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UCSD Begins CCAA Championship Play Thursday in San Francisco


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Match 26 - CCAA Championship Quarterfinal
Thursday, Nov. 16 • 5:00 p.m. PT
vs. Cal State East Bay (17-10, 10-8 CCAA)
The Swamp • San Francisco, Calif.
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Thursday, Nov. 16 - Quarterfinals
• 12 p.m. - #3(North) Chico State vs. #2(South) Cal State San Marcos
• 2:30 p.m. - #4(South) Cal State LA vs. #1(North) Sonoma State
• 5 p.m. - #3(South) UC San Diego vs. #2(North) Cal State East Bay
• 7:30 p.m. - #4(North) Cal State Monterey Bay vs. #1(South) Cal State San Bernardino

Friday, Nov. 17 - Semifinals
• 5 p.m. - Quarterfinal 1 & 2 winners
• 7:30 p.m. - Quarterfinal 3 & 4 winners

Saturday, Nov. 18 - Final
• 7 p.m. - Semifinal 1 & 2 winners

Tickets are available for purchase beginning one hour prior to the first match each day at The Main Gym entrance box office. All seating is general admission, and adult tickets can be purchased for $10. Seniors, youth 12 and under, and students with an ID enter for $5.

• Overall: 16-9
• CCAA: 10-7
• Home: 7-2
• Road: 4-6
• Neutral: 5-1
• Against Ranked Teams: 1-1
• Current Streak: Lost 4

• Overall: 1-2
• 11/17/16: Stanislaus State 3, UCSD 1
• 11/19/15: UCSD 3, Cal State LA 1
• 11/20/15: Cal State San Bernardino 3, UCSD 1

• 2016: Cal State San Bernardino
• 2015: Sonoma State

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 17-10
• CCAA: 10-8
• Home: 10-2
• Road: 5-7
• Neutral: 2-1
• Current Streak: Won 2

UC San Diego is 17-5 all-time against Cal State East Bay.
• 10/28/17: Cal State East Bay 3, UCSD 2

• 11/11/17: Cal State LA 3, UCSD 0
• 11/10/17: Cal State Dominguez Hills 3, UCSD 0

(through 11/15)
North Division
Sonoma State: 14-4
Cal State East Bay: 10-8
Chico State: 9-9
Cal State Monterey Bay: 8-10
San Francisco State: 4-14
Stanislaus State: 3-15
Humboldt State: 2-16

South Division
Cal State San Bernardino: 14-3
Cal State San Marcos: 11-6
UC San Diego: 10-7

Cal State LA: 10-7
Cal State Dominguez Hills: 10-7
Cal Poly Pomona: 9-8

UC San Diego Statistics
CCAA Statistics
NCAA Statistics

Amanda Colla, Micah Hammond, and Jessica Rieble earned All-CCAA honors as the conference announced its selections Wednesday. Colla was named to the league's first team, while Hammond and Rieble were selected to the second team.

Colla leads UC San Diego in points (380.5), points/set (4.28), kills (330), kills/set (3.71), attack attempts (908), and service aces (24) and is second in digs (362) and digs/set (4.07). In the CCAA, she ranks third in points/set (4.41), third in kills/set (3.81), and 10th in digs/set (4.19). Nationally, Colla is 51st in points/set and 64th in kills/set. Over 25 matches and 89 sets in 2017, Colla has recorded a team-high 17 double-doubles. In October, she established new career-highs with 24.5 points and 23 kills in a match against Cal State San Bernardino. Colla logged her 500th career kill this season and is currently third on UCSD's career digs list with 1,502.

Hammond is in her first season with the Tritons after transferring from El Camino College. The junior middle blocker leads the team in attack percentage (.331), is second in kills (213), kills/set (2.48), blocks (65), and blocks/set (0.76), and third in points (250.0) and points/set (2.91). Among all CCAA players, she is fourth in attack percentage (.357). On the national front, she ranks 65th in that category. Hammond set season-bests with 23 points and 19 kills against Cal State Monterey Bay on Oct. 27.

Also a middle blocker, Rieble has been a force at the net for the Tritons in 2017. The sophomore is tops on the roster in blocks (98) and blocks/set (1.14), second in points (267.0), points/set (3.10), and attack percentage (.221), and third in kills (207) and kills/set (2.41). Nationally, she ranks 43rd in blocks/set. In the league, she is tied for second in blocks/set (1.25). Rieble has totaled multiple blocks in 21 of 25 matches and has finished with five or more eight times. She registered a career-high 18 kills at Point Loma in early September.

With 1,502 digs, Amanda Colla is currently third on UCSD's career top-10 list. Roxanne Brunsting (1,596 between 2008-11) is second and Natalie Facchini (1,628 between 2004-07) owns the top spot. Entering this season, Colla was in ninth place with 1,140 digs.

