Athletics Roundup: Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Spring Openers

Athletics Roundup: Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Spring Openers

The University of San Diego men’s basketball team will seek its first West Coast Conference win streak this Saturday when it hosts Santa Clara in a Saturday afternoon match-up in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

January and the start of WCC play has not been kind to the Toreros, who opened with five straight losses to Loyola Marymount (64-58), Santa Clara (80-63), Gonzaga (94-50), Pepperdine (85-78) and BYU (93-70). The Toreros finally got into the WCC win column on Jan. 18, its most recent game, winning 77-67 at Portland.

In the triumph, Jared Rodriguez scored 17 points, Joey Calcaterra had 16 and Yauhen Massalski tied his career-high in rebounds with 14 — he also had nine points — to lead San Diego. Braun Hartfield added 13 points and Finn Sullivan had 10 for the Toreros.

Following that win, San Diego’s 3 p.m. hosting of Santa Clara on Saturday will complete their regular-season series and it will also complete a doubleheader day as the USD women’s basketball team hosts San Francisco at noon.

The win over Portland improves USD’s season record to 8-13 and 1-5 in conference.

Men’s Basketball Schedule: USD hosts Santa Clara, Saturday, 3 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Women’s Basketball

Since a split of its first two games in West Coast Conference play in late December, the women’s basketball team has won three of its last five in January for a 4-3 WCC record and 10-8 overall.

The women’s team is currently riding a two-game win streak with road victories at Saint Mary’s (72-54) on Jan. 16 and a narrow 66-64 triumph over Pacific on Jan. 18.

Jordyn Edwards and Myah Pace each had 18 points to lead the Toreros to the win at Saint Mary’s. Edwards added six rebounds and three steals. Pace chipped in with four assists and two steals. Leticia Soares added 12 points and three steals coming off the bench. Against Pacific, Edwards led the way with 19 points and got offensive support from Patricia Brossmann (13 points), Pace (10) and Sydney Hunter (10).

The Toreros are home this weekend for two noon game starts on Thursday vs. Santa Clara and Saturday vs. San Francisco.

Women’s Basketball Schedule: USD hosts Santa Clara, Thursday, Noon, (Kids Day Out), Jenny Craig Pavilion; USD hosts San Francisco, Saturday, Noon, (Family Day), JCP.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

With eight wins and 24 top-three finishes, the San Diego swim and dive team won the 2020 West Coast Conference Cup against Pepperdine and LMU this past weekend in Los Angeles. The Toreros finished with 363.5 points to beat Pepperdine (286.5) and LMU (171).

Sophomore Alexa Phillips helped power the Toreros with two first-place finishes while freshman Callie Johnson won 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.50) and finished second in the 400-yard IM and 200-yard breaststroke. Phillips and Johnson also helped USD win the 200-yard and 400-yard IM Relay.

Other top USD finishes included freshman Sam Eason in the 100-yard butterfly (59.22), sophomore Sabrina Firnett in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.63), and junior Maeve Murdoch in the 200-yard butterfly (2:10.05).
The Toreros finished day one strong with a 15-point advantage thanks to a one-two finish by Phillips (24.39) and sophomore Haley Ohlson (25.07) in the 50-yard freestyle. In total, USD captured 23.5 points in the penultimate race. In the last event of the first day, the USD relay teams earned second and third in the 800-yard freestyle to match Pepperdine in points (26) after the Waves finished first and fifth.

After a second and third finish in the first event of day two – the 200-yard freestyle relay – Eason (59.22) edged out LMU's Mikayla Tseng (59.39) in the 100-yard butterfly by 11 hundredths of a second for the win. Murdoch went 59.61 to finish third.

The close win by Eason was not the Toreros’ only narrow victory on day two. Phillips won the 100-yard freestyle by 13 hundredths of a second, swimming 53.65 in the finals. She was ahead of runner-up Nohea Lileikis of Pepperdine (53.78).

The Toreros earned big points in several day two races. USD had 25 points each in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly while also capturing 21 in the 1,650-yard freestyle. In the long-distance race, Anna Luckenbach, Sam Terranova and Rachael Tucker finished second, third and fourth, respectively.

Swim and Dive Schedule: USD at San Diego State, Friday, noon, Aztec Aquaplex.

Men’s Tennis/Women’s Tennis

Ranked 24th in the nation as it kicked off its 2020 spring season, the USD men’s tennis team earned a 4-3 victory over Fresno State on Jan. 18 at USD’s Hogan Tennis Center.

Fresno State won the doubles point despite a win at No. 2 doubles by USD’s Nico Borter and Marvin Schaber. But USD rallied in singles play with Borter, David Norfeldt, August Holmgren and Joel Gamerov each collecting victories. Gamerov’s 6-4 win over Fresno State’s Angus Bradshaw sealed the victory for USD (1-0).

Meanwhile, the USD women’s team began its spring season with a 4-0 victory at home Jan. 17 against University of Nevada-Reno.

The Toreros secured the doubles point on wins by all three of its teams, Daniela Morales-Maria Tyrina, Gemma Garcia-Kati Kukaras, and Elizabeth Goldsmith-Helena Francati. In singles action, Goldsmith, Kukaras and Francati notched victories to complete the team win.

Men’s Tennis Schedule: ITA Kickoff Weekend: USD vs. Central Florida, Saturday, 9 a.m., at UCLA’s Los Angeles Tennis Center; USD vs. UCLA or San Diego State, Sunday, either 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Women’s Tennis Schedule: ITA Kickoff Weekend: USD at Oklahoma State, Saturday, 1 p.m., Stillwater, Okla.; USD plays ITA Kickoff Weekend Match on Sunday vs. TBA, at Stillwater, Okla.

Spring Sport Teams’ Openers

Spring sports teams at USD begin their schedules in the coming weeks: The baseball team, which hosts its annual For the Love of the Game event and alumni game this weekend, opens its season Feb. 14-16 in Tempe, Arizona at the Angels College Classic. San Diego faces Pepperdine, Oregon and Minnesota on consecutive days; New USD softball head coach Jessica Pistole and the 2020 Toreros will open the softball season in the UCLA/Stacey Winsberg Memorial Tournament with five games Feb. 7-9 at Easton Stadium in Los Angeles; Men’s golf will open its 2020 season by playing in the Wyoming Desert Classic, Feb. 21-23, in Palm Desert, Calif.; Both USD rowing programs, women and men, have new head coaches. The schedules differ, but they’ll both compete in the annual San Diego Crew Classic April 4-5. The women’s rowing team will first vie in the Hornet Invite hosted by Sacramento State, March 14-15. The men’s rowing team will battle Oregon State, California and Dartmouth Feb. 29-March 1 at Lake Las Vegas in Nevada; The women’s track team opens its season at the Point Loma Nazarene University’s Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet on March 14.

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Members of the USD women's basketball program huddle up during a recent game. The Toreros bring a two-game win streak into this weekend's WCC noon home games on Thursday and Saturday.Members of the USD women's basketball program huddle up during a recent game. The Toreros bring a two-game win streak into this weekend's WCC noon home games on Thursday and Saturday.

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