UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 9, 2007)
Release: Sunday 04/08/2007 
by UCSD
Steve Oechel and the 13th-ranked Men's Tennis team play their final regular season home match Tuesday.
Steve Oechel and the...
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This Week’s Events:

Mon., Apr. 9---Golf---UCSD at Otter Invitational---All Day

 
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/UCSD Sports Information

Steve Oechel and the 13th-ranked Men's Tennis team play their final regular season home match Tuesday.

Tue., Apr.10---Golf---UCSD at Otter Invitational---All Day
Tue., Apr.10---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma---2:00 PM

Wed., Apr. 11---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---1:30 PM
Wed., Apr. 11---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---4:00 PM

Thu., Apr. 12---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Heptathlon/Decathlon---10:00 AM

Fri., Apr. 13---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Heptathlon/Decathlon---10:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 13---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at LMU Invitational---All-Day
Fri., Apr. 13---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA/Rafer Johnson Invitational---11:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 13---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 13---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 13---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. UCLA---7:00 PM

Sat., Apr. 14---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at LMU Invitational---All Day
Sat., Apr. 14---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Newport Invitational---7:30 PM
Sat., Apr. 14---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA/Rafer Johnson Invitational---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 14---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 14---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 14---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---Noon
Sat., Apr. 14---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---1:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 14---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---7:00 PM

Sun., Apr. 15---Crew---UCSD at San Diego City Championships---7:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 15---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Santa Clara---10:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 15---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---11:00 AM 

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL CLOSES OUT 2007 VS. UCLA, UC IRVINE AT RIMAC
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena for its final two matches of 2007, hooking up with two of the nation’s premier teams—No. 4 UCLA Friday night and No. 2 UC Irvine Saturday…The Tritons are now 5-21 after dropping at pair of matches at No. 3 Brigham Young last weekend.

Last Friday in Provo, UT, UCSD put up a valiant struggle before succumbing, 3-1 (30-17, 30-32, 30-25, 30-23) to No. 3 Brigham Young…Freshman Will Ehrman was the offensive sparkplug, racking up 23 kills to go with a pair of aces…First-year partner Jason Spangler accounted for 11 kills and senior Brooks Dierdorff distributed 46 assists…The Tritons showed some moxie in winning game two, letting a 29-27 lead slip away but coming back to break a 30-all tie with the final two points of the game…UCSD hit a creditable .181 against the highly-regarded Cougars.

The next night, BYU stopped the Tritons, 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-22)…UCSD looked like it might repeat the previous night’s game two performance, rolling off six straight points to take a 20-17 lead…But the Cougars responded with a 7-3 run of their own to go ahead 24-23…After UCSD tied it at 24, BYU closed it out with a 6-2 run…Dierdorff  had 31 assists and Frank Fritsch, who didn’t have a single kill the night before, topped the Tritons with 15…Ehrman had 11 more and sophomore libero Eric Leserman had 10 digs, propelling himself into the UCSD record books with a total of 256 for the year, breaking the mark of 253 set by Dickens Tai.

FOUR-MATCH WEEK FINISHES REGULAR SEASON FOR MEN’S TENNIS
Tuesday, the 13th-ranked Men's Tennis team whipped the country’s No. 5 NAIA team, Vanguard, 6-3, getting wins from the bottom four singles…UCSD opened things up with decisive doubles triumphs at No. 1 (Eric Rubens/Blake Meister) and No. 2 (Steve Oechel/Seth Spector)…Then it was Spector, Brandon Low, Oechel and Kazumi Negishi wrapping up the verdict with two-set singles win.

The Tritons play their final home match of the year Tuesday against NAIA Point Loma, then close out the regular season with D-II contests at Cal Poly Pomona and Sonoma State and a tussle with Division I Santa Clara—Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.

FINAL HOME MATCH FOR WOMEN’S TENNIS FRIDAY
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team plays its final regular season home match of the year Friday against Cal State Bakersfield and hits the road the next day to play another CCAA opponent, Cal Poly Pomona…The 19th-ranked Tritons (10-7 overall and 7-0 in the CCAA) will be looking to extend a string of 37 consecutive conference wins.

Friday, the Tritons swept doubles and grabbed four of six singles matches to easily put away Cal State San Bernardino, 7-2…Ina Dan and Christy Knudsen were double winners for UC…A day later, UCSD again swept doubles and this time got singles wins at Nos. 2-6, all in two sets, for an 8-1 conquest of the Coyotes…Singles winners were Dan, Pooja Desai, Tessa Tran, Allison Legakis and Knudsen.

