This Week’s Events:
Mon., Mar. 26---Golf---UCSD at Elco Invitational---All Day
Mon., Mar. 26---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific---10:00 AM
Mon., Mar. 26---Baseball---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific (DH)---11:00 AM
Mon., Mar. 26---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific---1:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 27---Golf---UCSD at Elco Invitational---All Day
Tue., Mar. 27---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii-Hilo---Noon
Wed., Mar. 28---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at West Florida---2:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 29---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---2:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 29---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Brown---4:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 29---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Hawaii---7:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 30---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at West Florida Tournament---All Day
Fri., Mar. 30---Track & Field---UCSD at Cal/Nevada Championships---10:00 AM
Fri., Mar. 30---Softball---UCSD at Mizuno Tournament of Champions---All Day
Fri., Mar. 30---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 30---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Hawaii---7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 31---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at West Florida Tournament---All Day
Sat., Mar. 31---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Davis Shootout---All Day
Sat., Mar. 31---Crew (M&W)---UCSD at San Diego Crew Classic---8:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 31---Women’s Crew---UCSD at NW Collegiate Championships---8:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 31---Track & Field---UCSD at Cal/Nevada Championships---10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 31---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Invitational---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 31---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 31---Softball---UCSD at Mizuno Tournament of Champions---4:00 PM
Sun., Apr. 1---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at West Florida Tournament---All Day
Sun., Apr. 1---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at Davis Shootout---All Day
Sun., Apr. 1---Softball---UCSD at Mizuno Tournament of Champions---All Day
Sat., Mar. 31---Crew (M&W)---UCSD at San Diego Crew Classic---8:00 AM
The Triton Women's Crew competes at the NW Collegiate Championships after winning the varsity eight at last week's Berg Cup.
BEST EVER WOMEN’S HOOP SEASON ENDS AT NCAA SEMIS
The finest season in UCSD Women’s Basketball history came to an end in the national NCAA Division II semi-finals at Kearney, NB when Coach Janell Jones’ 12th-ranked Tritons were knocked off by No. 7 Southern Connecticut State, the eventual national champion, 67-53...UCSD finished up with an all-time best 27 wins against just five losses and won its first-ever CCAA Championship.
Jones’ club opened Elite Eight play Wednesday with a gritty, come-from-behind, 71-61, victory over the country’s second-ranked squad, Glenville State (WV)...Down, 20-5, in the first half, the Tritons rode a 26-point, seven-rebound, three-assist effort from all-time leading scorer Leora Juster...Another senior, Hillary Hansen knocked down 20 points, getting 15 in the second half...From the 15-point deficit, UCSD rallied to trail by just seven at the half and took the lead for good on a Juster bucket with 10:33 remaining...Junior Meaghan Noud chipped in with 12 points and pulled down a game high eight rebounds.
Against Southern Connecticut State, the Tritons trailed by as many as six early but battled back to take a two-point advantage into the locker room at halftime...Four minutes into the second half they were ahead by five and with 7:56 to go, the lead still belonged to Jones' crew...But the next three minutes told the tale as the Owls ran off 12 unanswered points and UCSD went stone cold from the field...The Tritons, who outshot SCSU, 46.2% - 27.3% in the first half, were outshot 50.0% - 31.3% over the final 20 minutes...Juster, Hansen and Michelle Osier all scored 12 points but were all under 50% from the field...Noud scored 10 points and Osier's 11 boards gave her a double double.
SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE NO VACATION FOR BASEBALL TEAM
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team hosts regional foe Hawaii Pacific for a Monday doubleheader then gets back into CCAA action Thursday with the first of a four-game weekend set against Cal State Dominguez Hills...When that series ends Saturday, the Tritons will have played eight games in seven days...UCSD takes a 20-10 overall mark into today’s double dip and stands 11-5 in the CCAA (third place)...Dominguez Hills is 4-12 in conference.
