NCAA WEST REGIONAL SCHEDULE (all times Pacific)
Thursday, November 29 • Quarterfinals
Match 1: CSU San Bernardino (22-8) vs. Central Washington (21-7) • 2 pm
Match 2: Grand Canyon (23-5) vs. San Francisco State (21-8) • 4:30 pm
Match 3: Western Washington (23-3) vs. Sonoma State (22-8) • 7 pm
Match 4: BYU-Hawaii (21-3) vs. UC San Diego (20-10) • 9:30 pm
Friday, November 30 • Semifinals
Match 5: Winner of Match 1 vs. winner of Match 2 • 7 pm
Match 6: Winner of Match 3 vs. winner of Match 4 • 9:30 pm
Saturday, December 1 • Final
Match 7: Winner of Match 5 vs. winner of Match 6 • 9 pm
If you're not heading over to Hawaii, there are several ways to follow the NCAA West Regional matches. Thursday's BYU-Hawaii vs. UC San Diego contest will be aired live on BYU TV at http://bit.ly/c2jkRa. All matches will be covered by live stats at http://bit.ly/X1veXN and matches not involving BYU-Hawaii will feature live streaming video at http://bit.ly/Qi0k5b. All coverage is free of charge.
UCSD is heading into postseason play for the seventh consecutive season. Since moving to NCAA Division II status in 2000, the Tritons have missed qualifying for regionals just once (2005). The team's best D-II finish came in 2001, when it advanced to the national semifinals. At last season's West Regional in San Bernardino, UCSD swept Grand Canyon before bowing out to Sonoma State, 3-1, in the semis. The Tritons are 13-11 in NCAA D-II postseason matches.
HAVE WE MET?
UCSD has played against six of the other seven West Regional teams this season. The Tritons have seen Cal State San Bernardino (L 2-3, W 3-2), San Francisco State (L 0-3, L 0-3) and Sonoma State (W 3-2, L 1-3) twice each in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. They met Grand Canyon (L 1-3) early in the season at the Antelopes' tournament, then played both Central Washington (L 1-3) and Western Washington (W 3-2) a week later at Sonoma's Seawolf Spike tourney. UCSD holds a 3-6 record this year against the West Regional field. Thursday's match with BYU-Hawaii will be the first time the two squads have met since 2008. The Tritons and Seasiders have never played each other in the postseason.
ALL-TIME AGAINST BYU-HAWAII (3-1)
9/5/08 in La Jolla, W 3-1
9/1/07 in Honolulu, W 3-0
9/6/03 in Laie, L 1-3
8/30/03 in San Bernardino, W 3-0
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE REGIONAL FIELD
BYU-Hawaii: 3 wins, 1 loss
Cal State San Bernardino: 34 wins, 22 losses
Central Washington: 3 wins, 1 loss
Grand Canyon: 14 wins, 2 losses
San Francisco State: 19 wins, 4 losses
Sonoma State: 25 wins, 8 losses
Western Washington, 7 wins, 3 losses
Totals: 105 wins, 41 losses
SOUNDS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
With 1,210 total attacks so far this year, freshman outside hitter Danielle Dahle owns UCSD's single season record. The previous mark was 1,171, set by Nicole Courtney in 2006. Dahle's 409 kills rank fifth on the school's single season list.
SOUNDS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
Junior defensive specialist/libero Brittany Lombardi broke the UCSD record for digs in a single match when she totaled 42 at Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 17. The old mark of 40 was set by Natalie Facchini against Cal State San Bernardino back in 2004. Lombardi's season total of 408 scoops ranks tied for seventh on UCSD's single season list.
On Nov. 17 at Cal State Monterey Bay, sophomore setter Amber Hawthorne totaled 14 kills, 39 assists and 20 digs to record UCSD's lone triple-double of the season. Her kill total, as well as her 17.0 points, were both career-highs. Hawthorne currently has 1,577 career assists, which ranks her sixth on the school's all-time list.
GET YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR
Sophomore middle Sara McCutchan leads UCSD with 114 total blocks this season, exactly double what the next closest player has. She ranks fourth in total blocks and blocks per set (1.03) among all CCAA players, while her 114 stuffs are the ninth most in a single season at UCSD. McCutchan also ranks sixth in the league in hitting percentage at .307.
Despite playing in just 71 of 111 sets this season due to injury, freshman outside Sophie Rowe ranks third on the team in total kills (227), total aces (19) and total points (269.5). She's second in kills/set (3.20), digs/set (3.34) and points/set (3.80) and ninth in the CCAA in kills/set and points/set.
2012 AWARDS SHOW
• Danielle Dahle
AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year, AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention, Daktronics All-West Region Second Team, All-CCAA First Team, CCAA Player of the Week (10/1), San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for October, Grand Canyon Invitatational All-Tournament Team
• Sara McCutchan
AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention, Daktronics All-West Region Second Team, All-CCAA Second Team
• Amber Hawthorne
All-CCAA Second Team
• Sophie Rowe
All-CCAA Second Team
MAKING WAVES ON THE NORTH SHORE
BYU-Hawaii enters Thursday's match ranked fifth nationally with a 21-3 overall record. The Seasiders went undefeated at 16-0 to win the PacWest Conference and gain an automatic bid into the NCAA postseason. They posted a 19-match win streak and suffered losses against powerhouses Concordia-St. Paul and Southwest Minnesota State as well as Division I Hawaii. Setter Ying Chun Chen and outside hitters Shih Ting Chen and Lauren Hagemeyer were named AVCA All-West Region performers. Ying Chun Chen was tabbed the Daktronics West Region Player of the Year.
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