UC SAN DIEGO RECORDS
CCAA TOURNAMENT PICTURE
UC San Diego has secured a berth in the upcoming CCAA Tournament, to be held Nov. 17-19 at Cal State San Bernardino. The top four teams from each of the two league divisions qualify for the tourney. Joining UCSD from the South Division will be Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State LA and Cal State Dominguez Hills. From the North Division, Chico State, Sonoma State, Cal State East Bay and Stanislaus State are in. The tourney champion earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
CCAA STANDINGS (through 11/10)
1. Chico State, 13-3
2. Sonoma State, 12-4
3. Cal State East Bay, 9-9
4. Stanislaus State, 8-8
5. Humboldt State, 7-10
6. Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-12
7. San Francisco State, 0-16
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 13-2
2. Cal State LA, 11-4
3. UC San Diego, 9-7
4. Cal State San Marcos, 8-8
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 6-9
6. Cal Poly Pomona, 3-12
IN THE WEST REGION
The NCAA released its second regional rankings of the season this week. In the West, the top 10 in order are Alaska Anchorage, Cal State San Bernardino, Simon Fraser, Western Washington, California Baptist, Northwest Nazarene, Central Washington, Cal State LA, Chico State and Dominican. The top eight teams from the region qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
For the first time since 2006, UC San Diego lost back-to-back three-set matches last week, falling on the road to Chico State and Stanislaus State.
• Chico State 3, UCSD 0
• Stanislaus State 3, UCSD 0
Points/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.34
Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 3.89
Hitting Percentage: Rebecca Seaberry, .251
Assists/Set: Kayla Evans, 5.52
Aces/Set: Kayla Evans, 0.31
Digs/Set: Lindsey Chun, 4.21
Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.11
IN THE NATIONAL STATS
Team (all matches, top 50)
7. Attacks/Set, 39.81
22. Blocks/Set, 2.25
26. Digs/Set, 18.23
45. Blocks, 216.0
Individual (all matches, top 75)
28. Attacks/Set: Meagan Wright, 11.43
41. Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 3.89
44. Points/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.34
52. Attacks: Meagan Wright, 1063
61. Kills: Meagan Wright, 362
IN THE CCAA STATS
Team (league matches only, top 5)
2. Blocks/Set, 2.26
5. Kills/Set, 13.16
5. Digs/Set, 17.70
Individual (league matches only, top 5)
5. Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 3.60
Six Tritons have combined for 37 double-doubles so far this season.
• Meagan Wright - 16
• Amanda Colla - 7
• Kayla Evans - 7
• Marie Paris - 4
• Jessyca Beksa - 2
• Rachel Linden - 1
COLLA GETS 1,000th DIG
With 12 digs against Sonoma State on Oct. 8, 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.
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.
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 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.
Cal State San Marcos comes into Saturday afternoon's match at 15-10 overall and 8-8 in the CCAA. The Cougars are currently in fourth place in the South Division, but are ineligible for postseason play and will not be participating in the CCAA Tournament. Last week, CSUSM split, winning 3-1 at Stanislaus State and falling in straight sets at Chico State. Maddy Newcombe is averaging a team-high 2.95 points and Brooke Butler is putting down a team-best 2.64 kills/set. Samantha Flores averages 4.59 digs/set and Faith Fortune is the team's blocks leader at 1.03/set.
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)
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 has earned a spot in the eight-team CCAA Tournament, which will be held Nov. 17-19 at Cal State San Bernardino.