CITY TITLE GOAL FOR MEN’S CREW SUNDAY
After a week off following its brilliant Cal Cup win at the San Diego Crew Classic, the Men’s Crew team starts serious preparation for its end-of-the-season championship races with a double dip this weekend…Saturday, Coach Zach Johnson and the Tritons go to Orange County for the Newport Invitational…They’re back on Mission Bay (Tecolote Course) Sunday to square off against local rivals San Diego State and USD at the San Diego City Championships.

At Newport, the Tritons will be facing UCLA, USC and UC Irvine among others...Sunday's City Championship agenda will include races in the varsity eight, JV eight, novice eight, novice four and lightweight four categories.

WOMEN’S CREW TAKES ON D-I FOES AT CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Looking to build on an excellent performance at the recent Northwest Collegiate Rowing Championships, Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team challenges Division I teams from San Diego State and USD in Sunday’s San Diego City Championships on Mission Bay...The Tritons are now ranked third nationally in Division II and second in the region behind defending national champion Western Washington...Sunday's schedule will include a varsity eight, JV eight, novice eight, varsity four, novice four and lightweight four.

BIG WEEK AT HOME LOOMS FOR SOFTBALL
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team, clinging to fifth place in the CCAA (fourth among teams eligible for the four-team conference tournament), faces a critical week in terms of post-season opportunity when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino, Wednesday, and Cal State Dominguez Hills, Saturday, for conference doubleheaders…UCSD is 24-22 overall and 15-11 in the CCAA…In league action, San Bernardino (12-12) is one spot back of UCSD and one place ahead of Dominguez Hills (9-13)...UCSD lost three-of-four in a hard-fought home series with No. 3 Humboldt State last weekend.

The Lumberjacks swept Friday’s two games, taking a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in the opener before stacking up 13 hits and holding off UCSD’s bounce back hopes, 7-5 in game two…Both teams mustered just three hits apiece in game one as the Tritons’ junior standout Melissa Ward was done in by a second-inning run…UCSD had runners at second and third with one out in the seventh but was unable to push the tying run across…In the nightcap, the Lumberjacks broke open a 2-2 game with four in the fifth inning, watched as UCSD posted three of its own in the sixth but was able to stop the comeback there…The Tritons registered nine singles in the game, three by second baseman Dallas Hernandez, who also scored a run and drove one in.

Saturday, the Tritons came tantalizingly close to sweeping Humboldt, capturing game one, 5-4, before watching the Lumberjacks erase a two-run deficit to take another, 7-2, triumph in the series finale…In the opener, UCSD ripped 12 hits, knocking star pitcher Lizzy Prescott out of the game, but after running up a 5-0 lead, had to hang on as HSU scored a pair of unearned markers in a four-run fifth…Ward, back in the circle, got her 18th win…Hernandez and catcher Nicole Saari each had a single, double, RBI and two runs scored as four players had multi-hit games…UCSD posted just six hits in the second game with Saari and Jenni Habib driving in the only runs…Freshman Christine Zankich was tagged with the loss.

BASEBALL GOES TO MONTEREY BAY FOR FOUR
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team hits the road and returns to conference play this weekend after a 1-2 week on its home turf…The Tritons will come into a four-game series at Cal State Monterey Bay with a 25-14 mark…They are 14-6 in the CCAA which puts them third in the conference standings, one game up on Chico State…CSUMB is 7-21 overall and ninth in the 10-team league.

UCSD pounded Cal State San Marcos pitching for 18 hits Tuesday but it was not enough to keep the visiting Cougars from taking a 12-9 decision…Two Triton errors led to six unearned runs for San Marcos in the second inning and relegated UCSD to playing catch-up the rest of the afternoon…Left fielder Tim Mort had four singles and reached as a hit batsmen while right fielder John Roth and center fielder Matt Lawson both racked up three hits.

The Tritons brought out the big lumber and had the mound work to back it Friday, blitzing D-II visitor Grand Canyon, 14-2…UCSD piled up 15 hits included four home runs—two by Lawson and one each for first baseman Chris Franco and right fielder Bryan Silverman…Lawson finished with three hits and a stolen base on the day, scoring twice and driving in four…Franco also tripled and had three RBIs…UCSD put it out of reach early when six hits and three Antelope errors resulted in seven third inning runs…Freshman Daniel Simmons breezed to his sixth win, a seven-hit complete game effort.

Saturday, UCSD took a 2-1 advantage into the ninth inning but a five-hit, six –run meltdown handed Grand Canyon a 7-2 victory and a split in the series…O’Brien’s club had gone up in the seventh on a leadoff double by Mort and a sacrifice fly from shortstop Vance Albitz…Second sacker Garrett Imeson went 3-for-3 at the plate and Silverman popped a pair of singles…The final inning blow-up ruined a nifty eight-inning, one-run, five-hit outing by starter Trevor Decker.

