LA JOLLA, Calif. - Despite career-highs of 24.5 points and 23 kills from Amanda Colla (Carlsbad/San Dieguito Academy), the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the season Saturday as it fell, 3-1, to conference rival Cal State San Bernardino. Scores at RIMAC Arena were 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, and 23-25.
With its season-long five-match win streak halted, UC San Diego fell to 14-4 overall and 8-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), both of its league losses coming against CSUSB. The Tritons, who entered the match with a perfect 6-0 record at home, remain atop the CCAA South Division standings. Cal State San Bernardino, which was coming off a five-set loss at Cal State San Marcos Friday, improved to 12-7 on the year and 8-3 in conference play to move into second place in the South.
For just the fifth time this season, UCSD was out-blocked by its opponent as CSUSB held an 11-6 advantage at the net. The Tritons were kept to a .152 attack percentage with 59 kills and 31 errors in 184 attempts. The Coyotes hit .241 with 57 kills and 18 errors in 162 swings.
Colla eclipsed her previous career-bests of 22.0 points and 19 kills. Her 23 kills are the most by any Triton in a single match since Danielle Dahle totaled 25 against Western Washington on Dec. 5, 2015. A senior outside hitter, Colla also amassed 14 digs Saturday for her 13th double-double of the season.
Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Rieble had 11.5 points for the Tritons with nine kills and four blocks (one solo). Sophomore outside Jessyca Beksa was just behind with 11.0 points on 11 kills, while junior outside Molly Dalziel finished with 10.0 points on nine kills and a service ace. Sophomore libero Alyson Penrose racked up a match-high 26 digs, one short of her career-best, and sophomore setter Marie Paris had 44 assists, 13 digs, five blocks (one solo), and two aces.
Cal State San Bernardino was led offensively by Lauren Nicholson, who ended her night with 22.5 points and 21 kills. Hailey Jackson had 10 kills and seven blocks (two solos), while Leilia To'omalatai had 25 digs.
The Coyotes have won 16 of the last 18 match-ups with the Tritons, which includes a 3-0 sweep in San Bernardino on Sept. 29. UCSD leads the all-time series by a 35-32 count.
Both teams are receiving votes in the most recent AVCA national poll.
After playing its last three matches in La Jolla, UC San Diego now takes to the road for a pair of key CCAA contests. The Tritons face off against Sonoma State, currently in first place overall in the conference, on Oct. 20 and travel to San Francisco State on Oct. 21.