anderson (shot put/42-3.5), Jillian Sola (discus/154-11), Melissa Karnaze (hammer/144-9) and Torrey Trust (javelin/135-4)...Sarah Hendy was second in both the shot and discus...Ten women posted NCAA D-II qualifying marks.
POLO SQUAD HOSTS COLORADO STATE, NO. 2 UCLA
Now 7-8 after winning two-of-three in Santa Barbara last weekend, the 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team returns home to tangle with Colorado State Thursday and No. 2 UCLA Friday at Canyonview.
Friday, in Santa Barbara, UCSD romped past Marist (NY), 12-3, as senior Natalie Hockett tallied four times and Sarah Bajorek and Judy Emaus notched two apiece.
It was much the same Saturday morning as the Tritons scored five first period goals in dominating Redlands,12-5...Sophomore Sydney Gstettenbauer piled up three scores while Hockett, Emaus, Bajorek and Britta Nordstrom all accounted for two...That afternoon, an old nemesis—lack of scoring—returned to plague the Tritons in a 5-3 loss to No. 12 UC Santa Barbara...”We played solid defense and did a nice job of running the offense but just couldn’t find the cage,” said Head Coach Larry Sanders. “We had five legitimate scoring chances in the first quarter alone”...As it was, the Tritons were unable to score in the first half but rallied from a 3-0 deficit with third period goals by Bajorek and Lauren Woods to trail by just one...UCSD went up 4-2 but a Hockett tally again narrowed the margin to one before the Gauchos got the clincher.
USC, NO. 1 PEPPERDINE TAKE ON MEN’S VOLLEYBALL AT RIMAC
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team returns home to face No. 13 USC and No. 1 Pepperdine this weekend...The Tritons (5-15) will be trying to shake a five–match losing streak...Earlier this season on the road, they defeated USC and lost to Pepperdine.
UCSD let a likely win slip through its fingers Wednesday, dropping a 3-2 (31-33, 30-28, 28-30, 30-23, 15-12) decision to visiting Lewis...The Tritons were up 11-9 in the fifth game before surrendering six of the last seven points...Freshmen Jason Spangler (22 kills), Frank Fritsch (21) and Will Ehrman (20) carried the brunt of the offensive load for UCSD and senior setter Brooks Dierdorff was credited with 65 assists.
In Stockton Friday, the Tritons hit a solid .271 but it was not enough to top host Pacific which posted a hard fought 3-0 (33-31, 30-27, 30-27) victory...Spangler (13), Ehrman (11) and lefthander Andy Northness (10) were the kill leaders for UCSD.
Stanford defeated the Tritons for the second time this year, Saturday, taking their measure, 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-25) in Palo Alto...Spangler was a standout in a losing cause, cracking 20 kills while hitting .382...UCSD lost despite out-blocking the Cardinal, 17.5-6.5...Freshman Gerald Houseman had 12 block assists to go with his five kills...Soph Eric Leserman dug 12 balls.
NO. 16 MEN’S TENNIS FACES BOSTON U., IOWA AT HOME
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s 16th-ranked Men’s Tennis team is back home for three matches after running its dual win streak to six in a row before seeing it snapped Sunday...The Tritons bring a 7-2 record into a Thursday match vs. Division I Boston University ...Friday, another D-I foe, Iowa, is in town and Sunday UCSD will host Division II rival Sonoma State.
Last Saturday in Fresno, the Tritons swept doubles while brushing aside traditional Division III power UC Santa Cruz, 8-1...Blake Meister/Eric Rubens (No.1), Seth Spector/Steve Oechel (No. 2) and Negishi Kazumi/Bijan Moallemi (No. 3) were the victorious doubles teams and Moallemi, Rubens, Spector and Oechel came back to register singles wins, as did freshman Brandon Low.
The NAIA’s fifth-ranked team, Fresno Pacific halted UCSD’s six-match win streak on Sunday, besting the Tritons, 5-4, in a very tight contest...Thanks to Spector/Oechel and Kazumi/Moallemi, UCSD was up, 2-1, at the conclusion of doubles...Rubens lost in straight sets at No. 1 but Moallemi was a two-set winner at No. 2...The remaining four singles matches all went three sets, but Low was the only Triton able to secure a victory, leaving Steidlmayer and Co. one point short.
WOMEN’S TENNIS STAYS FLAWLESS IN CCAA
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team hosts a pair of Eastern invaders this week as Division II toughie Rollins (FL) and William Jewel (MM)) come to La Jolla Tuesday and Wednesday...The 16th-ranked Tritons are 6-4 on the year after seeing a modest three-match winning streak stopped Saturday at Division I UC Davis.
Division I Villanova was the victim Monday at UCSD’s North Courts where the Tritons squeaked out a 5-4 triumph...Marshal Malinow-Ina Dan at No. 1 and Allison Legakis-Yekaterina Mlividskaia (No. 3) garnered 9-8 and 9-7 doubles victories respectively and then the two clubs split singles with UCSD prevailing at No. 2 (Dan), No.3 (Justine Fonte) and No. 5 (Tessa Tran), all in two sets.
