After playing its first seven matches of the season on the road, UC San Diego hosts its first home contests this week as San Francisco State visits on Friday, Sept. 14, and Cal State East Bay is in La Jolla on Saturday, Sept. 15. Both tilts will be held in Main Gym on campus as RIMAC Arena is in the final stages of a renovation. Admission is free for everyone!
Match 8 - Home Opener
UC San Diego (4-3, 0-1) vs. San Francisco State (6-3, 1-1)
Friday, Sept. 14 • 7:00 p.m. PT
Main Gym • La Jolla, Calif.
Series Record: UC San Diego leads 24-6 (.800)
Live Stats (free)
LET ME IN!
Admission for both of this week's matches is FREE for everyone.
If you can't make it out to Main Gym, this week's matches can be followed with live stats. Due to bandwidth considerations at Main Gym, a live video stream will not be available. However, every home match, starting with the Sept. 25 contest against Cal State LA at RIMAC Arena, will feature a live stream through UCSDtritons.tv.
Main Gym is the venue for this week's first home matches of the season as RIMAC Arena is currently undergoing a renovation. In 1988, the UC San Diego women's volleyball team won its fifth NCAA Division III National Championship inside Main Gym, defeating Illinois Benedictine in five sets. It was the third consecutive national title for the Tritons. Main Gym also gained notoriety as the practice facility for the 1992 United States Men's Olympic Basketball Team, more commonly known as the Dream Team, which consisted of NBA superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Patrick Ewing, among others. At the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, the Dream Team defeated opponents by an average of 44 points en route to winning a gold medal. Main Gym is the current home of UC San Diego's fencing team. Parking for this week's matches is available in Lot 103. Parking passes are required on Friday and can be purchased from the machines in the lot. Parking is free on Saturday.
Directions to Main Gym from the 5 Freeway
• Exit La Jolla Village Dr.
• Head West
• La Jolla Village Dr. becomes North Torrey Pines Rd.
• Right on Revelle College Dr.
• Left on Scholars Dr. South
• Park in Lot 103 on the right
• Follow walkway on East side of lot to Main Gym
* A parking pass must be purchased from the machines in the lot on Friday, Sept. 14.
* Parking is free on Saturday, Sept. 15.
THE TRITONS AT A GLANCE
• Overall: 4-3
• CCAA: 0-1
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 2-1
• Neutral: 2-2
• Against West Region Teams: 4-3
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-0
• Current Streak: Lost 1
Primary Liberos Returning (1)
• Alyson Penrose (Jr.)
• Gina Cortesi (So., OH)
• Susanna Limb (Fr., L)
• Maria Mayhew (Fr., S)
• Claudia Mathews (Jr., MB)
• Brie Severino (Fr., S)
• Sydney Tekstra (Jr., OH)
• Cindy Tran (Jr., OH)
• Rebecca Whitney (Fr., OH)
|Attack %||Jessica Rieble||.414|
|Stat||UC San Diego||San Francisco State||Cal State East Bay||All Opponents|
Sonoma State: 2-0, 6-5
Cal State Monterey Bay: 1-1, 6-3
San Francisco State: 1-1, 6-3
Cal State East Bay: 1-1, 5-5
Chico State: 0-2, 7-3
Stanislaus State: 0-2, 7-3
Humboldt State: 0-2, 3-7
Cal State LA: 2-0, 10-0
Cal Poly Pomona: 2-0, 9-1
Cal State San Bernardino, 2-0, 9-1
Cal State San Marcos, 1-0, 5-4
UC San Diego, 0-1, 4-3
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 0-2, 4-5
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA
(all matches through 9/11)
1. Blocks/Set, 2.3
11. Kills/Set, 12.0
11. Digs/Set, 15.2
12. Hitting Percentage, .181
12. Assists/Set, 11.1
12. Aces/Set, 1.3
TRITONS IN THE CCAA
(all matches through 9/11)
2. Jessica Rieble, Hitting Percentage, .414
2. Jessica Rieble, Blocks, 1.2
10. Alyson Penrose, Digs, 4.2
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NCAA
(all matches through 9/11)
18. Blocks/Set, 2.3
TRITONS IN THE NCAA
(all matches through 9/11)
15. Jessica Rieble, Hitting Percentage, .414
33. Jessica Rieble, Blocks/Set, 1.2
In its lone match last week, UC San Diego fell in four sets at cross-county rival Cal State San Marcos. It was just the sixth-ever meeting between the Tritons and Cougars. Click the link for a complete recap and box score.
