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Torero Athletics: Basketball, Tennis Have Split Decisions; Baseball Hosts Alumni

Torero Athletics: Basketball, Tennis Have Split Decisions; Baseball Hosts Alumni

The men and women’s basketball teams experienced similar results in West Coast Conference games played last week against Gonzaga and Portland.

The men’s team, playing in the Pacific Northwest, lost to Gonzaga, who this week is the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, 79-43 on Jan. 26. Olin Carter III returned to USD’s lineup and was the only Torero to score in double figures with 12 points. The team returned to the court on Jan. 28 and defeated host Portland, 68-52. Carter led the Toreros with 24 points in the win. Brett Bailey (12 rebounds) and Cameron Neubauer each had 16 points. 

The USD women’s team also lost to Gonzaga, but its 57-55 defeat came on a last-second prayer of a shot by Gonzaga’s Jill Barta to lift the Zags on Jan. 26 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. With time winding down, and the game knotted at 55, Gonzaga point guard Laura Stockton, squeezed between two USD defenders, slipped the ball to Barta, who then threw up the ball as time expired, and the ball found its way into the basket. 

Aubrey Ward-El led USD with 16 points and Katherine Hamilton added 12 against Gonzaga.

Much like the men’s team, the lady Toreros rebounded with a sound victory over Portland two days later, 57-40, led by Sydney Williams’ career-high 20 points. 

The men’s team returns to action this Thursday and Saturday with home games against Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s, respectively. The game against LMU is at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m. for the tilt against Saint Mary’s. The women’s games will both be on the road. At LMU, the Thursday game is at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s road game at Saint Mary’s is at 1 p.m. 

Tennis Teams Split Weekend Matches 

The men and women’s tennis teams followed the lead of the basketball teams this past weekend in separate events. 

The men’s tennis team topped Virginia Tech, 4-2, on Jan. 28 in the ITA Kickoff Tournament in Los Angeles, but on Sunday, the Toreros fell to No. 8 ranked USC, 6-1. 

Against Virginia Tech, USD won four of six singles matches — Filip Vittek, Guus Koevermans, Gui Osorio and Alexandros Araouzos — to hold on for the win. The Hokies swept the doubles matches for a point. In the loss to USC on Sunday, Joel Gamerov earned USD’s lone point at No. 4 singles against the Trojans. 

The women’s tennis team opened its spring match season with a 6-1 victory over UC San Diego on Jan. 28 at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, but on Sunday, the Toreros narrowly lost 4-3 in another home match against Cal State Fullerton. 

The Toreros won five of six singles matches and took two of three doubles matches to win the point against the Tritons. Standouts included Gemma Garcia, Nicole Anderson, Daniela Morales, Katharina Kukaras and Colomba DiFilippo. Four players won both their singles and doubles matches. Against Fullerton, USD’s singles winners were Morales, Kukaras and DiFilippo. Anderson and Maria-Paula Torres earned USD’s lone doubles win, although Fullerton won the doubles point. 

The men’s team will play its lone match of the week on Saturday at 1 p.m. at San Diego State. The women’s team plays two road matches in Hawai’i, against the host University of Hawai’i on Saturday and Sunday against Cal State Northridge. 

Toreros Fall in Final Dual Meet Before MPSF Championships 

USD’s women’s swim and dive team lost its final dual meet of the season, 197-96, against UC San Diego, but Alex Hubel and Danielle Taylor each won an event. 

Hubel won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2 minutes, 5.33 seconds. Taylor won the 100 butterfly event in 56.71 seconds. Other standout performances were turned in by Mackenna Briggs, Danielle Deiparine and the 400 free relay team of Hubel, Gwen Walter, Deiparine and Briggs. 

The team will now prepare for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships beginning Feb. 15 at East Los Angeles College.

Baseball Hosts For the Love of the Game, Alumni Game 

The USD Baseball season doesn’t play its first games until Feb. 17, but this weekend will be the traditional gathering and fundraiser event, For the Love of the Game, on Saturday night. On Sunday, the traditional USD Baseball Alumni game and a home run derby will start at noon at Fowler Park. 

At the Feb. 4 For the Love of the Game event, it will be held at 6 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Tickets are $150 each with young alumni (2006-16) tickets available for $75. A special presentation will honor 2016 World Series Champion and National League MVP Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs), Washington Nationals reliever Sammy Solis and Texas Rangers pitcher A.J. Griffin, each of whom reached the MLB postseason this past season, as well as a 10th year anniversary of the 2007 Torero Baseball team which won the West Coast Conference title, earned USD’s first national NCAA Tournament seeding and regional host in WCC Baseball history. There will also be a raffle taking place with tickets at $20 each and special rates for buying 5, 20, 60 and 200 tickets. Prizes include a trip to Hawai'i, an autographed Kris Bryant jersey and $1,000.

All proceeds benefit the USD baseball program. To register online, go to www.usdtoreros.com or contact us at (619) 260-5917 or by email, athleticsdevelopment@sandiego.edu 

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