Athletics Roundup: Lewis, Dwelley, Vinivich in Super Bowl; Basketball, Tennis, Spring Sports

Athletics Roundup: Lewis, Dwelley, Vinivich in Super Bowl; Basketball, Tennis, Spring Sports

Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on winning their first Super Bowl championship in 50 years in a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Congratulations to former Torero wide receivers coach Greg Lewis — a 2012 assistant under then head coach Ron Caragher — who earned a Super Bowl ring as the Chiefs' wide receivers’ coach.

But Sunday's game was memorable for the USD football program from a player standpoint, too. Second-year 49ers tight end Ross Dwelley, who was in the USD football program from 2013-17, left as its all-time leader among tight ends statistically and graduated with industrial and systems engineering BS/BA degrees in 2018, became the first Torero football player to play in a Super Bowl.

Dwelley did not catch a pass or score a touchdown, but he did play on special teams and was on the field as an extra blocker in certain offensive plays during the game. Fox announcer Troy Aikman called Dwelley's name during the broadcast when showing an instance in which he made a big block to open a lane for the 49ers to gain a first down.

Also, Bill Vinovich, a 1983 USD alumnus and football player on the 1981 and 1982 teams, served as the Super Bowl's head referee for the second time on Sunday. Vinovich spoke to both teams during the coin flip toss prior to the opening kickoff and he was also handed the game ball when the NFL's centennial celebration commercial concluded with children running onto the field at Miami Gardens' Hard Rock Stadium.

As for newly eligibility-drained Torero football players looking forward to the NFL Draft in April, quarterback Reid Sinnett and wide receiver Michael Bandy each competed in a college all-star game with pro football scouts in attendance.

Men’s Basketball

There were positives when the USD men's basketball team played its two West Coast Conference games this past week, at home against San Francisco on Jan. 30 and then at Pacific on Feb. 1. But both times, the Toreros were unable to make critical stops and the result was two losses and now a three-game losing streak.

San Francisco defeated USD 69-44 thanks to a strong second half of play. Pacific emerged a 66-58 winner over the Toreros with stellar play in the final minute of play to put the game away.

Against San Francisco, San Diego limited their opponent to only 27 first-half points. The Dons are one of the WCC's top scoring teams. Trouble was coming in the second half as USF shot 54.8 percent from the field and scored 42 points. Meanwhile, the Toreros shot 29.6 percent from the field, its lowest percentage in a game this year, and made only one of 12 three-point attempts. Braun Hartfield was the lone Torero to reach double-digit scoring with 11.

At Pacific, the Toreros were led by Hartfield, who notched a season-high 27 points, and they were only down by four with 42 seconds left. The Tigers, however, converted a three-point play with 30 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach. The loss sent USD's record to 8-16 and 1-8 in the WCC. San Diego trailed by eight at halftime, but got to within one point of Pacific twice in the second half. Finn Sullivan had 11 points in the game.

Men’s Basketball Schedule: USD hosts Saint Mary’s, Thursday, 8 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion; USD hosts Portland, Saturday, 7 p.m., JCP.

Women’s Basketball

The women's basketball team traveled to the Pacific Northwest this past weekend for West Coast Conference games at Gonzaga and Portland.

Facing nationally ranked No. 12 Gonzaga first on Jan. 30, the Toreros lost 57-46, but it was mainly a tough second quarter — getting outscored 18-7 — that did them in. Jordyn Edwards had 13 points and Myah Pace had 11 to lead the Toreros. Sydney Hunter added nine points and Madison Pollock had five points and a team-high eight rebounds. Patricia Brossmann grabbed four rebounds to move into 10th place on the USD women's basketball career list.

The team moved on to Portland for a Feb. 1 game that saw Pollock and Pace combine for 38 points and lead the Toreros to a 62-58 victory. The win completed a regular-season sweep of the Pilots by USD (13-9 overall, 7-4 WCC). Pollock had 22 points and seven rebounds. Pace scored 16, also had seven rebounds and had four steals. Edwards joined them in double-digit scoring with 12, along with four steals and two blocks. Brossmann had eight rebounds as USD outrebounded Portland 33-25.