• 9/8/18 at San Marcos: Cal State San Marcos 3, UC San Diego 1
Junior middle Jessica Rieble was outstanding during the West Region Showcase in Fresno, leading the Tritons in points, kills, attack percentage, and blocks over four matches. She recorded match-highs with 14.5 points, 11 kills, five blocks, and a .714 attack percentage vs. Fresno Pacific. Against Simon Fraser, Rieble had a team-high 10 points with eight kills and two blocks while hitting a match-best .571. She wrapped up the tourney with a match-high five blocks and a .500 attack percentage against Seattle Pacific. Overall, Rieble hit .463 and averaged 3.3 points, 2.5 kills, and 1.3 blocks per set.
A PENNY FOR YOUR DIGS
Junior libero Alyson "Penny" Penrose collected her 500th career dig this season. Entering the year, she had 392 and went over 500 with 13 scoops at Fresno Pacific on August 31.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
The Tritons came back from a two-set deficit to defeat Hawai'i Hilo in five on Aug. 24. It was the first time that UC San Diego had stormed back from two down to win since Oct. 2, 2014, when it did so at Humboldt State.
START ME UP
After defeating Hawai'i Pacific on Aug. 24, the UC San Diego women's volleyball program moved to 17-2 (.895) in season-opening matches during its NCAA Division II era (since 2000). The Tritons lost to Simon Fraser in 2016 and fell against Concordia-St. Paul, the top-ranked team in the country at the time, in 2008.
Seven of the eight first-year Tritons made their blue and gold debuts during the tournament in Hawai'i including Gina Cortesi, Susanna Limb, Claudia Mathews, Maria Mayhew, Brie Severino, Sydney Tekstra, and Cindy Tran. Rebecca Whitney debuted on Aug. 31 at Fresno Pacific.
ON THE DOUBLE
Through seven matches, three Tritons have produced a total of four double-doubles.
• Gina Cortesi (2)
8/24 at Hawai'i Hilo (12k, 11d)
8/24 vs. Hawai'i Pacific (10k, 10d)
• Maria Mayhew (1)
8/24 at Hawai'i Hilo (46a, 10d)
• Brie Severino (1)
9/1 vs. Seattle Pacific (11a, 13d)
The Tritons will be playing in an updated RIMAC Arena for most of the season as it is undergoing its first significant renovation in its nearly 24-year existence (opened in January of 1995). The project will modernize the arena, improve training and competition facilities for student-athletes, and provide fans with a first-class live event experience. The renovation includes new retractable seating, modern glass railings, and a VIP skybox. The arena’s most noticeable new features will be the addition of a 50’ wide Daktronics digital video display and scoreboard that will span the facility’s south end as well as state-of-the-art courtside LED scorer’s tables. A new video production facility is also in the works. The project was started this summer and you can read more about it here.
DIG FOR A CURE
The annual Dig for a Cure match in support of breast cancer awareness will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, as the Tritons host Cal State San Bernardino.
THE REIS CUP
The sixth annual Reis Cup is slated for Saturday, Oct. 6, when UC San Diego hosts Cal Poly Pomona. The event honors former Triton volleyball player Karen Reis, who passed away tragically in 2012. UC San Diego is 4-1 in Reis Cup matches and has won the last two.
