Tritons Drop Home Opener, 3-1 vs. San Francisco State
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego women's volleyball team lost its home opener, 3-1, against California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opponent San Francisco State Friday night at Main Gym.
Scores were 25-22, 25-22, 18-25, and 25-23. UC San Diego fell to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the CCAA, while SF State improved to 7-3 on the season and 2-1 in league play.
The Tritons were solid at the net, out-blocking the Gators 12-8. However, they hit just .152 (44-22-145) and made a season-high nine errors from the service line.
"I feel like we started playing better after the second set and finally showed some consistency, but we couldn't finish the job in the fourth set," said UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties.
In the third set, UC San Diego hit .250 (11-3-32), its highest of the match, and held San Francisco State to .027 (10-9-37), its lowest of the match. The Tritons owned a 21-16 lead in the fourth frame, but the Gators rallied for five consecutive points to tie it up. UC San Diego went back in front on one of SFSU's 14 service errors, but the Gators ticked off three straight points to get to 24-22. The Tritons staved off one match point, but a ball handling error allowed SF State to take the victory.
"You expect to win when you're up 21-16, but we gave away points and made ending the set extremely hard on ourselves," said Luyties.
Junior middle blocker Jessica Rieble led UC San Diego with 13 points on nine kills and seven blocks (one solo). Sophomore outside hitter Gina Cortesi contributed 12 points on 11 kills and a pair of blocks while adding 12 digs for a double-double. Senior middle Micah Hammond and junior outside Cindy Tran each had four blocks and freshman libero Susanna Limb collected a team-high 14 digs.
For the Gators, Bailey Johnson led all players with 15 points on 10 kills and seven blocks (three solos). Vanessa Ditz amassed 26 digs.
UC San Diego is playing at Main Gym as RIMAC Arena, its usual home venue, is in the final stages of a renovation. The Tritons won an NCAA Division III National Championship at the venue in 1988.
UC San Diego hosts one more match at Main Gym as it entertains CCAA opponent Cal State East Bay (5-6, 1-2) Saturday at 7 p.m. The Pioneers lost in four sets at Cal State San Marcos Friday.
Admission is free to Saturday's match.
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