UCSD extended its CCAA win streak to 35 matches in CCAA play Friday, avoiding an ambush a the hands of host Sonoma State for a 5-4 win...The Seawolves, who were beaten 7-2 when these two teams met earlier in La Jolla, shocked the Tritons by taking two of the three doubles matches...Dan, Fonte and Pooja Desai, playing at Nos.1-3 singles all raced to straight set conquests but it was up to Legakis at No. 5 to sew the match up, which she did with a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) victory at No. 5.
At UC Davis, the Tritons were downed in all three doubles matches and never recovered, losing a 6-1 decision...Sophomore Ina Dan’s victory at No. 1 singles helped UCSD avert a shutout...Fonte went three sets at No. 2...LaPlante’s squad was missing top singles player Marsha Malinow who sat out to rest a nagging injury.
OLSEN TOP TRITON GOLFER AT SOCAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team will have two weeks off after hosting last week’s 15-team, 57th annual Southern California Intercollegiate at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano...Granted the field was one of the strongest Division II contingents outside of the NCAA Championships, but the veteran mentor will likely be looking for answers after watching his two squads finish 13th and 14th in the SoCal...Sophomore Billy Olsen’s sixth place individual performance (70-69-74—213) lifted the “B” team to a six-stroke advantage over the UCSD “A” unit which was led by Noah Moss...Moss, another soph carded a 54-hole total of 226 to tie for 34th...The “B” team’s 921 total left them 83 strokes behind tourney team champ West Florida...UCSD returns to action on March 26 at the Elco Invitational in Bakersfield.
RUNYAN, SPROWLES INDIVIDUAL WINNERS AT NCAA FENCING REGIONAL
After having 10 individuals place in the top five of their disciplines at Sunday’s NCAA Fencing West Regional, Coach Heidi Runyan and her team now must wait until Tuesday to see which performances were good enough to warrant berths in the NCAA Championships, scheduled for March 22-25 in New Jersey.
Six Triton women placed fifth or better...Three—sophomore Jennifer Chung (second), junior Emily Lipoma (third) and freshman Florence Lee (fourth)—were in foil...Other top finishers were junior Chelsea Ambort (third) and sophomore Heather Stephenson (fifth) in epee and sophomore sabre specialist Alexandra Mareschal.
On the men’s side, juniors Jason Runyan (sabre) and Cameron Sprowles (foil) were No. 1 in their weapons while Runyan’s brother, Jeremiah, took fourth in sabre and junior John Chung was fifth in foil.
MEN’S CREW UNDEFEATED IN 2007 OPENER
An experienced Men’s Crew team looked the part in its 2007 debut, comfortably sweeping four races against Long Beach State and UC Irvine Saturday on Mission Bay...In new Head Coach Zach Johnson’s first regatta at the helm, the Triton varsity eight began pulling away at 800 meters and won handily by 16 seconds over runner-up UCI...Joe Gram coxed the boat which was manned by Michael Zurko, Ryan Andre, Darren Von Platen, Gilbert Collins, Shawn Hay, Tyler Suttlerly, Brenden Carriker and Derek Huffman.
The second varsity eight, novice eight and novice four were also open water winners...Johnson’s charges now travel to Spokane, WA where they will square off against Gonzaga and Orange Coast College Friday.
WOMEN’S CREW MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team opened its 2007 season in fine fashion, rattling off three wins in four races against Long Beach State and UC Irvine Saturday on Mission Bay...The varsity eight, which last year made its first trip to the NCAA Division II Championships, went wire-to-wire in 7:16.5 for the 2000 meters, leaving Long Beach State three lengths back in second...Coxed by Steph Chang, the crew included Monica Switick, Jen Myers, Leah Llach, Anna Simeon, Kali Webb, Kim Shaffer, Kelsey Thomas and Megan Hagquist...It was the first time in recent memory that UCSD has knocked off both Long Beach and Irvine in the same season...The second varsity eight was fourth in the same race...The Tritons’ powerful lightweight four—Thomas, Hagquist, Katie Harris, Kim Thomas and coxswain Leslie Sjobom—powered to a victory in the varsity four with a 6.4 second edge over second place UCI.
Assistant coach Liz Record’s novice squad made its debut Saturday as well...Her eight grabbed an early lead, then held off a stretch run by Long Beach State and UC Irvine to post a six second win...The two Triton novice fours finished third and fourth in that competition...The UCSD Women’s Crew is back in action March 24 at the annual Berg Cup in Newport Harbor.
PETERS, PATTERSON ALL-CCAA BASKETBALL PICKS
In the aftermath of a 12-15 season where it finished sixth in the CCAA (10-12), the Men’s Basketball team placed two players—senior Robby Peters and sophomore Henry Patterson—on the second team all-conference squad...It was the first all-league recognition for Peters who broke UCSD’s career three-point shooting record on the final weekend of the regular season...Patterson, who missed much of the early season due to injury, was a first team All-CCAA choice a year ago.
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