Eighth-year head coach Ricci Luyties earned his 150th victory at UC San Diego with a 3-1 win against Cal State Monterey Bay on Oct. 27 at RIMAC Arena. Luyties holds a 150-78 (.658) overall record with the Tritons, with 110 of the wins coming in CCAA matches (110-54, .671).

UCSD ranks 57th nationally in digs/set (17.88) and has out-dug its opponent in 16 of 25 matches. The Tritons are second in the CCAA with their 17.95 digs/match average in league contests.

UC San Diego has out-blocked its opponent in 15 of 25 matches and has totaled at least 10 stuffs on nine occasions. The team's season high in blocks is 13, which the Tritons collected at San Francisco State on Oct. 21. Nationally, UCSD ranks 31st with 2.26 blocks/set. Jessica Rieble ranks 43rd in the country in blocks/set (1.14). 

Through 25 matches, five Tritons have produced a total of 30 double-doubles.
• Amanda Colla (17)
10/28 vs. Cal State East Bay (21k, 25d)
10/27 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (21k, 23d)
10/21 at San Francisco State (11k, 18d)
10/20 at Sonoma State (13k, 22d)
10/14 vs. Cal State San Bernardino (23k, 14d)
10/13 vs. Cal Poly Pomona (17k, 16d)
10/6 at Humboldt State (10k, 13d)
10/3 vs. Cal State LA (11k, 11d)
9/30 at Cal Poly Pomona (11k, 25d)
9/22 vs. Stanislaus State (15k, 10d)
9/16 vs. Cal State San Marcos (13k, 20d)
9/9 at Central Washington (10k, 21d)
9/8 vs. Dixie State (12k, 17d)
9/8 vs. Azusa Pacific (11k, 11d)
9/7 vs. Concordia (Ore.) (19k, 14d)
9/2 vs. Simon Fraser (18k, 14d)
9/1 vs. Alaska Anchorage (18k, 11d)

• Marie Paris (5)
10/14 vs. Cal State San Bernardino (44a, 13d)
10/13 vs. Cal Poly Pomona (47a, 17d)
10/6 at Humboldt State (30a, 11d)
9/9 at Central Washington (30a, 16d)
9/8 vs. Dixie State (35a, 12d)

• Molly Dalziel (4)
10/3 vs. Cal State LA (14k, 13d)
9/16 vs. Cal State San Marcos (10k, 14d)
9/8 vs. Azusa Pacific (11k, 14d)
9/7 vs. Concordia (Ore.) (10k, 11d)

• Mary Bagshaw (3)
11/4 at Cal State San Marcos (26a, 10d)
9/7 vs. Concordia (Ore.) (41a, 16d)
9/2 vs. Point Loma (38a, 12d)

• Rachel Linden (1)
10/28 vs. Cal State East Bay (19a, 10d)

1. California Baptist
2. Northwest Nazarene
3. Western Washington
4. Cal State San Bernardino
5. Azusa Pacific
6. Central Washington
7. Alaska Anchorage
8. Sonoma State
9. Concordia (CA)
10. UC San Diego

1. Concordia-St. Paul
2. California Baptist
3. Lewis
4. Southwest Minnesota State
5. Western Washington
6. Minnesota Duluth
7. Nebraska-Kearney
8. Arkansas Tech
9. Northern State
10. Palm Beach Atlantic
11. Regis
12. Central Oklahoma
13. Northwest Nazarene
14. Winona State
15. Tarleton State
16. Augustana
17. Colorado School of Mines
18. Central Missouri
19. West Florida
20. Ferris State
21. Wayne State
22. Florida Southern
23. Saint Leo
24. Wheeling Jesuit
25. Angelo State

• 11/13: N/A
• 11/6: N/A
• 10/30: N/A
• 10/23: Receiving Votes
• 10/16: Receiving Votes
• 10/9: Receiving Votes
• 10/2: Receiving Votes
• 9/25: Receiving Votes
• 9/18: Receiving Votes
• 9/11: Receiving Votes
• 9/4: Receiving Votes
• Preseason: N/A

On Oct. 17, Amanda Colla was named the CCAA Player of the Week for the first time in her career after leading the Tritons in kills (46), kills/set (4.2), attack percentage (.290), points (49), and points/set (4.5) over three matches. The senior outside hitter established new career-highs with 24.5 points and 23 kills against Cal State San Bernardino. Both of those totals were also match-highs and the 23 kills were the most by a Triton in a single match since 2015. Against Cal Poly Pomona, the Carlsbad native totaled match-highs with 19.0 points and 17 kills. She was named the Reis Cup MVP for her performance against the Broncos. Colla recorded two double-doubles on the week, giving her 13 for the season.

