This Week’s Events:


Wed., Mar. 21---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at NCAA Elite Eight---Noon

Thu., Mar. 22---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Thu., Mar. 22---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at NCAA Elite Eight---7:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 22---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Hep./Dec.---10:00 AM
Fri., Mar. 23---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 23---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Hep./Dec.---10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 24---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., Mar. 24---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at NCAA Elite Eight---5:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 24---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Berg Cup Invitational---8:00 AM
Sun., Mar. 25----Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sun., Mar. 25---Baseball---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific (DH)---11:00 AM
Sun., Mar. 25---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. West Florida---11:00 AM
Sun., Mar. 25---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---Noon


Senior Leora Juster and the Women's Basketball team make their first trip to the NCAA Elite Eight this week.



Champions of the CCAA and the NCAA West Region, the Women’s Basketball team now goes for the national crown when it travels to Kearney, NB for the NCAA Division II Championship...The Elite Eight starts Wednesday with semi-finals Thursday and the title clash Saturday at 5:00 PM...The Tritons (26-4), ranked 12th in the most recent D-II poll, square off against second-ranked Glenville State (WV) in the first round...The Pioneers sport a 33-2 record.


This is the furthest a UCSD Women’s Basketball team has ever advanced in the post-season...The Tritons are in the NCAA Playoffs for the third time at the Division II level, both of the previous trips ended with first round losses at Seattle Pacific.


UCSD is led by two-time CCAA and West Region Player of the Year Leora Juster...The senior guard is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,011 points and is also No. 1 on the assist chart with 392...The probable starting lineup includes two other seniors—forward Hillary Hansen (13.8 ppg/7.7 rpg) and point guard Kacie Kostlan who tied a school record with 14 assists in the first round of the NCAA Regional...Sophomore Michelle Osier, who has five double doubles in the last eight games and struck for 22 points and 18 boards in the Regional final, starts at the other forward and junior Jillian Ricks (4.9 ppg/3.3 rpg) handles the post...Junior sharpshooter Meaghan Noud (9.4 ppg) and sophomore Alexis Gaskin (3.6 rpg) get the most playing time off the bench...Head Coach Janell Jones, 44-9 in her second year at UCSD, was named CCAA Coach of the Year.



When it was all said and done after four days and nights at Buffalo’s Flickinger Center Pool, the Swimming & Diving teams matched last years third (women) and fifth (men) place finishes in the team competition...Coach Scott McGihon’s women had 11 individual All-American performances while the men nailed down six, highlighted by the 100 breaststroke where junior Evan Hsiao won the national title in a personal best 55.51.


The Triton women compiled 318 points, finishing behind only Drury and Truman State...All-Americans included seniors Susan Bell (2nd/400 individual medley/4:27.69 & 5th/200 individual medley/2:06.51), Emily Harlan (5th/100 freestyle/51.80 & 6th/50 freestyle/23.69) and Andrea Lippin (8th/1,650 freestyle/17:32.28)...Other double finalists were butterfliers Jennifer Sims (3rd/200 butterfly/2:05.54 & 5th/100 butterfly) and Karla Holman (4th/100 butterfly/57.03) & 8th/200 butterfly), who broke the school record in the shorter distance...Aubrey Panis was seventh in the 200 freestyle (1:54.12) and Kendall Bohn was eighth in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.01)...UCSD was also second in both the 400 freestyle (3:28.31) and 800 freestyle (7:36.36) relays.


On the men’s side, the Tritons produced 287 points, just 12 short of fourth place Missouri-Rolla...In addition to touching first in the 100 breaststroke, Hsiao was also fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.36)...Freshman Daniel Perdew had a breakthrough meet, taking fourth in the 50 freestyle with a school record clocking of 20.39...He was also fifth in the 100 freestyle, just behind senior Tim Fuller who finished fourth in 45.20...J.P. Oliver’s 1:42.63 mark was good for eighth in the 200 freestyle...UCSD was top five in all five relay events, highlighted by a silver medal swim in the 200 freestyle (1:22.49) with the quartet of Perdew, Todd Langland, Hsiao and Fuller.



With wins in seven of its last eight outings, including three-of-four in a home-and-home series with Cal State San Bernardino last week, Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team heads into its winter finals break at 19-9 overall with an 11-5 CCAA record and sits third in the conference standings...The Tritons will get right back into play following finals, hosting Division II Hawaii Pacific Sunday in the first of consecutive doubleheaders against the Sea Warriors.


