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Jessica Rieble set career highs with 23 points and 18 kills against Point Loma.
Colla, Rieble Pace UCSD to Two Wins on Closing Day of Seaside Invitational
Release: Saturday 09/02/2017 
by UCSD

SAN DIEGO - The University of California San Diego women's volleyball team defeated Simon Fraser and Point Loma Saturday to complete play at PLNU's Seaside Invitational. The Tritons downed the Clan in four sets before earning their first sweep of the young season against the Sea Lions.

UC San Diego 3, Simon Fraser 1
Amanda Colla (Carlsbad/San Dieguito Academy) once again put down 18 kills as UC San Diego defeated Simon Fraser by scores of 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, and 25-20 at Golden Gym. 

Colla hit a smoking .341 with just three errors in 44 attack attempts. She added two service aces and a block assist to finish with a career-high 20.5 points. The senior, who also totaled 18 kills Friday in a five-set victory against nationally fourth-ranked Alaska Anchorage, notched her second double-double of the season by amassing a team-best 14 digs.

Junior transfer Micah Hammond was also on fire, attacking at a .444 clip with 10 kills and two errors in 18 swings. Sophomore Jessyca Beksa had nine kills and hit .348 (9-1-23).

As a team, UC San Diego attacked at .272 (55-15-147), its highest percentage since hitting .299 (50-12-127) at Cal State East Bay on Sept. 30, 2016. The Tritons finished with eight blocks and held the Clan to a .172 (42-19-134) attack.

Freshman setter Mary Bagshaw paced UCSD offensively, dishing out 32 assists while dropping in three aces. Four Tritons had multiple blocks with sophomore Jessica Rieble leading the charge with four.

Mia Ricci led Simon Fraser with 12 kills and Jayme Bratsberg had a match-high 20 digs.

UC San Diego mounted a huge comeback in the opening set, erasing an eight-point deficit to take a 1-0 lead. The Tritons had the second frame tied at 23-23 before SFU scored two straight points to even the match at 1-1. With the score tied 14-14 in the third set, UCSD dominated the rest of the way, out-scoring the Clan 11-1. Sophomore Alyson Penrose had two aces during the run. The fourth set stayed close until late. With the Tritons leading by just one, 19-18, they scored four unanswered points to essentially seal the match victory. Two of the points came off of Colla kills.

UC San Diego 3, Point Loma 0
Rieble came up huge with a career-high 18 kills in UCSD's three-set victory over the tournament host. Scores were 25-17, 25-21, and 25-16.

Rieble, a sophomore middle blocker, had 11 kills in the first set alone, which matched her previous career best. She hit a scorching .516, making only two errors in 31 attempts. Rieble also turned in a strong performance at the net with seven blocks (three solos) to finish with 23.0 points on the night.

Beksa chipped in with 11 kills, while Hammond continued her torrid hitting with a .625 (6-1-8) performance. Colla led all players with 15 digs, while Bagshaw collected her first career double-double with 38 assists and 12 digs.

The Tritons hit .259 (46-16-116) overall and held the Sea Lions to a paltry .083 (30-20-121) attack, much of that due to a season-high 11 blocks. UCSD held a 54-46 edge in digs.

Ashlynn Fresques led Point Loma with eight kills and Holley Persson recorded 14 digs.

UCSD is now 26-15 in the all-time series against its crosstown rival.

The Tritons went 3-1 at the tourney with wins against No. 4 Alaska Anchorage, Simon Fraser, and Point Loma. Their lone loss came against Azusa Pacific, a team they will see again next week in Washington.

Colla was named to the Seaside Invitational All-Tournament Team for her outstanding play. Over the four matches, she averaged 3.9 points/set, 3.3 kills/set, and 3.5 digs/set. The San Diego native had seven blocks and five service aces.

UC San Diego is on the road this coming week as well, playing at the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase in Ellensburg, Wash. The Tritons face Concordia Portland, APU, Dixie State, and host Central Washington. UCSD opens its home and California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) season when it hosts Cal State San Marcos on Sept. 16.

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