UC SAN DIEGO RECORDS
Saturday is Senior Night at RIMAC Arena and Shaelyn Perez and Meagan Wright will be celebrated prior to playing in the final home match of their careers.
We want to see your costumes! This Saturday night, come dressed in your best Halloween get-up and take part in the Bump-Set-Spook contest. Any student that shows up in a costume will be entered into a raffle for a great prize. In addition, the always-popular Triton Athletes' Council Costume Contest will take place between sets two and three. Be there to see what the Triton athletic teams have dreamed up.
THAT'S THE TICKET!
Tickets to all home matches are available at the main entrance to RIMAC Arena beginning one hour prior to start time.
• General Admission - $8
• Children 7+/Seniors 65+/Visiting Students - $5
• UC San Diego Students/Children Under 7 - FREE
• UCSD Alumni Association Member - $5
For the second-straight season, UC San Diego's home matches will be streamed live at UCSDTritons.tv. A season pass can be purchased for $34.99, which gives users access to all live events (baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, water polo and more) for the entire 2016-17 academic year. In addition, a single day pass is available for $5.99. Broadcasts are free for users connected to a UCSD network. The multi-camera production comes to you in high definition with full audio commentary, and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets as well as laptops and desktop computers. UC San Diego alum and former baseball pitcher Tim Strombel will handle the play-by-play duties and will be joined by an array of guests.
MORE LIVE COVERAGE
All home matches will also be covered by live stats. Most away contests will feature live stats and live video streams. For links to all coverage, check the volleyball schedule page.
UC San Diego split its league matches last week, beating Cal State Dominguez Hills on the road in five sets before losing in five to Humboldt State at RIMAC Arena.
• UCSD 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 2
• Humboldt State 3, UCSD 2
COLLA GETS 1,000th DIG
With 12 digs against Sonoma State on Oct. 8, junior Amanda Colla surpassed 1,000 for her career. The Carlsbad native is the 12th Triton to hit the mark. As a freshman, Colla had 304 digs, while she totaled 560 in 2015, the second-most by any Triton in a single season.
CCAA STANDINGS (through 10/26)
1. Chico State, 10-2
2. Sonoma State, 8-4
3. Cal State East Bay, 7-6
4. Stanislaus State, 6-6
5. Humboldt State, 5-7
6. Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-8
7. San Francisco State, 0-12
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 9-2
2. Cal State LA, 10-3
3. UC San Diego, 8-4
4. Cal State San Marcos, 6-6
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-9
6. Cal Poly Pomona, 1-10
UC San Diego started its CCAA season at 6-0. It was just the third time ever and first since 2004 that the team won six straight to kick off its conference slate. The Tritons went 18-0 in 2004 and won their first six in 2001.
THE STUFF WINS ARE MADE OF
In UCSD's win against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sept. 16, the Tritons stonewalled the Toros at the net, holding a 19-11 advantage in blocks. It matched the team's highest stuff total during its NCAA Division II era (since 2000), last occurring in September of 2010.
A SLEW OF DEBUTS
A total of nine (seven freshmen, two transfers) UC San Diego players have made their Triton debuts in 2016, including Jessyca Beksa, Lindsey Chun, Simone Froley, Emily Kimball, Rachel Linden, Marie Paris, Alyson Penrose, Jessica Rieble and Allison Tiegs.
Points/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.46
Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.00
Hitting Percentage: Rebecca Seaberry, .250 (113-36-308)
Assists/Set: Kayla Evans, 4.73
Aces/Set: Kayla Evans, 0.33
Digs/Set: Lindsey Chun, 4.41
Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.11
IN THE NATIONAL STATS
Team (all matches, top 50)
5. Attacks/Set, 40.00
12. Blocks/Set, 2.35
19. Digs/Set, 18.31
25. Blocks, 190
39. Kills/Set, 13.33
40. Attacks, 3240
47. Digs, 1483
49. Assists/Set, 12.32
Individual (all matches, top 75)
11. Attacks/Set: Meagan Wright, 12.00
20. Attacks: Meagan Wright, 936
31. Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.00
33. Points/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.46
41. Kills: Meagan Wright, 312
41. Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.11
IN THE CCAA STATS
Team (league matches only, top 5)
1. Blocks/Set, 2.43
4. Kills/Set, 13.48
4. Assists/Set, 12.35
4. Digs/Set, 17.67
5. Hitting Percentage, .218
Individual (league matches only, top 5)
3. Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 3.69
3. Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.23
Six Tritons have combined for 35 double-doubles so far this season.
• Meagan Wright - 14
• Amanda Colla - 7
• Kayla Evans - 7
• Marie Paris - 4
• Jessyca Beksa - 2
• Rachel Linden - 1
Starters Returning (2 plus libero)
Amanda Colla (Jr., L): 4.63 d/s; 0.31 sa/s
Rebecca Seaberry (Jr., MB): 0.91 b/s
Meagan Wright (Sr., OH): First Team All-CCAA; 4.22 p/s; 3.77 k/s; 3.60 d/s
Starters Lost (4)
Kameron Cooper (MB): 2.76 p/s; 2.45 k/s
Danielle Dahle (OH): All-America HM; First Team All-CCAA; 4.16 p/s; 3.63 k/s; 3.02 d/s
Alyssa McNeely (MB): 2.21 p/s; 1.65 k/s; 0.74 b/s
Heidi Sierks (S): Second Team All-West Region; First Team All-CCAA; 10.89 a/s; 3.23 d/s
Other Letterwinners Returning (4)
Molly Dalziel (So., OH); Kayla Evans (So., L); Morgan Kissick (So., OH); Shaelyn Perez (Sr., OH)
Jessyca Beksa (Fr., OH); Lindsey Chun (Fr., L); Simone Froley (Fr., OPP); Emily Kimball (Fr., OPP); Rachel Linden (Jr., S); Marie Paris (Fr., S); Alyson Penrose (Fr., L); Katie Rademacher (Jr., OH); Jessica Rieble (Fr., MB); Allison Tiegs (So., MB)
A struggling Cal Poly Pomona comes into Friday's match at 5-15 overall and 1-10 in the CCAA, sixth place in the six-team South Division. The Broncos are 1-11 in their last 12 contests, the lone victory coming last week in the form of a 3-2 win against Cal State Dominguez Hills. In CCAA matches, Samantha Figueroa ranks second among league players with her 4.69 digs/set average. Alexandra Gresham is the team's offensive leader, averaging 3.42 points/set and 2.82 kills/set. She is also averaging a team-best 0.93 blocks/set. CPP is hitting .143, while opponents are swinging at .189.