Senior Matt Lawson and sophomore Matt Cantele smacked three hits apiece as UCSD captured Thursday’s series opener with Cal State San Bernardino, 9-6...Both had hits in a five-run Triton fifth that made it 8-0...Cantele homered, scored twice and drove in a pair...UCSD piled up 14 hits total behind freshman Kirby St. John who tossed five solid innings for his fourth win.


In Friday’s second game at San Bernardino, the Tritons teed off on four Coyote hurlers for 20 hits and 13 runs in a 13-7 triumph...UCSD popped three home runs while posting three, four and five-run innings...Left fielder Tim Mort accounted for four hits, while catcher David Morehead and second baseman Garrett Imeson had three knocks and a home run each...Morehead drove in four and Imeson three...Leadoff man Vance Albitz also racked up three hits...Todd Gimenez fired five-plus solid innings out of the bullpen to garner his first win of 2007.


Saturday, the action shifted to La Jolla and the Triton bats stayed hot in game one... Albitz and Cantele opened the bottom of the first with back-to-back doubles to the left center gap and UCSD never trailed on its way to a 9-2 victory...Albitz finished with three hits while Cantele hit his 10th home run and Lawson doubled and tripled...Both Cantele and Lawson drove home three in the game...Freshman Daniel Simmons went six strong innings, giving up just one run and notching his fourth “W”...The Tritons were unable to complete the sweep, giving up three early runs and falling short, 4-3, in game two...Lawson (one HR) and Imeson each had two of UCSD’s six hits and Michael Thomson took the loss.



After winning three-of-four from Cal State Monterey Bay up north last weekend, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team take an 18-16 record into finals and spring break...The Tritons are third in the CCAA with a 13-7 mark in league action...They host Cal State San Bernardino for a doubleheader this Sunday.


The Tritons split Friday’s doubleheader with the Otters, taking the opener, 12-4, with junior Melissa Ward collecting the win...Freshman shortstop Mandy Eliades went 4-for-4 and scored three runs and junior third baseman Jenny Maze cracked her eighth home run of the year (21st of her career) while driving in three...UCSD, which pushed across nine runs in the third, exploded for 19 hits and seven players had multi-hit performances...The Tritons got 10 more hits and four runs in the nightcap but Monterey Bay roughed up three UCSD pitchers for 12 hits and a 7-4 win...At the top of the batting order, Danielle Lukk and Brittni Carino each had three hits for UCSD with the former blasting her first home run of the year and driving in two.


UCSD captured both ends of a doubleheader the next day against the Otters...Senior Carino and soph Allison May rapped three hits apiece, Carino collecting two doubles and May getting three RBIs...Lukk also had three RBIs, smacking her second homer in as many days, and Eliades continued to have a torrid bat, getting two hits, scoring three times and driving in a pair...Ward turned in four innings to secure the win...Ward came back strong in game two, throwing a six-hit complete game and striking out four, earning her 14th victory in a 6-1 contest...First baseman Jenni Habib had three hits and Maze drove in two.



Coach Larry Sanders’ 16th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team split a pair of home contests last week and will now go 12 days between games while attending to finals...The Tritons sit at 8-9 going into the break...Next game will be at home, March 29, against Brown.


Sarah Bajorek and Judy Emaus racked up four goals apiece as UCSD ran out to a 7-0 first period lead and never looked back, whipping Colorado State, 12-4, in a WWPA encounter at Canyonview Pool last Thursday...Kim Hockett and Markayla Quane split chores in the cage, turning away five shots...Sydney Gstettenbauer, Lauren Woods and Bajorek scored Friday but No. 2 UCLA overpowered the Tritons, 21-3.



The Fencing team will send two competitors to this week’s NCAA Championships in Madison, New Jersey...Despite winning both men’s and women’s titles in the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California, UCSD was able to qualify only foil specialists Jennifer Chun and Cameron Sprowles for the national meet...Chun, a sophomore, will be making her second trip to the NCAA’s and it will be junior Sprowles’ first berth.



The Tritons gave a lethargic performance at RIMAC Arena Friday night, losing 3-0 (30-24, 30-15, 30-26) to a 13th-ranked USC team they had beaten earlier in the year on the road...Freshmen Jason Spangler and Frank Fritsch had 11 and 10 kills respectively but there weren’t many numbers on the stat sheet that reflected positively for UCSD.