The Tritons played the first pair of a four-game series with Hawaii Pacific Sunday, falling, 9-4, in the opener before rebounding for a 12-3 triumph in the nightcap...A five-run fifth propelled the Sea Warriors in game one...Sophomore Matt Cantele and junior Chris Franco each homered for UCSD and the former had two hits, as did Vance Albitz...Freshman Kirby St. John was tagged with the loss...Franco blasted another pair of bombs in game two and piled up six RBIs as the Tritons put together back-to-back five-run frames to run away from HPU...UCSD had 10 hits but was aided by four Sea Warrior errors...The beneficiary was sophomore Trevor Decker who went six innings before giving way to Tim Mort, earning win No. 6 on the season.
SOFTBALL TEAM IN MIZUNO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Trying to pick up wins that will augment its resume when post-season berths are doled out, the Softball team will battle a batch of regional foes at this weekend’s Mizuno Tournament of Champions in Turlock...UCSD comes into the tourney with a record of 19-17 overall and is now 14-8 in CCAA action.
The Tritons will tangle with Western Oregon (12:15 PM), Seattle (2:15 PM) and St. Martin’s (8:15 PM) on Friday...They’ll be back Saturday afternoon to lock horns with Chaminade (4:00 PM) and Hawaii-Hilo (6:00 PM)...Sunday’s match-ups will be determined by the first two days’ play.
Yesterday, UCSD split a home doubleheader against Cal State San Bernardino...In the opener, junior Danielle Lukk’s infield single pushed the winning run across the plate in a 3-2 extra inning (8) affair...UCSD had 10 hits in the ball game but was forced to scramble by leaving 12 runners stranded...The Tritons went up, 1-0, in the first...CSUSB tied it in the fifth...UCSD answered in the sixth as Sara Robinson drove in pinch runner Dallas Hernandez with what appeared to be the game-winner...But the Coyotes came back again, knotting it in the top of the seventh...In the eighth, shortstop Mandy Eliades started things off by getting aboard on an error and wound up scoring on Lukk's infield hit...Melissa Ward went all the way to notch win No. 15...San Bernardino overwhelmed the Tritons, 10-2, in the second game, cracking 14 hits in the process... UCSD had just four, one a two-run third inning single by junior Jenny Maze.
NO. 14 HAWAII HERE FOR TWO MATCHES VS. MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Coming off its finals break, Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball will get a tough test immediately, hosting No. 14 Hawaii for a pair of matches this week...The Tritons are 5-17 on the season, 2-14 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play and have never defeated UH.
The top four kill leaders for Ring’s squad are all freshmen—Jason Spangler (282), Will Ehrman (259), Frank Fritsch (212) and Adrian Guthals (99)...Unfortunately, Guthals, a starting middle blocker, is out for the season with a knee injury...Senior Brooks Dierdorff continues to pad his all-time assists record which now stands at 3,639.
FENCING FINISHES 21ST AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Heidi Runyan's two NCAA qualifiers were enough to land the UCSD Fencing team a 21st place finish at the NCAA Championships in Madison, NJ last weekend.
In his first appearance at the NCAA Championships, junior Cameron Sprowles finished 11th in the men’s foil competition...Sprowles, who won his specialty at the IFCSC conference meet, captured 11 individual matches at the NCAAs and his placement put UCSD 16th in the overall men’s team standings...Teammate Jennifer Chun, also competing in foil, won a pair of matches on the final day of the event, lifting her to 24th place.
MEN’S CREW GUNS FOR CAL CUP VICTORY AT CREW CLASSIC
Coach Zach Johnson will put four boats in the water at the annual San Diego Crew Classic, Saturday and Sunday, on Mission Bay...As usual, the Triton varsity eight will vie for the Cal Cup, a division where it finished fourth in 2006...The race’s three heats will be run Saturday and for the first time, UCSD was accorded one of the No.1 seeds...Other Triton boats will include the JV eight which also reached the grand final a year ago, the novice eight, a winner of the petite final last spring, and the novice “B” eight, in what will be a first-time event...All finals are set for Sunday.
WOMEN’S CREW WINS BERG CUP FOR FIRST TIME; NORTHWEST TRIP NEXT
The Women’s Crew team registered a pair of firsts Saturday at Newport Harbor—the varsity eight captured the Berg Cup championship for the first time and did it in record-setting fashion, clocking an all-time UCSD best of 6:47.1 over the 2,000 m. course...The V-8, coxed by Leslie Sjobom and powered by Monica Switick, Jen Myers, Leah Llach, Anna Simeon, Kali Webb, Kim Shaffer, Kelsey Thomas and Megan Hagquist, led from the outset, was challenged briefly by UC Irvine at the midway point, but pulled away to win by more than six seconds over UCI and fast-closing USD who dead-heated for second.