The fifth annual Reis Cup took place on Friday, Oct. 13 with UC San Diego defeating Cal Poly Pomona in four sets at RIMAC Arena. Amanda Colla was named the Reis Cup MVP after recording match-highs with 19 points and 17 kills. The event is named after former Triton volleyball player Karen Reis, who passed away tragically in 2012. UCSD is now 4-1 in Reis Cup matches.
10/13/17: UCSD 3, Cal Poly Pomona 1
9/24/16: UCSD 3, Cal State San Marcos 1
9/22/15: Cal State San Bernardino 3, UCSD 1
10/10/14: UCSD 3, Cal State Monterey Bay 0
10/11/13: UCSD 3, Cal State East Bay 1

On Oct. 3, Amanda Colla was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for September. She was instrumental in leading UC San Diego to a 10-3 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the CCAA over the month. Colla averaged 4.1 points, 3.5 kills, 4.2 digs, and 0.3 service aces per set - all team-bests. She recorded a double-double in nine of 13 matches and totaled at least 10 digs in 12 contests. She established a career-high with 22.0 points against Concordia Irvine and equaled a career-best with 19 kills vs. Concordia Portland. Colla was named to the all-tournament team at both tourneys that the Tritons played in - Point Loma’s Seaside Invitational and Central Washington’s D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase.

Starters Returning (5)
Jessyca Beksa (So., OH): 3.2 p/s, 2.7 k/s, 1.2 d/s, 0.5 b/s, 25 aces
Amanda Colla (Sr., OH): 1.9 p/s, 1.6 k/s, 3.0 d/s
Kayla Evans (Jr., DS): 5.7 a/s, 2.4 d/s, 27 aces
Jessica Rieble (So., MB): 2.2 p/s, 1.5 k/s, .231 attack %, 1.2 b/s,
Rebecca Seaberry (Sr., MB): 2.3 p/s, 1.7 k/s, .242 attack %, 1.0 b/s

Starters Lost (1)
Meagan Wright (OH/MB): First Team All-CCAA, 4.2 p/s, 3.8 k/s, .220 attack %, 3.6 d/s, 0.5 b/s

Primary Liberos Returning (1)
Lindsey Chun (So.): 4.2 d/s, 18 aces

Other Letterwinners Returning (7)
Molly Dalziel (Jr., OH)
Emily Kimball (So., OPP)
Morgan Kissick (Jr., OH/OPP)
Rachel Linden (Sr., S)
Marie Paris (So., S)
Alyson Penrose (So., L)
Allison Tiegs (Jr., MB)

Newcomers (3)
Mary Bagshaw (Fr., S)
Micah Hammond (Jr., MB)
Julia Jackson (Fr., MB)

• Overall: 13-13
• CCAA/Finish: 10-7/2nd in South Division
• Home: 6-6
• Away: 5-5
• Neutral: 2-2
• Postseason: CCAA Tournament Quarterfinalist
• Points Leader: Meagan Wright, 4.2
• Kills Leader: Meagan Wright, 3.8
• Attack Percentage Leader: Rebecca Seaberry, .242
• Assists Leader: Kayla Evans, 5.7
• Service Aces Leader: Kayla Evans, 0.3
• Digs Leader: Lindsey Chun, 4.2
• Blocks Leader: Jessica Rieble, 1.2

North Division
1. Sonoma State
2. Chico State
3. Cal State East Bay
4. Stanislaus State
5. Cal State Monterey Bay
6. Humboldt State
7. San Francisco State

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino
2. UC San Diego
3. Cal State LA
4. Cal State San Marcos
5. Cal Poly Pomona
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills

Now in his eighth season leading the Tritons, Ricci Luyties holds a 150-78 (.658) overall record and a 110-54 (.671) mark in CCAA matches during his tenure at UC San Diego. Four times Luyties has paced UCSD to at least 20 victories, which includes an impressive 26-6 (.813) campaign in 2013. The Tritons have qualified for NCAA postseason play five times under Luyties, reaching the regional semifinals in four of those years. In 2010 and again in 2013, UC San Diego climbed as high as No. 8 in the national rankings. Prior to coming to La Jolla, Luyties was head coach at Southern Mississippi for six seasons. As a setter at UCLA, Luyties helped lead the Bruins to four consecutive national championships. He was named the NCAA's Most Valuable Player twice and was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame. At the international level, Luyties, alongside Karch Kiraly and Steve Timmons, won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. He also played on the beach for 12 years, competing on the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour with partners such as Kiraly and Adam Johnson.

Former UC San Diego coach Duncan McFarland is one of 27 finalists for induction into the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2018. McFarland, who coached the Triton women's program from 1996-2004, won an NCAA Division III national title in 1997. He led UCSD into the NCAA postseason every year, with the team finishing as national runner-up in 1998. The Tritons were national semifinalists in 2001 and quarterfinalists in 1996 and 1999. As a player at San Diego State, McFarland led the Aztecs to a national championship in 1973 and was named the NCAA's Most Valuable Player. He won three USVBA national titles and was a key player on the U.S. National Team from 1969-1975. The 15-member Hall of Fame class will be inducted in May. In 2017, current UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties was in the inaugural induction class.

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