TEAM TITLES ORDER OF DAY SATURDAY FOR TRACK & FIELD
Coach Tony Salerno will send a little over  half of his Track & Field squad against elite competition this weekend at the UCLA/Rafer Johnson Invitational, Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles…A handful of athletes will go to the Mt. SAC Heptathlon/Decathlon meet in Azusa, Thursday and Friday…Superior depth lifted the men’s & women’s teams to victory in the unique UCSD Divisional Challenge last Saturday afternoon…The five-team field included a representative from NCAA Divisons I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College.

On the men’s side, UCSD won six individual events and both relays, accruing 212.5 points to easily out-distance runner-up Claremont (141) and third place Point Loma (132.5)…Winners for the men were Ryan Becijos (4:02.24), who barely nipped teammate Daniel Anderson in the 1,500, Jake LeVieux (3,000/8:47.75), Khalil Hooper (110 HH/14.94), Casey Ryan (High Jump/6-8.25), Roger Francis (Triple Jump/44-11.75) and Elliott Williamson (Shot Put/48-3.25)…Salerno was pleased with the solid 3:18.56 clocked by his winning 4x400 foursome of Alex Hesselgesser, Todd Bettisworth, Dan Noel and J.C. Inauen.

The Triton women amassed 224 points, beating second place Point Loma (179) by 45 with UC Riverside (135) claiming third…The women snagged five individual events and the 4x400 relay…Event winners included Amber Green (400/57.38), Diane Dunn (1,500/4:37.66), Laiah Blue (100 Hurdles/14.34), Whitney Johnson (Long Jump/18-0.5) and Leah Murphy (Triple Jump/38-0)…Blue paced a 1-2-3-4-5 finish for UCSD in the hurdles and also ran second in the 200 (25.09)…Dunn also took silver in the 3,000 (10:22.35), Murphy added a runner-up finish in the long jump and Christine Merrill was second in both the 100 and 400 hurdles.

GOLFERS TEE IT UP IN MONTEREY
After a week off, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team will be back on the links today when it joins 13 other teams in the 54-hole Otter Invitational played on the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Monterey…The field will include four other CCAA schools in playing 36 holes on day one and 18 tomorrow…Wydra’s lineup will include Billy Olsen, Ryan Bailey, Luke Leveillee, Nathan Phan and Noah Moss.

IMPROVING POLO SQUAD PLAYS AT LMU INVITATIONAL
On its final regular season road trip, the 14th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team travels to Los Angeles Friday for the two-day Loyola Marymount Invitational…The progressing Tritons (13-12) will face four WWPA conference rivals at LMU starting with Cal State Bakersfield at 10:30 AM on the first day…At 4:45 PM that day they’ll hook up with UC Santa Cruz and on Saturday, it will be Colorado State (9:15 AM) and Cal State San Bernardino (2:15 PM).

Last Thursday, Chapman scored the first goal of the game but was quickly drowned under a UCSD offensive barrage that resulted in a 20-2 Triton victory at Canyonview…Junior Judy Emaus rifled in five goals, sophomore Sydney Gstettenbauer chipped in with four and senior Natalie Hockett tallied three times for UCSD.

The Tritons took the lead for the first time when Sarah Bajorek converted a penalty shot with 2:03 left in the game and held on for a thrilling, 7-6, comeback win over visiting Cal State Northridge Friday…Down 3-0 and 4-1, UCSD knotted it up with three unanswered goals—a breakaway lob by Brigette Bugay, a tipped laser by Britta Nordstrom from up top and Hockett’s man-up score in heavy traffic midway through the third quarter…The 20th-ranked Matadors struck back quickly, nailing two penalty shots in less than a minute to go up, 6-4 at the end of the  period…The final eight minutes was all Tritons…Miho Umezawa made it 6-5 finishing a counter with a nice assist from Hockett…Hockett then tied things with her second goal, one-timing an Emaus feed off a rebound…That set the table for Bajorek’s clincher…In goal, Kim Hockett made seven saves, including several key second half stops.

The Tritons started slow again Saturday against No. 7 San Diego State in the annual Harper Cup game, but this time a late charge wasn’t enough as the Aztecs held on for a 10-8 decision…SDSU looked like it would run away early, scoring the first four goals of the contest…UCSD cut the lead in half but the Aztecs were on top, 7-2, at halftime…The Tritons were back within three at 9-6 with one quarter to go but SDSU put up the first score of the final period and then withstood UC's late advance…Bajorek accounted for four UCSD goals and Natalie Hockett scored once while drawing three ejections.

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