UC San Diego leads the all-time series against Cal Poly Pomona, 34-14. On Oct. 15 at RIMAC Arena, Jessyca Beksa and Meagan Wright each had 13 kills to lead the Tritons to a 3-1 win (story/box score). In 2015, the teams met three times during the regular season, with UCSD victorious in two.
Ranked 18th nationally, Cal State San Bernardino comes into this week at 15-4 overall and 9-2 in the CCAA, good for first place in the South Division. The Coyotes, who play at Cal State San Marcos Friday night, are riding a six-match win streak, the longest of any league team. In conference matches, they are second in hitting percentage at .234. Lauren Nicholson is second in kills/set (4.24) and Jayann DeHoog is third in assists/set (10.41). In all matches, Nicholson averages 4.67 points/set and 4.35 kills/set, both team-highs. Hailey Jackson is the Coyotes' top blocker, averaging 1.09/set. As a team, CSUSB is out-hitting opponents .240 to .174.
The Tritons own a 35-29 lead in the all-time series, but the Coyotes have won 13 of the last 15 meetings. On Oct. 14 in San Bernardino, UC San Diego owned a 2-0 lead, but ended up falling in five sets (story/box score). Last season, UCSD dropped two of three to CSUSB, including a CCAA Tournament semifinal match-up.
CCAA PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. Sonoma State, 78 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Stanislaus State, 57
3. Chico State, 55 (1)
4. Humboldt State, 47
5. San Francisco State, 35
6. Cal State East Bay, 22
7. Cal State Monterey Bay, 21
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 64 (9)
2. UC San Diego, 59 (4)
3. Cal Poly Pomona, 40
4. Cal State LA, 39
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 18
6. Cal State San Marcos, 17
Projected Tournament Teams
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal State LA
Cal State San Bernardino (6 championship votes)
Sonoma State (3)
UC San Diego (4)
THE CCAA TOURNAMENT
This year's conference tournament takes place Nov. 17-19 at Cal State San Bernardino. The league's top eight teams will face off for an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. In 2015, UC San Diego played host to the inaugural CCAA Tournament, which saw Sonoma State top Cal State San Bernardino, 3-2, in the title match.
Last season, UC San Diego went 20-12 overall and 14-6 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, placing third and earning the No. 3 seed in the first-ever league tournament, hosted by UCSD. After bowing out of the tourney in the semifinals, the Tritons secured a berth in the NCAA West Regional. They defeated 18th-ranked Sonoma State before losing to No. 16 Western Washington in the semis. During the course of 2015, UC San Diego totaled five victories against national top-25 squads. Outside hitter Danielle Dahle was named AVCA All-America Honorable Mention while setter Heidi Sierks garnered D2CCA All-West Region Second Team recognition. A trio of Tritons were tabbed All-CCAA First Team in Dahle, Sierks and outside Meagan Wright.
IN THE BOOKS
Outside hitter Danielle Dahle ended her career last season as UC San Diego's all-time leader in kills (1,524) and attack attempts (4,636). She ranks fourth in career digs (1,289). In 2015, she became just the third Triton in program history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
IN THE BOOKS II
Setter Heidi Sierks also wrapped up her career last season, finishing in the No. 2 spot for all-time assists (3,757) and No. 8 in digs (1,160) at UC San Diego.
IN THE BOOKS III
Middle blocker Kameron Cooper was the third Triton to complete her career in 2015 and leave her name in UC San Diego's record book. She accumulated 303 total blocks over four seasons, good for seventh on the school's all-time list.
HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties is in his seventh season leading the Tritons. Luyties holds a 121-56 (.684) overall record and a 90-40 (.692) mark in CCAA matches through his first six campaigns. He recorded his 100th UCSD victory on Nov. 8, 2014, as the Tritons downed Humboldt State in four sets at RIMAC Arena. Luyties came to La Jolla after six seasons as head coach at Southern Mississippi. As a player, the setter led UCLA to four consecutive national titles and a pair of undefeated seasons. Luyties and Team USA won gold medals at the 1988 Olympics and 1987 Pan American Games. He was also a standout beach player, competing regularly on the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour. Luyties was inducted into the California Beach Volleyball Association Hall of Fame in 2015. For his full bio, click here.
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UC San Diego plays its final three regular season matches on the road. Next week, the Tritons are at Chico State on Nov. 4 and at Stanislaus State on Nov. 5. They wrap it up close to home on Nov. 12, traveling to San Diego County rival Cal State San Marcos. The CCAA Tournament runs Nov. 17-19 at Cal State San Bernardino.