This year's roster features five players from San Diego County:
• Kayla Evans, San Diego/Del Norte High School
• Emily Kimball, Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy
• Claudia Mathews, Encinitas/La Costa Canyon High School
• Brie Severino, San Diego/Torrey Pines High School
• Rebecca Whitney, Vista/Vista High School
AVCA NATIONAL POLL
2. Northern State
3. Concordia-St. Paul
4. Palm Beach Atlantic
6. Minnesota Duluth
7. Southwest Minnesota State
8. Cal State San Bernardino
9. Central Missouri
10. West Florida
11. Ferris State
13. Western Washington
15. Central Oklahoma
18. Wayne State
19. Wheeling Jesuit
20. Tarleton State
22. Cal State LA
23. Texas A&M-Commerce
25. Colorado School of Mines
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE AVCA NATIONAL POLL
• 9/10: n/a
• 9/3: n/a
• 8/27: RV
• Preseason: RV
2018 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Sonoma State, 68 points (5 first-place votes)
2. Cal State East Bay, 66 (5)
3. Chico State, 63 (3)
4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 45
5. San Francisco State, 36
6. Stanislaus State, 21
7. Humboldt State, 16
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 67 (12)
2. Cal State LA, 47
3. UC San Diego, 46 (1)
4. Cal State San Marcos, 42
5. Cal Poly Pomona, 18
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 17
Cal State San Bernardino (10 votes)
THE TRITONS IN 2017
• Overall: 16-10
• CCAA/Finish: 10-7/tie for 3rd in South Division
• Home: 7-2
• Away: 4-6
• Neutral: 5-2
• Postseason: CCAA Tournament quarterfinalist
• Points Leader: Amanda Colla, 4.29/set
• Kills Leader: Amanda Colla, 3.71/set
• Attack Percentage Leader: Micah Hammond, .326 (218-53-506)
• Assists Leader: Marie Paris, 8.64/set
• Service Aces Leader: Amanda Colla, 0.29/set
• Digs Leader: Alyson Penrose, 4.36/set
• Blocks Leader: Jessica Rieble, 1.14/set
FINAL 2017 CCAA STANDINGS
1. Sonoma State, 14-4
2. Cal State East Bay, 10-8
3. Chico State, 9-9
4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 8-10
5. San Francisco State, 4-14
6. Stanislaus State, 3-15
7. Humboldt State, 2-16
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 14-3
2. Cal State San Marcos, 11-6
3. UC San Diego, 10-7
3. Cal State LA, 10-7
3. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10-7
6. Cal Poly Pomona, 9-8
HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
Now in his ninth season leading the Tritons in 2018, Ricci Luyties currently holds a 154-82 (.653) overall record and a 110-55 (.667) mark in CCAA matches during his tenure at UC San Diego. Four times Luyties has paced UC San Diego to at least 20 victories, which includes an impressive 26-6 (.813) campaign in 2013. He recorded his 150th victory as a Triton on Oct. 27, 2017. 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. For Luyties' full bio, click here.
OHTA TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Former Triton volleyball standout Teresa Ohta will be inducted into the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018. A setter from 2001-04, Ohta is the school's all-time assists leader with 4,749, almost 1,000 more than the No. 2 player on the list. She is a two-time All-America First Team honoree and the 2004 CCAA Player of the Year. In 2001, she was tabbed the West Region and CCAA Freshman of the Year. Ohta was an all-region and all-conference selection all four years. The Tritons went 106-19 during her time and qualified for the NCAA postseason in each of her four seasons, reaching the national semifinals in 2001. Ohta will officially be inducted during a ceremony in October.
BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO
On Nov. 27, 2017, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule that season. During the transition, UC San Diego will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. UC San Diego will remain an NCAA Division II institution for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons and the volleyball team will continue competing as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Read the full press release here.
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UC San Diego faces two tough opponents on the road next week, playing at Cal Poly Pomona (9-1, 2-0) on Sept. 21 and at Cal State San Bernardino (9-1, 2-0) on Sept. 22. The Coyotes are currently ranked eighth nationally.