The novice eight remained undefeated, overcoming some early equipment issues to nip UC Irvine by less than a second...Coxed by Sam Lee and rowed by Jessi Bennett, Isabel Cole, Stacey Correia, Lauren Menzies, Susanne Chang, Summer Austin, Lauren Copenbarger and Allison Tritch, they were clocked in 7:10.5...The second varsity eight was third while the two novice fours were fourth and fifth.
Coach Pattie Pinkerton will split her squad this weekend, sending the varsity to the Northwest Collegiate Championships in Vancouver, WA where it will hook up with defending NCAA D-II champion Western Washington, while the novices compete at the San Diego Crew Classic.
MEN’S TENNIS TACKLES NATION’S BEST
The scheduling won’t get much tougher than what the 12th-ranked Men’s Tennis team faces this week...First up is always-tough regional rival Hawaii Pacific, today on UCSD’s North Courts...Then it’s off to Pensacola, FL for a single match against No. 1-ranked West Florida, followed by four days of tournament play at the West Florida Invitational...In that event, the Tritons lock horns with West Alabama, No. 16 BYU-Hawaii, No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic and No. 3 Valdosta State, the defending NCAA Division II champion.
On Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s nine-man travel roster are Eric Rubens, Bijan Moallemi, Seth Spector, Blake Meister, Ramesh Thondapu, Kazumi Negishi, Brandon Low, Steve Oechel and Alex Whitmore.
BIG WEEK FOR WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team, ranked 16th nationally but still trying to establish its post-season credentials, hosts a pair of matches with huge end-of-the year implications when it battles Hawaii Pacific Monday and Hawaii-Hilo Tuesday.
Sunday, the Tritons hosted No. 5 West Florida and the Argos took their measure, sweeping doubles en route to a 7-2 victory...UCSD's only points came at No. 3 singles, where junior Justine Fonte outlasted Renatta Mattos in three sets, winning the third, 11-9, and at No. 6 singles where Christy Knudsen prevailed in straight sets.
DAVIS SHOOTOUT ON TAP FOR WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Coach Larry Sanders’ 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team hooks up with four of its Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) colleagues when it travels to Northern California for the Davis Shootout, Saturday and Sunday at UC Davis.
Saturday, the Tritons will face No. 14 Santa Clara at 11:45 AM and come back against Cal State Monterey Bay at 6:00 PM...A day later, it will be UCSD vs. No. 7 UC Davis at 11:15 AM before closing out the trip against Cal State San Bernardino at 3:00 PM.
GOLF LOOKS TO START STRETCH RUN AT ELCO INVITATIONAL
Coming off a two-week layoff, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team will face 15 teams in the annual Elco Invitational at Bakersfield Country Club...The 54-hole event, which starts with 36 holes today, will be the first of three preceding the April 23-24 CCAA Championships...Wydra’s youngish squad, still looking for the right combination, will include Billy Olsen, Ryan Bailey, Jiweon Seo, Luke Leveillee and Austin Alfonso—two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior—at the Elco.
TRACK & FIELD HEADS TO CAL/NEVADA MEET; RAINWATER SETS RECORD
Coach Tony Salerno will send 26 women and 20 men to Saturday’s Cal/Nevada Championships in Fresno with the remainder of the squad competing locally at the Point Loma Invitational...The Tritons figure to make some noise in Fresno where up to 40 schools, in all divisions, figure to be represented... According to Salerno, a top 10 finish would be a solid performance on the men’s side while the women could make it to the top five if key athletes hit their marks.
Sophomore Daniel Anderson is the No. 1 seed in the men’s 800 while junior Laiah Blue is the top seed in the 100 hurdles and second-rated in the 400 hurdles...Last weekend, freshman Linda Rainwater set a school record in the heptathlon while finishing third at the Point Loma Heptathlon/Decathlon Meet...Rainwater racked up 4,590 points to eclipse Amy Beeman’s UCSD best by 120 points, earning an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the process.
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