Things didn’t get much better the next night as No. 1 Pepperdine rolled over the Tritons, 3-0 (30-18, 30-25, 30-16)...Freshman Will Ehrman came off the bench to lead UCSD with 11 kills, seven in the third game...Setter Brooks Dierdorff had 24 assists and sophomore libero Eric Leserman had six digs but UCSD could do little to slow down the Waves who hit .432 for the match.



The Men’s Tennis team takes a one week respite for finals after winning two-of-three home dual matches last week...The 14th-ranked Tritons, now 8-2 overall, will be back in action a week from today against potent D-II foe Hawaii Pacific on the North Courts.


Last Thursday afternoon, UCSD ran its string of victories against Division I opponents to four in a row, disposing of Boston University, 8-1...The Tritons swept doubles and followed that up with victories at the 1-5 slots on the singles ladder...Bijan Moallemi, Eric Rubens, Kazumi Negishi and Steve Oechel were all winners in both disciplines.


UCSD’s four-match win streak against Division I opponents came to a grinding halt Friday in a 6-3 loss to Iowa...With Rubens/Blake Meister, Moallemi/Negishi and Oechel/Ramesh Thondapu all winning in doubles, the Tritons raced out to a 3-0 advantage...But, inexplicably, the wheels fell off in singles with the Hawkeyes capturing five of six in straight sets, only Meister at No. 6 able to stretch his match to the full three.


The Tritons were all business Sunday, dispatching D-II rival Sonoma State, 8-1, on the North Courts...The same three doubles tandems that won vs. Iowa turned the trick against the Seawolves...Then it was Rubens, Moallemi, Low, Negishi and Oechel netting singles points with Thondapu forced to retire at No. 6 for the lone SSU marker.



Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team defeated NAIA William Jewell (MO) but lost to Division II Rollins (FL), the nation’s 20th-ranked team last week, leaving the 16th-ranked Tritons 7-5 going into Sunday’s home match against D-II power West Florida.


Against Rollins on Tuesday, the Tritons were swept in doubles and got their two points at Nos. 5-6 singles from Allison Legakis and Christy Knudsen...LaPlante used a revamped lineup against William Jewell, resting No. 1 Marsha Malinow among others, but it was of no consequence...UCSD went up, 2-1, after doubles and then shut out the Cardinals in singles with Ina Dan, Justine Fonte, Tessa Tran, Legakis, Knudsen and Yekatarina Milvidskaia all scoring in straight sets.



The Track & Field teams had another solid early season outing Saturday at the SDSU Aztec Invitational, highlighted by junior Laiah Blue...The veteran raced to second in the 100 hurdles, just missing her school best with a 13.86 clocking and then, in her first try at 200 meters, ran a 24.80, third best in UCSD history...Sophomore Daniel Anderson won the 800 in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:52.59, teaming with Evan Tamura for a 1-2 finish...Two other winners for the Tritons were Jillian Sola (discus/114-9) and Lauren Anderson (shot put/40-7)...Casey Ryan was fourth in the high jump, matching last week’s NCAA provisional mark of 6-8.75...Matt Noble was second in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:00.23) and Diane Dunn was third in the 1,500 (4:39.86).



Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team jumps right from winter finals back into the competitive arena, traveling to Newport Harbor Saturday for the annual Berg Cup Invitational...Pinkerton will send out eights in the varsity, junior varsity and novice divisions...The Tritons will be hooking up with USD, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Orange Coast College.


Coming off a heavy work week, the UCSD lightweight eight finished third in a regatta at Long Beach last weekend...The Tritons were 20 seconds back of first place Loyola Marymount.



Men's Crew Coach Zach Johnson sent his varsity eight to the Northwest Friday where it split with a pair of D-1 opponents in dual racing...In the morning, the Tritons were edged by Gonazaga...UCSD fell back early after having one seat jump off track in the first few strokes but made up ground and closed to within less than two seconds at the wire, clocking 6:00.3...In the afternoon, the Tritons easily handled Washington State, out-distancing the Cougars by 25 seconds...Coxed by Joe Gram, the crew consisted of Derek Huffman, Brenden Carriker, Tyler Sutterley, Shawn Hay, Gil Collins, Darren Von Platen, Ryan Andre and Michael Zurko...The team is now off until the San Diego Crew Classic (March 31/April 1).



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