Women’s Basketball Schedule: USD hosts BYU, Saturday, 2 p.m., Family and Alumni Day, Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Men’s Tennis/Women’s Tennis

The lone men's tennis match of the week took place on Sunday at home against the University of Washington. The Toreros prevailed 4-1 in the nonconference match at the Hogan Tennis Center.

San Diego (3-1 overall) earned the doubles point on the strength of wins by the teams of Nico Borter-Gui Osorio and Sacchitt Sharma-David Norfeldt at No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.

The Toreros closed out the match quickly in singles as Borter, Sharma and Joel Gamerov each won in straight sets. The teams allowed the rest of the matches to conclude. Washington’s lone point came with a victory at the No. 4 position. The two remaining matches went to a third set and both were won by Washington.

The Toreros will head to Oklahoma for a pair of matches with nationally ranked teams in Oklahoma State and then Oklahoma.

The women's tennis team split a pair of nonconference road matches this past Friday and Saturday at Arizona State and UNLV, respectively. The Toreros fell 5-2 against the Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz., but then swept the Rebels in a match also played in Tempe.

Against Arizona State, the Sun Devils won the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. In singles play, Arizona State won each of the top three matches, but USD's two points came on a hard-fought three-set win by Maria Tyrina at the No. 4 position and No. 5 Helena Francati's straight sets victory.

The team then moved on to face UNLV at the Whiteman Tennis Center. There, USD snapped a three-match losing streak with a win that took under two hours to attain. In doubles, USD secured the point with victories by the team of Francati and Elizabeth Goldsmith and Gemma Garcia and Daniela Morales. Singles match wins by Garcia, Goldsmith and Francati closed out the Rebels. The win will be one to savor as the Toreros (2-3) will take a two-week schedule break before the start of a five-match homestand on Feb. 16.

Men’s Tennis Schedule: USD at Oklahoma State, Friday, 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), Stillwater, Okla.; USD at Oklahoma, Sunday, 1 p.m. (PT), Norman, Okla.

Women’s Tennis Schedule: USD hosts Hawaii, Sun. Feb. 16, 11 a.m. Hogan Tennis Center.

Torero Sport Shorts

While the USD tennis teams’ season has already started, a number of other Torero spring sports teams are getting started in February. New head softball coach Jessica Pistole and her players will open the 2020 season playing in UCLA’s Stacey Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles with five games in three days. USD opens with an 11:30 a.m. game Friday against Cal State Bakersfield. USD will play two games each on Saturday (vs. Pittsburgh, 9 a.m., vs. Cal Poly, 4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (at UCLA, 11:30 a.m., and vs. Cal Poly, 2 p.m.). The softball team was picked to finish third in a West Coast Conference head coaches’ poll. Furthermore, infielders Sophia Bjerk (3B, sophomore) and Sara Silveyra (SS, senior) were named to the All-WCC Preseason Team … Women’s Rowing, led by its new head coach, Stesha Carle, will scrimmage Minnesota on Feb. 9. … Baseball opens its season Feb. 14-16 at the Angels College Classic, playing games at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona. … Golf’s first tournament is the Feb. 21-23 Wyoming Desert Classic in Palm Desert, Calif. … New men’s rowing head coach Ben Hise and his team will compete at Lake Las Vegas Feb. 29-March 1 against Oregon State, Cal and Dartmouth … The women’s swimming and diving team returns to action this Saturday as it hosts UC San Diego in the Sports Center pool at noon.

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Despite a 27-point performance against Pacific, Braun Hartfield and the USD men's basketball team fell in their WCC road game on Saturday.Despite a 27-point performance against Pacific, Braun Hartfield and the USD men's basketball team fell in their WCC road game on Saturday.

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