UCSD Swept by Cal State East Bay in CCAA Championship Quarterfinal
SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California San Diego women's volleyball team was ousted from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championship Thursday as it was defeated in straight sets by Cal State East Bay in a quarterfinal match-up.
Scores of the match were 25-21, 26-24, and 25-19 in favor of the Pioneers.
UC San Diego, the third seed from the CCAA's South Division, fell to 16-10 with its fifth-consecutive loss. Cal State East Bay, the second seed from the North Division, won its third-straight contest to improve to 18-10.
Most likely, the season is over for UCSD. The top eight teams in the West Region advance to the NCAA tournament. The Tritons are ranked 10th in the West in this week's regional poll, which was released Wednesday. The qualifying teams will be announced by the NCAA on Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m. PT.
East Bay advances to Friday's CCAA Championship semifinals and will face the winner of Thursday night's Cal State San Bernardino/Cal State Monterey Bay quarterfinal.
The Tritons managed just an .065 attack percentage, their third-lowest of the season. They totaled 32 kills and made 24 errors in 123 attack attempts. The Pioneers were strong at the net and finished with an 8-0 advantage in blocks. It was the first time in 2017 that UC San Diego did not record a single block.
Senior outside hitter Amanda Colla (Carlsbad/San Dieguito Academy) led UCSD offensively with 14.0 points on 11 kills and three service aces. She notched her 18th double-double of the season by adding 11 digs. Colla's kill and dig totals were both team-highs.
UCSD was playing without its primary setter, Marie Paris, who has missed the team's last four matches due to injury. The sophomore last saw action on Oct. 28.
Cal State East Bay hit .228 with 41 kills and 15 errors in 114 attacks. Aside from blocks, the Pioneers played to advantages in digs (57-46) and side out percentage (64-51).
Deja Thompson led all players with 15.0 points and 12 kills. She hit an impressive .632 with no errors in 19 attempts. Lindsey Ray had 13.0 points and 11 kills, while Brandi Brucato totaled a match-high 16 digs.
Tied 5-5 in the first set, CSUEB scored five unanswered points and stayed in front the rest of the way.
The second set saw 10 tie scores and seven lead changes. Mid-way through, UC San Diego mounted an 8-1 run to take a 17-11 advantage. The Pioneers climbed back in it, but the Tritons led all the way up to 22-20. At that point, East Bay scored three-straight points to take a 23-22 lead. Back-to-back kills by Colla and Seaberry then moved UCSD to set point at 24-23. However, CSUEB's Kathy McKiernan took over, registering a kill, a block, and another kill to give the Pioneers the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.
It stayed very close early on in the third set. At 10-10, the Pioneers exploded for a 9-1 run and they were able to maintain a lead for the rest of the match.
In other quarterfinal matches Thursday, Chico State defeated Cal State San Marcos (3-1) and Cal State LA downed Sonoma State (3-1).
San Francisco State is hosting the CCAA Volleyball Championship.